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[4] Character Creation
Except for your very first game session, every game requires you to select various options before you begin. Specifically, you must choose a name, a difficulty level, a special skill, an era and a starting nationality. The last two also determine your starting ship.

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NAME
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This is purely cosmetic, so pick whatever has your fancy. My only advice here is to remember that if you name yourself Jack Sparrow, you are not the first player to do so. You might also want to steer clear from naming yourself Blackbeard, as there already *is* a Blackbeard among the other pirates in the game. Otherwise, your name (obviously) has no effect on gameplay, so if you want to go into history as Duke Bob the privateer, nobody's stopping you.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL
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There are five difficulty levels in Sid Meier's Pirates, and they affect many different factors. As such, the difference between the levels is quite significant, to the point where the first one is very easy (at least once you get used to the game), and the highest is almost sadistic. I strongly recommend starting low (especially if this is your first Pirates game) and going up once you grow more confident. The following aspects of the game are affected by the difficulty level chosen:

- Apprentice level has a lot of tutorial messages and visual hints during minigames that you don't get on any other levels;

- Enemies, on the whole, strike more quickly in sword fights on higher levels. It varies per enemy and depends on the advantage bar as well, but in general you can expect harder fights on higher levels;

- Enemy AI in naval battles improves on higher levels, and the enemy is capable of quicker turns and sailing. You'll find enemies circle or escape you much more easily on higher levels. In addition, enemies appear to cheat a bit with their top speeds on the highest levels, sailing faster than their ships should be able to;

- The damage dealt by your cannons and those of the enemy is dependent on level. On lower levels, you'll do a lot of damage while enemy cannons barely faze you. On higher levels, it will be the other way around;

- Your crew will remain happy for longer on lower levels;

- You require less map pieces for the various map quests on lower levels;

- On higher levels, dance sequences contain more complex move combinations and there are also more different music styles (including quicker and trickier ones);

- You tend to lose more crew in naval and land battles on higher levels, making it harder to keep your crew at a decent size;

- Guards are more numerous during sneaking sequences on higher levels, making it harder to remain unseen;

- Nations are much more forgiving to pirates on lower levels. The higher the level, the more likely you are to get a reward on your head and pirate hunters after you if you attack a nation's shipping or towns;

- The wind is less predictable on higher levels, and harder to sail against. On Apprentice, the wind is *always* straight west. On higher levels, it changes much more, though it will still tend toward west.

There are also two advantages to selecting a higher level (apart from making the game more exciting):

- Your share in the loot when you divide up the plunder is directly based on the difficulty level, allowing you to get much richer if you're successful on higher levels. Share is as follows:

LEVEL
Apprentice
Journeyman
Adventurer
Rogue
Swashbuckler
SHARE SIZE
5%
10%
20%
30%
50%

- If you play on Apprentice, you are not allowed to select a different era than 1660 (which is, incidentally, the easiest one).

Be aware of a jump in difficulty level from the fourth to the last. Difficulty goes up gradually until Rogue level, but the difference between Rogue and Swashbuckler is greater than usual.

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SPECIAL SKILL
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You can choose one of five special skills when you start the game. Each offers an advantage in a specific area. You can use this to tone down the difficulty somewhat in an area you have trouble with; for instance, if you like the Adventurer difficulty level but find that swordfighting becomes too hard for your taste there, you can compensate that by picking the Fencing skill. Which skill is the best to pick depends on your playing style; they're fairly well balanced. Your options are:

FENCING
Makes your character quicker in sword fights, both on the attack and the defense. All moves can be pulled off quicker. This skill also appears to improve the chance that dodging at just the right moment makes your character counterattack automatically. This is a solid choice because you will probably do more swordfighting than anything else. Especially on the higher levels this might be your best bet, especially once your character's swordplay slows down because of old age.

NAVIGATION
Makes your ships move quicker both on the world map and in battle, which is especially useful when sailing against the wind. You'll find this a good choice if you get annoyed by the long time it takes to sail from west to east, or if you get outmaneuvered during battle a lot. Navigation skill basically makes the game more forgiving in these areas, allowing you to focus on the action. It is my personal favorite.

GUNNERY
Lets your crew load their guns more quickly and makes the game more forgiving in terms of accuracy. Since hitting enemies on higher levels can be tricky, Gunnery skill can make the difference there. This one's not particularly popular since many people prefer not to fire on enemies too much to keep their ships intact. But don't discard it too quickly; it also makes the difference when using different types of ammo that don't harm ships so much, and having the ability to get off good Grape Shots can be very important on higher levels.

WIT AND CHARM
This skill makes the dancing minigame a lot more forgiving, and since most players consider that the hardest part of the game, that is a very important consideration. Like the dancing items, this skill gives you a set percentage to avoid stumbling when you input an incorrect move. It does not appear to protect you if you fail to input a move at all (which the dancing items do). While the scope of this skill is limited, dancing *is* considered one of the hardest minigames by most players, yet it is a primary source of items and information. As such, you may find Wit and Charm every bit as useful as the more direct special skills.

MEDICINE
If you feel you don't really need any of the skills above, Medicine will prove useful. It basically extends the health of your pirate, allowing you longer careers before your health gets in the way of your ability to fight properly. You'll be able to stay at sea for longer, and hold off the ill effects of age for longer as well. The difference is significant but not earth shattering; expect to get a couple of years more out of your pirate but less than a decade.

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STARTING ERA
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Except on the Apprentice level, you can pick five different eras to start your career in. The era you choose affects the balance of power between the nations and the relative wealth of each. Generally speaking, the effect is like this:

- In earlier eras, Spain is much more powerful and the other nations only have a few small colonies. In later eras, the other nations become more powerful at the expense of Spain. In 1660, all nations have a few viable ports, and in 1680 Spain is only a little more powerful than the rest.

- The overall wealth of all ports increases in later eras. In 1680, all nations (not just Spain) have a lot of wealthy ports and ships full of gold sailing around. On the other hand, Spain is richer in the earlier eras; you can definitely become a very rich man in the 1600s, but you won't have nearly as many ports to run off to for repairs (and you likely won't have any good places to sell off goods).

- In earlier eras, nations have less resources at their disposal to ward off piracy. There's less to be plundered, but it's also not as well protected. As time goes by, piracy is taken more seriously and nations work harder to prevent it. In 1680, pirate hunters are as common as pirates and any attempt to make off with the great wealth of just about any nation will result in harsh retribution.

For the most part, 1660 is the most balanced and easiest era. It's the default era for a reason, and if you play on Apprentice you can't even choose a different one. Picking different eras makes for a slightly different and more challenging experience. 1680 is of special interest to players who'd like to work *for* Spain instead of against it for a change; it's the only era in which the other nations have almost as much to plunder. Just be aware that you'll face a lot more resistance than usual.

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NATIONALITY
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What nation you work for and who you pick as your enemies can affect your game quite a bit. However, your starting nationality has very little impact on this. You don't have to keep working for whoever you start out with; you don't even have to work for them at all. You can betray them right away if you so choose, regain their trust a year later and then betray them again. In that sense, what nationality you pick to start with is mostly a cosmetic choice. It affects the following:

- You always start out near a port of some significance belonging to the nation you signed up with;

- You get a ship based on the nationality and era you chose. In 1660, this is always a Sloop, but in the other eras your starting ship changes depending on the nation you choose. Check just below in the 'starting ship' subsection for the whole list;

- The nation you start out with gives you a free Letter of Marque when you visit a governor for the first time (though on Apprentice level, they all do this).

Regardless of which nation you start out with, the following is of note when working for specific nations (assuming the 1660 era):

DUTCH
Ports of call aren't very widespread if you side with the Dutch. You've got St. Martin and St. Eustatius next to each other in the east, and Curacao as a lone haven (quite a wealthy one, even) on the Spanish Main. The English and French don't have any ports near the Spanish Main, so Curacao is actually an important advantage. If you decide to side with the Dutch, you might find it a good idea to either stay friendly with the English or the French as well, or capture some more home ports for when you're a long way from both St. Eustatius and Curacao. Port Royale is a good place to have on your side, one way or another.

ENGLISH
The English have their ports spread out pretty well, so they're easy to work for. The only place where you won't find any refuge is on the Spanish Main, so if you do your plundering there, you may find it beneficial to keep the Dutch on your good side so you can flee to Curacao when necessary. Or you could just try to take over a few of those easier to capture ports like Rio de La Hacha or Gibraltar. One disadvantage of the English is that Barbados, the best place to sell goods for high prices, is somewhat remote. But Port Royale is nice and central, there's a bunch of ports huddled together on the east side of the map (perfect for recruiting) and a few desolate havens in the far north.

FRENCH
Like the English, they have a good presence in different parts of the Caribbean. No less than four ports are available just off the east of Jamaica, and south of the Dutch and English presence in the east you'll find three French ports in a row. To the north, Florida Keys is nicely situated for raids on Havana and further west. The Spanish Main itself, however, has no French ports anywhere near it. Once again, you'll find it useful to either befriend the Dutch and sail from Curacao, or capture a smaller port or two for your own use.

SPANISH
Working for the Spanish appears counterintuitive at first, because that means the best targets are not available for you. However, there are advantages: all those wealthy ports will buy the goods you steal from the other nations off you for very high prices, and wherever you are sailing, there's almost always a good sized Spanish port nearby to replenish your crew and get your ships repaired. Just how viable working for the Spanish is depends on the era you chose; in 1600, there's not much to attack that isn't Spanish, but in 1680 there is plenty for you to prey on, and you can easily afford to be hunted by all other nations at the same time. The one thing you might want to refrain from is to take over other nations' ports and give them to the Spanish, lest you run yourself out of targets.

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STARTING SHIP
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This is not something you get to choose directly. However, what ship you start with is determined by the era and nationality you chose. In 1660, the default era, you get a Sloop no matter who you sail for, but in the other eras there's quite a different selection. This alone may be a reason for you to pick a nationality that starts with a proper ship. For instance, if you decide to play a 1600 game, you probably don't want to be Dutch, unless the idea of capturing a proper ship with only a lousy Fluyt at your disposal sounds like a fun challenge. I've included a 'suitability' column for a quick idea of which ships are viable for piracy and which aren't.

Starting ships based on era and nationality are as follows:

ERA
1600
1600
1600
1600

1620
1620
1620
1620

1640
1640
1640
1640

1660
1660
1660
1660

1680
1680
1680
1680
NATIONALITY
Dutch
English
French
Spanish

Dutch
English
French
Spanish

Dutch
English
French
Spanish

Dutch
English
French
Spanish

Dutch
English
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STARTING SHIP
Fluyt
Merchantman
Sloop
Pinnace

Brig
Brigantine
Barque
Pinnace

Brigantine
Sloop
Pinnace
Mailrunner

Sloop
Sloop
Sloop
Sloop

Sloop of War
Sloop of War
Brigantine
Fast Galleon
SUITABILITY
very low (1)
medium
high
medium

very high (2)
medium
low
medium

high
high
medium
high

high
high
high
high

very high
very high
high
low (3)

1: there's something very sadistic about having to start with the single worst ship in the game for piracy purposes. Capture something slightly better, but easy to catch to start out with; a Merchantman, perhaps. Then use that to get something even better. Trying to capture a Sloop or something with the Fluyt is pointless unless you're playing on a low level; you'll never catch it.

2: this is pretty much the best starting ship in the game. Brigs are very powerful and well balanced.

3: while the Fast Galleon is a combat ship, it's pretty slow, worth it only for its high gun count and max crew. Neither of which you will have early in the game, and its inability to catch smaller ships at high levels will likely infuriate you. You'd need to capture a Merchantman or something to have a shot at getting a Brig or a Sloop next.



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