I started modifying games many years ago, when I first made reskins of existing ships and eventually made new ship models myself for the sailing simulator Virtual Sailor. After doing this for a couple of years, I joined the PiratesAhoy! forums and ended up taking over modpack compiling for the Pirates of the Caribbean Build Mod from the notorious Nathan Kell. As such I have contributed to the release of Build 13 Final and am still active in the development for Build 14: New Horizons.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Apr 12 2015, 4:37pm replied:

Thanks for the reply. Indeed the videos are quite helpful and I watched some of the shorter ones. My general limited time makes the actual streams a bit prohibitive, though. Several hours straight? That is a LOT of a good thing indeed!

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Apr 12 2015, 4:35pm replied:

That does explain a lot. I was beginning to get the impression that no longer worked, so thanks for confirming that.

It was a tremendous amount of fun to use that trick, but I can imagine it wouldn't be so enjoyable for anyone on the receiving end. So not the best for multi-player...

Still, I personally only play single-player skirmish games. Does anyone happen to know a way to return that functionality?

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Apr 12 2015, 5:43am says:

You just keep it up don't you? Congratulations! I normally don't play games very much anymore because I spend a lot of time modding myself, but your modpack is just too much fun to resist.

Since I don't have too much time to spend to figure anything out, I wondered if there is anything resembling a "strategy guide" out there or being planned.

Yesterday I tried the old trick of "putting several Pathfinders in a Humvee" and watching them shoot down enemy infantry with ease from inside. That didn't seem to work as well as I remember, though. Did something change there?

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Apr 11 2015, 7:54am says:

Doors are good! ;-)

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Apr 11 2015, 7:54am says:

Very nice! Are you planning on filling in that grey area on the desk with something clever?

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Apr 11 2015, 7:52am replied:

What is your location? If you are on sea or at sea in battle, then indeed you cannot save.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Apr 5 2015, 7:10am replied:

This is what we can suggest: Piratesahoy.net
We're also trying to get it up on GOG, so please vote here: Secure.gog.com

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Apr 1 2015, 1:47pm says:

That Persian and Moroccan stuff there looks especially cool!

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 28 2015, 3:01pm says:

Thanks a lot! Looking good.
I especially like "Coming Soon(TM)". That's clever, that!

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 28 2015, 7:51am says:

Is this video available from some other site than YouTube as well? For some bizarre reason, YouTube decided to not work for me today and I'd really quite like to see this.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 28 2015, 7:44am replied:

As for the Sword of Triton, that is owned by Blackbeard who can indeed be found on a beach at Isla de Muerta. It is not available for sale.

There IS a "Trident of Neptune" available for sale though, but also only at Isla de Muerta.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 28 2015, 7:42am replied:

Cheats work work if ENABLE_CHEATMODE is on at the bottom of PROGRAM\InternalSettings.h

Numpad 0 = Character: God Mode
Numpad 1 = Scroll Characters LEFT
Numpad 2 = Select Main Character
Numpad 3 = Scroll Characters RIGHT
Numpad 4 = Character: Level-Up
Numpad 5 = Character: Fake Level Up
Numpad 6 = Player: + 100000 Gold and + 10000 Wealth
Numpad 7 = Character: Cycle through reputations (increase/decrease reputation)
Numpad 8 = Disable worldmap storms and ships chasing you

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 28 2015, 7:41am replied:

You'd be welcome to mention the existence of our modpack; that is not a problem. Let us know when you posted it; I'm quite curious to see. :-D

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015, 6:11pm replied:

Use one of the mirror links along with a download manager. Torrents require seeders and nobody bothered to seed the mod when we did try that.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015, 6:11pm replied:

The installer is more specific than to say "something is wrong". It should tell you exactly why it won't install, along with a clue on how to fix it.

If the installer gives the message about the original game, make sure you do point it to the same directory where you installed it. If you try to install to a folder that doesn't have "ENGINE.exe" and a "readme.txt", it will give that error.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015, 6:09pm replied:

"Peter Blood" storyline? There is no such thing in PotC and never was. Are you confusing this with Age of Pirates II?

What we do have is a sidequest that has recently been adapted to feature a Peter Blood character.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015, 6:07pm replied:

You can still use the V-key to manually fire your cannons.

Though if a ship surrendered, firing on it will cost you dearly in reputation. If it surrendered to you, you can just board her without a fight. Much easier.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015, 6:04pm replied:

Thanks very much. We actually have some interesting things in the works now again as well that serve a double purpose as experiments for Hearts of Oak systems. See here for the latest internal development version: Piratesahoy.net
Of course you'd be welcome to try it, provide feedback and help us on making this happen.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015, 6:02pm replied:

The rights lie with Disney, not with Bethesda. We have tried many times to contact them, but never a reply. It seems they do not care. Best thing we can do is to encourage people to vote for PotC on the Good Old Game website: Secure.gog.com

If they get enough votes, perhaps they could be convinced to make the original game available again. Our modding work is available for free as it is and we'll continue improving on it for a while still.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015, 6:00pm replied:

You can capture towns for yourself already and rename those. Actual management of them is limited and we can't start on adding that until we finish what other features we still have in the works.

However, we did recently lie the foundation for custom features from your personal governors which can be expanded on for improved "personal nation" gameplay later on.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 24 2015, 5:58pm replied:

If money is indeed the issue, there will be a Questbook entry to let you know what is going on.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Mar 2 2015, 2:26pm says:

Really quite cool to finally see a proper Federation vs. Klingons space battle! When I knew SW:EAW was being heavily modded, I expected there to be a good Star Trek mod too. Looks like there finally will be!

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Feb 21 2015, 5:35am says:

If we can keep playing with our ships when you make the next release, then that will at least be something.

I am a big fan of ships and the current RotR navy is already a lot of fun as far as I'm concerned.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Feb 16 2015, 6:08pm replied:

Get the best of both worlds:
1. Use the whip
2. Disarm your opponent
3. Press the [2] key to instantly grab your gun
4. Shoot the guy!

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Feb 9 2015, 2:46am replied:

Not really possible.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Feb 8 2015, 5:38pm replied:

Tried it once, but nobody bothered to seed it. Recommend to make use of the available mirrors in the file description and a download manager.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Feb 2 2015, 6:34pm replied:

We recently added a CRC check into the installer EXE to prevent installing from corrupted or incomplete archive files as that used to happen once in a while. So if you wonder why you didn't get that message On Beta 3.3 or earlier, it is because the check wasn't built in yet at the time. But it is now and if you get that message it means that even before there was an error with the archive file.

As for any messages related to the original game, you simply have to point the installer to a folder that has ENGINE.exe in it as well as readme.txt . If you point it to any other folder, it will refuse to install since that wouldn't work anyway.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jan 25 2015, 6:10pm replied:

Every reload might be possible. Not going to help performance, though.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jan 18 2015, 4:38pm replied:

A lot of them were, yes.

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Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jan 11 2015, 3:12pm says:

Now THAT is what we like to see!

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