Iâ€™m pretty proud of myself, so I just have to brag and share the awesome moments I had in the Sea of Thieves closed beta yesterday.
I had about 30 minutes to kill so I hopped into the game thinking I would just sail around in a one-man dinghy. In the past (Alpha) I hadnâ€™t encountered a lot of players. Usually I could sail for an hour and see no one. Thatâ€™s why I was shocked when I saw a massive set of sails on the horizon.
A chill ran down my spine. Only moments earlier I had jumped off my ship and onto land to try and find some hidden treasure. Crap! I sprinted back to my ship!
Raising the anchor felt like an eternity. The sails were growing bigger by the second. SPLASH! The anchor was up. I whipped around and unfurled the sales and tacked them with the wind. Bringing her about I quickly peered over my shoulder just in time to see a cannon ball wizz past my head.
â€ARRRRRR!â€ – I heard the other players shouting in their mics!
The other ship was fully-manned with by a crew of four pirates. At this point I was flipping out. I hadnâ€™t sailed solo more than once before, and handling the tails all by myself was starting to feel overwhelming. I quickly veered around the small island knowing they couldnâ€™t adapt as quickly due to their shipâ€™s size.
Looking behind me again they were pretty far out and hadnâ€™t turned. I decided to go back to the island and get that treasure. They probably gave up knowing I didnâ€™t have anything.
As I pulled up to the island Iâ€™m not really sure what happened. It was all a blur. Before I realize what happened, the ship was back and right on top of me. â€œGET HIM!!!!â€ They screamed in their mics. BAM BAM BAM BAM! Cannon balls were pummeling me. Or… so I thought.
â€WTF! HOW DID YOU GUYS MISS?!â€ One of them screamed. I couldnâ€™t believe my eyes. Every shot missed me practically point blank. What novice pirates!
My heart practically beating out of my chest I once again brought my sails out and darted off as fast as I could. This time, I wasnâ€™t about to fall for their tricks again.
They had to turn around, so that gave me a nice lead. I was probably 10-15 seconds ahead of them minimum, but with the wind at their backs that big ship was gaining on me.
… could it work? Could this crazy idea I was concocting actually work?
LETâ€™S DO THIS!
I threw the wheel as far as it would go to the left and reached over to drop my anchor. My ship lurched and creaked with a roar and to my absolute glee my ship had literally turned on a dime! It was something right out of Pirates of the Caribbean! I was now facing them and without thinking I fired my one port side cannon into their hull â€” below water level because I know thatâ€™s how you cause a ship to take on water â€” while audibly yelling in my mic, â€œGâ€™day, fellas!â€
Quite proud of myself, and knowing they were pissed, I headed back to port at one of the main outposts. My play time for the evening was coming to a close.
As I pulled into port, sure enough the fellas werenâ€™t going to give up. They were coming right up onto my ship with a vengeance. I was off my ship already and in town. One of them leapt off their ship and onto mine. Huh… he started to sail away with it. Wondering if I should even care, knowing I was logging off, I decided to send him off with one last hurrah.
In the back of my ship I saw the gun powder barrel I had found on one of the islands. Could I? I mean… they added sniper rifles… On a one man ship the back is completely open and the helm is right there exposed. Could I make that shot? I pulled out my sniper rifle, took aim through that cracked scope, and BANG! I watched my bullet lob over to my ship as it pulled away, a triumphant goon at the helm.
Thatâ€™s when the smile on my face grew so big my cheeks hurt. I watched as the ship exploded and sank in fire as my bullet connected with the powder keg. Gloriously proud of my master pirate moves, I logged off for the night.
Now THATâ€™S how you play a pirate.