Every activity in Puzzle Pirates is a uniquely fun puzzle: be it sailing, gunning, or hauling treasure, your own puzzling skill determines your success!
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Sep 14, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Puzzle Pirate: Dark Seas is a new take on a beloved MMO that's been sailing the seas for over a decade. This requires a lot of updates and input from players to help us create an exciting experience without losing the charm of a game they love.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We believe it's important to be flexible depending on our needs. However we anticipate that we'll be in Early Access for 6 months to a year.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The world of Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas is large and has a lot of interconnected parts. The final version should include fully functional blockades and chances for flags (a collection of crews) to colonize islands and build an empire. We also hope to include more PvP elements to help track and reward those who take risks and have the most skill.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version contains the core game. Blockades and island ownership are not yet operational, but we hope to implement them soon. You can create crews and flags, pillage, run shops, play puzzles, PvP, and increase your wealth while you prepare for the battles that are to come.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game will continue to be Free to Play after Early Access with in game purchases. We currently do not expect in game purchases to change price. However the cost of items within the game may change price as we make balance adjustments.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Absolutely! Puzzle Pirates has a long history of using player feedback to improve the game. This is especially true for Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas. We encourage anyone with feedback to post on our forums.”
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September 22

Spyglass: A Developer Update

Ahoy Mates!

First, thank ye fine mates who've been sending us feedback! That's been incredibly helpful. The next big item to hit the seas will be blockades. We're currently working on plans, but welcome yer input.

Since release last week, we've implemented the following changes:
  • Fixed issue that caused many of the buildings to suddenly disappear.
  • Adding a "CPU Bugfix" checkbox at the bottom of Ye:Options:General, which can be used by players affected by excessive CPU usage when using Steam. This option may interfere with the behavior of the Steam overlay when making a purchase. If ye run into that, uncheck the box.
  • Switching to a wrapped parlor badge in the Eminent Explorer pack. This way ye pirates can open it whenever ye wish.
  • Increasing max poker buy-in to 20,000 pieces of eight. And increased poker rake to 5%.
  • Fixed the "Navigation" action on the Shadow sloop's navigation wheel.
  • Fixed bug that allowed DLC to be claimed on oceans other than Obsidian.
  • Typing "nh" in chat will no longer auto-swap to "nice hand", since that abbreviation is also used for Night Harbour.
  • Updating Huracan island walkability
  • Adjusting the idle logoff delay to more time before ye are auto-logged off.
  • Fix for bug that could cause holders of the permanent labor badge to be treated as dormant. This should correct issues where offline labor wasn't being used.
  • Modifying the colors of the shadow panther from the Battle Box to make it more distinct.
Ye can find the change log here.

We have a few items we're currently working on. This is by no means a complete list:
  • Building arrows have declared a mutiny and have disappeared from islands. For now, please try using the mini-map in the upper right to navigate to buildings.
  • Plans for blockade openings.
  • Issues with the Steam Overlay not working correctly.
  • Issues installing the game the first time. Most of these have already been fixed, though a few are lingering.
  • The new "War" tab of the Notice Board is still being constructed and redesigned. Let us know if there's certain info you'd like to see here.
  • Additional Steam achievements.
  • Steam trading cards.

As many of ye mates know, every other month we like to release a special box themed to a limited edition color. This year we’ve asked our chocolate artisans to put together a box with the highest quality cocoa confections. Act now to uncover Chocolate Spiders familiars, Chocolate and Brown Serpents, Chocolate Jaguar Pets, Azarbad the Great Figurine, ships, furniture, clothing, chromas, 'n more!

The elusive and sweet smelling Fudgefoot has been spotted hiding amongst the other goodies in this month’s Chocolate Mystery Box. Rumor has it this sweet sasquatch can melt even the stalest pirate heart.

From now until 3:00 PM PDT on October 2nd, 2017 ye'll receive a free Chocolate Mystery Box fer every $9.99 ye spend on doubloons. Boxes are not awarded fer DLC purchases.

Fer more information about the full contents of the 2017 Chocolate Mystery Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. The Chocolate Mystery Boxes are only available for a limited time, so dip into one today!
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September 14

Sailing Into Early Access

Welcome aboard mates!

We're proud to announce that Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas is sailing into early access! This is a fresh new take on a game we've loved for over a decade. Our goal is to make it more PvP orientated, make island ownership more worthwhile, make the game more accessible to new players, and retain the charm of the original game.

All new pirates begin in Port Venture of the Greywaters archipelago, a relatively safe place to begin getting your sea legs before venturing further out into the Obsidian ocean. To the left of the dock, you'll find a Shadow Fleet recruiter, and to the right, a Defiant Armada recruiter, where you can whisk directly to their Stronghold islands and start to decide on which faction you'd like to support. Each crew must choose a faction at the time it is created. Take care mates; war is automatic between the factions and encounters outside of Greywaters are sinking.

There's quite a lot that's already different about this game from the classic Puzzle Pirates. Full details on the differences can be seen here .

Ye can find our FAQ for those who participated in the test version of the ocean here.

If you encounter any bugs, please use the "/bug" command so that we can take a look at your client logs and fix any problems. If you have any ideas or suggestions for how we can improve Dark Seas, please let us know in the Game Design forum ! This is just the very beginning of this adventure, and we'd like to hear from you to help steer the ship and make the best Puzzle Pirates experience possible.
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About This Game

Brace yourself for swashbuckling puzzle action as you pillage your way to glory across the briny deep! Create and customize a pirate, collect booty, and join a player-run crew of cutthroats! Every activity in Puzzle Pirates is a uniquely fun puzzle: be it sailing, gunning, or hauling treasure, your own puzzling skill determines your success!

Key Features

  • Co-operative Piracy: Sail the seas with your friends and pillage brigands and merchants aboard your very own pirate ship!
  • A Plethora of Puzzles: Play more than 20 puzzles and mini-games, representing various piratey exploits, such as Swordfighting and Sailing!
  • Sail to Adventure: Explore a living world filled with thousands of other players! Hunt dangerous Sea Monsters and voyage to lost treasure-filled realms, such as the Haunted Seas!
  • Intense PvP: Pick your side and fight Defiantly for honor, or lurk in the Shadows to infect and dominate the ocean.
  • Booty: Customize your pirate with a bounty of different clothing items and equipment!
  • Player-Run Economy: Run your own shop and produce weapons, ships and other goods for sale. Band crews together under a mighty “Pirate Flag” and become governor of a pirate haven.
  • Free to Play: Puzzle Pirates is free to play, no subscription is required to enjoy everything the game has to offer!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 98, ME, or later
    • Processor: 500 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java version 1.5
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: 500 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java version 1.5
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