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.

  • We had such an amazing response to our recent Shark Week Challenge that we've decided we want to see more! With Cursed Sails well and truly underway, now is the perfect time for our creative community to jump into action and once again showcase their talent!

    Cursed Sails Challenge

    From August 15th to 21st, we want you to submit your Cursed Sails-related content to us. Just like with our Shark Week Challenge, we’re announcing our competition a little bit early to give you an extra day to plan.

    Of course, this wouldn't be a challenge without some treasure, which is why our favourite submissions will be rewarded with a a very stylish Cursed Sails Foil T-Shirt, an exclusive Sea of Thieves Journal and 40 Bilge Rat Doubloons for you to spend on some lovely in-game cosmetics. Not bad, right?

    We'll be selecting three of our favourite submissions from each of the following categories:

    • Best Cursed Sails Screenshot - As a community, you've proven without a doubt that you can take some incredible #SoTShots! We love seeing them and Cursed Sails has many opportunities for you to flex your creative muscles and take some breathtaking screenshots.
    • Best Cursed Sails Video - Naval Warfare documentary but set on the Sea of Thieves? We'd like to see that. Soloing waves of skeleton ships in a Sloop? We'd love to see that too. Really, we just want to see how creative you can get with video!
    • Best Cursed Sails Fan Art - Our last challenge was limited to video and photo content, but the artists among you wanted to get involved too and we've heard your feedback! Send us images of your 3D models, paintings and sketches. Show us what you've got!

    The Rules

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

    As always, there are a few rules you must stick to:

    1. Keep your videos, screenshots and fan art family-friendly.
      We know taking on the undead can be quite stressful. But 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 screenshots that another pirate has made. The content you submit must be your own.

    The Prize

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    Our favourite three submissions from each category will win a Cursed Sails Foil T-Shirt, Sea of Thieves Journal and 40 Bilge Rat Doubloons.

    How to Enter

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

    We can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Winners will be announced on August 27th via our social channels and on our website.

    This contest opens on 00:01 GMT on August 15th 2018 and closes at 23:59 GMT on August 21st 2018 inclusive (the “Entry Period”). Entries received outside of the Entry Period will not be considered.

    Good luck, pirates!

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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!

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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.

  • 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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  • 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!

  • 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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  • 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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    Show off your pirate side on Twitter using the hashtags #SeaofThieves and #BeMorePirate and an emoji will appear!

    This also retroactively applies to tweets with those hashtags, so what are you waiting for? Go forth and #BeMorePirate on Twitter!

  • 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:

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  • 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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  • It's the news you've been waiting for, drum-roll please...

    Sea of Thieves closed beta will run between 24-31 January GMT, giving pirates a full seven days of sailing, shanties and shenanigans!

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    You can also stream! The Closed Beta will not be covered by an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) so you can stream, capture, clip and screenshot to your heart’s content. If you do create content, make sure you tag it Sea of Thieves so we can see it too – we’ll also be sharing some of our favourites on our social channels and website. We are super excited to see the content you create and the stories you tell"

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    Cameron here. For those of you who haven’t come across me yet, I work as a Community Manager at Rare and over the past year and a half, I’ve been running the Sea of Thieves Forums and making sure your feedback both inside and outside the Technical Alpha is heard loud and clear by the rest of the team. It’s been fun to say the least, and it’s safe to say that we’ve come from nothing back in June 2016, to having a lively forum with a great mix of people joining every week.

    Between our work with the Deckhands, the various giveaways, the long discussions and the campaigns we’ve run, it’s been pretty full on since the Forums launched, but it feels like the community here has really established itself and found a sense of identity. In summary:

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    Now, you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. There’s more work to do on Sea of Thieves, some of which I’m going to be heavily involved in. You’ll find out just what sooner or later, but that means that I won’t be able to dedicate my time to look after things here! As such, I’ll be handing over responsibility of the Forums, feedback, and the community we’ve created here over to Dee, who some of you will know as @khaleesibot. Dee joined us around a month ago as another member of our growing community team and has done a great job of introducing herself and integrating comfortably into the day-to-day of running the Sea of Thieves Forums. Going forward she’ll be working with our community moderators, the Deckhands, to ensure that the community here continues to thrive. So, please make her Dee feel welcome and help both her and the Deckhands maintain this awesome community that has come together over the past 16 months!

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