One of Sea of Thieves more RPGish concepts is that of “limited resources.” Basically, each player has access to certain unlimited items, such as a bucket to bail water out of a boat or a musical instrument to play, but then has to forage around islands for certain limited-use items. These include food (to replenish health), cannonballs (for ship battles), and wood planks (to repair ship damage).
Because health doesn’t regenerate and ships don’t magically heal themselves, the devs see limited resources as a way to make the game more strategic and pepper it with interesting choices for players. When and where you use these items is important, as is taking side treks during voyages to see if you can find any more useful items on islands.
Get a feel for limited resources in the new video below!