The Heyday of sailing shipsBounty Bay Online puts gamers in the heyday of sailing ships. With their own boat, they can explore the known world (accurately recreated from 14-15th century maps) and visit 60 harbour cities in America, Australia, Africa and Asia, but they can also set course towards European cities, such as London. There, from the third person perspective, players can drop anchor and explore the capital.
Gamers can choose their path to fame and fortune. They can act as a blood thirsty pirate, or as a peaceful fisherman. Or, if you're not a huge fan of water you can become a farmer, a blacksmith or a lumberjack.
Also, a career as a trader is possible – thanks to the trading system that calculates all the prices based on supply and demand. The political situation also has an influence on how business runs – if the situation between Britain and Portugal is somewhat strained for example, then it will be difficult to sell your products in Lisbon.
If one prefers sabre over silver, then the way of the skull might be the preferred choice. Pirates can attack and conquer cities, fight sea battles and capture other ships. They can collect goods from sunken ships, and sell them in the next best harbour, if there's no price on their head yet or if they bribed the city guards – otherwise, they might have to sail to special pirate nests instead.
Every member of the Bounty Bay Online world has its own ships. At the beginning you have a simple boat, but while playing you gain access to better ships, for example, a beautiful frigate with a hand-picked crew. With those vessels, one can even explore the more dangerous waters. Throughout the game there is a lot to explore – from the pyramids of Gizeh to the Great Wall of China and all findings are entered automatically into the logbook, so that every gamer writes his own book of fame and adventure.