- Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
Infobox VG|title=Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
Three Rings Design
Three Rings Design, Ubisoft
December 8, 2003
Multiplayer, Singleplayer(Only with CD)
ratings = ESRB: Teen (T)
platforms = Any with Java, incl. Windows, Mac,
Download, CD, browser
requirements = 500 MHz
Intel Pentium IICPU, 256 MB RAM, Internetaccess, Java 1.4, 100 MB hard disc Mac OS X v10.3, Windows 98, Linux
input = Keyboard,
"Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates" is a
massively multiplayer online game. The player takes the role of a pirate, having adventures on the high seas and pillaging money from roaming enemy ships (human or computer-controlled). The mechanics of "Puzzle Pirates" are driven by puzzles. For example, to effectively sail a ship, crewmates must play puzzles representing work at the sails for speed, pumping bilgewater to remove it from the ship, and carpentry to fix any damage the ship may take.
"Puzzle Pirates" is open-ended and community-driven. Over time, pirates can join a crew, progress in rank within that crew, buy and run sailing vessels and shoppes, and perhaps even become captain of a crew, royalty within a flag (an alliance of crews), or governor of an island. Islands are governed and shoppes are managed exclusively by players.
Players are encouraged by Three Rings to use words and phrases such as 'Yarr!' and 'Ahoy there, matey!' instead of 'Hi', etc. and Ocean Masters - the moderators of Puzzle Pirates - use these phrases and more. The tips which appear by the News, which is updated regularly, use terms such as 'Jackanapes'. As of November 2007, there are 3 million pirates registered to the game. [ [http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=33836 GamesIndustry.biz - 3 million registered pirates] ]
Oceans & Payment Methods
Players are able to play most of Puzzle Pirates for free. Payment methods differ, however, depending on the type of ocean: If playing on a doubloon ocean, one will have to pay doubloons as well as PoE (Pieces of Eight, the primary form of currency used in-game.) On subscription oceans one only requires Pieces of Eight for in-game purchases. For example: a present may cost 5 doubloons and 5,000 PoE on a doubloon ocean but only 5,000 PoE on a subscription ocean.
The first subscription ocean opened on
December 8, 2003, the official launch date of the game. All subscriber oceans are named after different shades of blue - the two oceans that follow the subscription method of payment are known as "Midnight" and "Cobalt."
There are several different subscription options, as is standard with MMORPGs;
*Monthly Plan: $9.95 per month
*Quarterly Plan: $24.95 per quarter
*Yearly Plan: $74.95 per yearThere is also a Long-Term Customer Discount of $49.95 per year, which is available to players of two years and above.
An alternative method is to convert 42 doubloons into a month's subscription, known as a doubscription, which must be manually renewed each month. In May 2005, the game became available in retail stores, which includes a single month of play as part of the purchase price and a single-player mode where four puzzles may be practiced.
Doubloons are not used at all on the two subscription oceans.
There is a test ocean known as "Ice" which is available to all players who are either subscribers or have bought doubloons. Though it is a test ocean, it closely resembles a subscription ocean because only subscribers have unrestricted access to all parts of the game on this ocean.
February 11, 2005, the first doubloon ocean was opened. All these oceans are named after shades of green; the five doubloon oceans are known as "Viridian", "Sage", "Hunter", "Malachite", and "Opal" (A German-language ocean).
On a Doubloon Ocean, items are purchased both with normal in-game currency (pieces of eight, abbreviated PoE) and a
micropaymentcurrency called doubloons. One must spend doubloons to gain pirate/officer/captain rank, gain the privilege to play most games without restriction, purchase most in-game items, like boats and pirate clothes, create a new crew or flag, and perform other important tasks. As of December 2005, doubloons can be purchased for US$0.20 to US$0.25 each (depending on quantity) or from other players for in-game PoE.
Those willing to pay extra real world cash for extra in-game power can buy many Doubloons and sell them to other players for PoE. Those who wish to play for free can purchase the Doubloons they want from those players who buy Doubloons with cash. Such exchanges are usually done through the in-game doubloon exchange. This works like a commodity exchange marketplace, with a list of buy and sell offers; players can either post an order to wait, or fill the current best order. This effectively creates a pay-as-you-go model, where one can pay with either real world cash or both time and puzzle skills.
Doubloons can also be purchased in selected countries by
reverse SMS billing, however, as charges are billed in foreign currencies, prices are often substantially higher than payment with a credit card or PayPal. Converting 42 doubloons into a month of subscription permits people who only have access to a mobile phone to play as subscribers.
Other language servers
Three Rings Design offered an exclusive license to
Gamigo, an online game company based in Germany to host a German languageserver named the "Indigo Ocean". Due to undisclosed issues with Gamigo, Three Rings Design no longer supports the Indigo Ocean. They launched their own German-language server named the "Opal Ocean" on December 8, 2006. The Indigo Ocean closed on December 30, 2006.
Announced to the Puzzle Pirate community on
May 7, 2008, Three Rings has entered into an agreement with GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. to host a Japanese languageserver. The new ocean is expected to be released the summer of 2008.
Many of the puzzles featured in "Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates" bear resemblances to established puzzle games, with some changes in mechanics. The following list describes each puzzle game, as well as the game(s), if applicable, each was derived from.
Interpersonal puzzles can be played between two or more players, and may be wagered on. "Swordfighting" and "Rumbling" are also played during a "Sea Battle" (against computer-controlled Brigands and Barbarians, respectively). Tournaments, funded by players and seeded by the software, are available and commonly played; only "Drinking", "Swordfighting", and "Treasure Drop" were playable in tournaments until July 2005. "Rumbling" was added in April 2006.
*"Drinking" is similar to PopCap's "Alchemy" game. 2 to 6 players must, in turn, select one of three pieces and place it on a board such that all pieces adjacent to the placed piece must match the new piece in either color or shape. A player may symbolically drink a piece instead, increasing the drunkenness of the player, and must do so if the player cannot place any piece. The player loses turns if he or she becomes too drunk (and becomes "passed out"). Placing pieces scores some points for the player; completing a row or column scores more points for the player(s) with the most pieces in that line. The player with the highest score when a round is over (either when all spots on the board have been used, or when a set score is reached) wins that round. Drinking was overhauled at the end of June 2005 to include features such as kegs (bonus points for people who can maintain board control), mugs (which allow players to select one of 8 different rule variations), and the original rules simulated in the "Classic Drinking" ruleset.
*"Swordfighting" is similar to "Super Puzzle Fighter". Puzzle pieces consisting of two blocks, each of one of four colors, fall into a well. "Breaker" pieces, of the same color and depicting the same sword as the normal pieces, destroy all groups of similar pieces which they touch. Arranging pieces and destroying them sends pieces to the opponent, in the form of silver swords and blocks that eventually turn into normal blocks. The last player (or team of players) whose well entrance has not been blocked up wins. Brawling simply refers to teamed swordfighting duels, where two groups of 2 or more pirates puzzle against one another in a scenario similar to the swordfighting that occurs at the end of a sea battle. Players may also purchase swords for use in swordfighting. Each sword sends a different pattern of pieces to opponents. While more expensive swords tend to be more powerful, each one has both strengths and weaknesses. Swords include cleavers, stilettos, scimitars, falchions and others. All new players start the game with a foil, the cheapest type of sword.
*"Rumble" is similar to "
Puzzle Bobble"; players launch multicolored balls in order to make groups of three or more. However, players may also "charge" balls up to make combos, adding to the opposing players' field. As they can for swordfighting, players can purchase weapons to enhance their rumbling. Players start with only their hands, but can purchase bludgeons which send different, more complex patterns of balls to their opponents. Bludgeons include gaffs, brass knuckles, hammers, belaying pins, and chains, among others. There is a variant of Rumble called "Boxing" that is played with only one ball instead of the usual two, but is otherwise identical.
The introduction of Spades in November 2004 heralded the beginning of a new sub-category of competitive multiplayer puzzles classed as parlour games (Later known as Carousing Puzzles). Played primarily at inns, these games traditionally include various card games, yet player versus player brawling and drinking is accessible via inns located on most islands.
Spades", "Hearts", and " Texas hold 'empoker" are played nearly identical to the original card games of the same name. In Spades, the only rule which players may decide is at what point value the game ends. In Hearts, the players may decide at what point value the game ends, and whether to have a no-pass round. In Poker, the table size, buy-in, and limit may be set at table creation. The Hearts played here is not Omnibus Hearts.
*"Treasure Drop" is a two-player betting game resembling Avalanche, [http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/446] or a variant of
pachinko. Players take turns dropping coins onto a series of levers. When the coin hits a lever, the lever flips, causing a new trail for another coin. Points are scored when coins reach the bottom of the lever system. The number of points scored depends on the number of coins reaching the bottom and where they land - typically the edges are worth much more than the center. A new game option is for holes to appear on the board, and if a coin goes into one, it randomly appears out another one on the board.
Five games exist that simulate production of goods. Shop owners and employees play these games to create the goods other pirates have ordered from the associated shops and stalls. So far, only four types of shops have puzzles associated with them as of August 2008: distilleries, apothecaries, shipwrights, and ironmongers. The fifth game, Foraging, is played from aboard a ship docked at an uninhabited island; ship owners can pay crew and jobbers to forage for them. Performance on non-existent craft puzzles is simulated.
Each account receives 24 "hours" of labor per ocean each day, split evenly among multiple pirates on the same ocean. One completed crafting puzzle uses one hour of labor, and each crafted good requires a certain number of hours of labor to be completed. Once a pirate's allotment of hours is used up, that pirate cannot contribute to the production of goods until the next day (although the puzzle can still be played, for practice). Pirates who have jobs can contribute their labor to a shop without playing the puzzle, although they must play occasionally to keep their ratings from going dormant.
*"Distilling" bears little resemblance to existing puzzle games. Four types of marble-like "bubble" pieces rest in a distilling vat: dark (bad), amber (neutral), light (good), and spicy (good). The relative location and type of two pieces determines if they may be switched; spice pieces may not be moved. Every ten seconds, the rightmost column of bubbles is evaluated. If the bubbles on average are more light than dark, that column is sent to the tank to form part of the brew. If more of the bubbles are dark on average, the column is burnt. Light-colored bubbles that are burnt come back into the puzzle as burnt light pieces; they move the same as light pieces but count against the value of that portion of brew. The puzzle is complete when twelve columns have been sent upwards.
:The rum that distillers create fuels a ship's crew; without rum, a ship's crew performs poorly regardless of how well its players puzzle. Distilleries also create mugs, which affect the drinking game.
*"Alchemistry" is a pipe-based game, most closely resembling PopCap's " [http://popcap.com/gamepopup.php?theGame=rocketmania Rocket Mania] " both with roots in the early puzzle game "Pipe Dream". Tanks of dye, in either two or all three of the traditional
primary colors ( red, yellowand blue), appear at the top of the screen, and a large network of pipes separates the tanks from flasks, which much be filled with specific dye colors in a certain order. The player must rotate the pipes to form a path from the correct tanks to the correct flasks, and a path connected to two tanks of different colors takes on the associated secondary color. For instance, orange is formed from red and yellow (again, based on the traditional primary color set). Pipes are bent or split at 60-degree angles, not right angles like in the aforementioned games.
:Alchemistry is used to create dyes for cloth and paint for ships, as well as varnish and lacquer for furnishers. "Whisking potions" allow a player to move from island to island without a ship. Other potions allow restoration of missing body parts and various other cosmetic changes.
*"Shipwrightery" is an original puzzle. The screen consists of a 5x5 matrix of squares and a set of six patterns. Each square in the matrix is one of five distinct pieces: iron ore, wood, rope, sail cloth, and gold. The patterns below the matrix are
trominoes, tetrominoes and pentominoes comprised of certain pieces in a certain location; each distinct pattern used in this puzzle is named after a specific part of a ship. The relative location and type of two pieces determines if they may be switched; gold pieces are immobile. Ship pieces are symbolically made by dragging a pattern onto the matrix, superimposing it upon a set of squares that match the pattern; gold pieces are wild in this instance. The puzzle is over when one of two conditions are met. If the player takes too long to match a pattern (the timer is represented by a rising tide, which falls when a pattern is matched), one of the six patterns is removed. When all patterns have been removed, the puzzle is over and the player penalized. If a certain number of patterns are completed and matched (tallied by a rising flag on screen), all pieces become immobile and the tide automatically rises; if the player has the opportunity to match any more patterns, he or she may do so for extra points.
:Shipwrights make the ships which sail the seas, as well as bludgeons (such as ropes and belaying pins) for rumbling.
*"Blacksmithing" creates swords and cannonballs. The objective is to try to clear the board by smashing the pieces. This puzzle is easier if you know how to play chess. It was born from a player created puzzle project named Knightfish as part of a Grand Crafting Puzzle Project. There are nine pieces - numbers 1 to 4, chess pieces (knight, bishop, rook and queen), as well as the rum jug, a wild piece. Each piece can be hit 3 times before it disappears; it may or may not change type upon being hit. Each piece changes colour each time it is hit - from red (no hits), to grey (one hit), then to silver (two hits), before disappearing. Rum jugs are only awarded after every piece has been hit once (or more), and after every piece has been hit twice (or more). When hitting a number, the next hit must be that many squares away (horizontal, vertical or diagonal). When hitting a chess piece, the next hit must be able to be reached by that chess piece (according to its movement in
chess). Except for the knight, it must also be on the border of the board. The rum jug, when hit, enables the player to play anywhere; the only other time when the player can choose where to play is the first turn. Points are scored by chains of the same piece type played in a row, and moreso by alternating sets of each of the four numbers (or chess pieces), then the chess pieces (or numbers). When no more moves are available, points are also scored dependent on how many more strikes have been made (out of the maximum 108.)
:Ironmongers make the cannonballs that ships fire in sea battles, as well as swords (such as foils, rapiers, and cleavers) for swordfighting.
*"Foraging" is classified as a crafting puzzle because it uses up a pirate's labor supply; however, the end result is not the production of material goods but rather tradeable commodities such as fruits, gems, and gold. In August 2008 Foraging became the newest puzzle in the game. Somewhat similar to Bilging, and even more similar to Treasure Haul, players must rotate groups of four tiles to make columns or rows of three matching tiles. Clearing titles drops the ones above them, which may include small crates of fruit or larger boxes of more valuable goods.
There are a number of crafting jobs which do not yet have puzzles. They are:
*"Tailoring" is used in the creation of clothes.
*"Weaving" creates the cloth which tailors and shipwrights use.
*"Furnishing" is used to create items for a pirate's home.
*"Construction" is used to build new buildings on an island.
A number of puzzles are available only on a ship, and help to maintain that ship and increase its performance while sailing. Many crews insist on their members being well-experienced in these, if not the other, puzzles before promoting them to higher positions.
*"Sailing" is similar to "
Dr. Mario". Blocks of 2 marbles, each of one of three colors (etched gold, marble gray, and blue, representing "rope, wind and wave" respectively), fall into the well one at a time; placing 4 units of the same color (including any stationary rectangular blocks of the same color) in a vertical or horizontal line destroys them. There are also "target platforms" that are destroyed when the target spots are filled with the correct marbles, and are the primary objective of the puzzle. While a beginner can do reasonably well by just trying to clear targets, experts can create long cascades that destroy two, three or even more target platforms in one huge chain reaction. Performing well on the "Sailing" puzzle causes the ship to move faster.
*"Bilge pumping" is similar to "
Bejeweled", and nearly identical to " Panel de Pon", also known as "Tetris Attack", although the screen is always filled instead of slowly rising. A well, six blocks wide, is filled with assorted blocks colored with five, six, or seven distinct patterns. Blocks can be switched only with their horizontal neighbors, and lining three blocks of the same color in a row or column causes them to disappear. Destroying two, three or even four rows at the same time is particularly effective. "Bilging" removes bilge water from the ship, where the amount of bilge water decreases the efficiency of the sailing puzzle, both in and out of a "Sea Battle".
*"Navigation", strictly a duty puzzle, is an original game. A radial playing field of 24 points (three concentric circles, with a point at the eight cardinal and ordinal compass points: North, NE, East, SE, etc.) is marked in at least one point with a certain star. Stars appear from the outer ring and fall toward the center. The player must rotate the rings, completing lines of at least three similar stars if necessary, in order to place the indicated stars in the correct positions. Performing well in "Navigation" multiplies the productivity of the players working at "Sailing", and also allows the navigator to eventually memorize league points on the map of the game world, so that in the future he or she can plot a course along them without the aid of a chart. "Navigation" can only be played by members of a crew at or above the rank of Officer, unless given special permission by an officer. On subscription oceans, the player can only navigate if they are a subscriber; on doubloon oceans the player needs a pirate's badge or higher to be ordered.
*"Carpentry" is based on the arrangement of
pentominoes. Four holes in the ship's body are presented, along with three random pentomino blocks. Every time a block is placed, another takes its place. Blocks can be placed such that they overlap, or lie partly outside of the required hole; the more cleanly the holes are fixed, the more effective the player's efforts become. When a carpenter fills a hole so that no pieces overlap, or lay beyond the boundary of the hole, a "Masterpiece" is obtained. If a hole is ignored for too long, it will either grow in size or violently remove one piece from that hole. The player can flip the piece over or rotate it in 90 degree steps. An extra "grain" bonus can be obtained by only placing pieces whose grain runs horizontally or only placing pieces whose grain runs vertically. A "Nice Set" can be obtained, when a carpenter fills a hole with only one kind of piece. Sometimes, instead of a pentomino block, a bucket of putty will appear; putty can be used to fill any contiguous hole up to five squares in size. Performing well on "Carpentry" repairs damage to the ship, which in turn prevents bilge from seeping into the ship, which in turn moves the ship faster.
*"Gunnery" is similar to direction puzzles such as "
ChuChu Rocket!". The puzzle board is a ship's deck with four cannons. Blocks representing gunpowder, wadding, cannonballs and buckets of water move around the main deck. The player must place these blocks in the cannon in the correct order: gunpowder first, wadding second, cannonball last. This is done by placing arrows that further force pieces to go in certain directions. Water buckets clear out a cannon, and are necessary to clear a cannon that has been mis-loaded, or clean a cannon that has just been fired. When a cannon is fully loaded, the captain may fire it during battle. This puzzle can only be played by members of a crew at or above the rank of Pirate, unless given special permission by an officer.
*The first half of a "Sea Battle", also known as "Battle Navigation", is a strategy game that's been compared to the board game
RoboRally. When the navigating officer chooses to engage another ship, a second map screen appears on his or her screen. The two ships are placed on the board, along with obstacles such as whirlpools, wind gusts and rocks, which affect the movement potential of both ships. Both captains are allowed thirty seconds to choose what action (forward movement, turning, cannon firing, grappling, or no action) to take for each of the next four moves; once time is up, the moves are enacted simultaneously. The "tokens" available to move the ship are proportional to the effectiveness of the sailors. Larger ships may only move three squares in a move, though they can fire on all four. When one ship has grappled the other, a "Swordfight" or a "Rumble" takes place between the members of both ships, with all players starting the game with unusable garbage blocks determined by the amount of damage their ship took during the movement phase and whether or not their ship has any "rum". The side that defeats all opposing fighters receives a portion of the goods on the losing ship.
*"Treasure Haul" is a puzzle similar to bilge but with a vertical cursor instead of a horizontal one. As this game only occurs for short periods of time, there are only three pieces and gems that clear rows. This puzzle can only be done in a brigand king flotilla, atlantean raid, or blockade in which sinking is enabled while on top of a sunk ship for an entire turn. Once all the treasure has been removed from a sunken ship, the wreck disappears. If the ship that was hauling treasure leaves and returns to a port safely, the hauled treasure is divided among all the people that helped in the flotilla battle or blockade that is still on the ship. If the hauling ship is sunk or knocked out of the flotilla battle, raid, or blockade, all hauled treasure is lost.
Trophies are special rewards given to pirates for exceptional achievements. They can be displayed on pirate info pages and in a gallery, similar to portrait galleries. Trophies are permanent, so they cannot be traded between pirates or taken away when the circumstances with which they were awarded change (e.g. if a pirate later loses their ultimate standing). However, trophies awarded due to bugs in the game have sometimes been revoked. Trophies that are earned are never removed except if they are triggered by a bug. Thus, if a player earned the Ultimate Crafter trophy before the existence of Blacksmithing, they will keep the Ultimate Crafter trophy. Pirates who did not have the Ultimate Crafter trophy before Blacksmithing was added to the game must now earn the Ultimate Blacksmithing trophy in order to earn Ultimate Crafter.
Another example is the incredible trophies, awarded when a player gets an incredible duty report while on a pillage or with the navy. Other trophies can be for random things, like being on a sinking ship or being in a certain number of battles where there was no rum on the ship. Atlantis has its own set of trophies, for sinking certain creatures or winning swordfights while in Atlantis. There are also foraging trophies, awarded when a player finds gold a certain number of times while foraging.
"Puzzle Pirates" features a
market economy. Basic resources, such as woodand iron, as well as various herbs and minerals are produced by the game on most islands. Most colonized islands and some uncolonized islands have markets, which sell the local production to the highest bidder; others are harvested by "Merchants" which in turn sail the goods to the highest dockside buy offer (taking cost of delivery and distance into account). On uninhabited islands, players may harvest fruit, and may sell them to either the government of other islands (if the government is buying those fruits) or privately owned businesses. Commodities are processed by player-run shops, using player-supplied labor, into refined goods such as swords, ships and rum, or into intermediate items such as clothor enamel.:Unlike most MMOGs, player-run shops and stalls determine what will be made at what price, with player employees that are hired to help with the crafting. While anyone can open a stall (full sized shops require an island governor to grant land), there is both an opening cost, as well as the need to acquire the commodities to construct the product, and the labor and time to actually construct. In addition, there is a weekly tax which is paid out of the shoppe or stall. Tax amounts depend on the size of your stall, as well as an additional rate set by the governor. This is very different from crafting in other games, where any individual player may gather the materials and craft any item, usually instantly once you have the materials, without needing to own a shop or hire help. The best way to think about this is simple: The person who opens and runs a shop is not the crafter; they are the manager of an industrial production shop. However, managers can become employees of their own shops and input to the labor needed to make the product.
To keep an ocean's economy going, most items age. When a certain amount of time passes, the item will have "aged" and it "crumbles to dust", disappearing completely. As an exception, tops and pants turn into rags if you have no other clothing of that type, and swords will turn into a stick if you have no other sword. Sticks do not age, although rags do. To sell a stick, you must have another sword besides a stick. The conditions, in order from newest to oldest is: New, good, old.
With the exception of ships, which may be sunk in only certain circumstances, all items manufactured by players in "Puzzle Pirates" either decay or are consumed in everyday use. Cannon-balls are shot during battle, rum is drunk during voyages, swords, mugs and clothes decay through wear-and-tear, and furniture wears out when it is moved around to redecorate scenes (generally housing rooms and ship decks). This decay results in a steady demand for new items. Specifically, it forces on-going demand for raw commodities and player crafting labor, keeping shops in business. Without this, the eventual oversupply of finished items would result in "worthless game coin", as finished items are extremely common, and game coin has no meaning.
Players are able to purchase housing in the game such as cabins,
mansions, bungalows, villasand etc. Each player receives a free shack(one room) the first time they play, and are also given a crate and bedroll (both furniture). Each house has a varying number of room-mates, who are free to move furniture, access the building while the owner is away, and access treasure chests and wardrobes within the building. The exact number depends on the size of the house. You can also purchase furniture from Furniture Shoppes on populated islands and arrange it within your house.
Crews are the central artery in Puzzle Pirates. The purposes of crews vary widely but the general purpose is for the crew to acquire fame, create a good social atmosphere, and join or create a flag. The following are the ranks that one may have within a crew. (Note that the requirements for achieving certain ranks differs with each crew, and that ranks are assigned by the captain or by a vote, depending on the crew's political system.)
* Captain is the highest rank in a crew. Captains generally have very good stats, the ability to attract people to join, and typically have been a former Officer in another crew.
* The rank Senior Officer is generally given to people who have gained lots of trust, great stats, and have been in the crew a while.
* The rank Fleet Officer is typically given to people with good or great stats depending on the crew, have gained some amount of trust, and that have been in the crew for a period of time.
* The rank Officer is often given to people with good stats, especially in "Battle Navigation".
* The rank Pirate is given to people who have good stats or good "Gunning" stats, or often to any player who subscribes or buys a Pirate badge.
* The rank Cabin Person is usually the starting rank of all new pirates in a crew. On Subscription oceans, this is the only rank available to non-subscribed players.
* The rank Jobbing Pirate is not a full time member of the crew, but can still get paid by helping the crew while at sea. If you are a "jobber" of a crew, as soon as you log off, you will be removed from the crew. An officer may invite any pirate of any rank to job for their crew.
To start a crew, a pirate must have achieved narrow experience in bilging, sailing, carpentry, swordfighting, navigation and battle navigation, own a deed to a ship, and have a captain's badge and ten doubloons on doubloon oceans or be a subscriber on subscriber oceans.
Flags are groups of crews that join together. Flags are the groups that go to war and form alliances, not the individual crews. There are three "ranks" in flags:
*Monarchs are the people who create the flags. Every flag can have a maximum of one monarch at any given moment. They can propose alliances, truces, and wars, but these have to be voted on by the royalty. There can be flags with no monarchs.
*Royalty are the second highest flag rank. They are voted in by all the current royalty and monarch and have the same privileges as monarchs although there is no limit to the number of them in a given flag.
*Titled members have no special privileges at all but is normally given to the most well known and trusted members of the flag.
Monarch are given the title "King" or "Queen", royalty are titled "Prince" or "Princess", and titled members either "Lord" or "Lady".
When a flag proposes an alliance, truce, or war, it is voted on by the monarch and royalty. The monarch and royalty are also the only people who can propose problems for voting.
In order to start a flag, a crew must have a certain fame level and a person must have both a captain's badge and 20 doubloons on doubloon oceans or be subscribed on subscriber oceans.
Three Rings Design has also created a site called "Game Gardens" [ [http://www.gamegardens.com gamegardens.com] ] , which hosts no fee tools for creating and playing Java games. Using the toolset requires knowledge of Java, but the toolset automates many basic game-related functions. Some "Puzzle Pirates" players use it to create demonstrations of new puzzle ideas for the game; because the tools are the same as those the designers use, importing a "Game Gardens" puzzle into "Puzzle Pirates" would not be difficult.
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