Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 74

Thread: The Al'Kabor (EQMac) EverQuest Server

  1. #1
    A Hero of the Seven Suns Torrid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    2,244

    The Al'Kabor (EQMac) EverQuest Server

    Al'Kabor is the long lost Macintosh EverQuest server. It went live 10 years ago and is forever stuck in the Planes of Power era, getting no content updates.

    There is also a PC client hack to allow PCs to log in to Al'Kabor so you can play it without a Mac. The original hack was created by Secrets, an EQ Emu dev. It was disabled in a client patch, but a new working hack was created by eqmule, an MQ2 developer.

    PC client installation instructions

    1. Install EQ Titanium from discs or otherwise obtain a fresh install folder of it

    2. Take the contents of the fresh EQ Titanium installation folder and put them into a folder of your choice, e.g. C:\EQMac

    3. Download EQMac via Sony's web installer here: https://lp.soe.com/eqmac/live/

    4. Take the contents of the C:\Users\Public\Sony Online Entertainment\Installed Games\EverQuest Mac\Contents\Resources folder and copy it all to the folder you made, e.g. C:\EQMac; overwrite anything it asks. (will be a lot) DO NOT copy to (your EQMac folder)\Resources. i.e. NOT C:\EQMac\Resources. If your client does not run for whatever reason, check to make sure you copied to the correct folder.

    5. Download eqmule's patch archive that can be found here http://www.redguides.com/forums/show...tandalone-v2-1 and overwrite the files in the folder you made with the files inside this zip. (you may have to unzip then copy as the zip archive has the files inside a folder)

    6a. Edit eqclient.ini and ensure that the following settings are set correctly:

    VideoModeBitsPerPixel=32
    BitsPerPixel=32
    NewUI=TRUE
    CombatMusic=FALSE
    Log=TRUE

    The important settings are the ones for video mode bits per pixel, which must be the same as your desktop, and the NewUI must be on or you will have an extremely limited UI. The other two settings are optional but I imagine a lot of people would want the combat music off and the log file on all the time. You may want to turn on other things, such as velious armor textures. If the game still does not run, try editing eqw.ini's video settings as well.

    6b. If your EQMac folder is not C:\EQMac, then edit eqw.ini and change the folder to wherever you put it.

    7. Download a frame rate limiting program or set the frame limiter option in Nvidia Inspector to cap your frame rate. The reason why you need this is because EQ will run at many hundreds of frames per second on modern graphics cards, which is not only a waste of computer resources, but also screws up your mouselook speed. (one axis will be very fast, the other too slow)

    If you don't have an Nvidia GPU, or don't want to cap your frame rate via Nvidia inspector, you can use one of these programs:

    MSI Afterburner - Works for non-MSI and AMD cards too. Run the On-Screen Display Server and click the wrench.
    Dxtory - A Fraps-like program; not free, but the trial doesn't end. Click the Advanced tab, and check 'Limit Video FPS'.

    8. Install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86). If you get a "Exception Processing Message 0xc0000135" when launching the client, the reason why is you do not have this package installed.

    9. To run the game, execute eqw.exe with admin privileges and make sure to check the box for Fix EQclinit.ini.

    10. Once in the game, if the 'Chose a Skill' box doesn't appear when assigning Action Buttons, then look for a small piece of the window sticking out in the corner of the screen somewhere. It was almost entirely off screen for me and it needed to be moved.

    Note: If you have trouble with the installation or the PC client in any way, DO NOT ask questions about it on the official eqmac forums. This is NOT an official game client and people will give you dirty looks at best, or worse it may motivate SOE to disable it.


    Known issues with the PC client

    The PC client is inferior to the official Mac client for a number of reasons. If you have a Mac available it is recommended that you play on that instead.

    • The PC client will aggressively use up all of the CPU on the core it runs on, even with the frame rate limited, and running more than one client on the same processor core will make them all run badly, make the game unplayable, or worse make your entire machine slow to a crawl.
    • The PC client is old, and uses a software cursor inside EQW. This means you cannot move your cursor outside the game window while the game has focus.
    • Alt-tabbing will sometimes make the Alt key stuck as if it were being held down in the game until you press it again.
    • The client will act very strangely on some older dual-core processors unless you force it to only run on one core. (processor affinity)
    • You cannot send commands to the game when it is in the background/not in focus using multi-box software of some sort. If you're some sort of genius programmer that finds a way, then I will shower you with platinum for the solution.
    • Changing window focus using multi-box software will occasionally cause movement keys to get stuck, causing your character to run and/or turn on its own.
    • You may notice some graphics anomalies when the game camera is very close to players or NPCs on machines with Nvidia hardware.
    • During large raids the client will lag. Setting the data rate to 9.0 in datarate.txt and turning off filters will help. You may get disconnected entirely if you don't.
    • The client will often crash when zoning after long raids.
    • I've been told shakerpaging will not work on the PC client as it will disconnect you before your character can get the experience. (have not personally verified this claim though as I have no warrior)

    The Mac client does not have these problems.


    Misc server facts

    • This server is EverQuest as it was circa early 2003. No Ykesha, no LDoN, no maps, no augments.
    • The sleeper still sleeps here
    • This server has the original plane of mischief, only accessible from NToV
    • This server's Lost Temple of Cazic Thule zone is the post-Luclin revamped version
    • Level 55+ characters get free access to tier 2 planes (Storms, Valor, Crypt)
    • Level 62+ characters get free access to tier 3 planes (Tactics, BoT)
    • This server has a 20% exp bonus
    • This server's group exp bonus is exceptionally large at 4+ players
    • Earthshakers still drop, shrakerpaging works
    • DoT damage is not displayed
    • No target rings
    • No buff timers


    Some advice for people starting out

    1. the 'Alliance' channel is the global chat channel for the server. I suggest doing an /autojoin Alliance to perma join it. Mostly because...
    2. Several times a day, people will do MGB (mass group buff) KEI and Valor at the soulbinder in PoK. They will announce this in the Alliance channel. These buffs will last about 3 hours and 40 minutes, depending on the caster's AAs.
    3. Zones with a huge (double exp) experience modifier: Crushbone, Befallen, Kurn's Tower, Paludal Caverns (a favorite), Upper Guk, Warrens, High Keep.
    4. Each city has newbie armor quests that you may want to look into (more info)
    5. Press ctrl-alt-r in EQW to release your mouse cursor, and again to return control to the game. This allows you to move the window.
    6. Nelin Signus in PoK sells Deluxe Toolboxes which are 10 slot containers that weigh 3.5 and carry GIANT items. Cost is ~1.2pp.
    7. It is STRONGLY advised that any new characters keep up their defense skill as they level. The farther behind the current defense cap for the character, the harder it is to raise. You have been warned. Yes, it is that bad. Using blue con pets in the arena is an effective way to raise defense and weapon skills if you have access to them.


    Cash farming options for low to mid level players

    1. Perhaps the best newbie zone in the game to start out in is Butcherblock Mountains. There are a number of mobs in this zone that drop cash items. Any race can use the PoK books to travel here safely at level 1.

    • Large Skunks (level 2) can drop Pristine Skunk Claws which sell to vendors for ~4pp
    • Krag Chicks (levels 3-5) can drop Pristine Krag Claws which sell to vendors for ~1pp
    • Wandering Greenbloods (levels 9-10) can drop Insignias of Greenblood which sell to vendors for ~4pp (killing these lowers Oggok faction)
    • Various Green Goblins can drop Green Goblin Blood Vials which sell to vendors for ~4pp

    The best location to hunt skunks seems to be the northwest area near the docks.

    2. Crushbone orcs will drop scalps which can be given to an NPC in highpass hold for 5-6 gold each. This NPC is near the misty zone. (Captain Ashlan)

    3. Willowisps are levels 9-11 and drop lightstones (vendor for 1pp with good charisma) and greater lightstones. (4.5pp) Don't sell the greater lightstones though; you can trade them for an item (it's a container, have a bag slot open) that sells for ~8pp to Mrysila in North Karana (good races) or to Smith Tv`ysa in South Ro. (evil races) Both these quest NPCs are also vendors.

    4. Bandits (levels 14-20) in Paludal Caverns drop ringmail and lots of coin.

    5. The adventurous types in their mid to late 20s or higher can explore the Warrens dungeon. Weapon drops vendor for 1-5pp, drops here may sell in the bazaar, molars can be turned in at Erudin for money, and there is a quest that gives 50pp if you camp a named here.

    6. Wooly Mammoths in Everfrost Peaks (levels 22-26) drop tusks that vendor for about 10pp with high charisma at a rate of 1 per 2 kills or so. (they are GIANT items, carry a bag that can hold them; a Deluxe Toolbox works)


    Selling Tradeskill Materials

    Often rich, high level players will want to buy tradeskill mats in bulk to raise their skills. This is often the best way for new players to get some easy money. Keep an eye out for notifications by players in various channels asking for mats to get an idea of who wants what and for how much. Prices/demand vary considerably depending on who needs what and when. Setting up a vendor in the bazaar might be a good idea as well.

    1. Blacksmiths want (lots of) swirling shadows. There are only two viable farming locations for this item: an island in the twilight sea with undercon level 30-40 mobs, and some fast respawning level 3-7 skeletons called 'a lesser shade' in Shadeweaver's Thicket. These skeletons drop both swirling shadows and shadeling silk, which can sell for anywhere from 25pp to 125pp ea and 2-5pp ea respectively. The place you want to hunt these skeletons is an area north of Shar Vahl, near a cave opening. Follow the road north to the cave and kill every skeleton mob (not just shades) you see in that area. You'll notice that a mob will respawn immediately after you kill one. The spawn rate is so fast that a higher level melee class with SoW on can easily get more shadows here than in Twilight Sea even, if they have the patience for it.

    2. Superb and Flawless Rockhopper Hides can be sold to players for 100-500pp ea depending on the buyer. The rockhoppers that drop these are level 37-45 and can be found in Dawnshroud Peaks, Mons Letalis, or the Scarlet Desert. By far the best place to farm these is the rockhopper cave in the northeast corner of Dawnshroud; however the cave does not always spawn rockhoppers. If the cave has tribesmen instead, Samabata Tribal Leader Garn (level 48, and has PHs) will need to be killed in order to switch the cave over to Rockhoppers. DO NOT kill the Age Old Rockhopper, or the cave will spawn tribesmen instead.

    3. Spider silk has been known to have buyers offering 200pp a stack, sometimes more. Crag spiders (levels 18-22) in East Karana are a good source of spider silk.

    4. Some players buy Celestial Essences for 100pp/stack or higher. (5pp ea) This is a no-fail combine from store bought components. All of the components can be bought from merchants that are very close (same building) to each other in PoK. Combine a Celestial Solvent and a Scent of Marr in a Mortar and Pestle.

    Mortar & Pestle from vendor Ciren Darkbog (~1.1pp; one time purchase)
    Celestial Solvent from vendor Darius Gandril (1.3g-1.5g)
    The Scent of Marr from vendor Loran Thu'Leth (1.6pp-1.9pp)


    Websites

    http://lucy.alkabor.com - Spell database specific for this server
    http://everquest.allakhazam.com/ - Most popular EQ database site
    http://www.eqtraders.com - Tradeskill recipes, vendor lists for items and spells (allakhazam requires a paid account to list item vendors and recipes)
    Alla Kabor - Item database site specifically for this server. Requires registration
    http://www.eqmacwiki.com/eqatlas/atlas.html - Maps
    Gear List Spreadsheets - Lists of every piece of gear on the server
    ZEM List - Zone Experience Modifiers of every zone (exp per kill multiplier)
    A Guide to Experience Mechanics on Al'Kabor - Strongly recommend reading this


    Low level doable focus item quests

    The Magic Pool - Haste II mask; requires sarnak blood and running through a mid 30s dungeon invis
    Holly Longtail's Replacement Parts - Mana Preservation II ring; requires tradable drops from some low 30s mobs
    (anyone know more quests like these?)


    Popular Custom User Interfaces

    Powerof2
    Velious UI


    Programs that may be useful to players here (PC only)

    1. http://gambosoft.com/ has two programs: GamParse and GameTextTriggers. GamParse is a dps log parser; and GamTextTriggers can do all sorts of things, like display timers and play sounds when specified text is encountered in your log file, which it parses in real-time. I set it to make a sound when 'MGB' or 'KEI' is said so I can be tabbed out and not miss group buff announcements, and set timers for important buffs, as some examples.
    2. http://www.baremetalsoft.com/baregrep/ is my favorite grep tool, which is useful for searching log files. Example uses include searching the log file for item prices, to find the timestamp of when you were last buffed (there are no buff timers on EQMac) or listing the timestamps of every level gain to determine how long they took.
    3. HotkeyNet is pretty nice (and free) multi-boxing software. Changing window focus using this will prevent the alt key getting stuck problem.
    4. A simple AutoIT (http://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/) button spam script I wrote to raise skills for me: (and trust me, you'll need this or something similar; skillups are bitch here)
    Code:
    AutoItSetOption ( "WinTitleMatchMode", 3 )
    
    Global $TwoSpamState = 0
    Global $TwoSpamDelay = 6000
    
    HotKeySet("{NUMPAD2}", "TwoSpam")
    HotKeySet("{NUMPADADD}", "TwoSpamSetDelay")
    
    While 1
    ;	If $TwoSpamState Then
    	If $TwoSpamState and WinActive("EQW beta 2.32") Then
    		Send("2")
    	EndIf
    	Sleep(Random(1, 100, 1) + $TwoSpamDelay)
    WEnd
    
    Func TwoSpam()
    	If $TwoSpamState Then
    		$TwoSpamState = 0;
    	Else
    		$TwoSpamState = 1;
    	EndIf
    	Beep(500, 100)
    EndFunc
    
    Func TwoSpamSetDelay()
    	$TwoSpamDelay = $TwoSpamDelay + 500
    	If $TwoSpamDelay > 10000 Then
    		$TwoSpamDelay = 0
    	EndIf
    	Beep(500 + ($TwoSpamDelay / 10), 100)
    EndFunc
    This will spam the '2' button when turned on. Press numpad 2 to toggle it on/off. Press numpad+ to increase the delay by half a second (reverts to almost-zero delay after 10 seconds) If you want to change the button from 2 to something else, just edit the Send("2") line. It may need to be run as admin to send to the EQW window. The UAC popup will also crash the client when it dims your screen, so you will need to run your scripts before loading the client, or disable the UAC screen dimming. (you can lower the slider one notch to disable the dimming without disabling UAC entirely)
    Last edited by Torrid; 10-06-2013 at 07:43 PM.

  2. #2
    Administrator Ms. Pacman Champion, Ataka Champion, PinballDroid Champion, Red ball survival Champion, Reflex Champion, When was what Champion Andaas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Frisco, TX
    Posts
    13,063
    Blog Entries
    3
    Hi Torrid!
    Firanja - Medicor Mortuus
    Andaas Taranis - Druidicus Corpsus
    Andae - Clericus Inanimis

  3. #3
    Supermonk Coral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    San Francisco,CA
    Posts
    632
    Quote Originally Posted by Andaas View Post
    Hi Torrid!
    Hi Andaas!
    Coral
    Hoss w0r
    65 Sensei


  4. #4
    PANTS!!!!!! Moon Lander Champion Aindayen's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    7,224
    Holy shit coral!

  5. #5
    Administrator Ms. Pacman Champion, Ataka Champion, PinballDroid Champion, Red ball survival Champion, Reflex Champion, When was what Champion Andaas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Frisco, TX
    Posts
    13,063
    Blog Entries
    3
    Heya Coral.
    Firanja - Medicor Mortuus
    Andaas Taranis - Druidicus Corpsus
    Andae - Clericus Inanimis

  6. #6
    I've always been intrigued by Al'Kabor, to the point of buying a Powermac G5 and downgrading the OS to Lion for best performance. (People on the Al'Kabor forum said this was best OS for EQMac anyway.) This was back in the day when you had to call SoE to have them enable your account for Al'Kabor access. I got to level 5/6 on a rogue and realized that I'd need to 2box, as low level groups were few and far between and soloing as rogue in the original EQ universe is slow and unfun. To make a long story short, I didn't feel like buying another Mac (didn't care for multiple key pressed to switch screens) to 2box, so I resold the Powermac and lucked into SoE opening up Fippy/Vulak. After the MacEQ was recompiled, I managed to grab a download of the original play on a PC hack, and logged in a few times, but with the thread of the PC hack being disabled and with Fippy/Vulak ongoing, I had no desire to play.

    Anyway, all that gibberish aside, what's Al'kabor like these days? Can I find groups, or do I need to box until level 65 and then hope I can find groups since from the Al'kabor forums there was a lot of people that refused to group so they could abuse all the broken mechanics on Al'Kabor like Enchanter charm for maximum effect. I'm willing to put in the time, but EQ was always a social thing as well as a game for me, so if I have to play by myself 95% of the time, I'd just assume play Skyrim. What about UI mods? Can Vert be made to work, or is there something similar?

  7. #7
    A Hero of the Seven Suns Torrid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    2,244
    The server is kind of low population. I see some grouping, but not much. Mostly in Paludal or the nobles in High Keep. Although I haven't been looking for groups, so I couldn't say for sure how bad it is. I have been asked to join groups several times though. There is active raiding at the high end.

    And yes, I am abusing the hell out of druid charm with four out of range level 1s in my group. Even soloing in EQ is fun to me if you do the super hardcore stuff. My pet is 80% hasted with dual 200 DD procs, can kill me in like 4 seconds and I don't even snare the thing because it would slow down my exp. I soloed MM for my wreath before the zone was green, and soloed lguk for my EE bag. (without MGBs) EQ can be challenging and fun, even alone. I'm also level 55 and have yet to die on this server

    I'm using the "powerof2" UI right now. I sort of like the "Velious with extras" UI from project 1999 better, but this isn't bad. It has some neat timer thingy that helps time tick procs, which is handy for med kiting. P99 UIs won't work with this hacked PC client though, because this client is circa 2003 and p99 uses Titanium, which is circa 2005. (god do I miss target rings) You can grab a virt mod for it somewhere.

    And check out what Syana and I did tonight. Who says exping in EQ is boring? Here is one wizard PBAoEing a 25+ mob pull:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	icecladpbaoe.jpg 
Views:	386 
Size:	330.1 KB 
ID:	7186

    Bring back some memories Andaas? :P

  8. #8
    PANTS!!!!!! Moon Lander Champion Aindayen's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    7,224
    Ah memories!

  9. #9
    WEEEEEEEEEE! Trazz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Over there!
    Posts
    861
    Looks like fun!

  10. #10
    oops i didnt see this thread before i posted in the other...

    Send me a tell on Juice if you decide to play on Al`Kabor. Can help you out with some starter gear, platinum, and maybe some PLing if you want
    Juice, Al'Kabor
    Lothaine

  11. #11
    A Hero of the Seven Suns Torrid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    2,244
    6 box PBAoE



    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	EQ000011.jpg 
Views:	243 
Size:	414.2 KB 
ID:	7189
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	EQ000014.jpg 
Views:	216 
Size:	707.2 KB 
ID:	7190
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	EQ000015.jpg 
Views:	244 
Size:	560.4 KB 
ID:	7191

  12. #12
    A Hero of the Seven Suns Torrid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    2,244
    more


  13. #13
    PANTS!!!!!! Moon Lander Champion Aindayen's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    7,224
    Impressive.

  14. #14
    A Hero of the Seven Suns Torrid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    2,244
    How to powerlevel:



    Check out that 3 second level in the late 20s. I didn't even use the group exp bonus sploit

  15. #15
    SBRFL Elidroth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    2,701
    Mmmm hmmmmm..
    Elidroth, Overlord Skirt

    Booyakasha!

  16. #16
    Hoss / EQ & WoW Forty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    4,008
    Just logged in to the Xeg/Druzzil server yesterday. That damn Halas banker is atill THREATING to me, ffs.

  17. #17
    SBRFL Elidroth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    2,701
    He knows you too well Forty!

    BTW.. I just became Assistant Lead Designer on EQ, and I'm going to see if I can convince people around here to 'officially' endorse a PC client for Al'kabor, and call it "EQ Classic"
    Elidroth, Overlord Skirt

    Booyakasha!

  18. #18
    WEEEEEEEEEE! Trazz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Over there!
    Posts
    861
    Forty, next time you're in, say hi!. I'm usually on 3-4 times a week.

    You can fix all faction now with loyalty points.

  19. #19
    A Hero of the Seven Suns Torrid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    2,244
    Quote Originally Posted by Elidroth View Post
    BTW.. I just became Assistant Lead Designer on EQ, and I'm going to see if I can convince people around here to 'officially' endorse a PC client for Al'kabor, and call it "EQ Classic"
    Congratulations on the promotion Elid, and thanks for championing the cause over there. It's important that classic EQ not die when nothing has surpassed it gameplay-wise. WoW was a step backwards. The kids these days have no idea what they are missing.

  20. #20
    Hoss / EQ & WoW Forty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    4,008
    Quote Originally Posted by Trazz View Post
    Forty, next time you're in, say hi!. I'm usually on 3-4 times a week.

    You can fix all faction now with loyalty points.
    I will. So far I haven't done much but walk around PoK and the Bazaar. Went to Halas then decided to Gate and it took me to that ship, forgot the name, and I just stood there for about 10 minutes not remembering how to get get to land or any place I could try to kill something.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •