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A Letter from the Captain

Merry solstice, mates!

As the year draws to a close I thought I would give a little roundup of Three Rings' achievements this year and a hint at our plans for the next.

The Ringers

  • Three Rings grew from 12 in the office to 25, we are now 30 full time staff and 15 part time. New arrivals at the office include Kate, artist, Nathan, software engineer, Brittney, artist, and Robin, software engineer. New Oceanmasters include Hephaestus and Aphrodite and our German lead, Endymion.
  • The Ringers moved offices again, and began construction of the Nautilus in our back room.
  • The Captain got a new visa, which means that the ladies of San Francisco are stuck with 'im for at another five more years! Muhahah.

The Games

  • We did a bunch of good stuff on Puzzle Pirates, including Pets, Trophies, Rumble and more.
  • We launched Bang! Howdy for hot cowboy on cowboy action
  • Behind the scenes, we've developed our not-so-top-secret next project, MetaSoy, from a mere idea into something approaching playability. We're excited to show you in the New Year, though quite when in 2007 remains to be determined!
  • We rolled out Opal and started down the road of internationalizing our games under our own banner

Dollars and Doubloons

  • We doubled revenues (again) to ~$3M from ~$1.5M in 2005. Three Rings was profitable earlier this year, but we are investing for the future and so now we're losing a bit of money each month. Fortunately;
  • To fund our glorious expansion we raised some investment money. The amount was a bit over one million dollars, which is not that much in the venture capital scheme of things, but comes in very handy for our modest needs.

Onward into 2007

Our wish list for the New Year is brief and to the point;

  • We want to keep growing Puzzle Pirates, adding new features, new players, and new languages. We'll start by finishing off the present Slate o' planned features and then see what sounds best to you and us.
  • We'll be building up Bang! Howdy's audience and distribution, plus adding new towns like Boom Town and features like Gangs
  • We'd like to launch MetaSoy -- hopefully with a new, exciting and non-Tofu-oriented name. Suggestions encouraged!
  • We'll continue to hire more mates, especially Engineers, but we're not in a hurry out of the gate. Three Rings has reached a great size and we're able to do a lot of things with our present crew.
  • Most importantly, we'll keep having fun and keep keeping ya'll entertained

Closing Words

I'd like to once more thank you, our players, for your continued patronage. At Three Rings we endeavour to do only one thing; to create fun. Your endorsement of that fun by playing our games, and occasionally paying us for them, lends our lives purpose and allows us to continue to make new and exciting things, for Pirates, Cowboys and the many peculiar things that might come after them.


Captain Cleaver, aka Daniel James, CEO, Three Rings


Posted by Angelbeaver

Fantastic, nice to see such a great company flourishing.

December 22, 2006 at 01:49 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Lordcrump

Amazeing! I'm glad you guys are doing good. Keep it up and happy holidays to ye all!

December 22, 2006 at 02:23 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Domokun of Sage

Merry Christmas and good cheer to all those at Three Rings, heres to another year of good fortune and $6million ...

Domokun, aka Seb

December 22, 2006 at 08:18 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Anonymous OM

But...I like Metasoy!

December 22, 2006 at 11:49 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Angelbeaver

Silly ol' bean-loving, incurably evil Nemesis. ~musses hair~

December 23, 2006 at 01:48 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Valien

Yay! Love the update and love to hear how your company is continuing to buck the status quo with original, fun, and cutting edge games.

Can't wait to see what 07 brings!


December 23, 2006 at 02:49 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Supersnailie

Awesome!! Can't wait to be a ninja!!

December 23, 2006 at 04:06 AM PST | permalink

Posted by aidthewound

Hoorah for Ninjarrrrism.

December 23, 2006 at 09:54 AM PST | permalink

Posted by zaku


December 23, 2006 at 06:19 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Frontal

im frontal and i cant speak very good esglish.
look, i cant have a photo in mi pirate info.
What i need do for have a that photo.
In my lost acount the name is calage but i dont play because no are good, i dont now way i have a photo but now, in that acount"frontal" i cant have, what i need do.
Please answer me that question.
Thanks and bye bye.

December 23, 2006 at 09:07 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Ravyn

Ahoy Cap'n and crew,

congrats on such wonderful achievements this year - yer all doing a wonderful job!

Nice to see someone wishing Solstice blessings too instead of the Merry Christmas stuff.

Merry part and yo ho ho!

December 23, 2006 at 10:21 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Emiry

I must say, your office looks freaking AWESOME!

Happy Holidays you guys.

December 24, 2006 at 01:33 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Alicealoun

Wow! I say, If we are supposed to get more outfits, won't it be more crowded? I mean,
every time there is a new feature, the server is either too busy, or I have to wait a long time for things to load as it lags, or I can't go to any room, or even can't log in again. Sorry to complain, but can you answer this question.
`How are you going to fix this "lag" or maybe you can make a choice of islands when you log on... Good idea? or not.' Please reply on this.

December 24, 2006 at 03:37 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Anonymous

this is so cool and i thank ye or who ever

December 24, 2006 at 03:53 AM PST | permalink

Posted by saturnine

yo ho ho, merry christmas. that was the worst pun ever. bet you've never heard it before. >_>

LOVEEE you guys lots. x

December 24, 2006 at 05:06 AM PST | permalink

Posted by gruselmax

marry christmas // frohe weihnachten aus deutschland,
macht weiter so das spiel ist spitze :

December 24, 2006 at 09:08 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Liviola

Bravo, OOO :)
What a year. It's been like watching a baby kraken grow. But less frightening.

Yay for the new lady artists! They're incredible!

I'm looking forward to another year of awesome Ringerage.
A big thank you from a loyal pirate.

December 24, 2006 at 12:37 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Swordblade

I cant wait until the new features are in! They sound so fun in your first letter from the captain. Oh and good luck with "Bang! Howdy" and "Meta Soy"

December 24, 2006 at 03:59 PM PST | permalink

Posted by kathrynrose

yeah er great but are yuu looking for more ocean masters?

December 24, 2006 at 06:31 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Dawn aka Dawnd

This blog is cool great feature

December 24, 2006 at 08:20 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Allice

a very merry christmas to ye all.
yer doing an awesome job! i never thought i would sit in front of me comp in tears of laughter this much.
Keep up yer good work mates
Allice, Captain of Fanfarrons, Sage

December 24, 2006 at 08:43 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Malore

Congrats guys on a wonderful and prosperous year. I have seen a few good changes in PP land, have witnesses people move on and the new influx of want to be pirates. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to more features.

December 25, 2006 at 02:54 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Jerze

Dear Yohoho! Pirate's People
Congratulations on a great year and all your upgrades. I was just thinking after the snowmen arrived, what a wonderful job you do in keeping us amused. It's all the little details that keep me pirating. That and the forum fun and the largely self-moderating wonderful community.
Congratulations mateys
Happy 2007 to ye all
/e raises foaming tankard

December 26, 2006 at 06:13 AM PST | permalink

Posted by liam

ya i like this game and happy holidays to ye all!! woot woot be safe!can i be a om?

December 26, 2006 at 07:33 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Supersnailie

Happy Holidays and a Happy WInter Solstice dear Cleaver

December 26, 2006 at 07:49 AM PST | permalink

Posted by maria

merry christmas too all of you all that have been playing.....i really like doing the blood seas and those things..,.my friend just dissapeaed and never came online again....if you know if shes online can you send a tell to littlemaria on the sage ocean....anyone engoy having those pirate days? i need to go now..

have a happy new year and a happy christmas

December 26, 2006 at 09:02 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Teetah

Happy New Year to Captain Cleaver and all the mates at Three Rings. Ye bring lots o' joy to yer pirate clients--even the senior
citizen ones. Teetah

December 27, 2006 at 01:50 PM PST | permalink

Posted by lwllw

i can't wait to the game!it's fun to have some good things!and my wish is to get some shop on a lsland and make good things!

Anyway,Merry Christmas to everyone on the world and Puzzle Pirates!yarr!

December 27, 2006 at 02:14 PM PST | permalink

Posted by anish

how do i have a photo on my personal info screen?

December 28, 2006 at 07:53 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Angell

Cleaver I love everything you have done for us and the game, I hope one day, when I am older and a bit more edjucated, to work there but it will be a while till then.
So untill then thankyou for creating this game and making it possible for some enjoyment in life.

December 28, 2006 at 08:36 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Clcole

I Hope everyone had a good Christmas.

And A Happy NewYear!!!!!!

December 29, 2006 at 02:22 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Divesh

Merry Christmas and what a wonderful year
of puzzle pirates,great going captain 'n crew i can't wait till the features in 07 come


January 01, 2007 at 03:29 AM PST | permalink

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How dare you Freeze my account for a day! Look guys I don't mind you doing it but I dont now the rules! So an idea for you would to have like a rulebook?

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WOO! go u guys!

January 04, 2007 at 08:08 PM PST | permalink

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lmao at the dude that got banned. - there is a TOS (Terms of Service) the rules are all there.

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Posted by Blackstrap-midnight

hhhhm this blog thing needs gettin used to but happy after new year cleaver!

January 08, 2007 at 02:39 AM PST | permalink

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For when puzzle pirates in Spanish?
I believe that the game this excellent.

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