Hey all, if you know me in game, you know that I eat, sleep, and breathe sailing, so I figured I would conjure up a discussion for ship captains and crew members alike! Don't let the thread name fool you, any seafaring scallywags are allowed aboard this discussion! I personally wanted to begin, with a few things to pay attention to in a ship captain and why. Sometimes we make strange requests, and don't really have the time to explain it. -Only Sinking Hunters/Warships: Sometimes a captain will request you only open fire on hunters or warships. This is usually due to them needing a certain type of ship material. I.e. he or she may need a lot of Iron *cough cough* @Sky Kiwi *cough cough* which are found in their largest quantities, inside standard ship materials. While another captain may be hurting for Oak, so they will put the crews focus on warships, because warships drop rare ship materials, which is the only way to acquire Oak. This goes hand in hand with de-masting the ships you aren't focusing on, to keep them out of your way. -Ceasing Fire: Pretty straight forward, but very important. A captain's reason behind this command could be anything from not wanting any extra attention from enemy ships, to needing repairs immediately. -Aim for the Sails/Masts: Simply put, it slows the enemy down. However this is quite beneficial to anyone aboard. Rep is awarded based on the number of times you hit a target. So, by de-masting ships, you're soaking in all those extra reputation points, by getting extra hits. It also makes the captain's life much easier, and makes looting much more efficient! -Refusal to Port: This is (for me) never a means to be rude. A captain sets sail with a goal. Whether it be materials, or gold, or quests, there is a reason. Most captains will avoid porting, until they have reached their goal. That being said, many captains will wait for anyone who disconnects, to return, to receive their cut of the loot. We may be pirates, but most of us will be more than happy to wait for you to get back! -Backup Captains: These people are extremely important. Sometimes captains will appoint specific people to take the wheel in the unfortunate event of a game crash. These pirates are often appointed for several reasons. They're trusted by the captain, possibly personal friends, maybe they're in an online chat, where they can coordinate what is happening in the captain's down time, or even all of the above. If I ever appoint a backup captain, I always inform my crew, so that they don't interfere with said pirate. This keeps the ship afloat, which in turn, keeps you and the captain happy, and nets you a good payday! Hopefully this information is of some use, and I would love to see this discussion open up with other captains and crew members. Feel free to share tips, tricks, and your favorite loot spots. Discuss your ship upgrades, and why it helps you on the high seas. If I ever update the original post, I will comment, to inform everyone. Fair winds mates, and have a round on me!