Game Update 41 Now Live!

Posted: December 12, 2007 by Kendricke in Everquest 2, Patches

Game Update 41 is now live.  Here’s a few of the new goodies you can expect to find under the tree:

Tis the Season:  Frostfell is back.  With the exception of some new household items, there’s not too much different from last year’s Frostfell.  Run the quests and get your daily gifts (with each of your characters).

Store an extra Achievement Profile.  Adventurers can now obtain a component in high end dungeons which can be used to craft a household item which allows you to store an additional achievement reward.  This was originally announced as a release feature for Rise of Kunark, so it’s nice to see it going live.

Lava won’t kill you…right away.  Another long time difference between old Everquest and Everquest II is now removed.  Stepping in lava within the Shattered Lands won’t immediately kill you – but it can and will hurt you.  A word of warning before you decide to take a dip – not all lava is created equal.  Some lava hurts more.

No more “Not a Friend” messages.  Per the notes:  “Casting a beneficial spell on a hostile target without a target should now target the caster instead.”  Healers rejoice!

Smaller pets!  Tired of Paris Hilton having all the fun with tiny pets?  Per the notes:  ” Conjurors and Necromancers will now receive a new spell to shrink their primary pets’ size.”

New Faction Gear.  Likely this is due to the recent controversy over developer Fireflyte’s publically stated reasons for providing certain types of armor (i.e. – why is there so much damned leather armor for priests).  Take a peek at the faction merchants you’ve worked hard to impress and see if they aren’t more items for you to buy.

Better, Faster, Stronger Mastercrafted.  From the notes:  “* Armorers and Tailors have discovered ways to improve the quality of mastercrafted armor across all level ranges.”

Kylong Harvesting Requires More “Skillz”.  From the notes:  “Harvest nodes in Kylong Plains now require 340+ skill to harvest, like all other level 70+ zones.”
PVP Level Locking NO LONGER POSSIBLE.  I’m not getting into this today, but here’s the note:  “PvP – Killing another player will always reward experience now even if the player has their adventure experience disabled.”

…And Three Updates Affecting Collections.  From the notes:  “You can now harvest under attack.”

“Added “Hide Completed” checkbox to collection quest journal window.”

“Clicking a collection item in your quest journal will now submit a search for that item while in a broker transaction. ”

Full notes listed after the break.

Game Update #41 December / 12 / 2007

Happy Frostfell, Norrath!
Visit the Gigglegibbers Gh’lad Tydingz and G’shugahplum in South Freeport, North Qeynos, Kelethin, Neriak or Gorowyn for some holiday quests and the chance to earn a Frostfell tree and wreath.

Enter the Magic Closet in Qeynos Harbor, West Freeport, Haven, Kelethin, Neriak or Gorowyn to travel to the Frostfell Wonderland Village.

Here you can gather presents to craft wondrous Frostfell goodies, see if reindeer really know how to fly, purchase Frostfell goods, and even assist Mr. McScroogle and Queen Bunny with some important tasks.

Don’t forget to log in each day and claim your extra-special Frostfell present from everyone’s favorite Frostfell elf, Gardy Giftgiver!

GAMEPLAY
* You can now store an Achievement Profile in your home, using a device crafted from a primary component obtained in high level dungeons.
* You can store one profile per device, and they are usable from within your own home.
* High level crafters in good standing with their respective tradeskill societies will be able to acquire this recipe from their city’s local tradeskill faction merchant.
* The finished device cannot be traded and will need to be crafted using the commission crafting system if you are not a high level crafter. (See the tradeskills forum for reminders on how commission crafting works.)
* The militaristic language of the Gorowyn Sarnak, Gorwish, is now available for purchase! Check with a nearby language vendor to see if they have managed to find the new Gorwish Language Primer.
* You can now resist the damage done by most lava. But be careful! Some areas of lava may be more potent than others.
* Casting a beneficial spell on a hostile target without a target should now target the caster instead.

ABILITIES, SPELLS, and COMBAT ARTS
* Drag will no longer allow Bruisers to drag “stationary” objects.
* Intervene should now be included on the fighter training skill merchants
* Conjurors and Necromancers will now receive a new spell to shrink their primary pets’ size.
* Brawler and Necromancer feign death spells can now be toggled off, and no longer have to be explicitly right-click cancelled.
* Fixed an issue with Swashbucklers’ Sleight of Hand and added additional hate reduce or hate gain for the target of the spell
* Ratonga – Instruments of the Underfoot should now properly benefit weaponsmithing.
* Doppleganger – The pet will now mitigate damage which should make it last longer in raid situations.

ITEMS
* The Troubador ‘of Magnetism’ set now increases the proc effect by the mentioned amount, a 5% upgrade should be visible upon equipping the armor.
* Slight modification has been made to the damage range on Trakanasaur’s Tooth. It will no longer have quite as wide of a swing in damage variance.
* Tribunal, Bertoxxulous, and Karana deity cloaks now have appropriate deity heraldry.
* Cockatrice housepets now have additional interactions.
* The Pocket Golem will no longer be quite as powerful as it once was.
* The Mace of the Eluded and The Lava Etched Leaf Blade are now classified as One Handed.
* Virtue’s Guard is now a Buckler, and adds +Combat Arts damage.
* Pestilence will now trigger off any hostile spell damage, regardless of damage type while using Tearful Soulspear.

FACTIONS
* The Residents of Teren’s Grasp will now take notice of your amiable deeds and conduct business with you earlier.
* Some merchants in Kunark have discovered new equipment, which they will guardedly sell only to their most trusted allies.

QUESTS
* Deputy Nettlebrine will now update the quest “Surveyor Says” if the quest “A Thousand Words.” is in the same quest journal.
* Pen Keeper Valjik in Fens of Nathsar has discovered that more spotted budlings are necessary for her to make an effective frog stew. Luckily, many more of the budlings have been seen growing throughout the Swamp of No Hope.
* The budlings required for the quest “Frog Stew” now grow a bit larger, which will hopefully make them easier to spot.
* Removed the requirement to examine the packet of plant food while in New Tunaria while on the quest “Interception”. You should now be able to examine the packet in any zone.
* Caretaker Velshin in Gorowyn now will direct new citizens of Gorowyn to their housing in the Wards.
* Classes that can use the Reclaimer’s Buckler should now be able to see it as a reward upon completing the appropriate quest.
* Keeper Chorwin in Gorowyn now stocks egg warmers.
* Those who accepted “Cut the Head from the Beast” before completing “Lambs to the Slaughter” should no longer find themselves gated. * Those who accepted “Danger Zone” from Ireka Nazan before completing “Deliver the Lunch Pails” should no longer find themselves gated for “Deliver.”
* The blyzurite nodes should now be more plentiful and faster to respawn while on the quest “Queue’s Blyzurite”.
* Final Retrieval: There are now instructions on where the Di’Zok intelligence is in the quest journal.
* Project Xakhiz: It is no longer necessary to “wrangle” the coerced mudfin. Instead, merely netting it will automatically “wrangle” it after a period of 5 seconds.
* You can no longer receive Ganak’s Phylactery to spawn Dominus Ganak..
* The totems set up by the spirocs in Butcherblock Mountains should no longer mysteriously vanish when the surrounding spirocs are defeated.
* The spiroc emissary and the aviak emissary, both found in Butcherblock Mountains, should no longer show as Heroic encounters.
* The NPC “Borgil” is less greedy if you decide to pay him to use his mailbox. * Field Chief Ry’zilk’s fourth quest should no longer be given out before his third quest is completed.
* Taskmaster Gax’s third quest should no longer be given out before his second quest is completed.
* Sonjaz Manx should no longer respond to invisible characters
* Minegineers in the Mines of Nurga will activate their diabolical creations from further away now.
* Hammin, found in the Bellywhumper Burrows, has given the family trading business over to his son, Blugie.
* Deposits of Pi’ter Sahlt and submerged lost coins should be easier to spot now.
* Gorowyn citizens should now be allowed to do some of the quests they were previously barred from in Feerrott.
* It is no longer possible to share the quests: “A Strange Creature,” “Another Strange Creature,” “Yet Another Strange Creature.” * Anaphylaxis and Veeshan’s Feast should now drop quest item updates to all party members rather than a single group member.
* Shaman Medicus can now create more than one spiritual projection at a time, thus allowing multiple adventurers a chance to guide his spiritual projection out of Skyfire.

BROKER
* Clicking a collection item in your quest journal will now submit a search for that item while in a broker transaction.

TRADESKILLS
* Armorers and Tailors have discovered ways to improve the quality of mastercrafted armor across all level ranges.
* Harvest nodes in Kylong Plains now require 340+ skill to harvest, like all other level 70+ zones.
* You can now harvest under attack.
* A number of tradeskill writ and recipe issues have been addressed
* The carpenter-made redwood streetlamps have been pruned to a more reasonable size.
* Duggin Brandywine at the Thundering Steppes docks may be looking for a helping hand from travellers with a talent for harvesting.
* Tradeskill skill-ups will once again increase based on your tradeskill level and not your adventure level.
* Bathezid, Danak and Riliss recipe books issued can now be destroyed if you no longer wish to proceed with the writs.
* Carpenters have acquired a couple of festive new recipes, just in time for Frostfell! PVP
* PvP – Killing another player will always reward experience now even if the player has their adventure experience disabled. * Good players on PvP servers should have somewhere to evac to in the Fens of Nathsar now.

INTERFACE
* Added “Hide Completed” checkbox to collection quest journal window.
* Added right click menu option in the tradeskill window to disable icon dragging.
* Tooltips can now be disabled in the tradeskill window.

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