Fame is a measurement of a crew or flag's activity. When a pirate plays a puzzle, the pirate's crew and flag both receive credit towards their fame. If the pirate is jobbing, the pirate's own crew/flag and not the crew/flag they are jobbed into receives the credit for the activity. There are, from lowest to highest, nine levels of fame:
To create a new flag, the crew must be at least Established.
Although the exact fame measurements are not publicly known, good performance at a puzzle is known to generate more fame than bad performance. All puzzle playing generates fame; any puzzle with a duty report generates more than the others. Fame cannot be lost through poor performance while puzzling, but degrades slowly with time. Fame earned for a crew and a flag (if the crew is in a flag) stays for a duration of approximately two weeks, so constant puzzling is needed to keep the amount of fame steady.
Fame is calculated on a curve in the same manner as puzzle standing and reputation, that is, the fame of any given crew or flag is scored relative to the performance of others on the ocean, and each higher level is a smaller percentile than the last.
The fame lists are updated daily, at about 3:00am Pirate Time.
- Aspiring was split into Aspiring and Obscure with release 2009-11-18.
- When fame was introduced, the levels needed to blockade on Midnight and Cobalt were two levels higher, and Viridian's requirement was one level higher than the present settings. This was changed to the current settings sometime around March 10, 2007.