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The subject says it all, really. I prefer to run large-ship, take-everyone pillages when I lead a pillage; I find that it's a nice balance to being elitist when I run CIs. However, I've found my shops in need of kraken blood, and my shops are in the middle of nowhere, so I don't get many people selling to me. I could start up an apothecary long enough to distill a zillion ink into blood, and I'll do that if needed, but I would rather get my own.

I know that the difficulty of the ships you attack has an effect on the odds of gaining blood from a fight, as well as the skill level of your crew. Would I be better to scale down and job more elite, or is there any way to regularly get blood from a larger ship? (No, a brig full of elite players isn't really likely, much as I would love to have one.) And are there any other things I should consider?
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I could start up an apothecary long enough to distill a zillion ink into blood, and I'll do that if needed, but I would rather get my own.

In the past, when I needed things like black, gold, or white enamel/paint/cloth, I would approach apoth owners and see if they could make me a bunch if I supplied the raw materials. Usually, my hearties would be happy to make some, but I was careful to not be too much of a pain. I would have everything ready first, and I would do large batches that would last me months so I would keep pestering them.

I eventually opened up my own apoth/weavery because the markup on a single batch of gold stuff was more than the opening costs and the number of players had dropped enough to make it hard to find willing owners.
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I could start up an apothecary long enough to distill a zillion ink into blood, and I'll do that if needed, but I would rather get my own.

In the past, when I needed things like black, gold, or white enamel/paint/cloth, I would approach apoth owners and see if they could make me a bunch if I supplied the raw materials. Usually, my hearties would be happy to make some, but I was careful to not be too much of a pain. I would have everything ready first, and I would do large batches that would last me months so I would keep pestering them.

I eventually opened up my own apoth/weavery because the markup on a single batch of gold stuff was more than the opening costs and the number of players had dropped enough to make it hard to find willing owners.

I may end up doing that, especially if paint prices on my island have risen to the point where it's profitable to make paint again, but I was hoping to try a different way first. Besides, IIRC, you're on a sub ocean. Dub oceans add ~30k in dub fees to stall opening costs.
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Once upon a time, when Midnight was still young, I remember going on KB hunts with a semi-elite sloop. 5 people (NEVER more!) and 1 KB in the hold when you first deport. 6 or 8 hours of non-stop puzzling later, we'd port, usually with 5 or 6 KB added to the original 1. Mind you, there was a lot of re-charting, and sailing back and forth over known "blood routes" and I doubt anyone would do a 6 hour sloop run nowadays, but .. there it is.
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Having a KB in the hold doesn't have an effect on whether you win another one.

Pillaging on the harder routes for your ocean should increase the likelihood of winning a KB. You can also go hunting for the merchant ships, though winning KB isn't a guarantee there either.

On Cerulean, the most difficult part of the ocean to pillage on is the back-half of Ruby (Islay of Luthien --> Lynx Island --> Olivia Isle --> Midsummer).

Inter-arch routes are also good routes on which to try and win KB.
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I think the target needs to be Imperial, but apart from that it's a random drop. Small ships are better because the battles (and frays) are typically faster and you can job them faster, and you share the KB between fewer people.
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