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Ice and the February Update!

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Ahoy, mates!

The first month of 2009 is almost gone and we're rapidly approaching our next release, due in the next week or so. We invite everyone to get on over to the Ice testing ocean to see what's coming in that update!

After that, our plan is to turn our attention to an area we know is on many players' minds: pillaging, and what sorts of improvements and encouragements we can add to it.

While there are numerous areas in which pillaging could be "updated", internally we are currently exploring two key areas:

  • The mechanics of payouts, such as the ramp
  • Increased variety during pillaging

We'd be interested to hear your thoughts and comments on this. We've started three threads in the forums for your feedback:

We'd love to hear your thoughts as they relate to these three areas, and we hope to see you on Ice in the next few days as we ramp up toward our February release!


Posted by Someone

billions of blue blisterring barnacles! Mechanics of payouts and more! I love this... but i can't get on
Ice i am not subscriber =(

January 31, 2009 at 04:22 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Behindcurtai


The mechanics of pillaging? Gaah.

First: I need to resume pillaging so that I can get some firsthand experience with the current mechanics, as well as the changes going on Ice.

Second: Why didn't I get this in my email? I'm supposed to be on the mailing list :-).

February 02, 2009 at 04:14 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Pletoo

So, Ice is in need of testers? Any chance of opening up to those who have bought doubloons / subscribed previously (maybe even just in the last 6 months or so?)

February 02, 2009 at 01:27 PM PST | permalink

Posted by

please desban mi conejojo malo please

February 04, 2009 at 04:06 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Pirateknigh7

Lol =) Too bad im in Hunter... Will it come to other oceans? Can't wait 0.0

February 04, 2009 at 11:37 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Matinicus_Cobalt

Whooooootssss. These changes are desperately needed to get those few "training crews" out of the corner back into the main stream where they belong. It is not the "old elites" heading for Atlantis and CI who keep the game alive and growing, it is the new officers who are properly trained by the "old non-elites." Thank ye, Hermes, this is hope for me who stubbornly refuse to buy into the "elite culture" ... and I say this as the currently #1 battle navigator on Cobalt who got there with pillages that often include real greenies ... who may be next year's legendaries.

February 06, 2009 at 01:15 PM PST | permalink

Posted by mennik

:o don't open ice

February 06, 2009 at 11:39 PM PST | permalink

Posted by fredrik988

i have subscribed but not get on have buyed dubz and not get on so freaking bad

February 07, 2009 at 08:40 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Tangible of Viridian

Well improvement of pillaging jobber is urgent and ideas in forums are very nice.

I urgently ask by the way to fix the bug that breaks booty ramp thanx to the "cheating" barbarians.
even u do max-0 u loose everytime in pilly (is this related to rumble of zombies?).

Tangible of Viridian

February 08, 2009 at 07:33 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Matinicus_Cobalt

As of this weekend, interarch sloop and baghlah pillaging is broken in ways it has never been (legendary bnav, 3rd most active bnav in 3rd most active crew). Whatever changes were made, it went from bad to worse. Spawn rates are bad (3 battles in 2+ hours despite excellent dnav) or spawn strength (win-los-win-los-win-lose) was off as each win was "easy" and each loss was "crushing", pay averaged 200 poe/pirate/battle with little or no jobber churn, jobbers/crew range learning-incredible with low excellence the average. Each of 3 pillages was a 10K loss as a 25% restocking fee did not cover expenses. Just when ye think there is hope that pillaging receives attention, it gets from bad to worst. What is going on? Are the few legendary pillagers willing to take greenies and less experienced players out punished for doing so? This is how it feels. I am very much lost at the present state after well over 3 years of almost daily pillaging ...

February 09, 2009 at 12:56 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Pishkirlin

Thank you for showing interested in a sensitive and age-old issue such as pillaging. In ten days we provided more than 400 suggestions, now I fell it would be about time to give us a feed-back about what has been proposed so far, like I also stated here: http://forums.puzzlepirates.com/community/mvnforum/viewthread?p=1785289#1785289.

You are doing a great job and we would like to co-operate even more fruitfully, if you only gave us the chance to do so.

February 10, 2009 at 01:39 PM PST | permalink

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gggggggggggggggggg i lke this oo

February 11, 2009 at 06:46 AM PST | permalink

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February 23, 2009 at 08:32 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Bludgeond

Thank you SO much for your attention to pillying and making it more fun. When I originally join YPP, that was ALL I wanted to do...it was the most fun on the ocean.

It was quite discouraging to see pillying utterly dessimated as the enjoyable casual past-time of choice by various mods (that made it less fun and profitable) and more interesting and rewarding feature additions.

I'll be honest: I quit the game a year ago because I was so frustrated with what pillying had become. I really believe if you restore pillying to the fun thing it used to be, you will see many old pirates come back to the ocean...I can promise at least one.

February 24, 2009 at 09:33 PM PST | permalink

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Posted by spy caty

hi,id love to join

March 27, 2009 at 01:59 PM PDT | permalink

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that was tooooo easy

April 17, 2009 at 01:41 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by labz

how a bout crows nest also controls bnav too

June 27, 2009 at 02:43 PM PDT | permalink

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February 26, 2010 at 02:41 AM PST | permalink

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