Ahoy, Shane, Staff, UOF, landlubbers. salty sea worms and for those whom it may concern, When your ship is sunk there should be consequences, especially if you are a pirate. If you sink somebody's ship then you should be rewarded, especially if you are defending yourself. I am Dread Pirate Bloodbeard, The Pirate King of the infamous Buccaneers of the Blood Tide (Har). My crew and I are the undisputed champions of Sosaria's oceans therefore my input needs to be taken into consideration when determining the future of naval combat on UOF. Because of the way that the system is now, nobody cares about being sunk, and why should they? There is no fun in a fight when there is nothing worth fighting for. Naval combat used to be epic and now it has turned into a safety zone with risk free wealth to be had by all. Loot is easily removed from the ship to your bank or house while at sea, leaving no risk and no reward in ship vs. ship PvP. Ship upgrades are cheap and easy to replace IF they are even used. Why would you put upgrades on a ship if there is no reason to defend it and no reason to engage other ships? Most simply recall out to the bank and wait for their ship to be delivered to them free of charge, courtesy of us, so that they can come right back out and keep earning risk free gold on OUR waters and quite a lot of it. There is no risk and there is no reward in naval combat anymore. Breath a little life into the sea again. Bring back the ransom system, please. This time allow the sinker of the ship to determine the price of the ransom and if the sunken does not agree then they can sail back and repair it, give them a 30 minute window if you have to, plenty of time to rally a crew, some dragons and fresh cannon balls. By bringing back a ransom system it will give players a reason to use ship upgrades because they won't want to lose a fight. This will help the overall economy by increasing the value of upgrades in general by putting them in higher demand. By bringing back a ransom system it will motivate people to hunt down pirates like ourselves so that they may be rewarded with our glorious fleets filled with treasure and our powerful upgrades. By bringing back a ransom system players will have a reason to build new ships. This will also help the overall economy because it will give players a reason to go out on the whirlpools to gather the materials needed to build ships. Ships will also be in higher demand. This will make naval combat worthwhile and epic again, the way UO should be. This will give people a reason to play -together- instead of AFKing alone while becoming rich at no risk to them in the process. Go ahead and make (Blessed) ships available on the donation vendors once in a while in unique hues, hell make strobe ships if that is what it takes (E X P E N S I V E ones!!). This way those that who wish to continue becoming wealthy without risking anything can do so without shedding a single tear. (Players will have something worth donating cash for and you will get paid for your dedication, hard work and so that UOF can be glorious again, or at least worth playing again for sea lovers.) This is a win, win, win solution to the current sad state of affairs on our waters and a chance to get more donation $ to help the server continue to thrive into a worthwhile future. This is our only demand. In return, (Har) and our new allies are more than willing to make the seas interesting for everyone again and promise to be as honorable as our salty hearts will allow while everyone adjusts to a worthwhile life at sea again. Thank you for your time and consideration on this pressing matter. Sincerely, Dread Pirate King Bloodbeard, Captain, Buccaneers of the Blood Tide (Har) On behalf of my crew, our allies and everyone who desires for a worthwhile life at sea again.