BETA TESTING AND REWARDS
Beta Testing Basics
If you want your say, then Beta is the way! -- Bonzz
Every year, around October ? November, Beta Testing is opened up to paid players.
Watch for announcements on this in the EQ Forums, the Everquest site and / or EQ Discord.
Beta does require a second copy of the Beta version of Everquest to be installed on your computer (explained below).
Beta Testing is your chance to help weed out bugs and other concerns, before the expansion is released to live servers!
In the old days, Beta was by invitation. Later it was by application and approval. Now, it is paid accounts and / or pre-order of the expansion.
NOTE: Beta can and / does vary expansion to expansion. Let me know of any data below needs updated, due such changes.
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GETTING STARTED WHAT NOT TO DO WHAT TO DO (Expectations) HOW TO REWARDS
1) INSTALL EQ BETA: Even if you all ready have a version of EQ Beta installed on your computer from a past year, chances are it will not work.
Look for the Announcement that Beta Testing is open to Players and there should be a link to the download included.
The requirements to play on the Beta Test server are normally to pre-order the expansion and / or have a paid account.
In recent years, there has not been an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) attached to playing on Beta... BUT... to be sure, read the announcements... just in case.
2) COPY OR CREATE YOUR CHARACTER(S): Now you can either copy over Characters you have from other servers, or create a brand new one on the Beta Server.
If you create a brand new (Level 1) character, there is a /betabuff command (target yourself), that can boost your Character right on up to top Level (if allowed).
However, if you copy existing Characters over, they will start as is... for the most part.
NOTE! Before you copy a Character, make sure any items you want to take with it, are either on the Character or in the Characters primary bank (explained below). This includes Coin! I suggest you take ALL of your coin!.
To copy a Character over, you will need to log in on that Character (on whatever server that Character is actually on) and then use the /beta command. You can use this Command for as many Characters as you wish (from any server), limited by the number of slots allowed on Beta. Within about a day, they should show up on the Beta server. As a note, all Characters copied over from the same Account, despite the server, will appear together on the Beta server (meaning you can only play them one at a time, on Beta). However, if you can play Beta on two or more accounts, if you have two or more paid accounts.
3) SETTING UP A CHARACTERS UI (User Interface): You may notice, once you are on Beta, that any Character you copied over is generally intact.
You will notice the Character is not in a Guild, is not part of a Fellowship, has no Houses and the items the Character may have had in a Guild Hall or Housing Plots, are no longer there, either. Also, you UI (User Interface), Hot Buttons and the like may also be missing.
Don't freak out... your real Character on the real Server is still there and fully intact! However, your Beta Character is 100% temporary! Once Beta is over, it's over!
Anyway... for your first day on Beta plan to spend on setting up your Character, not adventuring and exploring.
If you know how to copy (not move) your character files over, you can so that and get back your UI.
Otherwise, the first thing you need to do is set up your UI (Windows, Hot Keys, etc.) to a degree of satisfaction for Beta purposes.
4) PLAY AS IS -- OR NOT: Next, decide if you want to experience Beta realistically (as you are), or if you want to beef up your Character a bit.
Playing as is will be a more realistic approach to Beta testing, since it will simulate what it will actually be like for you, when the expansion goes live.
However, beefing up your character can help expedite your Beta adventuring, by making you more capable versus the new content.
If you wan to beef up your Character, look for Old Man Thorren (see image, below), in the Plane of Knowledge near the Plane of Tranquility portal.
He sells all sorts of goodies... some free, some not... that can help you in your Beta Experience. Be sure to browse and snag up items that you feel you might need.
You may also notice that he offers several types of "Beta Fish" (see image, below). Look for the ones named for the coming Expansion, of the highest level. The Beta Fish are named for the Expansion they relate to, and the Group / Raid Level they relate to. Normally, "TS" (Tradeskill), is the best.
Beta Fish, essentially, summon little robot Vendors that will sell you a laundry list of Gear, or a laundry list of Augmentations.
Simply click the Beta Fish to Summon the Vendor. Click it again to dismiss the Vendor and immediately summon the other version of the Vendor.
You can do this as often and as many times as you like.
Buy all you want in order to replace / upgrade your current gear.
Don't forget, this server is Temporary... don't sweat over retaining your old gear! It has no sway on your actual character on the Live Server.
NOTE: You will notice that many or most items may not have an actual name yet (see image below). This is Beta! Items names will be added later.
5) HERO'S FORGE: You may also notice that Young Lady Analise is standing near Old Man Thorren.
If you don't all ready have access to wearing Hero's Forge ornamentations, she will give you free access to using Hero's Forge ornaments (Beta Server only).
6) LEVELS & AA'S: In the same area, you will also see Lorekeeper Antonov (see image below).
Lorekeeper Antonov can help you out with certain things like a Level Boost and / or free AA's (Alternate Advancement)... but only if the Dev's have allowed or activated it.
Just hail him and follow along.
As Beta progresses, he may, or may not, offer additional boosts. Example, early on, he might not offer Level boosts, but later, when the Dev's are looking / testing at higher tier / raid content, he may suddenly offer that Level boosts.
WHAT NOT TO DO
7) MARKETPLACE: Do not buy anything from the Marketplace, because you will be spending real funds, if you do!
Marketplace funds are account wide. Beta is just another server, albeit a special one!
In that Beta is temporary, you would be buying, for real money, items on a server that will go poof, in one or two months time!
Save your Marketplace Funds for the Live Server!
8) LOYALTY VENDOR: Do not buy anything from Loyalty Vendors, because you will be spending real Loyalty Tokens (aka Crowns), if you do!
Again, Loyalty Tokens (aka Crowns) are account wide. Beta is just another server, albeit a special one!
Save your Loyalty Tokens (aka Crowns) for the Live Server!
9) DEVS: You are very likely to ruin into and / or see the EQ Devs on Beta.
If you do, remember, they are busy working on things!
Don't spam them with feedback, concerns, issues or whatever. While they may or may not respond (they may be working on stuff outside the EQ Window), let them do what they do!
If you have the need to wave at them or whatever, cool. Just understand they are busy at work.
WHAT TO DO (Expectations)
10) WHAT TO DO: Just go play as you would on the live server.
Everything is here, just like on Live Servers, except it also includes the new expansion content and the special Beta-only content.
In particular, do Quests, Missions, join Raids, hunt Named (Rares) and so forth.
You can Solo, you can Molo, you can Group and / or you can raid.
You can even tradeskill!
Yes, there are Player-created Fellowships and Guilds on Beta.
11) EXPECTATIONS: Look for concerns, bugs, issues and such, of any kind.
When adventuring, pay attention to as much as you can!
Pay attention to new spells, disciplines and items to make sure they work as you might expect them to work. Look at item descriptions to make sure there are no typos, missing information and / or misinformation.
For instance, a lot of things are cookie cutter / cut-and-paste upgrades of past things. Make sure the upgraded changes (stats, damage, etc.) are correct, the descriptions are correct and so on.
With Quest NPC's, perhaps there are unintended faction concerns, they do not respond correctly, they give the wrong tasks and so on.
Do they need to tune up or tune down certain things? Are Achievements missing? Are Mercs properly updated and functional?
12) REPORTING CONCERNS: When you find something that you feel is a concern in anyway, report it!
You can use the /bug command, but it may be better to post it on the Beta Boards (Forums).
Once Beta goes live, a new section will appear in the EQ Forums, specifically for and about Beta (you may, or may not, be able to see them, depending on if you joined Beta on a Character).
These Forums have all sorts of info posted by the Dev's as well as the Players.
When reporting concerns, be as detailed / specific as you can.
13) KEEP UPDATED & AWARE: Be sure review the Beta Forums everyday.
Dev's can post about new things they need testing, when test raids are planned and so forth. They may even offer bonus Beta Tokens (see below).
Also, watch the General Channel and for System Messages. You never know when a Dev may advertise for assistance in testing something.
14) TRAVEL: Right away, you may wonder how to get to the new zones.
While there is a real path to the new zones, the easy answer is by way of Old Man Thorren.
Just hail him and follow along, and he will actually teleport you to any one of the new zones.
He can also erase lock out timers, so you can do a mission / raid again, right away.
15) TRADESKILLS: If you like tradeskills, you can do that too.
Go to the "Crafthalls" (aka Ngreth's Den) by way of Old Man Thorren (see above).
The Crafthalls are not what they used to be, since they never seem to add "Tasks" to make all of the new items.
However, when you zone in, there are a number of NPC's around the zone-in area. They are all Vendors that offer to sell things for ridiculous prices.
They are not intended to actually sell you anything. They are just there for the browsing / preview. In fact, most of them appear to be "leftovers" from previous Beta's. Browse if you want, but there is nothing affordable to see.
There are also spell Vendors deeper in the zone, but you can probably get the Rank II and / or even Rank III spells from Old Man Thorren (if they allow it).
There is also at least one NPC that sells a load of Tradeskill items, to include new stuff.
Most Tradeskill devices are also in the zone, as are Bankers.
16) BAZAAR: You may notice there is, likely, no sellers in Bazaar.
After all, this is Beta and Bazaar, on Live servers, is about making Coin.
However, that does not mean some Players might like some shopping options in Bazaar, such as those who like to Tradeskill.
So, if you have a Bazaar trader, you can copy them over as well, and then set them up in Bazaar to sell while you aren't playing. This is less about making Coin, but as a service to other Players, who may be in need of certain items for whatever reasons. This is a Temporary Server after all.
17) MAPS: If you have a trusted source for new maps, you may want to install them.
Otherwise, it is a good idea to mark your maps while playing Beta, so you can copy them to your Live EQ later.
18) EARNING YOUR BETA REWARD: Every Beta test grants a special reward to players (on the Live Server), if they earned enough Beta Tokens (aka Stone of Beta Adventuring).
In the past, these items dropped randomly from MOB's. These days they are 100% virtual as rewards from Achievements, Missions and / or Tasks.
The number of Beta Tokens you need to earn, to gain your Beta Reward, has not been that much in recent years (in the range of 5 to 10).
Dev's have been reasonably lenient, particularly since they seem to often forget to add Beta Tokens as rewards for Tasks / Missions and / or Achievements (if Achievements have even been added to Beta).
So, if you don't see any Beta Tokens being awarded, this is definitely something to report (see above), to remind the Devs about it!
You can see how many Beta Tokens you currently have by talking to Old Man Thorren.
19) THE REWARD: If you earn the Beta Reward, you should see it on your Live Server within a month or two of Beta ending.
Don't expect too much. Normally, these rewards are familiars, illusions, ornaments and the like.
Known past rewards have been:
|Omens of War||<<Unknown>>|
|Dragons of Norrath||<<Unknown>>|
|Depths of Darkhollow||<<Unknown>>|
|Prophecy of Ro|
|The Serpent's Spine|
|The Buried Sea||<<Unknown>>|
|Secrets of Faydwer||Golden Mask of the Goblin King|
|Seeds of Destruction||Mercenary Conscription Authorization|
|Underfoot||Writ of the Bellikos|
|House of Thule||Gumdrop Button|
|Veil of Alaris||Contract of the Deeps|
|Rain of Fear||Polymorph Wand: Gelatinous Cube|
|Call of the Forsaken||Contract of the Tier'Dal Royal Guard|
|The Darkened Sea||Tricorne Hat Ornament|
|The Broken Mirror||Sul Vius Denizen Disguise Ornament|
|Empires of Kunark||Cowl of the Dreadlands Yeti|
|Ring of Scale||Overthere Headwear Ornament|
|The Burning Lands||Royal Djinn Headwear Ornament|
|Torment of Veeshan||
Velium Weapon / Shield Ornamentation(s) -- (9) variants that can be
exchanged for one another (via a claim button in the item window).
|Claws of Veeshan||Metamorph Wand - Mimic|
This Page Last updated April 23, 2021