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Beware the Kraken!

For months, merchants from the Empire have reported an unusual number of ships missing or destroyed in previously quiet waters. Those lucky to survive the attacks report “Giant Snakes” emerging from the sea. The Brotherhood of Applied Cryptozoology has confirmed these were kraken attacks!

This legendary sea monster was once only a whispered rumor - the mysterious source for Kraken’s Blood. Now, talk is swirling around pirate inns, claiming there are vast treasures to be found in the kraken’s lair. A new mysterious material, Kraken’s Ink, has been discovered. A local alchemist was seen purchasing large amounts of the material to transform it into Kraken’s Blood!

Be warned! Large ships cannot approach the kraken, as the beast will quickly send them to Davy Jones’ Locker. Ships traveling to a Kraken’s Lair should stock one lifeboat for each pirate aboard. Ye can find this commodity at yer local shipyard. This will allow the crew to approach the kraken in small, maneuverable rowboats. Avoid the tentacles and collect treasure!

Furnisher owners are enthusiastic about the new sea monster hunt and advertisements for specialty rowboats are starting to appear:

Krazy Karen’s Kraken Kraze Klearance!
Kustomize yer rowboat on yer next Kraken Konfrontation!

Bumper Boats!
Chum Boats!
Harpoon Boats!
Powder Boats!
Speed Boats!

*Rowboat Kits last 15 login days.

Kraken’s Lairs is a new Sea Monster Hunt. If yer on a Doubloon Ocean, ye will need a bravery badge. Pirates on Cerulean will need a subscription to participate.

Sasquatch spotted in Plum Boxes!

Update: Due to the network issues from last week, we've extended the Plum Box to end at 3:00 PM PDT on August 1st!

Plum!

This year’s Plum Mystery Boxes are bursting with new items for ye pirates! Grey ravens and plum hedgehogs and mysterious sasquatch - oh my! A close cousin to the pink yeti, the sasquatch pets love hugs and only bite sometimes. Lucky pirates may spot a plum octopus with sleeping cap, plum painted ships, along with plum-colored trinkets, furniture, clothing and chroma!

From now until 3:00 PM PDT on July 28th , 2014 you'll receive a free Plum Mystery Box for every $9.99 you spend on doubloons, or every month of subscription time you purchase!

For more information about the full contents of the 2014 Plum Mystery Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. The Plum Mystery Boxes are only available for a limited time, so don’t let a walking carpet stand in your way!

Monthly Reward and Summertime Fun!

Model longship!

Own a subscription or make a purchase of $9.99 or more in July to receive a tabletop model longship! This is the fifth ship in the model ship series.

There's nothing better on a summer evenin' than enjoying the glint and glimmer of fire light reflecting off yer gold and gems. Earn yer July Seal o'Piracy by completing any 30 sea battles. Sea battles involve a cutter (either as your ship or the opponent) count triple!

Sun Sets on the iPad

After July 14th 2014, the iPad version of Puzzle Pirates will no longer be supported or updated. It will be removed from the Apple App Store shortly after this date.

We had hoped that the iPad would help introduce the Puzzle Pirates to a whole new audience of players, and that ultimately, we would be using the same new user interface and code for both the PC and the iPad. After adding content in parallel to both the classic PC client and the iPad version for almost a year now, it has become clear that it won’t be possible to maintain and develop Puzzle Pirates for the iPad and still continue to add new features to the core game. This was an ambitious project, and we’ve learned a great deal from it, but based on the game’s reception on the iPad, it no longer makes sense to devote additional resources to it.

We realize that some players have really enjoyed the iPad version. Any player who has acquired currency or items from the iPad version of the game can still continue to play with their pirates and treasure intact on the classic PC client.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR PIRATES:

If you have already saved your Puzzle Pirates account, then you just need to:

  1. Download Puzzle Pirates to your laptop or desktop from http://www.puzzlepirates.com/download.xhtml
  2. Log in with the same account name and password you use to log in to Puzzle Pirates on the iPad.

If you have not yet saved your Puzzle Pirates account on the iPad:

  1. Open the Puzzle Pirates app on your iPad.
  2. Tap the "gear" icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Press the "Save Account" button.
  4. Enter an account name and password.
  5. Press the "Create My Account" button.
  6. Tap the "gear" icon again.
  7. Press the "Logoff" button.
  8. Download Puzzle Pirates to your PC or Mac from http://www.puzzlepirates.com/download.xhtml
  9. Launch Puzzle Pirates.
  10. Log in with your account name and password.

If you have questions about this process, please contact support.

Brilliant!

Gold Boxes are now available! The color-changing chameleon familiar returns with secondary colors orange, light green and navy blue. The sea turtle pet is off surfing the ocean currents, and is temporarily unavailable. However, we have a new pirate pet for you to love! The Patchy Fox wears a handkerchief and has the look o' a pirate. This month’s fox has persimmon fur with handkerchief colors of aqua, blue and navy blue.

Watch for chroma and trinkets in June’s seasonal color, banana. Collect gold trinkets, furniture and pets, and keep an eye out for pink pomade hair dye and purple crystal ball furniture!

Find Gold boxes at your island bank until June 16th at 3 PM PDT. You can find the full list of prizes, right here.

Monthly Reward and Expeditions!

Model fanchuan!

Own a subscription or make a purchase of $9.99 or more in June to receive a tabletop model fanchuan! This is the fourth ship in the model ship series.

Summer has arrived and it's time to find that perfect beach and put yer diggers to work. While ye search for that foolproof hiding spot, enjoy some plunderin' and add to yer treasures! Earn your June Seal o'Piracy by completing any 5 expeditions.

Pirate Census Data!

Yarr! We thought ye'd like to see a bit of information from the recent pirate census. Thank ye for playing Puzzle Pirates!

Blockade Questionnaire 2014!

Blockade Questionnaire!

We would like your feedback about blockades! Specifically, we're looking for your thoughts on the mechanics and options for battles between player flags for control of islands. The results of the survey remain anonymous. We will use the information to help us decide what kinds of changes or options are of interest to the community.

The survey will be available through June 4th, 2014, so please take a few minutes to help us build a better blockades by filling out the questionnaire right now!

Palace Shoppe Pet Sale!

The Department o' Treasury has two new pets available in the palace shoppe!

There just isn't enough red available on the oceans right now, so the Department o' Treasury is releasing a Duroc Pig for a limited time. This docile pig is a perfect pet!

Is the Exotic Tiger black with white stripes, or white with black stripes? Something to consider over yer next pint o' rum.

These pets are available in the Palace Shoppe until June 4th, 2014!

Pirates of Plenitude!

Have ye earned a boatload of treasure on yer many adventures? Do ye consider yerself a gentleman of fortune? If so, the limited edition Crimson Class Sloop will be a perfect addition to yer armada of vessels!

Ye spent many an hour on the seas pillagin’ and plunderin’ yer way to greatness, so ye’ll want to keep that bounty under lock and key. The hold has a special treasure room to keep yer prized possessions safe.

Show off to yer known world the comfort that treasure can buy. The ship says lavishness on every surface - from the plush furnishing to the gilded statues. The cabin is perfect for entertaining a more intimate group of hearties. Leave the rabble in the hold, this is where ye’ll entertain yer top hearties in the affluence they deserve.

From the exclusive captain’s cabin, ye can access a private deck. From here, survey yer riches, and enjoy the fresh sea air!

Declare yerself the Crimson Pirate! Visit yer local shipyard today, because the Crimson Class Sloop will only be available through June 23rd!

Oh, and did we mention it be red? It be mighty red...

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