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Also, did anyone else get invited into the pioneer program?
 

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Patch Notes
1.1.4
Patch Notes
Ahoy pirates!
This week introduces the second Bilge Rat Adventure – Gunpowder Skeletons – and ends the Skeleton Thrones adventure. Those time-limited cosmetic and Doubloon rewards are now at an end, but for anyone who earned Doubloons during the event, they will remain in your wallet. The Skeleton Thrones themselves will also remain part of the world, along with both the Commendations and Titles, so if you encounter a new pirate to the world of Sea of Thieves don’t forget to point at the Thrones and let them know how many attempts it took you to reach Marauder’s Arch!
Patch 1.1.4 also brings with it multiple improvements to the mechanics of gunpowder kegs, skeleton aim changes, key performance improvements and fixes for known issues.
Bilge Rat Adventures - Gunpowder Skeletons
Vigilance, a loaded gun and your best running shoes are all critical for this explosive Bilge Rats Adventure!

  • Gunpowder Skeletons Event – Carrying a gunpowder keg, skeletons can now rush towards you, light their fuse and... BOOM, off to the Ferry you go! The Bilge Rats are challenging all brave pirates to defeat them in various ways, some less conventional than others! Keep an ear perked for a burning fuse, and a finger on the trigger... good luck!
  • Explosive Force - When detonated, gunpowder kegs now have the force to rock and push ships.
  • Fuses - When holding a gunpowder keg, players can now light a five-second fuse by pressing the primary action button (Right Trigger on controller or left click on mouse).
  • Bilge Rat Doubloons – Each Gunpowder Skeleton Commendation on the progress screen details the number of Bilge Rat Doubloons it rewards. Players have until the 10th of July to complete the Commendations and earn up to 150 Bilge Rat Doubloons.
  • Bilge Rat Cosmetics – The Bone Crusher Sword, Pistol, Blunderbuss and Eye of Reach, priced at 15 Doubloons per item, are available until the 10th of July.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Letters of Recommendation now grant a full level in the chosen Trading Company. Opting to spend your hard-earned Doubloons on reputation with the Trading Companies? This just got better!
  • Bilge Rat Titles – Completing the Gunpowder Skeletons Commendations will unlock two new Pirate Titles. These titles will unlock straight into your Vanity Chest for maximum bragging rights.
  • Legendary Commendations - Legendary Commendation to earn an additional 50 Doubloons!
    These Legendary Commendations have been added based on player feedback requesting replayability.
Updates
  • Megalodon - Megalodon behaviours have been updated and improved.
  • Skeleton Accuracy - Skeletons wielding a blunderbuss or pistol have had their accuracy reduced.
    This was tweaked due to player feedback.
  • Joinable Status - Players can now make themselves unjoinable from the new Crew Management tab within Settings. This will mean that even friends can no longer join your session.
  • Bilge Rat UI - The reputation summary and icon have been updated with improved visuals.
Performance Improvements
  • Reduced client memory usage on PC.
  • Improved network bandwidth usage which may in turn reduce latency experienced by players in busy scenarios.
  • Improved server performance which will reduce latency for all players.
  • Multiple server and client crash fixes.
    Further improvements and optimisations for all platforms are ongoing.
Fixed Issues
  • The turning speed on the Galleon has been corrected.
  • Being poisoned by a snake no longer shows the VFX a second time.
  • Large button prompts no longer overlap.
  • Certain hairstyles no longer show being tucked into jackets.
  • Megalodons will no longer collide with islands when following a ship.
  • Skeletons at a Fort no longer lose their textures once the Captain is killed.
  • Majestic Sovereign Trousers no longer visually tear.
Known Issues
  • Some players travel in an unintended direction when fired from a cannon.
  • Bilge Rat Doubloons have not been correctly rewarded to a number of players who earned them through the Skeleton Thrones event.
    We are investigating a resolution for this and will share information when available.
  • The Hungering Deep rewards were not received by a number of players who earned them.
    We are currently rolling out a fix for this issue which will award missing rewards from The Hungering Deep. This will take some time, so keep an eye on the weekly patch notes to see when the rollout is complete.
  • Resource barrels on ships will periodically re-stock if they are below the default level of stock.
 
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Kerosene31

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I just tried this for the first time. I spawn, someone screams at me and I die.

So my big questions are:

-how can I stop the screaming
-how can I not die?
 

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...and it hides the player names of those that killed me.

Some social game.
 

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I just don't know. Honestly think you need to get a group to enjoy this. Playing solo didn't do it for me but I could def see this being great if playing with friends.
 

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I'm just trying to learn the game. I had a voyage all set up, then got killed by people. Now I get another one but it doesn't work anymore. Now I'm sort of locked out of the game now. I can move around but can't get new voyages to show up on the map.

I actually managed to get my sloop going, but I have nowhere to go. Sailing itself is easy.

I'm still extremely POd that I can't block people for some reason. Why in the world is there no "newbie" zone?
 

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Ok, starting to get the hang of this. Even with looking up some stuff online first and watching some youtube videos, I was genuinely lost.

I can actually get around in my sloop by myself. I don't need to stinkin crew!
 

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Ok, starting to get the hang of this. Even with looking up some stuff online first and watching some youtube videos, I was genuinely lost.

I can actually get around in my sloop by myself. I don't need to stinkin crew!
I kind of like going solo sometimes. Just be prepared to hide your loot somewhere on an island if you get caught up in an attack. Hide, then hop to a mermaid/merman and sail back to where you were. (Definitely remember where you stashed your loot) It's such an awesome feeling to outsmart a galeon full of pirates. I hide stuff under palm brush a lot. They walk right by it. Why wouldn't they?

Finding one other like-minded and smart player is also good, even in a galeon. You can always brig other players and do fun stuff together. Others can leave if they don't like it.
 
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Yeah I'm finally starting to get the hang of it now. My biggest threat has been rocks. You think you have so much time to stop but nope. :) I'm actually able to do the simple voyages solo so far. Haven't actually run into many people since early on. A few sails on the horizon but nobody seems to bother.

Someone (or thing) was taking potshots at me from an island. Suddenly saw cannonballs coming my way. Fortunately they don't seem to be able to hit at full speed.

As much as I was griping about the game, I find myself jumping back in regularly. There's just a lot of trial and error at first. A lot of things that are obvious in hindsight but not right away - like check for water in the boat after you hit a rock.
 

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Playing Solo is NOT how you should play this game. For maximum fun you need to play with friends. This game really is more of a "make your own fun" type of game. PvP and ship combat is very exciting. The PvE stuff is ultra boring especially if you're a Pirate Legend.
 

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Playing Solo is NOT how you should play this game. For maximum fun you need to play with friends. This game really is more of a "make your own fun" type of game. PvP and ship combat is very exciting. The PvE stuff is ultra boring especially if you're a Pirate Legend.
I agree, but I needed to learn the game first. I would have been clueless jumping in with a group, but at least now I know what I'm doing. I hate being the person who jumps in a game clueless and expects his teammates to instruct them.

Plus I get that sailing solo is harder, but honestly it isn't that hard. Obviously if I run into a ship with a crew I might be in trouble. I'm not going to complain if I get ganked solo now/

What I needed at the start was a short tutorial, not teamamtes. As much as I usually hate them, this game could use it.

Now that I know how to sail solo, I feel comfortable jumping on a bigger ship.
 

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Yeah, only thing to do when fighting solo is finding a big open spot in the sea and just put ship at full speed and full steer right or left, then man the cannon and hope for the best.
 

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Just got on a 4 man random crew. Only one other player had a mic but it was still fun. It is just hard to keep track of teammates off the ship. I was with my crew, then I turn around and they are gone. Now all I see is a skeleton with a barrel of gunpowder charging me.

Fun though. I know I'm late to the party but once I got past the learning curve the game is a lot of fun.
 

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There is a lot to like, and I really appreciate how doing tasks manually can make the game more engaging (ie sails and such). It's a huge shame that the Melee is so lackluster. I mean, swashbuckling is a huge part of pirating!!
 

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There is a lot to like, and I really appreciate how doing tasks manually can make the game more engaging (ie sails and such). It's a huge shame that the Melee is so lackluster. I mean, swashbuckling is a huge part of pirating!!
Not sure what kind of sword combat you would want in what is technically an FPS...
 

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I've sunken (lol?) a dozen hours into this now. Primarily with a friend.
Honestly haven't had this much fun with a game since first destiny. I just can't get enough lol. The progression system is a bit muted and I can see how it will become tedious (as did destiny) but damn I'm having so much fun it doesn't really matter atm.
 

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Playing Solo is NOT how you should play this game. For maximum fun you need to play with friends. This game really is more of a "make your own fun" type of game. PvP and ship combat is very exciting. The PvE stuff is ultra boring especially if you're a Pirate Legend.
Yeah, only thing to do when fighting solo is finding a big open spot in the sea and just put ship at full speed and full steer right or left, then man the cannon and hope for the best.
Na, being a sly fox and anchoring on the far side, sneaking on a ship and taking one of their chests without then noticing is pretty great too.

Yes, the social aspect of a full galeon is one of the biggest draws to this game, but it isn't the only way to be a pirate. I've been playing with full crews the last few weeks, and having a blast. I also need to level up in the merchant guild, and most crews I've teamed up with just don't want to do the animal fetching. I just think I'm better off doing that alone.
 
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The new update seems like a lot of fun. Rowboats are a nice addition. Haven't checked out the new area yet but seeing lots of videos.

One gameplay question as I'm still fairly noobish - some of the islands have cannons that shoot at you. Is there some secret to going there other than just anchoring really far away and firing yourself over with a cannon? Seems like there has to be a better way. I'm assuming there's an angle they can't fire?
 

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Depends on island , there's usually an angle somewhere that's possible to get close enough to swim to shore without them firing at you. It's really just skeletons maning solo cannons though, so it's possible to shoot them with your ship if you're a good shot. Me, I usually go around and pull up the sails when it feels safe, if they don't shoot at me for at least 20 seconds I just let down the anchor and swim.
 
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I still haven’t played this game even though I have Gamepass.
I've played it this week for this first time..I sank my ship twice and winded up at the wrong island..but I had a blast discovering how to do things.

The game is gorgeous but Sea of Thieves needs more different kinds of content. Not just different themed quests.
 
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