Daily Archives: November 12, 2008

Quantum Rise of Solace

The Quantum Rise update for EVE Online is out with just shy of a billion new things in it and a bright red splash screen.  The servers are up and seem to be stable, so CCP seems to have gotten that routine down at least.

Quantum Rise - November 2008

Quantum Rise – November 2008

One of the new things in the game is certificates.

Certificates appear to be somewhere between WoW achievements and EVEMon in usefulness.  They are supposed to be a somewhat more quantifiable reflection of what all your millions of skill points really mean.   Having just passed the 27 million skill point mark, I was keen to see what certificates I would get.

I logged in, went to my character sheet, clicking on the new certificates tab, and saw… nothing.

Bupkiss.

Now I knew that COULDN’T be right.

So I went further, into the Certificate Planner, and found, at the bottom of the window, a button labeled, “Claim All Certificates.”

So I did!  And I was rewarded with 49 certificates!

49certs

Of course, now I have a pile of certificates to go through to see what I have.  They appear to come in four flavors, which are:

  • Basic
  • Standard
  • Improved
  • Elite

I have no elite certificates, but improved versions of Active Shield Tanking, Passive Shield Tanking, and Business Mogel.

You appear to need a lot of skills at level V to get to Improved, as I thought I would be a shoe-in for Missiles, but I am three level V skills shy.

Interesting stuff, but I’m still annoyed that they took the +2 warp strength off of my Crane and put it on the Bustard.

*grumble* *grumble* *grumble*

The Constant Lightbringer

With a few of us now roaming or, in Gaff‘s case, running amok in the fields of post-cataclysm Norrath I have been thinking about what we should use to guide our adventures and advancement in EverQuest II.

For our regular Saturday night group in World of Warcraft, single group instances have marked the path.  Following the quest lines in Azeroth bring you steadily to new instances on a regular basis as you level up in the game.

There is no similar progression of discreet group activities in EQ2.  Not that there are not things for groups to do.  There are dungeons and group quests and the like aplenty.  But many of the dungeons in Norrath are sprawling affairs that are more like underground zones with many quest branches as opposed to focused dungeon crawls.

In essence, I’ve been somewhat spoiled by Blizzard feeding us nice two hour dungeons on a regular basis.

Still, just because the sign posts for progression are not obvious does not mean that they are not there.  In looking at the options I figured that Heritage Quests might be a good progression path for our group.  They don’t start rolling until level 20, except for that one on Faydwer, and I’m not sure if you can get that when you’re Freeport aligned, giving us some time to get used to playing our new characters.

I had that in mind while I was running around the Nektulos Forest end of the Commonlands with Melkerr.  As has been my long standing habit, if I am over in that area at night with a scout, I started tracking to see if I could spot the Lightbringer Wisp.

The Lightbringer Wisp is the mob that drops the burned out lightstone which is the quest starter for one of the first heritage quests, Return the Light.

And, there it was on tracking!

I immediately headed for it.  This was a rare mob, a once-per-night spawn, I had thought I had better grab it fast.  People used to farm it to sell the burned out lightstone on the market.

I ran straight to it and managed to kill it, though it was a bit of a challenge for me at level 16.

I then relayed the need to find the Lightbringer Wisp again to Potshot.  We would all need to grab the burned out lightstone.

Then, checking track out of habit, I saw the Lightbringer Wisp again!

Holy crap!

I cajoled Potshot to get his dark elf posterior out to the druid ring in the Commonlands post haste!  This was a respawn without precedent!

He got out there and we managed to die on our first attempt at slaying the wisp due to my obsession with the coming of the dawn when wisps, you know, disappear… go to ground… despawn.

We revived as the rosy tendrils of dawn were spreading across the sky (nice sky effects there SOE!) and rushed back and managed to bring it down.

And thus Potshot got his burned out lightstone.

And as we sat there basking in our good fortune, the Lightbringer Wisp had the temerity to spawn in front of us in the full morning light.  Now I was a bit confused, but still driven by the memories of how things apparently used to work.  I had started the quest with my lightstone, which meant that I no longer had the lore item in my inventory.  That used to mean you could loot another light stone.

So we called Ula out to the druid ring.  Then, still fearing it would despawn, we killed it and I tried to loot it.  No burned out lightstone.

Ula showed up and so did another Lightbringer Wisp.  By this point even my jaded mind was starting to form the thought, “They seem to have changed something here.”

Ula there, we slew the obliging wisp and she got her burned out lightstone.  And before we could leave the scene, the Lightbringer Wisp spawned again.  It being high noon did not seem to scare the wisp away.

Later, I came back with Torill my fury to grab the burned out lightstone from the Lightbringer Wisp burned out lightstone dispenser.  Again, there it was out in the midday sun.

Torill and the Lightbringer Wisp

Torill and the Lightbringer Wisp

I wonder what else has changed with this quest since the last time I did it?