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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!

December's Ship is a Winner!

You asked for it, we heard you, and then we waited a while, and then we all went out for drinks, and then some of us did our laundry, and then we had the strangest feeling like we were forgetting something, and then we remembered what it was, and now... it's here! By popular demand, the Limited Edition ship for December is the Casino Class War Frigate!

Here's the main "casino floor" room down in the hold, complete with every kind of parlor table you could dream of, as well as more poker and Treasure Drop tables than you can shake a croupier stick at!

And what casino would be complete without a plush VIP suite? This one even has its own tank of tropical fish! Lions and other exotic pets sold separately.

We saved the best for last, however... Deep down in the hold are a working roulette table and a working craps table!

Use 'em to play with for fun with your hearties, or to roll up a random number for whatever reason you might need one. Break ties! Determine who gets first pick of duty station, and who is stuck swabbing the deck! Make important life decisions! It's up to you.

The Casino Class War Frigate is the premier ship for excursions to Atlantis, but don't gamble on it staying around any longer than the month of December, so roll one up for yourself right now!

Right About Time for Wine!

Wine Box!

We here at Puzzle Pirates HQ are folks of simple tastes. We feel that old traditions are among the best ones, and so we like to celebrate the harvest season the way it's been celebrated for hundreds of years: we take a bunch of awesome items, stuff them all into boxes stamped with question marks, and then give them away! Some of you may take issue with our grasp of history. In our defense, our history is probably a lot more interesting and fake than yours*.

From now until 3:00 PM PST on November 19th, 2012, you'll earn a free Wine 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!

Every Wine Mystery Box contains a cool prize. What's new this month? Well, the Wine Box contains a variety of previously unavailable furniture from past Limited Edition ships! If you've been coveting fantastic furni like the wine crates from the Smuggler Class Sloop, or the elegant bookcase from the Vampire Class Sloop, this is your chance to snag them for yourself. There's also a wide variety of other Wine-colored prizes available, including unique Wine Box trinkets, Wine Dogs and Wine Octopus Familiars!

Don't get stuck whining about missing out: snag a Wine Mystery Box of your own right now! For a full list of available prizes and other more detailed info, the official rules can be found here.

Good luck, everyone!

* For one, ours has a lot of robots in it. Also, Blackbeard was a velociraptor. From space.

A Monster of a Hallowe'en Event

Hallowe'en season is once again upon us, and with it, my yearly campaign to get everyone at Puzzle Pirates HQ to trendily refer to the holiday as "Ween". This year, my efforts are proving to be wildly unpopular, but I won't give up! Giving up is totally against the spirit of Ween. I think.

But what about all you eager, Hallowe'en-observing pirates out there? Does Uncle Ween have a spooky gift for you this year inside his mystical Box of Hallows? Considering that I just made him and that up, probably not. But we here at Puzzle Pirates HQ do: a special Trick or Trinket event!

Until the end of October, all Sea Monster Zones and Brigand King skirmishes have a chance of giving out special Hallowe'en candy trinkets as prizes! You can collect and swap these trinkets with your hearties, or you can save them up and trade them in at the Trading Post for cool monster dolls you can hold in portraits. There are three in all, one for each type of roving monster: skelly, zombie and werewolf!

We've also taken this opportunity to make a bunch of Hallowe'en themed items available once again, so if you've been waiting all year for your chance to pick up a mask, or bone cannons, or other scary pirate gear, your wait is over!

All of this fun stuff will only be around until the end of October, so hop in-game and scare up some candy right now!

A Ship Just Right for a Pillage by Night!

There are precious few things we're afraid of here at Puzzle Pirates HQ: bubble wrap, running out of caffeine, movies about misfit sports teams that pull together to win the championship. The thing we're most afraid of, however, is vampires. I mean, they want to suck your blood. I need my blood! All of it! That's why we've decided to stick to good, clean ship themes this month, so what better way to celebrate heading back to school than with the Math Class Sloop!

Wait a moment. I'm being told that the Math Class Sloop isn't a real thing, and instead this month's ship is the... Vampire Class Sloop? OK, that's cruel, guys. Not cool. You know I just got comfortable enough to not run away screaming whenever I see someone sneeze into their sleeve.

You know what? I'm done. Someone else can describe this month's ship. I'm going to go hide under my bed.

- Hermes

Ar! - an' good riddance to ye Hermes, ye lily-livered lubber!

All right mates, strike yer deadlights on that figurehead. She looks a right thirsty flittermouse out on her nightly hunt, and she don't look the type what hunts bugs and the like. So, what do ye suppose she's huntin' for? I'll give ye a hint: it be red, most folks think their's be precious, and it ain't no plundered rubies that I be speakin' of! In any case, I've no doubt in me mind that yer guano love it! HAR HAAR!

Now here be the lovely Rowan standing on the deck o' her new Vampire Sloop. Lucky lass! Word 'round the shipyards be that some fancy-pants blue-blooded bloodsucker designed this vessel hisself, and I believe it too! Just look at them dark colours an' blood red accents, not to mention the fancy bits what reminds ye o' the olde castles them blokes be known for. Vampires may be guilty of a lot, but theys never been guilty o' bein' unstylish, and this vessel be dressed to kill!

An' what's this, Rowan me lass?! Well blast me cross-eyed an' call me a codfish! It looks like there be a resident revenant on board! Well me darlin', he looks a nice enough lad, but I hope havin' him 'round won't end up bein' a pain in the neck - HAR HAAAR!

Ah, now ain't Mr. Nickydeemus a fine, fanged fellow to be showin' ye around the place, Miss Rowan? Seein' as how ye're to be shipmates and all.

An' what a stately place it is too, most others pale in comparison - HAR HAAR! Thar be fancy candelabras what can make the room a relaxing deep red, an' there be more of 'em 'round the ship, says he. An' that's quite a regal looking throne me dear, the perfect perch for sittin' and plannin' yer next pillage while sippin' that...uh...wine? Ye might want to be stockin' yer own drink there me lass.

A fine hold she has too, an' no mistake. Refined and genteel with just enough touch o' the grim to keep us feelin' properly piratey (we do have our fearsome reputations to protect after all). Aye Mr. Nix, thar be a fine grand old bookcase, don't ye agree Miss Row - what's that? Pullin' that book does what now?

Blimey! Yer a naughty ol' nosferatu Mr. Nix, with yer wee secret crypt!

Well Miss Rowan, I suppose this explains where yer new shipmate bunks down. But by me beard, it seems a fine secret hold for treasure as well, an' what pirate doesn't want that? Also, upon reflection - or lack thereof in yer case mate - it also occurs to me that she'll always have herself a keen-eyed night's watch with ye aboardship, Mr. Nix! We all know there be a lot at stake when ye take to piracy on the high seas. But when ye've a fine ship like this, it's nice to know ye ain't been pillagin' in vein! HAR HAAR HAAAR!

Mates, ye too can fly across the midnight seas an' drain the loot from yer victims in a ship like this. But The Vampire Class Sloop is only available for the month of September, so be sure to creep down to yer local shipyard and bite at this offer while it's still livin'. And may she forever sail the moonlit seas!

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