I’ve wasted a couple of hours on Port Royale again. I got another captain to a high enough experience level to do automatic trading and sent him with a convoy to trade in the large central area of the Caribbean. After a couple of rounds, he was bringing in about 1000 gold per day, so he’ll be a nice addition to my income. I also have a different captain working the small trade route between the two towns I have properties in. This one is bringing in about 500 a day, so not as much, put still quite nice.

Port Royale 2 - Town View

This is yesterday’s, because I keep forgetting to take screenshots.

I also tried my luck with the first scenario that isn’t a tutorial, but I failed in a very epic fashion, meaning I still have a lot to learn about the game. Still, I’m getting there.Thanks to all this, some warehouse management and investing, I got up to around 400 thousand or so, and I’m growing at an insane rate. I already have a nice wood industry going, a bunch of wheat and cotton plantations, several residential buildings and I’ve just built a cloth factory. My plan is to keep getting building permits in locations around my base of operations and focus on further increasing my passive income, so I can stop trading with my primary convoy, and start doing other fun stuff in the Caribbean.

I bought Port Royale 2 way back in the last Christmas sale on Steam, if I remember correctly. I never really got around playing it, though the reason for that escapes me. It’s a fun Caribbean trade/pirate game, not too simple, but also not to complex. You trade goods, fight sea battles, build up or conquer towns and fight in wars as a buccaneer.

Today, I played through the tutorial scenarios, and even managed to lose the last one, so that leaves four more scenarios to finish. The game isn’t really about finishing scenarios, though. The “Free Play” mode is where Port Royale shines. You start out in a town of your choice, with a small ship, a building permit and 30.000 in cash and you get to build your trade empire or pirate fleet, whatever you prefer.

Port Royale 2 - Town

You can also buy out and improve towns to get ahead. I threw a feast in my home town here.

After completing the tutorials, this is exactly what I did. I started the free play mode and played for a couple of hours. I got one of my captains to four experience and sent him to do trading on his own, bought another ship and hired another captain, built a bunch of farms and houses in the starting town and traded up to a couple of hundred thousand. My plans are to get more captains on auto-trading, increase my passive profits and eventually build a fleet big enough to start some fighting.

I’ll probably play some more tonight.