Official Contests

  • Athena's Fortune Contest


    To celebrate the launch of our lore-expanding novel Athena’s Fortune, in true Sea of Thieves spirit, we wanted to squeeze in a cheeky contest. We know that your pirates and their crews have a tale or two to tell from adventures out on the seas, so now’s your chance to tell them!

    What we're asking for

    From October 25th to December 6th, we want you to write a short story set in the world of Sea of Thieves. We want to hear the tales of adventure that you and your crew have embarked upon. If writing isn't your thing, fear not, you can still get involved as we're also inviting all the artists out there to take part!

    Why are we looking for stories and fan art, we hear you ask? Well, we're aiming to put together a very special physical book comprised of short stories (all non-canon of course) that tell tales of our community’s time at sea – and a community-led book wouldn't be complete without some awesome artwork for the front cover, right? Yes, your short story and fan art could feature in a Sea of Thieves book that we're calling… Mariners’ Myths!


    To help you get those creative juices flowing, be sure to join us on October 29th for a live Q&A on the Forums with the author of Athena's Fortune, Chris Allcock! Chris will be with us from 17:30 GMT until 18:30 GMT to answer your questions surrounding the novel.

    We have quite the bounty up for grabs in this competition. The winning writers will loot themselves a copy of Athena’s Fortune signed by the author himself, one of our limited edition Sea of Thieves controllers, 20 Bilge Rat Doubloons and a copy of Mariners’ Myths that includes their own work. The winning artist will take home the same haul, with their art featured on the front cover of Mariners’ Myths. Not bad, eh?


    The Rules

    Members of the Sea of Thieves team will be judging your written and artistic submissions based on the following criteria: Creativity and Originality.

    There are a few rules you must stick to for this competition:

    1. Written submissions must be a minimum of 2,000 words and a maximum of 3,500.
      Please keep your written entries within the word limit.
    2. Submission must be family-friendly.
      Please keep your written submissions free from bad language and sexual content. Your art submissions should also be free from bad language and sexual content.
    3. Submissions must have been created by you.
      Please only submit pieces of work that you yourself have created.

    The Prizes

    There will be three main prize winners from the fan fiction submission pool. Each main prize includes the Athena's Fortune novel signed by Chris Allcock, a Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Controller, 20 Bilge Rat Doubloons, your work included in Mariners’ Myths and a copy for yourself.

    There will be two runner-up prize winners from the fan fiction submission pool. Each runner-up prize includes the Athena's Fortune novel signed by Chris Allcock, 10 Bilge Rat Doubloons, your work included in Mariners’ Myths and a copy for yourself.

    There will be one main prize winner from the fan art submission pool. This main prize includes the Athena's Fortune novel signed by Chris Allcock, a Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Controller, 20 Bilge Rat Doubloons, your artwork included in Mariners’ Myths and a copy for yourself.

    There will be two runner-up prize winners from the fan art submission pool. This runner-up prize includes the Athena's Fortune novel signed by Chris Allcock, 10 Bilge Rat Doubloons and a copy of Mariners’ Myths.


    How to Enter

    • Fan fiction: head over to our dedicated submissions thread on the Forums and upload your short story.
    • Fan art: tweet your submission to us on Twitter, post it on Instagram or leave it on our Facebook wall. Include the hashtag #AthenasFortuneContest to ensure we see it.

    The winners and runners-up will be contacted on January 21st and announced on our social channels and website on January 27th.

    This contest opens at 00:01 GMT on October 25th 2018 and closes at 23:59 GMT on December 6th 2018 (the “Entry Period”). Entries received outside of the Entry Period will not be considered. Click here for full Terms & Conditions.
    Good luck, pirates!

  • Greetings!

    If you're taking part in our Forsaken Shores Challenge, you're in the right place. Please post your submissions below. If you've stumbled upon this thread and have no idea what I'm talking about, sail over to our announcement post and find out how you can get involved.

    Please remember that this thread is ONLY for submissions for the Forsaken Shores Challenge Anything non submission posts will be removed.

  • Hello there pirates!

    We have another WinWednesday giveaway for you.
    This time, we've got two sets of exclusive Obsidian cosmetics, so make sure you don’t miss this chance to win such great plunder!

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    To be in with a chance of winning yourself a set just answer a simple question below:

    What's your favourite way of taking down the mighty skeleton ships?

    We'll pick the two lucky winners at random and announce them here at 4PM BST tomorrow.

    Good luck!

  • Pirates Ahoy!

    I am sailing in on the waves of great news!
    A Forum giveaway is here again, this time with exclusive Cursed Sails themed merchandise!

    FIVE lucky pirates get a chance to win this vibrant T-shirt. To enter, reply to this thread telling us about your first encounter with the mighty and terrifying skeleton crews!

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    Winners will be picked randomly and announced at 4PM BST tomorrow.
    Best of luck!

  • Ahoy!

    We’re pleased to announce another Forum giveaway! About time, right?

    Two lucky pirates will win this outstanding Huntress Figurehead, so make sure you don’t miss this chance!

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    All you need to do to enter is answer this question:

    Which feature from the upcoming Cursed Sails campaign are you most excited about: skeleton ships, Brigantine or Alliances?

    Winners will be picked randomly and announced at 5PM BST tomorrow. Best of luck!

  • Ahoy!

    If you're taking part in our Shark Week Challenge, you're in the right thread! Please post your submissions below. If you've stumbled upon this thread and have no idea what I'm talking about, sail over to our announcement post and find out how you can get involved.

    Please remember that this thread is ONLY for submissions for the Shark Week Challenge. Anything non submission posts will be removed.


  • Ahoy there pirates!

    We're continuing to give away some Sea of Thieves goodies to celebrate E3, so here I am!

    Two lucky pirates will win a limited edition Sea of Thieves coin and playing cards pack, and two more pirates will win themselves a pack of Sea of Thieves playing cards! Sound good? GOOD!

    All I want you to do is tell me what has been your favourite in-game item that you've bought while playing Sea of Thieves and why? Easy!

    The winners will be picked at 3pm BST tomorrow and the prize distribution shall be random. Best of luck!

  • There's treasure to be plundered in this week's Win Wednesday. We're giving two lucky pirates the chance to win!

    Click this link to take to Facebook which has all the information to enter!

  • It's that time again, our #WinWednesday is now open on Twitter. Want to win this lovely bounty?

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    Click this link to take to Twitter which has all the information to enter!

  • It's that time again, our #WinWednesday is now open on Facebook. Want to win this lovely bounty?

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    Click this link to take to Facebook which has all the information to enter!

  • Want to get your pirate hands on some exclusive PAX East swag?

    Click this link to take to Twitter which has all the information to enter!

  • #WinWednesday is now open on Twitter. Want to win this lovely bounty?

    Click this link to take to Twitter which has all the information to enter!

  • With the Sea of Thieves Final Beta in full swing, now is the perfect time to give you a chance to win a highly sought-after Xbox Wireless Controller – Sea of Thieves Limited Edition! Oooooh!

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    We want you to capture a glorious screenshot of your time spent sailing on the Sea of Thieves and share it with us! Be sure to include the hashtag #BeMorePirate in your entry. You can enter via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, so get to it! We can't wait to see snapshots of your adventures.

    Full terms can be found here: http://bit.ly/SoTSSComp

  • It's that time again, our #WinWednesday is now open on Facebook. Want to win this lovely bounty?

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    Click this link to take to Facebook which has all the information to enter!

  • We are out of the brig and have selected our Top Four achievements, ready for you to vote for your favourites!

    The winning achievement idea will become a fully realised Sea of Thieves achievement in the future, PLUS the winner will win an exclusive piece of signed artwork. As if that wasn’t enough, the winner will also win a whole bunch of Sea of Thieves booty!

    These are our Top Four:


    @ever-reddy said in [CLOSED] Design an Achievement Contest!:

    Achievement Name: Death from Above
    Achievement Description: Kill an enemy player while still in the air after being fired out of a cannon.
    (Optional): A pirate in mid-flight after being fired out of a canon with an unsuspecting foe beneath.

    @viicto said in [CLOSED] Design an Achievement Contest!:

    Achievement Name: Noah's Arrrk
    Achievement Description: Set off on your own ark of divinity (or vice) and capture two of each attainable animal. The animals must be caged and aboard the ship at one given point in time.
    (Optional): A congregation of caged animals on the deck.

    @wardaddyapache said in [CLOSED] Design an Achievement Contest!:

    Achievement Name: Liquid Treasure
    Achievement Description: Refill an empty tankard using another crew's stash.
    (Optional): A tankard overflowing with gold.

    @macatwork said in [CLOSED] Design an Achievement Contest!:

    Achievement name: Smile you son of a......
    Description: Kill a shark with a explosive barrel.
    Photo: Shark mouth with barrel


    Votes on the Forum will not count, please make sure you cast your vote on the Twitter post which you can find here:

  • Well hello there!

    If you're taking part in our Festival of the Damned Creator Contest, you're in the right place. Please post your submissions below. If you've stumbled upon this thread and have no idea what I'm talking about, sail over to our announcement post and find out how you can get involved.

    Please remember that this thread is ONLY for submissions for the Festival of the Damned Creator Contest Anything non submission posts will be removed.

  • Festival of the Damned has arrived so we're lighting the beacon and calling all our creative pirates to action! Seeing all the explosive content you lot created for our Forsaken Challenge was a blast, but let's turn our attention to something a little more spooky. So grab your grog, ready your lantern and allow me to introduce our Festival of the Damned Creator Contest.

    Festival of the Damned Creator Contest

    From November 2nd to 14th, we want to see your best Festival of the Damned related content!

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    The winning submission will receive a bounty of Sea of Thieves merchandise! This includes a money can't buy prize in the form of a Sea of Thieves display cabinet! You'll also win the goodies to stock this cabinet which are a Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Controller, Sea of Thieves Controller Stand, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox - Sea of Thieves Special Edition, 30 Bilge Rat Doubloons and a Spinal Figurehead for your ship!

    While our runners-up will receive a Sea of Thieves Reaper's Glow T-Shirt, 15 Bilge Rat Doubloons and a Spinal Figurehead.

    We'll be looking for submissions in the following categories:

    • Best Festival of the Damned Video - This may be a horror movie style voyage with jump scares, a creepy homage to the likes of Frankenstein, a party video showing your glorious coloured lanterns and plenty of revelry, or simply surprise us with something spooky!
    • Best Festival of the Damned Fan Creation - Did you put together a Sea of Thieves Halloween costume? This is the perfect chance to show it off! Festival of the Damned brought with it the awesome addition of facepaint so if you and your crew recreated that in the real world, show us. If that's not your thing, we're keen to see all your awesome creations from fan art, 3D Models, cakes and spooky story. As long as it's Festival of the Damned themed we want to see it!

    The Rules

    As always, members of the Sea of Thieves team will be judging your submissions based on the following criteria: Creativity, Originality and Hilarity.

    If you've taken part in any of our other challenges, you'll be aware that there are some rules. If you're new to this then take a moment to familiarize yourself with the rules:

    1. Keep your videos and fan creations 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 to get your crew involved in this! However, only the account that submits the content will be eligible for the prize.
    4. Content must have been created by you.
      Please do not submit clips or creations that another pirate has made. The content you submit must be your own.

    The Prize

    There will be one main winner. This winner will be selected from EITHER the video or fan creation submissions. The main prize includes a Sea of Thieves display cabinet, Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Controller, Sea of Thieves Seagate Hard Drive, Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Xbox Controller Stand, 30 Bilge Rat Doubloon and a Spinal Figurehead.

    There will be Four runners-up in total and selected from BOTH video and fan creations submissions. The runners-up will win themselves a Sea of Thieves Reaper's Glow T-Shirt, 15 Bilge Rat Doubloons and a Spinal Figurehead.


    How to Enter

    • Tweet your submission to us on Twitter using the hashtag #SoTFestivalContest in your tweet.
    • Upload your submission to Instagram using the hashtag #SoTFestivalContest in your post.
    • Enter on Facebook by leaving your submission on our wall with the hashtag #SoTFestivalContest.
    • 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.

    Winners will be contacted on November 21st and we'll announce them via our social channels and on our website on November 26th.

    This contest opens on 00:01 GMT on November 2nd 2018 and closes at 23:59 GMT on November 14th 2018 inclusive (the “Entry Period”). Entries received outside of the Entry Period will not be considered. Click here for full Terms & Conditions.

    Good luck, pirates!

  • Ahoy thar Fo'Rum!

    Welcome to a new edition of #WinWednesday, the 'Deckhand Edition'.

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    This week the other Deckhands and I pointed over there and while Rare wasn't looking, we successfully plundered five (5) digital codes for the Killer Instinct-inspired 'Spinal' Figurehead to give away!


    For your chance to win, we ask that you post your answer to the following:

    Captain Morrow and the Forsaken Shores Alliance were able to navigate through the Devil’s Shroud thanks to the mystical powers of the Shroudbreaker figurehead.

    Pick one of the other Sea of Thieves figureheads and tell us in your own words what mystical powers you think it would have.

    Leave a reply below with your best answer for your chance to win. One entry per person.

    Five (5) lucky winners will be selected tomorrow at 4pm BST.

    Good luck!

  • Ahoy pirates,

    Here we are with Win Wednesday giveaway just for you, our favoured Forum lubbers!

    We're giving out two copies of our colourful Sea of Thieves Vol.1 Collection (Exclusive Cover version) comic book!

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    To enter, reply to this thread telling us what's your most favourite and most feared Cursed Cannonball out there.

    We'll pick the two lucky winners randomly tomorrow at 4pm BST.

    May Lady Luck smile on you!

  • Ahoy!

    If you're taking part in our Cursed Sails Challenge, this be the thread for you! Please post your submissions below. If you've stumbled upon this thread and have no idea what I'm talking about, sail over to our announcement post and find out how you can get involved.

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    Please remember that this thread is ONLY for submissions for the Cursed Sails Challenge. Anything non submission posts will be removed

  • 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.

    Due to the sheer amount of amazing entries plus the fact it is a bank holiday here in the UK, winners will be contacted on August 28th and we'll announce the winners via our social channel on August 31st.

    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!

  • Do you love sharks, sailing on the Sea of Thieves and creating content? You do? Fantastic! With Shark Week just over the horizon, we thought now would be the perfect time to celebrate our fearsome friends of the ocean with a special contest!

    From July 23rd to 29th, we’re looking for creative pirates to submit their shark-related content to us. We’re announcing our competition early to give you lovelies a little extra time to get the creative juices flowing.

    There's a selection of treasure up for grabs for the lucky winners and runners-up. You'll have a chance to plunder an exclusive Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller and a Hungering Deep Unisex T-Shirt - and not ones to miss an occasion, the Bilge Rats have also kindly given us some of their Doubloons to use as rewards in the festivities.

    Ordinarily they'd only award you their highly sought-after currency for taking part in Bilge Rat Adventures. However, they're always happy to make a charitable donation for a special occasion such as this, and with Cursed Sails just around the corner you may be thankful for some extra Doubloons in your pocket!

    Here are the categories, judging criteria, rules and prize breakdown. We'll be selecting one winner and two runners-up from the following categories:

    • Best Shark Shot - This could be something as simple as a fantastically framed shot of you and your crew getting up close and personal with a Megalodon, or something more elaborate. Be creative!
    • Best Shark Mockumentary - We're thinking David Attenborough meets The Office, but with sharks!
    • Best "See it To Believe It" Moment - Anything can happen out on the Sea of Thieves, and we want to see things that others just simply wouldn't believe. We'll need video or screenshot evidence of these occurrences!

    The Rules

    We're going to be judging your submissions based on the following criteria: Creativity, Originality, Hilarity and Bravery!

    And like any good contest, there are a few rules you must adhere to:

    1. Keep your videos and screenshots family-friendly - We know pirates can have a way with words in an extreme situation like trying to get a selfie with a shark, but keep the naughty language in your videos to a minimum.
    2. Keep an eye on video length. While we love watching hour-long voyages, our crew will have a boatload of submission to go through. Please keep your video submission to 10 minutes or under.
    3. Consider full crew participation. We actively encourage you to 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 Prizes

    1st Place: Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller, The Hungering Deep Unisex T-Shirt) and 40 Bilge Rat Doubloons.

    Runners-up: The Hungering Deep Unisex T-Shirt and 20 Bilge Rat Doubloons.


    How to Enter

    "How do I enter?" we hear you scream! Well, there are a few ways for you to get your submissions into the running.

    • Tweet your submission to us on Twitter using the hashtags #SoTShot and #SharkWeek in your tweet.
    • Upload your submission to Instagram using the hashtags #SoTShot and #SharkWeek in your post.
    • Enter on Facebook by leaving your submission on our wall with the hashtags #SoTShot and #SharkWeek.
    • You can even submit your content right here on the Forums. Submissions posted in this thread will not count as an entry.

    ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA!

    Sounds simple enough, right? We're excited to see how creative our community can be, so think outside the box!

    Winners will be announced on August 3rd via our social channels and on our website, so keep an eye out to see who takes home the loot!

    This Contest runs from 00:01 GMT on 23rd July 2018 and closes at 23:59 GMT on 29th July 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.

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  • Hello pirates, it's been a while!

    I'm here to drop another giveaway on your heads. This time, the plunder is a Sea of Thieves comic with an exclusive cover from Pax East 2018.

    So, what have you gotta do to enter? I haven't decided yet.

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    Alright! To enter simply reply to this thread with one word that you think describes your pirate best.

    Good luck!

    Love, Deadly Daley

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  • It's been a while but, our #WinWednesday is now open on Facebook. Want to win a lovely bounty?

    Click this link to take to Facebook which has all the information to enter!

  • Ahoy there! Fancy adding some Sea of Thieves swag to your collection? Because I'm here to help you do exactly that!

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    We're giving two pirates the chance to plunder a Sea of Thieves t-shirt, pin badge and a poster. To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what you would name your ship and why!

    We'll pick two winners at random tomorrow at 4pm GMT. Good luck.

  • Ahoy!

    Not a day goes by here at Rare where I don’t hear someone playing Sea of Thieves shout, “that should be an achievement!”.

    This is a sentiment shared by our community, even just a cursory glance at these forums offer a wealth of threads detailing cool stories that have actually happened during our Technical Alpha, or general ideas around what would make for a great achievement in the future. This gave us an idea; what if we invited YOU the community to join us in the Closed Beta and, with your best thinking hooks on, help us create a new achievement!

    When the Closed Beta kicks off TODAY, the 24th of January at 12pm GMT, we’ll be opening a forum thread (THIS ONE!) to gather up all your best ideas. When Closed Beta ends on Wednesday the 31st of January, we’ll then close this forum thread, and lock ourselves in the Brig until we’ve picked our 5 favourite achievement ideas. Once we’ve gathered those top 5, hopefully someone will let us out of the Brig and we can pass the list back to the community to vote on your favourite!

    Now onto the rewards! The winning achievement idea will become a fully realised Sea of Thieves achievement in the future, PLUS the winner will have their name written into our credits parchment. As if that wasn’t enough, the winner will also receive a signed piece of artwork from the whole team, and a wealth of extra Sea of Thieves booty!

    To enter, please read the rules below and post your entry on our forum in this thread using this template:

    Achievement Name: No more than 44 characters – e.g ‘Bone-Cronch’
    Achievement Description: No more than 100 characters – e.g ‘Kill a skeleton while it's 'cronching' on a banana.’
    (Optional): A suggested image idea for the Achievement.

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    Rules

    • Please only use this forum post to add ideas, we want to keep this free from discussion - BUT you can upvote to your hearts content!
    • And for ALL the rules, you can grab a tankard and read up on them here.

    Thanks and good luck to all the pirate achievers out there!

  • Ahoy! It's me, Daley, one of the more elusive Community Managers here to drop some goodies on your heads.

    So, as you can see, we have some exclusive swag to give away this week! Ta-da:

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    What must you do to win? Well, I want you to reply below and tell me what you think makes YOU a good pirate.

    You've got until 4pm GMT tomorrow to enter, I will pick 2 winners at random!

    Bye! :)