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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I Can Almost Feel the Salt Spray, or Was That Blood?

I've got in almost 30 hours of play time with Assassin's Creed IV (AC4) now. I am most definately getting the hang of the game. Over the weekend (and until tomorrow,) there was a community challenge. They wanted over a million assassinations completed with 40 for each participating player. I already had the first assassination contract from  Salt Key Bank so decided I was in. Here's the description of the contract from Gosunoob.com:

1. Shady Business

Shady Business Target LocationNote: Target you are going after for is on a boat. As you approach him from east, he is going to sail away between land to the south and small island north of it. Soon enough he will find himself in a company of other ships. In order to prevent this you should cut his path. Do not rush towards him directly from east. Sail further north. From his northeastern side start the chase. He will sail between a small island and large land to the south. Use travel speed to sail north from of the small island. As soon as you sail past it, turn hard left, positioning yourself for a crash with his ship. You should have plenty of time to play cat-mouse game since, at this point, you should be in the lead.


It took me three failed attempts to catch his schooner before I looked this up. The key was sailing around the island and not getting tangled up with the frigate sitting nearby. This early in the game, frigates are seriously dangerous. Once I'd avoided the frigate, setting the schooner on fire with my recently upgraded mortars was easy. I killed the target with a swivel gun. That was fun!

But I had 39 more assassinations to go so I couldn't bask in the glory for long. I took the second contract available at Salt Key Bank.

2. The Informant

Note: In order to kill your target you should destroy Dry Tortuga fortress’s defense, if you haven’t done so before. Do not bother with enemies inside it and head directly for your target. He can be found on a platform with, what appears to be, the war room.


Destroy a fortress? Can Jackdaw do that? Well, evidently she could! It was actually great fun. It was so fun in fact that I did it later, but more on that in a minute. After I'd killed my target and the fort's commander, I realized it would take forever to assassinate 40 enemies if I did it via contract and conquest. I needed a place with a practically limitless supply of enemies. I knew just the place.

I fast traveled back to Havana. There are guards aplenty in the streets and lots of roof tops from which to drop onto them. In no time at all I'd gotten my 40 assassinations and then some. I must brag. I'm becoming fairly adept at them. I've even started to use them when I plunder ships because the enemy crew is usually too busy fighting my men to notice me quietly strolling around behind them. They are such dumb bots. Of course, I use the swivel gun first. That's just a blast - pun intended!

My reward for completing the community assassination challenge was a spiffy new Explorer outfit. Here I am wearing it while plundering yet another schooner.

[caption id="attachment_1972" align="aligncenter" width="2560"]Explorer Outfit Explorer Outfit[/caption]

Now back to the fort comment: when I took Dry Tortuga I noticed Naval Contracts were now available to me. I'd seem them in some stuff I'd read and they look fun. Escorting friendly ships past a hostile flotilla for lots of gold is just what Blackbeard ordered. But I also read some of them are really hard. I watched a YouTube video of the Dry Tortuga mission and it's a 5 out of 5 difficulty. I decided it could wait, if there were easier missions to run first. These sorts of game always have a  difficulty progression. So I looked up the easiest Naval Contract. It's given in Eleuthera. I didn't "own" Eleuthera at the time. I do now. :-D

[caption id="attachment_1971" align="aligncenter" width="2560"]Eleuthera is Mine Eleuthera is Mine[/caption]

That was all the time I had last night, but soon I'll be able to run my first Naval Contract. This is way too much fun. On that note, I'll leave you with this Sea Shanty to worm its way into your brain.

We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me

We extort, we pilfer, we filch and sack
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho
Maraud and embezzle, and even high-jack
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me

We kindle and char, inflame and ignite
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho
We burn up the city, we're really a fright
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me

We're rascals, scoundrels, villains, and knaves
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho
We're devils and black sheep, really bad eggs
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me

We're beggars and blighters, never-do-well cads
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me

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