Greetings friends and family of Rosengard,
It's hard to believe the Phinigel server has already been up and running for two and a half years. A lot of us (myself included) couldn't subject ourselves to another Kunark run after 6 months of it on Ragefire, but things really picked up for Rosengard on Phinigel in Velious and beyond! Our raid team continues to excel with most of the same steady leadership you've all come to know, plus plenty of new additions to the guild keeping our numbers strong. We've cleared every obstacle the raids have thrown at us so far, even alien carpets and broken Performer triggers.
While a lot of EverQuest purists will tell you the golden age of EQ ends after Planes of Power, I couldn't disagree more. Classic content is definitely nostalgic, and taking down the gods is an iconic experience. But with the release of The Serpent's Spine expansion next week, we're truly entering a new and amazing era for the game.
I personally find the upcoming content to be the most complete and defining expansions for the game, and I haven't even seen all the raid content in TSS myself yet! The Serpent's Spine is not some half-assed 6 zone expansion where the content mostly takes place in instances. It's a beautiful expansion with 13 huge, well-designed open world zones for group content, plus of course tons of raids. Phinigel is still a thriving server, but it's easy for everyone to stick to their own raid instances and guild halls. We kind of overlook other guilds and players sometimes. I really believe TSS will really make the server feel noticeably more alive.
I'm posting this as a public notice, keeping in mind all those players we've left behind over the last two and a half years. Lots of wonderful friends have come and gone, but the core of Rosengard is still thriving with the help of a crew of great new recruits. Maybe you find yourself away from the game, but thinking about scratching that EQ itch. Or (/gasp!) maybe you've settled into the classic content again on Coirnav or Agnarr. If you've ever thought about making a return to Phinigel, I am telling you unequivocally now is THE time to do it!
"But Stein, why? Why would I return now? You must have some good reasons to be posting all this!"
Fear not, you're damn right I do! I probably forgot some things, but here's a list of just the stuff I can personally remember/confirm we'll be getting with TSS:
1) New global faster xp rate
Whether you're returning as your old level 60 main, or leveling up a brand new class, it's going to be faster and easier to catch up to the crowd than ever. Prathun has confirmed xp rates on Phinigel will match regular standard servers once we reach TSS.
2) Rotating hot zones up to level 65
Still not fast enough xp for you? Try a hot zone! As a method for funneling lower level players into the same areas to make grouping easier, one zone per level range will have an additional xp bonus, up to level 65 content.
3) Out of combat regen
STILL not fast enough xp for you? Or do you easily get bored during medding downtime? Not to worry! TSS introduces the new Out of Combat regen system for HP/mana/endurance. As long as you've been out of combat for 30 seconds (or 5 minutes if you fought a raid mob) then all your regen rates will skyrocket, and you'll be FM and ready to go in just a couple minutes.
4) AA's autogranted at least through PoP
In our current Prophecy of Ro era, all AA's up through Planes of Power are autogranted. This amounts to the first few hundred AA's. It's possible with TSS they will even auto-grant up to Gates of Discord AA's, but we haven't confirmed that just yet. Either way, it's a great boost for catching up if you fell behind.
5) Defiant armor
This new type of armor drops uncommonly (but not TOO uncommonly!) globally from ANY zone in the game. Level appropriate gear will simply drop from random mobs as you level up. This makes gearing up a new or returning character to survive a few raid AE's a lot less painful. But if your concern is "omg ez mode!" don't worry. The armor caps off far weaker than raid gear.
6) New race - Drakkin!
Now I'm the first to admit I think the Drakkin look pretty stupid. But that said, some people love them! This is the final new playable race for EQ, and as such it will encourage a new crop of alts. New alts means more leveling players for everyone to group with on their way up to level 75.
7) Crescent Reach starting city
Crescent Reach is the new hub city for Norrath. All new characters have the option to start here if they choose (you can also choose your old original starting city if you prefer #KaladimForever). This funnels a large % of new characters into the same part of the world, and encourages grouping.
8) Hero's Journey
Hero's Journey is a HUGE (and seriously I mean huge) set of new achievement based quests. It encompasses all types of content, from solo to raid. It's impossible to be bored in TSS. There is always something else on the list.
9) Full expansion of new content from level 1-75
Bored of the same old leveling paths? TSS is the first expansion since Luclin to cater to ALL level ranges in the game. If you are so inclined, you could roll a level 1 character and level up to 75 without even leaving the continent except maybe to buy a few spells etc.
10) New level cap and new AA's
I almost forgot to even mention it there's so much other stuff! It's been four expansions for us now stuck at level 70 max, and TSS finally raises the ceiling up to 75. And of course that comes with a full crop of new AA's, including new activated abilities for every class.
11) Tiered spell ranking system
The Serpent's Spine introduces the tiered spell system - Rank 1, Rank 2, and Rank 3. Each tier of the same spell is generally the same basic effect, but just a little bit better for higher ranks. Rank 1 spells are vendor purchased, Rank 2 come from group content, and Rank 3 come from raids. This means you can jump in Day 1 and buy all your Rank 1 spells from a vendor, and you're ready to perform all your main class functions. Of course you can perform them slightly better once you get your higher rank spells, but it's a solid base to start off.
12) Two end game raid zones
And finally, an awesome expansion is never complete without some awesome end game raiding. The Serpent's Spine boasts two completely different settings for top tier raids. Frostcrypt, Throne of the Shade King has two raid instances, and Ashengate, Reliquary of the Scale has three. This helps adds some variety in raid content instead of all the best items being from one zone.
We at Rosengard hope to see some old friends return to experience The Serpent's Spine with us!
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The headline reads "Rosengard clear Prophecy of Ro in under a week, 4th (yes 4th) guild to down Ayonae!"
As usual, the detail behind the headline is far more revealing!
As usual I can't remember the order of the things we killed but for once I took a lot of screenshots!
For those of you of a TLDR disposition we are still recruiting, also there's a funny drawing of Sirrod's latest attempts to fly down below and some quotes!
Here's some Theatre of Blood screenies, which we split rather effective
He isn't that cruel really, dropped some nice loots!
She's not so mad now!
He expertly conducted the Rosengard orchestra to his own demise.
3 Attempts, missclick madness!
She definately works out!
Despite appearances, we did not drop a rock on his head, we oppened a can o whoop ass on him!
We came, we saw, she can't sing so we rioted and took her loots!
Now as promised, the epic story of Sirrod's latest attempt to fly!
During one event there is a room with traps, Sirrod attempts to demonstrate the 'safe way' to jump down avoiding this room.
He failed so hard I think I popped a testicle laughing.
Anyway, heres the quotes
And finally, we look forward to a major expansion with a whole new race, new levels new AA's and new spells and new content and new newness in a few makes, due on May 23rd according to crap I googled!
Check recruitment or speak to an officer if you're interested in joining our friends list!
For the (late) March update the news is that we've continued to clear Demiplane efficiently and split Anguish/Vish etc.
Which isn't exactly news, but anyway!
Wednesday March 28th is when Prophecy of Ro launches on Phinigel and Rosengard as always will be ready to progress at our own sensible pace.
As there's no levels or AA's increase (for the 8 weeks of the expansion) it's a good chance for some our old friends to come and catch up with us, or for some new friends to apply as we want to continue not needing boxes to raid content!
If you're interested check the available classes, or speak with any officer.
Since there isn't much to say till PoR is cleared, I'll just leave you with some quotes!
Febuary news time is here!
Depths of Darkhollow is now live, the expansion is now a week old and we're progressing very steadily. (In fact it is now cleared, scroll down for more infos!)
We kicked off the week by not raiding at all, and letting people dreadspire and vule flag and generally spell misison and enjoy content, which seems to have gone down well.
Sunday we managed to split all 5 blood raids, including the notably difficult Sendaii, The Hive Queen event.
More impressively (IMO at least) we pulled off 5 Vule splits to flag a hell of a lot of people for Demi-Plane.
On a personal note, this was the part of the expansion I was looking forward to most. Genuinely new content I hadn't experienced, and a guild based milestone for RG to progress further than we had on Fippy.
And what fun it was! In our first Demi-Plane raid we managed to clear up to Roley event (with shit loot all the way!)
For once I remembered to take a few screenshots to!
Surprised mortals? Well no, not really....we read the strats and were well prepared!
Run run fast as you can!
This guy reminds me of an X-man somehow but I can't think which....
For all powerful beings they don't half wear some shit noob armour!
We re-visited Demi on Thursday, clearing tier 2 after some hilarious failing on the performer event and with only fleeting time for a half hearted Mayong attempt (TBH it was more a chance to practice some strategy than an attempt)
And so on DoDH day 11, a meare 20 dkp raiding hours after it launched, Rosengard became the 7th (citation required but fairly sure that's right) guild to beat the expansion.
And it was done in some style to, a near on flawlessly executed raid plan, killing him first time on the night with only the basic clickers farmed.
And what better way to celebrate a joyous expansion clear than jizzing 50 cumalitive AA's on some fireworks!
Fantastic job all round, well done everyone!
Anyhow, as always I have compiled a list of funny stuff that pops up in guild group and raid chat.
Some say, that it's a list used by Satan himself to read on the toilet.....
And that if you read them all backwards, you'll be cursed to sniff pencils for the rest of your natural life.
All I know is, they're called the quotes!
Amazing isn't it! Sirrod escapes unharmed, after all his little accidents.
But wait? what's this! late breaking news with some stickman art!
and that's the last time I ever get a buff off him I guess, but it was worth it!
I will likely just tag on an update when demi-plane is clear rather than do a whole new page, so udpate when it's ready.
Oh as always check out recruitment and all that jazz, peace!
Here we are in January and it's time for another news update.
Depths of Darkhollow looms on the horizon at the end of the month, and as always preperations are well under way!
Meanwhile I've been accused of slacking on these, to that I say It wasn't time for a news update before because:
A: People keep hassling me for a news update.
B: You weren't funny enough until now to fill the quotes.
C: We hadn't done anything news worthy.
And what is more news worthy than once again splitting the current boss mob of an expansion, in era, into 2 raids of....well ok one wiped twice and killed him an hour and a half later, but still! Damn fine work chaps, here's to more top notch loot!
To celebrate I bought a 25 AA Firework glyph and let it off in the guild hall.
Rarely have I thought such novelty shit is worth that much AA, but it was in fact very pretty indeed!
Anyhow I really can't be arsed to draw what Teeks does to the penguin this month (it ain't pretty) so here's the quotes after people finally stepped up the game!
As always check the frontpage for recruitment, and remember we're always happy to see our old friends return and lend a hand to get them back in the groove!
Oh, and happy new year and all that jazz!
Tis the month of Christmas, and all through the house,
All the raiders were stirring a-twitching their mouse!
With this update comes the news that Dragons of Norrath expansion is live.
I personally struggle to call it an expansion, its more of a clip on in my eyes!
Having said that I'm enjoying it far far more than I ever thought I would, the crystals give a relatively decent way to cash up or gear alts, the raid based progression AA's are excellent and the end boss is an especially fun encounter that requires a decent amount of focus and teamwork to succeed.
Naturally we dropped Vishimtar, allthough it took 2 bites of the cherry as there is a lot to take in for the strat in one sitting, the 2nd and so far 1 subsequent pass have been pretty good.
Anyhow thats DoN on farm mode, and the road to DoDH begins now!
Meanwhile our bards are in and out of action like the Liverpool and England footballer Daniel Sturridge, the man who is a hospital patient who's career has been blighted by the ocassional spell of football.
Not our Teeks though, hes busy in the Antarctic, he's even getting busy!
And that is....nearly that apart from of course the quotes.
Now that really is it!
Probably literally when I get sued for one or several of the comments made here!
Peace to you my lovers! \o/
(I may be a little drunk at the moment)
Trying to keep up with the theme of monthly updates so here is Ro-vembers!
What? Rosengard + November....Ro-vem...oh ffs never mind.
We've continued to split raids whenever we've had the mains online to do so, with more split anguish/tacvi and so on.
In fact we have been so good at it and got so much loot that we're killing faster than ever before!
Every week, the zone clearing records are trimmed a little more.
This has lead to the officers and raid lead team moving us to a 3 hour raiding schedule instead of 4 hour, starting 1 hour later than we previously had (now 8pmCET)
As always, we have room for more friendly faces to compensate for our uglier ones, and if you're an old friend that hasn't checked in for a while feel free to stop by so we can all insult you for being a massive slacker!
Anyhow on to other things, no one really understood what was going on especially with our (non) resident penguin lover last week, so perhaps this months MIA will shed some more light on what our bards have been up to instead of logging on and afk'ing!
And Teeks isn't the only bard who seems to love obscure places, in fact a lot of our bards seem to enjoy relative solitude and lack of human contact!
And finally, quotes including OMM mask click excuses!
What the hell is with these monthly updates?!
Well frankly I only tend to update when there is actual news, or when I recieve to many tells asking me to update /glare Aegir
Owing to some returning friends and some new friends we find ourselves in the enviable position of having full raids every Monday/Wednesday/Thursday and Sunday.
So what do you do when you have 60+ fun filled friends to keep happy?
You split raids of course!
Now Rosengard splitting raids is hardly new, or surprising however when it comes to this guy.........
Generally splitting is considered to damn hard and risky, but not for us!!
It certainly wasn't easy and there were a couple of whipes along the way, but frankly that's far more fun that face rolling the whole content all the time!
So there you have it, kicking ass, taking names.
Heres hoping for some more returning friends and new friends soon, come join the fun!
Oh and speaking of fun, you wouldn't give me any peace if I didnt do this
Speaking of people who are MIA, I've been keeping tabs on our favourite penguin loving bard, and each news update I'll be letting you all have a sneak peek of what hes been up to!
Looks like hes been fishing, and is cold. Poor bugger! At least he has plenty of snow to eat!
So here we are, Omens of War is here!
Due to shoulder surgery on Essere (get well soon mate!) the news has been handed back to yours truly to dick around with! Hurray! Here's a picture of how he came by his injury...
I can only promise to be as low brow and stick figured as I was before, though I haven't been saving as many quotes as before sadly...but I still have a few.
The main story is of course this guy!
Overlord Matu Muram has fallen on our very first Anguish raid (well allright, on the 3rd attempt)
We as a guild couldn't be prouder of our members right now, an excellent achievement, we even had time for a MPG Trial before clearing Anguish.
Generally Omens doesn't add massive amounts of full on raid content outside the 6 MPG trials, there are however hundreds of new and fun AA's and spells, and a fair whack of group and mini raid content.
It's fantastic to see guild activity buzzing every night with epic mini raids, mpg group trials, anguish aug runs, signet camping and general exp groups to get our teeths into.
Seeing as I'm a zerker now and not a foreheaded wizard, I have a new background for quotes, which I hope you all enjoy!