This Week at Lavaboots: Pirate Kings and Quests

7:41 AM willsterling23 0 Comments

Hey everyone!

We hope you're having a great week and perhaps even having some new adventures in Salt! We want to give you guys an update as to what's been going on Lavaboots this week and the progress we're making towards the next update.

Pirate Kings

As you may know, the next update is going to feature a brand new pirate island. These new islands are going to have the most variety in pirate types, and even a pirate boss. The pirate boss won't always be there however, so you'll have to figure out how to summon him. The new boss will be called a Pirate King. These Pirate Kings are going to be tough. Really tough. But don't worry, they are going to drop some pretty neat items...

This week we've been working on getting these new pirates ready to go, doing some balancing, creating their loot, and programming some logic needed for the new bosses.

Side Quests

Also this week we've been working on adding side quests relevant to the new pirate islands. These quests will be given by merchants you find and involve some task related to the new pirate islands. You may be asked to seek revenge and kill a certain pirate, or uncover some secret lore in the game. These quests will of course reward you with some good new gear. We've got a few ideas here and are working to make quests more interesting and add depth. 

We are still working on finalizing the visuals of the island and doing some testing, but we expect this update to be out soon!

- Will Sterling (Sound Lead and Game Design)


This Week at Lavaboots: Loot, Lore, and Fish

7:05 AM willsterling23 1 Comments

Hey all!

This week at Lavaboots we've been working on more content related to the upcoming pirate islands. Namely, we've been adding in new loot, writing some new lore, and designing new fish.


If you don't know already, our next update will feature a brand new pirate island with some of the toughest pirates in game yet. We want to make sure these pirates drop some good gear and make the challenge worth it. There are numerous pirate types on the new islands, including a possible Pirate King that carries some very valuable loot, but we'll keep the details secret for now. We've also added a new gold chest to these islands with some neat items as well.


In addition to new loot, we want these islands to have a slew of new lore books at well. The new lore will feature journals, notes, mythology, and possibly even hint to some secrets. We try to add more lore in with each update that is fun, relevant, and mysterious. 


In this update we are also adding new fish exclusive to the new pirate islands. We love fishing in Salt, and we always want there to be tons of fish in the game so you're always left guessing if you've caught them all. 

Stay tuned next week for more updates on our progress towards the new pirate islands! Thanks for reading!

- Will Sterling (Sound Lead and Game Design)


This Week at Lavaboots: Royal Guards, Music, and Visuals

7:05 AM willsterling23 4 Comments

Hello fellow sea swabbies!

We wanted to give you guys an update as to what we've been working on this week. As you may know. our next update is going to feature a brand new pirate island. This new pirate island is going to be the toughest one yet, and as such have some nice loot.

Over the next few weeks we'll be revealing more details about the island as it develops. So let's dive into what's been going on this week!

New Pirate NPC's 

Royal. Majestic. Deadly. 

This week John has been hard at work designing some of the new pirates that will be featured on these islands. So far we've got quite a number of new pirates you can expect to see on these islands. Some will include Pirate Herbalists, Brutes, Royal Guards, and even a Pirate King. These NPC's will all have their own unique loot tables and rewards for defeating. But beware, they will be tougher than any pirates you've faced before. 

New Music

The Pirate King is a special pirate. So special in fact, that he gets his own music. This week I've been composing and designing new boss music for the Pirate King. I'm pretty proud of what we've got so far and I think you're going to like it. Boss music makes for much more epic battles and gives you a feeling of accomplishments. And trust me, killing a Pirate King will definitely feel like an accomplishment. 

New Visuals

This week Robert has been heavily focused on planning and designing the visuals of the new islands. We won't give away too much yet until it's finalized, but these islands will unique compared to other islands. We always want you to be able to spot a particular island type from off shore and these islands are no exception. 

Thanks for reading and let us know your thoughts! 

- Will Sterling (Sound Lead and Game Design)


Dev Update: New Pirate Islands

8:05 AM willsterling23 1 Comments

Hey everyone!

We hope you guys are enjoying the recently released Cartography Update! We've been very excited to finally have that update out there so you can start mapping your world!

Today I want to talk about what our next update is going to look like and what you can expect.

Tier 3 Pirate Islands

With our next update we are introducing what we call tier 3 pirate islands. These islands will contain some of the toughest enemies in the game, and as such, some of the best loot. As we've mentioned before, right now we are focused on implementing the remainder of the main story and this update is part of that. 

We've been spending the past week designing and planning what the update will feature and what content the islands will contain. I want to just go over briefly some of our ideas and what you can expect from this update. 

New Enemies

As you can imagine, these new islands will feature brand new pirates and a new pirate boss. These enemies are going to pretty tough and provide quite a challenge. In some ways, we want these islands to act as sort of "end game" pirate islands if you will. You'll need to be well geared to adventure to these lands. 

Gold Chests

With this update we'll also be introducing gold chests that can be found on the new islands. These will require a gold key and contain some very nice loot. As of right now the plan is to have gold chests exclusive to tier 3 pirate islands, though we may expand upon this in the future. 

More Fish and Quests

We love fishing. So with this update we'll also be adding in some exclusive fish that can only be caught near these new pirate islands. In addition to new items and enemies, we are also going to be adding in new side quests relevant to these islands. 

New Lore

We try our best to chock Salt full of interesting, fun, and relevant lore. With this update we'll be adding exclusive lore books that can only be found on these islands. 

Stay tuned for more information over the coming weeks as we progress along this update!

- Will Sterling (Sound Lead and Game Design)