Windward – Catching up on my pirate activities. Sinking ships and looting booty
So it’s time to catch up with my adventures in Windward. I’ve been playing this game pretty regularly since I bought it a month or so ago. I don’t get to play as long as I like in one sitting, but I’ve conquered many of the lands and am looking at land expansion versus ship expansion.
Up until recently, I’ve been focused on building up trade between the different towns in each area. I’ve traded a lot of goods, taken on a lot of quests, ferried a lot of passengers, captured a lot of enemy vessels and sunk many different kinds of pirate ships. And during this time I’ve built up a pretty handsome fortune. I’ve worked my way through several ships and currently have the Royal Brigantine. I’ve also got a nice selection of skills from the skill tree including throwing fire barrels, poison and unleashing the fog of war to make myself invisible. My crew is also able to make repairs on the fly, is better at sabotaging other ships and can pile junk all over the deck to use as a defense.
Since I’ve got quite a few coins to my name and a ship that can unleash a serious volley of cannonballs, I’ve decided to work my back up the map with the intent of claiming all the early regions as mine. I’m not going to spend any real time working on trade or quests for these portions. I just want to control the land. Or reach an accord with the current land holder wherein I won’t run them out of town if they accept me as their sovereign leader. Sounds perfectly fair.
I have a bigger ship than the areas I’m going into, however, my "comrades" scale back down to have ships that are on par with the enemy. Well that’s no fun. How can I exercise extreme and overpowering dominance if we’re equally matched?
But even with that, the pirates are a wily damn bunch that sneak behind my back and reclaim the towns I have already liberated. In order to claim a new area, I leave the town vulnerable and in they come like vultures. So even when I have an advantage, they still undermine me.
With that, I have to say Windward is still a pretty damn entertaining game. It has been absolutely worth the $12 I paid during the Steam sale. There is plenty of fun to be had in conquering territories, completing quests, building up wealth through trade, going for ever bigger ships and gaining XP so you can fill out the skill tree. This really is the game I was looking for when I played (yet didn’t like) Pirates.
I would say I’m maybe halfway through and once I seize control of the easier parts of the map, I’m going all-in against the much harder areas and will return to taking over the area, rebuilding my wealth and growing the town size before moving onto the next.
There is a lot of variety in Windward which makes it a game you can sit down and play for 20-30 minutes to accomplish some goals or you can spend several hours taking control of multiple areas or building up the towns so you can buy bigger ships, gain more XP and get even bigger rewards.
It’s a fun game that works really well. Go check it out in the Steam Store.
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