After a lengthy discussion this weekend, it was decided that our focus as a guild from this point forward will be the Fallen Gate server. Since Fallen Gate was opened several weeks ago, there's been a dramatic drop in population on Stormhold. In it's current state, it's simply not viable to maintain an active rading team there.
I know that many of us have spent a lot of time and effort on Stormhold. While I think we all expected Fallen Gate to have some impact on the server population, I don't think anyone expected it to drop so much over such a short period of time. To resume raiding on Stormhold, we'd need to see new content and a significant increase in the server's population.
On a more positive note, Fallen Gate continues to be very active and we have a lot of new members in the guild who are interested in raiding with us. If you're an older member of Vindicate and considering coming back to EverQuest II, please look us up on Fallen Gate. And if you've never raided T5 before, it's a great time to return to the game.
If you're interested in playing on the new Fallen Gate TLE server, come join us in Vindicate. The new Heritage Quest rewards look fantastic, and it's a chance for people who joined Stormhold late to experience the original content. Just as on Stormhold, we're also accepting new and returning casual players and crafters, as well as those who'd like to participate in the original raids.
One of the features of the new server is that once you've completed a Heritage Quest there, that item becomes available to all of your characters on all servers (including Fallen Gate itself). At level 90, most of the updated rewards are best-in-slot, even surpassing the current raid gear.
We will continue to raid on Stormhold during our normal raid nights, and will begin raiding on Stormhold on our off-nights. Note that the raiding schedules and point systems will be managed separately on the two servers.
A beta test for the new Fallen Gate TLE server has started and will run for a week. This server has largely the same ruleset that Stormhold did when it first opened. If you're interested in participating in the beta, there are instructions here.
Update: They have added an achievement for reaching level 30 or completing at least 150 quests on the beta server. If you complete this before the beta test ends on June 15th, you will get a reward that you can /claim on Stormhold when the Fallen Gate server goes live on June 27th.
From Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th all servers will be awarding a 100% XP bonus for adventure, tradeskill and AA. It's a great time to level up those alts and max out your AA points for your main. There will also be a double status bonus which we can use to level up the guild and bank some personal status.
Check our Discord server for information about XP groups and the status raids we'll be running this weekend. The more people who participate, the faster the guild levels, giving us more bonuses. We'll see you this weekend!