EverQuest’s new progression server wiped due to launch issues

It was a less-than-auspicious beginning for EverQuest’s highly anticipated progression server.

The new server, Ragefire, came up yesterday and was immediately beset by several issues including overstressed login servers and instant level 50 characters appearing. Daybreak spent the day putting out fires, which included locking the server, applying hotfixes, and ultimately performing a complete wipe. Fortunately, most players had not made much progress; Executive Producer Holly Longdale said that the highest level character was only level 6 at the time of the wipe.

The studio said that players can get refunds for marketplace purchases prior to the wipe and that beta bags should not be affected. If the level 50 issue is fixed, the team said that Ragefire will re-launch today.

Source: Twitter #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, official forums. Thanks to Bob for the tip!
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CazCore
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CazCore

BryanCole FFXI had some of the worst game music i’ve ever heard.  their patching music literally made me nauseous.

EverQuests is actually better than average.

Cramit
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Cramit

Mind Flayer Yes, all progression servers are only available to sub players.

Cramit
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Cramit

I love reading this, merely because the the folks that OWN the game run it WORSE than people who don’t.  Absolutely HILARIOUS!  Not to mention, with SOE/DBG destroying the game over time, they don’t even know how to make a server people ACTUALLY still want to play.  Thank god for popcorn.

Covenant_U
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Covenant_U

My Gosh, the whining.  So they flubbed it up a bit, it’s still a terrific idea and soon I’m sure people who are patient will be on playing (I hope to be among them).  Seriously, I’m still not sold on DB but kudos to them for trying to rekindle interest among a loyal (if lapsed) playerbase. I’m sure they have done and will do things that people may get upset about, but misjudging the popularity of a brand new server running an old game many thought would be shut down isn’t this company’s worst move by a longshot imho.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

It seems DayBREAK is living up its name.

Mind Flayer
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Mind Flayer

Wait…  it looks like I need a $15 a month subscription to jump on the progression server?
Hmmm… having second thoughts.

Mind Flayer
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Mind Flayer

I’m downloading EQ now to get in on this.
Is this on the regular server list, or will I need to get a special beta installation to jump in on this?

goldstariv
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goldstariv

Overstressed login servers,… Does that send a stark message or what?

BryanCole
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BryanCole

Just goes to show, no matter how much testing is done, not everything is always found.  Also goes to show how rude, immature and given to a sense of entitlement people are these days.  Thinking that all things are perfect all the time no matter how much testing was or wasn’t done. 

I was looking forward to playing on this server with my guild as I never got to experience EQ in the early days and I think a core group of people is the key to enjoying it.  I did cut my teeth on FFXI and I know EQ inspired that game heavily so that’s sort of what I’m expecting minus the music and graphics that FFXI crushes EQ in.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Paaperclips Tandor Shadewalker Polyanna That’s good news. I’d have to have to see EQ people making I’m sorry videos too. :)

Damonvile
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Damonvile

CthulhuDawg I didn’t know a new server counted as ” launch day” when the game is 15 years old.

BrandonBrown1
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BrandonBrown1

Rozyn Dystopiq Well it seems they missed a lot of issues in the beta test which is also normal for Daybreak/SOE. They had a pretty good test run on the Test server with the advanced loot system and the 16th anniversary quests but aside from that they just don’t test things thoroughly enough or act on all the bug reports. Partially due to lack of employees working on EverQuest and partially due to how the company is run I imagine.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Rozyn Dystopiq Well the bugs are pretty huge. Enough to wipe the whole damn server.

Ironwu
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Ironwu

Server still down (12 noon 5/21). 
DGC live-stream canceled.
Hard to believe they could mess this up so badly.  Especially since it had been done before.  Perhaps they fired all the people that actually knew how to execute this sort of thing.
It is amateur hour at DGC, apparently.

BKone
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BKone

So…. fell flat on face or what?

Celestia
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Celestia

I feel bad for EQ fans. They deserve better.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Dystopiq Rozyn Oh then… I don’t get the big deal?

CthulhuDawg
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CthulhuDawg

Too stoked to be mad. I knew from the start it wouldn’t be a smooth launch. I mean people act like they’ve never tried to play an MMO on launch day before.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Rozyn It was a beta test. To test it. using testing. That’s what tests are for. To find issues like these.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Was this not tested beforehand?

I’m interested to see people actually going all out for this because I always kind of wonder how much people really want to go back to ‘vanilla’ where things were less polished, took more time, etc., versus just having rose tinted glasses. I never played EQ but any time my friends talked about how it used to be it sounded downright awful to me lol. Even EQ2 I’d only be willing to go back a couple of expansions, but I tend to like my QoL upgrades.

agemyth
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agemyth

Blame the beta testers (or lack thereof)!

Coldrun_MN
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Coldrun_MN

CrowingOne Ironwu Blinkenn Even so, I’d love to try P99, but don’t know a safe place that I’m comfortable downloading Titanium from.

I know most people use a certain buccaneer harbor for it, but I simply don’t know enough to get a version that doesn’t contain some form of malware.  Hopefully they’ll find a way to make the Titanium client cleanly/safely available, even for a cost.

squidgod2000
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squidgod2000

Tandor Shadewalker Polyanna
Some were level 1, but had level 85 gear.

Armsman
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Armsman

Server rollbacks were a COMMON occurrence with EQ in 1999. I guess Daybreak DOES want to give players the full ‘original’ EQ experience. ;)

SomniumWintersun
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SomniumWintersun

Hopefully everything’s ironed out when I get home so I can at least get in and start making my characters.

Paaperclips
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Paaperclips

Tandor Shadewalker Polyanna ^ This. From what I’ve been reading, it was a totally accident/bug in the system kind of thing. It doesn’t sound like people were abusing or exploiting or anything. It was just a weird bug that was making people level 50.

Ironwu
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Ironwu

Trying to get a friend to give up using the TLPS and just play on the regular servers and voluntarily play them from the racial cities and not use the PoK books or the other expansions.
Heck, could play without a sub for a long time that way.  :)

Ironwu
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Ironwu

Blinkenn 
Don’t need the P99 code base, need DGC to sell the Titanium edition of EQ so we can legitimately use the P99 servers.  :)

uohaloran
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uohaloran

It wouldn’t be a proper classic experience without a lot of bugs and rollbacks.

brelic
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brelic

It was a rough night, I was able to make a character and then the server came down immediately. Well hopefully I can play over memorial weekend.

Paaperclips
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Paaperclips

Darthbawl I prefer the “I took the day off of work for this (re)launch! Daybreak needs to reimburse me.” ones, personally. :P

Tandor Shadewalker
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Tandor Shadewalker

Polyanna It sounds like people were creating a character but when it appeared in the world instead of being level 1 it was level 50.

Blinkenn
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Blinkenn

Time to ask P99 for their code base?
I joke but it does feel more classic, classicier, classicest…

Polyanna
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Polyanna

How were people getting instant 50s?

Darthbawl
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Darthbawl

In before “Worst (re)launch ever!” pitchforking. :D

ohforfs
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ohforfs

It is still ongoing and they have not found the bug yet. At the last attempt of testing characters were appearing without any starting food/gear, guild note or spells. 

The last comment from Absor was that they will be logging the issue in the morning to try and track down where the bus is. So they have to *find* the bug and then they have to fix it.

I would be surprised if the server is working today – I suspect it will be tomorrow or Monday.

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