After you get far away from your starting island and travel into the open sea you’ll start to see many Pirate Ships. These are really dangerous because if they decide to hit you and you’re on a Raft — you are dead. You can craft and command you own ship but it takes a lot of resources to craft a Ship, especially Wood.
Pirate Ships always have a commander, a set of people who do things around the Ship and fighters that control the Cannons. If you do not have other people, you can also hire A.I. players to control the Cannons for you.
When Ships get destroyed they will drop item crates into the Sea which you can then claim. These crates can often have things such as Gold and resources so they are a great thing to pick up if you’ve just started out sailing on your Raft and have nothing.
Atlas MMO is a party focused game. Everyone loves playing in a party and you should too! A party (named company in Atlas) can be made by inviting a player to your Company. Having lots of friends in your Company will let you have different people specialized in different Skill Tree fields which allows you to easily claim lands and destroy your opponents. Whilst commanding a ship is possible with only yourself (you can hire A.I. bots on your ship) it’s always preferable to have friends who will have your back and it’ll be much more fun for everyone.
When you assemble a party, find an island and make it your own. You can do so by pressing the F1 key and placing a Flag which will start claiming the land around you. As long as nobody owns the land you’re trying to claim the process will be automatic (otherwise you have to kill them) and you just have to be in the area around the flag while it captures the land. Claiming an area will allow you and your crew to build whatever you want on it.
The main goal for you and your crew should be to build a small base — shipyard so you can build a ship and having friends to help speed up the process is neat.