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PeterSJ
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The 13 colonies, British client nations, consist of 3 nations. They dominate the (middle of the) north American east coast, and are the fore-runners of the United States. Of course we don't know whether the United States will emerge again this time around, as that requires for these three nations to work together and fight a very difficult independence war. But then again, maybe the British will just grant the independence without a war. Or maybe they will allow the colonies a lot of freedom. Or maybe another nation will sweep in and ruin the party. Who is to know?   

In any case, these 3 nations are united in a Union. A union is something nations enter into or leave. It has no real power, but the nations in a Union appoint a joint President that represents them in diplomatic business. This President will try to get the nations aligned and will travel the world representing them. But this President can't change a diplomatic status without the approval of all nations. And a nation can leave the union at any time.

For the United States to ever emerge, the gamers in these nations must work together and agree in an extraordinary way. It demonstrates again what an exceptional thing it is that the United States have come into existence at all!

client nation New England Colonies north america
capital Boston north america
capital port Boston north america
port New Haven north america
port Portsmouth north america
port Newport north america
client nation Middle Colonies north america
capital Philadelphia north america
capital port Philadelphia north america
port New Castle north america
port Cape May north america
port New York City north america
client nation Southern Colonies north america
capital Charles Towne north america
capital port Charles Towne north america
port Wilmington north america
port Williamsburg north america
port Savannah north america
port Annapolis north america

13 Colonies (Union Flag)

New England Colonies

Middle Colonies

Southern Colonies

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Topic starter Posted : October 12, 2019 3:28 pm
PeterSJ
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As we know the 13 Colonies are part of the British Empire, however, in this game they are also 3 nations. These nations can work together (in a Union), go their separate ways, go for independence, even conquer each other. They each have their own government, their own standing army and navy, their own economy to be run. Only, at the beginning, with the British appointing their Prime-Minister.   

Each nation needs their own flag. Most nations had a historic flag that can be used, but with the 13 Colonies that is a bit harder. Each Colony would have a flag, but a flag uniting the groups of Colonies were not common in 1750. For that reason in this case we have to use some imagination.

The New England Colonies actually had a flag (or different flags) representing them. This design seems the most realistic to use, as it seems to have been used in the mid 18th century and is still sometimes used today. 

The middle colonies had no uniting flag that we can find. So we took this design from a flag designers blog, where people put forward proposals of what it could have been.

The southern colonies also had no uniting flag that we can find. So we also took this design from a flag designers blog, where people put forward proposals of what it could have been. Note that we don't chose the southern cross, as that would be an anachronism. We rather choose an invention 'that could have been' over a later flag that would be clearly out of time in 1750, or indeed, belongs to a single state instead of a union.  

So do you agree with these choices? Or do you have better design proposals? Or have we missed real existing flags of the mid 18th century that represent the groups of colonies?

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Topic starter Posted : November 19, 2019 10:50 am
Heptarch
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@petersj

I like the designs for the New England and Southern Colonies. 

The Middle Colonies one I'm a little lukewarm on. I like the blue field (and the fact that the field for each group is different, reflecting the three colors of the US and UK flags).

But the canton in the flag doesn't really make sense. If you really like the horizontal, alternating red and white stripes, might I suggest four of them instead of seven to represent the four Middle Colonies (PA, DE, NY and NJ)?

Alternatively, maybe the canton could have a different device. A red field with crossed sickle (symbolizing the Middle Colonies' status as the breadbasket of the Union) and shepherd's staff (symbolizing both animal husbandry and the unique history of religious tolerance in the Middle Colonies) in white (symbolizing that both sickle and staff should be interpreted as instruments of peace)? Perhaps those devices over a maize/wheat colored field instead of red? If that was used, the crossed sickle and staff should probably be dark colored for contrast. 

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Posted : November 19, 2019 6:06 pm
PeterSJ
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@heptarch

Thanks! This was the logic of the maker of the flag, one Maddish on The Voice of Vexillology, Flags & Heraldry

So there was some thought to it.

I have no particular preferences. I'll wait a bit for more suggestions or designs, and then will re-visit the designs.

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Topic starter Posted : November 19, 2019 8:06 pm
Heptarch
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@petersj

I'm interested to see what the community comes up with, as well. 

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Posted : November 19, 2019 8:14 pm
PeterSJ
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@heptarch

Me too. I'm not an American, so I'm just going by what I can find. It would be nice to get the input from people from the USA, like you, to make sure it's going to be the best possible design. Flags matter!

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Topic starter Posted : November 19, 2019 8:20 pm
Reh3dZone
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Interesting flags. Will the flags change if they form a union and gain independence from England? What about any of the other colonies from other nations; if they gain independence will their flags change?

Also, it would be my opinion that the Southern Colonies flag would most resemble the early 1700s upper left corner Union Jack Colonial with the white escutcheon in the center over top the Queen Anne's Red. The reason being that Georgia and the Carolinas were hard core loyalists for the longest time. (Inside the escutcheon would have the governor's emblem, but that's not needed.)

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Posted : November 19, 2019 9:55 pm
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@reh3dzone

The designer of that southern colonies flag also had his reasons, I quote:

"This flag represents the Five Southern Colonies that rebelled against Congress (British Parliament) on July 4, 1776.  The middle blue star represents Virginia, the first of English Colonies.  The top star represents Maryland.  The hoist star represents South Carolina.  The fly-ward star represents North Carolina, and the southern star represents Georgia. The design pays tribute to the flag of Scotland where many Southerns originated from, likewise an echo of Jamaica is honored due to the African-Jamaican cultural link of many Southerners. Like the Scots-Irish in the USA, we have the Afro-Jamaikish.  The Scotch-Irish are a double transplant from Scotland to Ireland to the USA.  In concordance the Afro-Jamaikish are double transplants from Africa to Jamaica to America."

I have no preferences, and also little personal knowledge of the region to argue anything, so if there is any other consensus from the community that makes some historical sense I'd gladly adopt another model.

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Topic starter Posted : November 19, 2019 11:22 pm
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@reh3dzone

There is a Union structure in the game in which nations can join if their governments choose to. It's a very loose alliance form, as the nations remain in charge of their own governments, they have a President as a foreign affairs representative, but this President still needs unanimous approval from the nations to enforce any policy. Nations can leave a Union at any time too.

A Union can have its own flag too. So something like the USA can be re-created. But I am personally very skeptical, as this would require very close cooperation between different nations. I think Rulers of the Sea might very well teach us that it was quite a miracle in history that something like the USA came about. It might be more likely that one of the colony nations simply conquers the others and imposes a joint government.

But first get rid of Britain, that will not be easy. The colonies in 1750 were not yet economic powerhouses, so a lot would need to be done. A lot of growth.

Oh, and no, a flag of a nation doesn't change. Unless a Monarch would agree to it. That would be an unusual and custom event.

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Topic starter Posted : November 19, 2019 11:33 pm
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@petersj

Just out of curiosity... when/if a Union wins independence, will they be allowed to choose the name of the new nation?  For example, if the 13 colonies rebel and succeed in gaining their independence, MUST they be called the United States of America?  Or might they call themselves something else (within reason) like Columbian Union or Atlantic Confederation, etc)?

For that matter, when someone discovers a heretofore undiscovered port, will they be allowed to name it?  Again, within reason or under the censorious eye of the GMs/Monarch?

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Posted : November 20, 2019 12:20 am
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@heptarch

Under censorship of the Monarch all these things can be done. There is no game mechanism that allows gamers to change names, and even undiscovered ports are already named. But there are some cases in which a name change will be necessary, and probably many more cases where it will be a passionate wish. For instance: current Peru was called the Viceroyalty of Peru. That is very much a name influenced by the Spanish Empire. If it would gain independence, or even taken over by another nation, than that name would naturally need to be changed.

So we will build the game in such a way that names can be changed. A Prime-Minister can request that of the Monarch, and then it will be judged on its merit, where we will always try to stay as close to historic authenticity as possible. But as the premise is also to rewrite history, of course name changes can reflect that too.

Unions however can be founded by nation governments, and also named by them. The founders can choose any name for them. If the Monarch isn't amused by the name of course, he/she might ask to alter it.

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Topic starter Posted : November 20, 2019 12:57 am
Heptarch
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@petersj

Excellent. I understand why it isn't something that the game developers will want happening all the time, so the idea that it's a rare thing that the Monarch has a say in... but that it's POSSIBLE... is all I was hoping to hear.

From the standpoint of a gamer, in a game like this the possibility of leaving a lasting legacy can be incredibly important.  Perhaps it might be difficult and rare.  Perhaps it SHOULD be difficult and rare.  But having that as a goal will keep a lot of people motivated, I feel.

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I like the Southern Colony flag with the exception of the red bar, very evocative of a flag out of time; maybe make the red bar a horizontal stripe, or 2 red horizontal stripes/bars separated by a white or blue (similar to a Carolinian flag)?

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@petersj

Does each client nation have the same Army and Navy caps as their parent nation?

By that I mean, will the Southern Colonies, for instance, be allowed three Naval Fleets just as Great Britain has?

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Posted : December 4, 2019 5:07 pm
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@heptarch

Yes. You've laid the finger on tactical advantages. Imagine nations are rich enough to maximize the army and navy, and with the most powerful options available, and they have the gamer base to fill them up too, then the limit of such a nation is in the maximum size of fleets and divisions. That is how ultimately the game is balanced. China, for instance, with a massive population (huge tax income) and a lot of gamer potential can probably easily achieve this. Yet, China is only one nation. They can only send 3 full fleets out. That curtails their power.

So now we have the 13 Colonies, three nations with each 3 fleets. If they manage to be economically powerful enough, have enough gamers and work together, it's 9 coordinated fleets. That's a big military machine.

However, Britain has a lot of client nations, and so do other big powers. They can count the 3 'USA' nations among them, but also Scotland, Ireland, Hanover, Hudson Bay Company, etc., etc. Britain, and a few other nations, have a lot of power if they manage to populate those nations and have the funds. Providing they can keep all those nations together and fight for them effectively. The Ottomans, the Dutch, the Spanish, the Portuguese, the French, the Danes, all have several client nations at the start of the game. The Asian nations tend not to have many, but they are economically pretty substantial, so if they manage to unite it might change quickly. That is why there are the mechanics to form unions between nations. The 13 Colonies are already a union at the start of the game. Any ambitions for world domination by a single nation are unrealistic, no matter how rich and populous they are. You need to form unions and work with allies to really dominate, or gather a lot of client nations by conquest and make them work well for you.

So there are two models that can work in truly dominating the world. The Napoleonic dictator model, where you subdue a vast amount of other nations and make them work for you effectively. Or the 'NATO' model, where you create a strong union of nations with the same interests.

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• Avoid double posting. We will delete duplicate threads or posts on the same questions created by a user.

• Make sure that the thread you are posting on is relevant for your issue). Also, make sure that the thread is not outdated or relates to issues that have already been fixed or dealt with by us.

• Please only post information relevant for the thread and avoid discussing personal matters or topics unrelated to our Services.

• Create a new thread or find another related thread if you have multiple queries. Do not add further queries to an existing thread.

• Be careful about the information that you post. Keep in mind that your posts will be available for all users of the Community. We will only remove posts upon your request, as outlined in Section 4 below.

• Always use an appropriate and respectful language when you post information in the Community. Avoid racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive language that could be considered detrimental to other users, or Deadeye Games’ employees or moderators.

• Do not post information or create threads for the promotion or advertisement of commercial products or services.

• In the spirit of integrity, please do not post information such as name, address, personal identification number, social security number, email address, credit card information, or other personal information of other persons. Also make sure that you have all legal rights and/or consents to post any information or other material that you provide or link to through the Community.

• For obvious reasons, do not post links to malware, Trojan viruses, or otherwise malicious content.

• Deadeye Games employees and moderators will identify themselves in the Community by using the Deadeye Games logo as avatars. Do not use any Deadeye Games and/or RotS logo or trade name as your avatar or user name, or otherwise pose as a Deadeye Games employee or moderator when posting in the Community.

3. Reward program

Our customer champion and rewards program is based on the amount of “Medals” received and quality of responses by a user. No posting of artificial responses or other manipulation of the reward program is allowed. Please remember that Rots’ decisions relating to rewards will be final and binding.

4. Moderation and reporting

RotS moderators may remove or edit user posts that, in our sole discretion, violate the Guidelines or the Terms of Services without prior notification to the author. Remember that use of the Community in conflict with the Guidelines or the Terms of Services also may result in immediate termination or suspension of your support account. Please help us to protect integrity and to maintain the Community as helpful as possible by reporting any inappropriate activity or user posts in the Community. Inappropriate content or activity may be reported by using the abuse button under the thread options.

5. Miscellaneous

We may change the Guidelines at any time, at its sole discretion. Any material changes will be communicated to you and your acceptance of and/or continued use of the Community after such notification of change will constitute your acceptance of such changes. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of the Guidelines and the Terms of Services, the provisions of the Terms of Services shall prevail.

Forum Policy – Support Community Terms

Welcome to the Rulers of the Sea (hereinafter referred to as “RotS”) Support Community Terms and Guidelines (the “Community Terms”).

Thanks for choosing the RotS Support Community (the “Community”). The Community is a place for discussions and exchange of information, tips, and other materials related to the RotS Service.
By using the Community, you agree to these Community Terms, our Terms of Services and our Privacy Policy and the Guidelines (the “Terms”).

These Terms constitute a legally binding agreement between you and Deadeye Games B.V, so please read them carefully. If you do not agree to the Terms, please do not use the Community. Some of the terms, such as “RotS Service” used in these Community Terms are defined in our Terms of Services.

Deadeye Games B.V. is a private company with limited liability and incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands, having its registered office in The Hague and its principal place of business at XX. Deadeye Games is the developer of the RotS game. Deadeye Games B.V. is sometimes also referred to as “Deadeye Games”; “we”, “us” or “our”.

1. Community Account.

In order to use the Community, you must (1) have an existing RotS account; and (2) create a “Community Account” by following the instructions on the Community registration page. You must ensure that your registration information is true, accurate and complete, and that you keep it up to date. We may reclaim or amend your username at any time. It is strictly prohibited to include any information in your profile that suggests you are a Deadeye Games B.V. employee or moderator, or to otherwise pose as such an employee or moderator when using the Community.

2. No official support

Information, advice or other material of any kind posted on the Community (“Content”) is not official support provided by Deadeye Games. For official support with account related and payment related questions, please submit a ticket to our customer service department using the contact button. You acknowledge that opinions expressed in Content on the Community are those of contributors of such Content only and does not reflect the opinions or policies of Deadeye Games or its affiliates or group companies.

3. Content, moderation and reporting

You are responsible for all Content that you post on the Community. We do not control and assumes no responsibility for such Content or any Content posted by other users. We reserve the right to moderate the activity on the Community and may remove or edit any Content for any or no reason, including, but not limited to, Content that, in our sole discretion, violates these Community Terms. We may remove or edit such Content without prior notification to the responsible user. Remember that use of the Community in conflict with any of the Terms may result in immediate termination or suspension of your accounts (see the Term and Termination section below). Please help us to protect the integrity of the Community and to ensure that the Community remains as helpful as possible by reporting any inappropriate activity or user posts in the Community.

4. Guidelines

The integrity and safety of our Community and our users means a lot to us. In order to keep the Community as efficient and helpful as possible, we expect you to observe our Guidelines.

5. Reward Program

The Community features a reward system whereby RotS, in its sole discretion, may reward users based on their overall contribution to the Community. You acknowledge that our decision in respect of any reward shall be final and binding. We may change or remove the reward system at its discretion from time to time.

6. Limited license

You grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, make available to the public, publish, translate, create derivative works from and distribute any Content or feedback that you post on or otherwise provide through the Community and to exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to such Content or feedback, without any attribution to you.

7. Term and termination

These Community Terms will become effective in relation to you when you create a RotS Community Account and will remain in effect until you terminate your RotS Community Account or the earlier termination by us thereof. You may terminate your RotS Community Account at any time by contacting us. Without limiting its other rights to terminate access to the Community, we reserves the right to terminate or suspend your RotS Community Account at any time if, in our sole discretion, you are in contravention of any of the Terms. If we terminates or suspends your RotS Community Account for any reason whatsoever, we or other companies of the Deadeye Games Group, shall have no liability or responsibility to you. Please note that if your RotS Community Account is terminated by you or us for any reason, Content that you have posted may be kept in the Community in an anonymized form.

8. No warranty

The use of the Community is at your own risk. The Community is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. To the fullest extent possible under applicable law, we give no warranty, express or implied, as to the quality, content and availability or fitness for a specific purpose of the Community. In addition, we do not warrant, endorse, guarantee or assume responsibility for any Content posted on the Community or any hyperlinked website. As with any information or advice, obtained through any medium or in any environment, you should use your judgment and exercise caution where appropriate. No advice or information whether oral or in writing obtained by you from us or any other company of the Deadeye Games Group shall create any warranty on behalf of Deadeye Games in this regard.

9. Limitation of liability

In no event shall Deadeye Games, its group companies officers, directors, employees, licensors of RotS or any third parties be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages (including but not limited to any loss of data, service interruption, computer failure or pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the Community, even if you have advised us about the possibility of such loss, and including any damages resulting therefrom. Your only right with respect to any problems or dissatisfaction with the Community is to terminate your account as set out in Section 9 above and to stop using the Community. Nothing in these Community Terms removes or limits our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation, death or personal injury caused by its negligence.

10. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold Deadeye Games, the Deadeye Games Group and its officers, directors, employees and licensors harmless from any claim or demand (including but not limited to reasonable legal fees) made by a third party due to or arising out of or related to your violation of these Community Terms or the Guidelines, or your violation of any laws, regulations or third party rights.

11. Intellectual property

We respect intellectual property rights, and expect you to do the same. Please note therefore that the Community is the property of Deadeye Games, its group companies or its licensors and is protected by intellectual property rights (including but not limited to copyright) and that you do not have a right to use the Community in any manner not covered by these Community Terms.

12. Technology limitations and modifications

We will make reasonable efforts to keep the Community operational. However, certain technical difficulties or maintenance may, from time to time, result in temporary interruptions. We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Community or any of its functions and features with or without notice. If we modifies or discontinues the Community for any of the reasons set out above in this Section 14, we or any other company of the Deadeye Games Group, shall have no liability or responsibility to you.

13. Privacy

When you sign up for a use the Community, Deadeye Games and its hosting providers may gather, store, share and use your personal data. The privacy and security of your user data is – and will remain – our highest priority. You can read more about our privacy practices in the Privacy Policy, which includes information about your privacy, your rights and how to exercise them.

14. Miscellaneous

We may change the Guidelines at any time, at its sole discretion. Any material changes will be communicated to you and your acceptance of and/or continued use of the Community after such notification of change will constitute your acceptance of such changes. Please do not use the Community if you do not agree to the new Terms.
In the event that the Community Terms and Guidelines are translated into other languages and there is a discrepancy between the two language versions, the English language version shall prevail.
We may assign its rights and obligations in connection these Community Terms without restrictions. You may not assign your rights or obligations in connection these Community or your Community Account, or any part thereof, to any third party.

The Community Terms and Guidelines shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of applicable to you pursuant to the our Terms of Use. Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in connection with the Community Terms and Guidelines will be subject to the jurisdiction of the court in The Hague.

Privacy Policy

Thank you for reading our Data Privacy policy carefully. By accepting them you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by this Data Privacy policy.

  1. Introduction
  2. About this Policy
  3. What is Personal and Non-Personal Data
  4. Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choices and control
  5. How do we process your personal Data?
  6. What Personal Data do we collect from you?
  7. What do we use your Personal Data for?
  8. Sharing your Personal Data
  9. Personal Data retention and deletion
  10. Transfer to other countries
  11. Links
  12. Keeping your Personal Data safe
  13. Children
  14. Updates of this Privacy Policy
  15. How to contact us

1. INTRODUCTION

Thank you for using Rulers of the Sea. At Rulers of the Sea, we want to give you the best possible gaming experience to ensure that you enjoy our service today, tomorrow, and in the future. To do this we need to understand your gaming habits so we can deliver an exceptional service specifically for you. That said, your privacy and the security of your Personal Data is, and will always be, enormously important to us. So, we want to transparently explain how and why we gather, store, share and use your Personal Data – as well as outline the controls and choices you have around when and how you choose to share your Personal Data.

This is our objective, and this Privacy Policy (“Policy”) will explain exactly what we mean in further detail below.

2. ABOUT THIS POLICY

This Policy sets out the essential details relating to your Personal Data relationship with Deadeye Games B.V., a private company with limited liability and existing under the laws of the Netherlands, having its registered office in The Hague and its principal place of business at XX and developer of the Rulers of the Sea game. The Policy applies to all Rulers of the Sea Services and any associated Services. The terms governing your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services are defined in our Terms of Services (the “Terms of Services”).

From time to time, we may develop new or offer additional Services. If the introduction of these new or additional Services results in any change to the way we collect or process your Personal Data we will provide you with more information and additional terms or policies. Unless stated otherwise when we introduce these new or additional services, they will be subject to this Policy.

The aim of this Policy is to:

  1. Ensure that you understand what Personal Data we process about you, the reasons why we collect and use it, and who we share it with;
  2. Explain the way we use an process the Personal Data that you share with us and we collect about you in order to give you the best gaming experience when you are using the Rulers of the Sea Services; and
  3. Explain your rights and choices in relation to the Personal Data we process and process about you and how we will protect your privacy.

We hope this helps you to understand our privacy commitments to you. For information on how to contact us if you ever have any questions or concerns, please see the ‘How to Contact Us’ Section 15 below. Alternatively, if you do not agree with the content of this Policy, then please remember it is your choice whether you want to use the Rulers of the Sea Services.

3. WHAT IS PERSONAL AND NON-PERSONAL DATA

“Personal Data” is Data that we have collected from you that identifies you, or which, in conjunction with other data that is in our possession, or is likely to come into our possession, may be used to identify you.

“Non-Personal Data”, is information that we have collected from you which cannot be used to identify you.

4. YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR PREFERENCES: GIVING YOU CHOICES AND CONTROL

You may be aware that European Union law, called the General Data Protection Regulation or “GDPR” gives certain rights to individuals in relation to their Personal Data. Accordingly, we have implemented additional transparency and access controls in our Privacy Center to help users take advantage of those rights. As available and except as limited under applicable law, the rights afforded to individuals are:

  1. Right of Access – the right to be informed of and request access to the Personal Data we process about you;
  2. Right to Rectification – the right to request that we amend or update your Personal Data where it is inaccurate or incomplete;
  3. Right to Erasure – the right to request that we delete your Personal Data;
  4. Right to Restrict – the right to request that we temporarily or permanently stop processing all or some of your Personal Data;
  5. Right to Object – the right, at any time, to object to us processing your Personal Data on grounds relating to your particular situation, or the right to object to your personal data being processed for direct marketing purposes;
  6. Right to Data Portability – the right to request a copy of your Personal Data in electronic format and the right to transmit that Personal Data for use in another party’s (gaming) service; and
  7. Right not to be subject to Automated Decision-making – the right to not be subject to a decision based solely on automated decision making, including profiling, where the decision would have a legal effect on you or produce a similarly significant effect.

In order to enable you to exercise these rights with ease and to record your preferences in relation to how Deadeye Games BV uses your Personal Data, we provide you with access to the following settings via your Account Settings page:

  • Privacy Settings – allows you to control some of the categories of Personal Data we process about you, enables you to access your Personal Data via a “Download my Data” button, and includes a link to the Privacy Center on RulersoftheSea.com where you can find out more information about how Rulers of the Sea process your personal data and what your rights are; and,
  • Notification Settings – allows you to choose which communications you receive from Rulers of the Sea, manage your publicly available Personal Data, and set your sharing preferences.

The Privacy Center puts you in control of how Rulers of the Sea processes your Personal Data. It provides you with information about what happens if you adjust your settings on your Account Settings page and how to opt out of receiving certain messages from Deadeye Games BV and/or Rulers of the Sea. If we send you electronic marketing messages based on your consent or as otherwise permitted by applicable law, you may, at any time, respectively withdraw such consent or declare your objection (“opt-out”) at no cost. The electronic marketing messages you receive from Deadeye Games BV and/or Rulers of the Sea (e.g. those sent via email) also will include an opt-out mechanism within the message itself (e.g. an unsubscribe link in the emails we send to you).

If you have any questions about your privacy, your rights, or how to exercise them, please contact our Data Protection Officer using the ‘Contact Us’ form on the Privacy Center. We will respond to your request within a reasonable period of time upon verification of your identity. If you are unhappy with the way we are using your Personal Data you can also contact and are free to lodge a complaint with the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoongegevens) or your local Data Protection Authority.

5. HOW DO WE PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL DATA?

We process your Personal Data in the following ways:

If you access or use our Website – when you access or use our website, we may collect certain personal data such as IP address, cookie data, requested file, browser type/version, browser language, operating system, screen resolution, JavaScript active, Java on/off, cookies on/off, colour settings, referral URL, time of access and clicks;

Through your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services – when you use the Rulers of the Sea Services, we collect Personal Data about your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services such as your email address, date of birth, gender and country;

Personal Data collected that enables us to provide you with additional features/functionalities – from time to time, you also may provide us with additional Personal Data or give us your permission to collect additional Personal Data e.g. to provide you with more features or functionalities. As described further below (see Voluntary Data), we will not collect photos, precise mobile device location, voice data, or contacts from your device without your prior consent. You always will have the option to change your mind and withdraw your consent at any time.

In general, we use log files to monitor traffic on our Website and to troubleshoot technical problems. In the event of user abuse of our Website, we may block certain IP addresses.

We (will) use anonymised and aggregated information to optimize your experience of the Rulers of the Sea Services but also for purposes that include testing our IT systems, research, data analysis, creating marketing and promotion models, improving the Rulers of the Sea Services, and developing new features and functionality within the Rulers of the Sea Services.

5.1 Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that you get the most out of the Rulers of the Sea Services. Cookies are small text files that are applied to your Internet enabled device by websites. Cookies allow us to store and then retrieve information on your computer about your visit to our Website (e.g. when you accessed the Website). We may use cookies to deliver content specific to your interest and to monitor Website usage or to simplify your visits to the Rulers of the Sea Services (for example, by remembering your login details).

Please note that the collection of information in this Section 5.1 is not mandatory. Most browsers are automatically set to accept cookies whenever you visit a website. You can disable cookies or set your browser to alert you when cookies are being sent. However, your web experience may be less satisfying without the use of cookies.

The first time you visit our Website you will be presented with a notification that we use cookies. By proceeding to use the Website you are consenting to our use of cookies as described in the Cookie Policy and this Privacy Policy.

For further information, please read our Cookie Policy.

5.2 Analytic Metrics Tools and other technology

Deadeye Games B.V. may also use its own or third-party proprietary analytic metrics tools and other analytics technologies to collect the data referred to in this Privacy Policy. We may use such technology to deliver content specific to your interest and to monitor usage of the Rulers of the Sea Services.

5.3 Misuse

In addition to Sections 5.1 and 5.2, if we reasonably suspect that any of the Rulers of the Sea Services or your Account is being or has been misused, including without limitation, by virtue of any:

  1. DoS attacks;
  2. Hacking;
  3. Cheating;
  4. Fraud;
  5. Distribution of spam and/or viruses;
  6. Gold farming;
  7. Defamation, racism, hate speech etc.;
  8. Other violations of our Terms of Services;

Deadeye Games B.V. may collect further Personal Data and Non-Personal Data to verify or refute such suspicions within the limits of applicable law and taking into account your reasonable data protection interests. We will use this Data to comply with applicable law and enforce our rights under civil and penal law against the respective users.

5.4 Customer Support

Optionally you may choose to send crash reports or contact Customer Support for any technical and commercial issues.

In addition to the data collected in Sections 5.1 to 5.3 above, the data provided by you may include:

  1. Crash reports;
  2. Further machine specifications;
  3. Screenshots;
  4. Any other data you may choose to provide.

The collection of the data set out in this Section 5.4 is not mandatory. However, we might not be able to fix bugs or handle the technical and commercial issues you have without this data. For legal reasons this information will be stored as long as your account remains open and for the applicable statues of limitations thereafter.

6.WHAT PERSONAL DATA DO WE COLLECT FROM YOU?

We have set out in the tables below the categories of Personal Data we collect and process about you:

Personal Data collected when you sign up for the Rulers of the Sea Services

Categories of Personal DataDescription of category
Account Registration Data and Commercial transactionThis is the Personal Data that is provided by you or collected by us to enable you to sign up for and use the Rulers of the Sea Services. This includes your email address, date of birth, gender and country.

Some of the Personal Data we will ask you to provide is required in order to create your account such as account ID, login ID, display name, password, community moniker, user handle, and referral code. You also have the option to provide us with some additional Personal Data in order to make your account more personalized such as birth date.

The exact Personal Data we will collect depends on the type of Rulers of the Sea Services you sign up for (paid or non-paid).

Personal data collected through your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services

Categories of Personal DataDescription of category
Rulers of the Sea Service Usage DataThis is the Personal Data that is collected about you when you are using the Rulers of the Sea Services – this may include:
  • Information about your type of Rulers of the Sea Services subscription.
  • Information about your interactions with the Rulers of the Sea Services which includes the date and time of gaming, video content you’ve watched, and your interactions with other Rulers of the Sea users.
  • User Content (as defined in the Terms of Services) your post to Rulers of the Sea including messages you send and/or receive via Rulers of the Sea and your interactions with the Rulers of the Sea Customer Service team.
  • Technical Data which may include URL information, cookie data, your IP address, unique device IDs, device attributes, network connection type (e.g. Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth) and provider, network and device performance, information enabling digital rights management, operating system, and Rulers of the Sea application version. Further details about the technical data that is processed by us can be found in our Cookies Policy.

Personal Data collected with your permission that enables us to provide you with additional features/functionalities

Categories of Personal DataDescription of category
Voluntary Mobile DataIn addition to the mobile data we collect to provide you with the Rulers of the Sea Services (outlined above), you also have the option to give us your consent to collect additional Personal Data from your (mobile) device to provide you with features/functionalities that will enhance your Rulers of the Sea Services experiences.

We will not access any of the Personal Data listed below without first obtaining your consent:

  • Your photos – If you give us permission to access your photos or camera, we will only access images that you specifically choose to share with us and metadata related to those images, such as the type of file and the size of the image. We will never scan or import your photo library or camera roll;
  • Your precise mobile device location – If you give us permission to access your precise location, this enables us to access your GPS or Bluetooth to provide location-aware functionality in the Rulers of the Sea Services. Please note that this does not include your IP address. We use your IP address to determine non-precise location, for example, what country you are in to comply with our licensing agreements;
  • Your voice data – If you give us permission to access your voice data, this enables us to access the voice commands captured via your device microphone to enable you to interact with the Rulers of the Sea Services with your voice. Please note you will always have the ability to turn off the microphone feature; and,
  • Your contacts – If you give us permission to access your contacts, this enables us to access individual contacts stored on your device to help you find friends who use Rulers of the Sea.
Payment DataWe may collect such Personal Data if you sign up for a Trial or purchase any of our Paid Subscriptions (as defined in the Terms of Services) or make other purchases through the Rulers of the Sea Services. The exact personal data collected will vary depending on the payment method (e.g. direct via your mobile phone carrier or by invoice) but will include information such as:
  • Full name;
  • Billing address (including street, ZIP code and country);
  • Credit or debit card type, expiration date, and certain digits of your card number;
  • Mobile phone number;
  • Details of your transaction history;
  • Object acquired;
  • Pledge value;
  • Confirmation email address.
Marketing DataThis Personal Data is used to enable Deadeye Games B.V. (and our partners / service providers) to send you marketing communications either:
  • Via email;
  • Whilst using the Rulers of the Sea Services; and/or
  • Direct from a third party.

You can find out more about the Personal Data collected and the controls you have in relation to the marketing communications you receive via the Privacy Center.

7. WHAT DO WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA FOR?

When you use or interact with the Rulers of the Sea Services, we use a variety of technologies to process the personal data we collect about you for various reasons. We have set out in the table below the reasons why we process your personal data, the associated legal bases we rely upon to legally permit us to process your personal data, and the categories of personal data (identified in Section 6 ‘What personal data do we collect from you?’) used for these purposes:

Description of why Rulers of the Sea processes your Personal Data (‘processing purpose’)Legal Basis for the processing purposeCategories of Personal Data used by Rulers of the Sea for the processing purpose
To provide, personalize, and improve your experience with the Rulers of the Sea Service and other services and products provided by Deadeye Games B.V., for example by providing customized, personalized, or localized content, features, and advertising on or outside of the Rulers of the Sea Services (including for third party products and services).
  • Performance of a Contract
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Account Registration Data
  • Service Usage Data
To understand how you access and use the Rulers of the Sea Services to ensure technical functionality of the Rulers of the Sea Services, develop new products and services, and analyse your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services, including your interaction with applications, advertising, products, and services that are made available, linked to, or offered through the Rulers of the Sea Services.
  • Performance of a Contract
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Account Registration Data
  • Service Usage Data
To communicate with you for Rulers of the Sea Services-related purposes.
  • Performance of a Contract
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Account Registration Data
  • Service Usage Data
To process your payment to prevent or detect fraud including fraudulent payments and fraudulent use of the Rulers of the Sea Service.
  • Performance of a Contract
  • Compliance with legal obligations
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Payment Data
To communicate with you, either directly or through one of our partners, for:
  • Marketing;
  • Research;

via emails, notifications, or other messages, consistent with any permissions you may have communicated to us (e.g., through your Account Settings page).

  • Consent
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Marketing Data
To provide you with features, information, advertising, or other content which is based on your specific location.
  • Consent
  • Voluntary Mobile Data

If you require further information about the balancing test that Rulers of the Sea has undertaken to justify its reliance on the legitimate interest legal basis under GDPR, please see Section 15 ‘How to contact us’ for further details on how to contact us.

8. SHARING YOUR PERSONAL DATA#

We have set out the categories of recipients of the Personal Data collected or generated through your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services. Please note that other than explicitly set out in this Privacy Policy, Deadeye Games B.V. will never share your Personal Information with third parties without your consent.

Publicly available information

The following Personal Data will always be publicly available on the Rulers of the Sea Services: your ID and/or username and potentially a profile picture.

Personal Data you may choose to share

The following personal data will only be shared with the categories of recipients outlined in the table below if:

  • you choose to make use of a specific Rulers of the Sea Service feature where sharing of particular Personal Data is required for the proper use of the Rulers of the Sea Services feature; or
  • you grant us your permission to share the Personal Data, e.g. by selecting the appropriate setting in the Rulers of the Sea Services.
Categories of RecipientsReason for sharing
Support CommunityWhen you register for Rulers of the Sea Support Account on the Rulers of the Sea Support Community, we will ask you to create a specific Rulers of the Sea Support Community username. This will be publicly displayed to anyone who accesses the Rulers of the Sea Support Community along with any questions or comments you post.
Your Rulers of the Sea FollowersThere also may be times when you want us to share certain Service Usage Data, specifically information about your use of Rulers of the Sea, with other Rulers of the Sea users known as ‘Your Rulers of the Sea Followers’.

Learn more about how to manage notifications, your publicly available information, and what you share with others in the ‘Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choice and control’ Section 4 of this Policy and on the Privacy Center.

Information we may share

Categories of RecipientsReason for sharing
Service Providers and OthersWe may use technical service providers which operate the technical infrastructure that we need to provide the Rulers of the Sea Services; in particular providers which host, store, manage, and maintain the Rulers of the Sea application.
We may use technical service providers to help us communicate with you, as described in Section 7 of this Policy.
We use marketing (and advertising partners) to show you more tailored content, or to help us understand your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services, to provide you with a better experience. We also may share Personal Data with certain marketing and advertising partners to send you promotional communications about Rulers of the Sea.
Rulers of the Sea PartnersWe might share your Personal Data in a pseudonymised format with marketing partners who help us with promotional efforts and with advertisers that allow us to offer a free service.
Academic ResearchersWe may share your Personal Data for activities such as statistical analysis and academic study but only in a pseudonymised format.
Other Rulers of the Sea Group CompaniesWe might share your Personal Data with other Deadeye Games B.V. Group Companies to carry out our daily business operations and to enable us to maintain and provide the Rulers of the Sea Services to you.
Law Enforcement and Data Protection AuthoritiesWe will share your Personal Data when we in good faith believe it is necessary for us to do so in order to comply with a legal obligation under applicable law, or respond to valid legal process, such as a search warrant, a court order, or a subpoena.

We also will share your personal data where we in good faith believe that it is necessary for the purpose of our own, or a third party’s legitimate interest relating to national security, law enforcement, litigation, criminal investigation, protecting the safety of any person, or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm, provided that we deem that such interest is not overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms requiring the protection of your Personal Data.

Purchasers of our businessWe will share your Personal Data in those cases where we sell or negotiate to sell our business to a buyer or prospective buyer. In this situation, Deadeye Games B.V. will continue to ensure the confidentiality of your Personal Data and give you notice before your Personal Data is transferred to the buyer or becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

9. DATA RETENTION AND DELETION

We keep your Personal Data only as long as necessary to provide you with the Rulers of the Sea Service and for legitimate and essential business purposes, such as maintaining the performance of the Deadeye Games Services, making data-driven business decisions about new features and offerings, complying with our legal obligations, and resolving disputes. We keep some of your Personal Data for as long as you are a user of the game.

If you request, we will delete or anonymise your Personal Data so that it no longer identifies you, unless, we are legally allowed or required to maintain certain Personal Data, including situations such as the following:

  1. If there is an unresolved issue relating to your account, such as an outstanding credit on your account or an unresolved claim or dispute we will retain the necessary personal data until the issue is resolved;
  2. Where we are required to retain the Personal Data for our legal, tax, audit, and accounting obligations, we will retain the necessary personal data for the period required by applicable law; and/or,
  3. Where necessary for our legitimate business interests such as fraud prevention or to maintain the security of our users.

10. TRANSFER TO OTHER COUNTRIES

Deadeye Games B.V. might share your Personal Data globally with other companies in the Deadeye Games B.V. Group in order to carry out the activities specified in this Policy. Deadeye Games B.V. may also subcontract processing to, or share your Personal Data with, third parties located in countries other than your home country. Your personal data, therefore, may be subject to privacy laws that are different from those in your country of residence.

Personal Data collected within the European Union and Switzerland may, for example, be transferred to and processed by third parties located in a country outside of the European Union and Switzerland. In such instances Deadeye Games B.V. will ensure that the transfer of your Personal Data is carried out in accordance with applicable privacy laws and, in particular, that appropriate contractual, technical, and organizational measures are in place such as the Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the EU Commission.

For further details of the security measures we use to protect your Personal Data, please see the ‘Keeping your personal data safe’ Section 12 of this Policy.

11. LINKS

We may display advertisements from third parties and other content that links to third-party websites. We cannot control or be held responsible for third parties’ privacy practices and content. If you click on a third-party advertisement or link, please understand that you are leaving the Rulers of the Sea Service and any Personal Data you provide will not be covered by this Policy. Please read their privacy policies to find out how they collect process and protect your Personal Data.

12. KEEPING YOUR PERSONAL DATA SAFE

We are committed to protecting our users’ Personal Data. We implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to help protect the security of your Personal Data; however, please note that no system is ever completely secure. We have implemented various policies including pseudonymisation, encryption, access, and retention policies to guard against unauthorized access and unnecessary retention of Personal Data in our systems.

Your password protects your user account, so we encourage you to use a unique and strong password, limit access to your computer and browser, and log out after having used the Rulers of the Sea Services.

13. CHILDREN

The Rulers of the Sea Services are not directed to children under the age of 13 years. However, in some countries, stricter age limits may apply under local law. Please see our Terms of Services for further details.

We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under 13 years or under the applicable age limit (the “Age Limit”). If you are under the Age Limit, please do not use the Rulers of the Sea Services, and do not provide any Personal Data to us.

If you are a parent of a child under the Age Limit and become aware that your child has provided Personal Data to Rulers of the Sea, please contact us using the form on the Privacy Center, and you may request exercise of your applicable rights detailed in the ‘Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choice and control’ Section 4 of this Policy.

If we learn that we have collected the Personal Data of a child under the age of 13 years, we will take reasonable steps to delete the Personal Data. This may require us to delete the Rulers of the Sea account for that child.

14. UPDATES OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We will occasionally update this Policy. When we make material updates to this Policy, we will provide you with prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances, e.g., by displaying a prominent notice within the Rulers of the Sea Services or by sending you an email.

Please, therefore, make sure you read any such notice carefully. Annually this Policy will be reviewed for accuracy and changes in GDPR. If no material changes are made, you will not be notified.

If you want to find out more about this Policy and how Deadeye Games B.V. uses your Personal Data, please visit the Privacy Center on RulersoftheSea.com to find out more.

15. HOW TO CONTACT US

Thank you for reading our Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact our Data Protection Officer by using the form on the Privacy Center or by writing to us at address listed in the footer.

Deadeye Games BV is the data processor for the purposes of the personal data processed under this Policy.