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Monster Mayhem!

Let the ghoul times roll

Mayhem and mischief are increasing on the oceans! Zombie and Skellie hordes are appearing with increased frequency. As if the mobs of undead were not enough, cursed werewolves are wandering about ahead of this month’s full moon! Grab the nearest weapon ye can and band together to defeat this blight! Courageous pirates will find these monsters relinquish larger prizes when defeated.

This havoc is not limited to land. The oceans have turned blood red and zombies and skellies have infested barbarian and brigand ships! These vessels have increased treasure for those pirate brave enough to face and defeat this scourge.

For ye pirates who like to create a little mayhem of yer own, zombie, skelly and werewolf transformation amulets will be available from the Palace Shoppe. This pandemonium will end October 15 at 1PM PDT.

Weekend Event: Deadly Lairs

The cries of pirates echoed through the heavens as they battled in the Deadly Lairs of Loot. Alas, the furor of the monsters far exceeded the lowly treasure they protected and the sounds of combat turned to despair. Now, the sea monsters are again agitated, but this time, the rewards they offer promise to make it worth the risk.*

Brave any of the deadly sea monster lairs this weekend and face additional challenges with increased rewards! Could it be a celestial event has caused the monsters to berserk, or is there some dark, more sinister power at work here? Brave voyagers on their way to Atlantean Outposts, the Cursed Isles, and the Haunted Seas can anticipate a number of changes this weekend:

  • Treasure chests will be more numerous in Atlantis and Haunted Seas.
  • There will be more time to forage in Cursed Isles.
  • Atlantean citadels appear slightly more frequently, while Haunted Seas graveyards are much more common.
  • All treasure haul sites will naturally dissipate at a slower rate.
  • Dragoons and phantasms will board player vessels in Atlantis and Haunted Seas at an increased rate.
  • Cultists in Cursed Isles will attack foragers in greater numbers.
  • Injuries from sinking are twice as likely to occur! This also applies outside of sea monster lairs.

The Deadly Lairs event will be active from September 27th at 1 PM PDT until September 30th at 1 PM PDT. If you're on a Doubloon Ocean, you will need a bravery badge. Pirates on Cerulean will need to have a subscription to participate.

Once more unto the breach, me hearties!

*We did hear your feedback about the Deadly Lairs of Loot event from last month, and settings have been adjusted. Feedback and comments may be left in this thread.

Event: Brigand Frenzy

Sharpen the swords and be sure ye have extra cannon balls in the hold. 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.
  • Maps to sea monster lairs are more common to find when pillaging.
  • The chance for triggering an expedition while pillaging has been increased. The brigands are being a bit careless with their scraps of paper.
  • The Brigand Kings are more actively roaming the oceans. Expeditions to track them down are more common.
  • With news of increased pirates on the seas, merchant brigands are wary to leave port. While there are fewer of them sailing, merchant brigands who venture out are loading up larger vessels.

This Brigand Frenzy event will be active from September 20th at 11 AM PDT until September 24th at 11 AM PDT. Plenty of time to take a little extra from those pesky brigands. If you have any feedback, or suggestions for future weekend events, please let us know!

Event: Expedition Rally!

Rally once more to defeat Viking raiders, to unsettle Imperial fortifications, and to gather more treasure! During this event, expeditions will be easier to come by and they will yield extra loot for victorious pirates.

  • Expedition maps are twice as common to come across while pillaging!
  • Imperial soldiers will be carrying heavy coin purses, and their patrol vessels in sinking engagements have been stocked with heaps of extra supplies.
  • Viking raiders have been more successful recently, and are carelessly carrying more of their plunder around with them.
  • Buried pirate booty overflows with extra pieces of eight.

To support these excursions, Explorers' Halls across the seas have their cartographers and scouts working day and night to produce additional Viking raid and Imperial outpost maps for sale. Visit your nearest Explorers' Hall. Expedition maps may also be found inside some Black Boxes.

There are baubles and trinkets to be won at both the Imperial outposts and Viking raids, but only for those who own a subscription on Cerulean or those who possess a rank badge on doubloon oceans. This Expedition Rally event will be active from September 13th at 3 PM PDT until September 18th at 3 PM PDT. Plenty of time to bloody some Imperial noses!

Fair winds and good hunting!

Weekend Event: Deadly Lairs of Loot!

The seas froth and roil with ancient, otherworldly evils! They also froth and roil with extra treasure... oh, and effervescent antacids! Those cause some distinct frothing and a little bit of roil.

Brave any of the deadly sea monster lairs this weekend and face additional challenges with increased rewards! Perhaps these entities have formed a vile pact of mutual malevolence, or maybe the stars have aligned just so... or maybe it doesn't matter! Brave voyagers on their way to Atlantean Outposts, the Cursed Isles, and the Haunted Seas can anticipate a number of changes this weekend:

  • Treasure chests retrieved from Atlantis, Cursed Isles, and Haunted Seas come packed with more loot!
  • Atlantean citadels appear slightly more frequently, while Haunted Seas graveyards are much more common.
  • Atlantean treasure haul sites are repopulated at an increased rate.
  • Defeating ghost ships in Haunted Seas will yield slightly more coin to haul up.
  • All treasure haul sites will naturally dissipate at a slower rate.
  • Dragoons and phantasms will board player vessels in Atlantis and Haunted Seas at an increased rate.
  • Cultists in Cursed Isles will attack foragers in greater numbers.
  • Injuries from sinking are twice as likely to occur! This also applies outside of sea monster lairs.

The Deadly Lairs of Loot event will be active from August 23th at 12 PM PDT until August 26th at 12 PM PDT. If you're on a Doubloon Ocean, remember to wear your bravery badge. Pirates on Cerulean will need to own a subscription to participate. Discussion about weekend events can be had right over here.

Stay brave, me hearties!

Prize Purses!


Can I get yer interest in a heap of never-before-opened Imperial navy prize purses? They fell off the back of a merchant vessel bearing Imperial flags. Of course, lot's of things fall off the back of a vessel when you blast the rest of it to Davy Jones...

Starting at 4:00 PM on August 21st, you will receive one FREE red Prize Purse for every $2.50 spent on doubloons or any purchase of subscription time! Prize Purses are loaded with Pieces of Eight, a mysterious and powerful force of motivation and delight for all pirates! See here for official Prize Purse details.

So treat yerself, cross a mate's palm with a bit o' silver, or just pose with yer loot in a new portrait! Prize Purses will be available with purchases until 4:00 PM PDT on August 26th.

Familiar Giveaway!

During the 5-day period of August 22nd to August 26th, we will be running a limited familiar giveaway!

All players logging on between 12:00 AM PDT on August 22nd and 11:59 PM PDT on August 26th will be eligible to win a familiar in a daily draw. During each event day, we will have three separate draws: one for an octopus, one for a parrot, and one for a monkey familiar.

Below is a complete list of prize familiars for each day of the event.

  • Thursday, August 22nd: Violet Octopus, Red/Green Parrot, Copper Monkey
  • Friday, August 23rd: Maroon Octopus, Lime/Blue Parrot, Almond Monkey
  • Saturday, August 24th: Blue Octopus, Rose/Peach Parrot, Brown Monkey
  • Sunday, August 25th: Grey Octopus, Yellow/Light Green Parrot, Red Monkey
  • Monday, August 26th: Mint Octopus, Purple/White Parrot, Yellow Monkey

Simply logging in during each daily period is all that is required to register your account for the familiar drawing taking place during that 24-hour period. You are encouraged to say "Yarr!" but it is not absolutely required, nor will it help your odds.

Players are invited to participate on every day of the event.

Daily drawings will be pulled at random based on player logs from that 24-hour period. No additional registration is required, just log in to enter your account into that day's drawing!

Accounts selected to receive a prize familiar will find their friendly critter safely tucked away in the inventory of the last pirate to be used on that account. A congratulatory message will also be left for the pirate, indicating that they have won.

Familiar winners will be announced on the business day following each draw period (the 24-hour window). This means nine weekend winners will be announced on Monday, August 26th.

Appropriate steps will be taken to exclude new accounts created exclusively for the purpose of participating in this event.

Have fun puzzling!

Update: WINNERS ARE BEING POSTED HERE.

Weekend Event: Even More Brigand Frenzy!

If ye like to pillage, then put on yer sea legs: we're running another Brigand Frenzy!

There's a bounty of bonus loot to be had this weekend! Pillaging rewards have been increased, expeditions and rare maps are easier to come by, and those pesky pirate primates are out and about in greater numbers!

  • Brigands and barbarians are packing extra coin! Shake down as many as you can!
  • The chance for triggering an expedition while pillaging has been increased. Dead men tell no tales, but defeated brigands can't keep their gobs shut.
  • Brigands have become increasingly attracted to islands with Black Markets.
  • Maps to sea monster lairs are more common to find when pillaging.
  • Merchant brigands are loading up larger vessels in false hopes of keeping those swashbuckling simians away.

This Brigand Frenzy event will be active from August 16th at 11 AM PDT until August 19th at 1 PM PDT. Whether you seek them out or simply encounter them as an obstacle on your way to greater fortunes, there will be a little something extra in it for you this weekend! Discussion for weekend event can be had right over here.

Happy hunting!

Weekend Event: Open Markets!

Haul in yer hoards of exotic fruits and scintillating gemstones for extra profit this weekend! A convergence of clerical errors and convenient coincidences presents traders, or opportunistic pirates, with the perfect weekend to make a tidy profit. Island markets are buying fruit at increased prices, gemstone thieves are less active, and merchant brigands are taking extended voyages with extra fruit! The eye-watering aroma of durian wafts across the seas.

  • Markets are paying anywhere from 33% to 50% 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 has increased.
  • Merchant brigands will also carry more fruit on average.
  • Compelled by an abundance of fruit, encounters with the mischievous Monkey Boat are more common.
  • On doubloon oceans, the doubloon fee for opening stalls has been slashed in half. Grab a labor badge with the doubloons you'll save!

The Open Markets event will be active from August 9th at 11 AM PDT until August 12th at 10 AM PDT. Island markets will continue to buy fruit at increased prices from August 9th at 4 AM PDT until August 13th at 4 AM PDT. The markets are run by a dedicated and stubborn lot.

No holds are barred in this weekend event, so post some generous jobbing offers and stuff your hold with precious perishables. Pirates with rummaging-related allergies may elect to take the indirect approach, but they should be cautious of those plundering primates. If you have any feedback on this event, feel free to offer it up on our forums.

Good fortunes, mateys!

Weekend Event: Expedition Rally!

Prepare to embark on a campaign against unwelcome Imperials outposts and uncouth Viking raiding parties! During this weekend event, all expeditions will yield extra shares of loot for victorious pirates. A silent, shadowy emissary from the Smuggler's Guild has has delivered a parchment with details:

  • Imperial soldiers will be carrying heavy coin purses, and their patrol vessels in sinking engagements have received supplementary supplies.
  • Viking raiders have been more successful recently, and are carelessly carrying more of their plunder around with them.
  • Recently shipwrecked vessels have coincidentally all been carrying taxation payments destined for Imperial coffers.
  • Buried pirate booty overflows with extra pieces of eight. The source is unclear.

To support these excursions, Explorers' Halls across the seas have their cartographers and scouts working day and night to produce additional Viking raid and Imperial outpost maps for sale. Visit your nearest Explorers' Hall

There are rare trinkets to be won at both the Imperial outposts and Viking raids, but only for those who own a subscription on Cerulean or those who possess a rank badge on doubloon oceans. The Expedition Rally event will be active from August 2nd at 3 PM PDT until August 5th at 3 PM PDT. That should be plenty of time to give them a good wallop!

Coming later in August: a weekend event during the 8/9 - 8/12 period promoting foraging and trade, and a weekend event during the 8/23 - 8/26 period where sea monster lairs become both more deadly and more profitable! We will share details as those dates approach.

Fair winds and good hunting!

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