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I'm a silent reader on the forums, infrequently posting here and there, I think I've made one post on Obsidian Parley since its creation. However, I noticed a bit of negativity and argument, which is the nature of forum discussion, and it's passion is a beautiful thing, the game needs passionate players. One of the themes I've noticed both on the forums and /global chat quite frequently is the bashing of the game. Pirates will publicly say how much disdain they have for the game, while continuing to play it. This is a bit of a downer to me, because the game has meant so much to me. So if you'll indulge me for a moment, I'd like to give my two cents on how puzzle pirates has affected my life, and I encourage other pirates to do the same.

I first signed up for the game like many other pirates off of a miniclip ad, way back in 2005. I wanted to play Heli Attack 3, and my brother saw the ad and wanted to try it out. I began on the Viridian Ocean and began my journey. I went through middle school, high school, and most of college playing this game. I'm socially awkward, and am generally quiet by nature, and it's hard for me to make friends and form bonds with people. Puzzle Pirates has been an outlet for someone with anxiety to make genuine connections with diverse people from all over the world. I'm thankful for the many real, deep conversations I've had with people over the years. I still keep in touch with old salts who have since retired from the game over text and relish in the times they come back online to hang out.

I'm thankful for the hard-working crews that run pillages, blockades and monster hunting that makes the game for the scrubs like me who don't know how to navigate their way out of a paper bag. I'm thankful for the landlubbers that tart around on the docks and /tell you about their lives. I'm thankful for the gamblers who have rid me of all my hard earned PoE on the poker tables. I'm thankful for the captain's I've had over the years who have taught me more about the game and about life through their sincere care. I'm thankful for the pirate in the inn that gave me the idea for my term paper which I scored 99% on.

Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas has ironically been a light for me, resurrecting pirates who I have long since thought went by the way of Davy Jones' Locker. I've been revelling in the old friendships, as well as making new ones in the process. I'm genuinely thankful to Grey Havens for their attempt to save the game, and have nothing but admiration for them.

This post isn't meant to be sappy by any regard, but a simple, sincere thank you from a kid for this game and the salts on it who helped raise me. I wouldn't nearly be the same person without it.

TL;DR: I love PP! Let me know why you do as well.

(Edit: all my apostrophes went screwy)
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I love it, Pasteboi.

Almost identical story, tbh.
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First, thumbs up to this. :)

I doubt I have a story nearly as nice as yours. :P But basically, years ago, when I was organizing my trophies on Sage where I started, I made this:



In the month after next, I'll be getting my 11th Order of the Jolly Roger. :)
PP keeps me sane. :P Or happily crazy, whichever. xD

In any case, I suppose there seems to be a lot of negativity on forums and chat because people tend to speak out more when they're upset about something, rather than when they are happy about something. It doesn't mean they are never happy. They are usually just silent when they are. :) At least, I'd like to think that.
But it's nice that you posted this. :) I, too, am thankful for all those you've mentioned. And I am very appreciative of everyone who is doing their part in trying to keep this game alive. :)
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I encourage other pirates to do the same


My story started at 5-6 years ago, my teenagers at the time wanted me to have a guys night with them and some friends... as a non-video game player at all other then NES games like Mario, Zelda, ect... I went along after all what kind of dad turns down a invite from his kids to join him and 4-6 friends....

We started with Killing Floor, and well I was bad at it, we moved through other games over the 36 hour guys day, I realized they invited me for the candy and pizza and energy drinks but hey we had fun. On to Puzzle Pirates.. I was hooked immediately, a game that didn't require WASD, and was fairly simple to figure out. Years later still trying to master the game the puzzles ect.. some I love some I love to hate, but I love the trophies, and the grind of getting them. One of my greatest joys in the game is starting new, so I was super excited for the new ocean.

I don't enjoy the social side of the game as some do I would rather just be able to play and enjoy the puzzles and the challenges they bring me. I love the game to say I am addicted would be fair, its my escape from some pretty harsh realities that real life has delt me.

I guess that's the major appeal to the game, it can draw many different people from different parts of the world and a wide variety of life experiences. I also have made real friends in the game (few) but its great. Spoken to people in different countries for hours while playing. Puzzle pirates has been a great chapter in my life over all.
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Jazz: you were one of the inspirations of the post, thank ye for your events and streams to make the game fun and relevant for some players, it's appreciated, and for bringing Miles Davis to the peasants.

Opsat: Thanks for sharing mate! Did puzzle pirates keep ye sane or make ye more insane? Hit me up in game some time, I'd like to meet you.

Filthyjake: As one who reads the forums, I have seen your name around. I appreciate your passion for the game, and I loved hearing about how it all started! Cool dad. Cheers.

(Edit: As one with anxiety, I always second guess myself.)
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Geez, how to summarize this properly

Came to the game in the early days of Beta, back on Azure. Summer of 2003, nearly 15 years ago now. Was never more than a mediocre player of the game itself. I think my best standing was maybe a GM on Carp.

September of that year, they added Greeters to the game, and as somebody who was already very active in the gameplay and game design forums, having gone out of my way to collect knowledge about the game even if I wasn't very good at it, I applied pretty much right away. (Back then you had to basically submit a written application to an Island Governor of your home island to tell them why you ought to be a Greeter [Thanks Rifkind!]) and was probably in the secondish wave of greeters added in beta.

From that point on, Greeting took up the majority of my play time, and it took up a large amount of my general computer time as well. I like to think I managed to leave a bit of a mark on early Y!PP I loved the ability to help new people, I loved that a game actually gave people tools to try and help people instead of having to fight against the systems to do it like was common in so many games at the time.

It was around that time that I picked up my trademark All Pink outfit to match the name and be even more obvious on a dock as somebody people could go to for help. I made a lot of friends in the community, and I pretty much lived dockside, just tarting and chatting and answering questions.

Out of all the online community positions I've held (I've been on staff and adminned several communities over the years) it's quite probably still the case 15 years on, that the one I'm proudest of is when, in October 2003 Azure got rolled into Midnight, and the game left beta and Cleaver made me the very first official post-launch Greeter.

If that was one of my favourite community position moments of my gaming life, definitely the highlight of my presence in online communities in general was in July 2004, when the Ringers had a party in San Francisco. Teenaged and Canadian Devonin had no hope at all of affording an international trip, and in circumstances I still recount to people with a bit of amazement, the community (Led by JackSparrow [Or...one of the fifty spellings of that that was specifically Mash's]) raised all the money I needed for the airfare both ways, and people volunteered me places to stay all three nights.

I was required to recreate my all-pink outfit, which I had to have custom made just for the party



It was the first time I'd gone and met people I only knew from online communities, and even though almost all of them have long since departed Y!PP for other waters, Mad and Mutinous respect will always go out to Cosette, Whiplash, Julianne, Jeridus, Silverbeard, Homullus and Thusnelda, Damienroc, Fronsac my old friend, Janthina, Rifkind, Ciara, Lilymorgan my Pirate Wife, Ninjaguy, Kipdg, Faulkston, Cire, Sprngweather, Starhawk, Theorize, and while I'm sure I left people out, for 12-15 years ago, I think I did pretty well.

For a lot of years, Y!PP was a cornerstone of my online presence. The Y!PP party was the first time I'd flown on an airplane, the first time I'd left the country alone, the first time people were waiting at an airport with my name on a sign (pink of course)

Getting to tour the Y!PP office was fantastic. And the dinner that Damienroc, Fronsac and I got invited to by Cleaver remains one of my coolest interactions with people who made things I love.

Puzzle Pirates and I haven't always seen eye to eye (And always my fault when we didn't) and I made some stupid choices and burned some stupid bridges, but I've always come back. Sometimes for a couple months, sometimes for a couple minutes, but I've never been gone for good.
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ah, mate...
that was a great post. deserving of a great response, but it seems I've somethin' in me eye at the moment. *wipes at cheeks*

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There definitely are not enough posts or threads like these on the forum or on global/faction chat. It was good to get to know what the game means to you, and for you to be as open and honest about yourself as you have been.

I joined Puzzle Pirates in 2005, technically starting on Midnight a month or two before the Viridian ocean opened. I found the game on Miniclip which back then used to be the goto website for quick play and quick access, simple games.

I still vividly remember my first crew I ever joined "Soaring Gulls" and buying my first sloop. One of the Senior Officers named Rivertree spent a long time teaching me how to take a ship out and stock it for the first time. She was extremely helpful and generous with her time and 13 years later I still re-call all kinds of little details from my earlier days l.

Like yourself Pastey i wasn't massively outgoing back in 2005 and had moved to a new area where I didn't really know anyone, Puzzle Pirates was a really good outlet to enjoy yourself but also to socialise with others. I also liked the fact you could build reputation behind your name and a "character" or "persona" which is about the time I created Antix as soon as this new "free to play" ocean was being touted. The idea that I could mess around and become known for blockading and generally for being a bit of a tool, I quite liked. (And continue to this day as you are painfully aware!)

This game is a great outlet to kill time(without realising!) and to keep in contact with people. I've known Martobain since 2006/2007 and while I've played the game sparingly over the last few years we always pick back up where we left of and I like that element to this game. Like you said it's nice seeing old familiar faces and building some new friendships too.

This game is incredible, there are no two ways about it there's just so many elements and layers to list that are great. I can't say there is any other game that I have played on and off for 13 years.

Cheers to Grey Haven for keeping the ship affloat.
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Ditto to it all. I was in one of the best crews the game has produced back around a decade ago. We had a vent server, and I remember quite distinctly being surprised at how well the officers knew each other. People knew each others' grand kids by name, sent them birthday presents, even arranged a meet and greet in the middle of no-where that attracted people from New Zealand and Canada.

Now that Obsidian is back up and running, I've fallen into a similar type of crew. The social aspect of this game shines above every other game out there, and sincerely brings a tear to my eye thinking about it.

Screw the bad graphics, I'll play this game till either it or I die.
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Found the game on Miniclip sometime in February 2006 (February 20th to be precise.. yes I am that sad to have recorded the date on trophy collection) albeit my forum date suggests otherwise!

Landed on the Viridian ocean and joined up with Masterwasp and Coffeewasp under the flag RiddleMakers. Spent the majority of my time on the game in that flag eventually rising to be Monarch and overseeing it being one of the more successful flags on the ocean.

Sampled Hunter briefly with Wokbok and co but didn't play long and then had an unenforced break (who knew orange juice and laptop's didn't mix) before then logging on and off here and there once I got round to replacing it.

Logged on Meridian one day and was told to log on across on Emerald where I discovered a lot of old faces had came back and played there on and off until the release on Obsidian.
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Was playing miniclip pool, Wanted to become a pirate, Joined YPP, Saw boobs, conquered, became irrelevant.
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...However, I noticed a bit of negativity and argument, which is the nature of forum discussion, and it's passion is a beautiful thing, the game needs passionate players. One of the themes I've noticed both on the forums and /global chat quite frequently is the bashing of the game. Pirates will publicly say how much disdain they have for the game, while continuing to play it. This is a bit of a downer to me, because the game has meant so much to me. So if you'll indulge me for a moment, I'd like to give my two cents on how puzzle pirates has affected my life, and I encourage other pirates to do the same.

Well written. Glad to see some positive light shining through. #ThereIsHope #TeamPurpleStillSucks
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Long post ahead. Those who want to jump off and swim for it, this is your chance.

Right, then.

Back in 2003 (fifteen years ago this summer, can ye believe it?), a friend with a mutual interest in puzzle games mentioned this one that had just gone to beta. It wasn't just one puzzle, but several, welded together with a social/world layer and a fun not-too-serious piratey theme. I checked it out, and soon enough washed ashore on (freshly-colonized) Guava Beach.

A bit of context: I'd played MUDs back in college in the 90s, but sat out MMOs of all sorts. The "big" MMORPGs of the early 00s were all just more of the same Generic Extruded Fantasy Product but with eye candy - either sprites or low-poly 3D. I didn't even get too interested in SW Galaxies, despite being a huge Star Wars fan since '77, because I knew it wouldn't be like the movies; it'd be full of MMO players. :P Also, this was the era where everything "online" was subscription, and I was snobbish about fully owning and not having to pay any more for games I'd bought. (That's... not really a thing anymore.)

But this... this was something new and different from the pack. Something I was willing to pay a subscription fee for. And so it, along with City of Heroes the following year, became my gateway into MMOs.

Like everyone else, I was a n00b at first. In my eagerness to help my new crew, the Mad Mutineers, I eagerly went out and bought some sailcloth to donate... and then discovered that I couldn't access holds unless I was an officer. So I spent a good couple of weeks shuffling around with several bolts of canvas sitting in my inventory. In time, I became more savvy about the game, but I was still woefully naive in many things. Having only played one MMO, and that during a beta phase - where contact with the devs was frequent, both in-game and on the forums, and where players were heavily self-selected for "social" and "co-operative" playstyles due to the lack of many/any serious PvP features ("build up your flag's island fastest" was about all there was), and older players due to the advertising being purely word-of-mouth - I failed to understand that the game and its culture would change after launch, in what ways, and how much.

So after Azure slipped into the sunset and we all migrated to Midnight, I was caught off-guard by the influx of younger, aggressively competitive players who were not here to play nice with the established order, but to kick over everyone's sand castles and build their own. I thought this was terribly rude, and so I got into a forum fight with one of the most visible, notorious, and clever (particularly when it came to deconstructing and finding holes in the rules) pirates of the day. In hindsight, this was a Huge Mistake. I let myself get way too emotionally invested in a doomed cause, ended up alienating many of my in-game friends (who, for one reason or another, didn't or couldn't take such a hardline position), and almost killed my love for the game. Perhaps the saddest part is what I didn't have the context or understanding for, at the time - that the mini-culture I was trying to defend and preserve was a quirk of beta, and could no more survive post-launch than a fishbowl dumped into the ocean could remain freshwater.

And so, broken-hearted, I quit the game. Deleted my pirate and walked away. I thought it would be forever. Turned out to be about a year, I think. When I came back, it was under a new name - a new account, even - on a new ocean, Cobalt. I was determined to stay out of politics and just try to play the game and enjoy myself. But, being a passionate sort, I did eventually get drawn into another fight here on the forums - over the rightness of playing alts and concealing one's identity, go fig - and almost ended up quitting again. Fortunately, in the course of typing up my angry/sobbing goodbye post, I talked myself out of it. :/

Since then, the fire has cooled. For good or ill, I'm not as invested in the game as I once was. I've grown older, found other games to play, and seen the oceans I used to play on merged and the crews I used to sail with become inactive. I still remain subscribed, thanks to my long-term discount - $50 a year is little enough to pay, supports Three Rings and now Grey Havens, and lets me log in whenever I feel the nostalgia upon me. But my active days are done.

I've taken screenshots of all I can, in anticipation of the day when this all goes down for the last time; to be honest, I sometimes wonder that it hasn't already. And for all that it's been something like ten years since this game was a daily part of my life, I'll still be sad when it does... and if at all possible, I'll be here, standing on Guava to watch the final sunset, just as I did when Azure went down.

Fair winds, all, and cheers to my old mates - wherever you are.
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TIL you're a lot more older than me than I thought you were.
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It's not the years, but the leagues sailed. :)

So - since I'm not entirely sure I answered that in my post - what does Puzzle Pirates mean to me? Once the answer probably would have been "(almost) everything." Which, I can now say, was probably not healthy... but I was young, or younger at least. Maybe I was also old enough to know better, just this side of 30; but I have the excuse that it was all new to me - a new world to explore, loot to be won, and good mates and hearties to spend time with, sailing and puzzling together or just standing around on the docks. (And sometimes, if we were lucky, a Dev or an OM would join the circle.)

Now? It's something to look back on - fondly, or with regret, and sometimes both. In that, it reminds me of school - which, to those still in it, is everything, but which fades rapidly into the mists once you're out, taking with it all the people and things and drama that once seemed to matter so much. Sometimes we're lucky enough to keep some of the hearties we made there, along with lessons learned (and the scars from the learning).

Whatever happens, and however far I roam, Puzzle Pirates will always be my first. And yet, if I look at it from another angle, I can trace a not-too-twisty path from the docks of Alpha and Guava and Jorvik back to the West Corner of the Park, or the Worlds End Bar, or the Fishtank; and forward through Atlas Park and the Pocket D to Earth Space Dock, Agartha and beyond. From that perspective, I can see it as both something special and unique, and as one more stop on a long road.

It's happy noseless pirates. It's a bunch of great puzzles I still enjoy (though I'm far from the best) when I remember to play them. It's a few closets and wardrobes full of virtual clothing, from rags to finery. It's a small fleet of brightly-painted ships with names I once thought were clever. It's an eclectic collection of badges, trinkets and trophies, souvenirs of a long piratey life (or two). It's a gallery of precious portraits and screenshots, frozen moments from that life. And it's a handful of more tangible mementos - a boxed edition, a deck of cards, a small stack of brass doubloons.

Mostly, at this point, it's memories. And while there's much in them I now wish I could have done differently, I'd not trade them for anything.
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