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What do I start the game with?
How do I make money?
How do I recruit men?
What are workers for?
What is the difference between Workers, Swabs, and Veterans?
How do I keep my men alive and happy?
How do I start a Plantation?
Why can't I buy land for my Plantation?
How do I attack a Plantation? New
How do I protect my Plantation from being attacked?
What happens if I leave workers unassigned?
How do I harvest wood?
How do I sell or use the goods that I produce?
Can I take supplies with me on my Ship?
How do I upgrade my Ship?
How do I attack another pirate?
What happens if I win a battle?
Can I have more than one Ship?
What happens if I lose a battle?
How do I bury treasure?
Why should I bury treasure?
How do I search for buried treasure?

Q.
What do I start the game with?
A.

A new game starts every 10 days. Each game can be a little different, but for this round every players starts with £ 1000000 , a longboat, 500 workers, and 10 units of land at your starting port. Each player also gets 9500 turns at the start of the game.

Use your money to purchase supplies and upgrade your ship.
Turns are used to produce crops, recruit men, attack other ships, etc.
Free accounts accumulate turns at a rate of 30 turns every 5 minutes up to a max of 9000 .

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Q.
How do I make money?
A.

It looks like quite a few people are having trouble getting enough money to upgrade ships, which is the whole point of the game.... so, congratulations to the few of you who have figured it out on your own! And here be a couple of tips for the rest of ya blimey scumbuckets.

There are two ways to make money quick.

Method A.
1. Use a few turns to recruit Swabs.
2. Buy some Rum with your money to keep the Swabs happy.
3. Use some turns ot put the Swabs to work in the mines.
4. Repeat the process.

Method B.
1. Use money to buy land and workers.
2. Assign the workers to a crop... experiment to see which ones are the cheapest and most profitable to produce.
3. Use a few turns to produce the crop.
4. Sell the crop.
5. Repeat the process.

In both methods using just a few turns for production each time is the key. You will be using more men after each cycle so the turns you use will be more productive.

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Q.
How do I recruit men?
A.
You can recruit men at any port. Once you are docked, go to the Port and specify how many turns you would like to use to recruit men. The more turns you use, the more men you recruit. Be sure to keep your men happy with food, weapons, and rum, or they will leave. They may leave you 'high and dry' when you need them most.
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Q.
What are workers for?
A.

You can use workers to work in your fields to produce cattle (beef), limes, and cotton (sails).

You can also use them to work in the forest to harvest wood or to manufacture your raw materials into canvas, lumber, and rum.

Workers can be purchased at the Port.

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Q.
What is the difference between Workers, Swabs, and Veterans?
A.
Workers:

- can be purchased for cash at the port.
- work on plantations, harvest wood, and manufacture goods
- should be protected by swabs or veterans
- if they are not working in the fields producing beef and limes, they must be supplied with food.

Swabs: - use turns to recruit at any port
- will work on ships, fight, and can protect plantation land, warehouse, and workers
- easier to keep happy and easier to recruit than Veterans, but less effective in a fight.
- must be supplied with rum when guarding or sailing
Veterans:

- use turns to recruit at any port
- will work on ships, fight battles, and protect plantation land, warehouse, and workers
- stronger fighters but harder to recruit than Swabs.
- must be supplied with rum when guarding or sailing.
- require a percentage of any plunder taken in order to keep happy

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Q.
How do I keep my men alive and happy?
A.
Workers:

- minimal requirements
- cotton, wood, sugarcane, and idle workers all require beef and limes or they will die.
- should be protected by at least a 100 to 1 ratio.

Swabs:

- medium requirements
- require rum when guarding.
- require rum, meat, and limes when sailing, or fighting

Veterans:

- maximum requirements
- require rum when guarding.
- require rum, meat, limes, when sailing, or fighting
- additionally they require a percentage of any plunder taken in battle

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Q.
How do I start a Plantation?
A.

Select a Port where you want to start your plantation. When docked at the selected Port, click on the Plantation link. You will need to purchase some land to start your plantation. Once you have land you can buy workers at the port and assign them to different tasks on the Plantation. Once you have assigned men to tasks, your Plantation will produce goods when you use turns for production. You can produce beef, limes, cotton (for sails), sugarcane (for rum), or harvest wood (for lumber) on your plantation. You can manufacture raw materials into supplies, and you can operate a mine.

You should recruit some extra Swabs and/or Veterans to gaurd the workers and protect your warehouse from pillaging pirates. Any swabs or veterans purchased at a port and not loaded on your ship will protect your plantation.

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Q.
Why can't I buy land for my Plantation?
A.
The governors of the islands limit the amount of land that can be developed or purchased by any one person. If you want more land, you will have to pick another island to expand to, or take over someone else's plantation by attacking it.
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Q.
How do I attack a Plantation?
A.
Look at the 'Sea' page when you are docked at an island. There is a link that will allow you to see all of the plantations on the island.

To attack, click on the name of a pirate that is within your range. You can attack pirates with half of your networth, and pirates up to 5 times as wealthy as you are.

You will attack the plantation with all of the men that are on your ship, and if you own land on the island, the men you have there will join the attack. The plantation will be defended by any swabs and veterans that are at that plantation. Each attack will cost 25 turns.

If you kill all of the defenders of a plantation, you get a percentage of the land, some of the workers, and the plantation owner will ransome their life by providing you with the coordinates of their biggest buried treasure. (If they haven't buried any treasure - well, ya picked the wrong plantation to attack.)

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Q.
How do I protect my Plantation from being attacked?
A.

To protect your plantation, recruit and leave swabs and/or veterans on the island. They will protect your land, your workers, and your warehouse. There is no limit to the number of men you can have protecting your plantation. The more guards you have, the better off you will be when someone attacks you.

If your plantation is attacked and you lose all of your defenders, the attacker will take your land, workers, and your biggest buried treasure.

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Q.
What happens if I don't select a crop for my plantation to produce, but there are still men there?
A.
Hmm, good question. I guess you will find out what happens when workers have free time. Be sure you have enough beef, and limes to keep the unassigned workers fed.
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Q.
How do I harvest wood?
A.
When in a Port, go to your Plantation. Assign the number of Workers you want to havest wood. Once you have some wood in your warehouse you can manufacture the wood into lumber.
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Q.
How do I sell or use the goods that I produce?
A.
You can go to the Port where your plantation is located. Once at the Port, you will have access to all of the goods that you have stored in your warehouse there. You can sell the goods on the Docks, or use them to upgrade, repair, or restock your Ship. You can also load goods on your ship and sail to a new port in search of higher profits.
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Q.
Can I take supplies with me on my Ship?
A.
Yes, and no. You can load food, raw materials, canvas, lumber, cannon, ammunition, and men on your Ship. Money that is not buried will also be taken with you on your ship. You cannot load workers on your ship at this time.
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Q.
How do I upgrade my Ship?
A.
You must be in a Port to upgrade your Ship. Its a good idea to have some lumber and canvas on hand. You produce them on your plantation, but if you don't have enough or don't want to run your plantation the materials needed for the upgrade will be purchased for you at the current rate from the port. On the Port page select the upgrade you would like to perform. Each upgrade will require different amounts of material. The turns required for the upgrade depend on the type of ship and how much material is used.
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Q.
How do I attack another pirate?
A.

You can attack any pirate located in the same area of the sea that you are. Make sure you select your target carefully. Each attack will cost you turns. There are two different ways to attack.

1. You can attack with cannon loaded with grapeshot. This does little damage to the target ship but will have a rather drastic effect on the sails and the men on deck. This type of attack is the best way to ensure that the target ship, and your plunder, don't sink into the deep blue, but it takes longer.

2. Attacking with cannon balls does the most damage to an enemy ship. This is the best way to cripple or sink a ship. Attacking with cannon balls is the only way to destroy the other ship's cannon.

A combination of all of these attacks can be used during a battle.

You have to have men to reload and fire your guns.
Swivels require 1 men,
12 lb cannon require 2 men, and
24 lb cannon require 3 men.
(this usually means that you need a little over half of the men on your ship to fire all of your cannons.)

The defending ship will always counter attack by firing cannon balls, so be careful that your ship doesn't get shot out from underneith you.

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Q.
What happens if I win a ship battle?
A.
To the winner go the spoils. All wealth and cargo on the conquered ship is yours for the taking.
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Q.
Can I have more than one Ship?
A.
No, not at this time. The game is currently configured for each pirate to control one ship. You can join forces with other pirates. By joining forces you can increase your defense and attack.
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Q.
What happens if I lose a battle?
A.

You escape with your life by floating to shore on a piece of your Ship. In a rare act of generosity your attacker may decide not to destroy your ship and you may get to limp it back to port for repair.

You lose a battle when all men on your ship have been killed.

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Q.
How do I bury treasure?
A.

When at Sea, click on the 'Bury Treasure' link. You will be asked to enter the amount of treasure you want to bury at this 'location'. The location of your buried treasure will be encoded and displayed so that you can find your treasure later.

See Why should I bury treasure?

There is a small risk that there is a small possibility that, by dumb luck, someone else could happen upon your secret cache.

When your plantation is attacked and defeated you will forfeit your largest buried treasure as a ransome for your life.

Burying treasure will use turns.

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Q.
Why should I bury treasure?
A.

There are several reasons to bury treasure:

1. All of your cash is carried on your person or ship, so anyone attacking you and wining will get most, if not all, of your booty. By caching some of it away you limit your exposure to attack. Keep in mind that any money not on your person is not calculated into your current networth for ranking... however, it will be calculated in when deciding if you can attack another player.

2. The location codes for buried treasure can be transferred between players...

Note: Buried Treasure will not be transfered to the next round.

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Q.
How do I search for buried treasure?
A.

When at sea, click on the 'Search for Treasure' link. You will be prompted for a location code. Each search will use turns. The best way to find treasure is to know the exact location but you are free to search randomly... who knows you may get lucky.

You can also go to your 'My Status' page, which will display any treasures you have buried. There is a 'dig' link next to each buried treasure.

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