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Blockade structure?

I'm just wondering... what is the exact structure of a blockade? I know it's a bunch of 45-minute rounds arranged as round, round, round, break, round, round; and I think each round has 4 minutes of puzzling, 1 of break, 4 of puzzling, 1 of break, etc. But in each turn, are "empty phases" skipped as in battlenav, or are they there without actually containing anything? And just what is the length of each phase? --Ihope127 18:25, 18 August 2005 (PDT)

Turns are 35 seconds long each, including the time it takes to execute the previous moves. Details on rounds and round breaks are at Blockade#Mid-round breaks and watching the score. There are three rounds, a one hour fifteen minute break, and two more rounds. – Yaten talk 18:27, 18 August 2005 (PDT)

I went looking for how long the break was between rounds 3 and 4, and it isn't on any of the main blockade pages. I was directed to come to this discussion page to ask for the info to be added to the blockade page, and lo and behold, I now know it is one hour and fifteen minutes. Can someone who won't break the wiki page (I WILL! lol) put that info out on a main page? Thanks, Cairi 4 November 2006

Sure thing - thanks for doing the fact checking on that, lass! --AtteSmythe 22:15, 4 November 2006 (PST)

Are the break times at Blockade#Mid-round_breaks_and_watching_the_score correct? I don't think they are. The last segment starts at 8:45, so the break should actually start at 9:45 remaining, and the previous segment is another 8:45 past that, starting at 18:30, meaning break #2 starts at 19:30, etc. Is that correct? If so, am I ok to correct the page? --Hockeygeek 06:36, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

I would hazard that breaks aren't included in the 35 minutes - that is, the last break starts at 8:45, but the clock still reads 8:45 when it's over. I'm not certain of that, though - I'd have to check.

Blockade results

should add a section that outlines what happens when someone wins in regards to gov'ship and deeds that move or don't depending on island size. --Guppymomma 11:40, 4 September 2005 (PDT)

Okey popped in a starter. Needs some work though, I think. --Guppymomma 18:41, 28 September 2005 (PDT)

release 2004-12-11

Uhm, I see references to this, but there were not release notes for it? --Guppymomma 18:41, 28 September 2005 (PDT)

I don't think a release was actually used for the new rule. December 11th was a Saturday; it may have just been the first weekend that blockades were affected by the change. – Yaten talk 18:50, 28 September 2005 (PDT)
Can't find any references to the 12->5 round blockade change in the release notes or the forums. --Thunderbird 18:54, 28 September 2005 (PDT)
Found the post detailing it, having created a "release" page with that. --Guppymomma 18:56, 28 September 2005 (PDT)

Blockade window change?

So is it just me or is the blockade window now from 12noon Friday until 1:05pm Saturday? --Guppymomma 19:27, 12 November 2005 (PST)

Only on Midnight, it's 12:00 Friday to 12:00 Saturday for all other oceans. --Thunderbird 20:00, 12 November 2005 (PST)

Flagless ships

I was responding to a topic on the forums, and this thought popped in my head. I'm sure it's well known that flagless ships cannot score points. However, are they able to contest flags and keep them from being scored by other factions in the blockade or not? The only times I've been in a blockade with a flagless ship were situations where I was the only one aboard, so I didn't have influence anyway. --Thunderbird 03:01, 19 December 2005 (PST)

I can't prove it with a screenshot, but I'm nearly certain that flagless ships can influence buoys. --Barrister 04:06, 19 December 2005 (PST)
They definitely can.

Sunken Ships

Can sunken ships re-enter the battle? Here is says the can't, but in the Puzzle Pirates Docs, it says they can.

Nope, unless they insanely changed it since I coordinated, they can't. If you're looking at the bit that I think you're looking at in the official docs, you might just be misreading it. Want to copy & paste the quote here for discussion? --Guppymomma 12:57, 16 January 2006 (PST)
If I remember correctly, that bit of documentation is leftover from the very first incarnation of blockades. The rules were changed soon after to prevent re-entry. --Barrister 15:02, 16 January 2006 (PST)


I recently wrote a thing in Tips and Trick about Admiraling, would this be something I should repost in the wiki? If so what should the title of the page be? Or is there one already created it should go under? -Jacktheblack 06:32, 7 February 2006 (PST)

I keep meaning to ask you about it. It should go in its own tutorial article like Blockade coordination. And can be linked to from blockade and that other tutorial? --Guppymomma 06:48, 7 February 2006 (PST)
Okay created the basic page from Admiraling, I didn't put in any linking in it other then the main forum post. I noticed all the video stuff at the bottom of this page when I figuring out where to throw in the link, Fandango has over 20 videos, not sure if you want to link all of them in there so I threw in just the link to our webpage that lists all of them. -Jacktheblack 07:03, 7 February 2006 (PST)
Nifty-roo. I might move the article to "Admiraling a blockade" to make it a bit more descriptive. Thanks for adding the video list link, that works well & we won't have to add more links all over here if you add another one. --Guppymomma 07:06, 7 February 2006 (PST)

Release 2006-10-17

There's alot of updates to blockade jobbing and event blockading... and it appears that alot of the info hasn't been updated in a while. Can some of the more expert blockaders update the info, or should I go ahead? Tompaine 05:13, 26 October 2006 (PDT)

This page needs some serious TLC, preferably with the idea that brigand king blockades and the Titan are coming. The article itself is quite long, so some of the sections should probably be reduced to overviews with links to larger articles. Automatic pay could really use a mention. I'll mull it over over the next week or so, but reorganizing articles like this isn't really my forte. --AtteSmythe 11:41, 5 November 2006 (PST)

Done. --Flamer 07:34, 8 November 2006 (PST)

Blockade Bonus Moves

As it is currently not part of the game and the section relating to it was "overburdening" the article (For lack of a better word) I have relocated all the relevant info to a new page Blockade bonus moves if only on a temporary basis until it hits the production servers.

Since there was already Blockade bonus token I merged this new page on the same topic with it. --Cedricshock talk 11:27, 24 November 2006 (PST)
And it's all been renamed to maneuver. --Barrister 15:56, 26 January 2007 (PST)

Blockade Rules

I am curious about the islands that say "not currently open for blockade". Nowhere can I find an explanation of how/who/why/when islands are opened or closed for blockade. [username: marundel] [19 April 07 / 08:30 PDT]

Islands are opened when OOO decides it's time.... when opening, there will be an announcement in this thread:

The reasons for opening an island are not well understood. There seems to be some connection to activity level of an ocean; in at least one post a Ringer alluded to petitions being used as a proxy for activity level. It's possible this was changed as a metric following the strong negative response to using it as an indicator. ~ Sweetiepiepi

Blockade Converstation

Should there be a page about blockade coverstation's? If So Do I just add it to this page or do I make it, it's on wiki page?

Blockade length, in turns?

I'm surprised to see that the number of turns in a 45 minute round is not specified.

There's three breaks, so that's about 42 total minutes; at 35 seconds per turn, that's about 72 turns. But what is the exact number? Someone must have counted that by now. --Behindcurtai 05:37, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Did not duty enough

Since I'm not sure about this, could someone add some info about what is required to get paid per round. I believe it was something about puzzling for "x" minutes. But then there was something with gunnning being different (x number of cannons?). If anyone knows, it'd be useful to add..

Edit: I meant aside from the "majority of the previous blockade segment". I don't believe gunning for a few seconds to fill multiple cannons counts as the majority..

I am pretty sure that you need to do duty for 50% of the time in order to be paid. Chupchup 17:34, 23 July 2011 (PDT)

Ice blockades

Why do Ice blockades start 48 hours after declaration? Should it not be 24 hours or am i mistaking the 1 day, 23 hours and 54 minutes As only one day?

V1nc3 11:41 17 April 2013 (CDT)

It is 48 hours, by fiat of the OceanMasters here: Chupchup 17:51, 18 April 2013 (PDT)

Dark Seas differences

Is it worth pointing out that dropping a chest on an island in control of the other faction does not require a prior war declaration? (Since the two factions are always at war anyway) --Thunderbird 03:19, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Eh, might as well. Maybe. If you feel like it. ;) --Budclare2 12:29, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm pondering it. Another thought is the fact that flags of different factions can't even declare war on each other, since they are already at war by default. --Thunderbird 18:06, 29 January 2018 (UTC)