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Spring into gear

Spring comes to San Francisco!

Recently the days have become warm and sunny, though the nights still bring in the signature fog and damp cold winds of the city.

The theme of springtime and growing things is not lost on us here at OOO.  As a response to an inquiry in the Cask of Blog forums, Domokun of Sage's "As Clio and Dio sail into the sunset, a new chapter of Puzzle Pirates begins. With the addition of two puzzles to production, a new round of Ocean Master hiring in progress and with a sprinkling of Forum posting from the Captain, is 2008 a turning point for Pirates, or merely part of a continuous and ongoing change?", here are a few updates:

Artist Sean Keeton joins the Three Rings staff!  You can see his work in Puzzle Pirates on some of the new portrait items, Atlantean furniture & trinkets, and the new fancy sink item in the latest release.

Speaking of releases, we just had one of those.  Most of the release's visible elements are in the form of artwork, but a lot of tinkering under the hood to adjust things like how bots work, how portraits are generated, and in general smoothing the process took place.  When a game has been worked on and had bits added to it and changed for 7 years, by multiple people, it needs a check-up and cleaning now and again.  Organic growth is interesting and has given us many strengths in Puzzle Pirates, but it is messy.  It was a good bit of spring cleaning.

The Puzzle Pirates client was not the only thing being cleaned out- our office manager Natalie took it upon herself to spiffy up the front room, which, while not steampunk'd out, now sports matching swanky furniture.  Our OM dolls and other lovely gifts are displayed right up near the front, so that all of our guests can turn green with envy and rage right before we meet them.

On the topic of players, you guys continue to rock the house by sharing stories like this, taking in stray kittens, sending in petitions about headless pirates that read

"People are starting to make fun of this poor pirate and charge money to see him. He is just trying to pillage.

Could you repair his wounds, please." and more.

Looking forward to hearing more from you as we chug into 2008.

Yours always,
Hypnos

Comments:

Posted by Shannal, Midnight

Yay!

Thanks for the update Hypnos!!

Cute petition :P

March 13, 2008 at 01:58 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Muffynz

Kittens are cute! Thanks for all the under the hood tune ups, I definitely feel a difference in the way things run.

March 13, 2008 at 08:27 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Queenofb

Aww those stories are so sweet - I know the pirates from the first one, and love them dearly :) And the kitten one? Well, I live in Australia too, and have 2 stray cats - that one brought a tear to my eye that someone was actually kind enough to take it home and take care of it.
And thanks for the update Hypnos - as always, any info we can receive regarding our favourite puzzle is appreciated, taken into our hearts and minds and snuggled. :D

March 17, 2008 at 06:19 AM PDT | permalink

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