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Open Markets!

The ocean calls to all pirates. With a ship under yer pegleg, kegs full o' rum, and the potential for a hold full of booty, ye look to the horizon for the next grand adventure. We're celebratin' World Oceans Day with an Open Markets Event! Set sail for adventure, pillagin, and a bit o' monkey business!

  • 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.

The Open Markets event will be active until June 10th at 3:00 PM PST. The ocean calls, mateys!

*Market owners won't be offering this rate until after the 4AM reboot on June 5. They muttered somethin' about labor limits.

Invaders From Space!

For years, pirates have been the apex predator of the seas, pillaging and plundering as they see fit without fear of reprisal - but that's all about to change! Extraterrestrial life forms have invaded the Oceans and now the hunters have become the hunted. What they want is a mystery but their force is undeniable!

Introducing Alien Attack! a brand new pillaging expedition!

EXPERIENCE:

OUT OF THIS WORLD THRILLS! - Escape the clutches of your abductors and fight your way back to your ship

OUT OF THIS WORLD CHILLS! - Run a gauntlet of Alien Scout, Hunter and Abductor ships and strange "Blue Fire" fences

OUT OF THIS WORLD BOOTY! - Can you escape not only with your lives but with a hold full of Alien Pods containing never before seen treasures?

Be alert! The seas are no longer safe! Abductions can happen at any moment and without warning. Once abducted your crew must fight its way through the alien hordes to reach your ship. That would be difficult enough, but that's not the end of it. The invading aliens do not take escape lightly and will stop at nothing to recapture you. Weave your way through searching Scout ships whose spotlights will pinpoint your location for the waiting Hunter ships - their strange cannons of light can tear through even the most reinforced hulls like a hot knife through butter. Strange barriers of blue fire will temporarily block your path so timing is of the utmost important. Worst of all is the massive Abductor ship - those that are recaptured have never been heard from again.

Enterprising Captains have been able to turn misfortune into great fortune, however. Scattered around the Alien Mothership are strange glowing pods filled with interstellar trinkets and treasures from countless alien worlds. Attempting to snatch them up is a great risk with the invading aliens hot on your heels - but the rewards are worth it!

The Alien Attack expedition is available starting today, April 1, 2015!

Love Is In The Air!

Pinkfoot the Love Yeti returns looking for a love connection, and brings portraits and treasure boxes to share! To find these big, lovable yeti, plunder 'Yeti Sightings' expeditions from brigands and barbarians. Each pirate on yer ship 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!

Purchase doubloons or subscription time to receive Heart-Shaped Boxes filled with Pieces o' Eight! Receive one box for each $2.00 ye spend. These sweet treats contain between 400 and 4000 PoE each, with a small chance of a payout of 100,000 Pieces of Eight! Pink Yeti and Heart-Shaped Boxes are available until 3:00 PM on February 17th!

Valentine's Day trinkets and furniture are in the Palace Shoppe, and ye'll find seasonal portrait backgrounds at every easel. Watch for returning favorites as well as new backgrounds created by arrrtistic players!

A Krak In The Ice!

A never before seen Kraken — the Frost Kraken has attacked Captain Snowbeard while transporting his cargo of toys, scattering them across the seven seas. Now Captain Snowbeard is distracted from his normal duties, solely focused on one thing — revenge!

His intense vendetta is threatening the holiday season! Collect the scattered toys and use them to help Captain Snowbeard track down and defeat the Frost Kraken and save the day!

Each ocean has been divided into 5 teams, with pirates from the same crew all being placed on the same team. Pirates can participate and earn points for their team by defeating Brigands and Barbarians to win toy parts and assembling them into Gunwhales, Soldier Scouts, and Octo Bombers trophies near the docks on certain islands. Full details can be found here.

The competition ends on Friday, January 2nd at 3 PM PST.

Trick ARRR Trinket!

Frighteningly cute!

Once again this Halloween season, tis time to plunder Sea Monster Lairs and waylay any Brigand Kings ye find. Lucky pirates may be awarded Ghastly Trinkets! There's an increase in monster activity in Sea Monster Lairs, but that may give ye adventurous pirates more treasure!

Once ye have a nice pile o’ the new sweets, head over to the Trading Post. Five trinkets can be exchanged for new monster dolls! Hold a witch, mummy or lantern king doll in a portrait to immortalize this year’s haunting exploits. If ye have stale candy from previous years, ye'll not be able to trade them for the new dolls. The Department o' Treasury wants only the freshest candy for their Halloween festival.

Once ye have yer fill of sweetened treats and expanded yer monster doll collection, use the sugar rush to beat back the hordes of skellies, zombies and werewolves that assail the land!

The oceans run red, and the candy madness last until November 3rd, 2014!

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!

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