Aside from the habit of writing a post about the EverQuest anniversary in advance, as I did with yesterday’s post, I also seem to have to follow up with a reaction post to things announced with the coming of the anniversary. And so it is today.
The EverQuest team put up a post with all sort of news yesterday. There was, of course, the heroic character for all subscribers and Overseer feature that was introduced into the game last week and the usual special anniversary events.
But on top of that they added in a 50% bonus exp event that will run through until April 1st.
They also announced the two new special servers that will be coming for EverQuest. The names will be Aradune and Rizlona.
Aradune of course honors the late Brad McQuaid whose in-game persona was Aradune Mithara and whose memorial I visited in East Karana not so long ago.
Rizlona, once a mighty bard, is a demigoddess and a guardian of the tower of Solusek Ro, and the name was at one point thought to be a possibility as an overflow server for the Mangler server that rolled out with the 20th anniversary last year. But that was not needed, so we get the name now.
Full details are yet to come for both servers, but they are said to be variations of the Mangler server (the FAQ for which you can find here) with some special variations.
But before that happens there will be a few server merges.
That was the start of a lot of updates for the EverQuest server architecture in order to accommodate the initial rush of players these servers tend to see. I do not know where either of these servers stand when in comes to expansion unlocks, but it seems natural enough to merge them together.
The Trakanon server will be merged into the Vox server. The Trakanon and Vox servers were launched back in 2012, when the game became a teenager and the conversion of EverQuest to its current semi-F2P, cash shop, but subscription too revenue model took place. Like a lot of people, I chose the Vox server to roll anew on for that event. Vox has remained somewhat more populated than its sibling, so it is natural enough to merge Trakanon into Vox.
The Brekt server will be rolled into the Firiona Vie server. Both are “free trade” servers, which means you can sell heirloom drops that would otherwise be bind on pick up, or so I seem to recall. Anyway, I had to look up the Brekt server, with everybody knows Firiona Vie is where the cool kids hang out, so the merge direction seems natural enough.
And finally, the end of days has come for the Fippy Dakrpaw server. Launched back in Feburary 2011, when SOE still wasn’t sure that retro servers were worth the effort, it was where Skonk and I spent some time wallowing in 1999 nostalgia. At least we did up until the great Sony/SOE hacking and outage.
Anyway, the nine year old Fippy Darkpaw server, which I last wrote a post about back in 2017, when it was merged with the Vulak server, which was the nostalgia overflow server back in 2011, will finally be subsumed into a mainline live server. It will be merged with the Vox server.
This is a double special event for me. Ages ago I promised (to myself at least, since I am not sure that you care) that I would write a final post about the Fippy Darkpaw server when its end finally came AND, unlike other mergers, my characters on Fippy Darkpaw will land on a server where I already have some characters.
There is no word on when these merges will happen, though my guess is before the new server launches.
In the mean time, I have to figure out what to do with my level 85 heroic character boost. As I have complained, level 85 isn’t a huge inducement in a game where the level cap is now at 115, but it is something. And it would give me another character to play around with the overseer feature. Maybe my cleric from last year’s adventures. I got him up to level 50. I could boost him to 85 and perhaps use some of that bonus xp time to get him a little further along. We shall see.