Rare have just released the first monthly update out of many to come for their highly popular Sea of Thieves and all devoted fans can now enjoy the new Black Powder Stashes missions.

In this event, pirates are tasked with collecting various (highly explosive) gunpowder kegs and trying to take them back to the shore. They can then claim different rewards and even increase reputation with in-game factions of their choice. We also have some special voyages that will direct players between different pirate forts as well as other players. As a reward, players will get special commendations that they can trade for flags, sails, and even a figurehead as well.

You can read the full patch notes here. Oh yeah, and do check out the trailer as well: