What is Sea of Thieves?
Sea of Thieves is a new type of multiplayer game that delivers all you need to live the free-roaming pirate life. Whether adventuring as a group or sailing solo, you'll encounter other crews... but will they be friends or foes, and how will you respond?
Sea of Thieves is available on Xbox and Windows PC, it incorporates both crossplay and Play Anywhere.
Sea of Thieves is also a world that changes and grows, with content being added, events, challenges and new tools for players to use.
Sea of Thieves: The Arena Official Announce Trailer
What Sea of Thieves brought us in 2018 from @EGGamer13
What Does This Mean?
Sea of Thieves is a game that includes both PvE and PvP elements, it's a combination of both and your voyages will be different each time you log in depending on your chosen goals, the threats (including other players) you encounter and the ships and crews you choose to sail with!
For new pirates, that first voyage can be daunting so we've collected together a series of hints and tips in an easy to read thread, from some of the most experienced pirates on the seas!
Where to Start?
Some great videos that give an overview of some of the most important aspects of the game can be found here and many others on the Sea of Thieves and Rare Ltd Youtube channels
What is Sea of Thieves?
A great discussion between Gregg and Joe that outlines their vision for what Sea of Thieves is.
Everything you need to know about Sea of Thieves!
From March 2018
E3 2017 Gameplay Walkthrough
A good illustration of some of the basic elements you'll encounter in game, but there's a lot more content added since this was made :)
The Small Ship
The design thinking that went into the sloop.
It's challenging, but it also gives rise to some epic adventures!
Bilge Rat Adventures
What and why are these?
Campaigns and Content
How Rare add content and why they do it this way...
Acting on Feedback
Rare are committed to working with this community to continue to enrich and expand the world and content of Sea of Thieves and they very much listen to our concerns and suggestions.
While some of the above videos might appear a little dated the core message is consistent.
More recently we've been able to read insights from Gregg Mayles around the initial design and ideas for the game -
As well as Joe's speech here -
VIT Talks 2018: Sea of Thieves: creating a new type of multiplayer game
How does the forum work?
We'd recommend having a good look around, the Release Notes are a great place to find out what's new and the Mega thread section is a treasure chest of some of the most fervent discussions.
The forums are a place where you can introduce yourself, make Suggestions and give feedback as well as discuss everything Sea of Thieves or share tales of your adventures and fan creations!
There's a great guide here from @KnifeLife :
Forum help! (Images/Links/Text tools) Help guide
We also have a Pirate Code and Forum Rules which can be found here -
Now you're ready to set sail...
Here are a few great guides from the Gameplay Guides and Tips section to get you started!
Sea of Thieves Tutorial
Sea Of Dummies. A Fan-Written guide to Rare Ltd's, Sea Of Thieves by Nafe Pacewell
Captain FishSt1ck's guide to finding friendly crews
Fox's pro tips & tricks for sloop mastery (50+ tips and tricks)
How To: Use Basic and Advanced Combat Techniques
The Power of Running and Why its your fault you got Caught.
Sailing Tip: How to park your ship!
Being a Good Crew Mate
Need a map or a guide? - try this site from one of our very own Deckhands -
And for those with a whole lot of ideas and suggestions, this is a great compilation, still expanding of some of the best!
Community Idea's Master List Updated 12/13 by @ENF0RCER and Crew
Also if yer looking for a guide to all the Bilge Rat Adventures so far then cast yer eyes this way!
Ultimate Guide Collection: Every Adventure & Event
And an honourable mention for the Old Salts Piratical Training Academy, details for which can be found here and highly recommended!
The Old Salts [ Always here to help] Piratical Training Academy
There is also a dedicated thread for pirates to post details of their discord groups with descriptions to boot!
A Place to tell us about yer Discord Group Mk II
Sea of Thieves also has an Official discord channel for finding like minded crewmates, which can be found here -
Would love to see a huge compilation of basic, easy to read tips for new players below - I think we sometimes take for granted how much we've learned during the past months sailing the seas, if you've a link to an up to date guide you've written or a video you've made, all the better!
Hopefully we'll build up something like this one for solo pirates -