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  1. Trading

    I'd like to suggest three things: 1) Remove all crafting mats from ports inside reinforcement zones. Atm there's no possibility to wage econ warfare on especially DK/NG and Sweden due to the large number of ports/mats inside the reinforcement zones. 2) Make trading goods great again! I fully back the latest increase in combat mission awards, it makes a posible alternative to trading, but trading as a result is no longer profitable. My two-fold suggestion is either increase profit margins or reduce item weight on trading mats (i.e. making every trip more profitable by bulk quantities). This would make traders/crafters leave the reinforcementzones and econ warfare viable again. Another way could be to remove the reinforcementzones and just make missions close instantly.
  2. Taverns and Trading Posts

    The Suggestion is Simple. Right now Trade happens almost 100% Local. With no Info on other Ports available. Now how could we improve that without breaking immersion. The Answer is by addint Trade Posts and Taverns. 1. Trade Posts Trade Posts would allow us to Post Buy and Sell Offers not only in the Local Port but in a certain Range of Ports around that Port. Of course the Tradepost would demand a Share of the Profit for Spreading the Offer around. And even if the Order is visible in other Ports the Goods still need to be bought to the Port where the Order came from. 2. Taverns Taverns would allow us to get gossip from the Sailors that travel around. We could see what Surrounding Ports have in their Stores. It might also be used for Missions and Events later. And even as a bit of an Player News source for example if a Large Fleet Battle took place this might pop up in the Infos for a Port 3. How it works. There is two choices. Either use regular NPC Trade Routes. So the other Ports get the News when NPC Ships travel by to update them. Which gives alot of Immersion as Info would spread along trade routes realistically making info more outdated the further away you get and also allows to interdict info. Or we go with a Simple Timer based on Distance. In which Info Spreads The lazy variant so go say ^^ What will this do? Most of all it will increase Player Trade. If I see that someone in Port A wants to buy 1000 Iron for 600 Gold each and that in Port B someone sells 1000 Iron for 400 Gold each. I can Buy it and Ship it thus getting a Reward and get Economy Running. It also allows Players to find Ships and Stuff without docking in each port. If I know from the Tavern that 10 minutes ago there was still 60 long barrel Cannons in Port X and I need these I can go there directly instead of randomly searching for a place to get Long Cannons. This as well greatly promotes Economy Even better. This could include info like 10 minutes ago an Enemy Fleet was roaming the Area or that someone attacked Traders there etc. Making it easier to find PvP or avoid it when you want to Transport big stuff ^^ Finally it would greatly add towards making the world feel alife
  3. Bonsoir/bonjour à tous et à toutes, Premièrement, je tiens à me présenter pour ceux qui ne me connaissent pas. Je suis un joueur de Naval action depuis fin 2015 et bien que je fus obligé de faire une pause pendant quelques mois durant l'année passée, j'ai pu suivre sont évolution via différents sites d'actualité et via certains amis qui jouaient toujours. J'ai dans un premier temps joué dans la nation français puis depuis peu chez les pirates. Je précise que je suis un joueur majoritairement PvE et surtout Trade mais j'insiste sur le fait que cela ne m'empèche pas de temps à autre d'aider mes camarades de clan lors de raid occasionnels ou de PB ( je précises que je joue désormais Pirate et donc que c'est normal si vous ne m'avez pas vu dans les batailles FR). Je penses donc pouvoir dire que je comprends chaque points de vues concernant les différents types de jeu, avec certaines limites toutefois. Je viens donc à vous pour discuter principalement de mon expérience en temps que trader et des défauts du jeu que j'ai pu constater, et enfin pour proposer mes idées pour faire évoluer le jeu. Ayant principalement joué en temps que trader, j'ai beaucoup voyagé. Que ce soit dans les eaux françaises lors de mes débuts, mais aussi de plus en plus loin afin de trouver les meilleurs prix. J'ai parfois fais des trajets de plusieurs heures pour obtenir un profit qui soit réellement intéressants. Jusqu'ici, vous me direz que c'est normal et que ça ne serait pas logique que ce soit à la porte d'à côté qu'on puisse obtenir des gros profits. Je suis d'accord et comme beaucoup le savent, les prix d'achat et de vente dépendent des besoin des ports mais aussi de la rareté de l'item en question. Chaque région produisant tel ou tel type de ressources, il est normal que les régions adjacentes se procurent facilement ces même ressources, et donc par définition que les prix de ventes soient sensiblement équivalents au prix d'achat de la région d'origine. De plus, un joueur qui prend donc le temps de voyager d'un port producteur à un port consommateur gagnera probablement beaucoup, bien entendu à la condition qu'il voyage sans encombres jusqu'à ce port consommateur. Ces port consommateur sont bien souvent les capitales, ceci implique donc d'aller relativement loin (bien souvent à l'étranger) pour ensuite revenir et approvisionner la capitale. Ceci est normal et ce n'est pas ce qui me dérange. Ce qui me dérange, c'est que par rapport au temps passé à voyager dans des eaux dangereuses pour au finale gagner un bénéfice équivalent à 30 minutes de jeu PvP/PvE c'est relativement ennuyant et démotivant... Qu'on soit bien d'accord, le fait d'avoir une escorte limitera les risques, certes, mais il ne feront pas gagner plus d'argent et cela mobilisera plusieurs joueurs et donc ceux-ci n'y gagneront rien. Je conçois que je parles du serveur PvP et beaucoup m'en feront la remarque en me disant gentillement ( ou pas ) d'aller voir sur le serveur PvE pour faire mon trade tranquillement. Je répondrai à ces messieurs qu'il est certes, nettement moins risqué d'aller en eaux étrangères sur le serveur PvE, cependant comme beaucoup le savent ce serveur n'est habité qu'en moyenne d'environ 150 joueurs et que le système économique est le même sur chaque serveur, du moins, on y trouve les même problèmes. Ceci implique très peu de demande et donc pas d'intérêt. Imaginez vous pouvoir finaliser un contrat seulement une fois tous les 36 du mois. J'ajouterai que je ne souhaites pas éviter le PvP, mais plutôt rendre le commerce intéressant et surtout VALABLE comparé au PvP. Le fait qu'un trader ne gagne que très peu comparé à un joueurs PvP implique que peu de monde exploite le commerce dans le sens pur du terme. Celui ci ne sert donc qu'à faire joli et parfois à subvenir au besoin d'un joueur qui n'aurai pas encore construit un bâtiment de production. Pour finir, ceci implique que les navires de trade sont majoritairement utilisés dans le but de convoyer des ressources d'un avant poste possédant un bâtiment de production, vers l'endroit où les joueurs sont basés. Vient ensuite le 2ème problème. Celui ci concerne les ressources n'ayant aucun port de production, où que ce soit. Je parles par exemple du White Oak Log(WOL), du Crooked Cedar, etc... qui sont des ressources qui apparaissent chaque heure en petite quantité dans peu de ports. Je trouves que le fait que ces ressources soient disponible de façon très limitée est normal. Cependant les joueurs qui, connaissant la rareté de ces items, vont placer un avant-poste dans ces fameux ports ( comme Kemps Bay pour le WOL ) et vont en permanence placer un contrat sur la ressource. Ceci implique qu'en très peu de temps on se retrouves avec une espèce de bataille de contrats avec comme seul gagnant celui qui sera le plus actif pour garder son contrat au prix d'achat le plus élevé en espérant être l'heureux gagnant de l'heure de production. J'ai pu constater que lors de la reprise du serveur après le dernier wipe, le WOL était à environ 70 par unité à Kemps Bay. Désormais, il y a en permanence une dizaine de contrats et le prix ne cesse de grimper. Aujourd'hui le prix atteignait les 200 par unité environ pour le WOL et plus de 28 000 pour le Crooked Cedar. Jusqu'où est-ce qu'on va aller si ça reste comme ça? Gardons en tête que ces ressources, tout le monde en aura toujours besoin et donc par définition que le prix continuera d'augmenter avec le temps si rien ne change. Je comprends que l'objectif est de rendre cette ressource difficile à acquérir, cependant avec ce système ces ressources sont difficiles à acquérir uniquement pour les joueurs ayant le moins d'argent. Donc pour faire simple, si un joueurs veut avoir de l'argent pour acquérir ces ressources, il faut qu'il oublie le trade, ou bien qu'il soit motivé dur comme fer pour passer des heures de voyages pour au final gagner un profit médiocre. Bien souvent les joueurs ne sont pas obstinés à ce point là est ils décident donc de mettre de côté le trade. J'aimerai maintenant exposer mes idées afin d'améliorer le système économique du serveur. -Diminuer légèrement le profit des batailles PvP/PvE tout en augmentant la possibilité de trouver quelques matériaux dans les soutes des IA, ceci pour inciter les joueurs à par exemple vendre ces ressources aux trader à un prix correcte, et ensuite que ces traders puissent aller les vendre là ou c'est intéressant. -Augmenter le nombre des villes consommatrices en fonction des demandes historiques mais aussi des besoins de base. Par exemple, toute ville est susceptible de consommer du rhum en quantité suffisante. Il en va de même pour du poisson et autres ressources alimentaires, mais aussi parfois pour des ressources moins communes. -Augmenter légèrement les profits possibles en commerçant afin d'inciter les joueurs à s'intéresser au trade et non pas uniquement au PvP/PvE. -Mettre un malus important lors de l'annulation d'un contrat non terminé/non rempli. Ceci impliquerait que les joueurs hésiteront avant de retirer un contrat pour en replacer un autre seulement 1 gold au dessus des autres. Toutefois, il faudrait limiter la quantité de ressources qu'un contrat peut contenir ( quantité définie en fonction de l'item ) et aussi augmenter légèrement la production des ports afin que ces contrats ne prennent pas trop longtemps pour être rempli et qu'il ne monopolisent pas toute la production pendant des jours. Je suis ouvert à tout commentaire constructif et objectif. Je traduirai ce sujet en anglais afin de le poster dans la partie Suggestion du forum, en fonction des avis des joueurs francophones. Hawk158, Pirate contrebandier.
  4. [PVP EU] Political Situation

    There is currently no place for the EU server where people not involved in inner diplomatic circles can know the newest diplomatic developments, so I thought I just start this thread until something better will be set up. As you will see, its pratically a copy of the Global servers thread by Teutonic. I have no connections or information channels yet since Im pretty new to the game, so please inform me here or ingame about any wrong information or new developments. I will try to get more involved going forward, but if somebody already good connected wants to take over this thread, he or she is very welcome! Altough I know there are already agreements, I've set default War? until I get otherwise notified. If there are crucial specifications to the respective agreement, please inform me so that I can clarify the description. I will try to update this thread accordingly as regularly as I can. Also, please feel free discuss the feasability of the following format! As I said its just copy and pasted. Format will be as follows: War -- A significant proportion of clans (either per number or size) has officially declared war against the other nation, with a clear wargoal (f.e. to take certain ports). Hostile -- There hasn't been any official statements/declarations of war, but there are frequent attacks and conquests. Neutral -- There are neither (regular) hostilities, nor any additional agreements made. Agreements -- Trade agreements, NAPs, NIPs, Port Agreements, or other limited agreements will define this slot. Description will specify the agreements content. Alliance -- An Alliance is made when a significant proportion of clans (either per number or size) within a nation are in agreement. Greyed Out -- means there is additional confirmation needed. Clans Agreements: If a Clan wishes to have agreements be made public, they may do so, otherwise nothing is official. Ideally, each agreement-info-comment is described by the respective nations, clans and specifications involved. See the SAPA-post. I'll give a short description á la Format above and will then link your comment so anybody interested can look at the details of different involved parties, etc. Maybe this way we can pass by the problem, that diplomacy is essentially Clan-based. Politics/Diplomacy United States of America Verenigde-Provincien : Neutral Espana: SAPA[c] France: War? Great Britain: War? Denmark-Norge: Hostile Sverige: Neutral Pirates: SAPA[c] Verenigde-Provincien United States: Neutral Espana: Hostile France: Neutral Great Britain: Trade Denmark-Norge: Hostile Sverige: Neutral Pirates: Hostile Espana Verenigde-Provincien: Hostile United States: SAPA[c] France: Neutral Great Britain: Hostile Denmark-Norge: Hostile Sverige: Neutral Pirates: SAPA[c] France Verenigde-Provincien: Hostile Espana: Neutral United States: War? Great Britain: War? Denmark-Norge: Hostile Sverige: War Pirates: War? Great Britain Verenigde-Provincien: Trade Espana: Hostile France: War? United States: War? Denmark-Norge: Hostile Sverige: Hostile Pirates: War? Denmark-Norge Verenigde-Provincien: Hostile Espana: Hostile France: Hostile Great Britain: Hostile United States: Hostile Sverige: Hostile Pirates: Hostile Sverige Verenigde-Provincien: Neutral Espana: Neutral France: War Great Britain: Hostile Denmark-Norge: Hostile United States: Neutral Pirates: Neutral Pirates Verenigde-Provincien : Hostile Espana: SAPA[c] France: Hostile Great Britain: Hostile Denmark-Norge: Hostile Sverige: Hostile United States: SAPA[c] Regards! Merijn Van Roij
  5. Trade, PvP & Crafting suggestions

    So I should start by stating that I haven't gone as in depth as some other more veteran players here, I'm sure you can tell by my amount of posts. My play time isn't that absurdly high either, but I have listened to as many players as I could and though I don't know a tremendous amount about the game, I thought of some things that hopefully veteran gamers could either expand on, run with, or completely shut down. Either way, it's a learning experience for me. I've noticed that this game is focused on OW PvP and Port battles (I think that awesome and it drew me to this game on the first place), but what I'm also noticing is a lot of grind. Now I've grounded a lot, I don't mind grinding for a good cause, as long as I can see a reward in the not so distant future. The major problem I'm seeing is that grinding is on EVERY front in this game. Gold, Character XP, Ship XP, Crafting XP, PvE Marks, PvP Marks, Conquest Marks, I mean even mission runs, delivery missions, and Trading runs! This whole thing seems very disconnected with each other. PvP seems to be completely counter to Trading. Why can't we come up with a different solution? Bear with me as I break with down as best as I can, and my suggestions that I think could help the game, traders, PvPers, Roleplayers, and RvR. First and foremost: Trading Trading should be the lifeblood of any major empire, it dictates the market for its Captains and its military might! Why not have all ports consume goods? Use this to push traders to transport more goods of a particular type towards specific places. This already occurs to some ports in the game, but what happens if you make it all ports? What happens if the price of the goods reflect this. What would happen if after a while, those ports weren't getting their shipments of goods? Maybe a small bonus to grinding out hostility in that area(small bump)? Maybe less powerful AI fleets would appear. As time goes on, the less and less shipments that get through, the more damage it does to the port (accumulating negatives). Either way, it's a benefit to those who would possibly want to nab that port. What happens if that port is well supplied however? The traders are doing their jobs? Maybe a small negative (just hamper) to would be hostility hits. More powerful AI fleets? Maybe a cheaper crew cost, since they're in a wealthy area and there's a surplus of sailors or scallywags? Why not have all ports producing goods? I mean every hour on the hour, more resources or goods show up. Have them be on sale for more than what a player can make, as to preserve the need for buildings, but when an AI trader comes into port, have them at least have a higher chance to carry that ports produced items out. Both of these could work into a wicked PvP mechanic. Port Raids Blockading a port should hamper it, Raiding a port should strip it of most stockpiled resources that the port was using to survive. While I think, having players items be stolen could be realistic, I would think having the trading goods, food, and port products from its own production be a much easier hit on the economy. PvP Bounty missions/Letters of Marque I detest these marks, absolutely hate them as they only benefit those that are already playing in PvP, so they can obtain better ships. (It's like how WoW was with Grand Marshal gear way back when. It's pretty easy to pummel down a guy with green or blue gear when you have epic gear.) I actually liked it how it was before the patch in that aspect. Wars should be decided by two things; Battles of men and the battles of Wealth. With Dura being 1, I fail to see the need for this as another grindfest. But if the game has determined to keep them, maybe using a bounty system on specific Nationalities might better help the choking bottleneck of these items. You could even add letters of Marque by clans to hire other nationalities to attack specific ports or nations. Having PvPers earn more than what they earn now. Crafting Let players cap unranked ships. This will not only help them get out of the monotonous grind for gold when they start, but get them into a ship they can PvP with. Likewise, they can deconstruct them and use that to help them push their Crafting XP. They become more useful in PvP AND they start having a goal to become investors in crafting, pushing the economy more! I know I'm not a veteran, nor do I post much, but I do want to make this game better, and I want to bring in more people. But I can see why some are getting slightly aggravated with everything right now and why some are reluctant to join. Thanks for your time.
  6. As you might have realized, there are lots of ports which have very few trading goods or ports that buy your stuff at 1 gold. As consequence, most trading routes are now unprofitable and a waste of time. Ports need to consume and produce enough trading woods for a server of 1000+ players (like PVP EU).
  7. Have a seat. Get yourself drink of water from the scuttled butt. Here... add a bit of something stronger from this bottle. You only got a few minutes break so I'll be quick. I am your Harbor Master. I keep my eyes and ears open for scuttlebutt from the ports in these waters. I used to have agents everywhere and we'd share what we learned. Yep, back then... the right sources and the right customers... those odd bits of news used to earn us quite a tidy sum on the side. But alas, your ole Harbor Master ain't as young as he used to be and many of my agents are sailing different waters. The Admiralty is controlling information these days. Them in Europe want to keep us down... keep all the profits for themselves and their ilk. I need some new agents. So, lad, keep a weather eye not just to the clouds, but watch the ports and markets. Let your ole Harbor Master here know what you see and you may just find yourself drawing more than your Captain's pay and the miserly "rewards" that the King deems fit to give you. But one quick warning... You know how gossip is. Information grows old like those fish in your hold or maybe the agent who is sharing it has less than honorable intentions. So don't blame your friend the Harbor Master if it doesn't pan out or you get burned. I don't know if I can trust every one of my new agents. Har! I don't even know if I can trust YOU! ___________________________________________________ REAL LIFE: scuttlebutt: noun rumor; gossip English origin from the scuttled water butt (barrel) providing drinking water on the deck of a ship; Sailors would traditionally exchange gossip when they gathered at the scuttlebutt for a drink of water. I have created an online bulletin board called Scuttlebutt from the Harbor Master to make up for what I feel is currently a shortcoming in the tools at our disposal within the game. The developers just rescinded their decision to stop global chat. [Thank you, @admin] However, other than real-time chat we do not have any other in-game or centralized mechanism to share information or conduct global trade. The game's trading tool, updated just once a day at maintenance, is inadequate. The Game Labs forum or Steam forum could be set up to facilitate this, but they are currently not organized for that task and are preoccupied with discussions of development issues. Chat helps but it's not "sticky" and is often quite cluttered. I would love it if this new site becomes superfluous because of in-game tools but in the meantime, here you go. I hope we all find the scuttlebutt useful providing opportunities for roleplay. Basically, I envision this site to at least temporarily take the place of what one might see, hear, and read on the docks and in the taverns of our fictional Naval Action world. I am using the free bulletin board host ProBoards but have paid so none of us have to look at ads. Right now, you do not have to register to read or post but I highly suspect I will need to require registration in the future to add just a bit of accountability. I do encourage you to register anyway so that readers have a way to respond privately via PM to your posts. If you're making a commerce offer, you may also gain more trust being registered. I would encourage folks to use their primary in-game Captain's name and enter their game server and country in their member profile too. I can neither vouch for, nor would I if I could, the validity of other members posts. This will be a place for role-play. I can say that the Harbor Master character will never deliberately mislead you. I can't make the same promise for my in-game Captain Farrago. Please post feedback on the success or failures of deals or information. Without an in-game reputation system for players, your posted feedback will help others weigh the value of the scuttlebutt. Please be aware that by participating on this board you are agreeing to the Terms of Service of the site host ProBoards. I, as currently the sole moderator of the Scuttlebutt bulletin board, will be the judge of whether your participation violates these ToS. Otherwise, I'm no prude and don't want to play arbiter of good taste. Role-play is fine. If the player character is a scalawag, it's okay to say so. However, personal attacks on the real life person will be shut down. Any questions, problems, or suggestions... contact the Harbor Master on Scuttlebutt from the Harbor Master or me, Farrago, right here. If you find it useful, please share this site with other players of Naval Action.
  8. This might only work in conjunction with a reputation system, but what if players could craft and trade Letters of Marque. They would temporarily assign the creating nation's flag (with its restrictions on who is an enemy) to the player holding the letter. There are a few options how this might be interesting: 1. Only Nats could make them and only Pirates could get them. 2. Or since alliances are being "turned off" perhaps one Nation could give it to another Nation's player. They would not be free to make and presumably whoever accepts the letter will want some sort of payment as well. A player could only hold one letter at a time I'm sure there are other ways this could play out but it seems like it would have positive impact for low pop nations while avoiding alliance entanglements and provide a mechanism for pirates to do some privateering. Please discuss.
  9. Is there any relation between what AI traders are carrying and the ports they are near? If not, @admin, there should be. AI traders seem to mainly be making short hauls. It would make sense if they were carrying goods consumed or produced at the nearby ports. I apologize if this is already in game and I just haven't noticed it.
  10. I'm hoping this thread can stay constructive. Please don't bother to use this as a place to whine about how much you hate the idea of a PVE zone in the Gulf coexisting on the same server as PVP. Unless the Devs change their minds, it's going to happen and unless there are things we don't know about its implementation, it is going to cause some pain points. Hopefully we as a community of PVP and PVEers can make some constructive suggestions about how to minimize these pain points. @admin if there is something we just don't understand about implementation, please clarify. BTW, I'm not saying I like all these "solutions" but I'm putting them out there for discussion. Community, please add pain points you see and possible solutions as well, Pain Point: Admin has indicated that players will be able to freely move between PVP and PVE. Also free ports will not exist in PVE zone. Still, assuming all resources can be obtained in the PVE zone, ship construction and resource accumulation can be accomplished in relative safety either by PVP players in the PVE zone or by ALTS specifically created for the purpose. Possible full or partial solutions: 1. Disable the ability to have ALTS or at least make it a huge pain to switch back and forth between characters. While I like this idea, I doubt it would get any traction. 2. Disble the ability to teleport characters and/or tow ships between the two zones. 3. Make some classes of ships or necessary mats not craftable in PVE zone. 4. Sink 'em as they come out. While it may sound like ithe border will be a target rich environment, the (roughly) north-south boundary between zones covers a lot of ocean. Solution: Choke points. For example in order to change your status from PVE to PVP you have to visit a friendly port in the PVP zone in order to "obtain your orders" or whatever we want to call it. Making folks exit the PVE zone through the straight of Florida might be another idea. What other problems do you see and how might they be solved?
  11. The Republikeinse Handelsvloot is a Dutch Merchant Navy which is open to every active Dutch player who likes to play the game as trader. We offer a democratic and organized trade guild with benefits for its member. If you are interested in joining the exciting life as a rich Dutch merchant and support the republic, contact us and join the Republikeinse Handelsvloot! NAME: Republikeinse Handelsvloot TAG: VLOOT TEAMSPEAK: cubegaming.de CONTACT: Wilhelm von Bromme, Van Hoog, Sir Henri HOMEPORT: Willemstad Obligations: To maintain our treasury, pay support to the shipwrights and compensate members for lost goods or ships, we demand a small amount of taxes from the members. The taxes scale with the rank of the player and will be payed weekly. Adelborst: 1000 Tweede Luitenant: 2000 Eerste Luitenant: 4000 Kapitein Luitenant: 8000 Kapitein: 10000 Commandeur-Kapitein: 15000 Vlaggenkapitein: 20000 Commandeur: 25000 Schout-Bij-Nacht: 50000 Benefits Organized Trade and Escort Expeditions Supply and Demand Missions Insurance for Ships and Goods Support for Shipwrights Democratic Structures
  12. I've been following this game off/on on Steam and see it is still in early access and WIP. I have been trying to find out about the PvP and PvE modes as well. I understand this game is supposed to be an MMO with possibly a player vs AI mode. I've played some MMO's such as WoT, WT and AW. I liked all three games, but found myself not liking the "MMO" part of the MMO game! So being an age of sail enthusiast (finished the Hornblower series, now going through the Aubrey-Maturin series), I was very excited to find this game. I was even more excited to learn there was a PvE mode. However, before I spend the asking price (which is way more than I usually spend on PC games since I always get them on sale from Steam), I wanted to get some feedback from players who have been playing PvE. 1- Is the game worth the money if one does not play it MMO style, ie PvP? 2- Are the other aspects of it (other than battles) worth getting it? I mean, can you trade, build a trade empire and defend it with warships you build/buy and crew? Do these aspects of the game keep you interested in continuing to play or are they more of an afterthought to an age of sail combat simulation? 3- I had read somewhere that other players may intrude on your PvE world and disrupt your trade or take your prizes (or potential prizes), is it true? 4- In addition to the price one pays for the game, do you also have to spend extra for perks, premium stuff (pay to win system like other MMO's even though they all deny that is the way it is)? The other thing that worries me about MMO is that it appears the pool of players is quite low at any given time, as opposed to other MMO's (I was online last night playing WT, there were 27K players online!), wait times less than 1-2 minutes to get into battle). Thank you for your input, APC.
  13. Politics

    Greetings, I am merely wondering why you can first vote for a War with a Nation and then suddenly vote for a Alliance with the same nation. Either you want a War,Peace or a Alliance with a nation and not all 3 at once... That it silly and should not be allowed within the system. Furthermore.... I think its time to change the Politics to stop this 2 block system. Its a stalemate system atm forcing nations to either choose Block 1 or 2 or risk getting bullied by both both blocks and its boring. We need a more dynamic system that allows for changes in stances between nations to allow for more player driven diplomacy. To enable this we need to be able to have a Peace status, Hostile Status and a Neutral/Trade partner status with other nations. War and Alliances should be voted upon. The same for a Peace treaty with a Hostile/War nation. Neutral is any Nation which you have no Treaty with atm. A Peace treaty allows for a reset on hostilties between nations. A Trade agreement may be implemented to allow trade between nations without the use of Smuggling. Stances between Nations! War = Total War, Ships of this nations is tagged as Red on OW and should ofc be targeted to earn points to increase hostility levels and deny the enemy any resources/aid. Peace = Marked as Non Hostile(Blue colour?) on OW and cannot be attacked unless caught smuggling in hostile home waters. Can aid in battles vs Pirates/Privateers. Alliance = Total Friendship, Ships from this nation is marked as Green and can aid in hostile/friendly operations and battles. Cannot be targeted even if caught with smugglers flag in hostile waters. Neutral = Marked as Grey on OW, may be attacked in Hostile home waters and in friendly waters when caught smuggling. Repeted agressions towards a single neutral nation will raise hostility towards that nation and mark you as a privateer for players of that nation thus alerting to them that you are a danger / open target. Perhaps to be able to attack neutral nations you need to obtain a letter of marque from a nation that is hostile towards that nation. Now to restrict the formation of large power blocks we should limit the number of alliances to 1 per nation at any given time(unless we have a developer event that changes it for developer reasons) and peace restricted to 1 nations depending on Voting between nations and very limited extra 1 from a change of status from War/Hostile for a very limited time after hostilities ends and it will change to Neutral. This should lead to some interesting diplomacy talks and perhaps war/peace status to be more fluent then it is now. Ofc checks to stop the 2-3 biggest nation to ally and just stomp out the other nations 1 by 1 need to be implemented. Neutral is the stance towards most other nations, allowing trade access to neutral ports with a taxation unless you have smugglers flag enabled. Pirates should ofc be free to attack anyone they wish and if they obtain a letter of marque they should be able to aid the providing nation vs the nation(s) they have a letter from in OW operations but not in port battles, but be able to do organised raids vs the nation(s) they hold letters for with the aid from the providing nations (Limit the % of participation of non pirate players to stop potential abuse), also pirates with letters of marquee should be able to use certain ports from the nation provides the letters to stage attacks from and resupply. A Pirate with a letter of marquee should be marked as Blue vs players from the nation that provided the letter. Pirates should also be able to do raids vs any nation without any aid from Non pirate players. These are just a starting point to start a discussion on ways we can improve the game and the diplomatic system that is boring atm due to the 2 blocks... With regards Jason Niagara
  14. Trading advice.

    I heard some helpful instructions and pieces of info over the last weeks but am still trying to sew it together. Delivery orders between free towns. Buying cheap iron and coal and selling Iron Ingots VS buying Ingots and forging Fittings. What to do? Where? Any tips? Ideas?
  15. Chivalry of Sverige Hunters

    I sail a British Trader Brig on PvP1 but am not skilled at combat. I am an Ensign with a crew of 15. I like the PvP server, it is exciting. I’ve been active since Feb of last year. Tonight at 17:50 hr (rt Zulu-8) I was idling in front of Port Carlisle on the southern coast of Jamaica. As I often do I was enjoying the view and making ready for a short hop south. My ship was heavy with resources that I had intended to sell at Pedro Cay. I had invested most of my small earning in hope of a reasonable profit. It is risky having so much of my wealth in one trade run. But exciting. Suddenly I found myself in battle with 3 Sverige ships. They opened fire immediately and shouted across "We are not nice." I shouted back that I was unprepared and had everything I owned on board. I ordered my two small escorts to flee and set full canvas to flee myself. It seems futile to try and dock at the port. The Sverige closed with me and used their ships to block my movement, then promptly demasted my brig. My damaged ship I fully expected the worse and was certain that I would soon be destroyed. After all it is a game centered and focused on combat and violence. Who could fault them. The port defenses opened fire on the attackers. Regardless I think they could have easily captured my ship. They did not. As they sailed away one yelled “Beware of those Danes”. My compliments (and thanks) to Kommendor Cals Flemming Larsson, Konteramiral Yar Matey and Konteramiral Carl Baron who showed sportsmanlike deportment. Naval Action is a truly great environment and this example of good conduct enhances the experience.
  16. War Supply concept

    I generally don't feel its appropriate to give a 'how to' to DEVs as that is their job and responsibility and as a community member we should simply provide ideas and concepts, however an idea with the War Supply issue has me making an exception: Make War Supplies have only a negative effect on hostility numbers. i.e. A defensive measure for the port contest. Historical Basis: Conquest of ports often required a committed long term campaign to reduce defenses/logistical support for the area before swapping hands. Often third parties would seek to intervine in this process by providing war equipment/supplies to the area in an attempt to thwart capture/take over by the aggressor (this is true even in the 21st century) Game implementation option: War supplies are a great material/labor sink, as is encouraging PvP. I believe this does both by not removing the mechanic and encouraging aggressors to maintain offensive pressure around the port for a time prior to capture. How would this look?: Lets say the Pirate faction begins raising hostility around the port of Nassau, a GB port. An American trader in a nearby port may not like the idea of that flipping to Pirate, so via the smuggler function, begins to move War Supplies into Nassau via trade ship. IF the Pirates are indeed serious about taking the port they would need to be keeping an eye out for these trade ships moving contraband into the port, if they fail the hostility takes a reduction from successful delivery of War Supplies. Its is my belief that this would not only eliminate 'bombs' but continue to provide a way for commerce/trade based players to influence port battles, maintain a good material/gold/time sink, and also allow for increased PVP opportunities all at the same time. V/R VictusB
  17. As the devs are relutant to implement exploration role in game, i think a way to mitigate the lack of it and warm the economy plus helping new players to grind their ranks: 1) first of all, i believe that reseting the perks of captain only can be done in a port where the player had outposts; 2) to work (and to prevent players to exploit game mechanics) must be created an explorer perk at high points cost (6 or 5); 3) players that the perk is enable gain x2 XP for travel reward (this can be balanced acordly community feedback); 4) when the perk is enabled, at the shop window, hidden goods related to fauna and flora species, etc, pop up and the player can buy it (as that goods are rare, the costs must be high, but the profits too) to sell only at nation ports or capital regions; 5) these itens dont showed up in trade tool, so the player must go OW and seek them at ports; 6) to loot these special itens, the captain must be equiped with that perk, otherwise the goods (species, fauna, flora) remain with its previous owner. I think it is easy to implement this cuz it will use the same mechanics already set in game.
  18. Expanded Trade/Delivery Tool

    Dear Devs, i dont know if this suggestions have been admitted before, but let me give you an idea of mine idea/suggestion. Trade/Delivery Tool. Iam playing now since two weeks and last days i started to craft more! The Trade Tool helps alot to find materials i need, but it could have a Expansion to make things easier! Example: I need for my craft silver, i search a Production Harbour, using the trade tool, sailing there a long time, once i am there, i see the materials are sold out. This is a point where i am getting frustrated, sailing there for an hour or more to find out the materials are not available. So what's now, yes i can open a contract and wait for it to fill, and return then again to the outpost after a few days to collect the mats. The idea is here to Expand the Trade tool, which shows the player the stock available in each Outpost, this way i can make the sailing to there worth it, and i am getting the stuff directly! Don't get it wrong i like Sailing but going somewhere for nothing is just a waste of time, which the most of us don't have! Further more the trade tool could also have a delivery option, like we can now delivery from free Towns. Why not make the delivery possible to each OP in the Game. Choosing Materials in the Trade tool of choice with an extra function(button) to choose delivery. So i could buy directly from Trade tool and let the goods deliver to a OP of choice( An OP which are settled by the player ofc.) This saves alot of Sailing/Searching etc. so the player can focus more on crafting/combat etc. and just sail the short routes etc. EDIT After playing some more and some longer distance sailing i would like to share my ideas some deeper into this trade/delivery system. To keep it simple to read and understand my poor english i will use the term "let me" > Let me hire AI NPC Traders from my Headquarters or any owned outpost. > Let me send my AI Trader to any choosen OP(outpost) to buy materials i need(especially usefull on long distances). This AI Trader should be attackable by players(fits pefectly into PvP and PvE since on both servers are real players hunters etc. Once my AI Trader is attacked and defeated i lost, first my money becuase i hired him, second if he is attacked once he bought the materials i lost the goods too. A Great Extra Feature would be after he is defeated a wrack occurs with some left goods for a certain time, every player can find and loot it. Once the timer is depleted and noone found the wrack, it will disappear from the map/open world. This timer should prevent from overloads of wracks in open world! > Let me be able to choose a route with Waypoints, which the AI Trader has to sail. Lets say i have send my Trader to an OP or he is on his way from an OP back to my delivery Harbour, but last 3 attempts i lost many gold and goods cause players always caught him. With this method there will be some tactical route planning gameplay involved, i would be able to plan another route, which is hopefully safier then the first route. Like i mentioned and others did below in the comments i also would like to suggest this. > Let me build my own Trade Ships(well i can already but i could assign them to a hired trader! Think about hiring like we have now the Officier. Once ship is attacked and defeated, one durability is lost, after 5 times i need to craft a new one! After all, this should also prevent those really long Sailing distance like we have now, it's really a pain to sail about 2 hours just to get some of the mats i need and the possibilty to arrive and everything is sold out, like mentioned above! Well thats it for my little suggestion. I hope you can understand my bad english:) Ahoi, Der Fliegende Hollaender!
  19. Suggestion: Player AI Traders

    Hey! At present, we have random AI traders and fleets sailing around, with no real purpose other than floating targets. I'd like to suggest that rather than having random fleets and traders, or perhaps in tandem with those, the fleets sailing around are actually carrying items for the nation- If a player collects from his/her resource buildings in a given location, but is unable/unwilling to sail that cargo to it's destination themselves, they could hire AI traders to make the sail for them; like deliveries to/from free ports currently; in the open world, able to be attacked by players of another nation. This would mean that attacking enemy traders on the open water would serve a real, tangible purpose, as it would be likely that those traders are carrying materials essential to the economy of your enemy. Perhaps if a player pays more for the contracted ship (or based on the value of the cargo?), the number of escort ships increases, meaning that taking a more valuable prize would take more coordination between the individuals making the attack. Thoughts?
  20. Tobacca Pricing as of July 9th 1716: Mid-price $595 (v $638) Bid $580 Ask $610 Now hear this. Now hear this. Tobbies Tobacco Imperium has opened its first trade route stretching from Saint-Malo to Barataria. On behalf of Tobbies, Skully has been appointed barter in Saint-Malo town. Tobbies will put the mid-price of Tobacco in Saint-Malo at $638 and hereby grants Skully to handle any orders within a spread of $10. Note that the authorities of Saint-Malo have an imposed tax of 5% when transacted on the town market. Therefore any town market contract will appear with an ask price of $653 or bid price of $622. For any bartering orders, please leave a message to Skully. Any plantation owner supplying Tobbies can expect to earn $100/p on average. Any captain transporting the Tobacco can expect to earn $200/lbs on average. Tobbies will also expand in other territories, do not be hesitant to apply.
  21. More Contracts

    Very simple suggestion: I think we should be allowed more contracts above the current limit of 5. I think the player economy would be more vibrant if we don't stifle the commerce between players by having a cap on trading contracts. I also think the game needs more gold sinks so... I think each contract should have a progressively higher "contract fee". Players can have lots of contracts but, eventually, they will become too expensive to maintain as the cost for contracts goes up. Inflation is very important to address. I know this game is alpha but this is the best time to handle economic changes and get inflation under control. Inflation is a major factor in new player retention.
  22. Help Crafting Bellona

    Hello everyone, So looking into getting my hands on a Bellona. Unfortunately im am a long way off being able to craft one my self, level 29 crafting. So would like to make a proposition to any and all DUTCH Shipwright's capable of crafting her. My proposition is simple, in exchange for crafting one for me I would produce all the required materials and the gold coins for the crafting notes. I only have a level 2 shipyard so am unable to craft the HG notes. Looking at NA Craft I can see a Ballona takes 1465 Labour Hours to craft + 310 for each HG note, that I am unable to make, giving a total Labour Cost of 2705. So I am offering 3000 labour hours and all crafting material and gold coins in exchange. I am going to be available over the coming few weeks as I have a bit more time, So we can arrange times for when you need my services for labour hours ect. If anyone would be willing to help I would be very grateful and would appreciate a comment below or PM so that we can sort the details. Kind regards, Samuel van Heerden
  23. Immersive gameplay

    please note i started writing this around 3 in the morning i apologize for any grammar mistake and i rarely go on the forums and if there were any ideas that someone else wrote i apologize in advance. I bought this game on day one of steam release and i have really enjoy the game . I have few suggestion for this game. Hopefully this is a balance approach to many thing . Garrison of ships and troops: the garrison of ships,ammo, soldiers/sailors/marines and guns at ports that Lord Protector can buy. This give merchant captains ( a mission for Merchant captains to do ) to send resources to a given port.With building added to the game and having to pay gold to take out material, that gold than would be use to buy (garrison) / pay merchant captain ( the gold would not go to the lord protecor but to the ports bank if want to call it that ) who help deliver ( or have an AI convey set) The Lord Protector can use his/her money to buy garrison force if he/her chose to. With the garrison it is to help defend with port attacks/ raids if you build to many ships (25 is the cap) and there is a port battle the defenders will only have AI ships but if you build less than 25 (depending on the number of defenders) than you can call reinforcement or have it part of the defending fleet. Also one last point to recruit soldiers/sailors/marines it can only be done at capital/ regional capital which reinforces the idea that nation needs a merchant fleet to send supplies and man power to hold territory. Also to add at the start of the game (day one on steam) nations already had control on some port ( spain had alot) there should be default garrison of ships and troops enough to challenge players. Raids on port: can be called any time to help reduce the influence of another nation and gives you access to that port for one hour. If there is a garrison of ships and troops you must destroy most of the defenders to gain access Influence meter: In short it is what a port thinks of other nations.To lower the meter a nation must conduct raiding operation.Also to take the port the influence meter must be low to start a port battle for pirates it has to be close to zero.Pirates have the daunting task of getting the influence meter very low, reason being pirates never could keep many territories and keep order but at the same time this is a game and nerfing the pirates to a point that makes it un-playable is not fair the mind set of the influence meter is to prevent one nation from steam rolling another nation. You could say an end goal or a reason to have ports is for a nation to have is the most influence in the Caribbean each port world have influence points that could add up not sure how many would be needed to be called winner or how long it would last but it gives purpose to taking ports. Port battle timers : should have a set time/day and can only be attack once per week if a nation attacks a port ,that nation also must defend it (counter attack from the nation that just lost it ) before the new owner can change the timer/ day in there favor (they should have 24 hour to defend with the original timer/ day) . Port battle : I believe forts are in the works but the main point i have with this is marine landing. On top of destroying tower/forts and the defending fleet the attacker must have troop ship to land marines into the fort (if still alive) and town. granted someone may say if you destroy the defending fleet and tower/fort what is the point and having a troop ship my point is you have to destroy the garrison in the town if there is one. Also the color or the marines upgrade that is in the game now would give the quality of training for marines and price for recruitment Sailing races in naval action "Regattas" :in short you start at one point and race to another with the fastest time you can race with other player or try to beat a certain time that someone else has. you cant have any guns on your ships and cannot be attack. this is something to have fun and test build of your ships/ skills. Also just like having a conquest flag/ calling a port battle you can host a regatta and anyone who attends it will have a race flag above there ship anyone from any nation can join. Food and Water: With this point you can safely assume its it meant for sailing long voyages which it is but also for your port as well. to produce food building can only be built at certain ports two big ones are regional capitals and your nation capital and then some in between . (to note food building at regional and nation capital can have all the assorted food types while the other port can only have what that port produces). to note this is towards feeding garrisons in ports Pardons should only be granted by lord protectors and any nation can give them except pirates . The ideas are ways that i think would make this game have that immersive feel to it .its not to give one nation advantage but to challenge every player. . It also give reason to take ports. At the moment ports have no meaning or reason to take, its mostly bragging rights. Also some player strictly focus on crafting and trading which adding the ability to supply ports gives incentives to players who only want to focus on trading aspects of the game.
  24. Hello, a couple of questions we as a clan were wondering about. First about contraband ships, in what way do they corrupt a nations economy, and if not will the do this in the future ? Contrabands stands for illegal goods, if now you capture a contraband i contains a variable amount of goods with are not illegal, will this change in the future, and if not how do you see these goods as contrabands goods ? Than a question about goods in a harbor, when entering a harbor and you go to the store to buy ore sell resources, you can also see what a port produces and consumes at a daily basis, but not all goods that it consumes or produces can't be bought ore sold there, why is this? Sorry if these questions where already asked end answered to, if so a link would be nice, thanks in advance
  25. First I would like to add that this only works once diplomacy is added to the game, as it would probably make a lot of use out of the planned diplomacy once added to the game. So don't take this as something I personally think needs to be added RIGHT NOW kind of deal. Now I will explain the title in short here for those who are TL;DR type people. Though if you are on the forums and are like that while playing a game like this where travel can take hours and you have little to do, then why the heck are you playing this game or on the forums!! Haha! I have only been playing this game for 81 hours over a week from when I start writing this, so yeah I have less power over what should and shouldn't be in this game, but as a lover of this type of game and by that I don't mean ships on the sea in first/3rd person battling, but as a lover of tactics and trade using a faction based system. But I think I have ways of making certain aspects of this game great or maybe even perfect for all types of players. And I will list some of these and go in depth in this thread about some of them, so read on if you want but if you hate walls of text which I tend to make most the time, then skip down to the TL;DR part of each section or just read the conclusion of each! --------- Illegal Trade. Short info: We have all seen the AI ships who sail around with the big red letters in their info saying “Contraband”, we have all at a time probably salivated at the sight of these fellow faction AI who hold goodies. But I want to expand or have the DEVs expand on this concept. How? Adding a blackmarket system and need and demand to the game will help with this. This will work on a AI based soft system of diplomacy which isn't controlled by the player. How this will work is the mayor or leader/populace of the said port will have random spats or taboos on certain IRL days or even weeks which will change or jump at a certain reset day so you don't or can't just farm or prey on one location all the time and camp it. By it I mean a system of contraband items for certain ports. This will work on the reset and soft diplomacy system so that those ports will have a black market for certain goods which are already in the game or not in the game yet so the Devs can by them self expand on the idea. Things like alcohol/wine/spirits, Slaves or even weapons can be these contraband goods. So a port will put a restriction on certain things, like booze because the leader of said port just doesn't want drunk rowdiness to happen or drink related crimes. So they slap the port with this restriction, then a tab will appear for said port and the price of say, rum, will ten fold making a use for it in the world which just isn't there at the moment. Slaves can also be a part of this, having a player based vote system on how and if they want the use of slaves in their factions ports. Weapons are another fun one to work with, this will be more a part of another suggestion I have and will explain more later. What does this add? Well this adds one thing, more reason for PvP and more reason and possible gains for players who want to make money in alternate ways. It will increase PvP because in certain areas around or near the said port will become no go zones for those items you hold in your cargo. So when you enter with these items in the circles around the ports (SHOWN HERE: http://imgur.com/tStIB0A) which have said item under restriction you will be highlighted or seen as someone holding contraband and can be attacked by your own faction and allies which have diplomatically aligned with you. I know this is why the contraband system was added for in the first place and I totally did take this idea from the DEVS them self as I can see they plan to line this contraband system up in a later patch or update. I just want them to know it is a very good idea. Conclusion: Contraband system for ports and players so they can be targeted by allies and have some kind of risk in safer areas and possible more gold earned for that risk in trade. This will help piracy and trade adding more PVP and PVE content to the game and being more realistic/fun. ----------- REBELLION AND UPRISING Short info: A system which works along side the diplomacy. When nations all band together, port citizens and people who live in the towns around the ports may be upset or will become upset about some of these alliances, so what do they do? They rebel against these decision and fight or take over the port. Also if something is contraband and isn't supplied by black market from players they will try overthrow or take over the port. How does this work? Basically the diplomatic system the Devs add will most probably cause some nations to just band together and never break away from each other ever. In the start of these merging of cultures and alliances will cause a lot of citizens to act out and cause problems for their towns as visitors come and enjoy their port, food and their daughters . So what do you think they would do in this situation? Well they act out and try a show of force to challenge the powers in place to get things changed. How it works with the illegal trade is these ports who have high risk of rebellion and incited rage will ask for weapons and explosives. And you, can chose to sell it them and supply them with the means. Or you can help quash the rebellion/uprising by stopping players selling to these ports. Once and if the port/citizens are successful the port will become a neutral type or hostile port where no one is able to sell to the port or the buildings are razed in the port so production for a week or so in real time is no longer producing at the rate they were prior. Also killing other players or boats around these ports will also add a fear based reaction. The more pirates attack or plunder a port(if and when added as a means to not just take over a port), the fear of the citizens will increase. It will also work the other way around, the more missions done for the ports and kills of pirates around these ports will decrease the fear. Also adding a system where the pirates can pay and support rebellion/uprising to make it later easier for pirates to take over the port for them self. This adds more tactics for the pirates to expand their reach over the other factions and makes them a bigger threat in the game other than someone who will kill you on sight. Now you will have to watch out for the port screwing you over due to a crafty pirate who helps them out. Conclusion: This will add more for pirates to do as well as non-pirate factions to watch out for, causing some ideal trade locals to lock down and for more profit and expansion in the long run. Also countering allying with to many factions and causing a power Vacuum. The more players a faction has considered also by allied factions will cause more ports/towns to rebel against it and want their own ways only and giving a closer to home problem to deal with in game other than staying close to front line ports for your PvP action or fun. This will also help PvE players have something else to do later in the game as you can add anti-rebellion based actions similar to the mini-game you have for boarding a ship. Making it so you can add troop ships to the game where you hire buccaneers or military from said faction to 'board' the ports and clear/stop the crazed citizens. Overall I think this would add a hell of a lot to the gameplay and would be very exciting for people who like management based gameplay. ---------------- PIRACY Short info: Piracy needs more things to make it more viable in game. How I plan on changing this in a suggestion is to add certain quality of life things. Also a possible system which helps players do mean things to other players and still not be considered instantly a pirate for those actions until properly caught or they 100% agree to switch sides. How will this work? Simple. We add more aspects of piracy that existed in the first place. I will do this in order instead of in a huge mash of words together. First. Hideouts, I will list things this can do below. 1. Add a cave/hideout system to the game. Basically you make ports of your own but without all the flashy side of real ports. You as a pirate in a clan(must be a clan, or you are just really really rich or in a group), will put your money and resource together and if in a good location you can place a small hideout which you can dock/hide your ship in. 2. These hideouts will hide you so you can make a base of operation close to a faction or deep in the factions territory, think of routes where traders take in their goods, you can have the hideout close by and use it to launch attacks from the inside and make some good cash and cause a ruckus. 3. Hideouts will be hidden to all factions but Pirate. And all will be shown on the map if invited to see them by other pirate clans and you can pay for using them to hide in. You can pay that said clan to be able to hold loot in said camp. 4.You will only be able to hold one ship in this hideout with a max amount for players, so if you have a clan of 20, and the hideout can only hold 10 players worth of ships in it, then you can't place your ship or keep a ship in there until someone takes away one of their ships. So another hideout will be needed to be made as more ships would make the hideout bigger and visible to other nations. Or a system where you can have unlimited ships here but a limit to how much until it becomes visible to all on the map. As more ships and people the more known around it will become to info brokers. 5. AI will be able to make them randomly throughout the week, only player made hideouts that have been upgraded properly will be able to hold loot in them. Also you won't be able to keep your boats here as they will randomly move every week. 6. Information/interrogation. A mini-game system added or just a flat out way of getting information from a pirate player. Once and if you capture a player pirates ship you not only take the ship, you take the pirate and interrogate them for information on the location of their hideout if they have one. This gives factions a reason to takeover the pirate ships no matter what they are sailing to get information on what they are up to in the region. Second is info brokers. Info brokers. This is needed in game. Someone you can go to in port and pay them a certain amount of money to tell you where pirates have been sighted, or where a AI based Hideout is so you can attack said hideout and get their loot and just out right root out the pirates from the area. This will show a general area of where pirates are, in a circle bases highlighted area so you can have a possible warning system as to where not to go. Of course this circle will not move at all so you constantly know where the player pirates are. But it will help some traders out possibly or scare the hell out of them. This is also a good money sink for the game! Info brokers can have multiple functions and things you can pay them to do. Such as giving you info on what is selling/a price list on items in all ports in a certain area. Telling you where pirates are that are player pirates not AI. Telling you what ports plan on rebelling or what their fear level is. Telling you where a pirate hideout is that is AI based and more. There are many things this broker can do for you the possibilities are huge. Third is Bounties, faction relation/fame and infamy. As a pirate you want to be known. Infamy can make a player feel proud that his making an impact on the game as a whole. A list can be added in major ports which can be taken down by players as names to remember. The players deeds can be added on this board as info and money can be put on their head by AI and players. So if you even attack a enemy ship which is AI this will impact and put your name on the board as wanted by that nation. To receive this bounty you must capture the said pirate and in a quick yet functional way they will be jailed in some way and you will be paid for it. A dead or alive system for this could work too. Alive you get more but dead you just get a set amount. This system wont hinder the captured player. Once Captured you will just instantly spawn at a port of your faction but the bounty will be taken and your infamy will reset or lower considerably. You will also gain fame. More ports you capture for your faction, or actions you do for the populace of the Caribbean will increase your popularity meaning you can be a lawful player who gets things done for the good of the sea you travel. This would just be more a Epeen stroke and not really gain you anything other than the bounties you collect but overall this adds a reward type system to players who want to play a certain way. Fourth. Ship capturing. The idea to remove AI ship capturing was smart in my eyes. Sure with the state of crafting at the moment it was kind of the worst time to make that update and remove this cheap source of fodder in game. But it was needed for crafters to actually profit and make more types of ships. But as I said, it was flawed due to the poor crafting system in place (not saying I hate crafting I just think it is too slow for the pace of PvP. And the sake of PvP). I think Pirates should be able to capture AI ships. It makes sense for them to do this so why not. Players doing it who aren't pirate it just makes it to easy but it is a must for pirates as it is a dog eat dog world for them and they can be ripped off easy by their own. Maybe like someone else had suggested, you make it so only Overworld roaming AI ships can be captured, or make them a little weaker then the fully crafted versions. But still let them be captured. They are pirates for christ sake not people who are meant to do good. The change at the moment only makes sense for non-pirate factions as taking a ship for your self is against the laws of some nations at the time. Fifth. Bribes/Ransom. This is pretty self explanatory. Players can pay pirates to not be engaged in battle. This happens before the battle starts in the prep phase. A player can offer a amount, and the pirate can counter offer or set the bribe/ransom price. This will let pirates have a possible gain on cash and get away before enemy ships enter the fray on the traders side or let the Trader get away with all his/her resources. Overall this would add a gamble situation to pirate ganks or even nation ganks, making things more interesting. Another thing to add to this system is a cooldown. Once a bribe/ransom is done, the pirate player becomes invisible for 300 seconds or more, giving time for them to leave. And for 24 hours of real time that pirate can't attack the same person that gave them the bribe, nor can the person who gave up his/her money, attack the pirate in question. Conclusion: Well all these things make sense if you read it. But it opens up pirate play or reasons to be pirates on the PvE and PvP side of play and increases both play styles for normal nations and pirates all at once. Why would we not want that? ----------- I hope you guys enjoy this idea or ideas and add your own thoughts in the comments! Thanks for your time.
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