Rum Cellar Launch Details Revealed

The first campaign of Daybreak Games' new DLC strategy for EverQuest II is scheduled to launch on Monday, April 28, 2015. Here's the nitty gritty on the campaign's cost and contents.

Rum Cellar is available as a stand-alone purchase for $14.99. And, since this new distillery-themed environment is full of Level 100+ content is connected to Altar of Malice (EQ2’s most recent expansion, which is required to play the Rum Cellar campaign), you can also purchase Rum Cellar bundled the campaign with the expansion: $49.99 for Rum Cellar + Altar of Malice, or $94.99 for Rum Cellar + Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition.

The campaign's features include:

  • 2 Solo Zones (1 Solo and 1 Advanced Solo)
  • 3 Heroic Zones (1 Heroic, 1 Event Heroic, 1 Event Heroic-Challenge)
  • Raid Zone with 10 Bosses
  • Lots of Loot, including drops of a Rare Elite Mercenary and a Zeppelin Mount
  • New Achievements and Titles
  • New Gems for Armor
  • New Collections
  • Merchant who accepts Far Sea Ferrin (who also sells a Zeppelin Mount!)

If you want to check out Rum Cellar early, you can hop onto the Beta server and help test!

The Rum Cellar Campaign is on Beta!

The recently announced Rum Cellar Campaign is on Beta and ready to test! Head to a world bell and choose "Far Seas Distillery" (above Tranquil Sea on the map) to get to the area outside the zone.

Rum Cellar will introduce the level 100 Far Seas Distillery zone to Altar of Malice. This zone has six instance types (Solo, Advanced Solo, Heroic, Event Heroic, Event Heroic – Challenge Version and Raid), but none of the content is locked. In the story you'll find yourself teaming up with the Brokenskull pirates to help prevent the Rumpocolypse (an end to rum production—such a travesty), starting with a temporary undead parrot companion named Nibbles who will assist your recon of the distillery. The entire campaign story is delivered through the solo and heroic zones, while the raid zone story is complimentary to the storyline. Raiders can expect 10 raid events: nine plus a one-shot boss.

Join fellow testers and sneak-peek enthusiasts on the Beta server! Two important notes:

While we'll continue to be reviewing reports we get in-game sent via /bug and /feedback, we'll also using Reddit as a place to collect feedback and bug reports from the Rum Cellar Campaign beta. If you haven't used this before, you can find it here: www.reddit.com/r/EQ2/. The devs will be will be using Reddit as one of their primary ways to discuss and review Beta issues so we can stay current and have the community up-vote and down-vote relevant or irrelevant issues.

Please use the Full Download setting in the patcher for Beta. The streaming client is choking on some assets at the moment. You can use our Beta Copy feature by typing /beta on a character you want to copy.

Rum Cellar is expected to be available for purchase on Live servers on April 28, 2015. For more information, tune in to the Rum Cellar Campaign Livestream on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 starting at 1PM Pacific on Twitch!

EverQuest II: Campaigns, Pirates & Rumpocolypse

Yes, we know it's April Fools Day. This announcement is 100% serious.

One of the major concerns players had back in February was whether or not content would continue to roll in as expected for EverQuest II. In a Producer's Letter released this evening by Executive Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale, it was announced that the team will now be releasing content in "campaigns" in lieu of the common expansions and game updates we have become accustomed to in years past. We attended a roundtable with Holly this afternoon to discuss this change as well as the upcoming Rum Cellar campaign and beyond.

UPDATE April 2nd: Clarification on zone instance types has been included below.

The Highest of Silly Days - April 1st Only!

April Fools Day marks the Highest of Silly Days for the Bristlebane Day celebration. Three quests are only available on this day (one is new), given by the sphinx Imenand just off the dock in the Enchanted Lands. Test your brain by trying to solve his many riddles and take a gamble at your choice of house pet rewards.

If you've been waiting for a Berry-fed Bovich since last year they'll be available on the Marketplace for 2250SC. There will be a new winged version, shown above, available for 2950SC.

In your travels you may have noticed bunnies all over Norrath. Today, and only today can you collect the silly wabbits and earn four Bunny Achievements! The 500 bunnie achievement was added this year.

Players can also harvest from the Jester's Superior Gardens on this day, which are found in Enchanted Lands. These gardens give harvests from every holiday event that has crafting, so be sure you have a lot of backpack space to spare! Those wanting to sneak in some mid-year Frostfell crafting can do so as well. Check the Marketplace for some special Bristlebane Day promotional items!

The Highest of Silly Days starts as soon as it's April 1 in Pacific time, and goes until 11:59pm PDT on April 1st.

Formerly Hardcore #3: Adventures in BRF, Part 3

Hello and welcome to the 3rd edition of Formerly Hardcore, ZAMs column on Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. For our third column, we’re continuing our look at WoW’s latest raid, Blackrock Foundry. So far we’ve covered the six of the ten encounters in BRF, as well as some talk about my experience with using WoW’s Group Finder tool and Looking For Raid difficulty. That leaves us with four more bosses to talk about.

The Joke is on Norrath. Bristlebane Day Returns!

Bristlebane Day returns tomorrow, Friday, March 27th, and runs through Thursday, April 9th. There's new recipes, new rewards, and new quests! Keep your eye out for interesting Patchcraft mobs all over Norrath and earn your Patchcraft Slayer achievements!

On April 1st things really get hopping! On theHighest of Silly Days you can collect bunnies all over Norrath for four achievements (one's new this year). Returning are the Jester's superior gardens in Enchanted Lands, giving harvestables from all holidays. Frostfell crafting stations will also pop up in Enchanted Lands on the Highest of Silly Days. The Sphinx now offers three quests exclusively on April Fool's Day, so you'd better like riddles!

Read all about it in our Bristlebane Day Guide! And if you've got a lot of alts, use our Bristlebane Day Quest Tracker to help keep track of them during the event.

16 Years of EverQuest: Giveaway Winners

Thanks to everyone for all the fantastic entries in our 16 Years of EverQuest All Access Giveaway! Over 200 people participated but these 16 emerged winners—congrats!

  1. brair
  2. Brickhaus
  3. Calsonix
  4. despidious
  5. Dorigen
  6. dpguy
  7. fosasha
  8. gilmorej|WH
  9. kononamis
  10. kshipper
  11. LandRuiner
  12. Nniki
  13. Snaer
  14. snailish
  15. ToltecMagistri
  16. Tudati

16 Years of EverQuest: All Access Giveaway

The giveaway has ended!

Winners will be contacted and announced by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, March 26th.

Happy Birthday to EverQuest! We've teamed up with Daybreak Games to give away 30 days worth of All Access membership to 16 lucky people! Continue after the jump for all the details.

Final Fantasy XIV: Patch 2.55 Screenshots

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will launch Patch 2.55: Before the Fall Part 2 one week from today. According to Yoshida, the new update will include:

  • The Final Coil of Bahamut will be added to the Duty Finder
  • The World of Darkness weekly gear limit will be removed
  • The amount of MGP you receive in the Gold Saucer will be adjusted
  • Adjustments will also be made to the Triple Triad tournaments
  • Considering making balance adjustments to Triple Triad NPCs since we've received lots of feedback that certain NPCs can be a bit too strong

This morning, Square Enix revealed 10 new screenshots of the patch! Catch them all after the jump.

Chronoportals Event Celebrates Norrath's History

EverQuest II takes part in the celebration of 16 years of EverQuest with the Chronoportals live event. Ancient portals take players back in time to battle creatures of a distant past. Several of these encounters have memorable dialogues that any former EverQuest player can appreciate.

New this year is Hunt the Past, a quest which dedicated Chronoportal hunters should grab before venturing into Norrath of long ago.

Whether you're looking for the chronoportal that Quillmane dwells within, need some help defeating the Nagafen's Lair encounter, or just want some info on collecting event shinies and buying merchant items, our Chronoportals guide has it all. The event begins at 12:01am PDT on March 19, 2014 and will run until 11:59pm PDT on March 26, 2014.