Live Events are series of quests introduced to celebrate a season, or just to throw a little fun into the game.
Types of eventsEdit
Real world holidays such as Christmas and Halloween have counterparts in game, as does the anniversary of the original EverQuest going live. These events can last for a few days (April Fools/Bristlebane) to over a month (Christmas/Frostfell). Completely run by Sony, they are turned on and off by Live Updates so their starting and ending dates vary each year.
The events include quests and rewards themed to the lore of the holiday; recent additions include races that, while also a quest, are more of a mini-activity within the game itself. Almost all of the events have recipes for crafters to make holiday items, and a special holiday-themed collection (the EQ anniversary event, Chronoportals, lacks both). All events have holiday-related items that can be purchased, sometimes only with holiday-specific currency.
The two monthly events, City Festival and Moonlight Enchantments, run every month. They are activated automatically on set dates at specific times. Each event has collections associated with it, but no recipes for crafters. Items offered for sale can be purchased only with specific currency: City Tokens for City Festival and Elemental Tokens for Moonlight Enchantments.
Guides are players who volunteer for role-playing assignments. Their arrival on any server is unplanned by Sony, but can be partially followed on the official forums here. Since a real person is behind the character, however, these are sometimes referred to as live events. They can offer either quests or role-playing opportunities (i.e., round-robin or prewritten story time, joke contests, guide meet-and-greet). Guide quests that are themed to a major holiday will not be offered outside that holiday's ingame observance.
Player events are special events conceived and run by players. They can include help from Sony (special settings or appearances by NPCs) or be run only by players (i.e., weddings, decorating contests and "pay it forward" events). The most ambitious of these events can be advertised in a special section of the official forums here.
|Real World Event||Norrath Event||Duration (see note)|
|Valentine's Day||Erollisi Day||Feb. 10 to Feb. 17|
|St. Patrick's Day||Brew Day||Week of March 17|
|EQ Anniversary||Chronoportal Phenomenon||March 20 - March 28. Automatically turns on/off.|
|April Fools Day||Bristlebane Day||Around April 1st (Some events only on the 1st, some in a longer timespan)|
|None||Tinkerfest||Last weekend of July through first weekend of August|
|Halloween||Nights of the Dead||Oct. 15-Nov. 10|
|Release Date of EQII||Heroes' Festival||Nov. 21 to Nov. 30|
|Christmas/Winter Solstice||Frostfell||Dec. 10 to Jan. 10|
|None||City Festival||The 1st to the 7th of every month. Automatically turns on/off.|
|None||Moonlight Enchantments||The 20th & 21st of every month. Automatically turns on/off.|
|Independence Day||Summer Celebration Fireworks||The 1st to the 5th of July. Automatically turns on/off.|
NOTE: Real world dates are approximate, as they will turn it on with a Live Update and off again the same way.