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A place where I can track unsolved mysteries that should be in plain sight. Not the ones of cloak and dagger, those I track somewhere else. :)

  1. What's new in this club
  2. It takes time for a Nation to react to events. This has proven to be roughly 1 day. So the rule is: the OODA loop of a Nation is roughly 24 hours. http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/22473-ill-show-you-hostility/?tab=comments#comment-461462 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/14406-grander-port-battles-tomorrow/
  3. I think the actual numbers mentioned there qualify as bronze and I may need to refine it to:
  4. A 25 (PB) Fleet must be able to defend/hold at least a single port, unless defeated directly in a 25x25 fight.
  5. You can only fight who is in your time slot, regardless of alliance. It can also be phrased at, you can only fight whoever is online at the same time.
  6. We game by real life alliances, not by what any mechanic will dictate to us regardless of Clan or Nation. The game can only provide basic constructs that allows us to structure those alliances and be prepared for the inevitable. https://www.polygon.com/2017/9/12/16297364/eve-online-coup-co2-violence-threat-gigx-ban-the-judge
  7. You are still thinking of one ship or one player one fleet, one entity. That's not how a ganking fleet operates. It consists of 1 scout / bait, 1 tagger, a couple of fast frigs and potentially something heavy (like a fast Buc). Preferably with an alt (/enemy) ship attached as well. The gank is always preplanned on a shipping lane and a reference point. For example the south-west of Jamaica. Scout / bait sits at the ready and always has full visibility. Once a target comes in view he simply reports back the targets movements in relation to the reference point. Then the ganking fleet pounces. They do not need visibility, they only need to ensure the tagger or fast frigs get a good uncloaking position. Speed buff works for the ganking fleet, not the target. The target has an OODA loop of roughly 30 seconds, somethings 10-15 for a well-organized clan. But essentially the tag is a given. I'm actually thinking whether it makes more sense to have an exit timer on the battle instance (/ screen). Then the scout can call out target movements, but the ganking fleet needs 2 minutes to react. (So reversing the in battle tag timer, instead of you can leave after 2 minutes, you will leave after 2 minutes unless tagged.)
  8. Maybe invisible ships should still show up, but it doesn't give name or nationality, or even which ship. They show up as an unmarked ship class. 6-7 rates show up as a plan vessel that says unknown 6-7th rate. Same for 4-5th rates and 1-3rd rates. When you are invisible everyone else is that way to you.
  9. Personally I don't like invisibility. If we have invisibility, it should be both ways. Now that could simulate fog of war and make it harder for gankers. Technically I think we could have what we do without invisibility. Have invisibility for 10 seconds (for connection reasons) and just have a speed buff for 45 seconds (so 10 seconds invisible and 35 seconds visible).
  10. I may. I found the original discussion that made invisibility reach into the http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/15575-the-definitive-battle-screen-ganking-guide/ There is no ganking in Naval Warfare, there is only Defeat in Detail. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defeat_in_detail Added this one to the ganking guide. Setup battle instance just at visibility of the enemy coast. The scout will remain outside. The ganking fleet sails to the coast and waits until the scout gives the word to gank the trader coming past. Seeing one-another ensures you can make a perfectly informed and risk-free decision to log-off. It would render revenge fleets obsolete though, so this one counts as a solution to this topic.
  11. Why it was added? Because we got two dimensions. 1) Battle instances and 2) 75x compressed (ow sail speed and downscaled map) open world. Now, if you attack someone (most likely in enemy waters, as tehre is no reason for anyone to be in the middle of nowhere in no nations waters), the probability of him calling out the engagement in nation chat / discord / teamspeak is pretty high. The 3 minute join timer is meant to simulate the fact that only ships in RANGE should be even able to join the engagement. But before the invis. timer, this wasn't the case, as the parties in battle HAD to leave the battle instance max 15 minutes after the battle was over. And guess what, due to the 75x compressed open world, you would veeery often meet a welcome fleet, aka revenge fleet, outside, which was NOT in range (3 minutes ish, which is a LOT for open world aswell) of the initial battle. All in all, the revenge fleet were profiting from a speed boost aka 75x compressed OW to get to the battle instance and just wait for the players to get kicked out to open world. Why give one side such a bonus, but not to the guys in battle? I think I know your answer. Because they were in hostile waters right? Well thenmight aswell prohibit any PvP. Ganking (though some revenge fleets often didn't form to ganks but also fair ish engagements) is PART of an OW MMO.
  12. It has been warped with a shorter timer. Still need to figure out why. Either way, invisibility is a boon for the ganker. With the shorter timer all original purposes of the invisibility suggestion have been lost.
  13. @Macjimm I think it would be better if you liked the original post within "Forthcoming patch final discussion.". It needs to come to @admin's attention so he can answer it. I'll then update this blog post with the answer given.