Posts Tagged ‘SOE’

The $40 Dire Bear?

Posted: October 16, 2008 by Kendricke in Everquest 2
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One of the nicest rewards for an Everquest II expansion is being bundled with the retail version of the The Shadow Odyssey.  This time around, you can pick up a new Dire Bear pet and mount.  Per Ilucide, the stats on the bear are as follows:

As you level, your bear grows with you.

  • From 1 to 19, he’s a little bearcub that follows you around.
  • From 20 to 39, he grows up and you can ride him around (a 20% speed mount).
  • From 40 to 59, he gets a saddle, and some more speed (30%).
  • From 60 to 79, he gains armor, and more speed (40%).
  • At 80, he’s fully grown. He has a full set of armor & saddle and is as fast as he’ll ever get (52%).

The bear is available with the retail box.

Please note that last line again:  “The bear is available with the retail box.”  If you preorder the digital download, you will not receive the dire bear pet/mount. 

This is a bit of a faux pas for SOE, since they just gave out thousands of copies of The Shadow Odyssey at the latest FanFaire – but the version those attendees will be receiving is the digital download version anyway.  Anyone who attended FanFaire who wants the dire bear will still need to shell out $40 for the retail version of the game after all. 

We brought 15 members to FanFaire this year.  In addition, many members of my guild already ordered the digital download version of the expansion.  I now need to make sure they all understand that they won’t be receiving the dire bear unless they also pony up for the retail version as well.

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Overheard in a Cube Farm

Posted: April 25, 2008 by Kendricke in Everquest 2
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Here’s your “small world” story of the day.

I’m at work this morning at a very large, rather well known client.  I’m building out system designs for my team’s next release.  The new data recovery manager that’s been hired is behind me is talking on his phone loudly to a friend.  I’m trying not to eavesdrop, but he keeps mentioning words like “CyberpowerPC” that perk me up.  I was JUST looking over that site this morning to pick up a new gaming rig to replace my aging model.

Just as I’m trying to get back to concentrating on my own work, he also mentions that he’s hoping to go to Vegas “this year”.  Come to think about it, he was mentioning Vegas earlier this morning on a different phone call.  it grabbed my attention because I’d just booked my own room for FanFaire this week, and I was scouring the sites this morning looking to snipe some decent airfare.  Again, I’m thinking maybe it’s just a coincidence.

Then, he mentions to his friend on the phone that he wonders if he should come over tomorrow…”unless you’re going to be playing EQ all morning, and then I’ll just see you in-game”.

Full stop.  What did he just say??

Yeah, he’s talking about SOE FanFaire.  This guy who easily makes over six figures at my work is talking gaming openly.  Come to find out, he’s calling around to his friends this morning trying to see who’s going or not.

Yeah, it’s a small world.  I love this game.