While in the Palace Shoppe preparing for holiday festivities, the Developers found a stash of eggnog. While they have built up a good tolerance for the rum over the years, it turns out that they are extremely allergic to the nutritious proteins found in eggs, which seems to have gone straight to their heads. They boarded up the windows, barricaded the doors, and declared they are going to give away <b>Yeti pets.</b>
<img src="http://content.puzzlepirates.com/images/spyglass/2013dec/yeti_box.png" width="200px" height="200px "style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 0 0" alt="They do exist!"/>Somehow they squished the giant creatures into tiny boxes, and are giving them away with purchases of $9.99 or more. <b>For each $9.99 spent in a single purchase receive a Yeti Box!</b> While Yeti pets are rare and elusive creatures, these seasonal boxes also contain <b>Ice Blue Chroma, Yeti Dolls, Holiday Favors and Ice Blue Trinkets!</b>
The Department o’ Mythical Creatures would like to make it clear our official position is that Yeti pets are <b>not</b> a good idea. Whatever you do, please, <i>Do Not Open the Yeti Boxes</i>. It will only encourage the Developers to give away more, and we don't want a bunch of Yetis wandering around, following innocent pirates, drawing attention and generally looking awesome.
<img src="http://content.puzzlepirates.com/images/spyglass/2013dec/yeti.png" width="250px" height="250px" style="float: right; margin: 0 0 0 10px" alt="They do exist!"/><p>No one believed Sweet Desmond’s crazy ramblings about yetis. Until the day he staggered into the inn with a fresh portrait of himself and Doubtful Connor. The paint was a bit smudged, but astonished pirates could see the <b>clear image of an abominable being!</b> When pressed how he came upon this fierce looking creature, Sweet Desmond remembered prying a mysterious expedition chart from the hand of a defeated brigand.</p><p>Gather a crew and set yer voyage to pillage! <b>Plunder 'Yeti Sighting' <a href="http://yppedia.puzzlepirates.com/Official:Expeditions">expeditions</a> from brigands and barbarians!</b> Each pirate will receive a free portrait with a Yeti, and Ice Chest Treasure boxes will be placed into the booty of the ship for everyone to share.</p>
<img src="http://content.puzzlepirates.com/images/spyglass/2013dec/pet_sale.png" width="150px" height="150px" style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 0 0" alt="Frosty!"/><p>Visit the Palace Shoppe for festive hats, seasonal trinkets, and temporary snow furniture. Build a fort, or have a snowball fight with yer hearties!</p> <p>The Department o' Lost Treasures is also stocking the Palace Shoppe with the gift of seasonal pets. <b>Penguins</b> return in standard colors black, grey, and tan. From the depths of winter past, the <b>Candy-Striped Tiger</b> reappears, and new this year, a <b>Blue Penguin and Light Blue Seal!</b></p>
<p><b>These frosty friends will be in the Palace Shoppe through January 2nd!</b></p>
Over the last several months, we've been working to develop a consistent response to the DDoS attacks against Puzzle Pirates. The attacks have been made with increasing frequency, and recent cases appear to be timed to coincide with major in-game events such as blockades.
We've met with some success, but we have not been able to guarantee the game is free from the effects of these attacks. While there is no perfect defense for a DDoS, we will be making an architectural change to the game that should help significantly. This will take a number of weeks to implement.
This project is now our first priority. Implementation will require some planned downtime in the future, and we will update you when we have more information on that.
<img src="http://content.puzzlepirates.com/images/spyglass/2013dec/gold_box.png" height="300" width="300"><p>If your autumn is feeling lackluster, fear not, because the Gold Box is back with shiny offerings to brighten your day! This month, discerning pirates will appreciate the richness of <b>Wine trinkets and Chroma.</b> Try out living on the wild side with <b>Scarlet Shampoo</b> temporary hair dye. Add a nice touch of color to any dreary fall day with <b>Toucan familiars</b> and <b>Amethyst Sea Turtle pets.</b> Gilded furniture brightens any room and gold <b>Rat, Cat, Elephant, Seal and Hedgehog</b> pets chase away any doldrums.</p><p>There are five new trinkets to collect from this Gold Box - Gilded Cameo Box, Gilded Sailor’s Knot, Golden Sextant, Golden Hour Glass, and Golden Turtle Shell. If yer sparkling hoard is overwhelming yer space, visit the Trading Post and trade in Gold Box trinkets for unique golden items. Ye will want to put <b>Golden Turtle Shell</b> trinkets aside in a special display case. <b>A new, gleaming item is <i>coming soon</i> to the Trading Post!</b></p><p><b>Find Gold Boxes at your island bank until December 16 at 3 PM PST.</b> You can find the full list of prizes, <a href=http://yppedia.puzzlepirates.com/Official:Gold_Box>right here</a>.</p>
<p>Don’t let that stash of fruit rot in the hold of your ship! Old Salts around the ocean have been whispering about markets paying more for fruit and gem thieves being lazy varmints. They also report a parrot squakin’ about merchant and brigand ships sailin' with a mighty fine bit o' booty aboard.</p>
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<p>Grab yer hearties and set out to sea to make yer own late fall haul!</p><ul><li>Markets are paying up to 25% more for fruit.</li><li>Gem thieves are less active, so large quantities of gems are more likely to make it through a voyage.</li><li>Merchant brigands are operating at an increased rate and shipping their goods to distant destinations. Their attraction to trading posts is increased.</li><li>Compelled by an abundance of fruit, encounters with the mischievous Monkey Boat are more common.</li><li>Brigand and barbarian ships are more attracted to islands with a Black Market and are carrying more booty.</li></ul>
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<p>In addition to open markets, Crimson Jim is having an inventory reduction sale! He is including special items <b>free</b> when ye purchase doubloons or subscription time. Ye may find furniture, amulets, pets, chroma and more! Be sure the item icon shows up next to your chosen package on the subscription or doubloon billing page when you go to make your purchase. Some of these items will change daily, so check in frequently so you don’t miss out!</p>
<p><b>The Late Fall Haul event will be active until November 26th at 3:00 PM PST. Good fortunes, mateys!</b></p>
<p><b>MESSAGE FROM YE HEAVENS: Yer daily horoscope reads: Jupiter and Saturn be aligned so.....expand yer time with supernatural craft.</b> We reviewed the astral charts and concluded this could only mean one thing. The Celestial Class Sloop is <b>extended through January 1st, 2014!</b></p>
<p>This month the stars aligned to produce a limited edition sloop of astronomical significance. Navigators can stow away the sextant while on the <b>Celestial Class Sloop</b>, as the heavens are now within reach. Featuring a star to guide ye and haunted wall lamps to enhance the mystic connection to heavenly beyond, ye should never lose yer way.</p>
<p>The main deck features a larger-than-life telescope. This astral wonder has been modified to allow access for studious pirates in the hold. Consult charts, celestial globes and books from below deck without the hassle of ordering swabbies to haul them about the ship.</p>
<p>Also in the hold, find access to <b>yer daily horoscope.</b> This sage advice* is customized for each pirate individually and will change daily. Will it help yer pirate navigate difficult waters or find yer true talents? Identify yer zodiac and ponder this otherworldly counsel.</p>
<p>Each ship includes a <b>planetarium</b> below the hold. This space is perfect for yer officers in training - lock em below to learn their navigational points! Do they know where to find Polaris, and where the second star to starboard will lead? Or ye can use it for a party that is out of this world!</p>
<p>Don’t wait for the next planetary alignment, because the <b>Celestial Class Sloop will only be available until December 16, 2013!</b></p>
<p>*<font style="font-size:75%;">We received notification from 'beyond' that the casks of fine rum offered for supernatural consultation were inadequate. Vargas the Mad provided his expertise in exchange for the rum.</font></p>