We're saluting the launch of Puzzle Pirates on tablets with a volley of discounted doubloons and free trinkets!
From now until Monday, June 24th at 10 AM PDT, all doubloon purchases of $9.99 or more will come with an additional bonus of 15% more doubloons! If you were waiting for the right time to buy some doubloons, it's now!
In addition, we're also giving away two free trinkets to collect! Logging in on the desktop client will award your account with a Red Apple, while logging in on the iPad will award your account with a Silver Apple. Both trinkets can be collected on the same account, and both trinkets can be held in portraits!
The doubloon discount and apple trinkets are only here for a limited time, so don't dawdle! Both offers will be available until June 24th at 10 AM PDT.
Hear ye, hear ye! Gold Boxes are back in supply around the seven seas! To those of you living in the eighth, ninth, and tenth seas: the Department o' the Treasure is still busily playing the Distribution Rights puzzle for those areas.
June's Gold Box features a new assortment of colors for the Toucan familiar and a brilliant ruby Sea Turtle pet, in addition to the traditional lineup of golden goodies. Remember that Gold Box trinkets can be traded in at your local Trading Post for further prizes!
From now until 3:00 PM PDT on June 17th, 2013, Gold Boxes will be available from your local bank! For a full list of available prizes, the official rules can be found right here. Good luck!
WINNERS for this event have been announced. A hearty "Thank Ye" to everyone who participated!
Please note: the event location has changed from Emerald to Meridian.
In preparation for the tablet release of Puzzle Pirates, we're looking to our dedicated community of buccaneers, scallywags, and ne'er–do–wells in order to conduct a performance test of our recently upgraded server hardware. This test needs live pirates gathered on a single ocean, so please board Meridian on Friday, May 24th from noon to 3 PM PDT, and see if you can bring the server to its knees! We know that it can be hard to motivate a pirate without the promise of loot, so we will be giving away an iPad for every milestone of 1,000 pirates logged in concurrently on Meridian!* This means one iPad will be given away if we first reach 1,000 players logged in on Meridian at the same time during the event, a second iPad will be given out if we reach 2,000 logged in on Meridian at the same time during the event, and so on. As an additional bonus, we will also be increasing base pillaging and treasure chest payouts and increasing injury chances for the duration of the event.
Please see the OFFICIAL RULES for full details.
Surrounding the event on Meridian, we will also increase payouts and chances of injury on each of other oceans according to the following schedule:
*Eligibility for physical prizes is limited to US and Canadian residents. We love our international players, but a pack of Atlantean
lawyers saboteurs struck before we could maneuver through the hoops to expand eligibility. We hope you understand and will still join us during the event!
From now until 3:00 PM PDT on May 20th, 2013, you'll earn a FREE Banana Box for every $9.95 you spend on doubloons or every month of subscription time you purchase! That's 5 Banana Boxes for purchasing a $49.95 package, 12 Banana Boxes for purchasing an annual subscription, or even more!
Each Banana Box features a prize in the seasonal color of Banana, including a new Banana Octopus with Hat familiar, a Banana Snake Familiar, and a slew of Banana furniture and ships. If you live to collect trinkets, there's also an array of 12 old and new Banana trinkets. I promise the old ones don't have brown spots.
Good luck and don't slip on your way to the login screen! For a full list of available prizes and other more detailed info, the official rules can be found right here.
Operating under a shroud of deception and feints, fleets of smuggling ships have silently filled the ocean's Black Markets with brand new Series 4 Black Boxes! These new boxes reportedly contain a bizarre bundle of Smuggler and Vampire furniture along with a number of varied and shadowy Sea Turtle pets.
Rumors are spreading that some of these boxes containing deadly Booby Traps! There's a chance you could lose an eye, a hand, or a leg when opening one of these new Black Boxes, so be warned!
But perhaps that's right up your alley? In any case, creep on over to your local Black Market to engage in some dubious dealings! If you've simply got to know what's inside, you can take a look at the full list of contents right here.
Shadowy agents of the Black Market want everyone to know that it has become prohibitively difficult for them to stock the Series 3 Black Box with black and shadow unicorns. The following is copied from a note that I found pinned above my bed with a bloody dagger:
Series 3 Black Box supplies to expire on May 1st.
Last chance to buy remaining black and shadow unicorns.
Blood is fake.
There I go rambling.
Maybe why they took my tongue.
Let me know if you find it in a box sometime.
Loose-lipped Lawrence, formerly Chatty Lawrence
The Department's famed bushwhackers have been researching techniques that allow them to cram these sparkling new boxes with two new species of pirate-friendly critters: the Toucan and the Sea Turtle! The Toucan is an exotic bird with a colorful bill and, when tame, is quite content to perch on a pirate's shoulder. In contrast, tamers have been unable to coax the Sea Turtle into perching on pirate pauldrons, but these gentle grazers are more than brave enough to flip-flop alongside for your swashbuckling endeavours!
Talented goldsmiths have also been hard at work crafting a glittering showcase of new trinkets to fill out the assortment of ornaments already found in these glorious Gold Boxes! Freshly gilded pins, goblets, and other such novelties are now available to collect, trade, and pose with, much to the envy of your glint-aware bird friends.
Bankers across the seas will be carrying these new Gold Boxes until April 15th, 3 PM PDT, when the Department o' Scryin' tell us these new boxes will be exhausted! For a full list of Gold Box rewards and a breakdown of prize distribution, click here.
The Department o' the Treasure has been made aware of something called "ecological collapse" and has henceforth been instructed by the Department o' Public Relations to stop taming dragons and unicorns--which coincides with the Department o' Suspicious Coincidences being unable to locate more of these creatures, so I suppose this arrangement works out just fine for everybody. Information leading to the Department o' the Treasure's previous conclusion that these creatures had simply entered into a long period of hibernation has proven to be false. The Department o' the Treasure would like to apologize if its actions have in any way caused extinction-level damage to these noble populations. It would be a shame if future generations only knew of them by legend and myth!
Those mysterious members of the Smuggler's Guild, purveyors of prohibited property and paraphernalia, have toiled in the shadows to create a new class of vessel meant to haul bulk shipments of black market goods across the trade lanes. For clandestine reasons that cannot be uttered, they've made the plans to these new ships available to loyal shipwrights everywhere. Visit your local shipyard and see if they have the new Smuggler Class War Brig in stock!
Like its smaller sister ships, the Smuggler Class War Brig variant also bears the revered Lady of Secrets as its figurehead. She serves as a reminder that revealing secrets can have dreadful consequences.
These sturdy cranes speedily lift cargo to and from secret compartments, leaving the deck clear of any contraband or other goods that may bring an invasive search by Imperial watchdogs.
Hanging a gibbet on the deck signifies that you obey time-honored maritime law and follow a strict code of ethics that would never, ever allow the smuggling of criminal items on your ship.
This humble and thoroughly lawful captain's cabin is a strategic place to invite local or Imperial customs officers for a drink of your best rum before you happily submit to a surprise search.
Though the central cabin would pass most general inspections, a closer look will reveal telltale marks of the vessel's shadowy intent! There are two doors visible to the naked eye, but the shipwrights have seen the original blueprints, and those show a third egress attached to the nearby lantern through an elaborate system of pulleys!
That passage leads to an ample crawlspace for storing barrels, bags, and boxes of everything you don't want unwelcome guests getting their hands on. A hatch in the corner leads further into the hidden innards of the ship.
Behold the main smuggling hold! This is the decisive space for carrying your hoard of black-market goods past Johnny Imperial and his agent overseers! Tongues have been wagging about the impregnable nature of this hiding space; it is said no true Imperial officer has so much as set his or her eyes on this shadowy sanctuary!
And as fast as you can knock three times on the seal of the Smuggler's Guild, yet another hidden door leads to the main galley, with stairs back up to the top deck. It's a little dusty in here, but spotlessly clean in the eyes of the law.
The Smuggler's Guild has placed just two stipulations on the sales of these new War Brigs:
First, that no Imperial or lawful agent should be allowed to know of its secrets.
Second, that these ships shall be sold with a 20% discount on delivery fees.
The Smuggler Class War Brig will be available throughout the month of April with a delivery fee of only 80 Doubloons on Doubloon oceans! That means a 20% discount over standard delivery fees for Limited Edition War Brigs, or a savings of 20 doubloons for each of these ships sold. So, make sure you aren't being followed and stop in at a local shipyard to acquire one of these beauties today!
Throughout history, there have been moments when a barrel of rum has altered our understanding of great pillaging.
Our B.A.R.R.E.L. project has been designed to re-invent the barrel as a new, powerful platform for lawless terror on the high seas.
B.A.R.R.E.L. owners will be presented with a choice – a select choice – to enjoy a style of pillaging that is a rarely offered today. It's a choice that opens the doors to a world of exclusivity and personalization that is unique in pillaging. In a B.A.R.R.E.L. you will experience things that have become lost to other pirates: a world of unparalleled craftsmanship and refinement; a world of ever increasing choice and comfort.
Luxury features and accouterments included:
Today, we are officially announcing the launch of Puzzle Pirates on tablet. As mentioned previously by our own Captain Cleaver, the tablet game is an expansion to the existing game, offering the same Puzzles and game experience on multiple tablet devices, starting with the iPad.
Over the coming weeks, we'll be sharing more information on the two key parts of the tablet project: our take on a refreshed user interface that we hope will make the game accessible to all users, and the additions we've made to the puzzles to make them fun to play with a touch interface. Note: the puzzles will remain unchanged for desktop users, but we do hope you'll be intrigued to see what we've added. We hope to use the next couple of months before we take the tablet version live to get your feedback on puzzle playability.
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