You can send Messages to other players via the Mail Server.
To Send Messages to Friends and Shipmates, click "Mail" on the User Menu.
In your "Scrawls" window you will find Messages received from Captain "Bonnie" Anne O'Malley herself, your Friends, Enemies, and Shipmates. Here you will also find Letters you have sent to other Captains.
To write your new Message, click "Pen New Letter." Choose whom to write to in the two tabs - "Friends" and "Brotherhood".
To scratch a message to your friends, choose a Friend from your list, then type the text in the Special Window. Next, Click "Send."
You may also Send Messages to your Brotherhood Members. Choose your "Brotherhood" Tab and the Brotherhood Ranks who shall receive your letter. Then all you have to do is click "Send to all."
To Exchange Messages with other Captains, go to your Map, place your cursor over the other Captain's Haven and click the Envelope Icon.
Next, enter your Message Text and Send it.
Open your "Blacklist" Tab to view the Captains you've Blocked.
To Stop receiving Communications from other Captains, add them to your "Blacklist". Messages from Captains on your "Blacklist" will be automatically deleted. Open your "Mail" window and click on your "Block User" button to "Blacklist" a player.
You can send messages to other online players in real-time using the game's Chat function. To use Chat, click on the "Chat" button on the right side of your Friends Panel. You can interact with other Captains from the Chat interface by clicking on another Captain's name and choosing a desired action (Open Diary, Send Letter, Blacklist, mark in Captain's Log) from the pop-up menu. To send a chat message simply enter text and click the "Send" button.
There are 2 chat tabs: Regional Chat (where you can converse with other Captains running on your Archipelago) and Brotherhood Chat (where you can plan coordinated attacks, resolve Brotherhood business, plan different acts of piracy, etc.).
To view your Ranking against the other players, click "Fame" ("Rankings") in the user menu.
Rankings are divided into Pirates of Legend (Hall of Fame), Scourges of the Week (Weekly Winners), and Your Present Station (Current Ranking) according to level of importance.
Hall of Fame displays the names of all players to ever place in the Weekly Rankings. Weekly Winners displays names of players who took top positions last week.
Current Ranking shows the current players relative positions.
There are 6 types of Rankings:
Offense - ranks the most aggressive Captains who defeated the largest number of enemy Units while attacking other Havens.
Defense – ranks the players who are masters of defense, having defeated the largest number of enemy Units while defending their own Havens.
Raid - ranks players who seized the largest amount of Resources when raiding other Havens.
Blockade - ranks the leading captors (Captains that blockaded the largest number of Havens).
Missions - ranks Captains who destroyed the largest number of Prizes.
Ransom - ranks players who have seized the greatest amount of Resources while Ransoming blockaded enemy Havens.
Tap the "My Rank" button in the bottom left-hand part of the screen to view your Ranking.
"Scourges of the Week" Ranking displays your position among all users that play "Pirates: Tides of Fortune".
"Among Your Friends" Ranking shows your position among all your Friends that play "Pirates: Tides of Fortune". The weekly scores are calculated at 07.00 UTC on Mondays.
You gain Experience Points for defeating Enemy Units, researching Discoveries, and constructing or upgrading buildings. Once you've gained the required number of Experience Points, you level up. The Experience progress bar is on the top menu, showing you how many more points you need to advance to the next Level. Each advancement to the next Level earns you Rubies.
To find out how many Experience Points you get for researching Discoveries and constructing buildings, open the Discovery window in the Workshop or view info about the building in the "Construction" tab. Your Level serves to show other players your progress in the game. Players can view each others' Levels by visiting their Havens, or from the Map.
You will receive Pearls with every new Level of Experience you reach in the game. The number of Pearls received with each level-up will increase as time goes by:
Levels 16 – 34/ 2 Pearls
Levels 35 – 64/ 4 Pearls
Levels 65 – 79/ 6 Pearls
Levels 80 + /8 Pearls
Pearls must be EARNED! They can't be bought at the Smuggler's Den, given as gifts, or traded. Pearls are the main ingredient needed for each one of the Witch Doctor's spells.
To go to the Map, click "Map" in the User menu. To go home, click "Return to Port" from the Map or Haven menu, or click on your Haven. You can scroll across the Map in 3 ways:
1. Click and drag the Map with your mouse. (Sliding mode).
2. Use the arrows on the bottom menu.
3. Enter coordinates in the bottom right corner of the Map and click "Set Sail".
All Havens have corresponding x coordinates (number at the bottom of the screen) and y coordinates (number on the left side of the screen). Place your mouse over any player's Haven and you will see the coordinates below its name.
The Dominion Map is a new scale displaying Brotherhood Dominions according to the amount of territorial waters they control from their Presidios. To view the Dominion Map, go to the Map and select one of the scale buttons in the upper right corner of the screen (just below the "Haven" button).
Brotherhood Leaders or Advisors can designate the combatant status of other Brotherhoods from the "Brotherhoods" tab at the Brethren Court. Find the Brotherhood you wish to designate from the Brotherhood list, then mark them as either Neutral, Enemy, or Allied. Once you've changed a Brotherhood's status, it will be reflected on the Dominion Map with the appropriate icon for all of your Brotherhood's members.
Captured Presidios will appear on the Map with the occupying Brotherhood's Flag.
The Dominion Map is a new scale displaying Brotherhood Dominions according to the amount territorial waters they control from their Presidios. To view the Dominion Map, go to the Map and select one of the scale buttons in the upper right corner of the screen (just the below the "Haven" button).
Tracking Crew and Galleons
Place your cursor over another player's Haven to see the distance between your Havens. The bigger the distance, the more time it will take your Galleons and Units to travel between Havens. You can view each Unit's speed at the building where the Unit is produced. Every Unit moves at its own speed. When tracking a unit, its average speed is displayed. When sending a force made up of different Units, the entire force moves at the rate of the slowest Unit (so if you're in a hurry, leave the slow ones behind). Galleon speed depends on your House o' Navigation's development level. The maximum travel time for all Units is 24 hours. The minimum time is 1 minute. The traveling time of Units and Galleons moving between friendly Havens is 24 times less than their standard travel time.
Editing Haven and Beachhead
To edit your Haven do the following:
1. Click "Edit" button in the User menu.
2. Click on the objects to rotate or drag them anywhere within your Haven. Some objects can only be moved along the outside Beachhead perimeter (e.g. Defensive buildings such as Fortifications) and cannot be installed inside the Haven, while others can be installed both inside and outside your Haven.
4. After you've finished editing your Haven, click "Save".
While editing your Haven's perimeter Fortifications and Improvements, remember that there are 2 levels - lower (Walls, Towers and Gates) and upper (Cannons, Harpoon guns, Crow's Nests, etc.). Remember that Cannons, Harpoon guns, and Crow's Nests can only be installed on Towers and Gates.
You can control the game Settings from the upper right corner of the screen. The Full Screen button enables full screen mode. It's highly recommended that you play the game in full screen mode for the best gameplay experience. Sliding the Map button enables/disables inertial scrolling on the Map. The Music button enables/disables music in the game, and the Sound button enables/disables event and game sounds.
You can access detailed information on other Captains in Pirates: Tides of Fortune by accessing their Profiles. You can open a Captain's Diary by:
1. Clicking on the player's profile photo and selecting the "Open Diary" option in the drop-down menu.
2. Click on the "Chat" button, then click on the Captain's name and select the "Open Diary" option.
3. Go to the Captain's Haven, and click "Open Diary" next to its Captain's name.
A Captain's Diary provides information on:
- the player - designation, Haven name and coordinates, user name, and current Level;
- Foul Deeds - general info about his accomplishments on the battlefield;
- any Brotherhood the Captain is currently a member of - by clicking on the Brotherhood's icon you will be able to view its description and terms;
- player's Offense, Defense, Raid and Blockade points.
Click the "Foul Deeds" button in the top left-hand corner of the screen to view your Medals. Construct and upgrade Buildings, collect Spoils and Resources, or research Discoveries to gain more Resources and Rubies. Use the Hints next to each type of Medal to find out how you can earn one. Place your cursor over the question mark to read them. Open "Diary" from your Friend List to view their Medals.