In an unexpected move, Sony has quietly offered (I can't find any announcement anywhere) some free boosts via Legends of Norrath, greatly elevating their promise of a make good solution. Be sure to check out the LoN game for 8 free packs + a Loot Card! Most tankly folks are picking up this little guy... Idol of Talendor, which sits in your house looking very la-dee-da while offering 45 AC 150 HP trophy tribute. To my understanding, you can choose any loot item from the most recent expansion pack for LoN. Heavy melee dps classes may want to look at Dragon War Mask.
Kudos to SoE for establishing identity theft protection services for some customers outside the United States. Lets hope that this trend continues and you offer something similar to say, people in Canada! The service isn't ready yet, but more details will come. For those of you that have been hiding under a rock, this service comes on the heels of a 12 day outage following Sony's failure to protect their customer data, which hit several European countries the hardest, leaking not only their customer's identity information, but apparently their actual bank account numbers.
We had our first night back of raiding since the servers came up last night, and we cleared Sanctum in one night for the first time ever -- I'm sure we could have done this before, however we've always chosen to split the task into 2 evenings to give us more to do through the week. We decided this week to get it cleared since we're already behind lockout wise due to the outage. Now that the servers seem stable, we will, for a limited time, be accepting applications again to do a bit of roster rounding. 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 be having additional days off during farm time, however when new content is available we fully intend to return to raiding 6 days a week -- if you cannot meet this expectation, we are not the right 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 are negotiable for the right candidate, there is no substitute for playtime. As I always say, gear and AA can be fixed, but I can't hit the play button for you.
For more information, please check out our application forum.
Well, the dust has settled, and it appears that EverQuest is back to stay (or at least until the next security breach because the folks over at SoE didn't bother to update!) To read Sony's announcement regarding the restoration of services, click here.
Sony has also publicized their "Make It Good" program, henceforth known as the "Make It Not Really All that Great" or "Make It So-So", they announced the following programs to attempt to make up for the fact that the servers were down for almost two weeks:
* In addition to game time, current Station Access subscribers (with accounts in good standing) will receive 500 Station Cash.
* EverQuest®: A series of events, including Double XP, Double Rare Mob Spawns and Double Faction Gains
Now before those of you that insist on carrying the We <3 Sony banner no matter what start your protests, consider that none of the above do ONE BIT for those of us who you know, actually played their game when it was up, and are max xp with most if not all our quests/missions/tasks/etc complete.
Let's get real: The biggest loss that the 12 day outage represents to a good many people is the LOST OPPORTUNITY to clear our lockouts again. So, one really successful, winning solution to this issue would simply be to offer 1 piece of Sanctum raid gear to EVERY SUBSCRIBER. Quite frankly, as a member of a guild that has completed the expansion, if you give it to casual people. Wouldn't bother me in the slightest, and a gesture such as this would be an EXTREMELY good way to recapture good faith amongst your followers while costing you nothing. In fact, most people wouldn't even care anymore and you'd be unlikely to lose any EQ customers even though you failed to protect our personal information, and in some cases our credit cards and BANK ACCOUNT NUMBERS -- which is, in my opinion, perhaps the most eggregious affront of the whole thing.
Also, take care of your international customers. They suffered perhaps the worst breach, yet your only identity theft protection program is for your American customers. Surely Sony and SoE can do better then an embarassingly poor solution to a serious problem.
The Apocalypse is over... EverQuest has returned.
Raids will resume on Monday. Double xp, faction and increased rare spawns until May 22.
May 12, 2011
We thank you for your patience as we continue to work around the clock to restore our game services. We know this has been a frustrating time for you and appreciate your understanding as we work to confirm the security of our network.
In light of the recent outage of Sony Online Entertainment's game services due to April's cyber-attack, we are committed to compensating our loyal player base for the inconvenience caused by the data breach and lost game time while we improve our security measures.
We are currently in the process of an extensive upgrade to our network to further protect your information from future attacks. It will likely be at least a few more days before we restore our services, and when we come back online, here is what you can expect for each of our game services.
To read the remainder of this update, click here.
In light of this update, we are cancelling raids for the weekend, and will revisit the issue on Monday, provided there is new information available. Also, for our US residents, Sony is providing identity theft protection (IRONIC considering the worst security breaches took place OUTSIDE the US.). For more information about that program, click here.