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Postby Pherawk » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:23 am

October 7, 2008
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*** Highlights ***

- Seeds of Destruction Zone Sneak Preview: All active EverQuest subscribers with accounts in good standing will be able to experience all new EverQuest Seeds of Destruction zones two week before commercial release! During this special event players can participate in quest lines and group encounters as they assist Antonius Bayle and preserve the future of Qeynos! Zones include the eerie devastation of the Void, the lush wilderness of Oceangreen and the perilous Temple of Bertoxxulous. Beginning October 7, 2008 seek out the herald of Druzzil Ro in the Plane of Knowledge to be transported to a time rift that leads to the preview content!

- Group Merge Ability: Looking to fill the last few spaces of your group? Groups now have the ability to merge with each other without disbanding from their own group! With this new feature, the group leader of one group can invite the group leader of another group to join his/her group. If the invitation is accepted, the two groups will merge together to form one group. This change merely allows groups to merge without having to make everyone drop out of their current group. All other group functionality should work as it did in the past. It does not increase the six person group maximum for groups.

- Group Window Enhancements: The following changes have been made to improve the Group Window - We've added mana and endurance gauges for group members. We've added a Group Roles infrastructure. When right-clicking on a member of the group, a leader will now have the roles sub-menu for role administration. If currently the leader of a group, right-clicking the player's health / mana / stamina window will also show the same role administration menu. We also added in the /grouproles command. A group role indicator was also added to the Player Info window.

- Target Window Enhancements: The following changes have been made to improve the Target Window - The target window will now display the buffs on target players, pets, and in the future mercenaries. The Inspect Buffs leadership ability is still needed to view NPC buffs. The target's buff timers displays in hours, minutes, seconds. We've added the ability to remove buffs from yourself, your pet, and in the future mercenaries from the target window. The ability to block buffs on you and your pet has also been added to the target window. The Target Window is now resizable.

- More Firiona Vie Character Slots: We've extended the amount of character slots available on the Firiona Vie server to 3 characters.

- Message to Custom UI Users: Due to the amount of changes being made to the user interface with this game update, custom UI users are advised to switch to the default before attempting to log in or if you experience difficulties when logging in.


*** Fan Faire Requests ***
These changes were made due to some of the feedback received at the 2008 Las Vegas Fan Faire.

-Added the ability for players to target nearest corpse and cycle through the nearest corpses via hotkeys. These will need to be set in the options menu to be used.
-Increased the range of emotes to match the range of say.
-Fixed an issue with damage shield mitigation on items.
-/target will now target the player instead of their familiar, as long as the player is within a reasonable distance of their familiar.
- We now display all bind points for a player when using /charinfo.


*** Spells ***

- A new resurrection spell has been added for Druids and Shaman. Wanderer Astobin and Mystic Abomin in the Plane of Knowledge library have the scroll for sale. The spell returns 90% of a player's lost experience and can only be used while out of combat.


*** AA ***

- Removed the group leadership AA Designate Main Assist since this functionality is given to all groups through the new Group Role system. Leadership AAs spent on this ability have been refunded in the form of regular AAs.
- Certain AA's that added extra riposte chances will no longer cause your non-rogue enemies to backstab you.


*** Quest & Events ***

- Monks should no longer get left behind after completing the Seventh Hammer portion of their Epic quest.
- Paladins should no longer get left behind after completing the Mujaki the Devourer event for their Epic quest.


*** Miscellaneous ***

- Items and coin are no longer left on a corpse upon death. The items will remain equipped and in their respective containers.
- Spells will now remain memorized on a character upon death.
- Players should now be able to equip items for which they don't meet the required level. In the inventory window, the item will be highlighted in yellow if the required level is not met. No benefits will be granted from this item other than being able to equip it.
- Added the concept of revive effects. When you respawn, you will receive negative effects for a while to compensate for having all your equipment and spells still memorized.
- /target will now choose PCs over NPCs when using a partial name.
- If you have a familiar buff but no familiar, it should no longer destroy any other pets you have when you remove the buff.
- All classes now keep their familiar buffs when the familiar is killed or dismissed, not just wizards.
- Fixed a problem with familiars for pet classes. If you have a pet, then summon a familiar, then zone, it will now keep your pet properly with only the familiar buff.
- Fixed some problems with the muted friends list for voice chat.
- Corrected a few issues with group and raid management functions.
- Groups are now somewhat persistent. If you log out and log back in you will still be in your group. Offline players should still be able to be kicked out of groups.
- Fixed a problem with /hidecorpse looted where the client and zone could get out of sync and keep you from looting for a while after that.
- Added /hidecorpse npc which works just like /hidecorpse all except it only hides NPC corpses.
- Drakkin rogues will now sneak at the correct speed when over level 50.
- Added in Group Roles infrastructure. When right-clicking on a member of the group, a leader will now have the roles sub-menu for role administration. If currently the leader of a group, right-clicking the player's health / mana / stamina window will also show the same role administration menu. Also, added in the /grouproles command. A group role indicator was also added to the Player Info window.
- Group members in other zones will now be notified when their group member (that previously logged off) logs back in (grey when they're offline, white when they're online). Their name in the group window changes color as indicated for online/offline status.


*** Voice Chat ***

- Slash versions of the commands are effective on playername for the channel you are in and only if you are the moderator (raid/guild/group leader)
- Unban only works via slash command since there the banned player is no longer in the channel and therefore no longer available to click on.
- /voicechat unban playername
-Unban only works to unban playername in the channel you are currently in, and only if you are the moderator (raid/guild/group leader)


*** UI ***

Several changes have been made regarding the design of user interface windows. Some of the changes are noted below:

- The group leader will now be displayed in a different color in the group window and player window. This will work in addition to /groupleader to find out who the group leader is.
- Updated the pet window to display timers in hours, minutes, seconds like the buff window.
- "Caster:" in the buff info window will now display the user name. Also, if there is no caster information available, the "Caster:" line should not appear.
- Added the ability to click on a group member and target out of zone / link dead group members. Using the function keys by default should also bring up the players in the target window.
- Invite, follow and disband/decline buttons are no longer required in the group window.
- Modified the spell gem window to auto-resize based on the number of spell gems activated via Mnemonic Retention.
- Added the ability when using custom UI's to target out-of-zone group members by clicking on their EQType's gauge.
- Fixed a bug seen in custom UI's where the spell name in the buff and short term buff windows would be "Unknown Spell" when there was no buff in that slot.
- In the group window, the gauge size can now be used by custom UI modifiers to set the size for gauges instead of having to change the background size.

- New -

EQUI_MercenaryManageWnd.xml
EQUI_MercenaryInfoWnd.xml
EQUI_MercenaryMerchantWnd.xml
EQUI_TopLevelScreens.xml

- Changed -

EQUI.xml
EQUI_Animations.xml
EQUI_FriendsWnd.xml
EQUI_GroupWindow.xml
EQUI_GuildManagementWnd.xml
EQUI_OptionsWindow.xml
EQUI_PlayerWindow.xml
EQUI_RaidWindow.xml
EQUI_TargetWindow.xml
EQUI_BreathWindow.xml
EQUI_CastingWindow.xml
EQUI_CombatAbilityWnd.xml
EQUI_EQMainWnd.xml
EQUI_CompassWnd.xml
EQUI_HotButtonWnd.xml
EQUI_LeadershipWnd.xml
EQUI_PetInfoWindow.xml
EQUI_TrainWindow.xml
EQUI_Inventory.xml


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Re: 10-7 Preview

Postby Ryft » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:28 am

Wow!

Is it just me or does anyone else get an overwhelming feeling that there will be a slew of emergency patches after this implementation?

/SOEBugs on


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Re: 10-7 Preview

Postby Annissa » Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:02 pm

LOL My thought was just WOW!! so many GOOD changes this time. But now that you mention it, yeah there will be lots of emergency downtimes related to this one.... unless they actually tested them and somehow got them working properly before releasing them to the Live servers.
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Re: 10-7 Preview

Postby Ryft » Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:36 pm

Unfortunately, i think that the testing process is SOP, but it never seems to go over well once they go live.

Oh well!

Ack! gonna have to switch to the Default UI for awhile as well. Hopefully the new features will add some sparkle to make it tolerable. :lol:

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Re: 10-7 Preview

Postby Pherawk » Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:35 pm

You have to pretty much resign yourself to the fact that there will be a lot of instability around these patches. This one is massive and a lot of good stuff. I checked it out on Test a little and the changes seem to be for the better and I'm looking forward to them on Live (I am a little nervous to know how much mana my healer has, however...). Some of these changes have been on Test for a couple months I think. It seems though, that no matter how long things are on Test, the larger population is always going to catch some major bug. What is nice though is that you can /testcopy your toon over to Test now, which will hopefully expose some of these changes to a wider audience than previously.
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Re: 10-7 Preview

Postby Annissa » Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:40 pm

Per Zatozia on the EQLive board:

Status Update: During the QA checks an issue was discovered and we need to extend the server downtime to 2pm Pacific Time (PDT is -7 GMT: 3:00pm MDT, 4:00pm CDT, 5:00pm EDT, 9:00pm GMT)
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Re: 10-7 Preview

Postby Cenadyen » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:33 pm

A large portion of this patch was also likely on Beta(note the changes and the addition of Mercenary files). Although I would not think that too many custom UI coders got in so it might be a while before the UIs are adjusted.

<Edit> Making it less likely that an NDA could have been broken.
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Re: 10-7 Preview

Postby Pherawk » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:36 pm

Of course, you don't know this because if you're in the beta you can't say you're in the beta. :P
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Re: 10-7 Preview

Postby Cenadyen » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:08 pm

Well of course. Making a best guess based on the files that were added to the UI :D . Guess the wording made you think that I violated an NDA of some sort, fixing that now.
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Re: 10-7 Preview

Postby Nannwin » Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:49 am

Cenadyen wrote:Well of course. Making a best guess based on the files that were added to the UI :D . Guess the wording made you think that I violated an NDA of some sort, You found me out now I need to go shoot myself.


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