Enter the dangerous world of king crab fishing in the deadly Bering Sea! Take command of your own fishing vessel, use realistic equipment, combat hazardous Alaskan waters and become the world's best crab catcher!
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March 20

Devlog #3 - The Red King Crabs

Ahoy captains!

After the first two issues of our devlogs, you should know all the basics of your F/V and equipment on board. This time we’d like to move to the most important part of the titular Deadliest Catch - the catch itself! In other words, the precious crabs that you’ll try to fish out of hazardous waters of the Bering Sea. Though many of you, devoted fans of the Discovery Channel series, have a great knowledge of crabs living in Alaskan waters, we’d like to sum-up some facts and share with you how we implemented that information in our game.

Right now we’d like to focus on one of the crab’s species that are caught by the fisherman in the TV series - the red king crabs (Paralithodes camtschaticus). The first thing you’ll need to know about them is that they are rather big creatures. The fully grown males can have up to 11 inches/28 cm in length of the carapace (the shell covering the back) and leg span as big as 5 foots/150 cm. With five pairs of legs and huge claws, you’d better be careful when handling them!

The second important fact is that not all crabs are suitable for sale! It is allowed to catch only the male crabs that are old enough. That’s why all the crabs trapped in the pots go directly to the sorting table, where you’ll have to decide, which crabs will go to your holding tank (and will be later sold in Dutch Harbor), and which will need to be tossed back into the water. So how can you check your catch?

The first thing to consider is the crab’s sex. Looking from the above, both males and females looks quite alike. However, when you’ll look at their abdomens, you can see a so-called abdominal flap. The male specimens have a narrow flap, while the female’s flap is wide - it covers most of the underside of the abdomen (that’s because female crabs carry their eggs under the flap). The other thing that helps to distinguish males from females is their size, as the males are usually bigger. The crab’s size is used to judge the age of the crabs as well. Crabs suitable for sale have to be at least 6,5 inch/17 cm in carapace length.

Inspecting the crabs in our game is quite simple. First, you’ll need to pick up one of the caught crabs and turn it around. Observing the crab’s abdominal will tell you about the specimen’s sex and further inspection will show, whether the crab is big enough. That information will appear in your GUI. It’s not necessary to wait for the result of the inspection - after a while, you can judge in a glimpse of an eye which crab should go under the deck and which will be tossed overboard. But be careful! If you try to sell a crab, that shouldn’t go on the market, you’ll have to pay a fine.

It’s important to control the amount of the crabs that you hold in your tank as well. The weight of the crabs will burden your F/V and if the tank gets too crowded, it’ll cause the crabs to die. And dead crab in your tank may cause other surrounding crabs to die quicker (that so-called “dead loss” will bring you no income of course). So if you fill your tank faster than you expected, it may be advised to return to the dock even in the middle of the season.

So that’s a little factsheet about the red king crabs. Let us know if there is some information that you are most interested in reading next time :) See you soon!

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February 26

Devlog #2 - The equipment

Ahoy captains!

So last time we get a good look at your very own vessel. It’s time to get familiar with all the fishing equipment on board and the purpose that they serve. All of the machines and items are essential to your work on the F/V. The better you’ll learn to use them, the more crabs you’ll catch and eventually sell back in the Dutch Harbour. So let’s get on with this!

Our first stop is the crane. It’s definitely the biggest (and highest) machine you’ll use on your F/V. It is hydraulicly lifted and helps you with moving the empty crab pots from the deck on to the launcher and back. At the end of the crane’s arm, you can see a tire, that prevents the crab pots from getting damaged while being moved by the crane.

With the crab pot set on the launcher, it’s time to prepare it before tossing overboard. First, you’ll need to take the rope with the attached buoys out of the pot (moving it on top of the cage) and place a bait bag inside. The set pot can be thrown into the water with the launcher - it is operated with a lever next to the machine. The crab pot will stay in the water for the next 24-48 hours, luring precious king crabs inside with the delicious bait (delicious to the crabs at least).

But, the said bait needs to get prepared first too. That’s when the fridge and the bait chopper will come in handy. In the fridge standing on the F/V deck, you’ll keep all the blocks of frozen fish that you bought before leaving the Dutch Harbor (they come in many kinds, but that’s a story for another time). You’ll throw those blocks into the chopper - better watch out for hands! - and take out the bait ready to get bagged and placed in the crab pot.

When the pot is full of crabs (or at least you’ll think it is) you’ll need to get it out of the water - and that can get a little complicated. First, you’ll need the throwing hook to get the rope attached to the pot out of the water and in your hands. It’s a moment to test your manual skills, as you’ll have to throw the hook between the buoys and pull it in your direction.

When you’ll get a rope, you should place it on the hauling system. With the crab pot close to the fishing vessel's board, you’ll need to grab it with the picking hook and use the picking boom to set the full pot back on the launcher. The launcher can tilt in two directions, so this time it’ll help you with throwing crabs on the automatic sorting table from the pot - so you can look closely at what got caught in your trap. All the big, tasty male crabs go down to the holding tank through the hatch. Uff.

So now you know what your everyday work at the deck will look like - or the basics of it, to be precise! Soon we’ll continue with our devlogs and take a better look at the crabs. In the meantime let us know what you think about our work and the devlog itself. And if you didn’t do it yet - don’t hesitate to add Deadliest Catch: The Game to your wishlist!
See you soon!

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About This Game

Hey, you! Yes, you! Do you want to be a landlubber your whole life? Or maybe you dream of making a fortune, sailing dangerous seas and learning the secrets of king crab catchers? Are you not afraid of risk, storms and crab claws? If you are brave enough, come with me to Dutch Harbor!

For a few days every year, experienced crab catchers and greenhorns brave the elements side by side, putting their health and life on the line. The goal is to earn a fortune and become known as the best crab catcher. Now you can become one of them!

In Deadliest Catch: The Game you will compete with dangerous sea rallies to catch more crabs than you ever thought possible. The task is not simple – it is a battle against time, fishing quotas, crab migrations, and most importantly: the sea. Such is your underwater fate.

Your ship is no different from those that sail from Dutch Harbor every fall to seek a fortune in the marine abyss. You will conn your vessel in all conditions: breeze or gale, no storm can scare you, however terrifying it may look. The troubled sea, the soaked ship deck, the vessel floating on the waves - and you to overcome it all!

At your disposal we leave not only this fishing vessel, but also all the onboard equipment - the crane, the winch, the launcher, and the coiling system. We will teach you to use them, step by step. Remember, no-one was born with the rudder - or a crab - in their hand. However, you will manage the vessel by yourself - as captain and fisherman at the same time. All devices are handled by you in first-person mode to have the best view of everything happening on your boat. You will also get original crab pots - thanks to them you will be able to pick out all the crabs from the vastness of Bering Sea.

Remember that you must follow Alaskan law. Not all crabs can be caught and sold! A realistic 3D model will help you judge whether you have caught a handsome and expensive male, a protected female, or a baby. Analyze the water and seabed to better predict where crabs may be found.

Nature will not be your only opponent. Match your skills against the computer and other players! Invite your friends to compete for the title of the best crab catcher. Load your pots on board, sit at the controls of your ship and see which one of you is the fastest and most effective in catching your crab fortune from the bottom of the sea!

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System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10
    • Processor: 2GHz+
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • Storage: 800 MB available space

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