Daily Archives: March 13, 2012

Lost Dungeons of Norrath Goes Live on Fippy Darkpaw… And Maybe Legacy of Ykesha…

This should now be live in game.

-Naylie, in one of the LDON forum threads

Oh, for a simple declarative sentence!  Did she mean one expansion, both expansions, or something else?

Released Together?

Why couldn’t she have written, “LDON and LoY are now live in game!”  Don’t they teach the value of a clarity in school any more?  Her statement was in a thread that was only about LDON.

After a morning of grousing in the forums about LDON not unlocking when expected, Naylie, the EQ Community Manager, posted around 3pm Pacific Time that development was looking into the issue.  Then about two hours later she posted the message quoted at the top of this post.

I mention this because, of course, the very next message in the thread was about LDON NPCs not being available yet.  And nobody went to the forums with the unlock message.  And, even the next morning, neither LDON or LoY are lit up as being unlocked on the progress chart, though people are clearly doing LDON content.

LDON Content

Which leaves me wondering what is unlocked and what is not.

Of course, part of the problem is that I am attempting to track and report on the progress of the Fippy Darkpaw progression server without actually being subscribed to the game.  That means I cannot post to the forums nor can I log in to the game to make a few simple checks that would verify that the expansions are live.

If I could see a froglok in game, the race introduced with Legacy of Ykesha, or find the LDON NPCs (or get the message inviting me to come visit them) then I would have positive proof that both expansions were up.

Instead, I am going to take the cessation of complaints as the indicator that both expansions went live yesterday afternoon.

So that would make the timeline for the Fippy Darkpaw server something like this so far:

  • 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

Which leaves us looking towards the Gates of Discord, the next expansion on the list.  At this point I am not sure when we should expect the vote on it to go live.  Was the timer for it triggered by the completion of the Planes of Power bosses?  Will it be triggered only after LDON and LoY bosses are complete?

I suppose I will just have to watch the forums and see what happens.

At least the PoP/LDON/LoY group appears to be the only exceptions to the “one expansion at a time” plan.  Hopefully that will lead to a bit less confusion on my part.

Meanwhile, EverQuest is set to go free to play on Friday.  Not that that will help me.  The progression servers require a gold membership, which is a classic subscription.

Reshiram and Zekrom Download Event for Pokemon Black and White

Pokemon.com has announced that Nintendo is offering a chance for owners of Pokemon Black and White to get the legendary Pokemon that is not available on each given game as part of the regular adventure.

Zekrom and Reshiram

The text of the announcement reads:

Add the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram or Zekrom to your game with a special distribution event beginning on March 10th and ending April 8th via the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service*! The Pokémon that you’ll receive into your copy of Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version will be the Pokémon that is not available in that version during normal gameplay. So, you’ll receive Reshiram into your Pokémon White Version game and Zekrom into your Pokémon Black Version game.

These Legendary Pokémon are Level 100, and have moves that make them extremely powerful in battle. Plus, you’ll know they are special Pokémon because they come in a Cherish Ball and are adorned with a Wish Ribbon.

The opportunity to get these Legendary Pokémon won’t be around long, so don’t miss your chance to get Reshiram or Zekrom for your game!

*Wireless broadband access required for online features. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com.

What is boils down to is that for a limited time, if you have Pokemon Black, you can download the legendary Zekrom.

And if you have Pokemon White, you will be able to download the legendary Reshiram.

The downloads are available now.  I have downloaded Reshiram to my copy of Pokemon White already.

The event is slated to last from March 10th through April 8th, though as we saw with the Mewtwo download event, Nintendo some times changes their mind, so download yours sooner rather than later.

These special Reshiram and Zekrom also unlock a special in the Pokemon Dream World.

This is not an in-store event.  This download is only available via Nintendo WiFi.  Instructions are available here at Pokemon.com.