Nine hours ago, the following update was posted to EverQuest's Facebook page:

 

We regret that we were unable to bring services back online today, and continue to work hard on the issue!

Once again, a meaningless update that shares no useful information, or even acknowledges the fact that they've already gone on record that services will be unavailable until at least Friday.  Someone over there, as usual, needs to get the left hand introduced to the right hand.  While I realize that they are most likely trying to stem the flood of outgoing customers, I wish they would realize that we are not all addicts shaking like a leaf waiting and refreshing their page every 2 minutes for another update that has no meaningful information and just makes them look like nobody has a clue.  Some of us actually value our time, and just want an honest correspondence.  Is that too much to ask?

For those of you who ARE planning on returning to EverQuest once the dust has settled, we are currently looking for a few new faces to join in on the remaining lengthy farm of House of Thule. Eager to find a home with a guild that has a longstanding track record of excellence that has also stood the test of time? Township Rebellion Recruitment is officially open!!

We are currently looking for:

* 2 bard, * 1 cleric, * 1 enchanter, * 2 rogues, * 2 shaman

We have filled applicant openings in most other classes. However, we are always looking for exceptionally talented applicants in any class, so if you feel you have what it takes, we may consider you. In most cases it will be very likely that you will be asked to reapply when we have openings.


We look for all of our potential applicants to be:

* Level 90
* 1500+ AA
* Bonus points given towards those who have put in time developing their character through quests, improved augments, clickers, flags, and keys.


We currently raid from 7:30pm EST to ~midnight EST, 6 days a week with Fridays as our designated off day.  If this does not mesh well with your lifestyle, then we are not the guild for you.

We will only even consider high playtime individuals with the flags, AA and gear to back it up. You aren't high playtime if you only have 100aa, so please don't waste our time. While flags and gear may be negotiable for the right candidate, there is no substitute for playtime.

For more information, please check out our application forum.

Today's Facebook updated posted to a "Frequently Asked Questions" page that SoE has published in regards to the continued EverQuest outage.  However, they avoid answering the most frequently asked question of all... when will the servers be back.  To read the notice, visit this link:

http://www.soe.com/securityupdate/recentupdates.vm

However, the most informative update, received not from SoE themselves, but via the San Diego Union-Tribune:

The PlayStation network breach came from an attack on a data center in San Diego. Taina Rodriguez, a Sony Online Entertainment spokeswoman, declined to say if PlayStation and Sony Online Entertainment shared the same data center.  “Our servers are different from the PSN servers,” she said. “We are operated separately. But since we’re both under the Sony umbrella, there is a degree of architecture that overlaps.”  Rodriguez added that Sony Online Entertainment’s network would be shut down until Friday and possibly longer. The company has contacted the FBI to investigate the attack.

 

How considerate of SOE to publish this important tidbit to their customers direct, but rather, make us hunt down this information that they offer freely to the local newspaper.  Since there is no sign of the EQ Apocalypse ending anytime soon, I have decided to preemptively cancel raids for Wednesday, May 4th AND Thursday, May 5th.  Normal raiding will resume on Saturday, May 7th given that SoE gets their act together and gets the servers back up and running.

Once again, Please take the following precautions:

1.  NEVER EVER respond to an email or phone call, whether it looks/seems legitimate or not, asking for your personal information, identification, banking information or credit card information.  One of the biggest fears related to this breach of security is the potential for phishing scams.  Trust me, if your banking information or credit card info goes inactive on your EverQuest account, they will let you know by cancelling your subscription, at which point you can call into the Support Center to reinstate your service.  They will NEVER contact you for this information and if someone does, its almost certainly a scam.

2.  If you use your EQ/sony station username and password combination anywhere else, change those passwords immediately.

3.  Monitor your credit card statement or bank statement for unusual activity.  Despite what Sony claims, we have at least 3 members with reported charges... could be coincidence, maybe not, but either way, take responsibility for your credit cards, and CHECK THEM CAREFULLY.

Hey folks, in response to many inquiries, we wanted to reassure you that all of your characters and items are safe and awaiting your return. We continue to work on the issues as fast as we can, but unfortunately the servers will not come up today. Thank you for your continued patience; we expect to be back up very soon.

This update was posted around 7pm PST, Tuesday May 3rd, 2011 on the Everquest Facebook page.

 

These updates that are coming out almost at the end of the day crack me up.  Thats two days now (out of 2) that they seem to think telling us just a couple hours, literally, before the end of the day that the servers won't be up, as if it is some major revelation.  I mean really, I'd rather they announce it mid-afternoon with a most likely or whatever, and be wrong, then wait til 10pm EST to let us know what we have already figured out.

 

We're working as hard as we can to get the servers up as soon as possible, but have no ETA at this time.

This update was posted at 11:29am, Tuesday May 3rd, 2011 on the Everquest Facebook page.

This is the latest update in the EQ Apocalypse.  We are recommending that if you use your same username/password combination that you use for EQ on any other site that you change it as a precaution.  Please also monitor your credit card/bank statement for any suspicious charges.  I'll be posting a decision later this afternoon about preemptively cancelling raids, but waiting to see if there's any news from Sony this afternoon.   As always, when the decision is made, will announce via here, the boards and the email announcements.

update: raids are cancelled for Tuedsay, May 3rd as the outage continues with no end in sight.

With just shy of two weeks into the new expansion, House of Thule, we've been quite busy with leveling and all the chores that a new expansion usually mean.  We're still banging away at Convorteum, but in the meantime, we've also defeated two House of Thule events: Tick Tock last week, and Ritual of Terror last night!  While the Tick Tock raid seems to have some broken components, the content generally seems in better shape then last expansion and also unlike previous expansions, some of the most glaring errors in group missions, etc, have been tended to with much more speed.  Lets hope that trend continues.

 Well, my "very soon update" ended up taking a little longer then expected... life just has been busy as always.  While we actually got the Trial of Deconstruction kill later on that night the day of the merger, I yet again took a little extra time to announce it here!  Since then we've been busy, putting Cunning Plan down as well.

Once again, our halfling director Ormus Spielberg has been busy once again toiling away at restoring our movie reels... and has just relased our *cough* 2009 video!!  You can view it, and of course, his favorite Halfling movie from our video page (which we've recently updated to include a more robust library), or this convenient link:

We had a funny thing happen during Comic Con -- when some "anonymous supreme being" decided to make a sneak attack visit during the Block Party and hurt the Guardians of Arthicrex's feelings by being in a place where mushrooms shouldn't be spawning.  In the resulting aftermath, we got all fired up like a fleet of pissed off china dolls.

Our current recruiting needs are:  cleric, enchanter, magician, necromancer, and shaman...  however, we are always looking for exceptionally talented candidates in any class!  We raid from 7:30pm est to midnight, 6 days a week (no fridays), so if this fits in with your lifestyle and you are looking for a change, don't miss the opportunity to talk to Adetia, Ormus or Ironlung about our current roster openings. Please refer to our application boards for additional information. 

The event of the hour:  Today sees another server merge, which is a pretty notable event in EQ, which will see the combination of Luclin and Stromm.  Fortunately, the powers that be circled back and kept the Luclin name, much to the joy of some of our long term Luclinites!  We welcome our new neighbors from Stromm and look forward to meeting you all around the water cooler.  As most of you know, the merge also brings free character moves, so for those of you looking for a new home, we're looking for you!

Our current recruiting needs are:  cleric, druid, enchanter, magician, monk, necromancer, paladin, shaman, and warrior...  however, we are always looking for exceptionally talented candidates in any class!  We raid from 7:30pm est to midnight, 6 days a week (no fridays), so if this fits in with your lifestyle and you are looking for a change, don't miss the opportunity to talk to Adetia, Ormus or Ironlung about our current roster openings.   Please refer to our application boards for additional information.  There hasn't been a better time to make a move in quite a long time so don't miss it!

It's been awhile since I've posted an update, with everything else that's been going on, so here we go... Our last posted kill here on the site was Fippy and Unburrowing back in December, and rest assured, we've been busy since then!    January saw the fall of The Beast, and Masked Invaders -- can I get a badger badger badger anyone?  -- went down in March.  Since then we've taken down Brath, Guardian of the Hive, and The Cliknar Queen!  With my unexpected travels and everything else going on this Spring, my updating has fallen to a new all time low ;) Rest assured though, you'll still find us cracking away at it in game!  This spring has seen several patches designed to fix, tweak, and tune the first few events in Underfoot, and some of these have gone much better then others for sure...  however there are still many events with glaring exploits that have yet to be addressed, and it is our hope that these will be corrected soon.

 

 

This expansion has easily been one of the most borked up releases we've seen in years, in terms of chaos and overtuned encounters and the "spreadsheet" math model taking over encounters.  We've seen some interesting events this spring as a result, with the famous suspension that almost was, and some parts of the Sony staff continuing to refuse to take any meaningful position on the flagrant happenings out there. One readily apparent "easy out" for them would simply to put clarifying comments in the patch notes regarding these abuses when events are altered, say, like:  "Fixed Fungal Corruption to prohibit bypassing the first phase of the event".  It assigns no direct blame, keeps Sony clean of any real position, states the facts, and lets people make up their own mind about what is going on out there... but alas, probably wishful thinking!

Now some may say, yeah yeah TR just wants things nerfed and made easier, because that's the line they love to haul out, but the reality is:  the top 10 guilds will bang their head against whatever brick wall is thrown at us for however long it takes, but there's alot of folks out there that simply won't.  Now I'm all for this second tier of raids and higher being harder, but the first round simply needed to be brought down a notch (or 10) to make some of this content accessible, so am I glad for alot of the changes that have been made there?  Absolutely.  It helps keep the game healthy.  In this time of another server merge, guilds continuing to fall off the horse, players in alot of guilds serverwide retiring because they don't like where Sony is taking us, the signs are on the wall that something needed to be done, and the efforts made so far are a step in the right direction, but there are still several raids that are just simply a big hot mess.

On another note, I expect another update from TR soon!