It’s the Decennial celebration for Puzzle Pirates this month. It’s the plucky little MMO that thought it could, so it did, largely by making people happy to play. ‘Tis the perfect time to check it out! (I’m Silveransom over there, the genesis of my little pirate avatar I use on Twitter and around the web.)
It’s kind of odd, thinking that it’s been around for ten years. It was one of the pioneers in microtransaction monetization in the MMO space. They started as a subscription-only game, but really exploded with their take on what we now call Free to Play (F2P). Sadly, they aren’t quite as big as they used to be, but I suppose that’s true of most MMOs, given that the market exploded. Still, the game is still alive, still developing in new ways (the alternate Sailing puzzle being the most recent addition), and it’s still one of the most solo-friendly games I know that still makes it easy to group up on the fly. Guild Wars 2 might challenge that (if I ever get my computer running it for more than 20 seconds), but even then, Puzzle Pirates is still great fun, just a different sort of play experience.
I’m definitely a fan of the game. It’s my MMO home, the game that has the most traditions I’ve taken part in, delightfully early access to the freedom of personal ships, and it happens to be a perfect fit for my puzzle-infused mind, one as fond of Tetris as Gyromancer, of Professor Layton as Puzzle Quest. I’ve done a fair bit of fan art for the game, and even chipped in a little with some art that wound up in the game proper (the rare Easter Egg for the 2007 contest).
Happy tenth, Puzzle Pirates! May Three Rings have continued success and fair winds!