Whew! Well, now that the spooky Vampire Class Sloop is gone and fall is solidly upon us, this month's Limited Edition ship is almost certainly going to embody warmer, more comforting themes like quiet autumnal reflection, and the vibrant colors of falling leaves.
...oh, you've got to be kidding me.
As it turns out, in true Hallowe'en spirit, this October's Limited Edition ship is the Skelly Class Sloop! From the looks of these images, however, those of you hoping to get a glimpse at what skellies do when they're not sieging islands will have to keep on hoping, because this ship isn't built to be used by skellies... it's built from skellies!
That's creepy. It's creepy that we did that.
The quarterdeck on the Skelly Class Sloop is flanked by some intimidating skeletal warriors. Don't worry! We're fairly certain that they won't suddenly reanimate and attack your crew.
Fairly certain. Maybe keep an eye out just in case.
Meanwhile, down in the hold... skulls everywhere! And some comfortable seating. But mostly skulls.
There are plenty of macabre fixtures down here, but the pièce de résistance? An elegant skeletal pipe organ, perfect for playing sinister dirges! In fact, we're fairly certain that it can only play dirges... and perhaps some not-so-jaunty sea shanties that sound suspiciously like dirges.
And if that wasn't enough, the Skelly Class Sloop also has a fearsome skeletal horseman figurehead! We're not sure if these two teamed up before or after becoming skellies, but we definitely think they're more intimidating as a duo.
The Skelly Class Sloop is only available until the end of October, so act fast! Only a bonehead would miss out on such a fantastic ship. You're not a bonehead, are you?
We're fairly certain that the title of this blog post violates several international treaties, but we're going to run with it anyway, because you're worth it!
From now until 3:00 PM PDT on September 17th, 2012, you'll earn a free Chocolate Mystery Box for every $9.95 you spend on doubloons or every month of subscription time you purchase! That's 3 Mystery Boxes for purchasing a quarterly subscription, 5 Mystery Boxes for purchasing a $49.95 package, or even more!
Featuring the seasonal color Chocolate, this month's Mystery Box has some cool new prizes inside, including new Chocolate trinkets you can hold in portraits, Chocolate Dogs, and even Chocolate Monkeys!
Good luck, everyone!
* Symptoms of yococoa fever may include dry humor and frequent pillaging.
It's time again for the Pirate Census!
We here at Puzzle Pirates HQ like to periodically make a short survey available to the players asking for information about themselves, what they like about the game, and what they want to see more of. Our goal is to use the data we get from the Census to help shape the development of the game over the next year or so, as well as get a better idea of just who is spending their time sailing our seas!
Participating in the Census is optional, and your answers are completely anonymous. The survey will only be available until 12:30 AM PDT on Tuesday, September 4th, so please take a few minutes to help us build a better Puzzle Pirates by filling out the survey right now!
From now until 3:00 PM PDT on May 21st, 2012, 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! Featuring the seasonal color Banana, each Banana Box has a fantastic prize inside, including some brand-new surprises, such as the new Banana Dog pet, the Banana Snake familiar, or the Banana Monkey! What monkey wouldn't love being Banana?!
There's a bunch of other great prizes available, as well: Banana sloops, Banana furniture, and even Banana Spring and Summer trinkets! Don't let it be a cruel, cruel summer: peel open a Banana Box right now! For a full list of available prizes and other more detailed info, the official rules can be found here.
Good luck, everyone!
Technology continues to leap forward here on the Puzzle Pirate seas. Why, it feels like only yesterday that some forward-thinking genius out there invented the top hat, and soon afterward, the felt chamber pot. Even so, it's a red letter day for us all here at Puzzle Pirates HQ as we're pleased to announce that the very first Steam Class Sloop has rolled off the production line!
Or, well... I guess it sailed off the production line. Let's not get too ahead of ourselves here.
The Steam Class Sloop is sturdily built out of only the finest and most buoyant bronze available. We asked one of the engineers exactly how this worked, but he just threw an empty rum bottle at us and called our mother something uncouth. We're going to assume this means that it's a "trade secret".
But surely you must be thinking... how does it all work? What is this strange device in the hold? Why aren't we giving you a chance to ask these questions yourself? Well, dear reader, through an advanced alchemical process known as "ocean potion locomotion", this "engine" found in the belly of the ship makes very loud noises and belches poisonous smoke. Meanwhile, alcohol, in the form of rum, is pumped from the ship's hold into the pirates crewing the vessel. This increases morale significantly, giving them the energy they need to sail the ship forward, as well as to survive the incredibly toxic smog being put out by the engine. Did we mention that the smoke was ridiculously dangerous, odorless, invisible, and has no real effect on gameplay? I feel like we forgot that part. At any rate, it's very hazardous. Don't inhale it.
Oh, it's not all ridiculously-light brass and poisonous fumes, however. The Steam Class Sloop also has all the trappings you'd expect to see in a Limited Edition ship of its caliber: a sturdy vault door sealing the captain's cabin off from the rest of the ship in not-quite-airtight comfort, the finest in bronze cannonry and fittings, and even an extraordinary automaton figurehead! While we personally feel that it's a metallic monster whose existence challenges the very notion of our humanity and what ethical lines should be drawn when pushing the limits of technology, our artists thought it was "neat".
The Steam Class Sloop is only available for the month of May, however, so speed on over to your Shipyard and buy the ship of tomorrow... TODAY!
Oh, and by the way... We've also turned top hats on for purchase for the duration of the Steam Class Sloop's availability, because frankly, if you're half as excited about this as we are, you're going to need a place to relieve yourself, and quickly.
Avast ye defenders o' the free archipelagos, ye knights-errant o' the briny deep!
I be the gilded pirate Goldtooth Glittersleeves, Secretary o' the Treasure, and this be an official-like announcement - so set yer deadlights on me words and mark 'em well... It be my great honour to announce the release of the Gold Box!
Ah, the plunder has been a'flowin' heavy of late, and we at the Department have taken a portion of the surplus and appointed the finest of goldsmiths to fashion it into loot befitting our noble pirate natures and pack it into shiny Gold Boxes!
Aye, noble indeed! For hasn't it fallen upon us to put our courageous hearts to the test and battle the wickedest forces on the high seas, the fiercest of sea-monsters and to repeatedly send the Empire the message that they don't yet rule us all? Indeed, be we not the last free folk o' the sea, robbin' from the rich and givin' to the poor? True, the poor has mostly meant ourselves since most of us were as poor as wharf-rats when we first went "on the account" - but that don't take away the fact that we're an honorable and princely lot, says I!
It be in this spirit that we've created the Gold Boxes and distributed them to banks across the ocean, installing a shiny new golden safe in each bank to hold these grand new glittering goodies!
And in addition to the lustrous loot, we've engaged the services of exotic beast-tamers from the furthest reaches o' the world to add a rare few magickal beasties to the fare!
We've also employed gifted ship designers and ye'll be able to turn in yer Gold Box trinkets for glorious Gold Class Ship designs at ye olde Trading Post.
The first shipment be ready now, but after that, the Gold Box will only be available for a two week period every other month, since "acquiring" the raw materials takes a wee bit o' effort and not a few deeds of daring-do!
SO! If ye be needin' even more explanation than all that, feast yer eyes on this summary o' all the fiddly details. Otherwise, put on yer fancy boots, stump yer intrepid ol' bones down to yer island bank and TREAT YERSELF. Ye've earned it, mate!
T. Hieronymous "Goldtooth" Glittersleeves
Secretary, Department o' the Treasure
A Sweet Ship for Your Sweetheart! Prepare for February's Decadent Chocolate Class Sloop! Based on the winning design by Slartibartfa of Meridian, it's guaranteed to melt in yer mouth, not in the sea!
Here we see the lovely Theobroma aboard her very own rich, velvety vessel. Which is the box of fine chocolate bonbons and which is a crate of classy cocoa-colored cannonballs? Only taste-testing will tell!
Just imagine the ambrosial aroma that enveloped our dear Theobroma as she strode into this luxuriantly chocolate-laden cabin! Can she resist the temptations before her?...
...Yes! But only long enough to go down to the hold and see what other smooth, delectable wonders await her. Now she only needs to decide what to nibble on first, and with whom to share this exquisite chocolatey bounty! There's plenty enough for two my dear, care to invite me aboard?
The Chocolate Class Sloop is only available until 3 PM PST on Wednesday, March 1st. Get one for that special someone, even if that someone is you!
If you haven't already guessed from the title, the next new seasonal color will be called Plum! It was a nail biter all the way to the finish, ending up in the closest vote in Puzzle Pirates history, closer even than yesterday's office lunch order, in which "Chinese" beat out "a knuckle sandwich" 4 votes to 1.
Keep your eyes peeled for a Mystery promotion featuring Plum later this summer. An enormous thank you to everyone who voted! You're the real heroes.
Congratulations, Plum! Don't blow it.
It's time again for the annual Pirate Census!
Every year, we here at Three Rings like to make this little survey available to Puzzle Pirates players asking for information about themselves, what they like about the game, and what they want to see more of. Our goal is to use the data we get from the Census to help shape the development of the game over the next year or so, as well as to build up a good batch of material for in-office trivia nights*.
Participating in the Census is optional, and your answers are completely anonymous. The survey will only be available until 11:59 PM PDT on Friday, July 30th, so please take a few minutes to help us build a better Puzzle Pirates by filling out the survey right now!
* How many tentacles are there on Cephalopod's desk? The correct answer is the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers.
Here at Puzzle Pirates headquarters, we love our players almost as much as we love our rum*. We wouldn't be in operation today if it weren't for players just like you making purchases from us, and we've been wanting to come up with a good way to reward such players for their continued support of our game with more than just a subscription or a pack of doubloons. That said, I'm happy to be able to announce that just those sorts of loyalty rewards start today!
The Monthly Rewards program!
Effective as soon as you read this, all of our current subscribers will receive a special reward item as a thank you for being such an important part of Puzzle Pirates. Not only that, but players who are subscribed in subsequent months will receive additional reward items! Exactly which reward item will be received will be determined on a monthly basis, suffice it to say the items will be unique to the Monthly Rewards program, will not repeat, and will frequently feature the special promotional color Royal Blue.
Don't worry, though: we haven't left out doubloon oceans! From now on, each month our doubloon players will have a special offer made available to them in our Billing Center that will give them the Monthly Reward item for free along with their first doubloon purchase of $9.95 or more! These will rotate each month along with the subscriber Monthly Reward, so if you primarily play on a green ocean, you won't miss a thing!
What's the Monthly Reward item for June? Why, it's this lovely Royal Blue and White tricorne, in either gender, depending on the pirate from which you claim the reward.
We have some pretty interesting ideas for future Monthly Reward items, as well, so be sure to watch the Spyglass blog in the coming months for teasers!
The answers to some specific questions you may have on this new program can be found below the fold, but otherwise, thank you for supporting Puzzle Pirates, and your Monthly Reward item should be waiting for you in-game**!
* And we really love our rum. Seriously, there's a bar in the back of our office. :D
** And if you haven't made a purchase with us yet, there's still time! You can snag your Monthly Reward item right over here.