There was actually a math bug with the previous crab hunt, so the scaling will work a little different. The corrected formula for the rewards are on the wiki, but I’m not sure all the info is in one place?
When you begin a hunt, elusiveness and rarity get set based on remaining population. Elusiveness determines how long the hunt is, and rarity affects rewards.
Crabs + piracy can get you about 4 EPA, 2 vanity qualities and some decent materials for mid-end game players.
EDIT: Managed to become a pirate and start hunting some crabs at last! The AP required are/were 6 for Monster Hunters or players with very high Dangerous (start - 1, zail - 2, hunt - 2, claim - 1). With 19 Elusiveness, 340 Dangerous is required for 100% checks so the EPA will start dropping even if the reward increases (1 Elusiveness = 35 Rosty) . Piracy adds some nice new cards, but you need to keep the waters calm too.
Since they updated Zailing a while back, you simply go to your Cabin and use the “Hunting the Beasts of the Zee” storylet that is there.
Edit: I still don’t understand how to reply to someone using the new forum. It’s not very intuitive, at all. I’ve clicked on the “Reply” option but it never tags the person or replies to them, just posts a new comment (which is what happened here). The only way it sort of works is by highlighting the text you’re replying to before hitting Reply, which kind of defeats the purpose of the Reply button in general.
Weird… The “Reply” button at the bottom right-hand corner of your post works just right for me. (Edit: but I don’t actually see this as a reply, except while editing the post. Perhaps there’s some reason why replies are not as visible as before.)
Then again, I don’t see a “Hunting the Beasts of the Zee” storylet in my ship’s cabin, so what do I know!
Edit 2: I see now… One needs to proceed with the Fourth Coil of the Labyrinth of Tigers for this option to be available. I have not yet done this.
Right, there is no “Hunting” for me to choose; it seems I haven’t unlocked the option yet. (Dangerous stories were never my favourite, but if I had known I’d be missing out on a world event, I might have given them more of a priority; I’ve actually been invited to the Fourth Coil, so I’m not far behind.)
At any rate, thanks for helping me make sense of this.
Oh, I have already been there, and paid tribute to the Court of the Wakeful Eye. I just didn’t care to engage in Theological Husbandry before developing my lab first, so I went right past the Fourth Coil on my way to the Fifth. (Thanks for the suggestion, though.)
I do mean to get there eventually. I’m trying to catch up on various aspects of the midgame (some of which didn’t even exist before my long hiatus) before I proceed with the endgame, so no Railway or Evolution for me until I’ve bred some beasts. It seems unwieldy to open the game up so much when there remain so many loose ends closer to home…
I replied to someone’s post this week and it too wasn’t marked then. It worked fine when I tried again, so I’m not sure if I was distracted and didn’t actually use the right button or if it didn’t work properly.
We only get the little “replying to [x]” line if replying to a post other than the most recent. If one replies specifically to the most recent (as I’m doing now) it counts as a specific reply, but doesn’t show the line in the new post. I suppose the system thinks it’s redundant, but I think that’s a bit silly given what a small piece of UI it is.