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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!


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!

Weekend Event: Brigand Frenzy!

Weigh anchor, grab a belaying pin or yer favorite blade, and give chase to those tyrants and ruffians o' the high seas! During this weekend event, brigands and barbarians will have deeper pockets, merchant ships will carry more booty, and the nefarious Brigand Kings will be more active on the trade lanes, likely offering trinkets as ransom for their release! Those mysterious marauding monkeys may also be a tad more inclined to show their fruit-craving mugs, too...

If ye be needin' a new rank badge, good news: for the duration of the event, we'll be running a 15% bonus on all doubloon packages priced at $9.99 and up. With the Plum Mystery Box also available, we've little doubt ye'll want to be sinkin' yer hooks into these abundant treasures! Cerulean pirates, sailing on doubloon-free waters, can expect an even bigger bonus from brigand and barbarian payouts.

The Brigand Frenzy Event and the 15% doubloon bonus will both run from July 19th at 3 PM PDT through July 22nd at 3 PM PDT. So fill yer hold with rum and shot, cram yer gob with ship's biscuit, and deliver a measure of ruckus to those scallywags who sully the names of gentlemen and lady corsairs across the seas!

If ye be a landlubber, or just happen to be servin' out an inconvenient sentence in an Imperial jail cell, we'll be running more weekend events in the coming weeks. Keep yer eyes on the Spyglass for more announcements and feel free to offer up feedback on the forums.

Fair winds and good hunting!

Golden Delicious!


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.

All Hands on Deck

WINNERS for this event have been announced. A hearty "Thank Ye" to everyone who participated!

Avast, Puzzle Pirates on tablets is closing in!

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:

  • Cerulean: May 24th, 4 PM to 7 PM PDT
  • Emerald: May 24th, 4 PM to 7 PM PDT
  • Jade: May 24th, 4 PM to 7 PM PDT
  • Opal: May 24th, 8 AM to 11 AM PDT

*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!

Banana Bonanza!

This box is bananas.

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.

Some Assembly Required

In the ice-choked seas of the far north, the Toymakers toil through spring, summer and autumn. Compelled, perhaps, by forgotten oaths or an ancient and primal desire to spread merriment and joy, they painstakingly craft shipments of shiny new playthings. As the days grow short, they load their baubles and gewgaws by the cartload into a fleet of waiting merchant vessels, southbound for ports across the ocean. And the pirate folk feel the nip in the air and know these shipments soon will arrive.

But a rumour has spread among the brigands, those scurvy cut-throats who care nothing for the spirit of the season, that "thar be rum in them tubs". And so they've fallen upon the toy-laden fleet, seizing the Toymakers' goods and smashing them into pieces in their rage that nary a drop of rum could be found within!

From now until January 4th, battles with Brigands and Barbarians have a chance to award special toy part trinkets as prizes! Sets of toy parts may be brought to trading posts and assembled into brand new toy furniture items: adorable yeti dolls, festive drums, and curiously small cannons! Decorate your home, pose with them in portraits, and satisfy yourselves by giving a good wallopin' to bands of miserable marauders!

So reclaim what was yours and teach those roaming scallywags that it's a lot more polite to simply buy rum! Join a voyage to hunt down some toy parts today, they'll only be available in pillages until January 4th!

Tinsel and Treasure!

Cold Hard Cash!

Piercing gales and tenacious ice barnacles make the life of a pirate particularly challenging this time of the year. Luckily, there's a new Gold Box to warm the hearts of all pirates until the springtime thaw.

December's Gold Box introduces Scarlet Shampoo, the only way to get the new Scarlet hair color! There's nothing like a head of blazing bright red hair to express just how warm that heart of yours is during these long winter nights! It also has the added bonus of making you look particularly fierce to all those scurvy blaggards out there! Trust us, you won't miss having to actually set your hair on fire in order to achieve the same results.

For those of you who absolutely need to have the intensity of a live flame as close to your head as possible, this Gold Box will also include a chance at three toasty new colors of Dragon Familiars: Red, Maroon, and Persimmon.

If fiery hair dye and dragons aren't enough to keep your spirits warmed, remember that December's seasonal color is Wine! Collect Wine Gold Box trinkets and Wine Chromas while they're available. Also be on the lookout for a new White Icy Unicorn and a king's ransom of gilded goods if the combustion motif doesn't fit your style. See this page for a full list of prizes.

The December Gold Box is available now at your local bank, but supplies will run out on the 17th!

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