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Expedition Rally: The Empire Strikes Again!

The Empire is displeased with recent piracy on the oceans, and has decided to renew its efforts to bring all the archipelago under Imperial control. To do this, the Empire is building numerous small forts, and increasing the marines protecting these outposts.

Ye pirates are more likely to run across Imperial Outpost expeditions while out on the seas. If ye want to give the Empire a piece of yer mind, visit an Explorers' Hall for maps to these Imperial locations. The cartographers are overwhelmed with the number of new Imperial Outpost locations, and have an abundance of charts available.

Be warned, pirates! These Imperial forces are more skilled than their predecessors. If ye feel up to the challenge, the rewards are more valuable. It costs quite a fortune to run an empire and these Imperial ships are carrying more grog and shot during this campaign to control the oceans. If ye face a sinking expedition, the commodities are greatly increased for defeating the enemy!

This Expedition Rally will be active from April 7th at noon PDT until April 14th at noon PDT.

For Freedom!

Camouflaged Gold Boxes!

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Gold boxes return with a new color-changing familiar! The toucan has evaded this box, but we’ve had glimpses of a camouflaging chameleon familiar. The primary color will change to match the primary color of the pirate's torso clothing. The secondary color will not change. For April, the secondary colors will be grey, green, light blue and persimmon.

This box also includes spring green trinkets and chroma. Did ye purchased a blue hound from the Palace Shoppe? If so, ye'll be able to use Bottled Bluebeard to temporarily look like yer pet, as all pet owners should. Ye'll celebrate the shiny of this box with golden furniture, clothing and trinkets. This month's crystal ball furniture will be the striking color lime! Ask the crystal ball: Is there a dreamstone sea turtle pet in yer future?

Find Gold boxes at your island bank until April 14th at 3 PM PDT. You can find the full list of prizes, right here.

Monthly Reward and Go Explorin'!

Model Cutter!

Own a subscription or make a purchase of $9.99 or more in April to receive a tabletop model cutter! This is the second ship in the model ship series.

Call it cabin fever or wanderlust, but ye feel the need to get out on the open waters and let the wind fill the sails. This is the perfect time to explore that island archipelago way off in the corner of ye known world, or try again to strike up a conversation with Vargas the Mad on his fog-shrouded islet. These excursions and others will help ye earn the April Seal o'Piracy by completing three actions to add to yer explorer reputation!

Eggcellent!

Congratulations to all the talented players whose egg designs were selected to be added to the game this year! Beginning today, egg furniture will be available in the palace shoppe, and as prizes in tournaments and competitions! Now is the perfect time to decorate your home, ships, shop or hall for spring.

BREAKING NEWS NOW - Eggpocalypse 2014!

The Department o' HWFO is gathering reports from around the oceans that eggs have been found broken or cracked! There are unconfirmed reports that strange creatures have been sighted on colonized islands. Frantic Ray yells, 'They've hatched velociraptARRRs!", but Panicked Jane swears the're small and fast.

Frantic pirates were seen running from their homes earlier today, clutching broken egg shells. One shocked pirate was mumbling, ‘I thought it was chocolate inside...’

When we hit the docks looking for information, there were only a handful of pirates to be seen. When asked about the egg hatching theory, Smug Callum declared "When ye originally decorated yer home with giant, unidentified waist-high eggs, ye thought to yerself, 'That looks lovely. What could ever possibly go wrong?' Well, now ye know!" Paranoid Sam's voice whispered, ‘They spy on you for the OMs, you know! The eggs, the pets, even the familiars!’ Only the glint of the sun off his foil hat was visible as he ran into the forest.

Are eggs safe? We'll have all the facts for you tomorrow!

Bluebeard's Dog!

Billions of blue blistering barnacles!

More than just green is springing up around the oceans this month! Hedgehogs in umber, almond, grey, chestnut and brown are now in the palace shoppe. These spiny little pets purr contentedly in the warm weather.

Also appearing in the palace shoppe, a new blue dog! The Department o' the Treasury was sure the color would be temporary after these dogs were found rolling in a spilled barrel of Bottled Bluebeard. Alas, the blue just won’t come off, so they're introducing a new pet to ye pirates: Blue Hound! These small dogs will be available in the palace shoppe through April 3rd!

Deadly Lairs: Brave the Graveyard!

Many a sailor searching for treasure and riches has charted a course for the Haunted Seas ruled by Barnabas the Pale. Some return to port with chests of haunted items dredged up from the bottom of the sea, frightful trinkets in night blue, or strange spectral pets. Others wash ashore, barely alive, with ghastly tales of phantasms yielding spectral swords, and unearthly ships.

Hushed whispers can be heard that the profits from such voyages have suddenly increased. Ye hear that graveyards appear more frequently, and there is an increase in pieces of eight awarded from defeated haunted ships and graveyards. If ye find yerself on a sinking ship, ye have an increased chance of an injury.

Deadly Lairs: Brave the Graveyard will be active until March 19th at noon PDT. If yer on a Doubloon Ocean, ye will need a bravery badge. Pirates on Cerulean will need a subscription to participate.

Be brave, me hearties!

Pirate Census 2014!

Census 2014!

It's time again for the Pirate Census!

Every so often, we put together a survey to gather information about the interests and preferences of the Puzzle Pirates community. The results of the survey remain anonymous. We use the information to get a better idea of who is spending their time sailing our seas and to help us decide what kinds of future projects will be of interest to the community.

The survey will be available through Monday, March 24th, so please take a few minutes to help us build a better Puzzle Pirates by filling out the survey right now!

Suddenly It's Spring Green!

It's a great day for the shamrock!

Spring Green Mystery Boxes arrive as a sign that winter is over! Celebrate the thaw and get ready to show off yer green thumb! No green thumb for ye? Then get yer hands on a four-leaf clover, a spring sprout or other Spring Green trinkets.

Do ye have the luck of the Irish? This box has new Spectral Sheep pets, and three colored familiars: a new Emerald Raven, a Green Monkey with tricorne hat, and a Spring Green Octopus! Ye'll be proud to show yer green with Spring Green painted ships, limited edition furniture, chroma and clothing. Grab yer hearties, raise a mug, and join the shanty to celebrate the season!

For more information about the full contents of the 2014 Spring Green Mystery Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. The Spring Green Mystery Boxes are only available for a limited time, so grab a little green today!

From now until 3:00 PM PDT on March 17th , 2014 you'll earn a free Spring Green Mystery Box for every $9.99 you spend on doubloons, or every month of subscription time you purchase!

Monthly Reward and March Madness!

Model Sloop!!

Own a subscription or make a purchase of $9.99 or more in March to receive a desktop model sloop!

The snow has melted, Jack Frost is in retreat, and pirates everywhere wonder why they still can't feel their noses. It's just the sort of distraction you can use to yer advantage as you earn the March Seal o'Piracy by participating in 4 tournaments!

Expedition Rally!

It seems while ye pirates were busy making a love connection with Pinkfoot, the Empire’s outposts were stocked, and Vikings were more daring with their raids! Load a crew on yer ship, and grab something pointy to prepare for an expedition rally! During this event expeditions will be easier to find, and they will have greater treasures to win.

  • Quite a bit o’ treasure has built up on the Imperial Outposts and Viking raider ships, resulting in more for ye pirates to plunder.
  • Sinking Imperial Outposts increased rum and shot on their ships, which ye pirates are happy to take off their hands.
  • The chance of finding expeditions while pillaging is increased.
  • For ye pirates who prefer exploration over battle, buried treasure expeditions are yielding more pieces of eight.

Be sure to visit the Explorers’ Hall for the latest rumors and locations for Empire strongholds and Viking activity. Charts for Viking Raids and Imperial Outposts will appear more frequently. Expedition maps may also be found inside some Black Boxes.

Viking and Imperial trinkets are awarded to victorious pirates who own a subscription on Cerulean or those who possess a rank badge on doubloon oceans. Trinkets can be exchanged for special items at the Trading Post.

This Expedition Rally will be active from February 24th at noon PST until March 3rd at noon PST.

Happy hunting, mates!

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