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Ahoy Mateys! Let's play Pirate Plunder...Arrrrrrrrrrrgh

Posted by FreeRealms Thursday June 24 2010 at 5:36PM
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Ahoy me mateys! Referee Ruby here again to share the most pirate-y installment of my Free Realms Game Guide Series!  Put on those peg-legs ye scallywags... today we're playing Pirate's Plunder!

For even more awesome Pirate information, check out the awesome Pirate guide my best pal Referee Shadow put together after the video link!

Free Realms Video Game Guide with Referee Ruby - Pirates!


Arrr mate! I am Captain Shadow and I’ll be guiding you through the adventures of pirating, on Free Realms!

There are pirates all over Sacred Grove. Talk to one of them if you’d like to head down to the docks and become a real pirate.

If you can’t find any of them, you can use your Atlas to go straight to the boat in Seaside

Click on the book next to Jolly Roger to get started. Before we go though, we need to find someone to play with.
You can invite your friends for some intensive pirating action or just select “Quick Play” to be randomly grouped. Now that I’ve rounded up Referee Ruby into my crew, let’s get started. Avast!
Of course, Danger Tiger can come too.
The objective is to collect Treasure Chests by picking them up and returning to your dock.  You can also destroy other ships, steal their loot, and return to your dock. The player with the most gold at the end of the round wins. Each round last for 10 minutes, at the end of the round, you’ll get to spin the loot wheel regardless of what place you’re in! There are 3 different maps total: Treasure Isle, Shipwreck Cavern, and Arctic Bay.
The controls are simple. Use the arrow or WASD keys to move, and Ctrl or Left Mouse Click to fire. If this is your first time sailing, you might want to look out for a few…. “occupational hazards.” First, there are power-ups scattered across the map. Pick them up to get a temporary special power.
Speed - The speed power-up makes you go faster
Repair - Repair restores needed health to your ship
Firepower  - Allows you to inflict more damage with every successful hit
Longshot – Cannon balls travel a greater distance allowing you to hit ships from farther
Rapidfire – Shoot normal cannon balls at a faster rate
Whirlpools are shortcuts that can move the player’s ship around the map faster.  The whirlpool teleportation will transport your ship instantly to another location on the map.
Currents can get you where you need to go fast so long as you are moving in the direction the current is flowing.  You won’t get very far sailing against the current.
Neutral Forts are located in strategic points around the map.  They will fire on any ship that enters their sites.  The Player’s Home Fort will protect the player from enemy ships that stray too close and will also heal your ship when it is docked near it.
Now let’s go over some rules: No you can’t enter your enemies dock. No you can’t destroy their fort. And no, you definitely can’t steal their treasures once it’s unloaded at their fort. Now we’re ready to set sail! Anchors away!
You start the game off at your dock.
Head out and look for some treasure!

"Captain, enemy ship sighted off the port bow! Should we engage them and steal their treasure?"
Make it so, First Mate Ruby!

"Oh no, we’re hit! We’re taking on water, Captain!  What should I do?! Let’s go into my fort and see what happens!"

Once you’re inside your fort, your ship will be restored to full health. You can also change your ship to a bigger one for more awesome power and room for treasure or smaller one for more speed and maneuvers but less cargo spaces. I went with the small ship. Now, let’s get back out there!
Oooo, treasures! My precious treasures! Return to your base to drop off the loot! We’re rich! Yarr, great job mateys. Now it’s time to enjoy our loot!
Don’t forget to check out the Station Cash Marketplace to get some awesome pirate gear.
Yarrr and avast,
Referee Shadow
See you buccaneers in game!
Referee Ruby

A House Filled with Bears?! Oh My...

Posted by FreeRealms Monday June 7 2010 at 8:07PM
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Hey guys! Referee Ruby here again to share the latest installment of my Free Realms Game Guide Series... Housing! For even more awesome housing information, keep reading after the link!
So, you think you’ve got what it takes to become a top decorator? Think you can create the best and most exciting space in Free Realms? Well, let’s see what you’ve got then!
I’m gonna warn you now though, you’ve got some pretty tough competition. Oh yeah.

First you’ll need something to decorate, obviously. We’ve got plenty of options though, so you can feel free to pursue your artistic vision in whatever space you choose!
Currently there are three types of houses available: The Apartment, The Small Wilds House and The Large Wilds House. The Apartment has one bedroom and is free for all players, both Members and Non-Members alike. The Small Wilds House has two rooms and a small yard. This house is free for Members, so if you are a Free Realms Member you will get both an apartment and a small house! Sweet deal right? If you aren’t a Member, you can always purchase the Small Wilds House from the Marketplace. The Large Wilds House has three huge rooms and an enormous yard for your decorating pleasure. I hope you have one of those riding lawnmowers handy. This house is only available through the Marketplace. 
If a house doesn’t suit your fancy, check out our Empty Lots. These are flat, empty spaces for you to build anything you can imagine. There’s the Snowhill Lot for a light and fluffy feel, or the Briarwood lot if your tastes are a bit darker.  I filled mine with launch pads... seemed like the right thing to do.
To get to your houses, click the house icon at the bottom of your screen. Then just select the house you want to go to and BAM… you’re there.

Now, down to business... to decorate your house, click the big "Decorate" button. It's in the middle of your screen - you can't miss it.

The Decorate menu will pop up on your screen. This gives you all the info you’ll need to make a fantastic house.
On the left you will see a number. This number shows how many items you have in your house out of the max number allowed. The max number of items for the Apartment is 100 items, the Small Wilds House is set for 500 items, and the Large Wilds House max is 1,000 items. Not enough for you? The empty lots have a whopping 1,500 item allowance! I wonder what that would look like filled with chickens…hmm…

Now look on the right side of the window. The first option here is “Lock House.” This makes it so that other players cannot enter your home unless you invite them... for if you need some quiet time. Under that is the “Snap to Grid” option. This allows you to align items differently, depending on whether you want to place your items in a straight line or move them freely.

In the center you will see your housing items. Click the item you want to add and you will be able to place it in your home or yard. Just move it around and click again when the item is placed where you want it to be. Once you place the item, you can click it again for more options. This is only available when you have the Decorate menu up. Removing an item does not delete it, it puts it back into your inventory so you can get it back whenever you want. Items can only be placed in certain locations. If an item cannot be placed somewhere, it will turn a fantastic shade of red (the best color ever) when you are trying to place it. If you insist on trying to drop it there anyway, you will get an error message.

You can place interior items outside and vice versa. Items can also be placed along the walls or ceiling, and you can even stack items on top of each other to create interesting results. There are some cool things to note when decorating your pad: Some items, like this rockin’ dance floor, do special things when you click on them!

Housing items can be obtained through the Marketplace, Coin Shop, quests and the Daily Spin wheel. Most Marketplace and Coin Shop items are even tintable, which means you can pick a color to match your décor.

If you want to check out one of your friend’s pads, select their name from your Friends List and click the "Go To House" icon. A popup will appear with the player's houses that are available for visiting.

Decorating a house isn’t just about making a cozy kitchen space…far from it! There are tons of creative things you can do with your house, like build a theme park, hoverboard race course, maze, or any number of things! Personally, I filled my house with bears. Red bears.
So I kind of don’t have space to sleep or anything. Does uh…anyone want a bear or two hundred? Maybe? ...Anyone?

See you in game!
Referee Ruby

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