A World of Exploration
Raise anchor and set sail for far shores and hidden hoards.
Whatever destiny a traveller on the Sea of Thieves chooses to follow, it begins with exploration. This ever-changing ocean realm is rich in islands, each curled protectively around its secrets, and outposts where hauls are cashed and tankards bashed with friends and strangers alike.
Raising the Sails
Before leaving the island where your legend begins, you and your crew will need to learn the art of sailing – or at least get confident enough to make each journey a pleasure rather than an undignified series of near-collisions. Crews need to cover steering, navigating, setting the sails and maintaining battle readiness, along with repairing and bailing if things don't go to plan. Successful pirates tend to pick up the basics very quickly...
Treasure isn't often found out in the open (unless dropped by fleeing rivals). Pinpointing hidden loot requires a map, a compass, good instincts and a generous disregard for danger. You can of course roam free with no fixed goals, but if you're tracking treasure by map then your search becomes a fully-fledged voyage, sweeping you through different locations and terrain types as you seek lost landmarks and tease out the truth from riddle clues.
Supplies on the Side
As you'd expect from a world that attracts fortune-seekers in such numbers, the Sea of Thieves sings with secrets and covert stashes. Venture off the beaten path in search of precious resources to top up your food and ammo rations, or roaming animals that fit the bill for Merchant voyages. Stay alert for seagulls flocking over sunken wrecks and you could reap a reward of beautiful, barnacled chests of gold that went down with their luckless owners.
When wanderlust can set in at any time, it's good to have options. With a communicative four-person crew, a full-sized pirate galleon will get you where you need to go with the best balance of speed and defence. But running solo or itching for adventure while your crewmates are preoccupied shouldn't hold you back from exploring coves, caves, foliage and forts when a smaller sloop is also at hand, streamlined for just one or two sailors.