So those familiar with the forums know I solo, and don't like pvp (or many of the pvp allstars). Here's a little guide to having a good time and silly yet helpful things you can do with this Damned update.
To heck with the Fortress. Let the murderlords have their "fun". Do the Merc voyages. Sometimes, a shadow of fate will spawn when you dig up a Ritual Skull, so you still get some progress. Get your lights! Also, don't just leave Ritual Skulls or drop it off at that Damned fort! Sell it to Duke for 10 Dubs.
Yes collect your lights. Also, check beacons on islands for hard to get lights like Pink, White or Red. Make sure and take those ashore to change the beacons to something harder to find.
Turn on rowboat lamps. Especially if you have White, Red or Pink. Also check rowboat lamps. Maybe I was sneaky and turned it off?
If you get skeleton orders that are on a Fort, definitely check it out. I got a Stronghold Keg from one. There are lots of Skeleton captains out there with orders right now.
If you're feeling especially helpful, swing by that Damned place and drop off the lights you have.
Do an undamned fortress. Especially if the Damn fortress is activated. You'll catch less heat and have an easier time.
Don't sink everyone murderlords. They might have a lantern you want. Try being polite and asking, then GO AWAY IF THEY DON'T. Us pacifists will be more helpful that way.
This Damned update can be fun even if you don't like pvp...