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​Players In ‘Sea Of Thieves’ Are Stuffing Their Ships With Explosives

​Players In ‘Sea Of Thieves’ Are Stuffing Their Ships With Explosives

The latest update to Sea of Thieves has added in a new set of quests that task players with searching out barrels of high explosive Black Powder. Naturally, these barrels aren't the safest thing to carry around on a destructible ship, but making things harder still is that the quests send you into the path of other players on the same mission.

The new Black Powder Stashes missions are about as direct an example of risk versus reward as you can find. If you can get a barrel of the good stuff back to the game's trading companies then you can hand it over for a big reputation reward. However, a well-placed (or accidental) hit on the barrel from other players, enemy skeletons, or even someone being a little clumsy can ignite the barrels, sending your ship to the bottom of the ocean.

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There are five missions you can play - all of them available from Duke in the tavern - with two of them ratcheting up the difficulty. The more challenging missions send you to collect barrels of powder on a route that will take you past an enemy fort and on a path which is heavily in use by other players. Make sure you keep your barrels below deck, unless you want to welcome explosions.

These missions are the first of a new set of monthly content updates. So expect more missions to drop soon. That's something Sea of Thieves has really needed, regular, frequent updates to keep players coming back. The game has filled out a lot since it was originally launched, and it's a great co-op game to play with friends but compared to games like Destiny 2 and Warframe, it can feel a little thin on the ground.

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]