Infamy determines the leader and the ultimate winner of the match (pressing the TAB key while in the match displays the current infamy status).
Gain gold and a small health boost by sailing near and collecting the wreckage of a pirate or merchant ship. The amount of gold varies by how much was being carried when sunk.
Gold only has value in the current match, so use it on ship upgrades (indicated at the bottom left of the screen) or when using the ship's special ability.
Upgrading the hull of the ship allows a pirate to be more daring when entering battle. An upgraded ship hull will appear larger with additional structures, but more important is the amount of health obtained and resistance to damage! Without a hull upgrade, the maximum health is 500. With one hull upgrade, health goes to 625 and with two hull upgrades health goes to 750! Health is lost when attacked by other pirates, colliding with other ships, or running aground. Ramming damage is reduced also by hull upgrades ( 0 / 10% / 20%).
Regaining health during the match takes skill and is accomplished in only three ways.
Add more Sails! While speed might not seem important, it does provide a lot of utility.
Upgrading the Firepower increases the number of cannons on each side of the ship (3/4/5) and the effectiveness of each shot landed. Since there are more cannons to reload, the time between shots increases slightly (5.2/5.55/5.77 seconds)
Each ship has unique offensive and defensive abilities that become amplified with additional upgrades. Learning how to master these abilities can make life pretty bad for other pirates!
Winning the game has to do with the amount of infamy gained throughout the match. Attacking other pirates that have upgraded different abilities may result in you seeing Davy Jones. Go Fast? More Cannons? More Health? Maybe strategy and timing are more important...
Thanks to SiranGaming