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The reason for this upturn in PvP is because of the cost of sieges. As a guild you have to bid on the right to be able to attack a castle. Right now minimum bid is 500-600 gold and that is sure to rise. Gold and resources have become important again, so people are once again making and fighting for the best form of income.At the moment the best form of income is world bosses such as the kracken. I know a lot of people here hate the idea of PvE'ing in a game. If it was instanced(and boring), I would agree with you. However in this case every thing about the fight encourages PvP. Lets break it down a bit.The fight is relatively simple. It takes 20 or so minutes. The kracken drops something like 5000g (or is it 8k)+, plus a high level weapon. To top it off, when you kill the kracken, it drops 50 tentacle "trade packs" that have to be transported to port for gold(you can imagine the PvP that can happen from just trying to get these trade packs to port). For a prize like this, people do fight over it.
Anyway our night pretty much went like this.Raid formed with just under 50 people attending. We assembled in kracken area, getting ready to engage. The other faction turns up, to stop us killing the kracken. A MASSIVE sea battle ensures. 8vs8+ galleons, 50 vs 50-60+.. Ships are destroyed on both sides both from cannon fire and ships being destroyed by the kracken.We then spend the next hour or so doing piracy of sorts, stopping the other faction from fighting the kracken. Hunting the west faction on the sea, we board ships, kill everyone on board and drive their ship towards the kracken, destroying their boats. We probably destroyed around 8 galleons in this fashion.Next we head to liberty island, where the big pirate guilds are unloading 2x full trade ships. Mass PvP breaks out.. Originally it starts out around 20-25 on 30. We take the trade ships and start unloading all the trade packs. Re-inforcements turn up from both sides. Our raid swells in numbers to about 50 again, pirates number around 80 or so. Another friendly guild also shows up taking the total numbers well in excess of 150 battling it out. The battle for the trade packs (and general PvP) goes on until all the trade packs are turned in. There is a lot of feeling between the factions, which has been missing for me in games for a long long time.Once again we are off to hunt the other faction on the high seas and to stop them killing the kracken (or to kill the kracken ourselves).. This time we are too late to stop them killing the kracken, but once again PvP breaks out.. Another big naval battle and lots of boarding and killing of the enemy faction.
4 hours of open world PvP madness.