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EverQuest II – Tell Us What You Think! The Sequel

EverQuest II – Tell Us What You Think!
 The Sequel
5 June 2017


“Intrepid Studios is growing according to today’s Ashes of Creation press announcement. Five new members have joined up that bring development experience from EverQuest to H1Z1.”
New Team Members Bring a Wealth of Experience


Daybreak Game Company has emailed a second 2017 EverQuest II survey. We presented the first 2017 survey in an earlier article.

As two months earlier, here’s what showed up in the Gmail box.

EQII email


The new survey is as short as the previous one. However the emphasis is different.

EQII Survey 20170605

What was previously question #7, is now question #2. For those who prefer text, the new question #2.

  • 2. How likely is it that you would recommend EverQuest II to a friend of colleague?


I would like to say that EverQuest 2 has a chance to pull itself out of the toxic hole that its managed to throw itself down, but right now the game needs to focus on bringing the player base back.
Rissa Trent, March 2017


Asking the same question. in two months apart surveys, indicates Something’s Afoot. Or Daybreak’s Marketing department is completely inept.

Let’s sidetrack to marketing EverQuest II. And let’s not go into the “””fantastic marketing“”” taking place on Twitter.

You think marketing, and you think ‘advertising.’ Maybe something like simple timely press releases.

But do a Google search for “everquest 2” under news. By the way, it’s now June.

EQII news


EverQuest II and Ashes of Creation? Someone at Daybreak blew product SEO.

But, Maybe this is a Google fluke.


WoW news



“Hopefully, if the liquidation firm shuts us down, Amazon Games will pick us up.”
Uwkete-of-Crushbone, May 2017


Daybreak Games may be asking the ‘would you recommend to a friend’ question, to determine if EverQuest II is worth keeping around.

But Daybreak Games may be asking the question, because customer impressions are important. Change a bad impression, and you can keep a customer. And gain new customers.

Time will tell.


Remind anyone of EverQuest Next?

Carve your own destiny in New World, a massively multiplayer, open-ended sandbox game set in a living, cursed land. Choose how you play, what you do, and whom you work with or against in an evolving world that transforms with the seasons, weather, and time of day.
Amazon Game Studios

New World [Download]


Ebay, PayPal, Hewlett-Packard – Breaking Up Is Hard.

Ebay, PayPal, Hewlett-Packard – Breaking Up Is Hard.
8 October 2014

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, 1962

Convention wisdom about the 2015 split of eBay INC, says the separate parts will be quickly sold off.  Might not happen quickly.

In The Wall Street Journal article, “Dealpolitik: EBay, PayPal Takeover Talk May Be Premature”, Ronald Barusch makes this interesting point.

eBay probably has massive gains on its PayPal shares that would trigger huge taxes if the deal didn’t qualify as a tax-free spin-off.

For up to two years after the spin-off, an acquisition of either PayPal or eBay (regardless of which company is spun off) could destroy the tax-free status of the deal and trigger an enormous corporate tax. In spin-offs, the agreements usually make the company that’s taken over bear the risk of that tax.

Such an agreement operates as a kind of poison pill of its own: Anyone trying to take over one of the companies would indirectly be responsible for that big tax bill”

The short version being:

The bottom line is that those expecting a quick deal following the spin-off may be jumping the gun.

Of course with eBay INC CEO John Donahoe leading the separation plans, there is no guarantee that a monetarily smart long-term plan will be made.  I.E. shareholders could be stuck with a huge tax bill, while John Donahoe skates.

“A monkey could drive this train.”
Margaret “Meg” Whitman, during her tenure as eBay INC CEO.

Monkey sees, monkey does.
Alexander Boot and Shoe Company, 1892

On the heals of John Donahoe splitting eBay INC, Margaret “Meg” Whitman is leading the charge to split Hewlett-Packard.  However not into “Hewlett” and “Packard.”

Hewlett-Packard to split into two public companies, lay off 5,000
October 6, 2014
Supantha Mukherjee and Edward Chan

“Hewlett-Packard Co said it would split into two listed companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its faster-growing corporate hardware and services” … “HP said its shareholders would own a stake in both businesses through a tax-free transaction next year.” … “Whitman, who will be CEO of HP Enterprise, the business that will sell computer servers and networking gear and data storage to businesses.

Perhaps the ‘monkey see, monkey do’ reference is not entirely fair.

Meg Whitman is planning “a tax-free transaction” and will be CEO of one of the split companies.  John Donahoe has not mentioned “tax-free” and will not be CEO of either the new eBay or PayPal.


  • 2 January 2014 to 8 October 2014, Hewlett-Packard stock has surged, $27.98 to $35.92.
  • 2 January 2014 to 8 October 2014, eBay INC remains stagnant, $53.94 to $54.51.

Meanwhile, at the close of market. 8 October 2014:

  • Alibaba – $88.30
  • Amazon – $322.70
  • American Express – $87.41
  • MasterCard – $74.06
  • Visa – $212.36

I didn’t think eBay was right for me.
John Donahoe, 17 June 2013



Addendum 9 October 2014

No one here has received anything directly from eBay INC, about their separation into “eBay” and “PayPal”.

Whereas days after the public announcement, Hewlett-Packard sent this Today:

20141009 HP

We’re no fan of Meg Whitman, but Hewlett-Packard does keep it’s customers informed.

eBay INC, ‘not so much.’


No sequel for you.
Jack Slater, Last Action Hero (1993)


eBay Stock Is On Fire Meme – 2013 Part Deux

eBay Stock Is On Fire Meme – 2013 Part Deux
1 January 2014

MasterCard Inc. (MA), the second-biggest bank-card network
Dakin Campbell and Elizabeth Dexheimer, 10 December 2013

The full quote, from Bloomberg News is:

MasterCard Inc. (MA), the second-biggest bank-card network, said its board of directors approved an 83 percent dividend increase and a 10-for-1 stock split.

Which got us thinking about previous articles on finance and stock prices.

We’ll keep this short.  Here’s a list companies and stock prices mentioned over the years.

3/31/2008* 12/31/2013 $ Increase % Increase Dividends
eBay  $29.87     $54.87   $25.00   83.70% No
Amazon  $70.25   $398.79 $328.54 467.67% No
Apple $143.27   $561.02 $417.75 291.58% Yes
Google $435.64 $1,120.71 $685.07 157.26% No
Starbucks  $17.06     $78.39   $61.33 359.50% Yes
Hewlett-Packard  $47.59     $27.98  -$19.61  -41.21% Yes
Visa  $62.36   $222.68 $160.32 257.09% Yes
MasterCard $222.99   $835.46 $612.47 274.66% Yes
American Express  $43.72    $90.73   $47.01 107.53% Yes
Discover  $16.70    $55.95   $39.25 235.03% Yes

* 31 March 2008 is the date John Donahoe became CEO of eBay INC.

The current CEO of Hewlett-Packard is Margaret Whitman.  Margaret “Meg” Whitman was the CEO of eBay INC prior to John Donahoe.

Meg Whitman became HP CEO on 22 September 2011.  Here’s the head-to-head during the appropriate time frame.

9/22/2011 12/31/2013 $ Increase % Increase Dividends
Hewlett-Packard $22.80 $27.98 $5.18 22.72% Yes
eBay $31.67 $54.87 $23.20 73.26% No


Hope you chose the right stocks.

Happy New Year!


He chose poorly.
Grail Knight (Robert Eddison 1908-1991), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)


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