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MMORPG | Genre:Historical | Status:Final  (rel 01/22/08)  | Pub:Portalus Games
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Pirates of the Burning Sea Features

Latest Feature for Pirates of the Burning Sea

  • Top Crafting Systems

    Crafting is a make it or break it proposition for many MMO players. A good crafting system can keep a player involved for years. A bad one can chase them out very quickly. In The List this week, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at several MMOs that he thinks set the standard for all that's right in crafting. Check it out and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments below.

    Posted on 02/02/2011 by William Murphy
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More Recent Features

  • 2010 Awards: Biggest News Story

    In today's round of voting in the 2010 Reader's Choice awards here at MMORPG.com, we invite you to check out this year's biggest new stories and select the one that you believe created the most stir in 2010.

    Posted on 12/07/2010 by Drew Wood
  • Top 5 MMO Learning Curves

    The List this week focuses on our favorite MMOs and the learning curves employed. How long it takes a player to pick up and play a game largely determines how long their tenure will be. Find out which games MMORPG.com's Bill Muphy thinks make it tough on the newest players and then add your thoughts on the forums!

    Posted on 09/28/2010 by William Murphy
  • Looking at the Early Game

    In preparation for his full blown review, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy takes a look at, and gives us his impressions of, the early game for Flying Lab Software's Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 03/05/2010 by William Murphy
  • Top 10 MMOs Since WoW

    World of Warcraft changed the MMO landscape on November 23rd, 2004, but 174 MMOs have come out since that fateful day. We rank them.

    Posted on 10/13/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Power and Prestige Expansion

    CEO Russell Williams and Associate Producer Janice Von Itter talk about how they're ramping up the political game in this free expansion to PotBS.

    Posted on 10/05/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Russell Williams Video Interview

    The CEO of Flying Lab Software gives us a big update on Pirates of the Burning Sea and several other things FLS is working on.

    Posted on 06/25/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Got Game... Demo?

    Insider story of one high stakes demo trip. Lebow recounts his experiences during a whirlwind press tour through Manhattan.

    Posted on 05/13/2009 by Jess Lebow
  • Game Recap

    MMORPG.com Pirates of the Burning Sea Correspondent Ernest Ross writes this report on the state of the game as of the end of March, 2009.

    Posted on 04/03/2009 by Ernest Ross
  • Defiant's Growing Pains

    Pirates of the Burning Sea Correspondent Ernest Ross takes a look at the troubles of the game's Oceanic Defiant server and the difficulties that this game has had in reaching the Australian market.

    Posted on 02/23/2009 by Ernest Ross

Editorial

  • Pirates of the Burning Sea: A Guided Tour

    Community Manager, Laura Genender was in San Francisco recently, to attend Sony Online Entertainment's "Step Into Fall" event where she had the chance to take a guided tour of Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 10/09/2007 by Laura Genender

Previews

  • Launch Day Previews

    Both Carolyn Koh and Laura Genender took part in the Pirates of the Burning Sea beta. Now that the game has launched, they give us their impressions of the nautical game in this Launch Day Preview.

    Posted on 01/22/2008 by Carolyn Koh
  • Hands-On Tour Report

    MMORPG.com Staff Writer Carolyn Koh recently took a tour of Flying Lab Software's Pirates of the Burning Sea. Today, she writes this report of her adventures on the high seas.

    Posted on 12/18/2007 by Carolyn Koh
  • GDC Hands-On Preview

    At the Game Developers Conference, Jon Wood had the opportunity to sit down and play Pirates of the Burning Sea, the nautical MMORPG being made by Flying Lab Software.

    Posted on 03/19/2007 by Jon Wood
  • Comic Con Preview

    Staff Writer Hasani Davis had a chance to sit down with Pirates of the Burning Sea and now brings us this Preview.

    Posted on 03/01/2007 by Hasani Davis
  • PAX Preview (Avatar Combat)

    We chatted with John Tynes about Avatar Combat and much more.

    Posted on 08/29/2006 by Dana Massey
  • E3 2006 Preview

    We learn about what's going on at FlyingLab.

    Posted on 05/16/2006 by Michael Hampden
  • GDC Preview

    Russell Williams hopes to break through in Asia.

    Posted on 03/23/2006 by Dana Massey
  • Hands-On Preview, Part II

    We complete our look at Pirates of the Burning Sea today with the second half of our preview.

    Posted on 02/22/2006 by Carolyn Koh
  • Hands-On Preview, Part I

    Carolyn Koh dropped by FlyingLab to see Pirates of the Burning Sea. Today, she files the first of a two-part preview.

    Posted on 02/20/2006 by Carolyn Koh
  • AGC Preview

    FlyingLabs Producer Russell Williams and Designer Kevin Maginn sat down with our Laura Genender to discuss their pirate-MMORPG.

    Posted on 10/30/2005 by Laura Genender
  • E3 Preview

    On our second day at the 2005 E3 Expo Reed Hubbard (Koltrane) got to take a look at the upcoming high-seas MMORPG "Pirates of the Burning Sea" from Flying Lab Software. This also features a few exclusive screen shots!

    Posted on 05/19/2005 by Reed Hubbard

Interviews

  • Power and Prestige Expansion

    CEO Russell Williams and Associate Producer Janice Von Itter talk about how they're ramping up the political game in this free expansion to PotBS.

    Posted on 10/05/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Russell Williams Video Interview

    The CEO of Flying Lab Software gives us a big update on Pirates of the Burning Sea and several other things FLS is working on.

    Posted on 06/25/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Community Interview

    MMORPG.com's Community Manager Richard Cox had the opportunity recently to speak with Theresa Pudenz (PR), David “Taelorn” Hunt (Senior Designer) and Troy Hewitt (Director of Community Relations) about the unique community experience being fostered by FLying Lab Software for their pirate themed MMO, Piraes of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 09/10/2008 by Richard Cox
  • Interview with Russell Williams

    While attending Gen Con in Indianapolis, we had the opportunity to talk to Russel Williams, CEO of Flying Lab Software about recent and upcoming updates for Pirates of the Burning Sea, player governed ports, alternative advancement paths, and the revamping of avatar combat.

    Posted on 08/28/2008 by Keith Cross
  • Gen Con Interview with Rusty Williams

    While in attendance at Gen Con Indy, the MMORPG.com crew had the chance to sit down and talk to FLS CEO Rusty Williams about upcoming improvements to Pirates of the Burning Sea and their rapid pace in publishing updates since the games launch.

    Posted on 08/22/2008 by Richard Cox
  • Dev Chat Summary

    Last night, developers from Flying Lab Software's upcoming MMORPG, Pirates of the Burning Sea, stopped by to take part in a developer chat, answering questions from the MMORPG.com community. While we do have a log of that chat available, we also present this summary of the event.

    Posted on 11/27/2007 by Jon Wood
  • Dev Chat Log

    The developers from Pirates of the Burning Sea took the time today to answer questions from MMORPG.com members in our most recent Dev Chat.

    Posted on 11/27/2007 by Laura Genender
  • Developer Profile: John Scott Tynes

    In our continuing look at the developers behind Flying Lab Software's Pirates of the Burning Sea, Jon Wood asks questions of the game's Producer, John Tynes.

    Posted on 11/23/2007 by Jon Wood
  • Developer Profile Q&A: Jess Lebow

    Jess Lebow, the Content Director for Flying Lab Software's upcoming MMORPG, Pirates of the Burning Sea, takes some time to answer Jon Wood's questions about himself and the game that he has been working on.

    Posted on 11/01/2007 by Jon Wood
  • Developer Profile Q&A: Rick Saada

    Rick Saada from Flying Lab Software took some time out of his development schedule to take part in this developer profile Q&A. In it, he talks about Pirates of the Burning Sea, some of the history behind the game and why you should play it.

    Posted on 10/26/2007 by Jon Wood
  • PAX Interview

    Carolyn Koh attended the Penny Arcade Expo. While there, she spoke with Drew Clowery, a Designer for Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 09/03/2007 by Carolyn Koh
  • Russel Williams Video Interview

    In Leipzig, Jon Wood had a chance to sit down with Russel Williams CEO of Flying Lab Software to discuss their upcoming MMO Pirates of the Burning Sea as it moves closer and closer to launch.

    Posted on 08/31/2007 by Jon Wood
  • E3 Update

    Yar Maties and shiver me timbers as Carolyn Koh files this report from E3 on Flying Lab Software's Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 07/23/2007 by Carolyn Koh
  • Cross-Subject Q&A

    Pirates of the Burning Sea Producer, John Scott Tynes, answers Jon Wood's questions about Sony Online Entertainment, beta, distribution and more!

    Posted on 06/27/2007 by Jon Wood
  • Interview with David Hunt

    Recently, News Editor Garrett Fuller had a chance to sit down with Flying Lab Software Designer, David ‘Taelorn’ Hunt, to talk about the ship combat in their upcoming sea-based MMORPG, Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 04/03/2007 by
  • AGC: Taylor Daynes, Lead Designer

    Aaron Roxby gets a fresh perspective on some new features.

    Posted on 09/15/2006 by Aaron Roxby

Media

Dev Journals

  • All About Skirmishing

    The folks at Flying Lab Software have posted a new developer article describing the new Pirates of the Burning Sea skirmish system, a PvP battle system which allows players to lean the ropes of combat on the high seas while only risking their pride.

    Posted on 02/19/2009 by Guest Writer
  • The Calling of Brawling

    The folks at Pirates of the Burning Sea have posted a new dev journal which looks at the inception and implementation of the new Brawling skill line.

    Posted on 02/13/2009 by Guest Writer
  • Walking the Plank: Ship Outfitting is a Balancing Act

    The most recent Devlog from the folks at Pirates of the Burning Sea looks at the art of item balancing, and some of the changes that will be made in version 1.5 of the game.

    Posted on 06/12/2008 by Guest Writer
  • Ambush Gameplay

    Kevin "Isildur" Maginn, Lead Designer for Pirates of the Burning Sea, has written a devlog explaining the original concept of ambush gameplay, or in other words, a gang of pirates sneaking up on a merchant vessel on the high sea. In the devlog he describes how the original design concept failed in practice, degenerating into what can more accurately be described ganking, and their current efforts to reduce the occurrence of ganking.

    Posted on 05/30/2008 by Guest Writer
  • Group Combat Missions

    The folks from Flying Lab Software have released a new Dev Journal on their official site talking about Group Combat Missions.

    Posted on 04/14/2008 by Guest Writer
  • Non-Exclusive Devlog - Introducing Bey's Retreat

    Flying Lab Software has published a new devlog which introduces players to Bey's Retreat, a near impenetrable fortress used by the Corsairs of the Main, and a large group mission in Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 02/26/2008 by Guest Writer
  • Non-Exclusive Dev Journal: Ship Tuning

    The folks at Flying Lab Software have been churning out dev logs all week in advance of the release of the 1.2 patch for Pirates of the Burning Sea. Today we present a recent dev log which goes into detail about the fine tuning of specific ships, and ships in general.

    Posted on 02/22/2008 by Guest Writer
  • Response to Feedback

    Flying Lab Software's Rick Saada takes the time to respond to some of the feedback that the team has received here on our MMORPG.com forums. Remember, sometimes, the devs are listening!

    Posted on 12/12/2007 by Guest Writer
  • Producer’s Blog: Mission Tuning & Fixing

    Pirates of the Burning Sea Producer, John Scott Tynes, delivers yet another new Developer Journal to MMORPG.com. This time, John gives us a look at a Producer's Blog entry that was previously only available to players in the game's beta, now made public for everyone!

    Posted on 05/08/2007 by Guest Writer
  • Life with Beta

    Pirates of the Burning Sea Producer, John Scott Tynes, describes his "Life with Beta" in this newest developer journal.

    Posted on 01/10/2007 by Guest Writer
  • Halloween Event

    John Scott Tynes looks back at what the team did for Halloween. The brief journal includes some exclusive screenshots.

    Posted on 11/08/2006 by Guest Writer
  • Not Just Another Spawn Camp

    John Scott Tynes, the Producer of Pirates of the Burning Sea, talks about the idea of spawns in this MMO from FlyingLab.

    Posted on 10/03/2006 by Guest Writer
  • FlyingLabs At AGC

    Our monthly dev journal has them giving their take on AGC.

    Posted on 09/20/2006 by Guest Writer
  • Summer at FlyingLab

    John Scott Tynes looks forward to what they're up to this summer.

    Posted on 07/12/2006 by Guest Writer
  • First, Hate Everything

    The Producer of Pirates of the Burning Sea lets us in on a secret: he doesn't like MMORPGs.

    Posted on 06/07/2006 by Guest Writer
  • Artistic Evolution

    Bruce Sharp - the Lead Artist on Pirates of the Burning Sea - shows how the game's art has evolved.

    Posted on 04/19/2006 by Guest Writer
  • Developer Journal #8

    A day in the life of a lead designer.

    Posted on 03/01/2006 by Guest Writer
  • Developer Journal #7

    Johnathan "Mapmaker" White talks about his work.

    Posted on 02/15/2006 by Guest Writer
  • Developer Journal #6

    Taylor Daynes and Troy Hewitt of FlyingLabs Software talk about the navigation system.

    Posted on 01/04/2006 by Guest Writer
  • Developer Journal #5

    Rayond Wood provides us with another peek behind the scenes.

    Posted on 12/14/2005 by Guest Writer
  • Developer Journal #4

    Russell Williams of Pirates of the Burning Sea returns with another developer journal.

    Posted on 10/20/2005 by Guest Writer
  • Developer Journal #3

    Russell Williams continues his log updates with another update on the progress of his piratey MMORPG.

    Posted on 09/07/2005 by Guest Writer
  • Dev Journal #2

    Reaching milestones is the topic of Russell Williams' second developer journal, as he and the team prepare for PAX.

    Posted on 08/03/2005 by Guest Writer
  • Dev Journal #1: Growth

    Russell Williams, the Executive Producer for Pirates of the Burning Sea, kicks off a new developer journal series.

    Posted on 07/13/2005 by Guest Writer

General Article

  • Looking at the Early Game

    In preparation for his full blown review, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy takes a look at, and gives us his impressions of, the early game for Flying Lab Software's Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 03/05/2010 by William Murphy
  • Defiant's Growing Pains

    Pirates of the Burning Sea Correspondent Ernest Ross takes a look at the troubles of the game's Oceanic Defiant server and the difficulties that this game has had in reaching the Australian market.

    Posted on 02/23/2009 by Ernest Ross
  • Anniversary Event Report Black Sails on the Horizon

    MMORPG.com Pirates of the Burning Sea Correspondent Ernest Ross writes this recap of the Black Sails Anniversary Event to commemorate the gam'es first birthday.

    Posted on 02/02/2009 by Ernest Ross
  • Life After the Server Merge

    MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh speaks with the folks from Flying Lab Software in this progress update that brings us information not only on the recent server merge but on the game's past issues and its future.

    Posted on 05/07/2008 by Carolyn Koh
  • Dev Chat Log

    The developers from Pirates of the Burning Sea took the time today to answer questions from MMORPG.com members in our most recent Dev Chat.

    Posted on 01/18/2008 by Laura Genender
  • Developer Chat Report

    Last night, Flying Lab Software held a developer chat to discuss the SOE publishing announcement, and answer some of the public's questions. Adele Caelia was on hand at the event and files this report.

    Posted on 06/27/2007 by Adele Caelia

Progress Reports

  • Game Recap

    MMORPG.com Pirates of the Burning Sea Correspondent Ernest Ross writes this report on the state of the game as of the end of March, 2009.

    Posted on 04/03/2009 by Ernest Ross
  • 2008 Recap

    MMORPG.com's newest writer, Ernest Ross writes this rundown of 2008 in Flying Lab Software's Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 01/06/2009 by Guest Writer
  • CES Pre-Launch Progress Report

    Carolyn Koh is in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. Yesterday, she spoke with Jess Lebow and numerous other of the Pirates of the Burning Sea dev team about what's changed since the pre-boarding party cam on board and what else will change before launch and beyond.

    Posted on 01/10/2008 by Carolyn Koh

Awards

  • 2010 Awards: Biggest News Story

    In today's round of voting in the 2010 Reader's Choice awards here at MMORPG.com, we invite you to check out this year's biggest new stories and select the one that you believe created the most stir in 2010.

    Posted on 12/07/2010 by Drew Wood

Column

  • Top 5 MMO Learning Curves

    The List this week focuses on our favorite MMOs and the learning curves employed. How long it takes a player to pick up and play a game largely determines how long their tenure will be. Find out which games MMORPG.com's Bill Muphy thinks make it tough on the newest players and then add your thoughts on the forums!

    Posted on 09/28/2010 by William Murphy
  • Top 10 MMOs Since WoW

    World of Warcraft changed the MMO landscape on November 23rd, 2004, but 174 MMOs have come out since that fateful day. We rank them.

    Posted on 10/13/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Got Game... Demo?

    Insider story of one high stakes demo trip. Lebow recounts his experiences during a whirlwind press tour through Manhattan.

    Posted on 05/13/2009 by Jess Lebow

System Focus

  • Basic Avatar Combat Overview

    MMORPG.com's Ernest Ross writes this overview to some of the changes coming to avatar combat in Flying Lab Software's Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 01/21/2009 by Ernest Ross
  • Avatar Combat Revamp Interview

    MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh recently visited Flying Lab Studios' new offices in Seattle to talk to the team about the upcoming Avatar Combat Revamp for their nautical MMORPG, Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Posted on 12/19/2008 by Carolyn Koh

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