Pirates of the Burning Sea 1.5.46 goes live

I’m a bit late on this one.

Will the addition of insurance (though it’s more of a rebate than insurance, really) have the desired effect of increasing the amount of consensual PvP? Lets hope so, as with Pirate PvP starting at 3000 unrest now, there are going to be a lot of red circles around.

The 1.5.46 PotBS patch notes are below:

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Pirates of the Burning Sea Test Notes

Another solid update in the works for PotBS. Our first level 50 Raid, the much anticipated insurance system, and much more! Pirates of the Burning Sea continues to improve in leaps and bounds, though I worry whether it comes too late for many of its players. Perhaps a full scale rerelease, and free month return programme might be in order later this year.

Full test patch notes for are below:

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PotBS 1.4.34 goes live

What rough beast, its hour come at last, slouches towards Tortaga to be born? It’s the Buccaneer, brimming with tradey goodness, and our ocean will never be the same again! Not just for those scurvy Pirates either. Across the board characters will be logging in to be greeted by a free respec, as the skills available to all classes have been completely revamped. Only time will tell if this is for good or ill, but with greater choice available, I am hopeful it’ll work out for the best.

Economic unrest has been given the old heave-ho too, with the bundles now being placed into the care of NPCs who will slowly trickle the unrest at a more sedate pace, putting an end for once and for all to econbombing.

There’s lots more in this update. New stuff to buy with commendations and MoV, new ships, a scad of ship changes, and fixes in abundance. Have a good ol’ rummage and see what you reckon,

The full 1.4.34 patch notes for Pirates of the Burning Sea continue below:

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PotBS Test Server Patch Notes 1.4.30

A fairly small update to the test build, though there are a lot of skill tweaks. The Bahamut gets significantly increased in power, and Sabanqui loses it’s unrest decay, which is going to seriously inconvenience Campeche from time to time. Privateer skills get a surprisingly sharp smack with the nerfbat.

Patch notes are below:
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PotBS Test Server Patch Notes 1.4.29, and a move to Age of Conan

Just a small tweak so not too much to talk about in this one, although I weep quietly for my expert carpenter. If the ad hoc spawning is finally truly fixed, then that will be a very good thing.

In other news, several major RvRing guilds on Roberts are going to be heading to Age of Conan, some merging to form the Scions of Nordheim. I’m going to be heading along to the same server, Ymir, to see what AoC is like. I’ll be trying to keep up with my responsibilities in PotBS, though I shall be cutting down the amount of time I spend there for now, at least until there is more to do for someone like me. I’ll try to liveblog my first impressions of AoC when I start the early access period this Saturday. I’m hoping that this time I eventually get the chance to build a city that I was denied in Vanguard and PotBS, who both decided it was an unnecessary feature to launch with.

I feel slightly guilty, as this is not going to help the dwindling population on Roberts at all, but at the end of the day I can’t let myself be bound to a game I’m not enjoying simply out of a sense of duty. I shall continue to try to help to make PotBS a better place to be.

PotBS patch notes continue below:

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PotBS Test Server Patch Notes 1.4.28

Another test build has just arrived, and it seems the pendulum may be swinging back slightly, as the 4th and 3rd rates gain a little bit of target tracking, and the Hercules lose some.

64-gun ships are having the number of line bundles they require reduced from 8 to 3. I’m trying to figure out exactly what ships this means, but it seems to mean the 3rd rates, and maybe the Couronne. The patch is not yet live on the test server, so I’ll update when we know precisely who’s affected. (Update: It turns out the decision to only change the Valiant was deliberate.) The intent would seem to be to make the 3rd rates closer to the Pirate Herc in cost and overall power. A worthy goal, and one which I think will do a lot to reduce the National’s current indignation.

Cutthroats have lost their entire Evasion path, bringing them down to the same number of skill paths as everyone else. Fair, but going to be quite a painful pill for them to swallow.

Patch Notes continue below:

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PotBS Test Server Patch Notes 1.4.25

Some very encouraging things in this latest test server build. It is only the first test build, and we know there is another on the way, so don’t be surprised if something you were expecting isn’t in here.

I’m personally very excited about the new unrest system, which will help return us non-PvPing RvRers to relevance. Freetraders also get a couple of rather tasty sounding new ships. All careers gain new skills, which will give us more options, though it is hard to say how, taken as a whole, it will affect the current balance of power between the careers, especially with the arrival of those upstart Buccaneers.

The new outfitting rewards for turning in commendations will reduce the chorus of complaints that there was nothing worth buying with them for non-Freetraders, though until we see the stats it is difficult to judge their worth. Also, I am a little concerned that if they are not general outfitting, that might have a bit of a dodgy effect on the economy, though I guess since they removed ships as rewards in 1.3, we crafters should be willing to tolerate that.

There are a few dark clouds though. I think Naval Officers are going to be extremely unhappy about the changes to 1st and 2nd rated lineships, or at least the people who worked hard enough to get one will. This update does not seem to do much to help the Nations against the increasingly powerful Brethren of the Coast, and in fact probably worsens our plight. Not that we will let that stop us!

So, here are the 1.4.25 patch notes!

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