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Talk Like a Pirate Day - YARR!

Ahoy, ye salty sea dogs!

We know ye embrace the piratey lifestyle, as ye pillage and plunder all year long. Alas, there are lubbers who only embrace the thrill o' the high seas once a year on September 19th - Talk Like a Pirate Day. As expert seafarers, show these bilge rats the ropes and have yarrrrself a bootyful day.

To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, the Ocean Masters have scheduled special tournaments and puzzle competitions. Keep a weather eye on the Notice Board in-game to catch them!

Ye can also gather yer hearties and commission a portrait aboard one these fine vessels with unusual names: Lingua Piratica, Bountiful Booty and Booched Blunderbuss.

IMPORTANT: Be sure ye talk piratey-like while visiting the inns and other public places in Puzzle Pirates on Talk Like a Pirate Day! We’ll be takin' notes, an' you could find yerself rewarded the mere act o' usin' proper pirate lingo. A list o' winners will be posted on the forums...after we’ve had time to recover from the festivities.

Deadly Lairs: Cultist Frenzy!

to bring your doom and prepare for war...
by moonlit curse and cultist roar..
we dance and chant and into this volcano pour...
snakes and hate and blood and gore...
And from the world's black belly flows our enlightened and grim lore!

The Enlightened Ones gather together followers for Vargas the Mad from far and wide. Their madness is spreading faster than normal, and larger numbers of cultists are being reported on nearby cursed isles. Ye can’t be sure why, but may it be related to the recent full moon? Whispers from brave adventurers say the followers take longer to regroup between fights, allowing pirates a bit more time to plunder Vargas the Mad’s riches!

Deadly Lairs: Cultist Frenzy will be active May 16-19 and May 23-26. If yer on a Doubloon Ocean, ye will need a bravery badge. Pirates on Cerulean will need a subscription to participate.

Look lively or ye may be lost to the noxious fog!

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!

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!

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!

Portrait Ships!

Smile!!

Have a portrait made on a special ship this Valentine's Day weekend! These are NOT free portraits - it's just an opportunity for you to get a portrait with a special ship name. Whisks to these ships are currently on the events tab of the notice board!

    February 14th-17th
  • Lovestruck Leviathan
  • Lost Love (Cerulean and Meridian)
  • Love Lost (Emerald)
  • Harmonious Sole
  • Boxed Chocolate

Pink Foot Sightings!

Pink Foot!!

Sweet Desmond will fill yer day with tales of his yeti sightings. He has an extensive collection of portraits and tall tales to go with each one.* Most pirates have seen the mighty beasts and no longer doubt their existence. However, when he started claiming there are pink yeti out there, a petition was submitted to change his name to Crazy Desmond. Do ye believe him?

Gather a crew and set yer voyage to pillage! Plunder 'Yeti Sightings' expeditions from brigands and barbarians! Each pirate will receive a free portrait with a pink yeti on a Valentine background, and Ice Chest Treasure boxes will be placed into the booty of the ship for everyone to share. Treasure boxes have a small chance of awarding Pink Pomade hair dye when opened!

Visit the Palace Shoppe for Valentine’s Day trinkets and furniture. There will also be seasonal portrait backgrounds. There are returning favorites, as well as new trinkets and backgrounds created by our arrrrtistic players! Pink Yeti and Valentine's Day items will be available until February 17th.

*I recommend a large cask of fine rum to see ye through those tall tales.

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!

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!

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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