The Strenuous Struggle for Advancement Recognition

As one of your main objectives, striving for recognition is just as important as finding the best places for buying and selling goods. However, you must always be aware of the fact that whatever you do will be evaluated differently by the three social strata. Actions you take for the benefit of the people feed the poor for instance will raise your social recognition. You will become a valued benefactor. Actions intended to better your monetary situation and that directly affect your social...

The Trading Window

When a ship or a convoy has been selected that is currently at anchor in a city, the trading window can be opened. If you are in the city view, this is done by left or right clicking on the port crane, if you are in the sea chart view, by right clicking on the city. By default, trade between your ship and the city is selected. If you have a trading office in the city, you have the following options trade between your ship and the city default transportation of goods between your ship and your...

The Single Game

This field could be considered as the municipal office of the game. This is where you choose your name, your gender and your home town 12 hanseatic towns are at your disposal . Moreover, you choose the year in which the adventure begins. Here you can choose the level of difficulty. There are five options small shopkeeper, trader, merchant, councillor and patrician. Alternatively, you can design your very own level of difficulty by editing the 'Details'. When you choose one of the five...

The Sea

A serious trader should always be aware of the location of his goods and should recognize the places where great deals can be made. With the aid of the two sea maps main display and mini map , you can do both. The sea chart provides an excellent overview of northern Europe, the sphere of influence of the Hanseatic League. Using the switch to the left of the mini map, you can change the mini map view from the city view to the sea chart view and vice versa. Once you have the sea chart in your...

Pirates and how to treat them

Most probably, you will very soon encounter pirates. Especially at the beginning of your career, when you don't have the necessary funds to equip your ships with expensive weapons, privateers will be a burden. Later on, you will no longer be helpless. You might even become a famous pirate hunter, for those who destroy pirate ships or even discover hideouts will be rewarded with considerable sums of money and gain a lot of recognition. But the life of a criminal does have its merits. If you...

Sea Battles

Sea battles are a very common form of confrontation. They will occur whenever enemy ships at least one of them must have raised the Jolly Roger attack your ships - either on the high seas or in a port. You don't have to wait until you are attacked. If you are patrolling or acting as a pirate, don't hesitate to open fire. You should upgrade your ships at the shipyard of your choice, preferably your hometown's shipyard see chapter 10 . This will not only increase the number of weapon slots but...

The Crew Menu

This menu appear as soon as you select a ship and click on the crew icon in the icon bar. This is where you inform yourself about the crew's morale, the weekly pay, the number of swords your sailors are equipped with, name and age of your captain plus his skills see 'The Captain' later on . Moreover, you can make first preparations for your life as a pirate in the crew menu. The pirate symbol next to the ship's name will remind you that the Jolly Roger is raised, so don't forget to lower it in...