I'm currently playing a game as France, H/H, Vanilla ETW.
I've noticed lately pirates are no longer the full stack naval terrors they once were.
A month ago I was playing France and Martinique was permanently blockaded by a full stack. Fighting pirates at sea was near impossible and all you can do was sit and weather out their raids.
Last week when I was playing, pirates only had 1 or 2 ships. I was able to dispatch them with 1 or 2 galleons patrolling around their islands (it gives a nice source of income). Finally pirates are acting like pirates... historically they were commercial raiders, not enough to challenge an entire empire as before, which was ridiculous.
Anyone else notice this change?