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Saw there was an update and figured I'd try to hunt for one of those vampire boats again.

I got the vampire expedition after winning a battle, but the ship that spawned wasn't visible to me so I couldn't engage it.


also I don't believe that's a brigand king
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:o

Well, there's a BK with skellies so maybe there'll be a BK with vamps?

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The invisible ship seems to be a bk related bug at a glance. It happened to me with Finnius.

From the two proper vampire battles I had, I can say they behave like a brigand king. Might be just me, but from my experience with brigand kings, they are a bit unlike regular bots. The battles feel more intense (as long as they keep shooting) and last second moves are not as efficient since they tend to ambush you with one of their own.

At least for now it points towards a brigand king, which raises one point about expedition frequency if it is introduced as such.With all the other brigand kings and expeditions, vampires might be a rare sight.
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Us: Sloop (3 Pirates + 4 Bots)
Route: Shatterstone to Eieio
Ship configuration: Very Hard Brigands

We were able to spawn 1 Vampire sloop with 7 aboard out of the 6 battles we did. 2 of us had no prior experience sword-fighting vampires before hand. The battle ended quickly with a score of Max-1. The impression I got from the sea battle was that it ignores the ship configuration and most likely took into account the route we were on. It was very easy with the ship going for grapples right from the first turn. I'll assume that won't be the case if we were on a harder route.

The SF was quite unforgiving on the other hand even with just one line of damage on our end. All 4 of our bots were quickly eliminated. I imagine with more damage on our ship, it would be exponentially harder to line up the combos needed to counter the blood-blocks especially when you have an entire ship of vampires throwing them at you.

I would request that to make it less frustrating for newer players that want to get in on the fun, especially those running solo/undermanned pillages on easy routes, the amount of vampires aboard the ship be reduced so it mirrors how greedies work. For example you have 2 humans on your ship - you battle 2 vampires + 5 regular brigand bots in the fray. And if you have a ship full of humans then you can take on a ship full of vampires and so on. This way it is still challenging to do on harder runs and not so difficult that it discourages people from hiring newer/less experienced players to help hunt them down.

Question: I noticed an increase in the amount of BK spawns we were receiving. Is this because vampire ships are tied in with Brigand Kings or do you wish for us to test something specific with BK battles?

PS: Some battles are still awarding this:
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Question: I noticed an increase in the amount of BK spawns we were receiving. Is this because vampire ships are tied in with Brigand Kings or do you wish for us to test something specific with BK battles?


For testing purposes, Crabby gave expedition drop rates a massive increase (and disabled the forages, THs and yeties)
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Ahoy!

As noted in the announcement thread, we're going to be doing some testing this Sunday at 2 PM pirate time on the vampire frays. Please let us know your feedback especially after you go through several frays and get used to the pattern etc.
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Will pirates have free access to Ice? or we still need a subscription?
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Will pirates have free access to Ice? or we still need a subscription?


Same rules will apply for Ice during the test. We don't need huge numbers of people for this particular test.
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The discussion thread for this specific test of the pattern options can be found here. This way it's easier for Crabby to know what feedback is from this test.
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Vampire frays seem awesome.. I see a lot of people enjoying them.
Now here's my question..
Will you please make the vampires Swords available for us pirates?? Even if it's only for halloween..
I bet they look awesome in portraits!!
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Vampire frays seem awesome.. I see a lot of people enjoying them.
Now here's my question..
Will you please make the vampires Swords available for us pirates?? Even if it's only for halloween..
I bet they look awesome in portraits!!


Considering all other fray specific swords are not obtainable. I would assume they will keep to that with these as well. :(
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