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Fippy Darkpaw – The Buried Sea Completed October 10, 2013

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EverQuest.
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Another chapter in my desultory  attempt to track the progress of the Fippy Darkpaw time locked progression server.  See the list of updates at the bottom of the post.

The EverQuest expansion The Buried Sea, SOE’s attempt at a pirate themed adventure, was unlocked on the Fippy Darkpaw server this week.

EverQuest The Buried Sea

Pirate Firiona

And, as has become the standard fare, the content was defeated in less than three days.  From the good people at the Fippy Darkpaw forums:

Congrats to Citizen on beating The Buried Sea less than 72 hours from the opening of the expansion. That makes 6 in a row for you.

If my unlock calculations are correct, that means Secrets will go up for vote on December 9th and the expansion should unlock, assuming it passes, on December 23rd.

The next expansion, potentially unlocking just before Christmas, is Secrets of Faydwer, the last of the EverQuest expansions to be on/suffer from the “two a year” expansion cycle.  Secrets of Faydwer was the 14th EverQuest expansion and launched in November 2007.

Secrets in her eyes

Secrets in her eyes

We are now getting into expansions I was writing about regularly, if not always seriously, and also into the territory where SOE gave up on the roll-up packs of expansions I mentioned the other day and just started throwing all expansion in the box.

  • Fippy Darkpaw server goes live with classic EQ content, February 15, 2011
  • Classic EverQuest competed, February 24, 2011
  • Ruins of Kunark unlocked, June 6, 2011
  • Ruins of Kunark completed, June 19, 2011
  • Scars of Velious unlocked, August 29, 2011
  • Scars of Velious completed, September 14, 2011
  • Shadows of Luclin unlocked, November 21, 2011
  • Shadows of Luclin completed, December 4, 2011
  • Planes of Power unlocked, February 13, 2012
  • Lost Dungeons of Norrath unlocked, March 12, 2012
  • Legacy of Ykesah unlocked, March 12, 2012
  • Gates of Discord unlock vote fails, May 7, 2012
  • Gates of Discord unlock vote fails, May 21, 2012
  • Gates of Discord unlock vote fails, June 4, 2012
  • Gates of Discord unlocked at last, June 18, 2012
  • Omens of War unlocked, September 10, 2012
  • Omens of War complete, September 12, 2012
  • Dragons of Norrath unlocked without a vote, November 13, 2012
  • Prophecy of Ro completed, April 26, 2013
  • The Serpent’s Spine unlocked, July 16, 2013
  • The Serpent’s Spine complete, July 19, 2013
  • The Buried Sea unlock vote goes up, September 23, 2013
  • The Buried Sea unlocked, October 7, 2013
  • The Buried Sea completed, October 9, 2013

Once Secrets of Faydwer is unlocked… and completed in the usual rapid fashion… that will only leave three more expansions on the board from the launch of the server.  The multi-year march through the EverQuest content is nearing an end.

EverQuest Fippy Darkpaw

Expansion List

The last expansion on the list, House of Thule, was the last EverQuest expansion I bought.  I wanted to see how they did housing in the game, a feature that came with the expansion.

There have been three more expansions since House of Thule, and since the Fippy Darkpaw server launched, including Call of the Forsaken, which went live earlier this week.

No Rise of Kunark at Fry’s Today November 13, 2007

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in EverQuest, EverQuest II, Sony Online Entertainment.
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Rise of Kunark… and Secrets of Faydwer, for that matter… are live and potentially available today. 

There is an SOE press release and everything.

However, the Fry’s ad yesterday said that neither box would be on the shelf before Thursday.

So we’re hardly getting off to a Burning Crusade-like start here for the latest expansions of the two main EverQuest franchises.

Still, both expansions were actually IN the Fry’s ad this time around.  Go team! At least in that regard.

Last year’s expansion, Echoes of Faydwer, which also wasn’t on the shelf at Fry’s on release day, as I posted back then, did not make the Fry’s ad until a few weeks after its release. 

And The Serpent’s Spine, the EverQuest expansion last November, was digital download only.  It went pretty well unnoticed outside of the EverQuest community.

So while the release of these two expansions are not exactly an event, at least there was acknowledgement of their pending availability.

The Official SOE Podcast #25 November 10, 2007

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in EverQuest, EverQuest II, General, Misc MMOs, Podcasts, Sony Online Entertainment, Vanguard SOH.
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Alan “Brenlo” Crosby and Aimee “Ashlanne” Rekoske host this of the SOE Podcast, with Jason “Pex” Ryan reading the news.

Topics:

  • News
  • Southern California Fires
  • Welcome Jennifer “Minerva” Wilcox to the SOE Denver team
  • Paul “Virrago” Williams moving to the Matrix Online team
  • Interview with Clint Worley, EverQuest Producer
  • Meet and Greet at the Standard – E for All
  • Meet Hank the server Hamster
  • Vanguard Producer’s Letter
  • Interview with Scott Hartsman, EverQuest II Producer
  • Listener Email
  • Legends of Norrath Expansion
  • Star Wars Galaxies Chapter 7
  • Collection Server Firsts
  • Inside SOE – Stories from the GM Pit
  • TV and Movies
  • What are you playing?
  • Interviews from our Meet and Greet at the Standard
  • Out Takes

The show is available on iTunes as well as from the official SOE podcast site.

The show was recorded on November 5th and runs just under over hour and twenty eight minutes. The show notes feature cast pictures and links.

Rejected Secrets of Faydwer Packaging October 19, 2007

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in EverQuest, Humor, Sony Online Entertainment.
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This from a source in San Diego: 

When it came to the packaging for Secrets of Faydwer, the EverQuest team wanted to continue with the retro theme and create a look that would feed the nostalgia for the original EverQuest release.

They borrowed the WayBack machine that the EverQuest II team used so successfully with Echoes of Faydwer, but had some problems with the settings.  Instead of 1999, they went all the way back to 1979 and ended up with this:

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Only having limited access to the WayBack machine (as part of the Sigil buyout, Brad gets to use the machine whenever he wants to go back to 1997-2000 and relive his glory days) the EverQuest team tried to go with what they had. 

However, Smed himself ended up dismissing the design with only the terse comment “something a little more contemporary perhaps?”

The rumored side-effect of the whole affair is that, after you have installed the expansion, you can go to Hogcaller’s in West Freeport at the right time of the night on specific dates and see the floor light up and hear the BeeGees‘ classic “Stayin’ Alive” (now the unofficial EverQuest anthem) play.

It was however categorically denied that an NPC named Tony Manero would show up in a white suit and dance… at least not every time.

(Thanks to Bob at Darkness Bound for the link to the Atari 2600 cartridge label maker.)