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Old 10-15-2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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The Raven Toolbar is a browser add-on designed for the roleplaying community, though it has tons of useful features for the non-roleplayer as well. With over 1,500 installations and counting, the toolbar has become a time-saving utility for many over the last couple of years. As the community has shifted, so has the toolbar. What started as a small project for one specific RP tavern has branched out into a utility I think now can benefit the whole RP community.To get it, simply go here:http://antoniabayle.ourtoolbar.comSystem Requirements:The Toolbar works on all current versions of Windows (XP, Vista, Win 7, etc), MacOS X, and most versions of Linux. The toolbar works in Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. A Google Chrome version exists, but it's very clunky and not yet recommended.What You Get:The quick summary is that the toolbar is chock full of relevant gaming links and searches, and services, including:

  • A customized search window which can search many useful sites directly
  • Gaming links and services of use to the community
  • A radio player which can connect to several popular RP-related stations
  • It will inform you when a DJ is live on Radio Free Norrath (The Raven's Radio Station)
  • A link to the Raven's Artist Alley of 25+ signature artists
  • A list of EQ2 guilds and RP venues
  • Links to RPG and fantasy comics
  • Amusing Twitter Feeds
  • Connects to Facebook
  • Displays local weather
  • Checks your mail

Comparisons to the invention of sliced bread are welcomed. We'll go over the features of the toolbar in detail:The Toolbar / Raven Button:The main toolbar button takes you to the Raven Mythic, the RP community that's the founding home of the toolbar, and a destination for the majority of it's users. The Raven is host to a thriving RPG community supporting its own game world, EQ2 players, and players of other MMORPGs.http://www.raven-mythic.com/FAQThe Search Engine:There's a built in search engine in the toolbar custom-designed for RPG players and gamers, including a lot of popular sites and search engines.It also features connections to to plenty of EQII-themed web sites, making it great for looking up quests, searching forums, and so on. Simply type in what you want to search for, and select the specific site you want to search in. If there's an exact match (say, searching the EQ2 wikia for a quest), you go right to that page.The only real downside of the whole toolbar is here. The software I use has, by default, using the Bing search engine. It's the very first option on the list and I can't change that. Personally I recommend you use the second link, the one that says "Google". The Toolbar remembers your last used search engine, so you really won't be bothered by this much.The EQ2 Links Bar:This is a little blue button (the EQII icon) with a lot of power. It has links to guilds, inns, tavern, your favorite crafting sites, lore, and EQ2 news sources, links to character avatar makers, funny comics, and news. If you want your guild listed, or have a new suggested link, by all means, contact me! The links bar has evolved a lot thanks to contributions and suggestions from others. You'll want to spend some time exploring this to get an idea just how big the EQII world can be. The Radio Player:The built-in radio player will start playing Radio Free Norrath (see below) with the click of a button, and has a drop-down with links to several other stations as well. If you have something you'd like to see on the list, you can either add stations to your personal toolbar, or send me suggestions to have them added globally.RFN Status Bar:Right next to the Radio Player is the Status Bar. This lets you know if Radio Free Norrath is live with an active DJ, or in its Basic Mode. Radio Free Norrath is a music service for the RPG community. RFN has a rotation of DJ's with styles ranging from Celtitc, Goth, Metal, Techno, Rock, Punk, and more. Shows run almost every night during US prime time, and well into the early mornings. EQ2 players can join the channel "RFN" on the Antonia Bayle servers, or hop into the Raven's chat system to interact with the DJs.http://www.radiofreenorrath.com/Artist Alley:The Alley button links you to a gallery of 25+ artists. Some of these artists you may know already as recent winners of the EQ2 fan art contest that placed their work into in-game paintings. You'll find all manner of styles there, and many of the artists take commissions.viewforum.php?f=81Twitter Feeds:Just for grins, I added in some silly Twitter feeds. Fake Michael Bay, Cobra Commander, Chuck Norris, The Batman, Things My Dad Says, and so on.Facebook:There's also a Facebook connect option, which will let you get alerted to Facebook events you select. Good if you're and active user and want to keep track of changes without having to go to Facebook all the time.Adding to the Toolbar:For years I have begged, cajoled, pleaded, and tried to bribe my way into help from others to maintain links and keep the toolbar updated, but seldom gotten any help, despite the enormous popularity of the toolbar. If you have a guild or RP organization you would like added to the toolbar, or want something removed, you need to let me know. If there's an error, you need to tell me. This is, after all, a COMMUNITY toolbar, and it would be nice if the community lent a hand in keeping the links fresh.

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:19 PM   #2
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PS - Back in the day when this was just posted in the AB server forum, it was enthuastically sticked by one of the SOE forum mods, and given a hearty seal of approval. It'd be awesome if that could happen again!

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:28 PM   #3
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I use it every day SMILEY

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:29 PM   #4
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It was stickied, yes, and rightfully so! This is an amazing tool with tons of great features. And free? Can't beat that! Thanks for supplying this for the EQ2 community, and for continuing to update and improve it over the years Re-sticky please!

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:33 PM   #5
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I enthusiastically support this.  It's a wonderful feature and it works on my mac SMILEY  Yay for cross platform awesome tools.  Duvessa did an amazing job with this. <3

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:42 PM   #6
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This is a very useful function SMILEY  Do please re-sticky the toolbar of win.

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:44 PM   #7
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Please sticky. <3

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:46 PM   #8
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Sounds great...I wish I'd heard of this before *scrambles to go get*

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:49 PM   #9
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[email protected] Bayle wrote:

Sounds great...I wish I'd heard of this before *scrambles to go get*

Heh, it's been released for three years now. SMILEY

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:49 PM   #10
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Duvessa is huggable and we <3 her and the Raven and the RFN and the toolbar.  She takes very very good care of the roleplayers and works very hard for little to no recognition. Did you know she made a calender featuring art of roleplayers?  That she enthusiastically supports the Festivals on AB? 

Duvessa is win. And so is the toolbar. Sticky! (oh and bring back our server forum. please. we miss it muchly)

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:57 PM   #11
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This is a great tool, please re-sticky.

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Old 10-15-2010, 05:05 PM   #12
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This is a great feature.  Please re-sticky when possible!

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Old 10-15-2010, 05:40 PM   #13
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Yes please sticky this!

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Old 10-15-2010, 06:03 PM   #14
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I can't leave home without it!

Sticky please and thank you.

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Old 10-15-2010, 07:35 PM   #15
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I love love love this toolbar.  Definitely sticky!

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Old 10-17-2010, 02:14 PM   #16
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Stiiiiicky.

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Old 10-17-2010, 03:46 PM   #17
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This link http://antoniabayle.ourtoolbar.com goes to a blank page for me.

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Old 10-17-2010, 04:58 PM   #18
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[email protected] wrote:

This link http://antoniabayle.ourtoolbar.com goes to a blank page for me.

Debbani;
 If the page stalls, try reloading it. Here's the link to the direct download page:
But I think it's just one of those oddball moments. It's loading up fine for me now!
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:11 AM   #19
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Hm, this calls for moderator-brand duct tape! Sticky, please!

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Old 10-27-2010, 04:46 AM   #20
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:42 PM   #21
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It's Duvessa! Alas, my account was hacked, and I cannot post this under my proper name. However, I'm still pleased to announce the first update of the new year! Thanks to everyone who helped get this topic stickied on the official forums!

Community Sites:EverQuest I and II Roleplayers was removed. It appears the sit has either been hacked, or just abandoned. As probably the first site dedicated to RP in EQ2 way back when, this is a sad one to see gone.Search Engines:Torrent searches were updated to be a little bit more useful, one old torrenting site was pulled, and a new one added. The SongMeanings lyrics search was updated to work better. The DarkLyrics search was added for people looking for more obscure metal lyrics.

Guilds:

I've added lots of new guilds into the toolbar. If you want yours added, please contact me in some way to get listed. There's no special requirement other than you actually take the time to let me know you want to be added!

Good:Disciples of Erollisihttp://erollisi.guildportal.com/Green Councilhttp://www.green-council.com/Legion of Kithicorhttp://www.kithicor.org/Outriders of Kelethinhttp://www.guildportal.com/Guild.as...p;TabID=2598776Reckoninghttp://www.reckoningeq2.com/forumNeutral:Argushttp://argus.ravenfire.netChildren of the Quiet Stormhttp://www.guildportal.com/Guild.as...p;TabID=2591272Clan Silverpawshttp://www.raven-mythic.com/phpbb3/...forum.php?f=146Exile of the Wickedhttp://www.guildportal.com/Guild.as...p;TabID=2946917Eyes of the Moonhttp://eyesofthemoon.proboards.com/Five Points Trading Companyhttp://rpol.net/game.cgi?gi=36226&a...date=1242074824Maiden's Fancyhttp://www.guildportal.com/Guild.as...p;TabID=2633428Sagahttp://www.sagafamily.org/The Steel Rosehttp://www.guildportal.com/Guild.as...p;TabID=1842494The Stormhammer Brigadehttp://tinyurl.com/dwarfguildEvil:Carpe Noctemhttp://cnab.guildlaunch.com/Coterie of Thornshttp://www.guildportal.com/Guild.as...p;PageName=HomeDeimoshttp://www.guildportal.com/guild/323705House Gevaudanhttp://gevaudan.guildportal.com/Intriguehttp://INT.RavenFire.NetKnights of Freeporthttp://www.guildportal.com/Guild.as...mp;TabID=806795

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Old 09-06-2011, 01:16 PM   #22
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09/06/11 Update Notes:Changes this week were mostly cosmetic and corrective:

  • Added the SOE server status page like, it's directly accessible via the "EQ2 Links" button, second from the top.
  • Fixed a link to the "Dream Avatars" page to use their new interface.
  • MMO News was folded into the "EQ2 Game and News" category.
  • The streaming radio player was updated to be more compatible with various browser mods.
  • Icons have been added to the main categories of the "EQ2 Links" button to make it easier to navigate.

Please remember, as always, if you want your guild added, have a link suggestion, see a bug, whatever, just contact me. Send me a PM via this site, or contact me in-game by sending a mail to "Duvessa" on the Antonia Bayle server.

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Old 06-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #23
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Updates:It's been a while since I posted any major updates to the toolbar, but we're still going strong, with over 1,500 installs now. Today I updated some of the main FAQ text, made some graphical tweaks to the toolbar itself, and did some other minor maintenance. Those of you who already have the toolbar should update automatically.

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