Enter Black Beard as your name. You will be attacked less, and some ships will give up when you attack them.
Trading is the best way to build money. Get a good bookkeeper. Three of the better ones are Antoine Fitch in London, Jacob Walwiek in Bordeux, and Benito in Alexandria. Always buy at the lowest possible price and sell at the highest price. Good routes are Hamburg to Copenhagen (buy dye and glassware), Istanbul to Athens (buy carpet and art), and Cairo to Mecca (the specials of both).
Go to Bristol and invest $50,000 in the shipyard every month for three to five months. Afterwards, ask the shipyard worker for a new ship. He will show you several new ships including frigates and barges.
Hint: Full-rig ship:
You can purchase the best battleship in the game at Hamburg and Antwerp. Invest 50,000 gold at the shipyards at Antwerp and Hamburg from three to five months. Afterwards, go to the shipyard and buy new ship. The second screen of ships should have the frigate and the full-rig ship. Invest in both at one time and you will be able to build two at a time. They are better than the barge in battle and sea.
The best trade ship is the Tekkhouson. Invest 50,000 gold at the shipyard in Sakia from three to five months. You now should be able to purchase a Tekkhouson. Arrange it at first, then sail back to Europe. It is the fastest ship and has the second or third largest cargo capacity.
Hint: Easy Battle experience:
Go to Tunis. Select a weak pirate. When he comes out, bombard him and challenge him to a duel. Make sure you are well equipped with a ‘B’ or better sword and armor. During the duel, have him at your mercy by keeping him at about 50 life points. Do not kill him. Use weak level 1 attacks until he can survive. Keep doing this for ten attacks and the duel will end. Challenge him repeatedly to level up. Note: This works best if you have a barge and have sunk all other nearby ships.
Hint: Easy money:
Build up your fame until the King of Portugal wants to meet you. Complete the assignment, talk to the princess, and offer flowers or profess love until she says that she is grateful for the treatment. Ask her father for assistance. Do as she says and ask for 10,000. Repeat as needed to get as much money as needed.
Deposit money into a Marco Polo bank at the end of a month. Stay in the lodge until the month ends. Return to the bank and you will receive 3% more than you deposited. Repeat this every month for easy money.
Hint: Faster battles:
Hold Y on the battlefield during your opponent’s turn.
Hint: Stat boost:
When first starting the game, refuse the default stats about 75 times. You will eventually start to see better stats offered.