The server merge… or server consolidation… or whatever they ended up calling it… plans for EverQuest II, officially announced back in August, are now complete. Nine of the low population servers have been consolidated into three.
As somebody who had characters spread across four servers, Crushbone, Guk, Freeport, and Stormhold, I can now say that… I still have characters spread over four servers. They are now named Maj’dul, Halls of Fate, Skyfire, and Stormhold.
So no help for me on that front.
The old servers were grouped and merged as follows:
- Butcherblock, Crushbone, and Oasis servers into Maj’Dul
- Everfrost, Guk, and Unrest servers into Halls of Fate
- Freeport, Nagafen, and Permafrost servers into Skyfire
The ever-popular Antonia Bayle server was left to its own devices, while the even more popular Time Locked Expansion Servers, Stormhold and Deathtoll, roll on as before.
Servers outside of the United States have not been touched as yet. If you want an EverQuest II PvP server, your options now are Deathtoll and that Russian server… Harla Dar?
I suppose I can bask in the warm glow of each of the characters on those three servers having nine more titles to choose from. It appears that I got three variations of titles for each of the three servers, So my character Reynaldo from the Guk server can be “Of,” “Descendant of,” or “Native of” Guk… or Everfrost… or Unrest. Not sure why he got all three, but there it is. I think I’ll stick with the old school “of E’Ci” title to show my old Norrathian cred.
Also, Reynaldo has years old guild mail from Revelry & Honor in his mailbox. Lots of it. I should probably go delete that at some point.
Meanwhile, on both the Stormhold and Deathtoll nostalgia servers, the Kingdom of Sky unlock vote went down to defeat. From the forums:
This is a quick update to let you know that the vote to unlock Kingdom of Sky did NOT pass on either Stormhold (PvE) or Deathtoll (PvP) in November 2015.
Don’t worry if you’re one of the players that was excited about Kingdom of Sky content, because the vote will become available again in 30-days.
So no floating islands in the sky this month.
I still think a vote every 30 days is too quick, but Daybreak seems keen not to let the EQII retro servers turn into a stale death march of boredom, as tends to happen on the EverQuest time locked servers after the first few expansion.
I was going to proudly report how I voted no on the unlock… and then I went and looked at my screen shot and… well… I guess I voted yes.
I am not sure why I did that. It seems unlike me. But hey, glad to see that I went down to defeat. Go me!
EverQuest II also turned 11 years old this week. Or maybe it was last week. I see different dates in various places. It was either the 4th or the 9th by most accounts, or maybe the 6th, but SOE celebrated it last year on the 10th. I suppose that just symbolized what a long strange road and all of that. To celebrate that, Daybreak has their 12 year veteran award all set.
I am so out of touch with the game that I have no idea what those tokens are for.
They had to roll out the 12 year reward because purchasing the first four expansions gave people a 90 day… um… boost… to their veteran status. Don’t ask me why this seemed like a good idea or a needed incentive back then.
As it so happens today, Friday, November 13th, is my own 11 year anniversary with the game, having rolled in just after launch when the second round of servers were opened up to take overflow from the initial servers. I wrote about all of that last year, so I won’t dredge it all up yet again. You can read that tale here.
And, in what might be considered an ironic twist, my Daybreak All Access subscription expired yesterday. I cancelled it at the start of the month because I hadn’t been playing on Stormhold as much as I thought I would. I haven’t been playing any fantasy MMORPGs recently. It is just odd that it should expire when it did. What were the odds? (1 in 30… so not that long of a shot actually.)
Finally, we stand on the edge of the first post-SOE expansion for EverQuest II, Tales of Thumbelina… ern… Trials of Terre Haute… no… wait… I’ve got this… Terrors of Thalumbra!
Set to come out next Tuesday, November 17th, Daybreak has decreed that there shall be double XP from whenever they said until the expansion launches… at which time you may resume grinding at the usual rate. Time locked expansion servers are exempt from this because you wanted an authentic experience, right? Nobody made you roll a character there!
And that is what seems to be going on in post-Cataclym Norrath this week.