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Ahoy, ahoy!

My fellow pirates, as duly elected* Secretary of the Treasure, I come before you today to announce some exciting upcoming changes to Puzzle Pirate shoppes, labor and the economy. Much like we did with the Department of Piracy Affairs' changes to pillaging a few months ago, we hope to keep you informed and involved during every step of this process to ensure a smooth transition to a more fun Puzzle Pirates!

Shoppe Changes

To start things off, in the coming weeks we intend to make some changes to the way orders are placed and handled by shoppes. While we are currently too early in the development process to lay things out specifically for you, we can certainly confirm the following...
  • Firstly, we intend to make some changes to how labor is used, but it is absolutely not going away - you will still be able to provide both direct puzzling and offline labor for shops just as you can now.
  • Second, the ordering and managing interfaces are going to be improved and simplified. The goal with this is to make it easier for shop managers to understand and control how their shop is running, as well as to make it simpler for pirates to purchase items.
  • Third, we intend to make it quicker for all pirates, including shop managers, to receive items that they order - this may include the ability to receive some items immediately upon ordering.
  • That said, finally, we also intend to keep racks as a major part of the shopkeeping experience, with possible future improvements to them including stronger pricing controls, as well as greater availability of item racks in shoppes other than tailors.
Our hope is that these changes will make item purchasing and production easier and more fun for pirates of all sorts!

Hermes
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*I elected to take the position just this morning, in fact.


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Item Repricing on Doubloon Oceans

In addition to the bits outlined above, some news on a change that will already be in effect as you read this... As part of our ongoing effort to improve all aspects of the game experience, we recently conducted an analysis of the rate at which items are purchased by players. What we were most interested in was the relationship between price, the general 'usefulness' of the items in question, and how common a purchase they ended up being.

Following that analysis, we've decided to slightly adjust the doubloon prices for certain items based on how they are used by the community. The majority of these adjustments are downward, hopefully bringing these items a bit more in reach of the average player, but there are also a few items whose strength appeared to warrant a slight increase in delivery cost.

In the future, we expect to conduct similar reviews of usage and may make other adjustments. We expect these to also be incremental in nature (that is, never by more than 1 doubloon or 10%, whichever is greater) and involve both increases and decreases to doubloon pricing. For now, however, we chose to focus on the equippable group of items (swords, bludgeons and mugs) in order to be the least disruptive to players.

For reference, the complete list of delivery fee adjustments is below...

SWORDS

Cleaver (12 -> 11)
Scimitar (12 -> 11)
Long Sword (9 -> 8)
Rapier (7 -> 6)
Falchion (7 -> 8)
Stiletto (3 -> 4)

BLUDGEONS

Hammer (12 -> 11)
Skull Rings (9 -> 8)
Belaying Pin (3 -> 2)
Rope (0 -> 1)

MUGS

Pitcher (4 -> 3)
Flagon (4 -> 3)
Chalice (6 -> 5)
Skull (6 -> 5)
Stein (4 -> 5)
Horn (4 -> 5)

Conclusion

As always, we'd welcome any Clear, Concise and Constructive(TM) feedback you folks have on these changes, and have created a thread in the Game Design forum specifically for you to share it with us.

Thanks for reading, and have fun in the game!

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Reserve Labor

With today's release comes the first part of our ongoing salvo of changes to the Puzzle Pirates economy: Reserve Labor! Now, shops and stalls alike will be able to pool and store their employees' labor for use in instantly completing future orders! For more information about the nuts and bolts, check out the official documentation.

Note that as I previously mentioned on the Ice Discussion forums, while our intent is for the maximum labor reserve to use a constant multiplier for all shop types, for now, the labor reserve in tailoring shops and stalls is going to be be temporarily reduced to allow existing shopkeepers time to adjust to the new system. We will announce exactly when we intend to dial this rate back in line with the other industries on a later date.

We will be monitoring all aspects of the economy in the coming days to see how this new system is fitting in, but in the meantime, we'd be very interested in hearing your experiences with Reserve Labor, as well as any questions or comments you have on this exciting change! I've started a new Game Design thread for just such feedback right over here.

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Furniture Repricing on Doubloon Oceans

As part of the ongoing review of item usage that I outlined in a previous Department of the Treasure post, today we are adjusting the doubloon cost of a number of furniture items, as well as correcting what appeared to be an error in the previous slate of furniture delivery fees. As before, the majority of these adjustments are downward, in an effort to make these items more accessible to players.

For reference, the complete list of delivery fee adjustments is below...

ADJUSTMENTS

Alchemicals 5 -> 4
Anchor 7 -> 6
Anvil 6 -> 5
Baroque painting 7 -> 6
Broken wheel 4 -> 3
Carven bench 8 -> 7
Carven chair 12 -> 11
Carven table 15 -> 14
Drinks with skull 5 -> 4
Drum 15 -> 14
Fancy bar segment (inward curve) 2 -> 3
Fancy bar segment (outward curve) 2 -> 3
Fancy bar segment (left end) 0 -> 1
Fancy bar segment (right end) 0 -> 1
Fancy bar segment (middle) 1 -> 2
Fancy wall lamp 9 -> 8
Globe 8 -> 7
Jars 3 -> 2
Jars and skull 6 -> 5
Loom 7 -> 6
Mixing skull 4 -> 3
Mortar and pestle 2 -> 1
Painting of admiral 7 -> 6
Painting of captain 6 -> 5
Painting of monarch 7 -> 6
Painting of palace 8 -> 7
Painting of ship 7 -> 6
Painting of woman 5 -> 4
Shark jaws 4 -> 3
Shipside painting 6 -> 5
Short fetish 7 -> 6
Skull 6 -> 5
Spinning wheel 6 -> 5
Spools 2 -> 1
Still 8 -> 7
Tools 4 -> 3
Tree tapestry 9 -> 8
Wall map 8 -> 7

CORRECTION

During our investigations, we discovered that the intended delivery fees for the two versions of the square table have been incorrectly swapped since their inception! Don't worry, dear reader: the party responsible has been identified and flogged. We've now corrected this error, and dropped the new prices of both versions of the square and round tables down a doubloon. Phew!

Broken round table 7 -> 6
Broken square table 9 -> 6
Square table 7 -> 8
Round table 9 -> 8

Conclusion

It's been a whirlwind of activity over here at the Department of the Treasure recently, mates, but we're always interested in hearing your feedback on this and other changes to Puzzle Pirates over on the Game Design forum!

Have a happy 4th of July weekend, and we'll see you on the high seas!

Hermes
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Ice Release, Ahoy!

We very recently deployed a new release to our testing ocean, Ice, that has a number of new changes of interest to any Treasure-minded pirate. They include...
  • A brand new, streamlined product ordering interface for every shop type!
  • A new Ahoy panel that will pop-up to inform you about orders of yours that are ready for pickup!
  • The ability for active labor puzzling to provide two hours of labor in just one puzzle session!
There's also a number of miscellaneous additions abound (such as a new female pirate bust item), so we invite you to hop on over to the Ice Ocean to help us test them out!

For additional, detailed information and discussion on the test ocean patch, wander over to this thread on the Ice Discussion forums.

Fair winds!

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Welcome to August!

The economic and purchasing changes we announced earlier that included...
  • A brand new, streamlined product ordering interface for every shop type.
  • A new Ahoy panel that will pop-up to inform you about orders of yours that are ready for pickup.
  • The ability for active labor puzzling to provide two hours of labor in just one puzzle session.
...are now live on the production oceans!

For full patch notes, sail over to this page on the YPPedia. Once you've done that, hop onto your favorite ocean and check the new changes out!

Fair winds!

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Clothing Repricing on Doubloon Oceans

With a new month comes a new set of pricing adjustments, as outlined in one of my previous Department of the Treasure posts. This time, we are taking a look at the doubloon costs of a number of clothing items! As usual, these are mostly downward corrections, in an effort to make these items more accessible to players. This batch of adjustments also has a few increases to notable clothing items, however, so tailors and fashion-minded pirates take note!

For reference, the complete list of delivery fee adjustments is below...

MALE

Loose pants with sash 5 -> 6
Boots 2 -> 3
Musketeer hat 5 -> 6
Swashbuckler's jacket 9 -> 10
Bandolier jacket 9 -> 8
Kilt 9 -> 8
Wig 8 -> 7
Overlord helmet 12 -> 11
Viking helm 5 -> 4

FEMALE

Boots 2 -> 3
Long dress bottom 0 -> 1
Fancy boots 4 -> 5
Veil 1 -> 2
Short dress bottom 3 -> 2
Wig 8 -> 7
Ornate headdress 8 -> 7
Valkyrie helmet 12 -> 11
Viking helmet 5 -> 4

Conclusion

As previously mentioned, we very recently released a new patch to all the production oceans, and we're anxious to hear your feedback on those and other changes to Puzzle Pirates over on the Game Design forum!

Fair winds, mates, and have a very Arabian August!

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Vessel Repricing on Doubloon Oceans

This month, as outlined in one of my previous Department of the Treasure posts, we are revisiting the doubloon costs of a number of vessels! As usual, these are mostly downward corrections in order to encourage players to purchase a wider variety of ships.

For reference, the complete list of new vessel delivery fees is below. For comparison, prices that have not changed have also been listed.

VESSEL PRICE LIST

Sloop 20
Cutter 30
Dhow 35 -> 32
Longship 40 -> 36
Baghlah 40 -> 38
Merchant Brig 40
War Brig 50
Xebec 60 -> 55
Merchant Galleon 60
War Frigate 70 -> 75
Grand Frigate 100

Ice Release

Yesterday we pushed a new release to the Ice testing ocean that included some additional reconfiguring to the game's shopkeeping and inventory menus. As always, we're anxious to hear your thoughts and opinions on those and the other changes included in the patch, so please hop on over to Ice to take a look!

Fair winds, mates!

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Equippable Repricing on Doubloon Oceans: Take Two

In all the recent excitement surrounding Halloween and Island Attractions, the Department of the Treasure is still hard at work! Indeed, with a new month comes new delivery fee adjustments: this time, we revisit equippables! The full list of changes is below.

SWORDS

Falchion 8 -> 9
Long Sword 8 -> 7

BLUDGEONS

Blackjack 7 -> 8
Belaying Pin 2 -> 1
Hammer 11 -> 10

Conclusion

As always, if you have any Clear, Concise and Constructive(TM) feedback on these and any other changes we make, head on over to the Game Design forum and share it with us!

Happy Halloween!

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Furniture and Trinket Repricing on Doubloon Oceans

The Department of the Treasure rumbles along with another month of delivery fee adjustments! This time we revisit furniture, as well as take a look at some of the trinkets in the Palace Shoppe. The full list of changes is below.

TRINKETS

All the pins and medals -> 10% off!
Pie 5 -> 4
Scroll 5 -> 4
Bracelet 10 -> 9
Cake 10 -> 9
Exotic coffee 5 -> 4

FURNITURE

Treasure Drop table 15 -> 14
Driftwood 1 -> 0
Posters 2 -> 1
Broken wheel 3 -> 2
Hemp stack 4 -> 3
Tall hemp stack 5 -> 4
Broken round table 6 -> 5
Broken square table 6 -> 5
Potted tropical plant 4 -> 5

Conclusion

Have any questions, comments or feedback on this or any other Department announcement? Head on over to the Game Design forum and share it with us! We definitely appreciate hearing from you.

Fair winds!

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Recipe Tweaks

We're trying something a bit new at the Department of the Treasure this month: recipe revisions! We've done a quick pass through some of the game's recipes and removed/changed some elements that may have been making them too expensive or difficult to create. As always, the goal here is to make it easier to get the items you want, as well as to make less popular items more attractive.

These changes will not be in effect until the next release to the production oceans. The full list of alterations is below...

FURNITURE

Alchemicals
* Nettle (4 -> 2)
* Elderberries (2 -> 1)
* Madder (2 -> 1)

Drinks with skull
* Sassafras (1 -> 0)
* Chalcocite (0 -> 3)
* Basic labor (12 -> 10)
* Skilled labor (15 -> 10)

Jars and skull
* Sassafras (1 -> 0)
* Chalcocite (0 -> 3)
* Basic labor (15 -> 5)
* Skilled labor (2 -> 5)
* Expert labor (15 -> 10)

Mixing skull
* Chalcocite (0 -> 2)
* Skilled labor (2 -> 5)
* Expert labor (15 -> 10)

Skull
* Sassafras (1 -> 0)
* Lobelia (1 -> 0)
* Chalcocite (0 -> 3)

Throne
* Basic labor (120 -> 90)
* Expert labor (75 -> 60)

Wall map
* Expert labor (90 -> 60)

Carven bench
* Enamel (10 -> 8)
* Enamel (5 -> 2)
* Expert labor (60 -> 50)

Carven chair
* Enamel (15 -> 10)
* Enamel (15 -> 10)
* Expert labor (70 -> 60)

CLOTHING

Overlord helmet
* Skilled labor (35 -> 30)
* Expert labor (40 -> 35)

Valkyrie helmet
* Skilled labor (35 -> 30)
* Expert labor (40 -> 35)

Bandolier jacket
* Skilled labor (17 -> 15)
* Expert labor (26 -> 25)

Kilt
* Fine black cloth (2 -> 1)

EQUIPPABLES

Cleaver
* Enamel (4 -> 3)
* Enamel (4 -> 3)

Gauntlets
* Serandite (6 -> 4)
* Papagoite (6 -> 4)

Hammer
* Leushite (6 -> 5)

Skull rings
* Masuyite (4 -> 3)
* Serandite (5 -> 4)
* Tellurium (6 -> 4)

Skull mug
* Lobelia (3 -> 2)

Flagon
* Lobelia (3 -> 2)

Conclusion

Have any questions, comments or feedback on these recipe changes? I've started a thread over in the Game Design forum specifically on this topic. We definitely appreciate hearing from you.

Fair winds!

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Tax Increases on Dread Ringer-Controlled Islands

In an effort to make up for a budget shortfall caused by a significant one-time loss* sustained this fiscal year, effective immediately, the building tax rate on all Ringer-owned islands will increase to 15%.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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*A shipment of parrots labeled for export to the mainland escaped under mysterious circumstances.**
**More seriously, however, this upward adjustment is done in an effort to make it easier for player-owned islands to compete with the tax rate on Ringer isles. We'll keep an eye on the effect this change has in the coming days and adjust things accordingly.
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Clothing Repricing on Doubloon Oceans

What's that sound? It's the unprecedented sound of two Department of the Treasure updates in one day! Shocking!

At any rate, to go along with the recipe changes that rolled out with yesterday's patch, we've once again taken a look at the stable of clothing delivery fees. As usual, the adjustments are both upwards and downwards, and no more than 1 doubloon at a time.

For reference, the complete list of delivery fee adjustments is below...

MALE

Crown 9 -> 10
Musketeer 6 -> 7
Vest with sash 5 -> 4
Swashbuckler's jacket 10 -> 11

FEMALE

Wide-brimmed hat 5 -> 6
Ornate headdress 7-> 6
Short dress bottom 2 -> 1
Long dress bottom 1 -> 2

Conclusion

Questions? Comments? Direct them to the most recent Department of the Treasure discussion thread! We'd love to hear from you!

Fair winds!

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Equippable Repricing on Doubloon Oceans: The Return

The Department of the Treasure rides again with a couple equippable delivery fee adjustments for the new month! The full list of changes is below.

SWORDS

Falchion 9 -> 10
Long Sword 7 -> 6

Conclusion

As always, if you have any feedback on these and any other changes we make, please hop over to the Game Design forum and share it with us!

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