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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pirate101, my experience with the game, the good and the bad.

So, sorry about the long break. IRL has been super busy with work. But onto the big news, Pirate101 turns 7 in October! So I thought I would share my experience with Pirate101 through the years.

I first heard about Pirate101 from the wiz launcher, announcing beta. I applied but unfortunately was denied. I continued to play wiz and forgot about Pirate for awhile, then I saw an ad and decided to give it a try. When I logged in for the first time and saw the amazing intro (now sadly removed) I was blown away. I remember when I first started to really explore people where everywhere, I saw people with skarakeet pets and I tried farming dead eye Deidre since she had a skarakeet mob. Little did I know it was from a bundle. Much of early pirate for me was exploring the world of skull island absorbing all I could find and trying to figure out everything I could. I met many people who while I have forgotten their names, I still remember the experiences with them. From sailing the skyways destroying everything we saw, to just fighting some random mobs like the crab crawlies in traitors cave. Skull island was all about learning about the game for me. It was my first step into this amazing game and one I fondly remember.

My First Pirate
Created 1/22/13


Questing through Monquista and Valencia went by fast, something thats not as bad as it sounds. I usually take my time questing but I just wanted more and more. And then I got more, cool ranch...

Cool ranch is a long world, it has lots of long quests, some hard, some annoying, and a lot of people seem to not like it. It was different for me though. I met my first and best friend in game here. Silver Jack and I met in Santa Pollo. We quested through cool ranch together, through it all. We bonded most over the bumbaloon, one of the most annoying quests in cool ranch. We often hung out and not just quested after that. We would talk about serious matters and not so serious. He is probably the best friend I ever had in pirate. He sadly quit during the long break for VA2. 

Mooshu is beautiful, I quested through it fairly fast with the help of some friends and always stopped to admire its beauty. I remember most the "that was yesterday" quest, where the key drop rate was horribly low. I made several friends farming them for the key, which could take several days for some. Honestly, when mooshu ended and I had the power to translate the map, I felt like the game was just about to begin for real. Like this all was an introduction and I was about to begin my real journey.

Marleybone is probably the most well done world in Pirate101. It relies on past events that our pirate did and it was up to us to fix our mistakes. It was here I got my first real taste of the armada. An enemy I never really grasped the full power of up until this point. The story and art was amazing, and the fights were legendary. I began my first farming crusade by farming bishop and rooke for their gear, which took over a year total! Marleybone was nothing but positives for me, and despite my hatred for rooke and his drop rates, I wouldn't trade the time I spent farming him for the world.

Aquila, the land of the eagles, it wasn't beautiful, it was majestic. The story here isn't about me questing with my friends, its about what I did after I was done. I became active in the community. I started talking a lot on the message boards and later joined twitter, making friends who have quit or had falling out with, none of which I don't miss the times we shared. Honestly, the community is great, I became sort of known but not really. I'm fine with that though, since I did make many friends I never would have. Aquila was not a time for gameplay but for community for me.

Valencia 2, honestly, it wasn't a disappointment for me. Sure it was short, but I had been waiting for this for a long time. From hearing Gortez say I would enter as a hero to fighting Kane it was all just in disbelief. I waited for 3 years and the awe of walking straight into enemy territory like I owned the place was amazing. 

The only bad part about Pirate101 is the lack of updates. In my opinion it surpasses Wiz in all other aspects. 
 
Just overall, my experience in Pirate101 was an experience of friendship and community. Exactly what a MMO experience should be. I'm not going to lie, Pirate101 is kind of dying, but I will play until it shuts down. I love this game, and I always will. I hope more people start to play and it updates but even if they don't and it doesn't, i'm fine with that. Pirate101 has gotten me through the tough spots in my life and I will always love it for that. I'll cya in the spiral!

-Jack

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