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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!

All That Glitters!

Gold!

Been watching the countdown for a while? Well, your moment has arrived: the Gold Box is back in stock at your local Bank until August 13th!

New items this month include Deep Gold Unicorns, Violet and Purple Dragons, Gold Dread Masks, Mossy Mousse hair dye, and a slew of Gilded furniture, including new storage items! And don't forget: this month's seasonal color is Plum, so this is a great chance to collect some Plum Gold Box trinkets and snag a few extra Plum Chromas!

The full prize list can be found over here, so read up and head on over to your nearest Bank. There's gold in them coffers!

The Shark Ship Redemption!

It all started with us receiving a report here at Puzzle Pirates HQ of sharks in the water. Normally we wouldn't bother ourselves with such trivial, non-puzzle related matters, but we've never been ones to pass up the opportunity for a field trip, so we loaded a ship up with rum and headed out to sea in search of sharks.

Long story short, we quickly got off track because of the rum, and if there were sharks we missed them*, but that didn't stop some of us from discovering new and creative ways to injure ourselves**. The trip was plenty inspiring, however, so much so that we've put together a brand new Limited Edition ship for August: the Tiburon Class Sloop!

By the way, if anyone sees Fishheadred clinging to some flotsam somewhere in the Meridian Ocean, please send word: his wife is pretty worried.

Here is the Tiburon Class Sloop's quarterdeck and helm, complete with diving bell, crane and... shark cannons! We're pretty sure they're not made out of actual shark, so go ahead and fire them to your heart's content!

Here we see the Tiburon Class Sloop's figurehead at its most fearsome! If you're not certain what species of shark that is, just remember that it's one of the ones that wants to eat brigands.

Down in the Tiburon Class Sloop's hold, the bilgers will be kept company by a lovely aquarium that a small shark and a few exotic fish call home. Don't worry: that glass is extremely thick!

The hold also has a plushly appointed sitting room, overlooked by a majestic mounted hammerhead! Oh, and there just so happens to be a sealed hatch in the back, leading down to...

A shark tank! Woe be the jobber who walks the plank from the Tiburon Class Sloop: that shark's been working hard to keep up with the ship, and is bound to be hungry...

The Tiburon Class Sloop is only available until the end of August, so bite into one soon!




* Except for Eightycats, who claimed to see dorsal fins about every thirty seconds.
** It turns out that sticking a sword rack on the quarterdeck was a horrible idea, though I think Forculus looks better with that peg leg, anyway. Greenbones would agree with me if he could still see out of both his eyes.

2012 Pirate Summer Games!

Ahoy, ahoy, summertime swashbucklers!

We know you're probably neck deep in Sail Patching at the moment, but hear us out: there's excitement afoot!

From today, Friday, July 27th, until 10 AM PDT on Monday, August 13th, the Pirate Summer Games are on! Every pirate in the ocean has been randomly assigned to one of five teams, each named after a different monster from Greek mythology: Cyclops, Gorgon, Cerberus, Hydra, and Minotaur. Check the Competition tab on the Notice Board for more info and to confirm your team assignment.

Ready to go for the gold? You can score points for your team in one of two ways: by defeating members of other teams in rated one-on-one puzzle battles (Swordfighting, Rumble, Treasure Drop or Drinking), or by winning one of the numerous Puzzle Competitions that will be running during the event! Keep an eye on your Ahoy tab in the coming days for more information on upcoming such Competitions!

Every participant will get a cool Summer Games themed trophy, so what are you waiting for? On your mark, get set... GO!

NEW! IMPROVED! PLUM!

NEW! PLUM!

At a recent meeting with Captain Cleaver, the Puzzle Pirates team was given explicit instructions not to make any plum puns when talking about the upcoming Plum Mystery Box event. When we jumped in to say that we prefer to call plum puns "plumns", we were all flogged to within an inch of our lives. After a bit of rest and recovery*, we're back to tell you all about the new stuff available in July's Plum Mystery Box! In a mature and respectful tone, of course, because we're pretty sure that the Captain reads this blog and I, personally, can't bear to spend another afternoon cleaning the quarterdeck with a toothbrush.

So, what's new in the Plum Mystery Box?

  • All of the trinkets in the Plum Mystery Box are new and unique to this month's event, and every single one of them can be held in portraits. Not only that, but the trinkets in the Plum Mystery Box can be traded in to your local Trading Post for Plum Chromas! Coordinating your perfect summer outfit has never been easier**.
  • For a few of you lucky mates out there, each box has a chance to contain a new, never-before-seen Plum Panther*** pet, or even a super rare Plum Octopus! Both are fine additions to any respectable pirate's menagerie.

So, when can you get your hands on all this great new booty? Well... Right now! From now until 3:00 PM PDT on July 23rd, 2012, you'll snag a free Plum Mystery Box for every $9.95 you spend on doubloons or every month of subscription time you purchase! That's 5 Plum Boxes for purchasing a $49.95 package, 12 Plum Boxes for purchasing an annual subscription, or even more!

If all that sounds good to you, head on over and grab your boxes right now! If you're more of the ponderous type, you can find all the gritty details without all the interminable chattering over in the official event rules.

Good luck, everyone, and here's to a great summer on the high seas!




* We were plum tuckered out. WAIT NOOOO
** Mine involves both plum and lime green. Don't judge me.
*** We originally wanted to make a pink-colored panther, but somebody sent us a rather threatening package of fiberglass insulation and we lost our nerve.

Sea-Borne Smugglers!

The Navies can't catch 'em and the Empire - HAR! - they still deny their existence! But we know they exist because we've all pawed over their wares in the Black Markets. The Smuggler's code must be iron-bound 'cause we ain't ne'er even seen their ships up close...until now! That's right mate, the legendary Smuggler Class Sloop can now be gotten from yer local shipyard! Rumour has it that some unnamed person or persons made these smuggling vessels available for some reason. A vendetta 'gainst a former smuggling crew? Who knows? But here she be in all her glory!

She's adorned with the visage o' a shadowy lady gesturing for secrecy. We all know that loose lips can sink ships, so this seems a fitting figurehead for such a secretive bunch.

That bloke with the knavish look there on the deck wouldn't give any account o' hisself other than the moniker "Black Gull", no doubt an assumed alias. Nevertheless, Mr. Black Gull graciously volunteered to show us 'round the vessel, and we accepted. Ye can see the stealthy shades used for the decking, timbers, rigging and even the rowboat is outfitted for nocturnal activity.

Dropping below decks into the hold, we see the same shadowy tones, but other than that it seems a fairly straight-forward ship. What's that ye say, Mr. Black Gull? We should take a closer look at the wall there 'neath the jolly roger?

Great whistlin' sea hags! 'Tis a hidden hatch hoarded with contraband, me hearties! Arrrr! Look at all that loot! All right, all right, Mr. Black Gull - we can see yer antsy to go up the stairs behind ye, but let's just have ourselfs a wee peep inside some o' these crates, shall we? Fine! We can spy them out later, lads - lead away up yon stairs, Mr. Black Gull.

Aha! So it's back above decks we be, in a wee hidey-hole? More illicit goodies here and - eh? What about that wall, Black Gull? Have ye another trick up yer sleeve?

Avast! Another secret hatch leads us into the cabin, with the decks just beyond yon door. Well, I must say, Mr. Black Gull, I - wait, where be the blaggard? He were here just a moment ago! Blimey, well ain't he the slippery one?! Well, in any case, let me just say that The Smuggler Class Sloop is only available for the month of July, and, as ye can see, she's just the perfect thing for all pirate pastimes from pillaging beneath the summer sun to...more clandestine activities.

Back in Black!

Dastardly!

The culmination of months of smuggling, bootlegging, and other forms of ne'er-do-well'ry, the Series 3 Black Box is now available for purchase from your local Black Market!

Indeed, the scoundrels at the Black Market have really outdone themselves this time. New items for Series 3 include the design for the brand new Rogue Class Dhow, the delightfully devilish Dastardly Moustache Wax, and the mythical Shadow Unicorn pet!

That's not all, of course: there's also a whole slew of other Black Market-themed prizes, including the super-rare Skeletal Monkey familiar! The full prize list can be found over here on the YPPedia, but why take our word for it? Head over to the Black Market and get yer mitts on some filthy lucre right now!

A Brief Message from the Black Market

Skeletal Monkey!

On June 22nd, we will be retiring the Series 2 Black Box in favor of the new Series 3 Black Box. Normally, we like this sort of thing to be a surprise, but as some of the Series 2 prizes will be cycling out of availability at that time, we wanted to take a moment to give some advance notice on exactly what is changing.

The items that will no longer be available from the Black Box on June 22nd are...

  • Black Painted Chest
  • Black Poker Table
  • Black Jaguar
  • Black Elephant
  • Gold Chroma (still available from the Gold Box)

If you want one of these items, this is your last chance to try your luck by snagging a Series 2 Black Box from your nearest Black Market!

What exactly will be in the Series 3 Black Box, you ask? Well... we have to save something as a surprise, don't we?

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