Before hitting the topic of how to efficiently memorize league points with the Navy, let’s talk for a brief minute about the role of duty navigation in earning your Seal o’ Piracy for January 2013.
(Why now? Heck, why not sooner? Notice that January is almost over.)
Quick reminder: How do you get your Seal o’ Piracy this month? Why, through melee with 10 brigands and 10 barbarians, of course! However, plain old random pillaging doesn’t seem to produce rumbling barbarians at the same rate as it does swordfighting brigands. And if you don’t get to play Puzzle Pirates quite as often as you’d like (hey, real life happens!), you may be glancing from your calendar to your 15th SF and mumbling, “C’mon, just one more rumble, that’s all I need, where are all the gosh-darned barbarians these days?”
This is where duty navigation comes in, along with voyage configuration.
When you set out on a pillage, you have the option to specify what kinds of battles you’d like to get into. First, click on the ship’s Navigation Wheel or on its Navigation Table. Then choose the “Configure voyage” button (it looks like a scroll with a ship on it). A dialogue box will appear, asking you to choose “Type of Voyage”. “Pillage” is chosen by default. But under “Pillage” are several further choices:
- A “Difficulty” slider, allowing you to set the minimum and maximum target difficulty indicated by color. The warmer the color, the harder the battle.
- A “Targets” slider. By default you are hunting both brigands and barbarians; you can choose to hunt one or the other exclusively.
- An “Attack player vessels” checkbox. Self-explanatory.
So you can in effect tell the computer, “I am only interested in computer generated opponents that rumble and are easy to beat.” But it’s not that simple. As in real life and Rolling Stones songs, you can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find… you can improve your chances of getting what you need. Which is to say, the better your performance at duty navigation, the better your chances of encountering the kinds of ships you specified under the “Pillage” setting–and more of them, too. (Duty navigation: Cures the “empty seas” blues!)
So if you’ve had SFs coming out your ears this January but you can’t seem to score that last barbarian encounter needed to earn your seal, set your voyage type to “Pillage” and your target type to “Barbarians”.
Of course, only the officer at the helm can implement this strategy directly. If you’re still navigating with the navy, you might not be leading and configuring your own pillages yet. But a friendly officer who’s a crew member or a hearty might be open to voyage configuration suggestions. Hey, you never know until you ask, right?