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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Who is the Mysterious Stranger in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103919/who-is-the-mysterious-stranger-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103919/who-is-the-mysterious-stranger-in-sea-of-thieves <p>When you first load into Sea of Thieves, chances are you&rsquo;ll find yourself in a tavern and come face-to-face with a black-clad person called the Mysterious Stranger. This character doesn&rsquo;t have a lot to say, and when they speak, it&rsquo;s entirely in riddles. If you want to earn what the Mysterious Stranger is offering, you&rsquo;re going to need to put in a bit of work.</p> <h2>Who is the Mysterious Stranger and What Do They Do?</h2> <p>Aside from the various shop owners and voyage-givers you find at outposts, you&rsquo;ll also come across the Mysterious Stranger. As soon as you begin Sea of Thieves, head to the closest tavern and look in the dark recess to find this riddle-speaking NPC. This character is a different type of vendor who will guide you along a critical path in Sea of Thieves.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Mysterious-Stranger-All-Companies-Five-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The first thing they will say is, &ldquo;Your reputation is low as you arrive, my first goal&rsquo;s set at all companies five.&rdquo; What they are referring to is your rank with the three companies that you can work for to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103917/how-to-get-gold-in-sea-of-thieves">earn gold in Sea of Thieves</a>. Your first task will be to reach rank 5 for all of the companies, and then return to the Mysterious Stranger.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Mysterious-Stranger-Riddle-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>To reach rank 5 for each of the companies, you will need to complete their specific quests until you level up, and then &ndash; this is very important &ndash; <strong>purchase the promotion</strong>. No matter how high your rank is, if you do not purchase the promotion, you will not be considered the rank that appears on the screen. The promotion can be bought by visiting a company vendor, speaking with them, and selecting the box on the top-left. Once you have all three of the rank 5 promotions, return to the Mysterious Stranger in any tavern and speak to them again. As you can see, they&rsquo;ll give you another riddle, this time directing you to reach rank 10. This will continue for several levels.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Mysterious-Stranger-Pirate-Legend-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Unfortunately, little is known about the Mysterious Stranger outside of this long-form quest system but there is one glaring clue that tells us what they might be there for. We know very little about becoming a Pirate Legend, but what we do know is that you need to increase your reputation with all of the companies. Putting two-and-two together, it seems pretty obvious that the Mysterious Stranger is the person who will give you access to the Pirate Legend hideout once you max out all companies.</p> <p>For now though, your best bet is to continue leveling up the different companies and speaking with the Mysterious Stranger when you reach new milestones. Be sure to keep your eye here on Shacknews, as we&rsquo;ll let you know what waits at the end of the Mysterious Stranger questline as soon as possible. Take a look at our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough">Sea of Thieves guide</a> while you&rsquo;re here, it&rsquo;s full of helpful tips!</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:52:00 PDT Sam Chandler FluffyBeard Error in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103918/fluffybeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103918/fluffybeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves <p>It&rsquo;s always the case isn&rsquo;t it: a day off from work or home from school and all you wanted to do was play your game &ndash; this time Sea of Thieves &ndash; and it happens to be temporarily unavailable, all because of the FluffyBeard error. Well rest assured, because the FluffyBeard error will be gone before you know it.</p> <h2>FluffyBeard Error in Sea of Thieves</h2> <p>The FluffyBeard error is specifically used in Sea of Thieves when the servers are down for maintenance or when Rare is currently not running a playtest session. Because all the playtests have finished, the reason you&rsquo;re getting the FluffyBeard error is because the servers are down for maintenance. This error is similar to the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103417/sea-of-thieves---kiwibeard-error">KiwiBeard error</a>, but is used specifically for when the servers are temporarily unavailable.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/FluffyBeard-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" />Just pretend this says FluffyBeard.</div> <p>The only way to fix the FluffyBeard error is to wait until Rare throws the switch and actives the servers. If it was a server-side update you will be good to play immediately, if Rare was pushing out a client-side patch, you&rsquo;ll need to update Sea of Thieves lest you experience the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103916/beigebeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves">BeigeBeard error</a>.</p> <p>There are currently three server maintenance downtimes scheduled for March, so set your clocks so you remember when to plan your snack-runs, family time, or other responsibilities:</p> <ul> <li>Thursday March 22nd, 5am&ndash;9am ET</li> <li>Saturday March 24th, 5am&ndash;9am ET</li> <li>Tuesday March 27th, 5am&ndash;9am ET</li> </ul> <p>Whenever Rare announces other server downtimes, we&rsquo;ll be sure to update this list so you&rsquo;re not surprised by any FluffyBeards in the future. For all things Sea of Thieves, make sure you set your sights on Shacknews. Be sure to drop anchor over at our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough">Sea of Thieves guide</a> for more answers, tips, and helpful information.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:11:00 PDT Sam Chandler How to Get Gold in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103917/how-to-get-gold-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103917/how-to-get-gold-in-sea-of-thieves <p>Being a pirate is more than just dressing up in fancy clothes and making your ship look badass, it&rsquo;s about earning gold, stealing gold, and being rewarded (with gold) for your hard work. Players just starting their pirate adventure in Sea of Thieves will surely want to know how to get gold so they can buy that shiny new blunderbuss.</p> <h2>How to Get Gold</h2> <p>Getting gold in Sea of Thieves is a simple enough task, but the journey is lengthy and challenging. To get gold, you will need to accept and start a voyage from one of the three companies in the game: Gold Hoarders, Merchant Alliance, or Order of Souls. Before you start, be sure to read our guide on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102972/sea-of-thieves---how-to-open-chests">how to open chests in Sea of Thieves</a>, as it will likely be a bit of a surprise!</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Earn-Gold-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Upon completing a voyage for any of the three companies, you will receive a stockpile of gold as payment. Some players are reporting that they are <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103896/not-getting-gold-for-chests-in-sea-of-thieves">not getting gold for chests</a>, but most of the time you will immediately receive your reward. From here, the only things preventing you from getting more gold are other players.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Gold-Promotion-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>To increase the amount of gold you earn, you will need to purchase promotions from the three companies. Promotions become available after you reach certain milestones with a company and can be purchased using gold. The first promotion unlocks after you reach rank 5, and once you own the promotion, you can take on more difficult voyages that reward greater amounts of gold.</p> <p>At the moment, there is no &ldquo;best way&rdquo; to earn gold, as each of the three companies gives out their fair share. However, the Gold Hoarders are by far the easiest to complete, as they involve going to an island, finding a chest, and delivering it while the other two can take more time. To offset this, the Order of Souls and Merchant&nbsp;Alliance tend to award more gold per delivery.</p> <p>No matter which of the three companies you choose to work for, you will end up earning a lot of gold over the course of your time in Sea of Thieves. If you run into any other problems, swing by our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough">Sea of Thieves Guide</a> for a collection of other helpful pieces of information.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:17:00 PDT Sam Chandler BeigeBeard Error in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103916/beigebeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103916/beigebeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves <p>Being a pirate isn&rsquo;t all smooth sailing, and the world of Sea of Thieves is no different. For players trying to boot up the game and get to plundering, the error code BeigeBeard can spell disaster, but there is a fix.</p> <h2>Fixing the BeigeBeard Error in Sea of Thieves</h2> <p>There are a lot of beard-related errors in Sea of Thieves, and the BeigeBeard error is one you will tend to only encounter after major moments in the game, specifically, <a href="https://www.seaofthieves.com/news/launch-status-update">scheduled maintenance, updates, and patches</a>.</p> <p>The BeigeBeard error can occur when you attempt to launch Sea of Thieves. In order to fix the BeigeBeard error, you will need to check for updates, as it means your client is out of date. This happens whenever Rare releases a new update for the game and you have yet to download and install it.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/BeigeBeard-Error-Fix-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>To download the latest patch, simply exit Sea of Thieves and if you&rsquo;re playing on Xbox One, quit the app. You can do this by highlighting the game on the Xbox One dashboard, press the Menu button, and select, &ldquo;Quit&rdquo;. With Sea of Thieves closed, your Windows 10 PC or Xbox One should begin downloading the latest patch.</p> <p>Once Sea of Thieves finishes downloading and installing the latest version, you can go ahead and restart the game. You should find that Sea of Thieves boots up and begins, without encountering the BeigeBeard error.</p> <p>If, for some reason, updating Sea of Thieves did not fix the BeigeBeard error, you may need to reinstall the game as a last resort. Hopefully it doesn&rsquo;t come to this, as downloading the game again can be a bit of a strain on data caps and speeds. Check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough">Sea of Thieves guide</a> anytime you run into beard errors while playing as we endeavour to find the solution to your problem.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:25:00 PDT Sam Chandler GDC 2018: Exclusive Once Upon a Coma Interview http://www.shacknews.com/article/103915/gdc-2018-exclusive-once-upon-a-coma-interview http://www.shacknews.com/article/103915/gdc-2018-exclusive-once-upon-a-coma-interview <p>Once Upon a Coma is an indie game currently in development by Serenity Forge and Atmos Games, and we had the opportunity to play it, and chat with the team, at <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/gdc-2018">GDC 2018</a>. This stark game introduces you to a boy name Pete who, after waking up from a coma, discovers that all adults are missing.</p> <p>As a kid, this is obviously great news, but unfortunately the world has become rather Burtonesque with adults turning into grotesque zombies. Gameplay is a mix of action side-scrolling with a focus on puzzling solving. You can check out our interview about this psychological narrative adventure game below:</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-6NSK3XDfdA" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>You can follow the progress of Once Upon a Coma over at&nbsp;<a href="http://serenityforge.com/games/onceuponacoma">Serenity Forge</a>&nbsp;or at <a href="http://atmosgames.com/">Atmos Games</a>. Once Upon a Coma is set to release in September on PC, before the end of the year on Nintendo Switch, and early next year on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT Sam Chandler Where to Find Chickens in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103914/where-to-find-chickens-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103914/where-to-find-chickens-in-sea-of-thieves <p>Not all pirates choose a life of plundering and pillaging, some prefer the finer things in life like finding chickens and delivering them to outposts for the Merchant Alliance. There are a lot of islands to visit in Sea of Thieves and, thanks to the deadline, you&rsquo;re going to want to know where to find chickens quickly.</p> <h2>Where to Find Chickens</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Chicken-Locations-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Chickens can be found on nearly all islands in Sea of Thieves, but your best chances will be to visit the larger islands. Small islands don&rsquo;t have a lot of landmass, which means not many animals can spawn there. Before you strike out on your quest, make sure you know <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103899/how-to-catch-pigs-and-chickens-in-sea-of-thieves">how to catch chickens</a>, else you&rsquo;ll be running around like a headless&hellip; well&hellip; chicken. We&rsquo;re in the process of sailing to all the islands to confirm where you can find chickens, so we&rsquo;ll be sure to update the list as we go!</p> <ul> <li>Barnacle Cay</li> <li>Cannon Cove</li> <li>Crook's Hollow</li> <li>Marauder's Arch</li> <li>Old Faithful Isle</li> <li>Shipwreck Bay</li> <li>Thieves' Haven</li> <li>Twin Groves</li> <li>Wanderers Refuge</li> </ul> <h2>Types of Chickens</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Chicken-Species-Types-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>There are actually different species of chickens that you can find in Sea of Thieves. At the moment, there are four versions of chickens, which can sometimes complicate things. Just because an island has chickens, doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s going to have the chickens you need to find and catch.</p> <ul> <li>White Feathered Chicken</li> <li>Red Speckled Chicken</li> <li>Black Plumed Chicken</li> <li>Golden Chicken</li> </ul> <p>In the event you head to an island purported to have chickens, and don&rsquo;t find any, just try any nearby islands. A good idea is to plot a course for the outpost that needs the delivery and then search the surrounding islands in hopes of finding the chickens you need. Sail over to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough">Sea of Thieves guide</a> hub for more tips!</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:02:00 PDT Sam Chandler How Many Players Can Play One Server in Sea of Thieves? http://www.shacknews.com/article/103909/how-many-players-can-play-one-server-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103909/how-many-players-can-play-one-server-in-sea-of-thieves <p>One of the fundamental elements of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/sea-of-thieves" target="_blank">Sea of Thieves</a>' open-world gameplay is the sense that players are truly sailing around the open sea. With that in mind, having too many players on a single game server would totally muddle the experience &mdash; players might be fighting over resources, running in to one another, or just engaging in an all-out melee. As such, it's important to keep the per server player limit balanced, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/rare" target="_blank">Rare</a> has an interesting system in place to limit the overall number of players in the in-game world.</p> <h2>Server Player Limit in Sea of Thieves</h2> <p>Loads of players have taken to the internet wondering how many players can join a single Sea of Thieves server. Surprisingly, there's isn't too much word on the matter from the team at Rare, though many believe that the limit is anywhere from one up to a maximum of 99. However, the team has <a href="https://wccftech.com/rare-clarifies-dynamic-matchmaking-sot/" target="_blank">outright denied the 100-figure player count</a>, and though they haven't said specifically how high the player count can go, the Xbox Live game description indicates between 1 and 32 players. With that said, the development crew did recently speak with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/02/13/sea-of-thieves-doesnt-have-a-maximum-or-minimum-server-size" target="_blank">IGN</a> regarding their vision for how the game's servers would be populated, and it seems the overall player number is manipulated in such a way as to provide the team's vision of the best possible seafaring experience.</p> <p>Rare reportedly puts an emphasis not on player count, but on player distance. In a nutshell, it seems the team wants sailors on the open sea to wonder, not know, whether or not they're alone. With that in mind, there really seems to be no firm maximum player count per server. After all, being around too many other boats would shatter the illusion, as would being on a server that's completely barren. As such, the game is set up to migrate users between servers to maintain an ideal distance and create the ideal chance for encounters.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2dSkU9zDfIA" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>"We step in to ensure that you do have that frequency of encounter," Sea of Thieves lead designer Mike Chapman told IGN. "So when we detect that there's fewer people near you, we migrate you to preserve that ratio, so we kind of move you seamlessly across servers."</p> <p>Though it may not seem immediately noticeable to some, Sea of Thieves players will occasionally see their screen react in a strange way, popping up a riddle and playing a short musical tune. This is the tell-tale giveaway that players are being migrated to a different area within the game's world.</p> <p>Stay with us here at Shacknews as we dive into everything on offer in Rare's latest ocean-bound adventure, and keep fresh with the newest strategies and how-tos over on our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough" target="_blank">Sea of Thieves walkthrough and guide</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:10:00 PDT Kevin Tucker Twitch Mobile App Gets Extensions Support http://www.shacknews.com/article/103908/twitch-mobile-app-gets-extensions-support http://www.shacknews.com/article/103908/twitch-mobile-app-gets-extensions-support <p>As Twitch grew to reach an audience of millions, the content creators who used the service turned to third party applications to make their streams easier to manage. These tools included chat enhancers, overlays, leaderboards, and more. The Twitch platform introduced official support for such addons about 6 months ago via <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101189/easily-add-polls-mini-games-and-more-with-twitch-extensions" target="_blank">Twitch Extensions</a>. Today&rsquo;s big news from the streaming giant is that Twitch Extensions support will be available on the Twitch Mobile App, letting creators and viewers take the enhancements on the go.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/twitch-mobile-app-gets-extension-support-inline.JPG" alt="" width="700" height="378" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Twitch Extensions support will now be usable by both the iOS and Android versions of the official Twitch Mobile App. Viewers using their mobile devices can now interact with overlays, participate in votes, and more. Some of the most popular extensions that are now mobile compatible include <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/ext/zfh2irvx2jb4s60f02jq0ajm8vwgka-1.0.16" target="_blank">Streamlab</a>, <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/ext/2zra50425wzzregbr7nqy9ma6eh9ed-0.6.2" target="_blank">Schedule</a>, and <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/ext/kr7m1hz7esldlrptruk0fd76l6yq36-1.0.9" target="_blank">World of Warcraft Armory</a>.</p> <p>If there is an extension that you would like to see on mobile, you can <a href="https://twitch.uservoice.com/forums/904711-extensions">submit a request to the developer here</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:55:00 PDT Chris Jarrard LavenderBeard Error in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103907/lavenderbeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103907/lavenderbeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves <p>Despite a number of alpha tests, beta tests, and stress tests, Rare's recent launch of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/sea-of-thieves" target="_blank">Sea of Thieves</a> hasn't exactly been smooth sailing. While plenty of players have found their way into the game, others are being plagued by a number of different Beard-referencing game errors. One of the more persistent problems is the LavenderBeard error, which indicates issues in both the user's local network as well as server-side issues. Don't worry, though, because we're looking over the common causes of the LavenderBeard scourge and how players can reverse the curse to get back in game.</p> <h2>How To Fix the Sea of Thieves LavenderBeard Error</h2> <p>Unlike many of the other Beard-related woes that have so far gone without official mention, the LavenderBeard error is one that's <a href="https://support.seaofthieves.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360000792028-Lavenderbeard-error" target="_blank">directly addressed over on the Sea of Thieves support website</a>. It's described as an issue typically caused by reactions between the game software and the player's antivirus, firewall, proxy server settings, or some other sort of network management tool. It's also described as an error that may surface when new players are prevented from joining the game due to an effort by Rare to fix issues on the server, such as what happened shortly after Sea of Thieves went live.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"> <p>Ahoy Pirates for an update! We are seeing join rates on our servers faster than we have ever seen with the US online, people are getting in steadily and our team is working now on it to manage the load... appreciate your patience while we work through this. <a href="https://t.co/e4WKFolhPn">pic.twitter.com/e4WKFolhPn</a></p> &mdash; Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeaOfThieves/status/975957242645114880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <p> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>When it comes to server-side issues, there's really not much players can do but wait and try again later &mdash; the standard advice for many of these Beard errors. As for firewall or other network issues, those are much more complicated to address. Users can easily disable their antivirus if they suspect it's interfering with the game, but a firewall issue may be harder to track down. It would help to make sure Windows isn't blocking any network features; beyond that, users can add an exception in the Windows firewall settings.</p> <p>If these fixes don't resolve the issue, it's hard to say what will. If LavenderBeard can be caused by network management or proxy servers, those are problems that would likely need to be addressed by the people who set up those services. For most players, however, the LavenderBeard error should be another case of wait and see as game servers sort themselves out.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x0KiM8n7e0w" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Pirates who want to learn more about what Sea of Thieves has on offer or read up about all the other different Beard-related errors will find much information filed away over on our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough" target="_blank">Sea of Thieves walkthrough and guide</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:15:00 PDT Kevin Tucker Sea of Thieves Devs Discuss Server Errors and Launch Issues in New Video http://www.shacknews.com/article/103905/sea-of-thieves-devs-discuss-server-errors-and-launch-issues-in-new-video http://www.shacknews.com/article/103905/sea-of-thieves-devs-discuss-server-errors-and-launch-issues-in-new-video <p>Anyone who has tried to get out on the high seas over the last 48 hours with Microsoft&rsquo;s Sea of Thieves may have experienced issues trying to log into the game or matchmake with other pirates. According to the development team at Rare, the game&rsquo;s servers have been overwhelmed by the number of people trying to play the popular new release. Because the game requires a constant online connection for all things that happen in the game, the overwhelming demands on the server infrastructure are causing issues for end users, including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103896/not-getting-gold-for-chests-in-sea-of-thieves" target="_blank">problems with gold accumulation</a> and achievements. The team at Rare have released a video blog that goes in depth on these issues, their cause, and the plans to fix them.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x0KiM8n7e0w" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>As European players who stay up later into the evening start combining with North American players who are getting off of work in the late afternoon, the rush of players attempting to set sail is the culprit for most login and matchmaking woes. Players experiencing the missing items bug will have to wait until next week at the earliest for a patch that should address the issue.</p> <p>The guys at Rare also make mention of some performance troubles plaguing the Xbox One X version of the game and plans to rectify the issue. For those who have managed to load up and have their ships sailing, make sure to check out our comprehensive&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough" target="_blank">guides and walkthroughs</a> for Sea of Thieves to get the most out of your pirate adventure. Additionally, make sure you get&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103423/sailing-terms-for-sea-of-thieves" target="_blank">brushed up on your sailing terms</a> and get yourself in the pirate mood with the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103023/sea-of-thieves-top-ten-songs-to-set-off-your-pirate-voyage" target="_blank">ultimate Sea of Thieves playlist</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:55:00 PDT Chris Jarrard Sea of Thieves - Kiwibeard Error http://www.shacknews.com/article/103417/sea-of-thieves---kiwibeard-error http://www.shacknews.com/article/103417/sea-of-thieves---kiwibeard-error <p><span>Sea of Thieves has finally landed on Xbox One and PC, allowing pirates everywhere an opportunity to live out their own pirate lives. Sadly, many players are encountering a few errors that are preventing them from getting online and setting sail, one of which is the particularly incredibly frustrating Kiwibeard error which tells you simply: Sea of Thieves is temporarily unavailable.</span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/02/sea-of-thieves-kiwibeard-error.png" alt="" width="700" height="291" /></div> <h2>What is&nbsp;the Sea of Thieves Kiwibeard Error?</h2> <p><span>Sea of Thieves Kiwibeard Error&nbsp;</span>can be caused by any of the following problems, all of which render the game temporarily unavailable:</p> <ul> <li>The Game's Servers Are Closed &ndash; Rare and Xbox are not running a play session when you tried to log in, so you cannot play&nbsp;Sea of Thieves&nbsp;right now.</li> <li>You have more than one Gamertag signed in to your console. Please sign all other accounts out of the console, and only launch the game with the one Xbox Live account that has been invited to play.</li> <li>You have not been invited to play the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103353/sea-of-thieves-scale-test-announced-for-this-weekend">Sea of Thieves&nbsp;Scale Test</a>. If you&rsquo;re registered as an Insider, you may be invited in the future &ndash; keep an eye on your registered email address. (NOTE: This last one is no longer an option as the Alpha, Beta, and Scale Test have finished)</li> </ul> <h2>How to Fix the Kiwibeard Error in Sea of Thieves</h2> <p>If you're encountering the Kiwibeard error, it's most likely because the servers are currently down for maintenance, meaning the game is temporarily unavailable. Rare will be taking&nbsp;<a href="https://www.seaofthieves.com/news/launch-status-update">Sea of Thieves down for maintenance</a> on the following days in March:</p> <ul> <li>Thursday March 22nd, 5am&ndash;9am ET</li> <li>Saturday March 24th, 5am&ndash;9am ET</li> <li>Tuesday March 27th, 5am&ndash;9am ET</li> </ul> <p>However, if you are experiencing the Kiwibeard error outside of these times, the best solution, like the<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102971/sea-of-thieves---bronzebeard-error"> Bronzebeard error</a>, is to keep trying to connect to the game. If the servers are down, keep an eye out of the&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/seaofthieves?lang=en" target="_blank">official Sea of Thieves Twitter account</a> for updates about the downtime.</p> <p>During the Sea of Thieves Scale Test, the Kiwibeard Error was quite common, but thankfully the developers have continued to keep the community updated on what's going on.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>Due to us hitting scale we'll be temporarily closing the game for new players to allow us to work on things. We'll post another update when we're open again. This won't affect players currently in game. <br />This is a Scale Test, more information here: <a href="https://t.co/5pFd8cgj7C">https://t.co/5pFd8cgj7C</a></p> &mdash; Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeaOfThieves/status/964953055996325889?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <hr /> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Rx-QtXBwTfk" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Sea of Thieves is currently absorbing all of our time, we can't get enough of Rare's latest title. Keep it locked on Shacknews for all the latest Sea of Thieves news.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103394/sea-of-thieves-pc-system-requirements">Can your PC even run Sea of Thieves</a>? Check out our guide to the minimum specs for the game. And don't forget to swing by our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough">Sea of Thieves guide</a> hub for more information on server performance and tips for playing!</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:50:00 PDT Asif Khan Rocket League Tournaments Update is Coming This Spring to PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC http://www.shacknews.com/article/103904/rocket-league-tournaments-update-is-coming-this-spring-to-ps4-xbox-one-switch--pc http://www.shacknews.com/article/103904/rocket-league-tournaments-update-is-coming-this-spring-to-ps4-xbox-one-switch--pc <p>Shacknews has been holding tournaments for Rocket League since the game launched almost three years ago. Our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100935/shacknews-rocket-league-tournament-of-doom-begins-tonight">Rocket League Tournaments of Doom</a> required coordination&nbsp;between Google Docs and Challenge brackets to get everyone set up for battle. The latest Rocket League Tournaments update coming this Spring will allow users to do much of that&nbsp;preliminary work in-game. Check out the latest video from the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R7SzPOKKCM" target="_blank">official Rocket League YouTube</a> channel.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4R7SzPOKKCM" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The Rocket League Tournament Update adds a few other patches to the game including:</p> <ul> <li><span><span><strong>Connection Quality Information</strong>&nbsp;- New notification icons that will signal the types of online connection issues during online matches to better troubleshoot issues</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>Enhanced Garage Options&nbsp;</strong>- New item stacking, filtering, searching, and sorting options</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>Expanded Team Customization</strong>&nbsp;- More shades have been added to the primary color palette for Battle-Cars and players will now have the choice to &ldquo;Equip to Blue&rdquo; and &ldquo;Equip to Orange&rdquo; for painted car bodies</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>Audio Improvements&nbsp;</strong>- Crowd audio has been tweaked to better react to saves, goals, and important plays, and the soundtrack will now be available to play during online and offline matches</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>Samurai Battle-Car&nbsp;</strong>- New Import Battle-Car available as a limited-drop inside the new Triumph Crate</span></span></li> </ul> <p>The devs at Psyonix are also adding several quality-of-life improvements to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102130/please-take-a-look-rocket-league-on-switch">Rocket League for Nintendo Switch</a>. The Switch patch will focus on performance and visual updates.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/advancing_tournaments.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="393" /></div> <p>The Rocket League Tournaments update is scheduled to go live on April 3. The patch is scheduled to hit Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC all at the same time pending approvals.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:45:00 PDT Asif Khan Hearthstone Posts Full Card Reveal Schedule for The Witchwood http://www.shacknews.com/article/103901/hearthstone-posts-full-card-reveal-schedule-for-the-witchwood http://www.shacknews.com/article/103901/hearthstone-posts-full-card-reveal-schedule-for-the-witchwood <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103761/the-witchwood-is-hearthstones-first-new-expansion-for-the-year-of-the-raven">The Witchwood</a> is the next expansion for Hearthstone, the first in the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103548/hearthstone-marks-2018-as-the-year-of-the-raven">Year of the Raven</a>. While Blizzard has already revealed a handful of cards, the full reveal of the expansion's 135 cards are set to be revealed in earnest starting next week.</p> <p>Blizzard posted the full reveal schedule on the <a href="https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/blog/21634713/the-witchwood-card-reveal-schedule" target="blank">Hearthstone</a> website. The outlets set to reveal cards include various news sites, YouTube creators, Twitch streamers, and... hang on a second... is that <i>Shacknews</i> on the schedule?</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Hearthstone-Leeroy.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Yes, indeed, in addition to our regular card analyses, Shacknews will also have an exclusive reveal for The Witchwood. So be sure to visit the site on April 3 to find out what's behind the curtain.</p> <p>Get ready for the first batch of Witchwood card reveals to hit on March 26 at 11AM PT on the <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/playhearthstone" target="blank">Hearthstone Twitch</a> channel, leading up to the expansion's release in mid-May.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:15:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia How to Catch Pigs and Chickens in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103899/how-to-catch-pigs-and-chickens-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103899/how-to-catch-pigs-and-chickens-in-sea-of-thieves <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/sea-of-thieves" target="_blank">Sea of Thieves</a>&nbsp;might present a gorgeous open sea for players to navigate, but as sailors will soon find out, there's really not much money in exploring. Pirates-to-be could score some loot by wreaking havoc on nearby ships, but it's tense work, and it carries a distinct risk of death. Players who prefer a more peaceful route can instead gain some monetary momentum simply by catching chickens and pigs, then selling them for profit through the Merchant Alliance. Here's how the system works.</p> <h2>Catching Animals for Profit in Sea of Thieves</h2> <p>Most players interested in capturing pigs and chickens in Sea of Thieves will be doing it not for the love of island wildlife, but instead for money. The game's Merchant Alliance provides sailors with a way to stuff their coffers by tracking down animals that can be exchanged for coin, but only assuming the crew can work quickly.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/sea-of-thieves-merchant-chicken-coop.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="395" /></div> <p>To get started, players need to head to their nearest Merchant Alliance liaison. Browse their offers, and find one that involves capturing animals. Doing so will grant the hero access to <strong>the coop</strong>. Once it's in the inventory, players need to seek out nearby islands and capture the required chickens or pigs and bring them back to the merchant in a timely manner, so be sure to keep that watch handy.</p> <h2>How To Catch Chickens and Pigs in Sea of Thieves</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/sea-of-thieves-pig--in-a-coop.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="395" /></div> <p>With the coop on-hand, hit the open water and start looking for the required creature. Both chickens and pigs spawn on smaller islands in Sea of Thieves, but players will likely spot far fewer chickens than pigs. With patience and a little bit of diligence with the ship's map, however, tracking down the right creatures shouldn't prove to be much of a problem.</p> <p>Actually capturing the creatures is very straightforward: simply carry the coop out to the island with the animal to be captured, then follow the animal around with the coop while holding the right mouse button or trigger. Before long, the animal will be inside the cage, and the job is almost done. Just note that the animals do not want to go for a swim, and <strong>the player must keep the coop above water at all times</strong> when swimming back to the ship. With the chickens or pigs stowed away safely, sail back to the Merchant Alliance and claim the reward.</p> <p>That's really all there is to it. It won't rake in huge amounts of cash, but capturing animals is a consistent and conflict-free way of taking in the sights and earning some gold in the process. To learn even more about Rare's latest open-sea adventure, be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough" target="_blank">Sea of Thieves walkthrough and guide</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:10:00 PDT Kevin Tucker GDC 2018: Epic Games Shows Off Real-Time Ray Tracing in Unreal Engine 4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/103898/gdc-2018-epic-games-shows-off-real-time-ray-tracing-in-unreal-engine-4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/103898/gdc-2018-epic-games-shows-off-real-time-ray-tracing-in-unreal-engine-4 <p>One of the bigger developments in modern computer graphics is ray tracing technology. Previously reserved for the likes of Hollywood films, ray tracing allows for the highest possible realism when it comes to simulating light in digital environments. Before now, the technology wasn't available in most games due to the high amount of power required; however, new advancements in graphics processors have allowed ray tracing to finally become something within the grasp of PC players, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/epic-games" target="_blank">Epic Games</a> is here to show us just how good the future is looking.</p> <p>NVIDIA, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/ilmxlab" target="_blank">ILMxLAB</a>, and Epic Games pooled their resources to produce a demonstration of ray tracing technology that was revealed during today's Unreal Engine-based State of Unreal opener at the Game Developer's Conference. Powered by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103847/gdc-2018-nvidia-unveils-rtx-ray-tracing-technology" target="_blank">NVIDIA RTX technology</a> and Microsoft's DirectX Ray Tracing API, the technical demonstration combines several next-generation graphical features into a short video starring characters and themes from the Star Wars universe.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J3ue35ago3Y" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney spoke about the capabilities of ray tracing in the Unreal Engine, saying that the advanced technology should be a boon for all manner of entertainment:</p> <p>&ldquo;Ray tracing is a rendering process typically only associated with high-end offline renderers and hours and hours of computer processing time,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Film-quality ray tracing in real time is an Unreal Engine first. This is an exciting new development for the media and entertainment linear content worlds&mdash;and any markets that require photorealistic visualization.&rdquo;</p> <p>GDC attendees will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the video was made via the Cinematic Lighting in Unreal Engine presentation that will be held at the Yerba Buena Center later today. Fans who want to check out more details behind ray tracing technology and the ongoing efforts from NVIDIA and Epic Games can watch the livestream through Unreal Engine's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBobmJyzsJ6Ll7UbfhI4iwQ" target="_blank">YouTube</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.twitch.tv/unrealengine" target="_blank">Twitch</a> accounts.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:20:00 PDT Kevin Tucker Heroes of the Dorm Round of 64 Revealed, $10K Bracket Challenge Returns http://www.shacknews.com/article/103894/heroes-of-the-dorm-round-of-64-revealed-10k-bracket-challenge-returns http://www.shacknews.com/article/103894/heroes-of-the-dorm-round-of-64-revealed-10k-bracket-challenge-returns <p>March Madness may be winding down for college basketball, but for the esports world, the madness is just beginning. This year's Heroes of the Dorm is down to 64 teams, who will battle it out to determine the best college team for Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm. On Thursday, Blizzard revealed the field of 64, while also announcing the return of the Heroes of the Dorm Bracket Challenge.</p> <p>Here's the full schedule going forward:</p> <ul> <li>Round of 64 - March 28 &amp; 29</li> <li>Round of 32 - April 4 &amp; 5</li> <li>Round of 16 - April 11 &amp; 12</li> <li>Round of 8 - April 18 &amp; 19</li> <li>Heroic Four - May 12</li> </ul> <p>Hosts Albert "Halorin" Hailey and Derek "Dunktrain" Arabian are here to reveal the full Round of 64 brackets, headed up by #1 overall seed UC Irvine. This full reveal can be all be seen in the Heroes of the Dorm 2018 Bracket Reveal Show below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Rh3ckEDOPB0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>As for the Heroes of the Dorm Bracket Challenge, viewers are challenged to offer their Round of 64 predictions. Whoever finishes in first place will receive $10,000. Simply participating will award a Heroes of the Storm in-game spray from collegiate organization Tespa, while the top 500 brackets will earn a special in-game mount customized to match the colors of this year's National Champions.</p> <p>If by some small chance someone is actually able to predict the outcome of all 63 matches, that perfect bracket will receive $1 million.</p> <p>The Heroic Four will be held at the Blizzard Arena on Saturday, May 12. Tickets are available on the <a href="https://heroesofthedorm.com/event" target="blank">Heroes of the Dorm</a> website.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia Where to Find Your Missing Black Dog Pack in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103897/where-to-find-your-missing-black-dog-pack-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103897/where-to-find-your-missing-black-dog-pack-in-sea-of-thieves <p>A unique set of pirate gear was gifted to players who pre-ordered Sea of Thieves prior to its launch, but unfortunately a lot of players are finding that the Black Dog pack is currently missing. If you&rsquo;re one of the unlucky pirates who can&rsquo;t find their Black Dog pack, we have some good news for you.</p> <h2>How to Get the Missing Black Dog Pack</h2> <p>The Black Dog pack is a badass looking set of all-black pirate attire that was only available if you pre-ordered Sea of Thieves. When you first land in Sea of Thieves and check any clothing chest, you should see your Black Dog clothing waiting for you, but if you don&rsquo;t, you&rsquo;re part of the hundreds, if not thousands, of players who are currently missing the highly coveted gear.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Where-to-Find-Missing-Black-Dog-Pack-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>According to <a href="https://support.seaofthieves.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360000754447-I-preordered-Where-is-my-Black-Dog-pack-">the Sea of Thieves official support page</a>, players who pre-ordered Sea of Thieves after a certain date may find their Black Dog pack missing. Rare is currently aware of the issue and is in the process of sending out codes for the gear via Xbox Live messages. There are a few different types of players who missed out which means different delivery expectations:</p> <ul> <li>Pre-orders after January 26 may have to wait 24 hours</li> <li>Pre-orders between March 16 and March 20 may have to wait longer</li> </ul> <p>If by March 23 you still have not received a code for your missing Black Dog pack, you will need to fill out a support ticket using the above link. No explanation is currently given for why this has happened, we&rsquo;re just going to have to be patient and wait for our sweet black hat and jacket. While we twiddle our thumbs, check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough">Sea of Thieves guide</a> for more insights and answers to your questions!</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:57:00 PDT Sam Chandler Not Getting Gold for Chests in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103896/not-getting-gold-for-chests-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103896/not-getting-gold-for-chests-in-sea-of-thieves <p>As a pirate adventuring on the vast ocean of Sea of Thieves, finding chests, collecting skulls, and delivering goods is your entire livelihood, which is why it&rsquo;s so alarming when you end up not getting gold for chests, or skulls, or when you make a delivery. Not getting your reward of gold can be frustrating, and because it&rsquo;s a common problem, there&rsquo;s a simple solution.</p> <h2>Not Getting Gold in Sea of Thieves</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Where-is-My-Gold-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Before you start trying to hack poor Hugh the Gold Hoarder to bits with your cutlass for not giving you your reward, there&rsquo;s some good news: the gold you didn&rsquo;t get will appear. It&rsquo;s an incredibly common problem and it&rsquo;s one that I&rsquo;ve encountered when handing in chests, delivering chickens, and even turning in skulls. In order to fix the problem of not getting gold and receiving no rewards, <strong>you just need to wait</strong>.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s not ideal, it&rsquo;s worked every time. Wait around for a few minutes and you will eventually receive the gold for the item you just handed over. At the launch of Sea of Thieves, the servers will be bombarded with new players, and while Rare works to manage the load, you&rsquo;re bound to encounter some client-to-server lag.</p> <p>Alternatively, you could try purchasing an item (preferably one you want) as this may force the game to &ldquo;count your coins&rdquo; and make it realize it owes you a bunch of gold. However you choose to proceed, know that&nbsp;<a href="https://support.seaofthieves.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115015860268-Missing-Items-and-Gold">Rare is aware of the issue</a> and is actively working on a fix for why you're not getting rewards, reputation, or gold.</p> <p>In the meantime, why not sail over to our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough">Sea of Thieves guide</a> hub for more information on game mechanics and ways to fix other common problems.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:08:00 PDT Sam Chandler Is Sea of Thieves Split Screen? http://www.shacknews.com/article/103895/is-sea-of-thieves-split-screen http://www.shacknews.com/article/103895/is-sea-of-thieves-split-screen <p>Sea of Thieves is here and would-be pirates all around the world are setting sail in Rare&rsquo;s latest title. The hunt for treasure and the delivery of goods is being undertaken by Xbox One and Windows 10 PC players alike as they join forces across the two platforms, but there are other functionality questions being asked, such as: is Sea of Thieves split screen?</p> <h2>Is Sea of Thieves Split Screen?</h2> <p>Let&rsquo;s answer that question quickly: no, Sea of Thieves is not split screen. You will not be able to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103789/how-to-buy-sea-of-thieves-on-pc">buy Sea of Thieves on PC</a>, boot it up, and then play it split screen with a friend. Not even Xbox One X players have the luxury of playing split screen with a friend. The only way you can partake in jolly cooperation with a friend or a crew of friends is if each of you own a copy of Sea of Thieves.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/How-to-Split-Screen-Sea-of-Thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="347" /></div> <p>Thankfully, there are a lot of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103515/how-much-will-sea-of-thieves-cost">ways to buy Sea of Thieves</a>, so you should have no trouble picking up a copy for cheap. While it&rsquo;s unfortunate you can&rsquo;t actually play split screen, Rare has created a gorgeous world for you to explore, and reducing the amount of the world you can see by splitting the screen would be a crying shame. Though, this doesn&rsquo;t really sound like a good excuse for families that have two kids who want to play and don&rsquo;t want to fork out for additional consoles or PCs.</p> <p>For now though, players who want to share the experience with someone else will either have to take turns, purchase another copy, or just make them watch while you play. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. If you want some good news, check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough">Sea of Thieves guide</a> for all sorts of information about the game.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:28:00 PDT Sam Chandler Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Review: Ebb and Flow http://www.shacknews.com/article/103891/warhammer-vermintide-2-review-ebb-and-flow http://www.shacknews.com/article/103891/warhammer-vermintide-2-review-ebb-and-flow <p>The words ebb and flow are most commonly attributed to the two phases of the tides, but taken figuratively, they can also refer to the swelling and receding of just about any element of life. In the gaming world, it's fair to say that the Warhammer series has had its ups and downs: for fans, one of the high points was the 2015 release of Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, a first-person co-op adventure that saw players fighting through legions of the Skaven army. Other Warhammer games have come and gone since its release, but Vermintide has ever remained close to players' hearts, and that's exactly why developer Fatshark has decided to return to the formula with the release of Warhammer: Vermintide 2. Just like its predecessor, this new game has its high points and low points, but the fast-paced, team-based experience has a lot to offer for players eager for first-person, action-oriented gameplay &mdash; particularly those willing to overlook a few technical hiccups.</p> <h2>The Vermintide Rises Again</h2> <p>Those unfamiliar with the Warhammer franchise may not know the name Vermintide. Fortunately, its meaning is fairly literal: Vermintide 2, like the Vermintide release before it, sends players into sprawling environments with the explicit goal of cutting into a veritable tide of incoming rodent-like opponents known as the Skaven. Unlike the previous game, Vermintide 2 has also introduced enemies from the Chaos army, meaning there are more than just hideous rat men to cut down: new opponents from the Warp show up in the form of smaller, easily-dispatched Chaos Warriors all the way up to massive mission-halting Chaos Spawn.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/warhammer-vermintide-2-review-artillery.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>As in the previous release, Vermintide 2's action takes place from a first-person perspective, and players are able to make use of a number of different characters, careers, weapons, and skills, the likes of which can be customized and upgraded as the player sees fit. The options on offer aren't exactly staggering in scale or quantity, but there are plenty of skills and items that players can use to figure out new and interesting strategies, especially when it comes to higher-level equipment.</p> <h2>More Adequate Acquisitions</h2> <p>Like with other games in the genre, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 players will spend a fair amount of time seeking out newer, more powerful loot. Considering the feedback given by players concerning the previous Vermintide release, Fatshark has approached Vermintide 2's loot system in a slightly different way. Players new to the series likely won't notice anything out of line, but players familiar with the previous game should feel like Vermintide 2 presents a more balanced loot delivery system.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/warhammer-vermintide-2-review-burblespue-halescourge.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Weapons and items mainly appear in Vermintide 2 through chests, be them overt end-mission loot chests or Commendation chests that appear when players hit certain level milestones. When opened, they provide players with a random batch of items that are either scaled by in-mission rewards or the player's overall Hero power. Like before, weapons can have different rarity levels, and rarer weapons will carry higher stats and more potent abilities. More important than equipment's scaling and various abilities are the individual items' drop rates, which flow in at a steady rate, giving players consistent rewards for every mission cleared.</p> <h2>Meat On These Bones</h2> <p>By far the most important quality to Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is its first-person gameplay. Loot and leveling would count for nothing if the fighting itself wasn't enjoyable, but I'm happy to report that it is. Actions like walking, jumping, swinging a sword or axe, even casting huge fireballs from runes placed under crowds of enemies all feel properly weighted, relatively smooth, and pleasingly immersive. Mowing down crowds of Skaven with area-of-effect attacks feels just as good as crushing their skulls with a massive hammer, and each stab and slice is presented with the sort of gory fidelity that should put a smile on players' faces.</p> <p>Vermintide 2 also creates its own sort of pleasing rhythm: missions start in a quiet, secluded area, and traveling down the natural path inevitably spawns floods of enemies from a number of different directions. Strangely, the moments between hoards of monsters are those that often feel most tense, as players make their searches for items or come to terms with the challenges that lay ahead.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AovSuioMM2w" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Unfortunately, not everything is quite spic-and-span. Though battles might feel frenetic and furious, occasional technical slips will send enemies flying or twitching in unusual ways. In at least one instance a glitched enemy became a game-breaking bug, as a Bile Troll got stuck on a bridge in such a way as to where it couldn't move or be killed. Without being able to vanquish the foe, my team was never able to get beyond the invisible barrier blocking access to the end of the mission.</p> <h2>Swept Out To Sea</h2> <p>Even with a few minor and infrequent hiccups, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 serves as an excellent platform for players keen on first-person cooperative action. The number of missions and environments, to say nothing of the different characters and classes, should provide enough content and customization to keep fans happy for the foreseeable future. As for cutting through the rising and falling ranks of the vicious Vermintide; well, it just feels good.</p> <hr /> <p><i>This review is based on a Steam download code provided by the publisher. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 available in on digital storefronts for $29.99.</i></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:30:00 PDT Kevin Tucker Overwatch League Standings After Stage 2, Week 4 (With Stage 2 Standings) http://www.shacknews.com/article/103873/overwatch-league-standings-after-stage-2-week-4-with-stage-2-standings http://www.shacknews.com/article/103873/overwatch-league-standings-after-stage-2-week-4-with-stage-2-standings <p>Stage 2 of the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101828/a-guide-to-the-12-overwatch-league-teams">Overwatch League</a> is about to come to a close. Shacknews is making sure to keep up with the action as closely as possible, looking at this weekend's action and also ahead to what lies beyond. Let's look at the overall standings, where the top six teams will advance to the playoffs at the end of all stages of the regular season.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Seong-Hyun_-Jjonak-_Bang_and_Jong-Ryeol_-Saebyeolbe-_Park_3_14_18.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" style="undefined" /></div> <h2>Standings After Stage 2, Week 4 (Win-Loss, Map Differential)</h2> <ul> <li>1. New York Excelsior (16-2, +41)</li> <li>2. London Spitfire (13-5, +29)</li> <li>3. Seoul Dynasty (13-5, +18)</li> <li>4. Los Angeles Valiant (11-7, +13)</li> <li>5. Philadelphia Fusion (11-7, +5)</li> <li>6. Houston Outlaws (10-8, +11)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>7. Boston Uprising (10-8, +7)</li> <li>8. Los Angeles Gladiators (10-8, +2)</li> <li>9. San Francisco Shock (6-12, -13)</li> <li>10. Dallas Fuel (5-13, -23)</li> <li>11. Florida Mayhem (3-15, -33)</li> <li>12. Shanghai Dragons (0-18, -57)</li> </ul> <p>But wait, there's more! Let's also look at the standings for Stage 2, which will determine who plays this Sunday for a bonus prize pool. Only the top three teams will advance here.</p> <h2>Stage 2 Standings (Win-Loss, Map Differential)</h2> <ul> <li>1. New York Excelsior (7-1, +20)</li> <li>2. London Spitfire (6-2, +14)</li> <li>3. Los Angeles Gladiators (6-2, +12)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>4. Seoul Dynasty (6-2, +9)</li> <li>5. Philadelphia Fusion (5-3, +9)</li> <li>6. Los Angeles Valiant (4-4, 0)</li> <li>7. Boston Uprising (4-4, -3)</li> <li>8. Houston Outlaws (3-5, -6)</li> <li>9. San Francisco Shock (3-5, -5)</li> <li>10. Florida Mayhem (2-6, -11)</li> <li>11. Dallas Fuel (2-6, -12)</li> <li>12. Shanghai Dragons (0-8, -27)</li> </ul> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/Yeon-Jun_-Ark-_Hong_3_15_18.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" style="undefined" /></div> <h2>Game of the Week</h2> <p>The Seoul Dynasty had struggled through the latter weeks of Stage 1, but they've fully found their footing in Stage 2. They're right in the thick of the Stage 2 playoff race and showed that they're a force to be reckoned with, as they gave the top team New York Excelsior a big scare last Wednesday.</p> <p>This was a close series throughout, with New York only pulling ahead when resorting to unorthodox moves. A good example of that came in the first game on Hanamura, where Hye-sung "Libero" Kim went Genji and Jong-yeol "Saebyeolbe" Park went Tracer and snuck up behind Seoul's defenses. It took these kinds of plays to overcome a strong Seoul team, who had Je-hong "ryujehong" Ryu and Byung-sun "Fleta" Kim playing out of their minds with Zenyatta and Widowmaker respectively.</p> <p>This could be a window into what viewers can expect to see at the end of the season when the big money playoffs roll around. For now, this round goes to New York, but these two teams may meet again this weekend if Seoul can overtake a streaking Los Angeles Gladiators squad in the Stage 2 standings.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://player.twitch.tv/?autoplay=false&amp;video=v238912791" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <hr /> <h2>Stage 2, Week 5 Schedule</h2> <p>This is the schedule for the third week of Stage 2:</p> <ul> <li>Los Angeles Gladiators v. Philadelphia Fusion - 3/21, 4PM PT</li> <li>Florida Mayhem v. San Francisco Shock - 3/21, 6PM PT</li> <li>Shanghai Dragons v. Houston Outlaws - 3/21, 8PM PT</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Houston Outlaws v. Seoul Dynasty - 3/22, 4PM PT</li> <li>New York Excelsior v. Dallas Fuel - 3/22, 6PM PT</li> <li>San Francisco Shock v. Boston Uprising - 3/22, 8PM PT</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Seoul Dynasty v. Florida Mayhem - 3/23, 4PM PT</li> <li>Philadelphia Fusion v. Los Angeles Valiant - 3/23, 6PM PT</li> <li>London Spitfire v. Shanghai Dragons - 3/23, 8PM PT</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Dallas Fuel v. London Spitfire - 3/24, 1PM PT</li> <li>Los Angeles Valiant v. New York Excelsior - 3/24, 3PM PT</li> <li>Boston Uprising v. Los Angeles Gladiators - 3/24, 5PM PT</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Stage 2's #3 Seed vs. Stage 2's #2 Seed - 3/25, 1PM PT</li> <li>Stage 2's #1 Seed vs. Winner of Previous Game</li> </ul> <p>All of the action can be seen on the Overwatch League <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/overwatchleague" target="blank">Twitch</a> channel or on the <a href="https://overwatchleague.com/en-us/" target="blank">Overwatch League</a> website.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:00:00 PDT Ozzie Mejia How to Respawn Off the Ghost Ship in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103890/how-to-respawn-off-the-ghost-ship-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103890/how-to-respawn-off-the-ghost-ship-in-sea-of-thieves <p>Death is inevitable in Sea of Thieves. Whether you die like an action hero in an epic battle or, like me, try to jump in the water from a high cliff and hit the beach, you will perish. Soon after you will find yourself on the ghost ship, death ship, respawn ship, or whatever else you want to call it. Unfortunately, it&rsquo;s not immediately clear how to get off this ship, but that&rsquo;s only because you&rsquo;re impatient.</p> <h2>How to Get Off the Ghost Ship</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/death-ship-sea-of-thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>You can move around on the ghost ship, but you can&rsquo;t really do much else. If you died in a crazy battle you are likely to see players you fought there. Chat with them using in-game communications if you like, but it&rsquo;s a tad weird talking to the pirate that just ended you.</p> <p>Maybe 30 seconds after you arrive on the ghost ship a door will open toward the bow. A bright light will shine through the door just begging you to step inside. As soon as you walk through the door you will be delivered to your ship (assuming it&rsquo;s still floating), or perhaps the water near it. If you find yourself in the open water with nothing but a long swim ahead of you, look for a mermaid. This is your ticket to finding land (or your ship), should you have no other options.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/respawn-ship-sea-of-thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely that you&rsquo;ll need help with getting off the ghost ship beyond your first death, but we have been busy with much more than that. The Shacknews team has&nbsp;built a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough" title="Sea of Thieves Guides">collection of Sea of Thieves guides</a> to help you on any journey that you set out on.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:45:00 PDT Bill Lavoy Enjoy Sea of Thieves With This Cinnamon Bread http://www.shacknews.com/article/103889/enjoy-sea-of-thieves-with-this-cinnamon-bread http://www.shacknews.com/article/103889/enjoy-sea-of-thieves-with-this-cinnamon-bread <p>One of the ways that Shacknews is able to focus its efforts on reader interest is by poking around the internet to see what sort of questions people are asking. Most queries are pretty straightforward, and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/92104/how-to-wait-in-fallout-4" target="_blank">the resulting solutions often are too</a>. With that said, every once in a while people start asking about things in a sideways or erroneous manner, and these occasions often lead to humorous results. In this case, some players diving into Rare's recent release&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/sea-of-thieves" target="_blank">Sea of Thieves</a> are getting plagued by <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103869/cinnamonbeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves" target="_blank">the dreaded CinnamonBeard error</a>. However, in their attempt to find a solution online, they wind up inadvertently finding results for cinnamon bread recipes.</p> <p>This is one such result.</p> <h2>CinnamonBeard's Cinnamon Bread with Rum Frosting</h2> <p>Your basic cinnamon bread is a loaf formed from a soft dough of unbleached all-purpose flour mixed with a bit of cinnamon, sugar, and butter. Making it is fairly simple process so far as baking is concerned, and hungry players with a decently stocked kitchen should find the essential ingredients in ready supply.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/some-cinnamon-bread.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="395" /> <p class="caption">Note: your cinnamon bread may or may not come out looking like this. Image credit via Olivia's Kitchen.</p> </div> <p><strong>Dough:</strong></p> <p>&bull; 2 1/2 tablespoons (1 packet) active dry yeast or instant yeast<br />&bull; 3 cups of all-purpose flour<br />&bull; 1 cup of lukewarm water<br />&bull; 1 teaspoon salt<br />&bull; 3 tablespoons brown sugar<br />&bull; 3 tablespoons of room-temperature salted butter<br />&bull; 1/4 granulated sugar<br />&bull; 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon</p> <p><strong>Frosting:</strong></p> <p>&bull; 1 cup softened unsalted butter<br />&bull; 5 cups powdered sugar<br />&bull; 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon<br />&bull; 5 tablespoons spiced rum</p> <p><strong>Baking Instructions:</strong></p> <p>&bull; Place the water into a bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Wait five or so minutes for the yeast to proof.<br />&bull; Stir in the flour, sugar, salt, and butter, then beat with a mixer on the medium setting for about three minutes. Add flour as needed.<br />&bull; Knead the dough on a floured surface, adding more flour as needed, until dough is properly smooth.<br />&bull; Place the dough into a greased bowl and into a warm oven; let it rise until doubled, around 40 minutes.<br />&bull; Press and form the dough into a rectangle-shaped sheet around 8 inches wide and one quarter inch thick.<br />&bull; Brush the dough with melted butter, then sprinkle with granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.<br />&bull; Starting from the more narrow side, roll the dough over into a log-like shape.<br />&bull; Place the dough into a loaf pan coated with non-stick spray, cover with plastic wrap, and then allow it to double in size again, about 30 minutes.<br />&bull; Move the dough into the oven and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 or 45 minutes.<br />&bull; Once cooled, top with rum frosting as desired.</p> <p><strong>Frosting Instructions:</strong></p> <p>&bull; Whip the softened butter using a whisk or beater, pouring in the powdered sugar slowly one cup at a time.<br />&bull; When half the powdered sugar has been added, whisk in the cinnamon and the rum. <br />&bull; Whisk in the remaining powdered sugar, adding more sugar or more rum to achieve the consistency desired.</p> <p>Now that your Cinnamon Bread is ready, hopefully the CinnamonBeard error has disappeared. Go forth boldly into the open sea, and be sure to check back with Shacknews for <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough" target="_blank">all your Sea of Thieves needs</a>.</p> <p><em>Image credits via <a href="http://offbeatandinspired.com/2012/09/30/hungarian-cinnamon-swirl-bread/" target="_blank">Offbeat and Inspired</a>; <a href="https://www.oliviaskitchen.net/?p=8222" target="_blank">Olivia's Kitchen</a>.</em></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:10:00 PDT Kevin Tucker How to Start Voyages in Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103888/how-to-start-voyages-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103888/how-to-start-voyages-in-sea-of-thieves <p>Sea of Thieves is the kind of game where you don&rsquo;t mind just sailing around without a destination. Well, that&rsquo;s cool for a while, but eventually you&rsquo;ll want to buy better cosmetics for your character and your ship, and such things require that you earn gold and rank up. This is where voyages come into play, but you must know how to start them before you can partake in one of the adventures.</p> <h2>How to Start Voyages</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/how-to-start-voyages-in-sea-of-thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>There are different types of voyages in Sea of Thieves. Three main voyage types are the Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, and the Merchant Alliance. You can find vendors that give you voyages for each of these three at the game&rsquo;s outposts, and that&rsquo;s where you&rsquo;ll start.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t matter what outpost you&rsquo;re at. Look around the island for vendors and speak to them. When you find one of from the Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, or Merchant Alliance, pick up one of their free quests. You can carry three quests on your character at a time, so load up with three from the same vendor, or take one from each to get some variety.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/where-to-get-voyages-in-sea-of-thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>After this you&rsquo;ll need to head to your sloop or galleon with your crew. There you&rsquo;ll find a table with the option to propose a voyage. Do so, selecting from one of the three you picked up from the vendors, then inform the crew that they need to vote on the voyage to set it as the active quest. One you get enough votes, the voyage is on and it&rsquo;s anchors away.</p> <p>Bring up your personal map (E on PC) and you can see information about the voyage. Maybe it&rsquo;s a clue, or perhaps it&rsquo;s a map that shows an unnamed island with a treasure marker on it. Either way, take note of what you see and head to the shared map on your pirate ship. Search for the location of the treasure, set a waypoint, and then head out on the open seas. Your quest will conclude after you retrieve the treasure or complete the quest, then report back to an outpost and the appropriate vendor. This is how you rank up with the various factions and earn gold.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/03/propose-a-voyage-sea-of-thieves.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Now that you know how to go on a voyage, take your pirate game to the next level with our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough" title="Sea of Thieves Guide Hub">Sea of Thieves guide hub</a>, full of helpful information to make you rich and infamous.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:40:00 PDT Bill Lavoy Searching The Seas In Sea of Thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103887/searching-the-seas-in-sea-of-thieves http://www.shacknews.com/article/103887/searching-the-seas-in-sea-of-thieves <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/rare" target="_blank">Rare</a>&nbsp;has been brewing up a special treat for players, recently releasing their efforts in the so-far very well-received pirate adventure title Sea of Thieves. It's an open-world experience that's quite unlike any other, presenting its gameplay across a sprawling sea full of both interest and peril. Unfortunately for some players, there are unknown perils lurking somewhere within the game's servers that prevent them from connecting to the game. In particular, many sailors are finding that they're stuck at the Searching the Seas prompt on the game's loading screen.</p> <h2>Stuck Searching the Seas Error in Sea of Thieves</h2> <p>Some of the first reports of users getting stuck at the <strong>Searching the Seas</strong> loading screen popped up during the days of the Sea of Thieves closed beta test. At the time, Rare was still checking out results of the game's Scale Test, and apparently some of the tests themselves resulted in users either getting booted from the game or <a href="https://www.seaofthieves.com/forum/topic/33888/it-won-t-stop-searching-the-seas" target="_blank">being prevented from joining the game entirely</a>. Considering the feedback from fans regarding the issue, Rare posted a tweet saying that the team was aware of the issues and was working on a solution.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"> <p>Pirates! We're aware some of our players are experiencing matchmaking issues. We're on the case! Please remember that the Scale Test is about finding these problems. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we get this fixed. <a href="https://t.co/EXtgyoQdD9">pic.twitter.com/EXtgyoQdD9</a></p> &mdash; Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeaOfThieves/status/969973112304492544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <p> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>It's not too much of a lead to go on, but it seems safe to say that getting stuck Searching the Seas is an indication of an issue on the game's server side, primarily an issue that prevents users from getting or staying connected to online portions of the game. Since it only happens when connecting to game servers, and the game requires constant internet connectivity, it's a pretty serious problem to encounter. In this sense, it's a lot like other common Sea of Thieves error like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103868/greybeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves" target="_blank">GreyBeard error</a> or the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103885/fishbeard-error-in-sea-of-thieves" target="_blank">FishBeard error</a>, both of which seem to be related to online matchmaking.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/O1YnzQax8TM" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Since there are no entries for "searching the seas" over on the <a href="https://support.seaofthieves.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115005299167-Beard-Errors" target="_blank">Sea of Thieves support website</a>, inference is all we have to go on regarding potential solutions to the Searching the Seas load screen loop. It's clear that the problem relates to online connectivity, however, and in those cases the provided solution is almost always the same &mdash; <strong>wait and try again</strong>. Fortunately, we've got plenty of interesting content for players to read while they wait, and it's all available over on our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/103424/sea-of-thieves-guide-and-walkthrough" target="_blank">Sea of Thieves walkthrough and guide</a>.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:40:00 PDT Kevin Tucker
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