Announcements - "The Captain's Cabin"


  • Sea of Thieves community rules and guidelines can be found here

  • Release + Patch Notes Discussion can be found here.

  • Official Contests from the Sea of Thieves Team.

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    Forsaken Shores opens up a new, previously unreachable region of the Sea of Thieves: The Devil's Roar. Navigating this treacherous land brings with it new threats, new challenges and new adventures. Superheated water, burning rocks raining down from volcanoes and exploding geysers are just some of the new environmental elements that will change the way pirates traverse land and sea. Are you prepared?

    Will you risk the wrath of The Devil's Roar in search of new challenges and the truth behind a terrible tale? Find your way to Forsaken Shores on September 19th.

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    For more information on what is to come, check out our Forsaken Shores article.

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    Our second Sea of Thieves Weekly Stream will be going live tomorrow at 5pm BST!

    This time, join Beardageddon and a selection of our Dev team for a scavenger hunt!

    How much gold will they be able to gather in 2 hours /without/ doing any voyages?


  • Ahoy there community, to celebrate the Pirates who are positive members of our community, who are fairminded but respectful of the Pirate Code and Forum Rules we have created a new title, Boatswains!

    This new title has no responsibilities, or official duties but we hope the Boatswains will play a key part in welcoming new players into the community. We will be adding to this group fairly regularly, and are always on the lookout for new Boatswains!

  • With Forsaken Shores just over the horizon, what better way to celebrate than by challenging our community to create some incredible Sea of Thieves content? You came out in your droves to do battle with the skeleton crews plaguing the Sea of Thieves and had the stories to share. We saw such a wealth of creative talent take part in our Cursed Sails Challenge, we just had to do it again. Allow me to present our Forsaken Shores Challenge.

    Forsaken Shores Challenge

    From September 27th to October 24th, we want you to submit your Forsaken Shores-related content to us. We’re announcing our competition a little early to give you a day to plan.

    As in our past challenges, we're looking to reward our winning submissions with some fantastic prizes. Our friends over at Corsair have provided us with two Corsair Gaming bundles to give to our winners and we'll even throw in a shiny Forsaken Shores T-shirt. Meanwhile our runners-up will receive the same shiny t-shirt and an exclusive Sea of Thieves journal.

    We'll be selecting a total of two winners and two runners-up, comprising one winner and runner-up from each of the following categories:

    • Best Forsaken Shores Video - This can be anything you want it to be. As long as it's themed around our Forsaken Shores content update, we want to see it. Be as creative as you like!
    • Best Forsaken Shores Fan Art - In our last challenge, we were blown away by the sheer creative talent the Sea of Thieves community demonstrated, and we need to see more. We want to see your paintings, 3D art, sketches, whatever you can create!

    We also encourage you to share screenshots of your adventures in The Devil's Roar with us on social channels using the #SoTShot hashtag, but to be in with a chance of winning these fantastic prizes we're looking for video and fan art entries as described above.

    The Rules

    As usual, we'll be judging your submissions based on the following criteria: Creativity, Originality, Hilarity, and things that make us go "Oh wow".

    There are a few rules you must stick to when creating your content:

    1. Keep your videos and fan art family-friendly.
      Please keep your entries free from bad language and inappropriate content.
    2. Keep an eye on video length.
      Please keep your video submissions to 10 minutes or under.
    3. Consider full crew participation.
      We actively encourage you get your crew involved in this challenge. However, only the account that submits the content will be eligible for the prize.
    4. Content must have been created by you.
      Exactly what it says on the tin. Please don't submit clips or fan art that another pirate has made. The content you submit must be your own.

    The Prize

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    One winner from each category will win a Corsair gaming set which includes 1x Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse, 1x K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, 1x HS60 Surround Stereo Gaming Headset, 1x MM800C RGB Polaris Cloth Edition Gaming Mouse Pad and a Forsaken Shores Foil T-Shirt. One runner up from each category will win themselves a Forsaken Shores Foil T-shirt and a Sea of Thieves Journal.

    How to Enter

    • Tweet your submission to us on Twitter using the hashtag #ForsakenChallenge in your tweet.
    • Upload your submission to Instagram using the hashtag #ForsakenChallenge in your post.
    • Enter on Facebook by leaving your submission on our wall with the hashtag #ForsakenChallenge.
    • If you're submitting video content to us it must be hosted on YouTube. Your upload must include the hashtag #ForsakenChallenge.
    • Submit your content here on the Forums. Submissions posted in this thread will not count as an entry.

    The winners and runners-up will be contacted on October 29th and we'll announce them on our social channels and website on November 2nd.

    This contest opens on 00:01 BST on September 27th 2018 and closes at 23:59 BST on October 24th 2018 inclusive (the “Entry Period”). Entries received outside of the Entry Period will not be considered. Click here for full Terms and Conditions.

    Good luck, pirates!

  • Introducing the Sea of Thieves weekly stream! Starting this Tuesday at 5pm BST, our team and special guests will undertake a series of nautical challenges and trials. You can catch the streams on Mixer, Twitch and Youtube!

    First up - the Six Tavern Challenge!

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    Our new dedicated webpage for more juicy details on our upcoming free Sea Of Thieves content update: Cursed Sails is now live!

  • It's Launch Day and our lovely pirate community is larger than ever! We're introducing a brand new community space, which we are really excited for you to join and be part of it!

    Introducing our Verified Discord Server!

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    We've seen the positive impact Discord has in the community, so we created a space where we could give you the most up to date information, and allow you to share your pirate adventures! Our Verified server still work in progress! This is a space for you as much as it is for us to talk to you! So, if you've got suggestions, please put them in the #discord-suggestion channel and we'll review as needed.

    Like our Official Xbox Club and Official Forums, the Sea of Thieves Discord will be moderated by Community Managers and Deckhands. Who are the Deckhands you ask? Well! Deckhands are Community Moderators who work closely with Rare staff to make sure our community is a fun, place filled with all the right information for your Sea of Thieves adventures. You can read more about them and their responsibilities in the community here. And speaking of Deckhands... we have our very first Discord Deckhand!

    Please join me in welcoming the newest Deckhand @Taydoge-Swift!



    Taydoge Swift - Discord Deckhand

    Hi everyone! Taydoge here. I'm so glad that we can finally talk about what we've been planning for the last few months. If you don't recognize me, for some reason there's a community recap of me floating around the forums containing several old pictures and questions that are equivalent to looking at your Facebook posts from 3 years ago. If you do recognize me, it may be because I've been very active around the fan made Discord servers (and to a lesser extent) the Reddit, and because of that Rare has offered me the chance to help out on their official Discord server (as well as on their other sites). This gives me the chance to help out this community on a deeper level than before, and gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment that I could only dream of till now. I look forward to seeing how the official Discord evolves with the game, and I hope to see you on there. !tay

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  • Headed to San Diego Comic-Con tomorrow? Come stop by our panel, where members of our crew will be joined by the fantastic Freddie Prinze Jr to discuss the lore and expanded universe of Sea of Thieves!

    There's freebies up for grabs too. More details in the image below!

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    Now that July's upon us we're about to unleash the most substantial update yet! Cursed Sails will be unfurling on July 31st, and like our other content updates it comes free of charge to all who own the game.

    Cursed Sails will change things forever on the Sea of Thieves, as the sails you see cresting the horizon are no longer guaranteed to be other players making their own way through the world. The decks beneath those masts may now be manned by skeletal marauders returned to the seas from their restless graves. All that sustains these grinning terrors is a thirst for battle that leads them to terrorise Outposts and call out defenders to face them on the tides...

    For more information on what is to come, check out our Cursed Sails article.

  • Ahoy!

    We're VERY excited to announce our full set of 60 (SIXTY) launch achievements for Sea of Thieves!

    You can read the full blog here, check out all the artwork individually on Facebook, and feel free to discuss and speculate below in true #SeaOfTease fashion.

    We look forward to adding many more to the list in future, and who knows - maybe some of you may even become the subject of future "Legend" achievements...

    Ted "Red Rage" Timmins

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    These limited edition Hungering Deep T-shirts are now available for the duration of the Hungering Deep Campaign. So what are you waiting for, jump into our official store and let the world know that you personally dealt with the Megalodon!

    It's available in unisex and ladies.

    PRE-ORDER – Released 22/06/2018

    This product is available as a pre-order item and will be shipped week commencing 18/06/2018. You will be charged for this purchase when you checkout. If you order a pre-order item and regular items they will be shipped to you when all the items are available.*

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    The Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores updates are next for Sea Of Thieves and will deliver new features, declare new challenges and demonstrate new threats. At E3 2018, we ask what details the Order of Souls can sift from these latest omens...

    Sea of Thieves E3 2018 - Shelley Preston Interview:

    Tales from the Tavern:

  • What hides in The Hungering Deep? Find out on May 29th when this free Sea of Thieves content update arrives! For now, grizzled old soul Merrick is dropping some hints in our official trailer. He's seen... things...

  • Sea of Thieves cosmetics removal – May 22nd

    As some of you may have already heard through our latest Developer Update, we’ll be removing some of the newly added in-game cosmetics that players felt weren’t visually distinct enough. These cosmetics will be leaving the Sea of Thieves on May 22nd and are as follows:


    • Scurvy Bilge Rat Figurehead
    • Castaway Bilge Rat Figurehead
    • Grand Admiral Figurehead
    • Ruffian Sea Dog Figurehead


    • Scurvy Bilge Rat Cutlass
    • Castaway Bilge Rat Cutlass
    • Grand Admiral Cutlass
    • Ruffian Sea Dog Cutlass

    After this date they will no longer be available for purchase, but if you have bought them they’re yours to keep! Additionally, Castaway Bilge Rat weapons and ship liveries will be lowered in price. Anyone who purchased items within this set pre-price adjustment will have the difference reimbursed.

    We’ll also be introducing new, more varied cosmetics to the game within the coming few weeks so keep your eyes peeled and your coffers primed for the next drop!

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    Sea Of Thieves launched a month today! We want to extend a big thank you to everyone who has sailed along with us on a quest to Be More Pirate! Here's to a fun-filled future together!

    If you have feedback you'd like to share with us, we're all ears in our Feedback Forum!

    Got an epic tale of your adventures to share? Head on over to Tavern Tales to regale us with your stories!

  • From the very beginning, we've been determined to make Sea of Thieves a truly welcoming world in which players of any creed, culture, age, skill level and circumstance can voyage without fear of friction or frustration.

    With that in mind, we've laid out a set of rules with corresponding actions to help to keep the Forum seas free of strife and grievance (beyond that stirred up in the course of a pirate's everyday activities).

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    You can find the Official Sea of Thieves Forum Rules here.

    From today, Global Moderators and Deckhands will be moderating the Official Sea of Thieves Forum to these rules. For posts and topics which were created before the rules went live, we will be moderating and locking as before but also posting a link to the new rules so everyone is aware of moderation for the future.

    Thank you Pirates for the passion, excitement and activity that you've shared on these Forums!

    See you on the seas!

  • Many of you asked for this, and now it's finally here!

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    At long last, an official Xbox Club for anyone to join, chat, and find likeminded pirates to sail on the seas with. Remember, as with all official community spaces, the Pirate Code is in effect!

  • Remember when we introduced our upcoming lore book?

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    It's now on our store and pre-orders placed from our store will be signed by members of the team!

    You can pre-order the book here, or get a bundle with a t-shirt here.

    This product is available as a preorder item and will be shipped week commencing 19/03/2018. You will be charged for this purchase when you checkout. If you order a pre-order item and regular items they will be shipped to you when all the items are available.

  • We are doing a rolling launch, so to check when the game is available for you to play in your region, check our Support Article!

    New Zealand

    Sea of Thieves is now live and available to play for our first wave of pirates in New Zealand!


    G'day and welcome to pirates in Australia! Welcome aboard!

    Japan and South Korea

    いらっしゃい! 환영합니다!

    We're now live and available in Japan and South Korea! Welcome aboard!

    Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore

    Hello and welcome to our newest crews and fleets from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore!


    Live in India! Welcome to Sea of Thieves!

    United Arab Emirates

    Ahoy UAE! Welcome!

    Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey

    Welcome aboard Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey!

    Finland, Greece, Israel and South Africa

    Time to set sail, Finland, Greece, Israel and South Africa! Climb on board!

    Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France,Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

    Whoa! Our biggest group of pirates yet, welcome!

    United Kingdom, Ireland and Portugal

    Time to start your voyages United Kingdom, Ireland and Portugal! Welcome aboard!

    Argentina, Chile and Brazil

    We're live in Argentina, Chile and Brazil! Welcome aboard pirates!

    United States and Canada

    The time has come! Welcome pirates from the United States and Canada!


    We're live in Colombia! Welcome pirates!


    Ahoy there, welcome to Sea of Thieves, Mexico!

    This post will be updated when we enter a new region.

  • March 22nd 6PM GMT/11AM PT

    Make sure to link your Mixer account to your Microsoft/Xbox Live account to get the skin!

    @katttruewalker said in ICYMI: Get the Flintlock Skin on Mixer:

    As the stream is over now and as mentioned above, there is a webpage where most concerns can be answered regarding the mixpot, I'll close this one down.

    When will I receive my MixPot?

    You’ll receive your MixPot within one week or less from the end of the Xbox Live streaming event. Remember, you must be logged in to Mixer with your Microsoft account to get your MixPot.

    What if I watched the Xbox Live stream event on Mixer but didn’t receive my MixPot?
    If you didn’t receive your MixPot within one week after watching the Xbox Live stream on Mixer, visit

  • Ahoy there Pirates!

    We hope those of you who had the opportunity to enjoyed your voyage this past week, and we’re so glad you could be part of the biggest and best Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha ever! We’ve had some epic stories shared with us, including an amazing gold haul!

    Alas, as with all good things - we must bring the Technical Alpha to a close. Your feedback and the data you've generated in the past year of testing has helped get Sea of Thieves ship-shape. To thank you for your help during this stage in development, we’ve granted you the title of Founder!


    So what does being a Founder mean? Well other than sounding incredibly fancy you get:

    • Guaranteed access to the Closed Beta in 2018 so you can continue your swashbuckling ways!
    • A brand new forum badge to show your fellow pirates you’re not to be trifled with.

    With the end of the Technical Alpha means we’re going to be doing some general housekeeping in the Forums, there will be categories that merge, some that have become read only and categories that have disappeared. Our goal in this is to open up the forums to use as we noticed that some categories (Technical Alpha and Insider) were used disproportionately more than others.

    We’ll be back in 2018 with information on the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta and even more sneak peeks for what’s coming in Sea of Thieves, so stay tuned!

  • A brand new trailer was shown at the The Game Awards yesterday and in case you missed it, grab your popcorn, move to the edge of your seats and hit play!

    In amongst the chickens, explosions and general pirate mayhem was our release date. It's finally here! Sea of Thieves is setting sail on the 20th March 2018 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, with Xbox Play Anywhere, cross play and Xbox One X enhancements. Phew, that's a mouthful! You can pre-order through our shiny new pre-order page, or via the new Pre-Order button right next to your profile icon.

    Pre-ordering gets you an awesome Black Dog Pack with some very stylish items and access to the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta!

    We've also updated our The Game pages... there's a lot of treasure to be found in those pages!

    But wait, there's more! As a Sea of Thieves Insider, you've helped us to build the foundations of this swashbuckling adventure. As a thank you, we'll be granting all Insiders who signed up before the December 1st 2017 deadline, free access to the upcoming Sea of Thieves Closed Beta!

    But wait again? There's even more?!

    Oo yeah, this beautiful limited edition controller is also available for pre-order. It comes with an exclusive in-game Ferryman Clothing Set, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and 14-day Xbox Game Pass trial with access to 100+ games (available to new subscribers only).

    We're pirates, so I guess.. it's a hype boat? Get on the hype boat!

    • Release Date: 20th March 2018
    • Game Pre-order Bonus: Black Dog Pack & Access to the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta.
    • Insider Bonus: Signed up before the December 1st 2017 Deadline? You have access to the Closed Beta!
    • Controller Pre-Order Bonus: Exclusive in-game Ferryman Clothing Set, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and 14-day Xbox Game Pass trial.
  • At last the time has come to sail again and this time in our Final Beta! The road to this beta has been mysterious and full of conspiracy theories, I must say you're all a very creative bunch!

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    For information on the Final Beta, who can play and our goals for it, read this article by our Executive Producer Joe Neate.

    We have a brand new Game Status Page which is where you can get the most up to date information on any game issues that are widespread.

    Installation instructions can be found here, information about bug reporting and any other issues, please contact Support.

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    Want to know what else besides these lovely shiny items are in the Final Beta, check out the Release Notes.

    Happy sailing Pirates! See you out there on the seas.

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  • As we get closer and closer to launch our lovely pirate community is growing and rapidly! The Clubs have become so active which is why we have decided to add to our Club Deckhands! While Club Deckhands will primarily be focused on the Club, they are still available to help out in the Forums.

    Who are the Deckhands you ask? Well! Deckhands are Community Moderators who work closely with Rare staff to make sure our community is a fun, place filled with all the right information for your Sea of Thieves adventures. You can read more about them and their responsibilities in the community here.

    Since we last introduced new Deckhands, we have moved from the Technical Alpha stage of development, had a very successful Closed Beta and can see launch right there on the horizon. Exciting to think of what could come next!

    Thank you all so much for all your streams, feedback, suggestions, fan creations, stories and the way you genuinely care about ensuring all pirates who want to be part of the Sea of Thieves community feel welcome! Your hard work and your contributions make Sea of Thieves the amazing community it is!

    So without further ado, please join me in welcoming the newest Deckhand @ii-mikez-ii!



    II Mikez II - Club Deckhand

    Hey all! My name is Mike or II Mikez II on Xbox Live (original I know!). I live in Birmingham, second largest city in the UK. Been into gaming for as long as I can remember. Started on my Dads ZX Spectrum, moved onto Dreamcast, Sega Megadrive then Playsation and Playsation 2. But since the glory days of Halo: Combat Evolved I've been a massive Xbox fan and have not looked back since.

    Like most others here Sea Of Thieves peaked my interest at it's first E3 showing. I finally got my chance to play after I was invited to the Alpha for the E3 2017 sessions back in June. I've been very involved in the community ever since. Though I've been hopping onto the forums a lot more recently, you'll usually find me in Chat on the Xbox Club where I am very active. I have been helping out the Admins there unofficially for many months now, so it was a great honor to be asked to help out officially! We have a great community and I feel privileged to do my part to help it stay that way. Always happy to help, see you in the Club or on the seas!

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    That's right! We are now running a third Scale Test, beginning on Friday March 2nd at 10am GMT (2am PST) and ending on Sunday March 4th at 10am GMT (2am PST)!

    For more information on what a Scale Test means and if you can participate, check out our updated Scale Test Article!

  • Ahoy there Pirates, Closed Beta is soon upon us! Now with Play Anywhere enabled, the choice is yours to decide which platform you want to play on, Xbox One or Windows 10 PC!

    To help you begin your adventures here are some handy installation instructions. Pre-order or Founder, Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, all the instructions are there with handy screenshots. Horray!

    If you are trying to find the Windows 10 PC version and cannot, click this link to take you to the store, you should be able to pre-load the game from there.

    As always, make sure you're signed in to the gamertag that you were either invited in (if you're a Founder) or pre-ordered with.

    See you on the seas pirates!

  • Not content with being part of the Scale Test, the Gold Hoarders have landed in the Official Sea of Thieves Store with two new items for you to spend your gold on!

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    Gold Hoarder TOTAKU™ Purchase link

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    Gold Hoarder TOTAKU™ Bundle Purchase Link

    Bundle Contains
    Gold Hoarder TOTAKU™
    Exclusive Gold Hoarder T-Shirt
    Exclusive Gold Hoarder Print

    These are pre-order items and will be shipped week commencing 19/03/2018. You will be charged for this purchase when you checkout. If you order a pre-order item and regular items they will be shipped to you when all the items are available.

  • We'll be running a Scale Test this weekend to prepare ourselves for launch! The goal of this is to test a lot of the work we’ve done since the Closed Beta, and to try and hit a higher concurrent players number than we’ve ever seen before.

    With this added scale we expect – and plan – to see issues, that we can learn from and address. Not only are we looking to hit scale, we will also purposefully be stressing our services by throttling performance at certain times, testing the game in different data centers around the world, and simulating deliberate outages.

    More details here:

    Or watch this!

  • We know you've been waiting for this for a long time, so get ready as our PC Design Lead Ted has gone in depth on the confirmed PC specs in our article here:

    And because we love you so much here's a lovely image to help you understand things a little better

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  • Roses are red, violets are blue, you're all special pirates and here's our gift to you!


    Love is in the air, and also on the seas! Valentine's Day is here, and in the spirit of piratey love we have some cards you can print out and give to your loved ones.

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    What's your favourite card let us know in the comments!

  • We teased you with an art book, and now we have some information about our lore book! It's a treasure trove of lore, recipes, music sheets and games, all ready for you to preorder right now!

    Set many years before the adventures you’ll experience for yourself, it’s a tome that offers invaluable insight into the kinds of people, places and pastimes you can encounter while sailing the Sea of Thieves on voyages of your own.

    So click the link, read the article and find out how you can get one for yourself!

  • Well well well, what treasures have washed up on our shores? Two new items, playing cards and a limited edition coin!

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    Previously given out during those who braved our queue at E3, the playing cards are now available on our store!

    Sea of Thieves Playing Cards - Store Link

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    Limited Edition Coin - Store Link

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    So which treasure will you be bringing on board?

    These items are preorder items and will be shipped week commencing 19/03/2018. You will be charged for this purchase when you checkout. If you order a pre-order item and regular items they will be shipped to you when all the items are available.

  • Get them whilst you can! If you're in the U.K and order before 9am GMT on 5th February the store will dispatch on the 12th to be with you or your loved one for Valentines Day.

    Customers outside the UK. Clearly we'd love you to all have this T-shirt for Valentines Day. The turn around times are so tight that it will just not be possible. But keep in mind that Valentines is just a day, this T-shirt allows you to be a loving pirate all year long!

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