Truly Naughty Troop Newsletter – Edition 20 – 16th June 2004

These posts are archives of forum / blog entries I made on my EverQuest guild website. The website won’t be around forever, and I wanted the posts all in one place so I didn’t lose them, this blog seemed like as good a place as any.


Truly Naughty Troop Newsletter - Edition 20 - 16th June 2004

Contents

1. Introduction
2. News
3. Upcoming Events
4. Zone-mania
5. Help Wanted
6. Help Offered
7. Useful Links
8. Acronym Buster
9. Messages
10. Feedback

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1. Introduction

Happy Patch Day everybody. Welcome to our new readers, and our recent guild joiners.

Look's like a big one (ooer!)

Here's the patch message in full -

| June 16th, 2004
| -----------------------
|
| Headlines!
|
| -Collision sees more improvements.
| -A portal to Gunthak has been added to the Plane of Knowledge.
| -/guidehelp is now available!
| -Gates of Discord sees more changes.
|
|
| Collision Updates
| -----------------------
| Many remaining collision issues have been fixed.
| -Floating NPCs in the Plane of Disease should be more down to earth.
| -NPC warping should be reduced.
| -The Emerald Jungle should no longer have NPCs below the world
| -You should once again collide with the dock in Natimbi.
| -The entrance to Najena should be easier to navigate.
|
| Gunthak Portal
| -----------------------
| -We have added a tome to the Plane of Knowledge to allow for faster
| travel to and from Gunthak. Enjoy. *
|
| Gates of Discord
| -----------------------
| -Increased the drop rate of quest items, for the Breakdown in
| Communication quest, in the sewers and mountain passes and Ikkinz. *
| -Increased the number of items that drop from the Qinimi and Barindu
| events for the Breakdown in Communication quest. *
| -Increased the drop rate of Breakdown in Communication quest items off
| the Yxtta bosses as well as making it possible to get them off other
| NPCs in the zone.
| -The Ikkinz Chamber of Might and Tipt boss mobs will now behave a
| little smarter when facing a strong defense. Beware!
| -Some tuning changes have been made to the Ikkinz single group trials
| and Tipt.
| -Changed the NPCs that guard Txevu so they are a longer re-spawn
| allowing you to get stragglers thru the zone much easier once
| you kill them.
| -Pathing in Txevu should be better. *
| -The bonus reward at the end of Inktu`ta will spawn in a chest instead
| of being handed directly to the player that triggers the
| dialogue.
| -Gates NPCs that dropped spells will now drop a token, which can be
| turned in for a class appropriate spell. *
|
| The Plane of Time
| -----------------------
| -We have made changes to the scripting for the Plane of Time, which
| will allow the server to shut down unused instances of the
| zone. This will remove the problem of waiting for an instance that
| another group has finished to shut down, before you can
| start your attempt. *
|
| The Plane of Hate
| -----------------------
| You can now access the Plane of Hate by talking to Relm M'Loch in the
| Plane of Tranquility and handing her a Fuligan Soulstone.*
|
| Items
| -----------------------
| -The Tainted Axe of Hatred has had its damage increased.
| -Many Gates items have had their weight reduced. *
| -The Muramite Death Shroud is now equipable by beastlords and has a
| wind instrument modifier. *
| -The Onyx Ring of Prayer now has a stringed instrument modifier. *
| -The drop rate has been increased for the following items in the Plane
| of Hate *
|         The Shattered Emerald of Corruption
|         Decrepit Hide
|         Staff of Elemental Mastery: Earth
|         Essence of Vampire
|         Eye of Innoruuk
| -The Diamond Tipped War Javelin should now look more javelin like. *
|
| Berserkers
| -----------------------
| -Berserker snare now has a set duration. *
| -Berserkers should no longer get stuck during their epic quest.
| -The following effects now lower hate instantly rather than over time: *
|         Diversive Strike
|         Distracting Strike
|         Confusing Strike
|
| Guidehelp
| -----------------------
| -The "/guidehelp" command is now available. The /guidehelp command is
| for quest/event feedback, wedding requests and questions
| regarding quests/events. Please be aware that all Customer Service
| issues must go through /petition for resolution. There may
| only be 1 request in the guidehelp queue at a time for each player.
|
| Raid Management
| -----------------------
| -Raid leaders now have the ability to add notes to the raid window.
| There is now a tabbed window in the Raid window, clicking
| on the Notes tab will show all the raid members in a single list, with
| notes next to their name. The Raid leader can click on
| a player, and change that player's note in the edit box below the list.
| The note will show on all raid members' raid windows.*
|
| -Added an MOTD to Raid Window. On the Notes tab there is a window for an
| MOTD at the bottom. The Raid leader can edit this MOTD, and the new
| text will show on all Raid members' Raid windows. *
| -The escape key will now close your Raid Window.
| -Raid Leaders can now remove members from the raid, even across zones. *
|
| Tradeskills
| -----------------------
| -There have been several upgrades to Gates Tradeskilled items. *
| -Gates smithed weapons have been adjusted. *
| -Gates fletched arrows have had their damage increased and are now
| magical. *
| -Tradeskill drinks from Gates of Discord have had their duration
| enhanced. *
|
| Stopcasting
| -----------------------
| We have added a /stopcast command -- This command will not work when
| riding a horse. *
|
| Undead Pets
| -----------------------
| Pets no longer go away after their master has feigned death for more
| than 2 minutes. *
|
| Lay on Hands and Harm Touch
| -----------------------
| Lay on Hands and Harm Touch will no longer affect corpses. *
|
|
| Corpse Dragging
| -----------------------
| We have increased the range of the /corpse command *
|
| Spells
| -----------------------
| Many damage shields have had their damage and duration increased. *
| Increased the regeneration rate on the following spells:
| -Regrowth of the Dar Khura
| -Regrowth of the Grove
| -Regrowth
| -Replenishment
| -Blessing of Replenishment
|
| Modified the heal rate for the following spells: *
| -Supernal Elixir
| -Quiescence
| -Holy Elixir
| -Breath of Trushar
| -Supernal Cleansing
|
| Lowered the mana cost on the following spells: *
| -Black Steel
| -Ancient: Chaos Vortex
| -Sun Vortex
|
| Increased the duration and mana cost on the following spells. *
| -Falcon Eye
| -Eagle Eye
| -Hawk Eye
|
| Bards
| -----------------------
| Bards should no longer use instrument animations when wielding items
| other than instruments. (No more stabbing yourselves in the head with
| your Epic!)
|
| Character Creation
| -----------------------
| The character creation process now has Voice Over to guide you through
| new character creation.
|
| Mouselook
| -----------------------
| Mouselook is much smoother and variable via a slider in the options
| window. If you use mouselook, make certain you adjust the new settings.
|
| Tutorial
| -----------------------
| All characters should start with the tutorial bank items.
|
|
| Filters
| -----------------------
| -The Focus effect should now filter haste messages. *
| -The Damage Shield filter should now work correctly.
|
| -- The EverQuest Team
|
| * Denotes an item that was requested by the EverQuest community.


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You've already signed up to get the newsletter, obviously 😉 , but I'd like to encourage you to get your guild-mates to sign up as well. The more folk signed up the better. E-mail addresses will be kept private, and will only be used to send out this newsletter on a weekly basis, so it's safe to sign up. Spread the word!

If you feel like contributing something to the newsletter, or have any feedback on it, please drop me a mail at tnt-newsletter@darkstorm.co.uk and I'll see what I can do.

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2. News

HoT - the HoT raid last weekend didn't go ahead - not really enough of the key classes in attendance (i.e. no puller!) - so instead we pushed some people through the PoJ Trial of Execution - grats to everyone who got the flag and a free AA to go with it.

Torelian Dinged 65 AND got his Epic! Grats Tore!

[Know someone who dinged something significant? Let me know - I'm not always on (no, honestly) so sometimes don't get to see dingage]

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3. Upcoming Events


Sat Jun 19th - Vindi - Meeting time: 9am ADT/10am PDT/ 1pm EDT/ 5pm GMT
        Full details : p087.ezboard.com/ftrulyna...=205.topic

Nothing else scheduled that I can see. Don't forget - everyone in TNT can run events, be they raids or just parties. Why not organise a naked-gnome-drunken-dash, or a drunk-arena-combat-day or even a naked-elf-fishing competition. Post it to the boards and I'll stick it in here.


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4. Zone-mania

Nothing this week - got a favourite zone or hunting spot? Send it in - let others know why you enjoy it so much. Remember a zone fondly from your character's youth? Let folk know.

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5. Help Wanted

No one asking for help - everyone's happy.

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6. Help Offered

Anyone offering help? Eh? Anyone?

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7. Useful Links

Look for open raids on Torv or trying to find out what's being hit when? Check out the Torvo raid board - p200.ezboard.com/ftorvboardfrm8 - some people ignore it, but it's useful none-the-less.

Missed the previous edition of this newsletter? Deleted it and want to read it again (to assist with getting to sleep perhaps?), check out the previous editions here pub21.ezboard.com/ftrulyn...troopfrm19 thanks to the Keeper of the Boards.

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8. Acronym Buster

Bah send some in you lazy good for nothing toons :p

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9. Messages

This in from Belkhanu,

Please remember to visit our recruitment page (p087.ezboard.com/ftrulynaughtytroopfrm5) to see if anyone you've met has applied for membership and needs your sponsorship. Remember that the officers will not invite a new member until that person has had two sponsors post their support in the Recruitment area, so if you think a person would be an asset then get posting in support of them! See the Recruitment Policy (p087.ezboard.com/ftrulyna...=89.topic) for more information.

When he's not drinking his own boot-juice, he's writing announcements and being an officer 😉

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10. Feedback

Please feel free to send all feedback about this newsletter to tnt-newsletter@darkstorm.co.uk.

Let me know if you'd like to see any additional sections or content, and if you have any content to contribute. The best way to get content into the newsletter, is to post it to the boards, and I'll pick it up. If you like, send me a pointer requesting it be added, but the board is the first place you should stick it 🙂

If you would like to stop receiving the newsletter, or would like to change your e-mail address, or any other administrative mail should also be sent to tnt-newsletter@darkstorm.co.uk - please remember to include your character name and e-mail address.

You can also send me a tell in game as Eviltrix if I'm on, but you should be prepared for vitriol :p

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