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About

Welcome to EQ Archives, a TAKP-based emulator server! We're a small EQ fan community looking to relive the classic Everquest experience through at least Planes of Power along with some improvements to server rule sets. Our goal is to have an enjoyable playing and raiding experience along with understanding that people may not have the same amount of free time available that we had in the early 2000s. Along those lines we also want loot to be more accessible. The server is managed by a group that has been playing EQ and EQ emulators since Everquest Beta thus we highly value the social aspects of grouping and raiding.

Our dev group of 7 people has been working on building this server over the last couple of years. We originally played on P99 and then supported dev efforts with the Firiona Vie Project before starting work on our own server. We were nearly complete with Kunark when TAKP/Quarm dbs were released which greatly sped up our timeline for going live. This server was re-created roughly in August with the TAKP database and then October 2023 using the Quarm database in an "alpha" and our dev team and chars moved from the previous server we were building to this server. While we were already online with our dev team a couple of months ago, we are now out of the testing phase and have reached the server's official "release". The EQA world server was joined to the TAKP loginserver (neighboring with TAKP and Project Quarm) on November 27, 2023 which coincided with our public release date. We are now here to stay and looking forward to building our community.

Ruleset

  • Progression server based on the Project Quarm fork of the TAKP source code.
    • New expansions will be released 6 - 12 months after all raid targets in the current expansion have been defeated (TBD)
  • World configuration (rules, quests, spawn rates, drop rates) follows closest to TAKP database
  • Goal is era accuracy (exceptions noted in custom changes section below)
  • Server starts with the The Ruins of Kunark expansion
  • Firiona Vie (FV)-style loot rules: most gear is tradeable
  • 3 box limit (1-box preferred for social reasons).
    • This is enforced by IP and GM logs.
  • Player vs Environment (PVE)
  • Exp boosts at announced dates

Custom Changes to from EQ Era

  • /ooc and /auction are server-wide
  • Stonebrunt Mountains and The Warrens (Velious Warrens Era) are available at server release
  • Class and Race-based exp penalties have been removed in favor of the January 14, 2001 (Velious Era) producer's letter changes described by Gordon Wrinn
  • Miragul's Highway is implemented
  • Legacy Items will remain in game permanently at adjusted rarity
  • Keyrings are enabled
  • Solo Self-Found, Hardcore, and Hardcore Solo-Self Found play modes available at Priest of Discord

Server Discord

Join us at https://discord.gg/9e5N8VAu7n . We will update available channels as the community grows and need arises.

Getting started

This server uses the TAKP client available at https://wiki.takp.info/, which is the oldest client used by any EQ emulator as of this writing (~December 2002).

Create a Login Account

  1. Go to https://loginserver.eqarchives.com/accounts/ and register for a loginserver account. From there, you can create as many game accounts as you need.
  2. Edit the eqhosts.txt file in your game client to contain the following:
[Registration Servers]
{
"loginserver.eqarchives.com:6999"
}
[Login Servers]
{
"loginserver.eqarchives.com:6000"
}

Alternatively, use your TAKP forum account. If using that account, your eqhosts.txt should be set to TAKP/Quarm settings:

[Registration Servers]
{
"loginserver.takproject.net:6999"
}
[Login Servers]
{
"loginserver.takproject.net:6000"
}

Note: EQA and TAKP loginservers provide unique game accounts so you should use one or the other to access the EQA server.