24 January 2006

Trumpet 127!!

Early last week, SOE effed up royally by spawning at least 1 Beta-test vendor into Knowledge. Of course, about a zillion people managed to transact business with the vendor before he poofed.

SOE's response to their error was to roll back every EQ character who ever ran by the vendor, much less transacted with him. The roll back was 24 hours into the past. Thousands of folks lost flags, levels, AAs, gear, plat and more.

As you can imagine, the community politely expressed their concern...er...more truthfully, the community let SOE know that there was no way they were going to take this lying down.

SOE realized that this could represent a turn of the tide in EQs subscription numbers. Their 2nd response was VERY interesting: They announced a double-XP weekend. That's right, all earned XP would be modified by 200%! Later on they extended the weekend until 12PM CST on Tuesday!!!! /huggerz SOE

The result? Highpass Hold was filled with 250+ toons at all hours of the day and night while peeps ran the Pickclaw's Revenge monster mission over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. All of those peeps were dinging levels and AA at furious rates.

I didn't learn of the situation until Sunday morning. Over the next 2 days I ran the MM countless times with my AA slider pegged to the East. I wrapped up all of my Planar Defense and Mitigation abilities, earned Shield Block 3, and got most of the way through the Omens Defense AA before my brain shut down and I fell asleep.

I wonder if we'll ever see a repeat of the double-XP weekend. . . .?


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