The Rules - "The Pirate Code"

  • Ahoy Pirates, welcome to your Sea of Thieves Forums!
    Whether you be an old sea dog or new swabbie, this thread will be your guide to navigate these Forum waters.

    I am your Forum Community Manager Dee! From 9am till late (GMT) I'm usually around to help answer any questions I can.

    Your Community Moderators are called @Deckhands, and they are my eyes and ears in the Forums and Xbox Clubs! Need any help? Check if one is available in your timezone, they are happy to help!


    Are Forums new to you? Feeling unfamiliar in these waters?

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    Announcements - "The Captain's Cabin"

    This category is for announcements from Rare staff to let you know of all the official goings on with the Game, the Forums and the wider Sea of Thieves community.

    • The Pirate Code
    • Release Notes Discussion
    • Official Contests

    Insider Programme Updates

    • Developer Updates
    • Insider Hot Topics

    An Insider only Category where we post regular Developer Updates and Insider Hot topics where we are looking for your feedback on a new topic.
    This category is largely read only, and for Insiders only! Want to be an Insider? You can sign up here!


    Sea of Thieves Game Discussion

    Your one stop shop for all your Sea of Thieves discussion. Got something to say that doesn't break the Pioneer and Technical Alpha NDA that is still in place? Put it here!

    • Game Feedback + Suggestions
    • Feedback Mega Threads
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    • Voyage Help
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    Community - "The Shipmate's Quarters"

    Want to get to know members of your community better? Here is the place to do it. Celebrate birthdays, share fan creations, find a crew and get super social!

    • New Member's Introduction
    • Find a Crew!
    • Fan Creations - "The Galley"

    General Discussion & Off-Topic "The Outer Shores"

    Want to kick back and talk about anything that takes your fancy? Be it other games (wait, there are other games?!) or what you ate for breakfast (if that's your thing), well the General Forums are here for you to do just that!


    While browsing the Forums occasionally:

  • Welcome to the Sea of Thieves Forums!

    Here you will find a friendly community where you can give feedback, discuss ideas, give gameplay advice, share fan creations and hang out with your fellow Sea of Thieves pirates!

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    There is a community-created Pirate Code which is the foundation for the following rules. Even when waging war across the decks of rival raiders, all crews should ultimately hold one another in respect!


    The Sea of Thieves Forums are moderated in English by Rare Employees, Global Moderators and Deckhands. More information on those roles can be found in this thread.

    The team moderates both the Forums and the Sea of Thieves community in general against the following Community Code of Conduct.


    Sea of Thieves Community Code of Conduct

    Community is a central focus for us on Sea of Thieves. Its core concept has always been players creating stories together, and since the game’s unveiling at E3 2015 we’ve loved seeing the community grow with us. We’re proud that Sea of Thieves has brought together millions of players from across the world and all walks of life.

    Building the game with our community and hearing their feedback has been important to us since our very first test. Our positive community is a testament to our players and the way they’ve embraced our vision for a welcoming and inclusive multiplayer game. If you haven’t already, check out the Pirate Code that we created with the community back in 2017.

    As the game has grown, so has our community and the places we interact with them. In line with the Xbox Community Standards, we wanted to put together a Code of Conduct that covers our expectations for community behaviour – not just in-game, but across all our official channels and community spaces. Whether you’re a seasoned pirate or someone dipping their toes into Sea of Thieves for the first time, here’s how we expect our players to behave.


    ALWAYS:

    Be respectful. Sea of Thieves is a game for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, nationality, creed or disability. Treat everyone with respect. Diversity only enriches this larger-than-life pirate community of ours and makes Sea of Thieves’ world a far more interesting one to explore. When we all play, everyone wins.

    Be welcoming to new players. We were all new pirates once, so pay it back by welcoming first-time players or those still learning the ropes. It’ll set them an example of how to behave and make them want to return, weaving their own stories into the lore of Sea of Thieves. You may even make some steadfast new crewmates.

    Be a good sport. Sea of Thieves is a pirate game, and stealth, stealing and battles are all part of the fun. All pirates on the seas accept that, but be a good sportsman in both victory and loss.

    Be courteous. Don’t insult players you don’t know. If humour is the intent, remember that this can be lost or misinterpreted online, and words can very easily offend. Be mindful of what you’re saying and if someone asks a question, see if you can help them out as you’d appreciate being helped out yourself if the roles were reversed.

    Keep it appropriate. Avoid swearing in unfamiliar company where possible. Don’t post anything containing NSFW material – this has no place in Sea of Thieves or its community spaces. And while we all have opinions of the world around us, people aren’t necessarily playing Sea of Thieves to talk about politics or contentious real-world issues. Switch off, escape and enjoy the freedom of the seas instead.

    Remember kids are playing. Sea of Thieves is home to players of all ages, so keep your posts and conversations appropriate for younger players and families.


    REMEMBER:

    Sea of Thieves is a game. Games are meant to be fun. If you become angry or frustrated, take a break. Don’t be rash and act out your anger in a way that could ruin the experience for others and lead to a report being filed against you.

    Sea of Thieves is a fantasy. It is not a historical depiction of piracy from any real-world place or time period. We will not abide arguments in favour of such things as slavery. If that’s the game you want, you’re in the wrong place.

    The things you post are public. Don’t disclose real-life personal information that could result in fraud, hacking or impersonation. Be mindful about what you share in any online space.


    NEVER:

    Discriminate against anyone based on who they are. As stated previously, Sea of Thieves is a game for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, nationality, creed or disability. Prejudice of any kind is totally unacceptable.

    Harass, bully, intimidate, threaten or encourage others to do harm. None of these behaviours will be tolerated. Any activity you engage in that is solely designed to target and upset another player or crew constitutes bullying. Repeated activity designed to ruin the experience of another player or crew constitutes harassment. Not only do we take these things very seriously, many law enforcement agencies recognise online abuse as an offence. If necessary, we will report incidents to the relevant authorities to take further action.

    Share anything illegal. If it’s illegal in real life, it has no place in our community. Discussing or distributing banned content, copyrighted material or anything related to drugs or black market goods will not be tolerated in our spaces.

    Cheat or hack. We have a zero tolerance approach to any form of in-game hacking or cheating, and transgression can result in a permanent ban. Data-mined content is also prohibited from our channels as it can ruin future game updates for players who have no wish to be exposed to incomplete or out-of-context information.

    Advertise, spam, troll or engage in witch hunts. There are areas in our official Forums and on our verified Discord server where you can advertise your own community groups – just ask if you don’t know where to find them. Other kinds of advertising are not appropriate. Any form of spamming should be avoided. Trolling, baiting and witch hunts are also unacceptable. If you have evidence that you think our Customer Support team should see to help them take action against a player, send it to them using the process outlined at the end of this article.

    Stream snipe. Streamers of all sizes have played a major part in Sea of Thieves’ story so far, and we love seeing all our players share their stories with others. The act of stream sniping can ruin the experience not only for the streamers who are playing but for all their viewers. Repeated stream sniping is deemed to be harassment and punishable as appropriate.
    Code of Conduct Breaches


    We take our Community Code of Conduct seriously. We will take action on accounts that we determine to have breached our Code of Conduct or the Microsoft T&Cs. Account actions can range from warnings and suspensions to permanent account termination from our game and services at our discretion, where doing so would be in the best interests of Rare or our customers.

    If you believe that someone has broken our Code of Conduct or the Microsoft T&Cs, please read the article at the link below and create a support ticket. This will be reviewed and the appropriate action taken by our support team.

    Sea of Thieves: How To Report a Player (Game)

    If you believe someone has broken our Code of Conduct or Microsoft T&Cs on the Forums specifically, please read the topic below and flag the offending post for moderation. This will be reviewed and the appropriate action taken by our community team.

    Sea of Thieves: How To Flag a Post for Moderation (Forums)

    Thanks for reading!


    Don't forget that whilst using the Sea of Thieves Forums, you're also subject to the following policies.

    Microsoft Services Agreement

    Community Standards for Xbox

  • The Deckhands act as Community Ambassadors in the Sea of Thieves Community.
    They are officially active in the Sea of Thieves Forums, Official Xbox Clubs and Verified Discord.

    As Community Ambassadors, their responsibilities include:

    • Co-operating with Rare staff in upholding community guidelines.
    • Moving and locking topics when appropriate.
    • Flagging breaches of conduct with Rare admins (e.g. NDA breaches, toxic behaviour).
    • Offering help and assistance to community members who need it.
    • Collating feedback from the community and sharing it with the development team.
    • Facilitating community fun through giveaways and #seaoftease.

    As we work closely with the Deckhands and speak to them daily, we regularly discuss certain information ahead of time in preparation for events, shows and policy or process changes. This allows them to better anticipate high-traffic periods in the community and to provide more accurate information to community members in need of assistance.

    The Deckhands are not the official voice of the studio, but we do want the community to put their trust in them as they will happily do all they can to help you with the information that we provide them!

    It should be noted that our Deckhands are under NDA and should not be pressed or harassed for information.

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    Meet the Deckhands!

    KattTruewalker - Forum Deckhand

    lizalaroo - Forum Deckhand

    IOnEI Falcon - Forum Deckhand

    JediKnightXIII - Forum Deckhand

    Pikaaroon - Forum Deckhand

    DHG IXxRMACxXI - Forum Deckhand

    tartansnake-8 - Forum Deckhand

    II Mikez II - Club Deckhand

    Taydoge Swift - Discord Deckhand


    Is there a Deckhand in my Time Zone?

    NORTH AMERICA (USA, CAN)


    EUROPE (United Kingdom)


    OCEANIA (Australia, New Zealand)


    How can I help the Deckhands?

    As the Deckhands are fulfilling their roles voluntarily out of their dedication to both Sea of Thieves and the community, please be as supportive of them as possible!
    You can do this by:

    • Abiding by the Forums and Official Xbox Clubs Terms of Service and Guidelines.
    • Following our Community Pirate Code.
    • Being co-operative and understand that they are working as an extension of the official Rare moderator staff.
    • Working together to make sure the Sea of Thieves community remains welcoming.
    • If you’re not sure about something, don’t hesitate to ask them questions.
    • Use the “@Deckhand” tag on the Forum!

    The Deckhands are here to help not only us but the community as well. The team here at Rare has put our trust in them to maintain a positive atmosphere on the Forums and the Official Xbox Clubs to provide you the most accurate information available, so do your best to support them!


  • Global Moderators are Community Managers for Rare. They moderate all social and community spaces and they have the power to issue bans.

    Meet the Global Moderators!

    Lady Aijou
    I'm the resident "zookeeper", with so many pets it's kind of crazy! I've been a Community MAnager for 6 years, and it's an honor to be here working with such a fine community of Pirates. When I'm not work, I enjoy sword and knife collecting, gaming and reading

    Kenji Salk

    valkyr13x
    Hi, everyone. I've been a Community Manager since 2016, though I took a year-long break to raise a mini-pirate! I'm glad to be back aboard the good ship Rare and I spend my free time hanging with my family, gaming (often tabletop games) and reading. Fun facts: I'm an American expat living in the UK, I have a dog that looks like a little fox, and I'm a fan of the Oxford comma.

    CardShark 360
    I've loved video games for as long as I can remember. Created my own Xbox Podcast and Community website, organised several charity events around gaming and received the Microsoft Xbox MVP award for 6 years in a row. Love helping the community and attending events and expos like E3 and PAX.

    Is there a Global Moderator in my Time Zone?

    NORTH AMERICA (USA, CAN)


    EUROPE (United Kingdom)


    OCEANIA (Australia, New Zealand)


    Moderators are volunteer moderators are officially active in the Sea of Thieves Forums and and Verified Discord. Moderators are only active as moderators in their community space. They moderate to the Pirate Code and official rules of their community. Forum Moderators cannot moderate the Verified Discord and vice versa.

    As Moderators, their responsibilities include:

    • Co-operating with Rare staff in upholding community guidelines.
    • Keeping discussion on topic.
    • Moving and locking topics when appropriate.
    • Flagging breaches of conduct with Rare admins (e.g. NDA breaches, toxic behaviour).
    • Offering help and assistance to community members who need it.

    Global Moderators, Deckhands and Moderators work closely together and regularly discuss certain information ahead of time in preparation for events, shows and policy or process changes. This allows Moderators to better anticipate high-traffic periods in the community and to provide more accurate information to community members in need of assistance.

    Moderators are not an official voice of the studio, but we do want the community to put their trust in them as they will happily do all they can to help you with the information that we provide them!

    It should be noted that our Moderators are under NDA and should not be pressed or harassed for information.


    Meet the Moderators!

    Musicmee- Forum Moderator

    triheadedmonkey- Forum Moderator
    Abhoy! I’m triheadedmonkey (…well…not really but…you get the picture) I like long walks on the beach, meeting new people and music such as Ride of The Valkyries (oops….wrong profile…but it works!)

    I saw the Sea of Thieves trailer at E3 ..2017(?) and immediately came here to sign up as an Insider and was invited to the very next Tech Alpha! The first time I played, I was hooked. Despite rarely playing online and using a microphone (with strangers no less) was even rarer…but for hours, never have I ENJOYED playing a game so much.

    I love helping in community Sea of Thieves events with Fortune (along with the various other fleets/crews/unions) and the first impression I made with them was…memorable….
    Outside of Sea of Thieves, I busy myself with a few other games (Forza, AC..), dabble in 3D modelling using Blender and very much enjoy the hijinks (and occasional usefulness) provided by using PhotoShop.
    ENJOY the Seas!

    Aerotsune - Discord Moderator
    Hello! By now many of you have likely seen me about the Discord server. And if you haven't? Well. It's likely that you just don't use it to begin with! (And of course there is nothing wrong with that.) Anyway, I was asked to do a 'Meet the Moderators' blurb, so here goes...

    I'm Aerotsune, though many have come to know me better as Badger due to my Discord nickname within the community. And, well, it just kinda stuck. To the point that I was requested to use it by some of the leadership going forward. So that's here to stay. Despite joining up with the ranks of the other fine moderators of the community (I'm talking about you, Deckhands! And Community Managers, of course...), I'm just another one of you guys for the most part. I started off a general user like everyone else. But as the community continued to grow it was decided that an extra set of eyes could be useful to help assist with the usual crew. So here I am!

    At any rate, I look forward to a continued enjoyable experience with you lovable goofs and will see you around!


    Is there a Moderator in my Time Zone?

    NORTH AMERICA (USA, CAN)


    EUROPE (United Kingdom)

    How can I help the Moderators?

    The Global Moderators are employees of Rare and the Moderators are fulfilling their roles voluntarily out of their dedication to both Sea of Thieves and the community. Please be as supportive of them as possible!
    You can do this by:

    • Abiding by the Forums and Discord Terms of Service and Guidelines.
    • Following our Community Pirate Code
    • Being co-operative and understand that they are working as an extension of the official Rare Global Moderator staff.
    • Working together to make sure the Sea of Thieves community remains welcoming.
    • If you’re not sure about something, don’t hesitate to ask them questions.

    The Moderators are here to help maintain a positive atmosphere on the Forums and the Verified Discord to provide you the most accurate information available, so do your best to support them!


  • Hello and welcome to the Sea of Thieves Forums!

    You may have noticed that some users have badges below their names with phrases like 'Founder', other users have cool sashes and a badge that reads, 'Deckhand' and you don't know what those mean. Below is a handy guide which explains each user group and their badges.


    Global Moderators

    Users with this tag are Official Forum Administrators, they have full moderation access and can ban players from the Forum.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Rare Employee

    Users with this tag are Rare Employees, a full list of all Rare Employees active on the Forums can be found here.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Deckhand

    Users with this tag are Community Moderators. They help moderate the Sea of Thieves Forum and other Official Sea of Thieves community spaces. Information about the Deckhands can be found here.

    They can be tagged using @Deckhand.

    Pioneer

    Users with this tag are a select group of players who receive special previews of upcoming features and improvements to the game. Invites cannot be requested and are non-transferable. You can find information on them here.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Founder

    Users with this tag are community members who took part in our Technical Alpha Programme. Through their feedback and play sessions they provided us with lots of valuable data.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Insider

    Users with this tag are community members who have signed up for insider information on the Sea of Thieves. They have access to the Insider Programme Forums where we post staff insights and sneak peeks of incoming game features. Information on the Insider Programme and how to join can be found here.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Boatswain

    Users with this tag are community members who are positive members of our community, fairminded but respectful of the Pirate Code and Forum Rules.

    They have 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!

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

  • Ahoy there pirates!

    For those of you who have questions, or those of you who are wondering what a Pioneer is, here’s what you need to know!

    Who are the Pioneers?
    The Sea of Thieves Pioneers are a select group of players who receive special previews of upcoming features and improvements to the game. Invites cannot be requested and are non-transferable.

    How often will they play?
    We aim to have weekly sessions and there may be times where there are multiple sessions in one week.

    I was a Pioneer before, but now I'm not, why?
    As part of the refresh to the Pioneer Programme, we've amended the Pioneer criteria. As a result, some previous Pioneers are currently ineligible. Don't worry though, the Pioneer Programme will continue to grow alongside the game, so there's plenty more opportunities to be invited to the programme!

    Will you be inviting new Pioneers?
    Yes! We are always on the look out for more dedicated players to invite to the programme.

    Can I watch a Pioneer session?
    The Pioneer Programme is under NDA, and no streams are allowed.

    What happens a Pioneer breaks the NDA?
    Any Pioneers found breaking the NDA will be removed from the programme.

    Do not take photos, videos, or audio recordings of the Game.
    Do not post photos, videos, or audio recordings of the Game on any venue. This also includes the Pioneer Programme Forum.
    Do not describe any part of the Game on any venue unless we’ve instructed you to.
    Do not allow others to watch you play the Game.
    Do not leave the Game running unattended.

    Hopefully that clears things up for you!


  • Ahoy thar Fo'Rum!

    Please find below links to detailed instructions on how to effectively FLAG a post/topic/user to get the attention from our Sea of Thieves Forum Deckhands & Crew.

    But first, a small disclaimer from the Deckhands.
    We would like to thank everyone for taking the time and consideration in making the Sea of Thieves Forum a welcoming and enjoyable place to be. Without you, we have no community and thankfully for us we have one of the best communities around!

    We'd like to keep it that way, because as the game nears closer and closer to launch, we expect forum traffic to increase and with that more posts to review and moderate. Contrary to popular pirate belief the Deckhands don't see everything which means we are going to need your help!

    To keep this place looking ship-shape we ask that you assist us, the @Deckhands, with keeping an eye on things. If you find a topic, a comment or a user you feel goes against our Pirates Code (detailed below) we would appreciate it if you could anonymously flag it for review.


    Quick Links -

    1) What is a Flag?

    2) What should be Flagged?

    3) The Pirate Code

    4) How to Flag Forum Content

  • This topic is deleted!

  • You can report players who you believe have not behaved according to the Pirate Code in multiple ways. Through:

    Xbox Live: https://support.seaofthieves.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360000779227-How-to-report-a-player

    Sea of Thieves Support: By creating a support ticket.

  • Never used Support Tickets to submit a bug? Well here's a handy guide to show you how!

    Reporting Bugs using Support Tickets

    1. Wherever you are on the Sea of Thieves website, select Support from the top banner. Then select Get Help. Or you can bookmark this link here to take you directly to the page!
    1. Use the search box on the Help and Support page to search for your bug. If it is in our knowledge base an article will appear. If not..
    1. You will see this page. Select Raise a Support Request.
    1. A drop down menu will appear. Select, I'd like to report a bug.
    1. Here you can submit your bug! Please try to give as much detail as possible, e.g. location, what you were doing at the time and any other information you may feel is necessary. Multiple bugs can be submitted in one ticket!

    And that's it! Easy peasy. Happy bug hunting!


    Bug Reports are logged and your reports are used to aid the Development Team in resolving the issue you're facing for all users.

    • If a fix is available for your issue, then you will be sent information on your next steps.
    • If a fix is not available, then your will be logged and passed to the Development Team.
  • Ahoy thar Fo'Rum!

    You may have noticed the recent increase in user accounts and activity across the forum and with that activity you may have also noticed more and more threads being Locked by the Deckhands.

    Well the @deckhands and I thought it was about time we listed in detail our rationale behind Locking particular threads.

    Firstly let me begin by saying if your posted thread is on the receiving end of a Lock, please don't take it personally, because it's not.

    As Deckhands, it's our job to assure that active conversations and threads are being promoted and that new users are being directed to where the action is.

    We understand the excitement new users must feel when logging into the FoRum for the first time and the amount of content can be somewhat overwhelming, just remember that we were all "new users" once and so we also understand that it's extremely tempting to just dive in and start posting "new" threads with your questions and suggestions.

    But before posting a new thread consider the following to avoid your thread being Locked.

    Things that qualify for a Lock (with descriptions):


    • Posting Duplicate Threads
      Posting the same question or topic in multiple Categories or posting multiple threads with variations of the same title can be considered as SPAM.

    • Posting Duplicate Topics
      Over the forums lifespan we have seen lots of unique discussion topics but there are some topics that are being frequently asked which creates clutter to legacy users and it can be repetitive. Typically a Deckhand (or a forum member) will redirect you to an active thread of the same topic before locking your thread.

    • Posting Closed Statements or Comments
      Creating a new thread and simply saying "I'm excited for this game! Woo!" isn't going to cut it. Try turning that statement into a conversation topic, as long as that conversation doesn't break the aforementioned conditions.

    • Posting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
      Let's face it, we all have questions. Some of those questions are more common than others. If you post a question thread and it has been answered we will likely lock it. With that in mind the Deckhands came up with the First Port of Call in an attempt to address some of those FAQ's about the game.
      It's an extremely helpful resource but it won't answer every question, so in the instance where you still have questions unanswered we ask that you avoid creating a question thread and rather find a thread with a similar subject matter and ask it there. You would be surprised how quickly someone answers your question. If all else fails, message one of the Deckhands directly and we will see what we can do.

    • Neglecting to Search / Check Recent Posts
      We find that when big announcements are made about Sea of Thieves multiple threads of the same subject are posted. We ask that before posting a new thread that you check the Recent posts to see if someone has already made your intended thread and attempt to do a Search. Although at the moment we are aware that the Search function is a little quirky.

    • Violating the Forums Terms and Conditions OR an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)
      For details on Forum Guidelines, please refer to this thread here.
      During the development of Sea of Thieves, some information disclosed to you may be protected by an NDA and some conversations may also be restricted to take place in specific locations throughout the forum. Before posting, please check that your thread or topic is being posted in the correct Category.


    Thank you for reading the above conditions, moving forward I hope that we can all work together to keep the Sea of Thieves Fo'Rum looking shipshape!

    No Prey, No Pay.
    Swabbie AaronLeigh Pikaaroon - Deckhand