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Postby Jhereg » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:38 am

This is what was showing in the patcher message, I'm not sure if it will change over the day.


** Welcome to Dragons of Norrath! **
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A series of events has transpired across the world of Norrath and the familiar faces of Firiona Vie and her nemesis Lanys T’Vyl return to find themselves at the forefront of the events. Unbeknownst to them, a dark influence has seeped into the world of Norrath causing new tensions to arise and conflicts to intensify as the dawn of a new age emerges. The Age of War is upon the people of Norrath and heroes return in this ultimate, unending battle between good and evil.

Prepare for EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath and return to the lands between Halas and Lavastorm as you seek out the Nest, the ancestral birthplace of all dragons, long sealed away and hidden from the eyes of Norrath. But beware, if the Nest is exposed too early during the Brood Dawn, all dragons and their eggs will be cursed for eternity and death will storm down on all Norrathian's not in their service.

Featuring new lands with enhanced graphics, bold new storylines, and updated creatures including goblins, drakes, dragons and the ominous Frost Giant! EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath is the next great expansion pack for the fantasy saga that is EverQuest. Make ready with new features such as the interactive world map, use your potion belt to access magical items quickly, and swap between weapon sets using the bandolier. Plus, with the all new guild hall you can easily get your guild ready to encounter anything that comes your way! EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath is bursting with new adventures and intense battles for players of all levels.


** Features **
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* Bandolier *
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To open the Bandolier window use the 'B' key.

The bandolier will provide you with a quick and easy way to wield your weapons in different predefined combinations. When a weapon set is activated, the bandolier switches the currently equipped weapons with as many of the weapon set items it can find in your inventory. To add a bandolier, first click on the slot that you want to fill. Then click the add button. You can name each set. The weapon set that will be saved as the weapons you currently have in your inventory (primary, secondary, range, and ammo slots). You can make hotbuttons out of the weapon sets for easy, quick swapping.



* Potion Belt *
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To open the potion belt window use 'shift P'.

The Potion Belt allows for quick use of inventory items, such as potions or magical devices. To add a potion belt enabled item to the potion belt, simply put the item on your cursor and click in one of the belt slots. Then simply right click on the item to use it. Please note that not all clickable items are usable from the potion belt.



* The Barter Zone *
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The entrance to the Barter Zone is in the western section of the Plane of Knowledge. The default in-game map has the location marked on it (this may not be true if have a custom map). To setup your character as buyer, use the /buyer command to bring up the Buyer Barter Window. When you’d like to sell an item quickly without heading to the bazaar, use the /barter command to bring up the Barter Window. Please refer to the context tips or the manual for more information.



* The Guild Lobby and the Guild Hall*
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The entrance to the Guild lobby is also in the western section of the Plane of Knowledge. The Guild Hall entrance is at the back of the Guild lobby accessible by active guild members.

Guild Lobby:

- Looking for Guild and Looking for Guild Member tool: You can use the looking for guild tool or the looking for a guild member tool by clicking on the note boards. In the Guild Lobby use your map to find the note boards.

- Corpse Summoning: Speak to a Disciple of Luclin. This Disciple can sell you a level appropriate soulstone. Take the soulstone to a nearby Priest or Priestess and they'll summon all of your existing corpses in Norrath directly to your feet (except those corpses that are in Shadowrest). Be sure you loot your corpses quickly because they won't be there long!

Guild Hall:

- Guild Portal: The guild portal is activated by speaking to the gnome in the Guild Hall. You will need to purchase a focus stone from him and then hand it back in order to focus the portal on a specific location. Once the portal is focused, step on the crystal platform to bring up a yes/no dialog box. Clicking yes should teleport you away.

- Mana/Health regen pool: Walking into the back right room in the Guild Hall will cause you to regenerate health, mana, and endurance at twice your normal rate. You should see a text message when you enter the area of the pool as well as a particle effect on your character.

- Buff Timers: Buff timers are paused while in the Guild Hall.

- Guild Tradeskill Objects: Various tradeskill tools are located in the Guild Hall for easy access by guild members.

* Missions *
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Mission givers for Dark Reign and Norrath’s Keepers can now be found in Lavastorm. These mission givers offer quests for groups of 3 to 6 players that take you into the Dragons of Norrath. Only a few missions are available at first, but as you gain faction and earn their trust, more missions will open up. Missions make use of a new shared task system that shares space with the Task window (Alt-Q). You can manage the players in your shared task from the new Shared Task tab in the Task window.
Successful completion of a mission will reward you with crystals that can be redeemed at mission vendors in the two camps. Each side has their own crystals that they award and their mission vendors will not accept crystals from the opposing side. You can create stacks of crystals for trading to other players by clicking on the crystals display in the inventory window. The reclaim tab under the crystals display will add any crystals you have in your inventory. You can only spend crystals that are listed in the display, so be sure to reclaim before visiting a vendor.




** Live Patch Information **
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The EQ Mail System!
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EQ players now have the ability to send persistent messages to players who are not logged in! To use this new feature, take a look at the new icon that has been added to the window selector. This icon will change color when you have unread messages. It also blinks for a short period of time when new mail arrives. To open the mail window, click on the icon or use CTRL-M. Here's a few other helpful hints.

Sending Messages - To send a message, press the "Compose" button. Enter the character name of the recipient in the "To" field, a subject and the message itself. Press the "Send" button and mail icon of the recipient will start blinking! Please be aware that you can currently only email one recipient at a time.

Receiving Messages- If you are online, new mail is delivered to you immediately without delay. When you open the mail window, the number of unread messages is put between square brackets close to the "Inbox" list title. In the mail window, your messages usually appear sorted by date. You can click on the column header to change the sort type and order. You can also resize the width of a column with the mouse, just click and drag a column header separator.

Viewing Messages - To view the body of a message, select it in the list. The message text window displays the message fields in a different color, followed by the text of the message.

Managing Messages- When a message is selected you can reply to the sender or forward the message to another player by pressing the corresponding button. An appropriate default subject will be inserted for you and a copy of the original message is added to the mail composition window.

Deleting Messages - You can also delete messages, in which case they will be placed in your "Deleted Items" folder. To select multiple messages for deletion you can use SHIFT-click and CTRL-click. The "Deleted Items" list is where your deleted messages go. The total number of messages in that list appears in the title. Two additional actions are available to you when managing your deleted messages: you can restore deleted messages using the "Undelete" button, and you can permanently delete all the messages by click on the "Empty Trash" button.

NOTE: You can send a message to yourself. You can also send a message from the command line using the "[mailto" command. Syntax: [mailto <character name> <subject> <text> If the subject contains whitespace, you must enclose it in double quotation marks. Example: [mailto LadyCandy "You are so sweet!" Dear LadyCandy, etc. etc.



- The "M" key now opens the map.

- Fixed the following Omens augmentation combines:
Aug Inlay Titanite of Quickness
Aug Inlay Brilliant Titanite of Quickness
Aug Inlay Radiant Titanite of Quickness
Aug Inlay Titanite of Pure Quickness
Aug Inlay Brilliant Titanite of Pure Quickness
Aug Inlay Radiant Titanite of Pure Quickness
Aug Inlay Tourmaline of Quickness
Aug Inlay Brilliant Tourmaline of Quickness
Aug Inlay Radiant Tourmaline of Quickness
Aug Inlay Tourmaline of Pure Quickness
Aug Inlay Brilliant Tourmaline of Pure Quickness
Aug Inlay Radiant Tourmaline of Pure Quickness

- Modified the Hammer of the Dragonborn so that it has an instant casting time, but a 10 second recast.

- Dagger of Evil Summons now has a 120 second recast time.

- Increased the range on Blood Pact.

- Pristine Purifying Sapphire is now no-drop.

- Assistant Researcher’s Symbol now has the focus Quickening of the Anuek. The Hit Points, mana and end have been adjusted to 285. Added +20 attack, 2 hit point regeneration, 2 mana regeneration. Added +3 to combat effects, strikethrough, and accuracy.

- The following Anguish armor pieces have been upgraded:
Gladiator's Plate Sleeves of War
Faithbringer's Armguards of Conviction
Dawnseeker's Sleeves of the Defender
Bladewhisper Chain Sleeves of Journey
Duskbringer's Plate Armguards of the Hateful
Everspring Sleeves of the Tangled Briars
Fiercehand Sleeves of the Focused
Farseeker's Plate Armbands of Harmony
Whispering Armguard of Shadows
Ritualchanter's Armguards of the Ancestors
Blightbringer's Armband of the Grave
Academic's Sleeves of the Arcanists
Glyphwielder's Sleeves of the Summoner
Mindreaver's Armguards of Coercion
Savagesoul Sleeves of the Wild
Wrathbringer's Chain Sleeves of the Vindicator

- The low level quests in the new Lavastorm had their requirements lowered. They were previously set to high for their intended level.

- Lowered the agro range on NPC’s in Lavastorm.

- Certain NPC’s in Lavastorm will no longer assist each other.

- The Goblin runner in Lavastorm should no longer run past the zone line into Nektulos Forest.

- The Goblin Messenger in Frontier Mountains should get stuck in the geometry and disappear much less often now.

- Moved the spawn location of Valorian Guardian Florik in Halls of Honor A to an easier to get to location. He was previously spawning in a location that was harder than the intended level of the quest.

- Shifted the focus on the Bladewhisper Chain Wristband to the Bladewhisper Chain Boots.

- The focus on the Paladin Epic 1.5 is no longer restricted to only group heals.

- The Wand of Wintergrip can no longer be equipped in the secondary slot.

- The click effect on the Beastlord and Magician epic's has had its duration increased to 20 minutes.

- Kraylor Nalsiv in Plane of Knowledge no longer requires you to hand him your epic to receive your title. He now responds to dialogues instead of item turn-ins.

- The Mirrored Mask from Anguish now has a half second cast time and an 80 second recast. Reflective skin also now has an 18 second duration. This should make the mask easier to use when used correctly.

- Fixed a bug with the Zun Muram in Txevu. Previously he was not dropping his signet for the alternative access to Tacvi 100% of the time, due to a bug. This has now been corrected.

- Karsor the Mad returns.



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Postby Lachaise » Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:38 am

The Goblin Messenger in Frontier Mountains should get stuck in the geometry and disappear much less often now


LOL seems like a lawyer who wrote that... no guarantee just in case :) They don't want to say wont get stuck in geometry or disappear.

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Postby Bolwyn » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:05 am

See you all in the guild hall =)

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Postby Rendus » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:15 am

Wandering out to trade in some old games and such at Gamestop to get the boxed copy ;)
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Postby Buaz » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:40 am

On these "Dark Reign and Norrath’s Keepers" missions....

I would like to be better aligned with the will of the guild than I was in Velious. In Velious, I factioned on the side of the giants, because I couldn't move very well in the Dorf city, and because one of the giants' quests allowed me a very nice source of income. But as a result, I was always in the "troubled child" group when the guild needed dps for the quests. I can see similar potential with the Dark Reign vs Norrath's Keepers missions.

So, what will it be?

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Postby Bolwyn » Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:13 am

I may be wrong here, but I believe the choice may be made for you based on your Lanys (Evil) or Firiona (Good) faction as per the ongoing war in FV. During beta, I wandered thru what looked like an adventurer camp in Lavastorm. Mostly DE NPCs so I assume it was the Lanys camp and they wouldn't even give me the time of day, much less talk about missions.

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Postby Buaz » Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:12 am

Which way will the Guild lean then? Lanys or Firiona? I'm guessing Firiona.

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Postby Jhereg » Tue Feb 15, 2005 1:17 pm

I've always assumed we're on the side of the angels :)

Anyway, we'll know more in a few days but unless the names are misleading I'd go with Norath's Keepers.

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Postby Rendus » Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:16 pm

The in-box item is just a silly cloth map (not a cloth map of Silly, mind you). Yee-Haw.
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Postby Jhereg » Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:56 pm

They redid the bazaar, you start on a lower level area with tradeskills I think. I had to use a teleport pad to move to the Red Dragon hall then stand on a bench to start a trader.

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Postby Rendus » Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:03 pm

Deposited a copy of Divine Intervention into the guild bank. Looks like officers deal with the rules for access on a per item basis, not sure quite how it works. Know you can restrict to a particular character, but I dunno about class.
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