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Golden Replay!

Golden!

You loved the December Gold Box so much we hit the repeat button! Now you have a second chance to collect gold trinkets. Did you find them all? If so, visit a Trading Post to exchange them for Golden Sea Turtle pets! These golden-shelled pets are available in blue, green and red brown. This month’s box also includes Ice Blue trinkets and chroma, and your chance to try out all the temporary hair dyes. Look for the new furniture item, a crystal ball, and read your fortune daily.

Toucan familiars are in seasonal colors aqua/blue, pink/red and gold/lime. Diamond Sea Turtle pets will add sparkle to your day and are any pirate’s best friend!

Find Gold Boxes at your island bank until February 17th at 3 PM PST. You can find the full list of prizes, right here.

Celebrate the Year of the Horse!

Happy New Year!

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with trinkets, portraits and a Golden Pony! Host a New Year celebration with Lucky Feast furniture items from the Palace Shoppe. While there, check out the Chinese New Year trinkets, including the new 'Lucky Coin' trinket, available through February 14th. Also in the Palace Shoppe for a limited time, a Golden Pony! Fulfill yer childhood dreams and buy a pony of yer own through February 6th.

Commemorate the Year of the Horse with two new limited edition portrait backgrounds: Diagram's Chinese New Year and Pixelpixie's Xin Nian Kuai Le. There will be more Chinese New Year portrait backgrounds coming next week, so be sure to check your local portrait easel! There are also new limited edition backgrounds for any winter festivities you have planned. Enjoy Corkskooner's Attack of the Yeti, Greylady's Winter Night and Inghild's Winter Solstice with yer hearties.

Update: The Golden Pony won't be trotting off quite yet. It will remain in the Palace Shoppe through February 10th!

Event: Brigand Frenzy!

Are yer coffers a bit low after the holidays? If ye spent yer shiny coins on the festivities, now is yer chance to replenish yer treasure chest to overflowing! Sharpen the swords and set sail. The brigands are in a frenzy!

  • Brigands and barbarians have extra booty. Payouts are higher, if you can defeat them!
  • Hoping for a fantastic haul of smuggled goods, brigands are increasingly attracted to islands with Black Markets.
  • The Brigand Kings are more actively roaming the oceans. Expeditions to track them down are more common.
  • The chance for triggering an expedition while pillaging has been increased. The brigands are being a bit careless with their scraps of paper.
  • Maps to sea monster lairs are more common to find when pillaging.
  • Merchant brigands are hoping the increased sailing activity will be a good distraction so they can sneak their goods to market. They've loaded up their ships with increased treasure!

This Brigand Frenzy event will be active until January 24th at noon PST.

Happy hunting, mates!

Cold Storage

Frosty!

After the eggnog incident in December, the developers made a New Year's resolution to clean up the Palace Shoppe. While digging around in cold storage, they found a number of boxes which were covered in thick layers of ice. Apparently, they had been in the freezer for a long time, and it was no longer possible to decipher the contents of the box. Rather than just tossing them into the sea, the developers decided to give them away!

These Ice Mystery Boxes include Ice Blue furniture, clothing, trinkets, ships, pets and familiars! Open the boxes to save White Hedgehogs, Ice Blue Octopus with Sleeping Caps, and Ice Blue Ravens from hypothermia! Be careful though! Ye don't want to damage the Ice Blue furniture or Ice Blue painted Sloops, War Frigates or Merchant Brigs! Once ye get the Ice Box open, be sure to check for any chroma, trinkets or clothing that may be frozen to the bottom!

For more information about the full contents of the 2014 Ice Mystery Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. The Ice Mystery Boxes are only available for a limited time, so grab something sharp and chip one open today!

From now until 3:00 PM PST on January 27, 2014 you'll earn a free Ice Mystery Box for every $9.99 you spend on doubloons, or every month of subscription time you purchase!

Winter Wonderland!

Bundle up, pirates, because Old Man Winter is here with a limited edition Blizzard Class Sloop that is sure to nip at your toes! Freeze yer enemies in their tracks with icy cannons as ye glide across the frozen seas with the grace and frenzy of a January blizzard.

With a giant snowflake helm, which navigation method do ye prefer? Do ye float across the board with the finesse of a falling snowflake, or do ye smash yer way into rocks and through whirlpools with the fury of a blizzard? If ye get a chill while on the deck, cozy up with the bear rug. I’m sure the snowman would be happy to navigate.

The yeti doll on the main deck looks right at home among the snow blocks, icy cannons and snowflake banners. If ye feel the nip in the air, grab a toasty mug to warm yer hands. Step through the igloo hatch to go below deck and find an indoor winter wonderland.

Grab yer hearties and defend yer flag! Yes, ye should be repairin’ the hull or runnin’ the bilge, but snowball fights are so much fun! The hold includes plenty of obstacles and hiding spots for ye to enjoy the glee found in pelting the other team with a good handful of ferocity! Unfortunately, ye can't really throw the snowballs in the hold. Trickster Jack Frost fused them together into a giant frozen lump, but they sure look inviting!

After the epic battle, thaw out in the cabin. Dip into the mead vat for warming refreshment as ye enjoy the comfort of the crackling fire and a comfy bear rug. Prepare for future snowy adventures with a feast!

Let Jack Frost guide yer crew to enjoy the levity of this frosty season.

Hurry to yer local shipyard today because the Blizzard Class Sloop will melt away after February 12th!

Big Feet in Tiny Boxes!

While in the Palace Shoppe preparing for holiday festivities, the Developers found a stash of eggnog. While they have built up a good tolerance for the rum over the years, it turns out that they are extremely allergic to the nutritious proteins found in eggs, which seems to have gone straight to their heads. They boarded up the windows, barricaded the doors, and declared they are going to give away Yeti pets.

They do exist!

Somehow they squished the giant creatures into tiny boxes, and are giving them away with purchases of $9.99 or more. For each $9.99 spent in a single purchase, receive a Yeti Box! While Yeti pets are rare and elusive creatures, these seasonal boxes also contain Ice Blue Chroma, Yeti Dolls, Holiday Favors and Ice Blue Trinkets!

The Department o’ Mythical Creatures would like to make it clear our official position is that Yeti pets are not a good idea. Whatever you do, please, Do Not Open the Yeti Boxes. It will only encourage the Developers to give away more, and we don't want a bunch of Yetis wandering around, following innocent pirates, drawing attention and generally looking awesome.

From now until 3:00 PM PST on January 3rd, 2014, you'll earn a free Yeti 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 Yeti Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. Hurry, this eggnog-induced insanity will only last a short time!

Creature Sightings!

They do exist!

No one believed Sweet Desmond’s crazy ramblings about yetis. Until the day he staggered into the inn with a fresh portrait of himself and Doubtful Connor. The paint was a bit smudged, but astonished pirates could see the clear image of an abominable being! When pressed how he came upon this fierce looking creature, Sweet Desmond remembered prying a mysterious expedition chart from the hand of a defeated brigand.

Gather a crew and set yer voyage to pillage! Plunder 'Yeti Sighting' expeditions from brigands and barbarians! Each pirate will receive a free portrait with a Yeti, and Ice Chest Treasure boxes will be placed into the booty of the ship for everyone to share.

Frosty!

Visit the Palace Shoppe for festive hats, seasonal trinkets, and temporary snow furniture. Build a fort, or have a snowball fight with yer hearties!

The Department o' Lost Treasures is also stocking the Palace Shoppe with the gift of seasonal pets. Penguins return in standard colors black, grey, and tan. From the depths of winter past, the Candy-Striped Tiger reappears, and new this year, a Blue Penguin and Light Blue Seal!

These frosty friends will be in the Palace Shoppe through January 2nd!

Ye Heavens Aligned!

MESSAGE FROM YE HEAVENS: Yer daily horoscope reads: Jupiter and Saturn be aligned so.....expand yer time with supernatural craft. We reviewed the astral charts and concluded this could only mean one thing. The Celestial Class Sloop is extended through January 1st, 2014!


This month the stars aligned to produce a limited edition sloop of astronomical significance. Navigators can stow away the sextant while on the Celestial Class Sloop, as the heavens are now within reach. Featuring a star to guide ye and haunted wall lamps to enhance the mystic connection to heavenly beyond, ye should never lose yer way.

In the cabin there are adequate beds and hammocks to allow ye to sleep the day away as ye prepare for yer nocturnal examination of the celestial frontier.

The main deck features a larger-than-life telescope. This astral wonder has been modified to allow access for studious pirates in the hold. Consult charts, celestial globes and books from below deck without the hassle of ordering swabbies to haul them about the ship.

Also in the hold, find access to yer daily horoscope. This sage advice* is customized for each pirate individually and will change daily. Will it help yer pirate navigate difficult waters or find yer true talents? Identify yer zodiac and ponder this otherworldly counsel.

Each ship includes a planetarium below the hold. This space is perfect for yer officers in training - lock em below to learn their navigational points! Do they know where to find Polaris, and where the second star to starboard will lead? Or ye can use it for a party that is out of this world!

Don’t wait for the next planetary alignment, because the Celestial Class Sloop will only be available until December 16, 2013!

*We received notification from 'beyond' that the casks of fine rum offered for supernatural consultation were inadequate. Vargas the Mad provided his expertise in exchange for the rum.

Lustrous Boxes at the Bank!

Oooooh, shiny!

If your autumn is feeling lackluster, fear not, because the Gold Box is back with shiny offerings to brighten your day! This month, discerning pirates will appreciate the richness of Wine trinkets and Chroma. Try out living on the wild side with Scarlet Shampoo temporary hair dye. Add a nice touch of color to any dreary fall day with Toucan familiars and Amethyst Sea Turtle pets. Gilded furniture brightens any room and gold Rat, Cat, Elephant, Seal and Hedgehog pets chase away any doldrums.

There are five new trinkets to collect from this Gold Box - Gilded Cameo Box, Gilded Sailor’s Knot, Golden Sextant, Golden Hour Glass, and Golden Turtle Shell. If yer sparkling hoard is overwhelming yer space, visit the Trading Post and trade in Gold Box trinkets for unique golden items. Ye will want to put Golden Turtle Shell trinkets aside in a special display case. A new, gleaming item is coming soon to the Trading Post!

Find Gold Boxes at your island bank until December 16 at 3 PM PST. You can find the full list of prizes, right here.

Late Fall Haul!

Don’t let that stash of fruit rot in the hold of your ship! Old Salts around the ocean have been whispering about markets paying more for fruit and gem thieves being lazy varmints. They also report a parrot squakin’ about merchant and brigand ships sailin' with a mighty fine bit o' booty aboard.

Grab yer hearties and set out to sea to make yer own late fall haul!

  • Markets are paying up to 25% more for fruit.
  • Gem thieves are less active, so large quantities of gems are more likely to make it through a voyage.
  • Merchant brigands are operating at an increased rate and shipping their goods to distant destinations. Their attraction to trading posts is increased.
  • Compelled by an abundance of fruit, encounters with the mischievous Monkey Boat are more common.
  • Brigand and barbarian ships are more attracted to islands with a Black Market and are carrying more booty.


In addition to open markets, Crimson Jim is having an inventory reduction sale! He is including special items free when ye purchase doubloons or subscription time. Ye may find furniture, amulets, pets, chroma and more! Be sure the item icon shows up next to your chosen package on the subscription or doubloon billing page when you go to make your purchase. Some of these items will change daily, so check in frequently so you don’t miss out!


The Late Fall Haul event will be active until November 26th at 3:00 PM PST. Good fortunes, mateys!

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