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Everything posted by Verblonde

  1. How many French BBs did you get?

    Not a complaint, but I'm slightly curious as to the logic behind making the drop-rates (apparently) so low. It's a small sample size, but at time of writing slightly less than a quarter of people have got zero ships. Presumably, it's to avoid lots of complaints (as, I gather, happened when everyone got a Bismark, was it, and the game was flooded?), and to artificially increase the new ships' desirability in advance of their full release (rarity, and all that)? I might have expected WG to arrange matters so that everyone (more or less) got at least one of the ships - probably the T5-6 ones...?
  2. little bit disappointed with historical accuracy

    Okay, it was slightly later, but this stuff reminds me of this cartoon rather...
  3. To the average competent player, I imagine I look roughly like the above image. Being clubbed by unicums is actually a useful learning experience for tuberous folk like me; if you pay attention, you can pick up good information apropos what you shouldn't do next time. Although dealing with us potatoes is annoying for better players, with a bit of luck, they'll help us get better in the future.
  4. little bit disappointed with historical accuracy

    If you want a hilarious CV idea: imagine getting Furious in her 'original' CV configuration, complete with the single 18" gun...! Historically accurate...
  5. Year preview 2018

    I feel this is a little harsh: Shiratsuyu with the TRB mounted is glorious (if people are expecting the usual 'hide in smoke' approach) - both in terms of firing ridiculous walls-of-skill, and even bringing a bit of dakka along too... (Haven't quite got to the T8 yet, so my view may well change at that point)
  6. How many French BBs did you get?

    I got one (the T6, I think), although I haven't played it yet - I'm having too much fun with DDs at the moment. The key reward for me was the captain though - I'm still relatively new, so a 10 point captain still makes a significant difference. I should say, I bought the Aigle, and a couple of crates, to make sure I did get the captain, as I wasn't sure I'd have enough time to get him the free way.
  7. Hey Everyone

    Welcome! <waves> As others have said, you have to set up distinct accounts for Blitz and PC versions of the various WG titles; I keep my details the same for both though, as it makes it easier to remember one's log-in details! I tried WOWS Blitz last weekend, but uninstalled it after it refused to progress past the 'welcome' animation the next day - I'll have another go once they've had time to debug the thing. The PC version does have some distinct differences though, although they seem to be of a similar magnitude to the equivalent differences in WOT PC and Blitz. In case you haven't found it yet, you may find this site helpful: http://wiki.wargaming.net/en/World_of_Warships
  8. Really need some help here

    Tier 5 is the point where you start to get +2 MM (as I imagine you know), and you don't get -2 MM at the same time, as everything up to T4 is protected (+1 MM at worst); this makes the first few T5 battles a rather nasty shock for a lot of people. I found that a few battles in PvE (Co-op mode) helped a lot in terms of adjusting to the scarier opposition, although there is a limit to how closely bots can mimic the behaviour of real people on the opposing team. As you say, practice is the best remedy, along with things like watching YouTube videos from better players (and staying in the battle after you get sunk, to watch what your surviving team-mates do - click between ships; some of them will be be object lessons in what not to do, but the competent ones will provide valuable pointers)...
  9. Loyalty?

    Addendum: even if you're just d*cking around in the game, you're going to get at least one freebie crate per day too - even someone of a tuberous persuasion, like me...
  10. Loyalty?

    Quite likely; I haven't been around WOWS long enough to know. So far, WOWS seems to be rather more generous with the freebies than WOT tends to be though...
  11. Loyalty?

    I'd say this is a pretty good working definition of 'free'; for number three, although it's not a complete freebie, the cost is still pretty low (usually). Apropos the whole business of the 'bribe' to get players to return; I don't really mind this as (as others have mentioned), it's not like those of us who haven't wandered off have got nothing. For example, I'm fairly sure I have a DoY sitting in my port that I didn't pay anything for, although in all fairness a) she isn't very good and b) it was definitely at least a bit of a stroll into category 3 above. The thought that does occur is that active players will always be a bit put out when stuff like this happens; why don't WG have some minor freebie for active players only - it doesn't have to be much, but something where they can say that it's a small 'thank you' for being a loyal customer - job done; everyone's happy (although, of course, someone will always whinge that whatever the freebie is, it isn't enough).
  12. Destroyer numbers

    I've been playing mainly DDs lately, and my (obviously, subjective) impression is that the teams' relative DD numbers matter much less than the relative skill of the DD drivers, and the degree to which the second echelon make use of the DDs' services, and support them. I did start off thinking words to the effect of "they have more DDs than us - we're Doomed", but it didn't take too many battles for the evidence to soon start contradicting that thought process...
  13. Hello to Every Man Jack

    It might be worth having a look at the Dragon ships that are currently in the premium shop (although I don't know for how long) - they're T7s, so face less hideous opponents than Atago does; they also include a 10 point captain - as a relative newbie myself, I find these very helpful (although you can get 10 point captains free from some of the weekly operation things), as being able to afford a four point skill from the off can soften the difficulties of playing at a higher tier. Caveat emptor though: you can't put cammo on the Dragon ships, so their concealment is worse than the silver ship that they're clones of (Myoko), if you put appropriate cammo on the latter. My favourite premium cruiser, personally, is probably still Graf Spee though (run a close second by De Grasse) - a nice balance of decent guns, and usable torps.
  14. [Ship Review] Kelorn on Asashio [WiP]

    From my (rather inexperienced) perspective, the crux will be the inability to hit cruisers; if one is not a reasonably skilled player, the logical approach to this thing is to hang back, until essentially the entire enemy team's disposition has been established (with that concealment, you'll be able to help with that, but risk-averse players will be cautious - you're essentially defenceless against cruisers and DDs). There will be a very strong temptation to lob torps from a distance, rather than to try and do what DDs' main roles are i.e. spotting and capping. The good players will probably do fine with this, but we lesser folk will be strongly tempted to play more passively - I'm not sure this is a positive development. I get the logic that this thing might make cruisers more relevant, but I think that is only likely to work if there are multiple ships in each battle - presumably, that isn't likely to come to pass?
  15. The Language Barrier in game.

    As a classic product of the UK education system, I only speak one language: English. However, I feel colossally guilty that I don't speak any other languages - the rest of Europe puts us to shame in this regard. That said, the current global lingua franca is English, so it's not completely unreasonable to hope that people will use English for anything that they want everyone to understand. There is nothing wrong with gossiping in whatever language you happen to speak though - as that doesn't require understanding/action from everyone on your team. It might be helpful if each player could have an icon denoting what their in-game primary language is though - that way everyone might have a better idea if they were being understood or not?
  16. This. All kinds of this.
  17. Unable to log-in with Wargaming ID

    It looks like you may be trying to create a new user, and the game is telling you that you can't because someone else already has it (i.e. you)...?
  18. Assuming this would be along similar lines to the 'Hunt The Sheriffs' thing on WOT, it shouldn't be too disruptive, and provide a bit of an occasional change. Based on WOT, though, such battles would be so vanishingly rare as to not be worth getting too excitable about though... As others have intimated, you do get a fairly insane rush to try and be the one who bags the 'Sheriff'; it doesn't do any more harm than a classic lemming train - most of the time anyway.
  19. [PSA] Eastern Dragon available.

    Were I to carp, I might suggest it would be sporting of WG to give 'no cammo' ships the same spotting characteristics of the equivalent cammo-equipped regular ship (a la what they do in WOT). According to the wiki, these Dragon ships are visible from the same distance as the tech tree equivalent with zero cammo applied. Not something to get overly excitable about though...
  20. [PSA] Eastern Dragon available.

    I just had a weak moment. Bugger. So much for self-discipline...! They are rather pretty though.
  21. FML

    Addendum: if you get to T8, and then use a rental, you will still be at a disadvantage - the rental T10 ships can't mount camouflage (plus, the chances are higher that you won't have a suitable high-point captain yet)...
  22. FML

    You do have the option of buying a Premium T8 ship, if you *must* have access to the T10 rentals; if you aren't a re-roll, I would urge you not to though - even though your WR is rather better than mine, I suggest that 335 battles (at time of writing) is a bit soon for T10. Others might put it a bit more vehemently than that... You don't need the high tier ships to join a clan though - the elite clans have minimum entry requirements, but there are others that don't. The ship requirements only kick in if you want to participate in clan battles. I would urge some patience though: if you grind your way to T8 the conventional way (or maybe T7, and then buy a premium), you'll be a lot more use to whichever clan you join (beyond generating oil via containers), plus you'll probably have the stats to support entry into a more competitive clan, if you're into that. WOWS is rather slower-paced in terms of advancement than many other games; patience is more or less a requirement...
  23. I didn't know this; it's a bit academic to me personally, as I open all my containers etc as soon as I get them. Question though: there seem to be people who hoard containers - is there a particular reason for this (besides an interest in assessing statistics for things like drop-rates etc)?
  24. Note: there is a toggle (bottom right?) on the relevant collection pages, that allows you to collect (or not) each eligible collection. So, if you have the Yamamoto one on, you won't get stuff from the HSF collection, and vice versa.
  25. Hello to Every Man Jack

    OP: if you aren't a re-roll, I would suggest going for lower tier premiums to start with; after 165 battles (at time of writing), jumping straight to Tier 8 may be a bit much (in random battles, anyway). I might suggest things around T5-6 (Warspite, or Dunk - things of that sort - if you want a BB) for a good return. Tirpitz in your list is reasonably newbie-friendly (at least a 10 point captain helps, and you'll be relying on your secondaries a lot), although it is notorious for being driven by people who really shouldn't...! As said elsewhere, it's wise to play with a wider range of silver ships first too - to establish which class(es) suit you best; you'll make more silver and do better generally in ships from classes that suit your play style. It's widely felt that it is wise not to buy any premium ship of a higher tier than you have in silver ships too; I might modify that to say that it is unwise to play premiums in randoms that are significantly higher tier than you have silver ships, but you won't do much harm doing so in Co-op mode. Premium ships are expensive, especially the higher tier ones, so there is also a lot to be said for waiting until they're on special offer before buying. The other thing to have on the radar is that there are occasional missions for freebie premiums - the current one for Aigle might be worth a look, for example. Ultimately, though, it's entirely your choice (of course): buy whatever ship you want, but just be aware that your first few games against real people (PvP) in a high tier premium may well come as rather a harsh baptism of fire (mainly due to things like radar, although you may be fully au fait with that via Sims). If you haven't found it yet, check the wiki out: http://wiki.wargaming.net/en/World_of_Warships Although it's a bit inconsistent, it is a great resource for pros and cons of all the ships in the game; it also links to the LWM reviews of most (all?) premiums in the game, which are also worth reading before you buy anything...