In large part thanks to its dreadful imbalances and instability, setting sail in Atlas is, in its own way, extremely tense. The high-stakes excitement of leaving the relative safety of my base to explore the watery unknown is definitely perilous: What if we’re sunk by a storm? What if there is no land to claim? What if the latest patch makes the marauding Ships of the Damned nigh-indestructible again? All of these thoughts fluttered through my mind every time my company and I sailed out in search of territory and resources. Of course, after a few times of spawning back home without our expensive and time-consuming ships through little or no fault of our own, that excitement turned to questions of whether it was worth our while to continue.