While there has been no official announcement of the vote results yet in the Time Locked Progression Servers section of the EverQuest forums, The Ruins of Kunark expansion went live yesterday on Fippy Darkpaw.
While the expansion took a bit to go live, people are able to get there now. Pictures were posted to the forums (which I have borrowed, and would give credit if I knew where to link it) of people crowding in.
There is a bit of annoyance in the forums that race change potions from the Station Cash Store are available on the Time Locked Progression Servers, allowing anybody to become an Iksar without having to start over. The discussion, as it generally does, falls into the “not authentic” and “this isn’t a ‘classic’ server” camps.
Of course, the key metric for progress is how soon the next set of objectives will be met to open the next expansion, the Scars of Velious.
As of this morning there, 5 of the 6 bosses have been killed and 3 of the 12 required quests have been completed. The report in the forums said that the first boss was down within 15 minutes of the expansion going live.
- Trakanon (by Twisted Legion)
- Venril Sathir (by Ion)
- Talendor (by Armageddon)
- Severilous (by Twisted Legion)
- Gorenaire (by Citizen)
- Orb of Mastery (by Seleking of Armageddon)
- The Scythe of the Shadowed Soul (by Corpselover of Twisted Legion)
- Ragebringer (by Dezire of Twisted Legion)
It looks like four guilds are competing to finish off the expansion. You can see representatives from each in the pictures above. The initial set of bosses were taken down by Twisted Legion within 10 days of the launch of the server.
I expect that all the quests will be complete and the last boss down by the end of this coming weekend. We shall see. With that timeline we could see Velious open up in early July.
As of this point, I have seen no formal announcement of any of this by the EQ community team in the forums or on the main page.