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The entire goal of Project 1999 is to re-create classic EverQuest as faithfully as possible. However, due to various constraints (eg. the Titanium client) certain aspects of Project 1999 remain "unclassic". This page attempts to document these "unclassic bits", and explain why each one exists.

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Developer Fiat

Ocean of Tears Boats

One change in the game that has no justification other than "the developers wanted it' are the Ocean of Tears boats. This change is the direction of the boats in Ocean of Tears: on Project 1999 the boats travel in the opposite direction. This change was made because the live version of Ocean of Tears had its original East-West axis switched. Since logically it makes no sense for boats from Freeport to travel West to get to Faydwer (and vice versa) the developers switched the directions in this zone.

Siren's Grotto Camp Bug Fix

On live players could exploit a bug in EverQuest's geometry to move across Siren's Grotto safely. However despite this bug being a part of classic EverQuest, the developers decided to make the server less classic by fixing this bug. It is not clear why an Classic exemption was made in this case.

Titanium Client

The developers originally decided to use the Titanium client as the basis for Project 1999 many years ago. While this decision allowed them to make Project 1999 what it is today, it also prevented them from fixing certain unclassic issues:

  • Races with poor night vision see "too well" in dark conditions
    • To make the game easier the developers of EverQuest improved the night vision of races that (in the classic era) had poor night vision (ie Humans, Erudites, and Barbarians). Because vision is controlled entirely by the client, there is little (or likely nothing) the staff can do to restore the original racial vision limits.
  • Stamina/endurance doesn't work properly
    • Stamina/endurance was changed to work differently in EverQuest after the classic period, and the Titanium client assumes that that change has happened. As a result it is difficult (impossible?) to re-create truly classic stamina/endurance behavior with the Titanium client.
  • Spell scribe speed is "too fast"
    • "Scribing new spells should take a lot longer, and memorizing spells also took longer depending on your level and the level of the spell being memorized. This is a known issue, but cannot be fixed at this time due to client limitations."
      - Developer Telin
  • Mana recovery behaves strangely:
    • This issue is particularly relevant for Shaman who "cann-dance". On live every "tick" your mana would go up ... and that would be it. However on Project 1999 your mana goes up, then down, then back up. This is because EverQuest changed the rate of mana recovery after the classic era, and so the Titanium client is "calibrated" to that rate of recovery. Every tick Project 1999 has to correct the client, creating the up/down/up phenomena.

Technical Constraints

Some differences on Project 1999 area because of technical constraints (that aren't from the use of the Titanium Client).

Boats

Boats on Project 1999 sometimes path differently than boats on live. In addition, when you board a boat on Project 1999 you are given levitate temporarily while you are in the boat. This was done because technical constraints prevented proper boat behavior, and the temporary levitation prevents characters from falling off boats accidentally (and thus prevents petitions to the staff).

Classic Environment

Whenever there is a conflict between classic mechanics and a classic environment, the P99 developers almost always choose classic mechanics. This is why item recharging, epic item multi-quests, and the widespread use of items like Midnight Mallets and the Worker Sledgemallet (which is usually acquired through charming rather than through the Protect the Shipyard quest) exists on Project 1999, even though few players if any remember those mechanics being used when they played during the classic period. Because all of those mechanics technically existed on live during the classic era Project 1999 supports them.

However, with all that being said there are still rare occasions when the developers will do something which supports a classic environment over the correct classic mechanics:

  • 25 mob AoE limit
    • On live AoE spells (and Bard songs) could affect all mobs in range, but on Project 1999 these spells/songs only affect a maximum of 25 mobs.
    • There are a few explanations for why the developers made this "unclassic" change:
      1. GM sanity: petitions for zones where AoE was widespread (eg. The Overthere) were far more common than petitions for other zones. Since P99 has an all volunteer staff, this drain on resources was significant
      2. The entire zone of Chardok was monopolized by AoE groups, to the point where it was difficult for non-AoE adventures to level there (creating an extremely unclassic environment in that zone)
      3. During the original live classic era (1999-2001) internet connections were much less reliable, both in terms of bandwidth and in terms of latency/ping. While some players did have access to better connections, the vast majority of EQ players in the classic era were constrained by their internet connection, and this limit simulates that limitation on Project 1999
  • Epic level requirements
    • It is unclear whether or not all epics on live required a specific level to equip/use, but on Project 1999 all epics require level 46
    • "With the next patch, all epics will have a level 46 requirement.
      There is inconsistent research regarding which epics required level requirements to obtain. Several couldn't be completed until 46 or higher due to level checks on quests or certain steps involving planar zones. It has been noted by the original developers that epic items were intended only for those of higher levels. Additionally, we feel that acquiring an epic weapon should only be possible when a player has become powerful enough to cross interplanar portals. Therefore, we are adding a level requirement of 46 to equip all epic items." - Project Manager Nilbog
  • Seafury Cyclops Drop Rate
    • Many players remember the Seafury Cyclops (in Ocean of Tears) dropping gems and other valuable items more frequently than they currently do on Project 1999. However, since drop rates are hard to measure (one would need logs from killing significant numbers of Seafuries on live during the classic era), so it's hard to say for certain whether this change was classic or not. Two possibilities have been floated:
      • It is classic: a player with logs from the classic period submitted them to the devs, and the devs adjusted (ie. "nerfed") the Seafury drop rate to match
      • It isn't classic, but was needed for staff sanity: "Seafury Island" was another location that created an excessive number of petitions, as many players competed for the Seafuries valuables. It is possible that (as with the 25 mob AoE limit) that the developers simply made this change to free up (all volunteer) support resources.
  • Simulated Raid Mob Re-Pops
    • Twice a month (at randomly determined dates/times) Project 1999 spawns all raid mobs at once (and gives all players a message about an earthquake occurring). This did not happen on the live Everquest servers. However, the live servers would often be taken down temporarily for servicing, which had a similar effect. Project 1999 players get the benefit of these events without the inconvenience of their server being taken down, as explained in this posting from head developer Nilbog:
 Oct 04, 2017 - 10:02 AM - by nilbog
 Starting this month, there will be two simulated respawns occurring at random dates/times. 
 These repops are designed to fill in the gaps of missing chances of rare npcs and raid targets from patches and downtimes 
 which frequently occurred in the classic timeline.
 At the beginning of each month, I will roll two random dates and times.  It  might be early in the morning, early in the 
 evening, or directly in prime time; it is completely random. I believe random is the fairest way to accommodate players 
 in all time zones.

Raid Mobs

Raid mobs are more complex, and thus harder to classically re-create, than regular mobs. Exact details of their mechanics weren't always known, and on top of that players on Project 1999 had (literally) years more of Kunark than players on live, which means that they are generally more powerful. As a result, the dev team has had to walk a fine line: on the one hand they want things classic, but on the other they also don't want raid mobs to be too easy, and since they don't always know exactly what the classic mechanics were they sometimes get things wrong.

The following raid-related issues are known to be un-classic for one or more of the above reasons:

  • Incorrect Resist Checks for Veeshan's Peak Dragon AEs - there is a bug filed for this issue, and the staff are aware of it (Sirken himself bumped the thread)
  • Sleeper's Tomb Warders - logs from live have shown that three of the warders, Ventani, Hraashna, and Tukaarak, (the fourth was left un-touched on live to prevent the Sleeper from waking and thus has no logs) hit for the wrong amounts; a bug with evidence has been submitted but there has not yet been a dev response
  • Drop Rates - ToV dragons, PoM and PoH have been reported as deliberately having incorrect drop rates.

Unknown

The following have been reported in the forums as unclassic, but they have not (as far as this author knows) been confirmed. If they are unclassic, no developer reason is known at this time.

(NOTE: This is a wiki, if the above is untrue and you have further information please feel free to update this page.)

  • loot tables
  • dragon hp
  • dragon fear
  • DA agro mechanic

See also