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She has set her icy gaze upon a larger prize on the Viridian Ocean. Clearly, her ambition knows no bounds.

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This is her most audacious assault yet. The so-called Skullsplitter has struck deep into the Hunter, Malachite, and Sage oceans. If left unchecked, she may conquer us all.

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While her every strike has been repelled, she has laid her eyes upon the largest target yet in the Hunter Ocean.

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It seems she has let slip her dogs of war on the Sage and Viridian oceans.

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It seems she was not content with a surprise strike to deny everyone the ability to sail on the oceans. While the nefarious scheme was thwarted, she has turned towards a heavenly prize on the Malachite ocean.

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She has taken her largest leap yet on the Hunter Ocean.

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You have done well in preventing the Ice Witch from establishing a foothold on the oceans during these summer months. I am given to understand that she has a final surge on the Hunter and Malachite oceans. Turn her back for good, and we may all be safer. For now.

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Congratulations! You have successfully prevented Brynhild Skullsplitter from gaining a permanent foothold on the oceans! So thoroughly have you driven her off that the other Brigand Kings have become dispirited and begun to rethink their role in the oceans. Inside sources report that they plan to lessen their efforts on the more established oceans, but they will test their mettle on Malachite which no longer will go untouched by their blockades.

Lets us all hope they are content with that...
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Inside sources report that the Society of BKs (SOB) have put blockades on hold. BK minions refused to comment further on this withdrawal but have assured us that this is only temporary. Although we have had a few anonymous reports of some strange new orange containers in the BKs' private quarters it is yet unknown whether this is related to the recent withdrawal.

(BK Blockades have been disabled temporarily, Scuttling was also temporarily disabled this weekend but should be working again. We do Apologize for any inconveniences resulting from that.)
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Islands will be closed to blockades for the weekend of 26-28 December 2008.
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We have received some updated intelligence indicating that Brigand Kings will be resuming their normal blockading activities in the new year.

(BK blockades will again be happening in January, this means that the first blockade drop will be possible on the 1st for a blockade on the 10th. As previously announced, BKs have eased up and flotillas which aren't destroyed will not always become blockades.)
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At long last, we have the next set of island openings scheduled! Beware, we have confirmed reports that the BKs will be moving in early and defending the islands as their own. Good luck to everyone!

August: SeptemberOctoberNovember
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The Midnight and Cobalt Island openings will be with the following conditions:

- The Islands will be opened for 4 total weeks. Dragon's nest will be returned to the Dread Ringers on October 17th and Alpha Island will be returned to the Dread Ringers on October 24th.
- A Brigand King may or may not join in the initial blockade when the island opens.
- The flag who wins the first blockade will be given the deed to one construction site on that island. Please petition with the shoppe type and name, commodities and labor are your responsibility. We will build the site as soon as we are able. If the construction site is lost in a subsequent blockade it will not be returned!
- No additional shoppes are to be built on the island for the duration of the 4 weeks, failure to follow this will result in the immediate removal of the flag from the island, no refunds will be issued.
- Props should be intact at the end of the four week period.
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Ahoy!

This is to confirm the tentative dates posted here.
Islands will be closed to blockade for two weekends - the weekend of the 25th-27th December 2009, and the weekend of the 1st-3rd January 2010.
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Ahoy!

This is to confirm the tentative dates posted here.
Islands will be closed to blockade for two weekends - the weekend of the 25th-27th December 2009, and the weekend of the 1st-3rd January 2010.


Please note, flotillas will continue to spawn and be available for attack but will not result in any BK blockades. BKs can still be scuttled but will be set to happen on Saturday at noon Pirate Time.
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Hope everyone enjoyed your break - blockade settings should now all be back to normal!
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Ahoy pirates! This post is to confirm that islands will be closed for blockades on the following weekends, as posted tentatively here:
24-26 December 2010
31 December 2010 - 2nd January 2011

Please note, flotillas will continue to spawn and be available for attack but will not result in any BK blockades. BKs can still be scuttled but will be set to happen on Saturday at noon Pirate Time.
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Weekend event blockade restrictions will also be lifted as of next week when the regular blockades are turned off.
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Ahoy, pirates! This is something of a teaser - we're working on a plan for island openings on a number of oceans this summer. Each ocean included will have a shortlist of islands available to be opened, and there will be an event to compete in to win the right to choose which island from the shortlist will be opened for blockading.

There will be more details posted before the end of May - if you wish to put forward a case for a particular island to be on the shortlist for your ocean, you can use this linked thread!

edit: For now, I'm not including Opal and Jade - these will be handled separately!
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I promised information by the end of May, so here is an update. We started with the list of islands suggested by you in the Parley thread (and the off-shoot ocean Parley threads) and also considered the reasons for the suggestions made. We do not have a final decision yet, I'm afraid, so you'll need to wait a bit longer while we complete the process of narrowing down the "longlist" into a "shortlist" for each ocean. The islands listed below are those that are still under consideration to make the final shortlist.

On each ocean where we decide an island opening can happen, there will be an event blockade to compete in to win the right to choose which option from the final shortlist is chosen.

For every ocean, there were 'votes' for not opening new islands. As a result:
On Midnight there will be no new islands opened in this round. If the monarch of Tyr's Own wants to confirm the Grand Tarbucks Suggestion, we'd be willing to discuss that! The same is true for any other flags who would like to donate islands back to the Ringers to change things a little!
On all oceans where an event is held for island openings, one of the shortlist options will be "No island openings". This allows those who believe there are enough islands open on their ocean to compete for that choice.

The following lists are the islands still under consideration for opening - please note that none of these oceans are yet guaranteed to have island openings, and that some of these island options will be removed before the final shortlist. No islands will be added to this list.
Cobalt: Jubilee, Hadrian, Stormy Fell, Windward Vale
Viridian: Mermaid's Purse, Stormy Fell, Kuhio
Sage: Cook, Hook Shelf, Rowes
Hunter: Qaniit, Immokalee, Edgar's Choice, Paollu, Toba
Malachite: Acanthaster Spits, Stalwart Reef

I'm sorry that I'm not able to give you the final list and event details at this date, but we'll be finished as soon as we can, and we can then confirm the final shortlists.
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Ahoy!

Please see this thread for details of island openings!
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As a result of this last weekend's event blockades, the following islands will shortly be opening for blockade:

Cobalt - Jubilee Island
Viridian - Stormy Fell
Malachite - Acanthaster Spits

Edit: as planned, these islands will be open for player blockade this weekend - (2nd-4th December)!
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Confirmed what is posted here, islands will be closed for blockade on the weekends of 24th December and 31st December 2011.
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As per the Ocean Merge FAQ here, blockades will be turned off on the newly merged oceans until a month after the merge.

Until then, blockades will be re-enabled as normal on all oceans after New Year.
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Sorry, I knew I forgot something. Scuttles have NOT been disabled, but the time cannot be changed: they will happen at the default of 12 noon game time.
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Merge information:
Brigand kings won't be able to attack islands for the same time frame as players. Players will still be able to scuttle. Flotillas will still be around.
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Blockades will be turned on March 1. Prepare the fleet!
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Confirming the blockade closing dates here. Islands will be closed for blockade on the weekends of December 22nd and December 29th.
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Due to ongoing turbulence blockades for the weekend of 9/7 are canceled and blockade chests will be refunded. Any islands that change ownership will be returned.

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Ahoy!

It looks we're facing darkened skies and stormy seas. Under these conditions we will be canceling all blockades for the weekend of Nov. 30. All blockade war chests have been refunded and should any islands change ownership they will be returned.

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