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    Character Fame FAQ by Lord deArnise

    Version: 1.10 | Updated: 12/11/04 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    SID MEIER'S PIRATES!  LIVE THE LIFE
         
    CHARACTER FAME GUIDE
         
    VERSION 1.10
         
         
         
    Compiled by Chad Simplicio
    GameFAQs Handle: Lord deArnise
    Gamespot Handle: LordDeArnise
    newgoldenwynde@hotmail.com
         
        
         
    ***** DISCLAIMER NOTICE *****
         
    Not affiliated with Firaxis, Atari, Prima Games, or
    any other companies that
    involves the video game industry.
         
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    After all, ye don't want the federal agents sending
    their "guards" to your house to plunder on yer
    assets and lock ye up in a cell to rot.  Har!  Har! 
    Har!
         
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1. Version Notes
    2. Overview
    3. Fame points quick reference
    4. Naval ranks
    5. Villians and Rival Pirates
    6. Treasure Maps
    7. Daughters of Governors
    8. Ready to Retire?
         
         
         
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    == 1. VERSION NOTES ==
         
    1.10 - December 11, 2004
    Updated information from more recent gameplay
    
    1.00 - December 4, 2004
    Initial compilation of the fame-building
    information.
         
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    == 2. OVERVIEW ==
         
    How do you want to live your life as a pirate, you
    handsome devil of an adventure-seeking land-lubber?
         
    * Do you want to live a life of plundering on a
    nation's shipping lines, especially those Spanish
    Treasure Ships?
         
    * How about a life of peaceful trading or
    treasure-hunting?
         
    * Or cleanse the seas some, hunting down pirate
    raiders, notorious ones, or stopping the natives
    from raiding ports and cities?
         
    * Maybe you want to force Captain Morgan or
    Blackbeard into retirement?
         
    * Or woo those breath-taking beautiful daughters of
    governors and make them fall in love with you?
         
    Whatever you do, land-lubber, the seas are always
    ripe with gold and goods.  So go out there, and live
    the life, pirate!
    And when you're ready to retire into a new career,
    we'll see how much fame you have gotten which will
    guide you into a new land-lubber life.
         
    HAR!  HAR!  HAR!
         
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    == 3. FAME POINTS QUICK REFERENCE ==
         
    Wealth: Up to 24 points.
    - More land and more wealth = more pts.  When you
    divide the plunder and prepare for another adventure,
    a portion of what you keep is then placed in a bank
    that goes towards upping your wealth fame pts.
         
    Promotions: Up to 32 points, 8 per nation.
    - Simple...try to become the regional Duke for each
    nation, although becoming one for Spain and England
    is much easier than it is to become one for France
    and Holland.  Promotions can entitle you to a piece
    of property outside their cities, which can then
    generate more fame.
         
    Named Pirates: Up to 9 points.
    - Just take down the other top pirates, as listed in
    the top 10.  
         
    Treasure Maps: Up to 9 points.
    - Find those top 10 pirates' treasure.
         
    Lost Relatives: Up to 16 points.
    - Find and defeat the evil Baron, get the map
    pieces, then find your lost relative.  Rinse and
    repeat as necessary until all four members are found.
         
    Lost Cities: Up to 16 points.
    - Get the map pieces, then find these cities.
         
    Romance: Up to 10 points.
    - Win the heart of a governor's daughter.  For the
    full 10 points, win the heart of a beautiful governor's
    daughter.
         
    Villains: Up to 10 points.
    - Beat up your family's adversary in swordplay to
    win a piece of map.  Piece them together and go
    storm his hideout, then beat him one last time.
         
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    == 4. NAVAL RANKS ==
         
    Accomplish enough feats for a nation, and the next
    time you see a governor of a port city, you may be
    promoted beyond just being given a Letter of Marque
    that authorizes you to attack their warring European
    neighbors' ships.  The ranks are as follows, from
    lowest to highest, with their benefits:
         
    Letter of Marque - Authorized to attack a nation's
    enemy ships
    Captain - Easier recuitment in nation's cities
    Major - Cheaper ship repairs
    Colonel - More merchant goods to trade
    Admiral - Cheaper ship upgrades
    Baron - Easier recruitment in nation's taverns
    anywhere
    Count - Free ship repairs
    Marquis - Many more available goods to trade
    Duke - Free ship upgrades
         
    Be advised that if you turn on a nation and attack
    their ships, you'll lose your rank benefits until
    you purchase amnesty or have a jesuit missionary
    speak on your behalf, whatever it takes to regain
    that nation's favor.
         
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    == 5. VILLIANS, NATIVES, AND RIVAL PIRATES ==
         
    The Carribean of this era is full of villians and
    pirates, even the most ruthless pirates to sail and
    harass European nations of their days are in this
    game.  When you start hearing rumors of their last
    known location, you can track them down and find
    their ship.  From there, the sea battle begin.  Even
    though the ship can surrender, you'll still have to
    defeat that named pirate or villian--yes, even the
    evil Baron himself--in an act of swordplay.
         
    Sometimes, you can blow apart pirate raiders or
    raiding native canoe boats to make the European
    colony holdings happy..
         
    It's best to have the best possible upgrades for
    your ship and for your fighting when  you face
    villians and pirates.  Depending on your style and
    tastes, you'll also want a good ship, like a good
    Brig, or a Frigate, or maybe a Galleon that you
    captured off the Baron's command.
         
    While most villians and evil men sail in Spanish
    warships, pirates and natives sail in their own. 
    And all of Europe and their Carribean colonists will
    feel relieved and pleased when they hear a pirate
    ship go down.
         
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    == 6. TREASURE MAPS ==
         
    You can purchase a piece of a map off a traveling
    smuggler, defeat your adversaries, or get one from
    governor's daughters.  When you do get a complete
    map or you get a good idea of where the "X" is,
    you can then sail to the landmark, then anchor
    off by the shore and lead a land expedition to the
    spot.  When you find where "X" marks the spot, your
    crew will start digging until you find the treasure.
         
    The procedures are the same whenever you're looking
    for your family, finding a villian's hideout, or
    searching lost cities with plenty of gold to be
    found.
         
    Find a family member = you're reunited with that one
    Find a villain's hideout = Storm the walls in a land
    battle or sneak your way in tofind the villian
    Find a lost city = Find yourself and your crew a
    fortune
         
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    == 7. DAUGHTERS OF GOVERNORS ==
         
    It takes much more than rank and looks to woo a
    governor's daughter, it takes wit with sword to beat
    down rivals in your way to her heart, and good
    deftness with your dancing feet to woo her.  These
    daughters' appearance can be plain, attractive, or
    beautiful.  The more beautiful they are, the tougher
    they are to woo.  Most of these beautiful women, from
    recent gaming experience, tend to be Spanish, but
    there has been cases where you can find beautiful
    French, English, or a bit more "modest" beautiful
    Dutch women.
         
    Nonetheless, the benefits are useful.  You may get
    valuable information, receive an upgrade as a gift,
    even map pieces of lost cities, if you woo her alot
    in the ballroom.
         
    Given your options, you may have to do the
    following:
         
    * Impress her with your dancing
    * Give her a ruby ring or a diamond necklace
    * Beat her fiancee in a sword duel
    * Rescue her from her abductor - same procedure as
    fighting a villain or top pirate on the seas
         
    Find clothes that enhances your apperance and she'll
    see you more often when you're in port.  Impress her
    really well, and the task of winning her heart
    becomes much easier.
         
    -- Dancing --
         
    This is where many pirates have trouble.  Here are a
    few good tips:
         
    * Know the dance patterns of a song: The harder the
    difficulty, the more complex the dance will be.  If
    you can coordinate the right moves that the daughter
    gives you with the beat of the music, you won't
    slip, and you may even do a flourish that can really
    woo her or help you recover fast from mistakes.
         
    * Calfskin boots and dancing slippers are good items
    to have, especially if your main skill is Wit &
    Dance.  Then if you slip up, you'll likely recover
    quickly enough to not stumble and miss a beat.
         
    * Most of all, practice, practice, practice. 
    Sometimes, it's nice to practice getting the dancing
    down as correctly as you can with plain and
    attractive daughters, then carry that over to the
    more beautiful ones.
         
    When you do hear that your lovely governor's
    daughter is abducted and you do rescue her and bring
    her back home, she will you ask you an important
    question the next time you are in port to visit her. 
    "My charming rogue, will you marry me?"
         
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    == 8. READY TO RETIRE? ==
         
    The ranking is simple when you retire, or health concerns
    forces you to retire from your pirating ways.  The more
    fame you have, the higher the rank.  The game gives
    you a ranking as well as a summary of your
    adventures and achievements.  If you score high
    enough, your pirate is entered into the hall of
    fame, never to be used again.  Then you're off to a
    new game.
         
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