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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 4:35PM Draccan said

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that will make the two people still playing happy

:-p

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 4:36PM Nef said

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Glad to see the game is doing well.

Might have to re-sub in the future, if only to board ships and drink rum (whichever happens in real life or game, we'll just have to find out...).

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 4:52PM myr said

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This game needs a better acronym.

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 8:57PM kazamxi said

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I know they are a US company but the shortened version of the expansions name is Pap. Pap in the UK can mean crap. So the POTBS pap expansion would be read as the POTBS crap expansion.

I really wanted to love this game and did until nightflips killed the only EU server. we begged for months for something to be done and the devs were very clear in the fact they saw no problems.

One day ALL the major guilds from Spain France and the Pirates left Roberts (the EU server) and moved to a US server.less than 24 hours later the devs called us all to a IRC meeting to discuss how they were going to stop nightflips and ask us to move back. Stopping nightflips saved the EU server from destruction but much of the damage was done as the busiest server became the smallest server.

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 9:23PM Belmondo said

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What in the heck are 'nightflips'?
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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 11:52PM kazamxi said

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Sorry my fault, I should have explained.

POTBS endgame is based around the 4 nations fighting over ports. Once one faction earns enough ports they win the map and it resets. The winners get some nice rewards.

The problem was that one Nation was bigger than all the other 3 combined. The 3 nations joined together to fight the common enemy. Between them they could just about hold there own. Won some and lost some. There were epic fights.

The problem was that the biggest Nation also had a large number of players who could play overnight. They used this advantage to have port battles at 3-5am night after night. they would then defend during peak times to stop battles happening. The 5 am night fights would have 25 Brits (max allowed) and maybe 4 from the Nation they were attacking. This went on for months. With the other Nations begging for something to be done. In the end there were no primetime fights as the brits defended against them. There were only 5am battles that only the bits attended.

In the end massive numbers from the other Nations quit. Those who were left begged and begged for something to be done. Eventually they gave up and all left the server, less than 24 hours later we were all called to IRC as the devs decided to change everything. If they had done it sooner or even bothered to listen to the arguments then they would never have lost the huge number of players they did.

wow that turned into a wall of text, sorry.

Posted: Oct 24th 2009 8:41AM (Unverified) said

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The crap extension is scheduled for next year (2010) so you can expect its first buggy-as-a-3-month-old-corpse release to appear about 2013 ....

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