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This Game Events page will list major announcements in the world of Pirates of the Caribbean Online during the year of 2009. But, for the latest information - also check Pirates Online or Pirates Forums!


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December 29th - Calling All Testers!

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Now you can play Pirates Online using your web browser! We've created a new site athttp://apps.test.pirates.go.com/pirates/ and need your help testing it out. You can play Pirates in your web browser using Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. Even though you already have Pirates installed on your computer, you will need to install this new version of Pirates to try it. This may take a few minutes, so please be patient! Please provide us with feedback, bugs or issues you experience during this process here. It's quick and easy to do, just follow the steps below. Thanks for playing!

GiBNewsImage 1. Click the PLAY button 2. Login and download 3. Click play to launch the game


1. Click the PLAY button in the upper left hand corner of the PiratesOnline Test website. 2. Log in using your Test account information. This is the same information as your Live account. 3. Follow the onscreen instructions. 4. The game will start downloading automatically. 5. Click the Play button when prompted to launch the game in your web browser.Want access to the Test Server? We will be sending out more Test Server Invitations to players in good standing soon, sign up for access here.


We have answered some Frequently Asked Questions here. Got a question we didn't answer here about this new feature? Post your question as a reply to this news article and we'll do our best to answer it.



December 29th - New Years Eve Celebration

Celebrate the coming New Year with Pirates from all over the Caribbean! Gather together with your Guild, Crew and friends to ring in the New Year with noisemakers and a fireworks show that lights up the night sky! Join us on the shores of the main islands of Port Royal, Tortuga and Padres Del Fuego and help bring in the New Year!



To use the noisemaker emote during this celebration, type /noisemaker into Chat.

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From the entire Pirates Online Crew, we wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year!



What: New Years Celebration



When: Thursday, December 31, 2009 through Saturday, January 2, 2010, during nighttime in the game.



Where: Fireworks can be seen from any of the main islands of Port Royal, Tortuga or Padres Del Fuego. They can also be seen at sea, as long as you're close to the shores of the main islands mentioned above.

December 24th - John and Constance Reunite!

Innocent John and Constance Sorrow Reunite...


John Moses was an innocent farmer, accused and hung for a crime he did not commit. Constance was his young bride who died from a broken heart. For all you Pirates who help stop Jolly's invading army, we salute you. And so do John and Constance! Since you helped weaken and distract the undead, John managed to slip out of Jolly's boney grasps and is now searching for his young bride.

John and Constance will reunite one last time to thank Pirates for their help before the ghosts find their eternal resting place together. Join us this weekend to personally witness this ghostly reunion.
What: Ghosts Constance Sorrow & John Moses Reunite

When:
Saturday, December 26 (12PM - 1PM & 4:30PM - 6PM)
Sunday, December 27 (12PM - 1PM & 4:30PM - 6PM)
Monday, December 28 (1:30PM - 3PM)
Tuesday, December 29 (1:30PM - 3PM)
Wednesday, December 30 (1:30PM - 3PM)

All times Pacific (Los Angeles Time Zone). For detailed times please see below.

Where: Near Constance & John's former home in Tortuga Swamp (near the beach entrance to the swamp).

The Details: This is a role playing event. Please be respectful to your fellow Pirates that are there to enjoy the show, do not use weapons or take part in disruptive behavior during this event.

Saturday, December 26 Time Locations
12:00-12:20 PM Antik Antiros
12:20-12:40 PM Barano Barten
12:40-1:00 PM Battassa Battermo
4:30-4:50 PM Chetik Cortevos
5:00-5:20 PM Cortilles Cortola
5:20-5:40 PM Exuma Fraggue
5:40-6:00 PM Fragilles Galaros

Sunday, December 27 Time Locations
12:00-12:20 PM Antik Antiano Antios
12:20-12:40 PM Barten Barumal Battaire
12:40-1:00 PM Battassa Battermo Bimos
4:30-4:50 PM Caicos Camaago Camaros
5:00-5:20 PM Chetermo Chetik Cortos
5:20-5:40 PM Cruzaire Cruzman Exuma
5:40-6:00 PM Fraguilla Galaana Hassaba

Monday, December 28 Time Locations
1:30-1:50 PM Antiros Bimos Caicos
2:00-2:20 PM Chetik Cruzman Cruzola
2:20-2:40 PM Cortilles Deseros Exubia
2:40-3:00 PM Exuma Esquada Guyago

Tuesday, December 29 & Wednesday, December 30 Time Locations
1:30-1:50 PM Antik Antiros Barano Barten Battassa
2:00-2:20 PM Battermo Chetik Cortevos Cortilles Cortola
2:20-2:40 PM Exuma Fraggue Fragilles Galaros Galaana 2:40-3:00 PM Hassaba Monos Mosona Navago Nicada

December 22nd - Scariest Screenshot Contest Winners

There were lots of ghoulish delights and scary surprises in the Caribbean during this past October's Haunted Holidays, everything from the Curse of the Muertos Moon to Jolly Roger's invasions. We asked you to take a screenshot of your scariest encounter and send it to us in the Scariest Screenshot Contest for a chance at a rare Pirates Online collectable. We've reviewed all the entries and here are the 5 Grand Prize Winners with the creepiest, spookiest, scariest screenshot:



SSS1 (1)

Jacob Dark Dragon

SSS1 (2)

Jeanne Stormcutter


SSS3

Jinsai


SSS4 (1)

John Stormmennace


SSS

Kraken Guard



Thanks to everyone that entered the contest and congratulations to the winners!



The 5 Grand Prize Winners will receive a Pirates Online Tribal Skull suitable for display with your name and accomplishment! If you are a winner, please make sure your account address information is correct so we can send you your prize!

December 18 - Calling All Testers

Attention all Testers! Players in the game have already been enjoying the invasions on Port Royal and Tortuga, now we're bringing invasions to Padres del Fuego! If you have access to the Test Server, log in now to experience this great new addition to Pirates Online.



Jolly Roger is angered by Pirates that repeatedly repel his forces on Port Royal and Tortuga so Jolly turned his attentions to the town of Padres del Fuego!
Protect the town defenses! If the walls fall, Jolly will stand tall!

Testers, thanks for your help in testing this new feature, we plan to make this feature available to everyone soon. Please note, you may experience bugs and other issues while playing on Test, please help us by reporting any bugs or problems you encounter when playing on Test. We will work to fix these issues as soon as possible. Thank you for playing! Experiencing Game Slowdown? Close ALL programs beside Pirates Online, this includes any IM application or a web browser. Try a 'Quiet' or 'Ideal' server. Try lowering your graphics settings. Want access to the Test Server? We will be sending out more Test Server Invitations to players in good standing soon, sign up for access here.



December 17th - Happy Holidays From Pirates Online

The Pirates Online Crew wishes you the happiest of holidays - and to help lift your spirits, the entire Caribbean has been decked out with jolly decorations like wreathes, holly, stockings (hung with care, of course!) and new this year - Sandmen - the islanders version of a snowman.


Make some noise to celebrate the holidays with the Noisemaker emote -to use it type /noisemaker into Chat.


We've also added a seasonal emote to the game to help you celebrate through the holidays... just type /noisemaker into Chat - from December 17 and through the New Year you'll be ready to make merry! Enjoy the cooler temperatures, make some noise or grab a photo by some of the decoration spots - enjoy the festivities! Most of all, we wish you the very best Holiday Season ever!

December 15th - Double Experience Weekend

Jolly Roger is turning up the heat with invasions, making all the Pirates of the Caribbean work that much harder to survive. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to gain more experience and level up your weapons in preparation for the battles ahead!

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What Pirate couldn't use a little extra Notoriety?


During this weekend (December 19 and 20) when you sharpen your skills by defeating an enemy, sinking a ship or completing a Quest you'll earn DOUBLE the normal experience points for doing it! Don't miss out - we pity the poor Pirate without experience when he meets Jolly Roger!
Join us this weekend!


What: Double Experience Weekend

When:

Saturday, December 19 (12PM - 3PM) All Pirates, Basic and Unlimited Access

Sunday, December 20 (12PM - 3PM) Unlimited Access Members only

December 10th - Updates are LIVE!! Jolly Roger Invades Tortuga!!

Release Notes - December 10, 2009


New Game Features and Improvements:

  • Ships and Sailing have undergone several improvements.
  • You may see a boost in performance while at sea and slight changes to ship design and sail animations, depending on your graphics settings.
  • Jolly Roger is now invading Tortuga
  • A new lighting and fog system gives more atmosphere to the environments based on the time of day.
  • Pirates are no longer physically blocked by other Pirates. This means you can walk through another Pirate rather than having to walk around them. This makes it easier to walk through tight, crowded spaces.


Fixes and Additional Improvements:

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Crew Display to disappear at random times.
  • Pirates now get a small Reputation Bonus for reviving a fellow Pirate.
  • The Viper's Nest Dagger Skill breaks multiple attunements.
  • Your ship will no longer take damage from enemies sailing beyond visual range.
  • Less valuable cargo will be dumped to make room for more valuable chests earned from sinking ships.
  • Ship sails and masts now take significant damage from Chain Shot
  • Ship armor is now more effective across all ships
  • Boosted the defensive capabilities of enemy ships by 25%
  • The screen no longer flashes red when you get hit by friendly fire.
  • Fixed several graphic issues with a few cut scenes.
  • Shortened Captain Barbossa's cut scene.


Known Issues - December 10, 2009


  • Privateering Ships may not have their sails and nametags colored correctly.
  • Galleon and Frigate sails do not raise when playing on Low Graphic Settings.
  • There may be some missing cannonball sound effects during combat.

December 3rd - Experience the Adventure in 3D!

In case you haven't heard, Pirates Online can now be played in 3D! It's fun and easy to set up, for instructions on how to use 3D, or to get a free pair of Pirates 3D glasses, click here. Enjoy a whole new level of pillaging and pirating fun in 3D - try it today!

Have you played Pirates Online is 3D? Tell us what you think of your experience!

December 1st - Cave Raids with Pirates Online GMs

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Rumors are flying around the islands that Jolly Roger is rebuilding his army for his next invasions. Join the Pirates Online GMs as they investigate this rumor and attack the skeletons before they attack YOU!  See mates, Jolly and his undead minions have not gone away - they are just regrouping for another full-on assault.  But where will they attack next?


Don't sit back and wait for it!  Take the fight to Jolly by joining the Pirates Online GMs as they raid the caves of Tortuga, looking for all the undead boneheads they can find and sending them to Davy Jones' Locker!  Defeating Jolly's ranks is the best way to keep his army from growing too large and powerful. Join in and fight on!


When: Friday, December 4, from 12PM - 1PM and 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Saturday, December 5, from 12PM - 1PM and 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Sunday, December 6, from 12PM - 1PM and 4:30PM - 5:30PM
(All times Pacific/Los Angeles)


Tortuga Cave Raids with Pirates Online GMs
Meet the Pirates Online GMs at the entrance to Thieves Den on Tortuga. This is a role playing event hosted by Pirates Online GMs. Please do not use weapons during this event unless asked to do so by a Pirates Online GM. You should never participate in disruptive behavior or harass players (Pirates Online GMs included) during events or otherwise.

November 24th - Brethren Feast

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Join your Pirate Brethren - which includes all female pirates as well - on the beach of Tortuga for a grand celebration! Why? Because Jolly Roger's Undead Army invasions have been pushed back for now - so let's have a Victory Feast while we can!


Hosted by Pirates Online GMs (Game Masters) there will be music, dancing, a bonfire and of course, roast Pork! This special Tonic will help restore your health after hard fought battles - and it's available to all players, Basic and Unlimited Access members. 
 
Join your friends and fellow guild mates as we celebrate and plan a strategy to defeat the Undead Army when they return!  Rumor has it that Jolly Roger is not gone, just regrouping, so now's the time for Pirates to regroup and strategize. But for now, let's celebrate the defense of Port Royal!
 
What:  The Brethren Victory Feast
Where:  Tortuga Beach, all Oceans (servers)
When:  Wednesday, Nov. 25, 12:00PM - 1:00PM & 2:00 - 3:00PM
 Thursday, Nov. 26, 2:30PM - 4:00PM
 Friday, Nov. 27, 2:30PM - 4:00PM
 Saturday, Nov. 28 12:00PM - 1:00PM & 2:00 - 3:00PM 
 Sunday, Nov. 29 12:00PM - 1:00PM & 2:00 - 3:00PM
  (All times Pacific/Los Angeles)
 Please note, GMs will be visiting ALL servers to light the bonfires and get the festivities going. This is a role playing event. Please keep your weapons stowed unless asked to use them by a GM. We look forward to seeing you at the feast!

November 20th - Calling all Testers

Pirates Online keeps getting better! And we need your help to test the latest update just released to the Test Server! If you have access to the Test Server log in now! If you don't have access, be patient - we'll be sending out more Test Server Invitations to players in good standing very soon. You can go here to sign-up. Plus, these great NEW FEATURES and other improvements are coming to the Live game very soon:


  • Ships and Sailing have undergone significant improvements. You may see a boost in performance while at sea and slight changes to ship design and sail animations, depending on your graphics settings.
  • Jolly Roger is now invading Tortuga. Pirates must keep Jolly Roger's undead skeleton army from invading Tortuga! We're running this event randomly several times a day but this is just for testing purposes. When the Invasions start in the Live game, Jolly Roger won't invade daily.
  • A new lighting and fog system gives more atmosphere to the environments based on the time of day.

November 19th - Winner of the Slay a Skeleton Contest Announced!

Neither rain nor fog nor gloom of night could keep these fearless pirates from carrying out their duty to... slay as many of those undead boneheads as possible! Congratulations to the top skelly-slayer, Marc Truefury, we now pronounce you Skeleton Slayer of the Caribbean!

We tip our tri-cornered hats to you!

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Marc Truefury: Winner of the Slay a Skeleton Competition

Now Jolly's armies are weakened, maybe we'll have a fighting chance of defeating them in the next wave of invasions! Fight on brave Pirates... here's the rest of those who excelled at skeleton slaying!

'Name' 'Kills'
1. Marc Truefury 34734
2. Johnny Sailfury 33819
3. Rosetta Rose 33628
'+ 1' 4. Eric Mcskull 32839
'+ 13' 5. Johnny Mak 30403
'- 2' 6. Slick McOil 30314
7. Mikhail Skulls 27685
'- 1' 8. Rosa 27530
'- 1' 9. Kat Darkskull 25951
'+ 1' 10. Lavender 24101
'- 2' 11. John Swordsteel 23741
'+ 3' 12. Lawrence Lockshot 19631
'- 1' 13. Pretty Polly 19220
'- 4' 14. Liz Pillagefury 19161
'+ 2' 15. Esmerelda Bluemenace 16664
'- 2' 16. Rannulf Fritzwilliam 16611
'- 1' 17. Will Wildstealer 15449
'- 5' 18. Master Peace 15265
'+ 2' 19. Ben Whalebutler 14433
'+ 7' 20. Basil Bilgedavis 13354
'+ 3' 21. Yeepmaster 12485
'+ 1' 22. Dar Truesilver 11953
'- 1' 23. Zeus Thunderbolt 11493
'- 7' 24. Charlotte Firemenace 11393
'- 5' 25. Twisted Tyrant 11110
26. John Lockbreaker 11049
'+ 1' 27. Bart Cannonshot 10931
'NEW!' 28. Dee Yoco 9777
'NEW!' 29. Bart Chainshot 9642
'- 1' 30. Matthew Cannoncrash 9095





November 17th - Now You Can Play Pirates of the Caribbean... in 3D!

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If you've ever wanted more realistic Pirate action, here's your chance - introducing the Pirates of the Caribbean Online 3D option!  It's easy to use and you can go back to 2D anytime you want.  And to get you started, we'll even give you a free pair of 3D glasses. you may use any kind of 3-D glasses as long as the Blue is on the RIGHT and red is on the LEFT.

November 12th - Slay a Skeleton Competition

Do you have a yearning to defeat lots and lots of those undead boneheads? If so, now's the time. Why? Thinning out Jolly's ranks is one way to slow the invasions and weaken his hold in the Caribbean. So why not make a sport of it?

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Help even the odds during the next invasion - defeat as many skeletons as you can!

Much like our popular Strongest Guild Competition, every Pirate must try to defeat as many undead skeletons as they can! It's fun but also, you'll be doing all the Pirates of the Caribbean a service by evening the odds in the next invasion. If you experienced the invasions - you know - there's just too many of them storming the beaches! So start planning today - and may the best Pirate win!
What: Slay a Skeleton Competition When: Nov. 12 - Nov.17
The Details: We'll rank the top 30 Pirates. At the end of the competition we will recognize the Pirate who has defeated the most skeletons and he (or she) will have the honor of calling themselves the Skeleton Slayer of the Caribbean!

The winner of the competition and final standings will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 19.

November 10th - Calling All Guilds - to Beat Back the Invasion!

Invasions haven't been going as well as we had hoped. What's needed are more strong guilds to help lead the charges - the same guilds whose ranks are filled with hearty, fighting pirates! Now those are pirates to be reckoned with!

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Captain Walter encourages you to prepare your guild for battle!

Calling McRaging, The Guardians, The Emerald Sea Gang, Black Bart's Krewe, Hawk's Talons, Fortitude Piratus, Brave Gladiators, Crew Quarters, Phoenix Rizing, Shining Fellowship, Loyal to the End, The Seasfurys, The Savvy, Sinker's Revenge, Ocean Gods, Retribution Iz Near, and Tha Warriors and all the guilds who competed in the Strongest Guild Competition a few months back!

Spread the word, mates! All Guilds are necessary to defeat the menace of Jolly's Undead Army! Get them into the battle before the invasions happen again because, they may have subsided, but the attacks are not over. Now is a good time to sharpen your skills and plot a sound strategy. And the best strategy always includes strong Pirate guilds leading the way. If ALL the guilds don't join in the battle, we may ALL be serving in Jolly's Ranks.

November 5th - Scariest Screenshot Contest - Enter Now

There's still time to enter the Pirates Online Scariest Screenshot Contest! (Many hearty thanks to all pirates who've sent their screenshots in.) If you want to enter the contest do it now, the deadline is November 15th 2009.

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Win this creepy skull when you scare us with screenshots of your adventures!

Have you come face to face with Jolly during an invasion? Found your Pirate in a major battle with lots of enemies surrounding you? Seen a ghostly figure? Send your screenshot to us - you could win a Pirates Online Collectable Skull with your achievement and Pirate name engraved on it to proudly display! Don't wait, enter today and remember... the scarier the better!

Enter now!

November 3rd - Gold from a Ghostly Captain

Captain Cromwell haunts areas of Port Royal trying to make good in death what he did wrong in life. To release his spirit from the bonds of earth he must repay gold he stole that was intended to free an innocent man. Read more about Captain Cromwell and John Moses.

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Cromwell must repay the gold he stole to free his spirit from the bonds of earth.

Captain Cromwell now roams the earth looking for 'good, worthy Pirates'. If you are one, tell Cromwell when you see him, mention the name of John Moses, or tell him 'I've come for Innocent John.' Cromwell will then give you a secret code that can be redeemed

for gold.


  1. To redeem your gold code follow these steps: Open a chat window in game by pressing [ENTER].
  2. In the chat window type /CODE followed by a space, then type the 21 character code you were given by Cromwell.
  3. Press [ENTER] to redeem the code. You'll get an in-game pop-up message confirming the code worked and telling you how much gold you got.

Example: /CODE TBTWYZLLARRNVLPCKFE22

Please note: When you're given a code, we suggest taking a screenshot (F9) of the code for future reference. Since some characters look similar (for example 5 and S) they may be copied incorrectly if you write the code down. If you write your code down, double-check it to make sure you've written down the code correctly. Codes are for one-time use. Once a code is used it cannot be used again. Codes are not case sensitive.

November 2nd - The Muertos Moon Sets

It struck without warning - the light of the Muertos Moon - and suddenly you were fighting against friends, guild and crewmates. Don't be sorry mates... it was the curse. You couldn't help yourself!




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Now that the full moon has gone away, so have Jolly's tricks and terrors... or have they? Since Jolly was forced to retreat so many times, he turned his vengeance to the moon, and cursed all the pirates to fight against once another. That didn't work either, so what will happen next? One thing is for sure... Jolly will return. Count on it. Don't imagine that because you fought him off this time he's given up. Stay ready, and pray for more brave pirates to join the battle.

October 29th - The Curse of the Muertos Moon Returns

The tides are not the only thing affected by the full moon on All Hallows' Eve. Jolly Roger has worked his magic to bring a horrible curse to the Caribbean this Halloween Weekend! Any Pirate on land that is struck by moonlight will be cursed! While those that are at sea or inside are safe, for a time. Read more about the Curse of the
Muertos Moon.

Curse moon chart

Pirates, note the times the curse will strike and beware the light of the full moon... Jolly Roger's voodoo magic is already working its way through the Caribbean. We've seen many Pirates hypnotized by a strange trance that comes over them without warning! To see if you're affected, open a Chat Window and type: /zombie

October 27th - Ghost Stories of the Caribbean

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Ghostly figures have been spotted roaming the Caribbean. Constance Sorrow haunts the swamps of Tortuga, while Old Sooty and Captain Cromwell might show up on Port Royal or a passing Public Ship. These ghosts all have a story. It's up to you to unravel the mystery and help settle their wayward spirits.

Have you encountered a ghost? Report your sightings here!



October 19th - Speedchat Winners Announced!

Thanks to all the Pirates that sent in Speedchat submissions during our Talk Like A Pirate Speedchat Competition. We've reviewed the entries and are proud to congratulate our Talk Like A Pirate Speedchat winners! The five winning phrases below will be added to Speedchat and included in the next game update:

Touch me loot and you get the boot! - Liz Fireburn The horizon be as empty as yer head. - Salty McSeas Treasure be the measure of our pleasure! - Achilles I don't fear death - I attune it. - Francis Daggerwrecker You're a canvas shy of a full sail, aren't ye mate? - Chris Lockflint



October 16th - Prepare to Repel Invaders!

Jolly Roger is taking over the Caribbean and he's starting by invading Port Royal! You can stop him, but you'll need some help. Invasions mark the beginning of a war between Jolly Roger's Undead Army and the Pirates of the Caribbean, so all hands on deck!


We've put together a guide to answer all your questions about invasions. Now assemble your crew and get ready for action!

October 15th - Face Your Fears - Win a Scary Pirates Online Collectible

Navigating the fierce waters of the Caribbean can be scary. We're sure you've encounter some spine-chilling moments. Share them with us by taking a screen shot of the action. You could win a cool Pirates Online collectible plus, be the envy of Pirates all over the Caribbean. To enter the contest, you will need to have an account and already be logged into the website. Don't have an account? Create one.

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The top 5 Grand Prize winners will receive a limited edition Pirates of the Caribbean Online Tribal Skull engraved with their Pirate name and accomplishment. Now tackle those terrifying horrors! Enter the contest today!

October 9th - All Hands! Jolly Roger be Coming Soon!

Rumors about an invasion by Jolly Roger and his undead army just might be true. Join Pirates Online own GMs, the Marceline guild, as we prepare for battle!

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Get tips and combat strategies straight from Captain Walter and his crew this weekend!

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Look for this skull and torch icon over the heads of Pirates Online GM's and introduce yourself! Only Pirates Online Staff have this icon.


When: Friday, October 9 from 4PM - 5PM Saturday, October 10 from 2PM - 3PM Sunday, October 11 from 3PM - 4PM (All times Pacific Standard, Los Angeles.)


Where:All "B" named oceans/servers. The marketplace just outside the Rowdy Roster on Port Royal.

Please note: This is a ROLE PLAYING event. Unless asked to do so by a Pirates Online GM, keep yer weapons stowed during the event. Please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior.

October 9th - Strange Days, Haunted Holidays

'Round October Jolly Roger's magic gets even more powerful. As his magic works its way through the Caribbean, everything it touches is affected. His magic has even taken over PiratesOnline.com.


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"A day of reckoning is coming Pirates! Prepare yourself for my wrath!" Prepare for strange days ahead Pirates! The month of October is packed with spooky surprises like undead invasions, curses, twisted tales and ghosts. Properly warned
ye be!

September 30th - New Game Updates on Test

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Pirates Online keeps getting better! And we need your help to test a huge update we've just released to the Test Server. If you have access to the Test Server log in now! If you don't have access, be patient - we'll be sending out more Test Server Invitations to players in good standing very soon. Plus, these great new features are coming to the Live game very soon:


  • Jolly Roger's Undead Invasion. Pirates must keep Jolly Roger's undead skeleton army from invading Port Royal! We're running this event randomly several times a day but this is just for testing purposes. When the Invasions start in the Live game, Jolly Roger won't keep to a schedule or invade daily.

Tips for Surviving the Invasion: - Divide and Conquer. Crew up then spread out to defend all the attack points. Jolly's army attacks the town from three locations: 1) The main dock 2) the bridge in the center of town and 3) Port Royal beach (where the shipwright Darby Drydock is located).
- Experiencing Lag? Close ALL programs beside Pirates Online, this includes any IM application or a web browser. Try a 'Quiet' or 'Ideal' server. Try lowering your graphics settings.


  • Townsfolk and enemies now notice players and react accordingly.
  • These plus other great new features are now on Test.

We're working to resolve issues that have already been reported, but if you find any issue related to gameplay while on the Test Server please report it here.

September 29th - Casa de Muertos Quest - Wrap Up

Many a brave Pirate took on Captain Rott's challenge and completed the Casa de Muertos Quest - Captain Rott and crew send their thanks. While some pirates were a bit suspicious about the "jobs" they were asked to complete, your desire for gold was stronger. Many, many pirates completed the quest, and now it be too late to
alter course...






Captain Rott - trustworthy? We think not...

Before heading back out to sea Captain Rott was heard to say, "Pirates from all over the Caribbean helped us prepare Port Royal for his arrival. Our boss is quite pleased." Now that the Casa de Muertos Quest has ended, rumors are spreading throughout the Caribbean - who is this mysterious merchant that hired Captain Rott - and why is he coming to the Caribbean? We'll find out very soon mates - that much is certain.




Did you finish the quest, if you didn't why not? And what do you think will happen now?

September 25th - Live in Los Angeles? We Want Your Opinion!

Pirates Online is conducting a series of in-person group discussions in Los Angeles, California for boys between the ages of 8 to 12. These in-person group discussions will be held on October 27th and October 28th, 2009 and will last approximately 2 hours. Come tell us what you think about your experience playing Pirates Online and receive $100 for your feedback.


We have hired the independent research company Adept Consumer Research to conduct these discussions. If you would like more information about these discussions or would like to participate, please have your parents contact Erika at 818-905-9666 ext. 222 or email Leah at leah@adeptconsumer.com. Parents, please have your child'sPirates Online username ready when you call. Again, this opportunity is for Los Angeles area residents only.

September 22nd - Pirates Wanted

Take heed mates. This be the last week for Pirates to complete the Casa de Muertos Quest. As you know, Captain Ezekial Rott and his shady crew from the Casa de Muertos guild are offering large sums of gold to Pirates who help the guild complete a few "jobs." Hurry, the quest ends Sunday, 9/27 - after that date the quest will disappear from your Quest Journal - so complete it now.

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Visit Captain Rott and crew on the beach of Port Royal to pick up the Quest.

Find Captain Rott and crew on the beach of Port Royal by shipwright Darby Drydock now until 9/27, but remember mate, Casa de Muertos wants Pirates with some experience for these Quests:

Captain Ezekiel Rott - No level requirement for this Quest Samuel Shaw - An overall Notoriety Level 8 required for this Quest Bill Barrett - An overall Notoriety Level 14 required for this Quest Nathan Gould - An overall Notoriety Level 16 required for this Quest Jeremiah Dedman - An overall Notoriety Level 20 required for this Quest

Were you bold enough to take part in the Casa de Muertos Guild quest? Did you complete the quest and what was the most thrilling challenge?

September 15th - Talk Like a Pirate Week

Avast ya seadogs! Saturday, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but we're celebrating all week! Check out what we've got planned for Talk Like A Pirate week, matey:

Got Speedchat? Know a salty (but friendly) Pirate phrase? This is your chance to get that Pirate saying added to the game. Send us your original Pirate phrase (be creative, have fun and keep it clean) and we'll pick the Top 5 best to add to Pirates Online SpeedChat! Get the full details here.

Jolly Roger SoundboardChart a course for laughs when you spoof your friends with these outrageous Jolly Roger soundbites! Jolly Roger's not one to hold his tongue, so watch out! Listen to Jolly Roger.

Talk Like a Pirate to a Pirate GM Event Meet Pirates of the Caribbean Online Game Masters! Captain Walter, leader of the Marceline Guild and his crew of rascals, scoundrels and knaves will be telling tales of voyages past and talking about recent events too! Learn of curses and other news gathered in the Caribbean - while brushing up on yer Pirate speak!Admin logo

Look for this skull and torch icon over the heads of Pirates Online GM's and introduce yourself! Only Pirates Online staff have this icon.

When: Friday, September 18 from 4PM - 5PM
Saturday, September 19 from 2PM - 3PM & 5PM - 6PM
Sunday, September 20 from 12N - 1PM & 3PM - 4PM (All times Pacific Standard, Los Angeles.)

Where:
All "B" named oceans/servers.
The marketplace just outside the Rowdy Roster on Port Royal.



Please note: This is a ROLE PLAYING event. Unless asked to do so by a Pirates Online GM, please keep yer weapons stowed during the event. Please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior.

Are you ready for Talk Like A Pirate Day?

September 15th - Fourth Pirates Film Announced

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Dressed as the charming Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp delighted fans when he made a surprise appearance at the D23 Convention last week in Anaheim, California. D23 is the official Disney Fan Club.

Onstage with Depp was Dick Cook, Walt Disney Studios chairman, who helped announce the title and release date of Captain Jack Sparrow's next swashbuckling adventure. Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides will come ashore in the Summer of 2011. The film promises to be another wild joyride for
Captain Jack Sparrow, we'll keep you posted about
any updates, in the meantime, are you excited

about a fourth Pirates movie?

September 10th - Compass Points & Other Updates

We hope you're enjoying the latest game updates, exploring the incredible new cave environments and working your way to Level 50! But we've made many improvements to the game and want to explain some of these new features you may have not noticed:


  • Compass Improvements


In response to players who sometimes find themselves lost in the Caribbean we've improved the Compass. Now the Compass is now fixed on land, while it rotates when you're at sea. We did this so Pirates can find their current location and plot a path easier when using the island and cave mini-maps (hold the F8 key to display mini-maps). To change the Compass settings, click Options on the Pirate selection screen (or press F7 in-game and select Game Options), then click Interface. Here you can change your Compass settings so it will rotate with the camera on land or sea. The choice is yours!

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Change your compass settings from the Interface Option


  • Weapons Skill Increases


Weapons are now mastered at Level 30, but once you reach that level Pirates can still earn reputation towards their overall Notoriety meter.



  • New Screenshot Location


Taking a screenshot of your adventure? You'll now find your screenshot stored in a Pirates Directory sub folder called 'Screenshots.'

Do you have a tip you'd like to share with the rest of the Pirates Community? Do you have a question or comment about the latest update and new game features? Share it with us here.

September 7th - Crew Days Continue

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Ye come seekin' adventure and salty old Pirates? Then you've come to the right place. Every Friday and Saturday night Pirates like yourself meet on Port Royal Beach for
Crew Days.

Crew Days give you a chance to make new friends while looking for able bodied crewmates to help complete tasks quicker and easier. No matter if you're looking to join a crew or start one, join us every weekend for Crew Days.

What: Crew Days (A player hosted event.)

When: Every Friday & Saturday night, 5PM - 6PM Pacific Time

Where: Port Royal Beach (where Shipwright Darby Drydock is located) in Antiros and Baraba Oceans for Crew Days!

September 3rd - Brave Pirates Wanted

Captain Ezekiel Rott and the Casa de Muertos guild are looking for some brave Pirates. You see, Captain Rott and his crew work for rich merchant who is coming to Port Royal in about a month to conduct some important business. However, before he makes his appearance, the merchant needs some work done on the island to prepare for his arrival. Pirates that help the guild complete these "jobs" will be rewarded large sums of gold.


Meet Captain Rott and crew on the beach of Port Royal by shipwright Darby Drydock from 9/4 - 9/27 to help out, but be prepared, Casa de Muertos is looking for Pirates that have some experience for these Quest:

  • Captain Ezekiel Rott - There is no level requirement for this Quest
  • Samuel Shaw - An overall Notoriety Level 8 required for this Quest
  • Bill Barrett - An overall Notoriety Level 14 required for this Quest
  • Nathan Gould - An overall Notoriety Level 16 required for this Quest
  • Jeremiah Dedman - An overall Notoriety Level 20 required for this Quest


If you do complete these quests, the gold you earn will be well worth it... Are you up to the challenge of completing the Casa de Muertos guild Quest?

September 1st - Exciting New Challenges

Log in now and experience these great new features just added to the game:


  • Notoriety Level Cap increased to 50. Pirates can level up further and will gain more experience when defeating enemies.
  • Weapon Reputation Level increased to 30. Mastered that cutlass? You'll want to re-sharpen that sword.
  • New cave environments filled with new higher level enemies! Face evil Thrall Captain's in Cursed Caverns on Isla Tormenta, Navy Marines in Thieves' Den on Tortuga and much more.
  • Ship speed improvements! Ships now sail faster and no longer lose speed
    when turning.

All this plus other improvements and bug fixes - experience the adventure now!

August 25th - Introducing Casa de Muertos

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A new guild has been spotted roaming the Caribbean. Led by the notorious Pirate Captain Ezekiel Rott,
the Casa de Muertos guild is looking for a few
Pirates to help them complete a few tasks.

Keep an eye out for these rascals - word is you'll
be able to find them on the beach of Port Royal by
Darby Drydock in the very near future.

What could this guild be up to? Will you accept
Captain Rott's challenge?



August 24th - New Fixes and More Now On Test

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Attention Testers! Thanks for helping us test the newest game updates! Just a reminder, we still need your help to test more of these great new features. In addition to many of the bugs you've reported, we've fixed the following issues:


  • The Voodoo Staff Quest has been fixed. Players can progress past the 64% mark
  • Pirates on Macs, you can now log into test

Please remember we're still fixing bugs, but continue to report any problems or issues you encounter with game play when on Test. Pirates, if you don't have access to the Test server, be patient, these great new features, like NEW cave environments, Notoriety level increases and much more are coming to the live game in a few short days.

August 21st - Guild Spotlight

Aye! Thar be no finer collection of rascals, knaves and scoundrels than the bunch of Pirates we known as the Emerald Sea Gang - led by the notorious Level 24 Zalastar this guild has roamed the oceans of the Caribbean since we Pirates first arrived in
these islands.

A massive guild of over 400 Pirates, including the spicy Pirate Zoltan Pepper, the Emerald Sea Gang recently ranked as one of the top guilds in the Strongest Guilds Competition, with members like Jeanne Stormcutter, Rosa, Anne Sunwalker, Charlotte Goldstealer leading the charge!

Help us give a mighty Pirate "Yo, Ho, Ho!" salute to the Emerald Sea Gang!



August 21st - Level Cap Increasing

Based on player feedback, we're taking your Pirates Online experience to a whole
new level!

Higher level enemies! Pirate Notoriety level increases! New cave environments! It's all coming to Pirates Online in a few short weeks!

You'll need more experience to battle more higher level enemies, so soon the Notoriety level will be raised to 50! These and other great new additions are part of the many improvements that continue with Pirates Online - Join the adventure now!

August 21st - Explore a NEW Underworld

Based on player feedback, we redesigned the cave environments to help improve your game performance, plus, make these areas feel more alive. We're also filling these environments with higher level enemies and adding other requested improvements - like raising the level cap!

Beware! Once you enter the caves, you cross over to the underworld of the Caribbean, a place where NEW higher-level enemies like Jolly Roger's minions and mystic sages rule!

August 21st Bigger, Badder, Meaner

Beware ya lily-livered Pirates! Thar be new enemies soon to be roaming the islands in search of you! Baddies like Twisted Stumps, Undead Executioners, Soldier Wasp, Navy Dragoons and Marines and more! To defeat these enemies you'll need a sharp sword and much more experience (plus a brave crew or mate to back you up) - so what are you waiting for? Get in the game and start preparing yourself for battle!

Are you ready for the challenge? How will you face these new foes?

August 20th - New Caves and more on Test

Pirates Online keeps getting better! We've just released a massive game update to our Test server. If you have access to the Test server log in now! If you don't have access, be patient, these great new features are coming to the Live game very soon:


  • Notoriety/Level Increase. Pirates now can level their character to 50.
  • Weapon Reputation Increase. Pirates can now level their weapons to 30.
  • New cave environments, packed with new higher enemies.
  • New Quests
  • Ship speed improvements, various bug fixes, and much, much more!

If you are on the Test Server and find an issue, remember to report it here.



August 18th - Tonic Trouble

Pirates beware! Some Pirates are offering to join your crew and help revive you when you're overcome by enemies during a deadly quest or battle - but instead of making good on their offer to help, they turn their back on those Pirates and let them get sent to jail!

Make sure you know the Pirate you set off for adventure with - especially if he's offering to help you in a situation like the one mentioned above! And for you Pirates who are double-crossing these poor souls - Tis be part of the reason we Pirates have such a
bad reputation!

What do you think of the Pirates that offer to help others, only to turn their back on them during times of trouble? Have you been in a situation like this? Tell us about it!

August 11th - EITC Black Guard Return!

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Lord Beckett's pirate assassins, the EITC Black Guard have returned to the Caribbean in search of Captain Walter and members of the Marceline Guild. After their first round of searches failed, the Black Guard have regrouped in an effort to finally silence the Marceline guild - who led raids against the EITC and revealed much about the future of the Caribbean.


The Black Guard are offering rewards for information that leads to the capture of the Marceline Guild in an effort to stop these pirates! But don't trust the EITC mate, no matter what they tell - they're up to no good!


When: Tuesday, August 11 through Friday, August 14 12PM - 1PM (PST), Saturday, August 15 through Sunday, August 16 2PM - 3PM (PST)


Where: Port Royal, A & B named Oceans (servers)


NOTE: All times Pacific Standard (Los Angeles). This is a ROLE PLAYING event. Unless asked to do so by a Pirates Online GM, please keep yer weapons stowed during the event. Please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior.


Have you seen or been interrogated by the Black Guard? Report your encounter!

August 7th - Mainenance Scheduled for Monday Aug 10th

The Disney Online Family of Products (which includes Pirates Online) will be performing scheduled maintenance from Monday, August 10th at 8PM Pacific Time until Tuesday, August 11th 7AM Pacific Time.

During this time log-in to the Pirates Online website and game will be unavailable, and those in game may lose connectivity.

These are estimated outage times, maintenance may take longer. In the past, this scheduled maintenance has been delayed due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

August 4th - Pirates That Made a Difference

Pirates from all over the islands did their part to help their guild rank in our first ever Strongest Guild Competition! We salute all the Pirates that participated! But remember guild size isn't everything - it's a Pirates individual effort that truly makes a difference. Take a look at the list below, these adventurers went above and beyond the call of duty and helped put their guilds on top!

  • Guilds whose guild masters had serious account violations in the past 60 days, were disqualified and not eligible for final ranking - because of the actions of those guild masters, your guild was removed from the final ranking list. The guild masters with account violations were also removed from the final strongest Pirates ranking.

July 31st - Strongest Guild Competition

After a week of hard fought battles the islands are a safer place - thanks to Pirates from all over the Caribbean! Pirates came out in force to show their strength and skill - and for those guilds that placed in the final top 40, congratulations!

Thanks to all the guilds that participated in the competition - in many cases it wasn't the size of the guild that put a guild on top, it was the efforts of individual guild members who got out there and truly did their part! Take for example Pirates, like Invincible Warlordof McRaging who defeated a whopping 106,609 enemies during the competition! Our hat is also off to Beth Macstack and Benjamin Warmenace of The Guardians, Molly Bluesilver of Black Bart's Krewe, and Rosa of the Emerald Sea Gang! Outstanding work Pirates, again, THANKS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED!

These guilds will be called up to help fight for freedom in future world battles - so guilds, keep your sword and your skills sharp mates! Here now are the final rankings, these are the 40 Strongest Pirate Guilds

  • in the Caribbean!

  • Guilds whose guild masters had serious account violations in the past 60 days, were disqualified and not eligible for final ranking ? because of the actions of those guild masters, your guild was removed from the final ranking list. The guild masters with account violations were also removed from the final strongest Pirates ranking.

July 30th - NEW Game Addition - Now Playable!

Pirates Online keeps getting better - check out the latest game updates:


  • NEW! Revive a Mate! Tired of being sent to jail when defeated in battle? With this option, any Pirate can now revive you and save you a trip to jail. How it works.
  • Ships carry more cargo. A complete list of more cargo amounts can be found here.
  • Basic members can now play in full screen all the time!
  • Players can now skip the tutorial after creating a Pirate.
  • Creating a new Pirate? Based on Player feedback, we changed the look of body shapes to make your Pirate more realistic! Original body shapes are still in game, but now all newly created Pirates use the new body shapes.



These and many other improvements - including quest improvements to make adventuring more fun - have just been added to the game! Plus, more great additions are on the way in the months ahead! Log on now and play!

Have you experienced the latest additions? Let us know what you think of them!

July 17th - Calling All Testers - Test Updates

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Just released to the Test Server - a new update to Pirates Online! If you have access to the Test Server, log on now and check out these new features and enhancements:

- Revive Option! This new feature allows Pirates the ability to revive other Pirates and keep them from being carted off to jail by the Navy when pirates are knocked "unconscious" during battle.

- Ship Holds have also been expanded - thanks to the hardworking shipwrights, now all ships can carry more cargo!

- Basic members! Now play in full screen from day one!

- Players can now skip the tutorial after creating a Pirate.

These and many other improvements to the game have just been introduced on Test and are coming to the Live servers by the end of the month. Pirates, please give us your feedback regarding the Revive Option as well as any other features you may have tested ... the development team is eagerly awaiting your feedback!

July 17th - Most Enemies Defeated Competition

We're looking for a few good Pirates. No actually we're looking for an entire guild of them. Strong Pirates, with a stout heart, able minds ... who are we kidding, your guild needs to be tough as nails and ready to take on the most ferocious challenge the Caribbean can offer. We need strong guilds to help turn the tide, to help face down Jolly Roger, the EITC and whatever other mayhem may be coming our way -- does your guild have what it takes?

When: July 17, and running until July 26

What: We'll be looking for the guild that have defeated the most enemies, sunk the most ships and beat back the baddest baddies. Of course, larger guilds have an edge -- so if you're not in a strong guild, remember, you can join with smaller guilds or a larger one if you don't think your current guild can get the job done. Your reward, Recognition mate! You'll be featured here on the Pirates website and your guild will become legends in the Caribbean! Plus, you could play a part in future world-changing battles!

PLEASE NOTE: Competing Guild Masters and Guild Officers must not have any account violations for the past 60 days. The guild should also have at least 75% of their members in good standing, with no account violations.

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July 17th - Player Spotlight - Pretty Polly

This month we spotlight Pretty Polly. Polly is an very experienced level 40 Pirate that has been sailing in the Caribbean since Pirates first arrived here in the islands.

Pretty Polly is a Founder who helped lead raids on EITC ships in the battle off Padres Del Fuego, but she's also willing to lend a helping hand to Pirate to complete a quest or take on other adventure. We salute Pretty Polly of the McRaging and Founders Guilds!

Got a pirate or guild you think is worthy of the spotlight? Tell us their tale! Include the Pirate's name, level and guild affiliation. To recommend a guild, include the guild name, number of members and make sure to tell us a little about them.

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July 14th - Pirates Online Community

For the past several months, the Pirates Online development team has been focused on improving game performance and repairing the foundation of Pirates Online. This was important because before we add anything to Pirates Online, the game must be able to support it. Read more about what we've been working on and why.

What do you think of the improvements to the player experience? Are you ready for new features and content, or do we still need to focus on game performance?

July 14th - Digging For New Treasures

Ship Customization. The Kraken. Loot & Inventory. Pirate Lairs. New Islands. New Quests. We have gotten a lot of good ideas from you, our players. Now which of these are you looking forward to the most?

July 7th - Keep to the Code

More Pirates are joining us in the Caribbean everyday! Just a reminder mates, ALL Pirates are expected to live by the code - the Pirates Online Code of Conduct.

Pirates that don't follow these rules can not only be removed from the game (in some cases permanently) but they also loose the chance for special opportunities, like being selected for the Player Spotlight or a free account upgrade*. Your behavior could also negatively affect your guild if they are being considered for the Guild Spotlight.**

Keep your account in good standing, follow these tips:


  • Pirates of all ages sail these waters, so always mind your tongue. Inappropriate topics outlined in the Code of Conduct are not acceptable and could get you removed from the game if you discuss them.



  • Never ask for or give your personal information to anyone in the game or online. This includes your phone number, email or home address - It's just not safe.



  • Don't harass other players. Show your fellow Pirate brethren some respect and treat others as you would like to be treated.

Let's make the Caribbean a welcoming place for all Pirates by keeping to the code!

  • We sometimes select Pirates at random for free account upgrades. If you are selected for an upgrade, we will review your account to make sure it's in good standing, if it's not, you will not be eligible for the opportunity.

    • Guilds being considered for the Guild Spotlight should have Guild Masters and Officers without account violations for the past 60 days. The guild should also have at least 75% of their members in good standing, with no account violations.

July 2nd - Celebrate Your Pirate Freedom

A recent shipment of goods from Europe has brought with it a surprise - fireworks! In addition to gunpowder, legend claims Pirates from the Far East invented fireworks, which once ignited, shoot into the skies and explode in a cascade of bright lights and sparks.

To celebrate the start of summer in the Caribbean, Pirates will be setting off these fireworks over the main islands. Find a spot on or near the shores of Port Royal, Tortuga, or Padres Del Fuego to watch them and enjoy the show!

What:
Caribbean Summer Celebration

'When: 'July 3 (around 6PM) and continuing until July 6, midnight
Pacific Time. The fireworks start once stars begin to fill up the

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night sky.

'Where: 'All Oceans (servers), on or near the shores of Port Royal,
Tortuga, or Padres Del Fuego



June 22nd - Important Update to Chat Moderation

Starting June 26, 2009, we will add a feature that will detect if players use bad language and will automatically suspend your account if you continue to attempt using foul language. Pirates will be automatically warned two times:

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Bad language of any kind is never acceptable in Pirates Online.

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On the final warning -- your account will be automatically banned from the Caribbean. The length of time you are removed from the game depends on your account history. If you've had previous violations, you could be banned from the game permanently!

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June 19th - 30 Days of Unlimited Access Courtesy of Comcast

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Congratulations to the Pirates that have already won
a free month of Unlimited Access courtesy of our
friends at Comcast! We've randomly selected the
first group of winners and we'll be selecting more
throughout the month of June.

Watch your email - you've still got a chance to win!
If you haven't already registered your account for a
chance to win 30 days of Unlimited Access.

UPDATE: This contest is now closed!

June 19th - Guild Spotlight: Black Bart's Krewe

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This month we salute Black Bart's Krewe! Led by the notorious LVL 40 Bartholomew Foulsteel, Black Bart's Krewe is a band of nearly 200 rascals and knaves, some of which rank in the top 50 players for overall enemies defeated. A guild of strong Pirates like, Combat Lizzy, Charlotte Firemenace, Molly Bluesilver, and Redfury -- they're not only handy dealing with undead skeletons, but also reach out a hand to help those in need. Many a Pirate's quest (like the liberation of the Black Pearl) has been completed with this guild's help!




Their mission is simple: "To help inexperienced and experienced players work more effectively together through the teaching of teamwork and fair play." A fine mission, keep up the good work Krewe!




June 15th - Father's Day Quest Returns!

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Back by popular demand, the Father's Day Quest returns starting June 17 and will be available through Father's Day, June 21. The Quest is available to both Basic and Unlimited Pirates.

Complete the Quest and you'll earn a x2 Reputation reward that is available for a limited time! Start the adventure by visiting Captain Jack Sparrow in the Rowdy Rooster (who will send you to Giladoga!).










June 15th - Calling All Testers!

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Bad language of any kind is never acceptable in Pirates Online. We have added a feature that will detect if players use bad language and will automatically suspend your account if you continue to attempt using foul langauge .

It works like this: If you use foul language in chat, you get a warning. If you insist on using bad language, you get one more warning. After that -- your account will be automatically banned from the Caribbean. The length of time you are removed from the game depends on your account history. If you?ve had previous violations, you could be banned from the game permanently!

This feature will be on the Test Servers to start and will eventually be introduced to the Live servers shortly thereafter.

June 11th - Go Incognito as a Stowaway

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The EITC has been conducting more patrols and looking for Pirates responsible for sinking EITC ships in the Caribbean. Those patrols have made the waters around the islands a bit more hazardous. Pirates trying to avoid a run-in with the EITC are now being smuggled on ships by becoming Stowaways. Learn how to be a Stowaway.






June 5th - Win 30 Days of Unlimited access

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Throughout the month of June, our friends at Comcast are giving you a chance to win 30 days of Unlimited Access to Pirates Online! With Unlimited Access, you can fully customize your Pirate, captain bigger and better ships, and access all the Caribbean has to offer! To enter, just register your account for the chance to win. Make sure to please provide a working e-mail address so that we can let you know if you've won. Hurry though, 10,000 winners will be randomly selected throughout the month of June -- time is running out!

UPDATE: this contest is now closed.



June 2nd - New Features and Updates Now Live

We've released new features and improvements to Pirates of the Caribbean, log in now. This is a perfect chance to begin your life as a Pirate as we've expanded and changed many early game experiences. Enjoy!

New Features:


  • Early Quests have been modified for better playability, including Quests to find the first three Black Pearl crew members and Quest lines related to the Voodoo Doll
  • Introduced 70 new tutorial pop-up hints, these hints can be turned on and off from the Game Options Menu (F7)

Transportation Enhancements


  • Added new Dockworker NPCs to help Pirates stowaway on ships. This is a new transportation option which helps Pirates reach their destination without sailing a ship or needing a Teleport Totem. To become a stowaway, find a Dockworker on the dock of Tortuga, Port Royal, Padres Del Fuego or Cuba and pay him the gold he requests for the service.
  • Added 38 new, player submitted ship names to the Shipwrights Ship Naming Menu

Technical Enhancements


  • In areas throughout the game, changed enemy difficulties for better playability
  • Added Chat Permission Status to the Pirate Profile Panel
  • Added an option to toggle on and off Windows Sticky Keys (this option is disabled
    by default)

Additional Improvements & Bug Fixes:


  • Changing Cannon Ammunition types no longer restarts the recharge timer
  • Made several bug fixes to NPC's: returned Navy Sailors to normal heights, enemies no longer ambush players and enemies will no longer attack Pirates once you leave their area
  • Better feedback/flow for guild name requests.
  • The loading screen now appears when starting game instead of a black screen
  • Polished the drop down Main Menu and Escape key interaction
  • Made several improvements to the Ray of Light to address tracking and hint problems
  • Removed the Quest completion percentages from the Journal page
  • Re-enabled the "dazed" effect above a Pirates head (for higher-detail graphics/
    effects settings)
  • Fixed a bug where your ship's repair spots would not be available even when the ship was stopped



June 2nd - Important Account and Customer Support Changes

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Tabbed Accounts

For security reasons, we have removed the ability to tab between Linked Accounts on the Pirate selection screen. Please sign in with each account's unique login and password for the account you want to play. Please remember that your chat settings are set in the account, to change these settings log in and select "Manage Account" from the menu.

Service Hours Change

Please note we've updated our customer support hours. All times are Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles).

M-F 8AM - 6PM
Sat 8AM - 4PM
Sun 10AM - 6PM

May 28th - Pirates Unite!

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Last weekend Pirates met on the beach of Port Royal (by Darby Drydock) in Antiros and Baraba Oceans for our first ever Crew Days. Many daring Pirates took up the cause in search of plunder and cannon notoriety!

We appreciate the Pirates that answered the call - among them buccaneers like Connor McFury, Kat O'Scarlett, Captain Ron, Richard Robbin, Eric Badbatten who led crews and mates like Richard O'Ginty, James Ingram, Hector Sunmenace and Rachel Bluecastle who helped crew their ships.

Join us again this (and every) Friday and Saturday night from 5 - 6 PM Pacific Time (Los Angeles) for Crew Days! It's not only a great opportunity to form a crew or complete a Quest, but you might also make a friend.

When: 5:00-6:00 PM Pacific Time (Los Angeles), every Friday & Saturday night

Where: Port Royal Beach (where Shipwright Darby Drydock is located) on Antiros and Baraba Oceans

NOTE: During the event, please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior and STOW YER WEAPONS.



May 19th - The Black Guard Cometh

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It's been rumored the EITC Black Guard are interrogating Pirates for information about the whereabouts of Captain Walter and the Marceline Guild. Be warned Pirates, these devils are also offering rewards for the Marceline Guild's capture - don't trust them mates! Instead continue to take the fight to the EITC on both land and sea!

Have you seen or been interrogated by the Black Guard? Report your encounter here.

EITC Interrogations

When: Fri. May 22, 11 AM - 1 PM

Sat. May 23, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Sun. May 24, 11 AM - 1 PM, 2 - 3 PM

Mon. May 25, 11 AM - 1 PM, 2 - 3 PM

Where: Port Royal, A & B named servers

NOTE: All times Pacific Standard (Los Angeles). This is a ROLE PLAYING event. Unless asked to do so by a Pirates Online GM, keep yer weapons stowed and during the event please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior.

May 18th - Game Update - New on the Test Server

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Based on your feedback we continue to make Pirates Online even better! Our latest updates introduce a number of improvements that not only make the existing gameplay more enjoyable but support future enhancements.

If you have Test Server access, we encourage you to log on now and explore these new features. If you don't have access to Test, here's a look at what's coming:

Transportation Additions:


  • New Ship Names. In addition to the names you've already come to know, Shipwrights will be offering an entirely new selection of player submitted Ship Names.


Check them out here.



  • A new transportation option. With the help of a Dockworker (located on the docks of the islands of Tortuga, Port Royal, Padres Del Fuego or Cuba), Pirates can get to a destination without needing a teleport totem or a ship.

Early Player Experience


  • Improved Hint System. Hints are now displayed for players during early adventures (such as acquiring your sword) and Quest lines.



  • We've re-balanced Level/Quests in early zones - now lower level players should only encounter lower level enemies.



  • New variations of enemies, this means new variants of Undead, Navy, and other land enemies. New enemy types include Undead Mutineers, Undead Brutes, and more.

Bug Fixes & Other Improvements

We continue to make various bug fixes and tweaks to Pirates based on your feedback, this latest updates such as:


  • Improved loading times for cannons, now when a player starts using a cannon, they can fire right away instead of waiting for the cannon to reload. Afterwards, the cannon will reload like normal.

As with any new update, there may be bugs or issues with the . If you see any problems, report them to us. We will work quickly to fix these issues. Tell us what you think of these new updates!

May 18th - Calling All Testers!

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Check your email! We've just sent out a whole new batch of invitations to the Test Server. The Test Server is where we test new features and game updates before they're released to the general public. If you are a Tester, log on to the Test Server and confirm your access -- we've released a new game update today.

As with all updates, there may be bugs or issues. If you see any problems, report them to us. Please remember to include very detailed steps on how to reproduce the issue you experienced including where you were, screenshots of the issue and what settings you were running in. This information can prove vital to our developers in solving the problems you report. We are working quickly to fix these issues.

May 18th - Introducing Crew Days

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Did you know when you're in a crew you get special bonuses and can level your Pirate up faster? It's true! Crewmates can also help you complete Quests quicker and perform other hard-to-finish tasks with ease.

Whether you're looking to join a crew or start one, we want you to join us weekly for Crew Days. You'll meet Pirates from all walks of life (maybe even a GM or two), ready to crew and set off for adventure!

Don't want to wait? Join a Crew now by boarding a Public Ship!

Crew Days

When:
7-8 PM PST, every Friday & Saturday night starting May 22

Where:
Port Royal Beach (where Shipwright Darby Drydock is located) on Antiros and Baraba Oceans

NOTE: During the event, please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior and STOW YER WEAPONS.

May 15th - Shipwrights to Offer New Ship Names

A few months back we gave Pirates a chance to submit your own ship names for addition to the Ship Naming Menu. You really stepped up to the challenge, responding with thousands of great names!

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We were looking for unique and creative names that worked with our current list of ship names. Names like Malicious Squirrel, Student Driver and Silent Buttdeadly -- offered us a good chuckle -- didn't get selected, for obvious reasons. Copyrighted names were also not acceptable.

We picked 38 names. These new names have been added to our latest game update and will be available very soon from any Shipwright.

Thanks to all the Pirates that submitted names, including the following Pirates, whose names
were selected:

Thomas Warmonk, Sir Henry Esq, Li Heartloather, Ashton Seawalker, Molly Ironscarlett, Joseph Cannonshot, Richard, Bald Kane Johnson, Liz, William Blastshot, Bartholomew Calicobones, William Ironeagle, Roger Firekidd, Angel Bladefury, James Hookcrash, Captain Rob, Presley Love, Tracy Goodshot, Santiago, Dustin, Irate Pirate, Johnny Cannoneagle, Solomon Ironhawk, Sasuke, Elizabeth Seahawk, Victoria Morgan, Jack Smithbuckle, Maria Fireheart, Edgar McMorgan and Hector Gunhawk.



Winning Names:

Siren

Avenger

Morning

Rose

Iron

Viking

Midnight

Wrath

Thunder

Maelstorm

Wicked

Chariot

Golden

Griffin

Floundering

Witch

Mystical

Star

Lightning

Dog

Sun

Ransom

Fighting

Banshee

Minnow

Mariner

Star

Phoenix

Rebel

Widow

Mermaid

Nemesis

Enchantress

Starlight

Strider

Guardian

Falcon



These new names will be available soon.



May 15th - Keep to the Code Mates!

Recently the EITC have been seen interrogating Pirates! We're glad to see that Pirates from all over the Caribbean are getting into the story -- some of you have even sided with the EITC as spies!

Role-playing is great, but in any situation, always be respectful to your fellow Pirates! Harassing or threatening Pirates that don't want to role-play is not only rude, but could get you removed from the game. If you want to confront other Pirates and role play as an agent of the EITC, take the action into PVP and respect Pirates that decline your offer. Read the Pirates Code of Conduct - avoid actions that could cause your account to
be suspended.

May 5th - Mother's Day Tattoos

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From Wednesday, May 6 to Sunday May 10, show that special lady you care by getting a tattoo for Mom. Available at all Tattoo Parlors, a variety of Mother's Day designs are available for a limited time - wear it proudly for dear ol' Mom.


April 29th - Guild Spotlight

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A guild is a group of Pirates united for a common cause, working together guilds can be a powerful force. The Marceline guild is a band of scoundrels, rascals and knaves led by GM Captain Walter. The Marceline guild was the first to warn Pirates of Jolly Roger's Curse, the guild also helped organize the Founder Brethren and other Pirates of the Caribbean in the recent attacks on EITC ships. What has your guild done lately?



April 24th - Calling All Testers!

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Several members of our Test Community have been unable to log into Pirates of the Caribbean Online Test Servers -- if you experienced a problem logging in, you'll be happy to know we've fixed the issue and your access has been restored.

If you don't currently have access to our Test Server and are interested in getting access, please sign up for a Test Account. If you meet the requirements (you must have an Unlimited Access subscription), we'll send you an email with further instructions in early May when we'll be preparing new updates for the game to play on Test.

Thanks for your patience as we worked to fix this!

April 21st - Supernatural Secrets!

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Your Voodoo Doll is a very special item. Not only can you use it to curse and attack your opponents but it can heal others too. Plus, if you're on a long sea journey the doll is a great listener when you want to re-live your last run-in with the Navy.

The Voodoo Doll is given to you by Tia Dalma. You must collect magic artifacts to empower the item. Read more about Voodoo.

Tell us about your Voodoo Doll - have you given your doll a name? Is it your weapon of choice? How did you level it up? When and how do you use it? Do that Voodoo that you do!

April 17th - EVENT - Rewards for All in April

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Double Reputation for Unlimited Access: April 24, 25 & 26

Get ready to level up your Pirate with a Double Reputation Weekend! For a limited time, Pirates with Unlimited Access will get double reputation points when they log in and play. Not Unlimited?Then upgrade your account and take advantage of this exciting opportunity to raise your notoriety.

  • Unlimited Access Weekend is now over. If you would like to continue playing with Unlimited Access, upgrade your account at an introductory rate of $4.95, click here.

April 17th - State of the Caribbean

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Three months ago, we whared our plans for the year. We told you how, based on your feedback, we were making improvements to the game and why. Having just gotten through a large portion of this work and with your feedback in hand, we're plotting a course for the future.







April 17th - EITC Stands Down

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Recent raids against EITC ships have caused the EITC to re-think future attacks on Pirates and their strongholds. Now Lord Beckett is resorting to other methods to intimidate and challenge the Pirates of the Caribbean, recently EITC Black Guard's have been spotted in Port Royal interrogating Pirates about the recent attacks on the EITC! These EITC Black Guards do not seem to be affected by weapons or magic, leaving many to believe that the EITC may be now sided with a much more powerful force!

Don't back down now Pirates, continue to take the fight directly to the EITC -- our freedom as Pirates depends on it!

Will you continue the fight?

April 17th - Caribbean Spies

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There be many rumors around the Caribbean, the latest one claims Pirates are being recruited to spy for the EITC! With promises of grand rewards for informing the EITC of the whereabouts of Captain Walter of the Marceline guild (and other Pirates responsible for the recent EITC ship attacks), agents of the EITC are looking for Pirates that will side with the Company!

Beware Pirates, remember the promises of the EITC are hollow and any agreement with these devils will end badly! Properly warned ye be!

Have you been interrogated by the EITC or asked to spy for the Company? Report your encounter here...

April 17th - EITC Tax Man

Hereby be notified that the East India Trading Company will soon levy a tax on all Pirates of the Caribbean to make up for recent loses of EITC ships and fleets patrolling off Padres Del Fuego. Furthermore, the Company decries that all Pirates involved in the attacks on these EITC ships will be brought up on charges. If convicted of these charges, the Pirate charged and therefore held as guilty against the Company and his majesty's service, will be condemned for their crimes.

April 17th - Basic Access Accounts

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Are you a Basic Access player looking for an account upgrade? You're in luck! This month we're selecting 20 Basic Access accounts for a 3 month Unlimited Access upgrade. We're looking for players like yourself that play frequently and love the game! If you're selected for an account upgrade we'll contact you via email -- so make sure your contact information is correct!






April 8th - Keep To The Code

Aye, Pirates we be, but we still must live by the code, and by code we mean the Pirates Online Code of Conduct.

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These simple ground rules help protect all Pirates. With the code in mind, here are a few tips to keep your account in good standing:


  • Being rude or harassing other players is not only disrespectful to your fellow Pirates, but against the Pirates Online Code of Conduct and could get removed from the game permanently. Treat your fellow Pirates as you would like to be treated.
  • Although our dictionary does not allow it, bad language is never acceptable in Pirates Online. Using sound alike words in place of an actual word (for bad language) is just as bad and could also get you removed from the game.
  • Speaking of code, also remember, modifying or hacking the game is never allowed. Any use of a third party program that modifies the game or modifying the code yourself will result in your account being permanently terminated.
  • Never reveal your personal information. We don't allow Pirates to say numbers for a reason. Revealing your real name, phone number, address, email or password is not only not safe, but could get you removed from the game.

Read the Code of Conduct - protect yourself and your account.

April 8th - Padres Del Fuego and Other Updates!

Join other Pirates right now as they explore the entirely NEW Padres Del Fuego! The island was redesigned to address performance issues many of our players were having. In addition to the island redesign, we also added other improvements:

  • The Reputation Meter now has progress indicators so you can tell how much more experience you need to gain before you level up.
  • Completed Quests now display your reward after completion, no more wondering what you received or if you properly completed the Quest.
  • Plus, the ESC key will now bring up a menu to exit the game. Click here for a list of
    all the improvements.


What do you think of the new Padres and the other updates? Have you had a chance to tour the new town? Tell us what you think! As with any new update, there may be bugs or issues. If you see any problems, report them to us. We will work quickly to fix these issues.


Padres Del Fuego


Lost? Click the image above to download a map of the new Padres Del Fuego.

April 3rd - Padres Del Fuego and Other Updares on Test!

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We've just placed an updated build of the game on our Test Server and we're calling all testers to test it out! The update includes a re-designed Padres Del Fuego as well as other game improvements based on recent feedback we've received.

This is a new update, as of April 2, 2009! We've fixed many bugs you've previously reported but we need your help to test these new improvements. If you've already seen this new update on the Test Server, we'd like to take a moment to thank you and remind you to please send us your feedback. If you haven't, and you have Test Server access, please log on, check it out and tell us what you think.

We continue to improve Pirates Online everyday! Thanks for playing.



April 1st - Prepare to Swab the Deck!

We're excited to introduce a brand-new weapon -- the Cannon Swab! It may look like a giant cotton swab but this harmless looking weapon is deceivingly powerful! In addition to helping you clean your ship (you've heard of "swabbing the deck"), the Cannon Swab can be used to significantly slow down your cannon attacks and reduce waxy buildup. To acquire the Cannon Swab you must first finish the Cannonball Quest Run. Using the Cannon Swab will earn you a Cannon Loading Skill. Here's how it works:

To use your Cannon Swab at sea, follow this simple 6 step process:


  1. Address the cannon for inspection. For example, "Greetings Mr. Cannon, I will now inspect you." Once you've addressed the cannon, make sure the cannon is clean, and empty (this goes without saying but never stick your head inside a cannon). To clean the cannon, "swab" the bore. (To find the bore, refer to the owner's manual that came with your cannon.)
  2. Pack your charge using the Cannon Swab. Do not "double load" the cannon, as double loading the cannon will make a MUCH louder and MUCH larger explosion than a regular single load.
  3. Load black powder into the barrel using the Cannon Swab, making sure to push the powder all the way into the bore. To see if the powder is set properly -- a torch or match can be used to help illuminate the cannon bore (you may want to get your first mate to do this...).
  4. (If you or your first mate are still alive after step 3) Load the charge and the cannonball, again using the Cannon Swab. (Be careful not to drop the cannonball on your foot. If the tip of the Cannon Swab gets caught in the cannon, use Doc Grog's Cannon Crud Remover® to clean it.
  5. Make sure the area in front of the cannon is clear and that Jack the Monkey hasn't crawled inside (or don't). Swing the Cannon Swab in a circle above your head, yelling, "Preparing to fire the cannon! Preparing to fire the cannon!" (Remember, during battle, it is proper Pirate etiquette to do this three times.)
  6. Using the igniter, light the fuse to fire the cannon. Now secure your first mate and any other loose articles that may have shifted when you fired a double-loaded cannon (because we know you didn't follow Step 2).

To attack Navy Guards and other NPCs using the Cannon Swab, set the weapon in attack position and begin swabbing!


New Weapon CannonSwab

Other great uses for the Cannon Swab:


  • "Swabbing" the deck



  • Polishing barnacles



  • "Bonking" Navy Guards and EITC soldiers on the head



  • Limbo contest during long sea journeys



March 30th - Downloading Pirates of the Caribbean Online

We've added two very helpful links that will help you download or re-install Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Click here for the PC version or click here for the Mac version. You can always find these download links to the game in the Help Section.

March 27th - New Updates on Test - Send Us Your Feedback

Calling All Testers


We continue to make changes to the game based on your comments, with more improvements on the way! In fact, we've just put a new build on the Test Server - featuring a re-designed Padres Del Fuego! If you've been on the Test Server to check it out, we'd like to take a moment to thank you and remind you to send us your feedback! If you haven't, and you have Test Server access, log on now and check it out.


March 27th - EVENT - Rowdy Rooster Celebration

Successful attacks on EITC fleets have given Pirates a reason to celebrate!


Join us in the Rowdy Rooster on Port Royal to celebrate the recent victories! We'll sing sea shanty songs and talk of future EITC attacks.


When: Saturday, March 28. 11 AM - 2 PM (Pacific Time)


Where: The Rowdy Rooster, Port Royal (Oceans: Esquada, Esquago, Esquira, Eustabia, Eustaros, Exubia, Exuma)


NOTE: This is a role playing event. Pirates Online GMs will be in character and talking only about the event. During the event, please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior and STOW YER WEAPONS.

March 26th - The Battle Continues!

Taking the fight directly to the EITC, this past weekend GMs and Founders led crews in raids on EITC ships off the island of Padres Del Fuego. Our thanks to Dracon, Grace Goldeagle, Lawrence Swordhawk, Achilles, Pretty Polly and other Founders who led crews to go after EITC ships.


The battle continues this Friday, March 27 when we will assemble again to sink EITC ships and show that the Pirates of the Caribbean are a force to reckon with! Join us for the battle.


Still, the EITC continues to gather fleets around Padres, leading many Pirates to believe that the island may be the next to be attacked by the Company. Recently, the EITC have been seen hiding explosives in caves on Padres, similar activity was seen in the days before old Port Royal and old Tortuga were destroyed.

March 26th - EVENT - Founders and GMs Recruiting Crews

This Friday, March 27 join GMs from the Marceline Guild and Founders from all over the Caribbean in a show of force as we assemble crews to take the fight directly to the EITC!


The EITC continues to deny that they've been planning an all-out attack on the Pirates of the Caribbean. Still, EITC forces are growing and recently Pirates have noticed suspicious activity (like that seen in the days before the destruction of old Port Royal and old Tortuga) near Padres Del Fuego!


Prepare for battle mates, and good luck - you'll need it!


When: 4PM - 6PM PST, Friday, March 27


Where: On the beaches of Devil's Anvil (Oceans: Caicaba, Caicama, Caicaux, Caicos, Caicumal)


NOTE: This is a role playing event. Pirates Online GMs will be in character and talking only about the event. During the event, please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior and STOW YER WEAPONS, save your strength for the EITC.

March 19th - Rascal? Scoundrel? Villian or Knave? Tell Us Your Tale

Meet Xavier "The Henchman" Hench. He gets the job done, no matter what the task. As the first mate of Captain Walter and a proud member of the Marceline guild, Xavier is quick witted and always eager to help his crewmates.


While Xavier keeps most of his past private, he readily admits to being "born on a Pirate ship." Truth is, he's spent practically his whole life at sea, his knowledge of the ocean is more than evident when in battle or just chasing the wind. When he has free time, he enjoys anchoring a dinghy on the backside of Tortuga to fish.


What's your story?

March 19th - PiratesOnline.com Gets Extreme Makeover

Based on your feedback, we've improved the website to make it easier to find information about the game and discuss it with other players.


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In addition to the exciting new look, you'll notice that the news section and the Grog Blog have been merged, so now you can comment directly on news items. We've also added other new sections to make the site a true destination for all things Pirates Online! But this is just the first phase as Pirates Online will keep getting better! In the coming weeks and months you'll see more sections introduced, columns from famous Pirates and Pirate profiles put you in the spotlight!


Is there something you'd like to see on the site that we didn't include? Tell us what you think of the new site!

March 19th - EVENT - Founders and GMs Recruit Crews

This weekend, join GMs from the Marceline Guild and Founders from all over the Caribbean in a show of force as we assemble crews to take the fight directly to the EITC!


The EITC continues to deny that they've been planning an all-out attack on the Pirates of the Caribbean. Still, EITC forces are growing and recently Pirates have noticed suspicious activity (like that seen in the days before the destruction of old Port Royal and old Tortuga) by the Company near Padres Del Fuego.


Prepare for battle mates, and good luck - you'll need it!


When: 11AM - 2PM, Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22
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Where: On the beaches of Devil's Anvil (C named Oceans/servers)


NOTE: This is a role playing event. Pirates Online GMs will be in character and talking only about the event. During the event, please be respectful to your fellow pirates - DO NOT participate in disruptive behavior or USE WEAPONS unless asked to do so.

March 17th - Green Seas - Irish Items

Thanks to Pirates like Shamus O' Malley and Captain Walter of the Marceline guild, we're happy to report the EITC won't be shipping any green dyes or inks to Europe this spring. In fact, the Caribbean's resources are staying in the islands as several shipments of EITC cargo were recently raided and barrels of dye and ink were "commandeered" for the Caribbean shop keepers.


For a limited time, visit Ink Parlors for Irish-themed tattoos and Barbers for green hair! Looking for a party? Then join our GMs in-game Tuesday, March 17th on Saint Patrick's Day from 12-2PM and 4-6PM (all times Pacific) when we?ll be celebrating in taverns and towns all over the Caribbean!


Noticed something different about the sea?

March 13th - Where in the Caribbean is Shamus O' Malley?

Looking for Shamus O' Malley? Remember, Shamus doesn't like large crowds, look for him off the beaten path or in shops, or lonely beaches. When you do find Shamus, greet him and then whisper the secret phrase. Have a pen and paper handy, Shamus will whisper you a code that can be redeemed in-game for gold! Be quick - Shamus looks to spread his fortune with many Pirates (only on St. Patrick's Day) and will be off before you know it!
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How to use Shamus' code for gold:


1) Hit 'Enter' to open the chat window.
2) Type /code in the chat window followed by the code Shamus gives you. Example: /code 1234567891234567
3) Hit 'Enter' again to redeem
4) If done correctly, you'll see a notice appear that the code has been redeemed successfully and your gold amount will increase.

March 13th - Spring Blooms, Seas Turn Green

We welcome spring to the Caribbean and with it a mysterious green algae that blooms in the waters surrounding the islands. Legend has it that algae bloom is an omen of things to come - that green seas attract large sea creatures, like whales and giant squids.


Some though say it was the Irish Pirate Shamus O' Malley - not algae - that turned the sea green. Shamus it seemed couldn't bear to see the green inks and dyes intended for the Caribbean Saint Patrick's celebration shipped off to Europe. So he and other pirates raided EITC ships and dumped their cargos of ink and dyes into the ocean (saving enough for the shopkeepers, of course).


March 9th - Send Us a Sea Shanty and Sing Along!

To keep Pirates from tiring of the same old routine, a captain or deckmaster will lead a crew in a "call and response" song - or sea shanty. The tradition comes from Europe where Irish, British and French sailors sing songs to excite their crews. Sea shanties help coordinate work on deck and keep crews entertained during long voyages.


Do you have a song in your heart? Then send us your sea shanty! Here's an example:


Shanty
Pull the rope! Haul the line!
(Chorus) The tide be with us! And just in time!
Pull the rope! Haul the line!
(Chorus) Captain bringin' us home just fine!


We're looking for ORIGINAL SONGS that you may have sung with your mates while at sea or adventuring. Submissions will be taken until March 20, be sure to include your Pirate name, guild and level for proper credit.

March 3rd - Tortuga Tours

Tour the Town, See the Sights!


Still finding your way around the new Tortuga? We're here to help. Join us this Friday, March 6 from 11 AM - 2 PM Pacific Time and tour the town with the Pirates Online GMs.


Join us this Friday, March 6 from 11 AM - 2 PM Pacific Time for Tortuga Tours. We'll be roaming the oceans that begin with the letter B, meeting Pirates, and showing them the town. You'll hear stories about the people and places, plus get some insight on the changes and how the EITC may play a role.


NOTE: This is a role playing event, Pirates Online GMs will be in character, and talking only about the new Tortuga. During the event, please be respectful to your fellow pirates on the tour - DO NOT USE WEAPONS or participate in disruptive behavior.

March 2nd - Several Known Issues to be Addressed!

We have an upcoming patch to Pirates Online that will fix several issues. Here are the release notes for the publish that will happen in the next few days:

  • Some missing NPCs on Port Royal and Tortuga have returned
  • Pressing "escape" now closes the Chat Panel as it used to
  • The Boarding Permission panel now hides when you click the
  • Boarding Permission button
  • Fixed the ten second flicker on the Compass and Ray of Light for


some tracked quests

  • Swamp water on Tortuga should look better now
  • Musicians in Tortuga tavern now have actual names
  • If a player rejects your invitation to become your friend, you now receive a notification
  • Harmless animals no longer appear as enemies on the Compass
  • Ships that have respawned now show up on the Compass
  • Your current ship now maintains its bronze color on the Compass
  • Fixed several client memory leaks
  • Fixed various other smaller bugs

February 25th - NEW Tortuga and Other Updates - Now Live!

Based on your comments, we continue to make changes to Pirates Online, with more on the way! What do you think of the NEW Tortuga? Have you had a chance to tour the new town? How about the other updates? Tell us what you think!


As with any new update, there may be bugs or issues. We are working quickly to fix these issues. If you see any problems, report them to us!


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February 25th - Update to Player Profile - Introducing Player Friends

The Player Friend feature, currently in Beta, is a new feature that gives you the ability to communicate with any Disney Online Guest! Pirates Online is the first to carry this feature and more products will be joining us to make Player Friends an exciting addition that will allow you to see Player Friends when he/she logs in to any Disney site such as Disney.com!

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February 20th - Mardi Gras

Join us this weekend, and the days leading up to Fat Tuesday (Feb. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 from 12PM - 3PM PST) for Mardi Gras!


Our GMs will be in game to celebrate Mardi Gras and get the carnival going! A street parade starts in the center of Tortuga and then proceeds to the beach for a Pirate's Mardi Gras party! Enjoy dancing, roast pork and other surprises! It?s party time! GMs will be roaming the "C" named Oceans (servers). We'll continue roaming the Oceans in alphabetical order after all the bonfires are started on the "C" named Oceans. Plus there may be surprise GM appearances in "A" & "B" titled Oceans. Founder's are encouraged to join us to help lead the parade!


NOTE: This is a ROLE-PLAYING event, GMs will be in character to celebrate Mardi Gras and not answering questions about game updates. Please do not use weapons during this event unless instructed to do so.

February 19th - Pirate P.I.'s - Investigating Rumors

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Something's afoot in the Caribbean. Townsfolk all over the islands are talking about the recent events and what they may mean.


Your mission: Travel to the various islands and talk to the townsfolk. See what information you can get out of them then return here to the Grog Blog and tell us: What plots have you discovered? What do you think it all means? Who gave you the best information?


Keep an eye to the Lore to see if your suspicions are confirmed.

February 17th - Maintenance on our Oceans servers

We are performing maintenance on our Oceans (servers). To do this we must temporarily reduce the number of Oceans available. The Oceans will return when maintenance is completed. Please see below for the affected Oceans.

February 13th - Ship Naming Contest

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We're expanding the Shipwright's Ship Naming Menu! Until March 6, 2009 you have a chance to suggest a name to be added to the Ship Naming Menu. A Ship holds a special place in every Pirates heart and naming a ship is just as important as choosing one.


To submit a name, just post below, keeping within these guidelines: Names must be original and in good taste. Be sure to include your in-game Pirate name, your level and Guild name (if you have one) so you get proper credit. Winners will be added to the Shipwright's naming menu.


Update: Due to an overwhelming response (our best ever to any Grog Blog entry!), we cannot post all the ship suggestions here on the blog. But keep them coming! We are still collecting all your great ideas until March 6th!.

January 30th - Known Issues

We hope you had a chance to check out the new Port Royal! We made a lot of changes and we know there are some issues in the recent release, and we are working to resolve them. For instance, we know that the text describing emotes is not showing up in chat. We are currently working on a fix.


Also, if the game exits when clicking on another pirate (or a friend in the friend's panel), try changing your Graphic Options to DirectX 9 in the Game Launcher Window:


Go to Start | Programs | Disney Pirates of the Caribbean Online | Pirates of the Caribbean Online.


In the Launcher Window, select the Graphic Options button (lower right, near HELP). Select <DirectX 9> and press Continue.


Sign in and press Play.


Please continue to send us any bugs that you find!

January 30th - Changes to the Player Profile

We've enhanced and simplified the way to interact with pirates in the game. Below are some changes we have made.

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January 30th - New Game Enhancements and More

Based on your comments, we've made massive changes to Pirates Online and more are on the way! What do you think of the new Port Royal, the new Tutorial, improved menus and other changes?


As with any new update, there may be bugs or issues. We are working quickly to fix these issues. If you see any problems, report them to us!


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January 27th - New Pirates Online Preview!

Here's a sneak peek at what we're working on for the new Pirates Online website. This is one of the concepts that we're exploring to update the site and feature more community events.


What ideas would you like to see on the website?

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January 27th - New Updates on Test - Send Us Your Feedback

We've just put a new build on the Test Server, if you've played it we'd like to take a moment to thank you and remind you to send us your feedback! If you haven't, and you have Test Server access, log on now and check it out.


The town feels alive and is ready for exploration. We're still working on reported bugs and other fixes so be sure to log on and play. If you don't have access to the Test Server, don't despair - in the weeks ahead we'll tell you how you can get a Test Server Invitation! Meanwhile, check out images of the new Port Royal below and let us know what you think.


January 23rd - Feats of Strength - First Weekend Competitors

Thanks to all the Pirates that signed up for the Feats of Strength Competition. The response has been overwhelming! THANK YOU! Many, many Pirates are set to compete. Thanks for your patience as we worked to complete the schedule!


The competition consists of several challenges. Pirates must complete all challenges as fast as they can, in order, following the course routes. All competitors must read the rules and event challenges BEFORE competing - if you have not done so already, please review the course and challenges! Pirates that finish the race without completing all challenges or do not follow the rules will be disqualified. Please arrive at your assigned ocean (server) early! We have many competitors and schedules are very tight - sorry but late contestants or no-shows will not be able to participate. Competitors were scheduled on a first-come basis. If you do not see your name posted, it's most likely because you are being scheduled for next week's event, January 30-31, 2010.


Feats of Strength Competition Schedule


Pirates and their competition times are listed alphabetically.


Times shown are Pacific, or Los Angeles time. If you are not on the West Coast, you can use a Time Zone Calculator to figure out the time you are competing. Good luck Pirates! We will see you this weekend!


A-E


F-L


M-S


T-Z


Please Note: All Pirates are welcome to watch the event from the beach, docks, or town of Tortuga, but be respectful of your fellow Pirates competing in the Feats of Strength Contest. Please don't block the course route, use weapons during the competition or interfere with the Pirates competing. Thank you!



January 17th - Feats of Strength Prize Redemption

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IMPORTANT NOTE TO WINNERS OF THE SATURDAY FEATS OF STRENGTH CONTEST: UPDATE: The issue we were experiencing with Saturday's winners has been fixed. You can now redeem the codes you were given on Saturday.


Instructions for redeeming your Feats of Strength code:


Type in the local chat window /code [PIRATEPRIZECODE]


Where you see [PIRATEPRIZECODE] is where you type in the 21 character code a GM gave you at the end of your race. You must type in "/code" before the actual code for this to work.


example:


/code ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTU

January 15th - Feats of Strength Overview

All contestants should read these rules and familiarize yourself with the event challenges before the event.


The Feats of Strength Contest consists of three separate challenges. Pirates must complete all three challenges as fast as they can, in order, following the course routes. Pirates that finish the race without completing all task are disqualified.


Refer to the schedule posted here for your competition time. Please arrive at your designated ocean (server) early! Late contestants or no-shows will not be able to participate.


Please Note: All Pirates are welcome to watch the event from the beach or docks of Tortuga, but be respectful of your fellow Pirates competing in the Feats of Strength Contest. Please don't block the course route, use weapons during the contests or interfere with the contestants.


Challenge 1: 3 Laps around TownTortuga 1


The race begins with 3 laps, as Pirates run counter-clockwise around the town of Tortuga.


Challenge 2: Swim the BeachTortuga 2


After the footrace, Pirates swim the length of the beach. Pirates will go straight from the footrace to the swimming challenge without stopping. Please note the start of the swimming challenge - Pirates must swim around the Shipwright.


Challenge 3: Defeat 1 Crocodile


Tortuga 3


Pirates will swim to the Jail, then defeat 1 crocodile. After defeating the crocodile, the first player to race back to the GM in front of the Jail wins. There are prizes for first, second and third, so don't stop until you finish the race!

January 14th - New Port Royal on Test

Something's going on in the Caribbean. Specifically Port Royal, where in the coming days, the town will be changed by a cataclysmic event - and what will rise from the rubble will be a completely NEW Port Royal. What do you think of the images of the new town?

January 13th - Feats of Strength Contest Sign Up

Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions we've received, we're now closing the sign-up. Thanks for signing up!


Be sure to check back Friday, January 16 for a complete schedule. Please arrive at your designated ocean (server) location early! Late contestants or no-shows will not be able to participate.


If you didn't get a chance to sign up for this event, don't worry, we'll be doing events like this again very soon.


This event takes place January 17, 18, and 19 from 11 AM - 2 PM (Pacific Time) on Tortuga. All Pirates are invited to compete - or just cheer on a mate. To enter the contest - which includes a footrace, swim, and enemy battle - submit your in-game Pirate name, current level, and the day you prefer to compete (and a secondary choice) - we'll publish a schedule for Pirates participating on Friday, January 16.
Note: We will make every effort to accommodate your requested competition day, however due to the turnout expected for this event, participants are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

January 9th - Live the Pirate's Life Contest

Due to popular demand, we've decided to extend the Contest deadline to February 15, 2009 and allow you buccaneers the opportunity to send us more great videos of how you live like a Pirate!

January 8th - Pirate New Year's Resolutions

In 2009, the Pirates Online Crew is cutting back on the bacon and the drinking. (Does coffee count as drinking?) We're building a ton of new features and exercising our Pirates. (Captain Walter seems to be getting a little soft around the middle and needs to level up that cutlass!) What are you doing to get in shape - what arrrr your Pirate's New Years Resolutions?

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