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Poll: Vote on the Black Isle Bastards (226 member(s) have cast votes)

How should the player be able to interact with the Black Isle Bastards?

  1. The Black Isle Bastards are a very tough, optional fight (53 votes [23.45%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 23.45%

  2. The Black Isle Bastards are some kind of merchants (12 votes [5.31%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.31%

  3. The player can become an honorific member of the Black Isle Bastards (71 votes [31.42%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 31.42%

  4. The player helps the Black Isle Bastards with some kind of problem (81 votes [35.84%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 35.84%

  5. No interaction possible, the player can only observe the Black Isle Bastards (5 votes [2.21%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.21%

  6. other (please specify in the comments) (4 votes [1.77%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.77%

What background should the Black Isle Bastards have?

  1. The Black Isle Bastards are retired pirates who run an inn in their old ship (22 votes [9.95%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.95%

  2. The Black Isle Bastards are some kind of failed "wanna-be" pirates (31 votes [14.03%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.03%

  3. The Black Isle Bastards are retired corporate raiders who used their wealth to buy an island (37 votes [16.74%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.74%

  4. The Black Isle Bastards are mutineers (8 votes [3.62%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.62%

  5. The Black Isle Bastards are former slaves (11 votes [4.98%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.98%

  6. The Black Isle Bastards are privateers of one nation tasked with raiding ships of another nation (19 votes [8.60%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.60%

  7. The Black Isle Bastards are nobles who fight for the cause of common people (15 votes [6.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.79%

  8. The Black Isle Bastards are literally bastards of noble families (75 votes [33.94%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 33.94%

  9. other (please specify in the comments) (3 votes [1.36%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.36%

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Arrr, you have my heart so take my 50 bucks too. :skull:


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OMG that is AWESOME! That is you? :D WOW!!! I love it!

 

 

Thanks :)

​Finally got PayPal to work as well, $50 donated.


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Thank you, all of you, for you generous donations so far :)

 

If you would like to additionally help out you may consider to spread the news about this on other communities and maybe take it to Twitter or Facebook.

 

PS: @Osvir I totally think you should Obsidian let know about your song! They should hear it, absolutely!!!


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Sorted, 20$, around a gazillion rand at current exchange rate 😱
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Keep the coin coming, pirates! I also put in 50 cp earlier and hope we can get there. :-)


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While I like the idea of retired pirates who run their own inn and provide smuggled merchandise, I think that since this is a fantasy game they should rather be more mystical. Perhaps their souls are some how tied to the island or their ship, granting them some form of pseudo-immortality; a lich-like process that when they die, they slowly begin to generate a new body to inhabit where-ever they have their hideout (or ship). I know it's kinda cliche, but I can't help it. As far as interaction goes, I think that less is more if one tries to build up a mystery. No interaction directly with the Pirates, but dealing with an aftermath of their raid, yes, stumbling upon rumors and clues about them on other quests, yes, and perhaps even getting to explore one of their former hide-outs as part of some other quest to find a missing person or something.

 

That, or the retired innkeeping smuggler-merchant-pirates.

 

EDIT: oh, and if they go for the innkeeper route, one of the pirates should like Wine instead of Rum. The other pirates obviously make fun of this guy.


Edited by Ninjamestari, 15 February 2017 - 03:09 PM.

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Monied


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Personally, I'd say take it all the way. An old druid spraying vines, a towering soldier threatening you with a blunderbuss, or a masked cipher



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Not that they are Frequently Asked Questions but, general information, developer comments, "Information":

​This is relevant (About Pirate Crew & Ship):

Hey guys,
 
Got an update from Adam in regard of all of your questions. I hope I did my best to you all of your questions answered. Sorry if the questions are out of order or seem disconnected, I just game him a huge list of questions. 
 
"At the end of the day, the Pillars design team is going to design the content - this isn't a way for our backers to pay to play designer in the game. Names and equipment of the pirates, and some basic ship customization is included in the tier.
 
In the first campaign, we have a phone call with the primary backer and the designer to set up the idea. This is usually about an hour of time to coordinate the design of the pirate party and any other details. There will be a lot of back and forth through email as well.
 
The crew will be a minor encounter in the world, and will be designed by one of our area designers. The location and how it's integrated will be up to the design team. Most likely it will be a pirate area of the game. However, if you have ideas on where you would like it and any story surrounding the party please send it our way and we can do our best to keep the flavor of your ideas intact. We treat backer content in the same way that we treat other ideas that come from the team - they have to be vetted and fit within the scope and limitations of the area that is being designed. However, with that said, again, we will work with you to make sure that your ideas show through in the pirate ship and party.
 
Feel free to equip the party with any standard items / weapons from Pillars of Eternity 1. If you have other ideas for gear, feel free to include those as well, but we can't make any guarantees that non-standard items will make it in.
 
If you want to include the special item as well just make sure to specify what item it is when it comes to send in your design to the team.
 
You will have some customization of the ship within reason - it will have to fit within our customization guidelines that we will be releasing at a later date, and we will contact the backer to work with them.
 
What kind of ship will it be? It's going to be a pirate ship.
 
You can work with the design team on the loot gathered and dropped by the pirates."
 
Again, if you guys have additional questions, please feel free to ask away!


​This quote is un-sourced, so it could be anyone on the team (I'm assuming Adam Brennecke continuation):

Reporting in!
 

"It's very similar to the adventuring party from Pillars 1, but this time you get a ship as well. Again, we will work with the primary backer to make sure all of their requests are considered, but ultimately we have the final call on what goes in the game.

 

 
The Pirate Crew & Ship are, I guess, about 5-6 Characters which you can meet.

​I was wondering if Obsidian could just simply make the 4-8 NPC's be​ the Pirates?

Hey Guys,
 
Great news! Because you guys are so amazing, we're going to do the island for the community! No need to back a tier or anything. You guys have supported us through out these years and we wanted to give back. The team will have full control of the Black Isle but are open to suggestions. Keep in mind that this may be a small sized island, so there wouldn't be a bustling town or anything to that scale. It'll have 4-8 NPCs max.
 
However, if you want to incorporate something with the island, such as the NPC tier, or the Pirate Crew, that is definitely something we can work with you guys on. For example, you could encounter the Black Isle Bastards on the way to the Black Isle, or they can be chilling on the island, within reason


​In essence: If we reach $5000 for the Pirate Crew, I would be totally okay to leave everything in Obsidian's hands/control to incorporate it best, but still stay open to suggestion.

​EDIT:
Positions and Duties on Board a Pirate Ship (all the descriptions for each position is copy+pasted below, I removed links though)

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Edited by Osvir, 16 February 2017 - 01:07 AM.

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I would be totally okay to leave everything in Obsidian's hands/control to incorporate it best, but still stay open to suggestion.

 

That is basically the plan, yes. If you read the F.A.Q. and the other text in the opening post I think I made it clear that we will present "rough ideas" on our pirate crew and let Obsidian work out the details. We can hand in suggestions, yes, and we should! But at the same time Obsidian is not bound to them, just as they are not bound to the poll results.

I made that also clear in the F.A.Q.

 

There are mainly two reasons for this approach:

1.) Backer content has been repeatedly criticized for not fitting into Pillars of Eternity 1. And I would really like to make sure that the Black Isle Bastards do fit into the game. I would dislike people to remember the Black Isle Bastards as something that did absolutely not fit into the game. Therefore I would like Obsidian to work out the details and make sure they fit!

 

2.) For us as a community it will be far easier to agree on general outlines and rough ideas than to have a vote on every single detail. That could easily blow up.

 

In my eyes, our actual goal is that the Black Isle Bastards are represented in some way in the game. And that is far more important than the actual way in which they are represented.

Which is also why I would support all poll options so far.


Edited by Fluffle, 16 February 2017 - 12:59 AM.

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Right. In addition to this:

 

Feel free to equip the party with any standard items / weapons from Pillars of Eternity 1. If you have other ideas for gear, feel free to include those as well, but we can't make any guarantees that non-standard items will make it in. 

If you want to include the special item as well just make sure to specify what item it is when it comes to send in your design to the team.

 

Please have a look here: http://forums.obsidi...-bastards-crew/


Edited by Boeroer, 16 February 2017 - 01:02 AM.

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Only 15 backers so far? Come ooon ye bastardy bros!

 

Open your hearrrts, rum barrrels and moneybags!

 

The biggest donator will get a special BIB build from me. Her/his name will be honorably mentioned a couple of times in the build description. This build will lick her/his boots (figuratively).

But listen: At the end of the day, the Boeroer design team is going to write the build - this isn't a way for the biggest donator to play fancy boisterous builder.
Gender, race, class, general direction, name, skilling and equipment of the build are debateable though. We will contact the supreme donator to set up the idea. There will be a lot of back and forth through email. It will be great. You'll love it. ;)

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Very happy to hear that funding our own lil' pirate crew will extend beyond the Fig campaign. That way I'll still be able to contribute. Arrr.

(By the way, doesn't it strike you people as weird that we are funding a pirate crew? I mean, shouldn't pirates be self-funding? Or are these, perhaps, extremely inefficient pirates? Inquiring minds need to know!)


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I would so like to add some cash to your pile but I don't have paypal :(

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At the bottom of the donation page there are some options how you could donate without a paypal account. In some countries it works via credit card or bank account. 


Edited by Boeroer, 16 February 2017 - 06:10 AM.


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At the bottom of the donation page there are some options how you could donate without a paypal account. In some countries it works via credit card or bank account.


wut, where? I don't see anything like that

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Have a look at the red bordered thingy down below: :)

 

screenshot_paypal_without_account.png


Edited by Boeroer, 16 February 2017 - 06:22 AM.


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Have a look at the red bordered thingy down below: :)

 

screenshot_paypal_without_account.png

 

That link "continue" can lead you to a page though where you are asked to create a PayPal account. It doesn't really make sense...

 

That said if you have a credit card it should be very easy to set up a PayPal account with it :)



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Yeah it depends on your country. In some it's possible to pay via bank account or credit card directly.

 

A paypal account is for free. Here in Germany for example it's sufficient to have a bank account - you don't even need a credit card.


Edited by Boeroer, 16 February 2017 - 06:34 AM.


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Funny observation:

 

68 people who voted

15 people who donated

 

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