Hey there pirates, Yesterday i decided to check in with the modding community and was happy to see its still active and exited it's still being updated in 2017. i applaud your persistance and endurance to keep improving on the game(potc). fast forward, downloaded the 4.1 beta and started a new game. im doing the standard mission, with nathanial whathisface and the story line has now reached the point where im to spy on the british city that was overrun by the french. the entrance to the city is guarded by 2 french soldiers and man, they are tough. they 2! shot my party of 4 officers and myself in about 10 seconds. granted, im level 2, 3 at best. but still, harsh. they slice through my blocks so i figured i need to improve on sword skills. that requires me to level up a few and here's the problem, i dont see how. i'm too weak to do anything but trading. boarding any ship gets me cut up in matter of seconds. trading in itself is hard since you need to scout the entire map to find a profitable trading route. so far i've found the profit margins lacking. anyway, this question isnt about trading routes. how do i approach this new game reality of not being able to brute force my way through the story line and gain experience?