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Old 02-01-2013, 12:21 PM
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Public Ships Question

When you press shift to launch a dingy to your ship, friends, crew or public quite a few times under public ships I have seen some that have cargo but no crew, these ships I have never found in the caribbean so my question is this, are these ships either:

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:59 PM
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They are Glitched [Public] Ships aka Stuck Ships, and those are the only ones the Public know about because the captain had allow total strangers to board. Those captains that did not permit the Public to board have their ships somewhere out there stranded in them waters. If you try to board one via Public, the game will tell you in red letters, "Ship was not available". No kidding. The owner get's the same message too when attempting to board his/her own ship. They can board either one of their other ships though and sail them without any problems. They just can't board that Stuck Ship and there's not some magic crowbar the local Shipwright can use to help pry it off its pinned location. So no repair and sadly, no sale, is permissible. It spooks them I guess.

It is therefore stuck. I should know. It happened to me way back in August. For 40 days and 40 nights, my War Soop sat outside of Raven's Cove taking every beating from the Hunter and Warship. They had a blast shooting away at it and sent another when sank to continue their maddening pursuit of getting the prized cargo back. Neither I, nor any of my friends could get it back and we tried every thing we could think of. Even when my UA ended, it was still stuck. Even when I paid for UA again, it was still stuck.

Yes, I did fill out the Bug Report and contacted Member Services. Nothing was done about it and before anybody chimes in to basically bash them, they did eventually free my ship. You see, my ship getting stuck out there couldn't have come at a worst time. From what I readily observed, POTCO had no desire to perform maintenance for all servers after The Revived POTCO Petition began to collect signatures. The top two servers and a random server got their weekly reset. The rest deteriorated during that 40 day period.

Again, I know it because I set out to look for other Stuck Ships. I know I've seen them before and I saw some weird Hunter/ Warship activity hitting some empty space in the ocean. For two weeks, I hopped on every ocean and searched for them along with a friend. I needed to figure out what caused my ship to get stuck and it didn't take long for me to do that. They were all related to the QAR. I found 55 other Stuck Ships in either one of those three QAR paths. In finding them, I saw the state of the servers. Antik was by far the worst.

I took those findings and turned them in with the best three screenshots I could find from my collection. I described to them in the Bug Report what had happened to my ship which prompted myself to investigate this matter. Then, I sent a copy of it to Member Services so they can quickly alert the Tech Crew. I listed all 56 ships and their locations in those 22 servers. I also pointed out the state of those servers which was quite a sight to see.

Well, I must say, they acted promptly. They went looking for those ships and saw the accuracy of my reports. The Tech Crew had the QAR running non-stop for 72 hours trying to reproduce and figure out how my ship got stuck. On September 12th, POTCO closed for maintenance and in 90 minutes freed every one of those 56 ships. Only a server reset can free them and in freeing them, not only did those captains get their ships back, the rest of you were able to play at optimum levels once again at any of those servers.

If you ever find yourself getting a Stuck Ship, contact Member Services about it and present them this info:
  • Account ID
  • Pirate Name
  • Ship Name
  • Date of Occurrence
  • Last Server Visited

They will free it ASAP. Then, do what I did, have the courtesy of saying, "THANK YOU". They'll appreciate it and you can freely resume your plundering ways, Pirate.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:46 PM
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thank you Platinum Pirate, that long statement has cleared it up for me
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:14 AM
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I wish I could figure out what truly causes ships to be stuck. In some cases, there's usually a pirate who seems to be stuck/frozen in such a severe way that for some reason the ship gets frozen if it sinks or something.

There used to be a bug that came about twice in POTCO's history (Back in '07/'08 and more recently in maybe 2010 or 2011) where if you shot specifically firebrand at a flagship that had a pirate crew on it, the flagship would automatically sink and the crew - and the ship - would be stuck. I don't know why it was firebrand, and I don't know why this bug occured twice, but it seems ships being stuck at sea has always been a problem on POTCO.

I much preferred having my ship sink after an hour at sea.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:04 PM
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OK,

Plat is fairly much spot on with the QAR part, as is CaribbeanThunder regarding the Firebrand / Flagship thing...

There is also an issue related to the pirates who steal ships from their Captains, which happened to me : JUST as I was about to Port my ship, a rogue pirate Crashed me (not 100% certain on the how), I think he used a Voodoo Doll to somehow causing me to freeze for a split second before crashing... My friends never stood a chance to save the ship, as the pirate used the "now infamous" DC code to crash them all, before doing a final filthy act to freeze my ship in it's location.

Now, of course I filled out a Bug Report, but I also made the effort to actually call Customer Support to further report the issue and the fact that a member of my Crew had been close by the wheel and managed to Screen the pirate in question performing his little "Doll trick". So we KNEW it was deliberate!

Anyway, Customer Support tried to free it while I was speaking with them, sadly at that time they were unable to. My poor War Galleon was stuck for some 3-4 weeks, during which time I was unable to even use any of my other ships, as the stuck War Galleon was still showing as being at sea and blocking my other ships... Like as if I had just launched it. Didn't matter what Server I went on, I simply couldn't launch either of my other ships, so had to settle for Boarding Public Ships or Joining Friends Plundering.

Anyway, they did a FULL Server Reset, which freed it (somewhat), I still couldn't sail it, I still couldn't repair it, but I was FINALLY able to Sell It! Which I did, but of course I had to Buy a New War Galleon to replace it.

So there's the third way that a ship can be "stuck"... and in my case, a friend from the Crew and I, when we logged back in and I was unable to Launch, Repair or even Sell my ship ; My friend Launched his Ship, I boarded and we Sailed to where we were about to Port when I was rudely DC, my Ship was nowhere to be seen, but the Bounty Hunter and Warship were still there, firing away at thin air.


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