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Release, Part Deux: Your Expedition Awaits!

Ahoy Mateys

Today, we're following up our first pillaging release from mid-March with the release of Expeditions, the second part of our pillaging spring cleaning.

Sailing Adventure!

Expeditions add a relatively simple optional step to some of your pillages: After a successful battle, you may now also pillage prized information from the cabin of a defeated brigand captain. This information, in the form of a page from the captain's journal, will provide you with the details of treasures previously found (or hidden!) by the defeated brigand crew.



To start with, you'll now be able to:

  • Find yer way to the treasure buried by the brigands and dig it up!
  • Track down merchant vessels they had already marked for plundering and hunt 'em down!

All the more Pieces of Eight for you! Yarr!

We will, of course, be adding additional expeditions over time. That is, if we can think of anything else as piratey as digging fer treasure and plundering the booty-laden vessels of unsuspecting merchants!

As previously mentioned, we decided to break the Spring Cleaning release into three parts. Thanks to your feedback since the first pillaging update, we're also making a number of minor additional changes to payouts with this release. You can learn about these changes here.

The first pillaging update focused on making payouts clearer. The second release focuses on providing some variety to the puzzles and type of experiences involved in a pillage. We also hope expeditions create a break in sailing where the crew of a ship can interact more directly.

We invite you to log on and see for yourself how Expeditions work!

And remember, there's more to come! The third part of our pillaging Spring clean will be released within weeks.

Comments:

Posted by nsimpsonx

great update

April 07, 2009 at 09:17 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Anonymous

seems interesting update to pillages
and im not sure if this is the place for this but it wud be cool for a 2v2 system in pillages not applied to pvp or idk, like if u see a flag ship or crew ship or allied flag ship u can enter his fight to help him, and just make another bot ship appear from the borders or something, n there can be an option for the officer in the boat fighitng to accept help or not.
but something like that wud be cool

April 07, 2009 at 09:19 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by 71.167.163.182

How long is this gonna take? I can't wait :3

April 07, 2009 at 09:20 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by juk

wow this is a great release i hope i can try it soon sounds like fun. In all the years ive played this game i find this is the bets release and ive been playing game since it started so great job guys and keep it coming

April 07, 2009 at 09:20 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Matt

I love you guys so much! ive been playing on and off since this game started and ive loved it since but now this makes the game so much more worth it thxs!

April 07, 2009 at 09:21 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Jolson of Viridian

{{Quote}}seems interesting update to pillages
and im not sure if this is the place for this but it wud be cool for a 2v2 system in pillages not applied to pvp or idk, like if u see a flag ship or crew ship or allied flag ship u can enter his fight to help him, and just make another bot ship appear from the borders or something, n there can be an option for the officer in the boat fighitng to accept help or not.
but something like that wud be cool{{/Quote}}

On the list, not sure how to link to it specifically but its there. :) Also, tested this out on Ice beforehand, looks good. :)

April 07, 2009 at 09:40 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by weiner-hunter

YEA the 2v2 system would be alot of fun, except make it like a "fleet" system where there is 2-5 ships where they pillage the seas together. Grappling would be turned of. to win youd need to sink all the opposing ships. once a ship is sunk you would TH like normal.

April 07, 2009 at 09:54 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Cyon

I think pillys should use fruit so you dont get scurvy.

April 07, 2009 at 10:00 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Crooktooth

An update for my birthday?!?

How thoughtful of you guys!

I even like the color.

April 07, 2009 at 10:06 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Aaronmann

{quote}We also hope expeditions create a break in sailing where the crew of a ship can interact more directly.{/quote}

I really dig this logic. Thanks!

April 07, 2009 at 11:05 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by 124.180.173.190

that update is the best thank ye i got rich from it already

April 07, 2009 at 11:36 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Peaceful Pirate

I think they should also include player vessels that have commods for the pvp pirates (if ye could call them that lol).

Ship has to have x amount of (type of commodity) to be listed.

April 08, 2009 at 12:10 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Roaewin

Im a captain and i think it is a cool idea

April 08, 2009 at 12:12 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Ownedu

This is great update with the 2v2 thing and i would love it and it came out today but its confusing can someone tell me how to do it?

Btw im on hunter ocean and my name Ownedu send tell and we can be friends =]

April 08, 2009 at 12:22 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Trmntr from Midnight Ocean. Figureheads

The idea, is finally bringing back what I consider this game to be all about. Fun. Many of my hearties have left the game, because it wasn't fun for them anymore. Well, I stuck with it, because the people that play here like me, are about fun times. And this new buried treasure, and journals and such, sounds like it should be a blast of fun! Thank you mates, for making something that young and old can enjoy. Especially an old fart like me. :D
Oh, and as for that 2v2 idea above, well, that sounded like it would be interesting. Similar in many ways to a blockade, or flotilla, but on player vs player? Interesting. Ye might want to check into that one. Got a good idea there.

April 08, 2009 at 12:33 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Barniclebo

I agree with Anonymous, it would be a lot better if you could join an existing battle, however you must include the type of ship in the asking of joining, else you might be in a sloop, and the opponent comes in with a grand frigate. P.S. Do you even read these? Just to satisfy curiosity. P.P.S. Yes Barniclebo is my in game name. Dont be afraid to contact me with your comments. P.P.P.S. What is a URL?

April 08, 2009 at 01:15 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Thetwam

Thank you for finally doing something to bring pillaging back! Both my crew and I thank you greatly.

April 08, 2009 at 01:44 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Anonymous

{quote}however you must include the type of ship in the asking of joining, else you might be in a sloop, and the opponent comes in with a grand frigate.{/quote}

if wat u are saying, is that if a sloop joins ur side n a grand frigate joins enemy side, well it wud just be obviouse that the enemy that "spawns" should be the same type of ship...

April 08, 2009 at 05:17 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Anonymous

oh and yeah in the options when confirming pillage type or w.e, u could be able to decide w/ wat ships to pair up n stuff.

April 08, 2009 at 05:19 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Bennyboi

Not bad at all! I just had a run out on a WB pilly, We didnt get any big triple locked chests but we got plenty of doubles, Put an extra 10k in the booty which is alright, I suppose XD well done OOO.

April 08, 2009 at 10:40 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Scizors - Viridian

oooo :D More pillage fun, and i especially like the new treasure stuff >:D

April 08, 2009 at 04:26 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Erogon

This is Awsome!!!! Cool!!!!!

April 08, 2009 at 06:05 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by 86.130.137.55

I also agree with Cyon, they should use more fruit....

April 08, 2009 at 07:22 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Cdn

It would be nice to see something other than just poe being able to be dug up on expeditions, along the lines of CI. That would make it much more fun, many of the mates i pillaged were disappointed when they realized it was just poe.

April 08, 2009 at 08:18 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by 121.223.173.107

uggg more useless stuff to make pilly even longer and boaring

April 09, 2009 at 06:17 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Cuzz

Good day. My name is Cuzz from Sage, Black-Flag, Privateers etc. No. 1 Pillage loving flag and crew.

Recently all the SMH and Ci stuff had us all rather dismayed that pillaging seemed to have less and less interest. I have all but given up trying to fill a War Frigate for a pillage. This new release seem to have blown back some steam into the pillage lust, and even though I realize the novelty might wear off soon, I think it will definitely provide a more balanced pull in times to come.

Thank you kindly.

April 09, 2009 at 07:23 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Cuzz

2 Issues I forgot to mention: Firstly the booty gotten from the chests seems rather pale. I get about 20K with a WB (about a KB's value on Sage) whereas a normal battle gets me 40K on normal routes. All the effort of driving over there...

Secondly, the person at the top who suggested Join-able battles on request/demand... Brilliant thought, I would love to see that too. I have a few thoughts on how that could work easily if asked.
Have a Spectacular day!

April 09, 2009 at 07:25 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by JSG

Terribly disappointing. Wretched forage puzzle for digging up treasure. Spoilt the idea of CI having to be any use at forage. You are grossly over using the forage puzzle, it should be only for foraging. If you do not like or are no good at forage give up pillaging now it seems.

April 09, 2009 at 06:00 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by 78.60.176.97

said it before and will say it again =.=

i want:
* Vice-Captain
*Crew Offices

Updates !!! >.<

April 09, 2009 at 06:27 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Catdude

how and where do you read the captain's journal?

April 09, 2009 at 07:04 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Whiskyjar

What a disaster to the game; the greatest mistake was to make the forage puzzle, and now using every opportunity to implement it: It is spoiling the game totaly

April 09, 2009 at 07:13 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by asschensukar

great update :)
but the 2vs2 or 2-5 vs 2-5 idea is great and about the problems with it:
- spawning ship is the same as entering ship (like some1 said be4)
-there should be an battlechat for the flag where the crews are in
-it should be an flag thing so it makes it likely you meet some1 and so flag is more used....
- there should be grabbing and when you shoot an grabbed ship that teams gets an attack (like a scb gives an small sword and a lcb gives an bigger sword...)
- there should be no tokens otherwise its no pillage anymore
any more suggestion>?
im asschensukar from sage :)
hope this comes to the game

April 09, 2009 at 09:46 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Gear on hunter ocean

Hey, I think this is a brilliant idea! So w/e if you don't think the same well gtfo :)

April 09, 2009 at 09:53 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Alexariel

Hopefully these future types of expeditions will make use of the Treasure Hauling skill, you know ... the one that was actually designed for hauling up booty ...

... finding sunken ships would make a lot more sense than these tiny atoll things out of nowhere ...

April 09, 2009 at 11:56 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by uzi

Fun Stuff!

April 10, 2009 at 03:08 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by sexysandra

its so good..do mine for me hehe

April 10, 2009 at 02:14 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Anonymous

Thanks to the expedition, rum is getting more expensive. Thanks a lot -.-

April 10, 2009 at 07:18 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by meeski

Just goes to show you cant please everyone.

I love the forage and dont have prob using it for digging treasure except when you only have small treasure so standing goes down.

I also would like to see something more interesting than just poe in chests.

April 10, 2009 at 09:45 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Kulaxxx

The Expedition's reward is kind of x_x....
At least give abit of stockings out frm the chests =P

And yeah,anybody found Merchants yet?I cant find any ><

April 11, 2009 at 02:24 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Konsta

Really nice update, now YPP pillage is not just swordfight, or rumble.

April 11, 2009 at 05:42 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Tobrino

Glad I figured out that Grog on Sage is better/cheaper than Fine Rum. CC^9+ to be able to make Fine Rum is rediculous.

I agree that it makes more sense to use the treasure hauling puzzle than the foraging puzzle.

April 11, 2009 at 08:10 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by 67.150.123.106

how do i play pls tell me my name is devilgal on midnight

April 12, 2009 at 02:45 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Fignet

Receiving this info from beaten Captains doesnt seem to be working for me. Any suggestions, or is it completely random?

April 12, 2009 at 11:07 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Rhasebery

Ive never been on an Expedition..But from all the remarks that people are making im a bit comfuzzled =s

If your running an Expedition and your on sage could you invite me because i really want to try it out xD

Im Rhasebery
Thanks =)

April 12, 2009 at 11:28 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Teetah

Seems ter me that many o' our pirate pals
are havin' problems with bad lag following these additional new features. Lots of
complaints on the ships from me pirate mates.

April 12, 2009 at 03:13 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by 84.193.164.227

very nice

April 12, 2009 at 05:57 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by 84.193.164.227

niceeeeeeeeeeeeee

April 12, 2009 at 05:58 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by George

Hi i have a suggestion for what more stuff you can add to pillying i played bang howdy before the ways in making money were rather betting and gambling with other people in games or a think that there was a thing called bounty hunter (that i found was better) but in this you would defeat people basily bots and take them to jail.
i thought you could apply this to puzzle were you could go to a goverment building or something and choice a pirate (a bot) to hunt down so you would take out your ship track him down deafeat him take him back and get a reward and the rewards would depend on the difficulty of the pirate so it's a kinda bounty hunter thing so i hope that you will take this suggestion and in the future mabye even make this or something because it sounds like your struggling for ideas at the momment so i hope you've taken the time to read this and take it in to considration becuase i think many people would enjoy this certainly my friends and i do.

April 12, 2009 at 06:28 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Annette

I earned an expedition the other day. It took us nearly three hours to reach the end - well past midnight! When we reached the treasure island it was rather disappointing as it ended up as simply foraging for the treasure and on the first island I did not manage to find the digging notice.

It was not all bad but perhaps if some kind of pause could be put in place it may be useful to save the game when it is taking so long.

To make it more interesting it may be good to write in a treasure hunt scene where clues are left to be solved to find the treasure on the island - a bit like crystal maze if you know what that is.

April 15, 2009 at 06:42 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Gypsee2

hi ,
sounds like an exciting treasure hunt will be there hunting for some doublins, seeya there...Gypsee

April 19, 2009 at 03:10 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Hollands

Great update! Makes pillaging so much funner!

April 19, 2009 at 06:40 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by smith

Sounds like fun!

April 20, 2009 at 05:01 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by poo

this is so boring i want a day were evrey offcer, fleet offcer, senoir offcer and captain gets a free sloop with a small amount of stock evrey year. this would be easy as the game just gives a sloop to evreyone. it would make more people play the GAME aswell

Good day

April 20, 2009 at 06:01 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by name

i want a day were we all get 10k it would help the poor people

April 20, 2009 at 06:06 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by name

They really got dub issues to fix

April 24, 2009 at 11:09 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by 99.229.39.202

nnnnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiccccccccccceeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 10, 2009 at 08:39 PM PDT | permalink

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