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 Jul 6 2014, 8:07am replied:

Full release will take a while, of course. Especially since we intend to keep working on it and improving for an indefinite period of time. So what would then be the "full" release?

At the moment we try to avoid looking ahead too far. This is a big project indeed and we need to keep it manageable by simplifying. So we are aiming for an initial Tech Demo release in the next few months.

+2 votes     article: Hearts of Oak News 4th July 2014
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 5 2014, 1:50pm replied:

Mwuhahaha!

Well, you can't have it right now as it was just one of our members thinking it would be fun to make one. But who knows what the future will bring? :-D

+2 votes     article: Hearts of Oak News 4th July 2014
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 5:01pm says:

Wonderful concept art. Even better since it is being made into a reality too!

+2 votes     media: Rapier Concepts
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 5:01pm says:

With some textures added, it'll be even better!

+1 vote     media: Market Stall WIP
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 5:01pm says:

Such detail. And the real-to-life imperfections help a lot too.

+2 votes     media: Axe Render
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 5:01pm says:

What an incredible ship!

+1 vote     media: HMS Southampton Progress
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 5:01pm says:

Looks very natural indeed!

+3 votes     media: Test Island Rock Formation
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 5:00pm says:

Now all we need is a farm to go with it.

+1 vote     media: Farmhouse
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 5:00pm says:

Looks just about real.

+1 vote     media: Blacksmith's House
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 5:00pm says:

An actual "Main Menu" with the "Hearts of Oak" name. Exciting times lie ahead!

+1 vote     media: HoO Launcher Preview
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 5:00pm says:

Incredible ship.

+1 vote     media: St Albans Model In-engine
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 4:59pm says:

Such a nice concept! And the actual itself is getting better and better too.

+1 vote     media: HoO Website Concept
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 4:59pm says:

Looks very well-done.

+1 vote     media: Cart models
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 4 2014, 4:59pm says:

Best token I've seen so far! That flag with the wooden look sure helps.

+2 votes     media: World Map Ship Token
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 2 2014, 3:54pm says:

Yep! Definitely Klingon!

+2 votes     media: Klingon soldiers
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 2 2014, 3:52pm replied:

Your help would certainly be appreciated! Be sure to join us here: Piratesahoy.net

+1 vote     article: Hearts of Oak News 24th June 2014
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jul 2 2014, 3:48pm replied:

We take a lot of inspiration from our Pirates of the Caribbean: New Horizons modpack which was, as you perhaps know, originally developed as being Sea Dogs 2. Many of our original modders are big fans of the original Sea Dogs themselves.

+1 vote     game: Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 29 2014, 6:54pm replied:

AH! A sense of humour! Always good to see. :-D

+1 vote     media: European Fenris Cryo Tank
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 29 2014, 5:05pm replied:

Indeed I didn't know about that yet. Thanks for letting me know. That's pretty cool.

My comment was purely in jest though.

+2 votes     media: European Fenris Cryo Tank
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 29 2014, 5:04pm replied:

I just couldn't resist joking around about it! CNC Holland is a good mod and I love the humour in it. But of course that is not what Rise of the Reds is about.

+1 vote     media: European Fenris Cryo Tank
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 28 2014, 6:23pm replied:

How about the Dutch? My li'l brother quite likes Rise of the Reds, but there is something missing. THIS to be exact!
Moddb.com

+1 vote     media: European Fenris Cryo Tank
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 27 2014, 5:09pm replied:

Thanks! We will keep that in mind. Right now, continued progress is the most important. But who knows what the future will bring?

+1 vote     article: Hearts of Oak News 24th June 2014
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 25 2014, 3:00pm replied:

We tried the previous release of UE, but ran into limitations that prevented us from adding the basic features that need to be in the game. If I recall, this was related mainly to UE not allowing us to have "dynamic weather updates".

Perhaps that has been addressed with UE4, but swapping engines for a second time would be a huge setback that we cannot afford. We are making progress now and we intend to keep that up!

+1 vote     article: Hearts of Oak News 24th June 2014
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 25 2014, 2:55pm replied:

You're welcome to join us at Piratesahoy.net

+1 vote     article: Hearts of Oak News 24th June 2014
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 25 2014, 11:54am replied:

They're two different games (one single-player, one multi-player) that will not be released at the same time at all. Also, our game is not for profit. Any claimed 'competition' between our two games does not exist. See here: Piratesahoy.net

We think Naval Action looks very promising and we sincerely hope that it will indeed be a great game to play. We are certainly looking forward to trying it out ourselves!

+3 votes     game: Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 25 2014, 11:42am replied:

I am from the Netherlands as well. Indeed I was NOT referring to the presence of the mountains, but the look of the coast itself and especially the lighting.

+1 vote     media: Test Island Progress
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 25 2014, 11:35am replied:

Coming up with concepts should not be a major issue; we have a fair few people who are gifted at artwork.

+1 vote     article: Hearts of Oak News 24th June 2014
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 24 2014, 3:59pm says:

That is a nice jungle! Less palm trees this time, more 'regular' ones, eh?

+1 vote     media: Test Island Progress
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 24 2014, 3:59pm says:

That is a really nice picture! The lighting makes it look like the Dutch coast, rather than the Caribbean though. LOL!

+1 vote     media: Test Island Progress
Pieter_Boelen
Pieter_Boelen Jun 24 2014, 3:57pm replied:

There are a LOT of accurate cannons already being modeled.

+2 votes     media: HMS Shannon Progress
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