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    Captains, Bug that was keeping entry to a port battle open to any ship without BR checking has been fixed.
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    I followed this usa captian being by sweedes. once in the battle with the sweed the us captian chained my sails then tried to ram be so that the sweedish indefactable could run away. after the ram the US captian sailed away. its pretty clear that the US captian is a sweedish alt. all of this happened in pvp event area. here is the shot log of the 18lbers from the frigate http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/100600599559314734/B0AB62DA078B6EB0A35A5E660F8C0D6E2163CB13/ I was still able to win the battle. but I would like this to be reviewed by the devs and the accnt banned. I understand the the targarian won the pvp event yesterday. this is not good. seems to be caught red handed for alt farming. and certainly for green on green action http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/100600599559234020/E22FBADC9CAFC8F92C652A320649997AB8289CB7/
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    In Real Life the national NAVY would store the ships when they were not assigned to a Captain (called ordinary). We need either the Nation or (more likely) the CLANS to have a way to store ships that are not assigned ----- THAT IS -> IF we are going to have proper WARS! --- I have no idea how many warships I have given to Captains only to see them stop playing the game = lost at sea, when they should be returned to ordinary
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    Indeed there are some issues in the current roe. Also there could be new bugs with the signaling perk as reports are coming even after fixing previous ones - we are looking into it, We will provide more information later once we get more time (there are preparations for land in battle patch at the moment).
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    Things that have occured: 1. I cant join because the BR-Limit is reached. 2. Two players of my nation engage one single smaller ship. I can still join. 3. One player of my nation gets ganking from 6 enemies in my vision range. The battle instantly disappears from the OW. Are there even rules for this right now? It just seems completely random and I think it all started with the hotfix for the signaling perk. Nr. 1 is fine I think and thats how it should work. But most of time I am allowed to join my already superior allies or the battle just instant closes for no reason. Pls fix this mess.
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    Капитаны, Благодаря игроку Lenin God of PvP исправлен баг, который позволял заходить в портовые сражения на любом корабле без проверки боевого рейтинга.
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    Ink, perhaps when time permits someone in the know can add a thread entitled "Dynamics of ROE (as of MO-DY-YR)", and then keep it up to date as the development progresses to conclusion? There always seem to be so much confusion, that's not good for testing expectations.
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    All reasons why RoE should not be affected by perks. Just choose a set and let us test, period.
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    AI ships... sink few times longer than they are supposed to. Do they have Super Extra Huge Pump? Emergency Repair? I can destroy their rudder / pump 3 times in the row, they still repair it after 10 seconds or so, but normally player needs to wait few minutes? I am super pissed after x attempt to PvE Challenge Kills, the 3rd AI was floating with no armour for 4 minutes! Why AI ships have so abnormal bonuses, buffs, upgrades, officers or whatever they use?
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    I observed that too. Especially their stern chasers sometimes shoot at very strange angles. Almost too the side.
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    Oh No Sir. I'm no Pirate ! I'm a legitimate sea captain searching for a Letter of Marque, to offer my services to the Crown in the furtherance of the goals of Her Majesty's Navy. Supporting facts: I shower at least once every two weeks. I brush my teeth on a daily basis. My ship is well stocked with bushels of Limes. And most importantly, I'm in Alcoholics Anonymous and can't go near any rebel rousing types. No offence to pirates :-P
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    That doesn't exactly solve the problem does it now?! The open world AI runs around with Marines but still manages to shoot faster than a fully shooting modded palyer - how exactly is that possible?
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    It's simply amazing how hostile this thread has become. I feel both sides are in the wrong here. TOXIC for literally being toxic towards their now comrades, and the other players who are refusing to let bygones be bygones. No reason to be mean, hold grudges, or insult each other. It's a game. I've never met Vicious, I would love to meet him sometime, maybe spread some BOAT on him. Who knows?! I stress heavily on the fact that any new players, or players reading these threads hold judgement until you meet the people on TS or Discord, if you see me around on the servers, give me a shout, I'll be chill with you. But before I leave, Vicious, brother, work on the grammar. I know you're Italian, but if you're gonna get so lit up, just breath man. Take a deep breath. ~[BOAT]
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    Did you gave up the ship restrictions by nationality? Even without these restriction, it would add immersion if every nation had adapted names for its ships.... A constitution could be called Constitution only by USA, while a british constitution could be named HMS Warlock, a french constitution L'Espadon, a spanish constitution Santa Cruz, etc, etc... I think you get the idea... Additionnally, they could use different colors for same ships. The US Constitution would keep its historical colors, while Constitutions from other countries would have different base colors. It's not much, but it would help giving a different feel for the navy of each nation.
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    The argument some are presenting here (that ease of maneuver means rakes should be less deadly) does not make sense. Before rakes hurt, players used the same ease of maneuver to ensure that they always took fire on their bow or stern to reduce potential damage and avoid the quickest route to defeat (removal of HP on one side). Therefore I can just as easily use the same logic to argue that rakes should be more deadly than real life because ships are easier to maneuver than real life.
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    I will definetely speak with Draskon later, these screenshots certainly dont work in his favor... EDIT: Id prefer if you used "Swedish alt" in your title tho, as "HRE alt" somewhat implies the whole clan is in knowledge of some conspiracy...
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    Well, bored farmers have historically been a good source of recruits.
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    Whatever the devs decide for the love of God... Do Not Name Servers with Geographic Locations! The whole "US can go to US server, this server is for Europeans " Bullshit should have been fixed a long time ago. At asset wipe and especially at release name the Pvp servers 1, 2, 3... NO USA, NO EU just a number. It really just gets so old having Spanish and French players bitching and moaning like old women at a nursing home banging on about the flavour of last night's pudding.
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    I'm a Civil War fanatic so I'd love it if they could run this Civil War train as long as possible. That being said, I'll be happy as long as they keep it in the late 18th through to 19th century. I do love that black powder.
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    My noncommittal input: I agree with both sides of this. You certainly need to be a responsible player and understand who your allies are at all times when leaving port, plus learn their colors. Onus is on you. On the other hand, a finite amount of friendly fire in a battle with many ships at close range should be expected, and is not unusual. Ultimately, I'd side with players retaining their own colors upon entering a battle with allies.
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    Untill they gave us proper pb's and working rvsr devs should stay out off new features.
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    Could we stop calling this server European server when we all know that players of all time zones are on it?
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    With this being the anniversary of Fredericksburg, I thought it appropriate to share some busting of the Sergeant Kirkland Myth. A myth that has a statue erected to it at Fredericksburg, MD. The following is reposted with permission from Michael Schaffner, a fellow historian and personal friend: The Legend of Sergeant Kirkland It may be I was not worthy to see either of the two apostles. But if so, since there were more than four hundred soldiers in our company, as well as Cortes himself and many other gentlemen, the miracle would have been discussed and evidence taken.... Bernal Diaz, The Conquest of New Spain Introduction In 1965, a group that included the states of South Carolina and Virginia, the Collateral Descendents of Richard Kirkland, and the Richard Rowland Kirkland Memorial Foundation, erected a statue at Fredericksburg to the memory of Sergeant Kirkland of the Second South Carolina Volunteers. The inscription reads, “At the risk of his life, this American soldier of sublime compassion, brought water to his wounded foes at Fredericksburg. The fighting men on both sides of the line called him ‘The Angel of Marye’s Heights.’” The deed for which Kirkland earned this accolade received its first and most extensive description from J. B. Kershaw, commander of the brigade in which Kirkland served, in a letter to the Charleston News and Courier dated January 29, 1880 (Southern Historical Society Papers, Vol. VIII. Richmond, Virginia, April, 1880. No. 4). After providing some background on Kirkland’s family, Kershaw describes the scene on December 14, 1862 at his head quarters in the Stevens’ house by the sunken road and stone wall at the foot of Marye’s Heights. The previous day, a series of failed Union assaults had left thousands of casualties. As Kershaw surveyed the carnage a sergeant in his brigade interrupted him to ask permission to carry water to the wounded Union soldiers, whose cries had moved him since the previous evening. Due to the danger from a day-long “murderous skirmish” with Syke’s regulars, Kershaw only reluctantly approved the young man’s request. Even then he refused Kirkland permission to show a white flag or handkerchief to lessen the danger. Despite this, Kirkland went over the wall, gave water to the nearest wounded Yankee, pillowed his head on his knapsack, spread his overcoat over him, replaced his empty canteen with a full one, and went on to the next. The firing ceased as his purpose became clear. Other wounded soldiers cried out to him and for “an hour and a half” Kirkland continued “until he relieved all the wounded on that part of the field.” An Elusive History Kershaw provides a moving account, well portrayed in the statue. Yet contemporary references to the act prove difficult to come by. Kershaw provides the earliest source, repeated nearly intact in later retellings. But an examination of the Cornell University “Making of America” website, which provides a wide range of books and periodicals published in the United States between 1815 and 1926, uncovers no versions of the story. A Google book search produces some, including the original Kershaw letter, as well as an appearance of the same letter, unchanged, in the works The Camp-fires of General Lee, by Edward S. Ellis, published in 1886, and Christ in the Camp: Or, Religion in Lee's Army by John William Jones, published in 1887. The story also appears in The Army of Northern Virginia in 1862 by William Allen (p. 514), published in 1892, in almost identical language, but with the additional details that Kershaw refused the white handkerchief lest it be interpreted as a flag of truce, that Kirkland collected canteens from his comrades before going over the wall, and that a similar act was performed by artillerymen of Jordan’s battery that evening. But the author gives no sources for these added facts. An interesting variation on the story appears in Augustus Dickert’s 1899 History of Kershaw’s Brigade. This work, written by a veteran company officer of the Third South Carolina, makes no mention of Kirkland’s act, giving instead a first hand description of a somewhat different scenario (pp. 196-197): "In one of the first charges made during the day a Federal had fallen, and to protect himself as much as possible from the bullets of his enemies, he had by sheer force of will pulled his body along until he had neared the wall. Then he failed through pure exhaustion. From loss of blood and the exposure of the sun’s rays, he called loudly for water.... To go to his rescue was to court certain death... But one brave soldier from Georgia dared all, and during the lull in the firing leaped the walls, rushed to the wounded soldier, and raising his head in his arms, gave him a drink of water, then made his way back and over the wall amid a hail of bullets knocking the dirt up all around him." There is something compelling about this account, as an act of individual initiative as well as mercy, but it involves no ministering to the mass of casualties, no cease-fire, and, apparently, no Kirkland. The After Action Reports But we should not have to rely on the memory of old soldiers for the story of Sergeant Kirkland. His actions occurred at a known time at a known place, within view of trained observers required to file reports on the incidents of the day. We can find these reports in The War of the Rebellion, the official records of the Union and Confederate Armies, published by the War Department between 1880 and 1891. Specifically Series I, Volume 21 (published in 1881) presents accounts of the battle of Fredericksburg prepared by commanders in the field within days of the actual battle. While we might expect the charitable actions of one noncommissioned officer to escape notice, a key portion of Kershaw’s account – the 90 minutes during which no one fired at Kirkland – must have attracted the attention of one of the many officers commanding on the field. Brigadier General George Sykes commanded the Second Division of the Fifth Corps opposite Kershaw’s Brigade on December 14th, the day after the charge, on the afternoon of which Kershaw has Kirkland tending the wounded. According to General Sykes (p. 415): "At 11 p.m. [night of the 13th] these troops [First and Second Regular brigades] relieved the troops in advance (General Howard’s), and held their ground until the same hour the following night. The position assigned these troops was one of extreme peril – in an open field, within 100 yards of the enemy, who was securely sheltered behind stone walls and rifle-pits. They remained under constant fire for twelve hours, and could offer in resistance only the moral effect of that hardihood and bravery which would not yield one foot of the line they were required to protect." Possibly Sykes did not see actual conditions on the line. One level down the chain of command, Lt. Col. Robert C. Buchanan commanding the First Brigade reports (p. 418): "At daylight firing commenced between the pickets, and it was soon found that my position was completely commanded, so that if an individual showed his head above the crest of the hill he was picked off by the enemy’s sharpshooters immediately…" Buchanan ordered his men not to return the shots, but notes no general cessation of Confederate fire. In fact (p. 419): "The enemy shot my men after they were wounded, and also the hospital attendants as they were conveying the wounded off the ground, in violation of every law of civilized warfare." Captain John Wilkins, commanding the Fifth Infantry notes (p. 420), “At daybreak I found the pickets entirely unprotected, and exposed to a murderous fire from the enemy’s rifle-pits…” Captain Hiram Dryer, commanding the Fourth Infantry, stated that daylight found his men within 100 yards of the Confederate position, and under continuous fire until they occupied a brick tannery, from which they “succeeded in keeping the enemy’s fire under until midnight, when we were relieved…” (p. 422). Captain Matthew Blunt, commanding the Twelfth Infantry reports his men taking position within 200 feet of the enemy and receiving “a continued fire” (p. 423) until relieved Sunday night. Captain John O’Connell, Fourteenth U. S. Infantry, reports holding a position that Sunday about 150 yards from the enemy “under almost continuous fire of musketry from the enemy’s rifle-pits, with occasional shots from heavy guns during the daylight…” (p. 424). The Second Brigade had it no easier. Its commander, Major George Andrews, reported of that Sunday (p. 426): "Our line was now about 80 yards in front of a stone wall, behind which the enemy was posted in great numbers… To move even was sure to draw the fire of the enemy’s sharpshooters, who were posted in the adjacent houses and in tree-tops, and whose fire we were unable to return. Thus the troops remained for twelve long hours, unable to eat, drink, or attend to the calls of nature, for so relentless were the enemy that not even a wounded man or our stretcher-carriers were exempted from their fire." Captain Salem Marsh, commanding a battalion of the First and Second U. S., reports the fire on the 14th as “terrific” and “passing not more than a foot over the ground.” He also notes that “The firing of the enemy ceased at dark.” (p. 427) Captain Henry Maynadier, commanding a battalion of the Tenth Infantry, reports “a continuous fire” (p. 428); Captain Charles Russell of the Eleventh Infantry similarly states that the enemy “continued the fire all day” (p. 429). Thus the relevant Union after action reports not only fail to confirm Kershaw’s story, they all describe conditions that make it extremely unlikely. Confederate reports provide another perspective. Colonel Kennedy of the Second South Carolina (Kirkland’s regiment) mentions fifteen officers and two orderlies by name for meritorious conduct, but Kirkland is not among them (p. 593). Colonel James Nance of the Third South Carolina similarly ends his account on the 13th, when he was wounded. Captain John Nance takes up the story, having taken command after two more senior officers were struck down, but tells only of the relief of the regiment on the evening of the 13th and notes nothing further until the regiment returned to camp on the 15th (p. 596). Lieutenant Colonel Elbert Bland of the Seventh South Carolina describes the battle, and then tells of his regiment relieving Philips’ Legion on the stone wall: “We held this position with the wings doubled, occasionally exchanging shots with the enemy, until Tuesday morning (16th)…” (p. 597). Captain Stackhouse of the Eighth South Carolina states, “On the 14th, we confined our fire to select parties of the enemy” (p. 598), but makes no note of a general cease-fire, or of Kirkland. Colonel De Saussure of the Fifteenth South Carolina reports that his regiment moved on the evening of the 13th to support the Second South Carolina at the wall, “and there remained until the evacuation of the city…” (p. 599). He makes no mention of Kirkland, but does commend his surgeon, assistant surgeon, and chaplain for their attention to his wounded. Kershaw’s own after action report (p. 590) spends but one short paragraph on Sunday the 14th: "At daylight in the morning the enemy was in position, lying behind the first declivity in front, but the operations on both sides were confined to skirmishing of sharpshooters. We lost but 1 man during the day, but it is reported that we inflicted a loss upon the enemy (Sykes' division) of 150." Kershaw mentions eight officers as having distinguished themselves, as well as Captain Cuthbert’s company and Captain Read’s battery, but makes no mention of Kirkland. In short, Kershaw’s 1880 letter to the editor receives no support from contemporary after action reports, including Kershaw’s own. Other Accounts of Fredericksburg Kershaw had another opportunity to insert Kirkland into the official record, or something like it, when he wrote the editors of the Century Magazine for their “Battles and Leaders of the Civil War” series, on December 6th, 1887. But here he confined himself to technical corrections of General Ransom’s letter concerning Fredericksburg, and fails to note anything of interest occurring on December 14th. A story in the Richmond Daily Dispatch of January 12, 1863, provides a contemporary view, titled “The Carnage at Fredericksburg – Graphic Account From a Yankee Soldier.” In this an unnamed Union soldier writes to a friend in Baltimore, describing the battle and aftermath. He notes that the main attack “was fought on a remarkable small space of ground,” that each wave was virtually annihilated, that a slight rise within 150 yards of the stone wall gave some shelter, that a “criminally negligent” ambulance corps did not carry off the wounded till after midnight, and that the troops laid out all the next day expecting the attack to be renewed. But he did not see Kirkland. It seems significant that the Kirkland story also does not appear in some of the better-known histories of the war. Douglas Southall Freeman makes no mention of the Sergeant, and of the scene on December 14th writes (Robert E. Lee, Vol. II, Chapter 31, p. 469): "Union troops were burying the dead within their lines and were carrying off such of the wounded as they could reach. Now and again the skirmishers engaged in angry exchanges, and the Federal batteries fired a few half-hearted rounds. That was all." His picture of the following day provides a marked contrast with the acts of mercy ascribed to Kirkland (p. 470): "On the morning of the 15th, with his own line still further strengthened, Lee observed that the enemy had dug rifle pits and had thrown up fortifications on the outskirts of the town, as if to repel attacks. He saw a ghastly sight besides: The Federal dead that still remained between the lines had changed color. They no longer were blue, but naked and discolored. During the night, they had been stripped by shivering Confederates, many of whom now boasted overcoats, boots, and jackets for which the people of the North had paid. It was ghoulish business, reprobated by the enemy but excused by the beneficiaries, who asked whether it was better for them to freeze or to take clothing the former owners would not miss." Shelby Foote, who might fairly be said to have never met an anecdote he didn’t like, similarly omits Kirkland, repeating Freeman’s account of southern soldiers treating the Federal casualties as a source of winter clothing. Not all recollections of Fredericksburg leave out the Sergeant. T. Rembert of Company E, a comrade of Kirkland’s, left a tribute to him in the form of a letter to The Confederate Veteran, in 1903. However, his story repeats the highlights of Kershaw’s 1880 letter, with no details that would distinguish his as an original account. A Closer Look at Kershaw’s Letter Given the paucity of corroboration, it seems appropriate to reexamine the story as Kershaw told it, and see how key elements accord with other accounts of the battle as well as the logic of the situation. We start with the setting itself: The ground between the lines was bridged with the wounded, dead, and dying Federals, victims of the many desperate and gallant assaults… A field carpeted with wounded provides the essential setting for the tale of Kirkland’s charity, but where were the wounded, and how many were still there? General McLaws, commanding the Confederate division along the wall, stated that “The body of one man, believed to be an officer, was found within about 30 yards of the stone wall, and other single bodies were scattered at increased distances until the main mass of the dead lay thickly strewn over the ground at something over 100 yards off…” (OR, Series I, Volume 21, p. 581). That is, the mass of Federal casualties lay within what would soon become, according to the after action reports, the picket lines of Sykes’ Regulars. Though their officers withdrew these men to less exposed positions during the day, such wounded as remained would still lie much closer to the Federal than Confederate lines. But in any case the Federals did not simply abandon those wounded in the assaults of the 13th. Private William McCarter (My Life in the Irish Brigade, pp. 190-194) describes small parties of soldiers, backed up by ambulances, searching for wounded between the lines on that night, as well as his own efforts to drag himself back. Brigadier-General Humphreys, commanding the third division of the Fifth Corps, which made the final charge against the wall, reported on his own efforts (OR, Series I, Volume 21, p. 433), stating “The wounded were nearly all brought in before daylight, and some of the dead, but many of the latter were left upon the field.” The unnamed Union private quoted in the Daily Dispatch expresses bitterness at the ambulance corps for not coming till after midnight, but they came. Altogether, between the efforts of the walking wounded and ambulance parties, and considering the effect of lying through a winter’s night and day in the field, there seems considerable reason to doubt that many wounded remained to “bridge” the space between Sykes’ and Kershaw’s lines on the 14th. …the General sat in the north room, up stairs … when Kirkland came up … Kirkland, a sergeant in a company in one of several regiments under the command of General Kershaw, passes by or through his company commander, his regimental commander, and the general’s staff, to make a personal appeal to relieve the Federal wounded while his unit is engaged with the enemy or awaiting an attack. Either he left the ranks without their knowledge or he reported to each link in his chain of command in turn, which each kicking the request upstairs until finally he meets the general himself. Both scenarios seem improbable. "General, can I show a white handkerchief?” … “No, Kirkland…” This exchange has the effect of accentuating the danger Kirkland encounters – apparently Kershaw sees himself as having no authority to call for a truce, however limited. Yet he has no difficulty authorizing an enlisted man to take an action forbidden to the rest of the army. Unharmed, he reached the nearest sufferer… Fortunately for Kirkland, Sykes’ division has been ordered not to fire, though Dryer’s men in the tannery may have come into action by this time. This done, he laid him tenderly down, placed his knapsack under his head… Most accounts of the Federal assault on the wall mention the dropping of knapsacks before going into action. McCarter left his on the other side of the Rappahannock; others removed them in town. Colonel Stevens of the 13th New Hampshire noted that the soldiers did not stop at knapsacks: “We moved at so rapid a pace that many of the men relieved themselves of their blankets and haversacks, and, in some instances, their greatcoats...” (OR, Series I, Vol. 21, p. 340) …spread his overcoat over him… The wounded Federal had either cast his overcoat aside, or Kirkland must have wrestled it off him, losing precious minutes and possibly increasing the unfortunate sufferer’s pain. In any case, based on Freeman’s account, the coat will soon find its way to the Confederate lines. …replaced his empty canteen with a full one, and turned to another sufferer… Kershaw doesn’t tell us that Kirkland takes several canteens, but he must have either done that or traveled repeatedly back to his own lines for more water, or both. It is only now, however, that the danger from the enemy has passed: By this time his purpose was well understood on both sides, and all danger was over. From all parts of the field arose fresh cries of “Water, water…” For an hour and a half did this ministering angel pursue his labor of mercy… At this point the story, building on its initial improbabilities, asks us to bear with several more: Ø A general cease-fire has broken out, involving the forces for hundreds of yards in every direction – otherwise “all danger” would not yet have passed. As remarkable as this seems, it would be even more remarkable had troops continued to shoot each other while leaving Kirkland to go about his labors unmolested – so remarkable that, by this point, we could expect Kershaw to mention it. Ø Even more remarkably, although the wounded cry from all over the field, only Kirkland attends them, and only with water. Ø For the next ninety minutes no medical personnel on either side – not the Confederate surgeons and chaplain praised by De Sausseur, nor the Union hospital attendants that Buchanan reports as having been fired upon – take advantage of the lull to perform their duties. Nor does the Georgia soldier reported by Dickert; nor does any other soldier. Everyone in view seems paralyzed by Kirkland’s act. They neither remove nor treat any of the casualties “bridging” the positions; the best the wounded can hope for is a drink of water. Ø Not only do the observers fail equally to fire on or assist Kirkland, but within days, when writing up their after action reports or letters to friends in Baltimore, or years later, composing their memoirs, they make no mention of the incident. This despite the fact that the deed occurs on an afternoon when the sun will set, according to McCarter, at 4:30, so that the halt in the firing and the public act of mercy occupies a significant portion of the day, on an open field in view of thousands on both sides. All this makes Dickert’s story that much more compelling. Here a single soldier, seeing a suffering foe who has dragged himself near the wall, just leaps over, gives the man a drink, and leaps back under fire. A foolhardy act, but a merciful one. For not only does it provide relief to a wounded enemy, but it spares the reader from having to believe everything that he must in order to credit Kershaw’s account of Kirkland’s act. A Defense of Kershaw’s Account At this point we must recognize one popular historian who does fully credit Kershaw’s story. Mac Wyckoff, who served for many years as the chief historian for the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, saw and provided substantive criticism on the pages above based on his own twenty-five years studying the legend. His objections concerned the focus on online sources, the reliance on after-action reports, and the absence of references to his file on Kirkland at the Park.[1] Each concern deserves respect. But the objection to online sources carries a little less weight when these consist of primary source documents that originally appeared in print. It seems indisputable, for example, that the Official Records lose no value simply because we can now look them up online, and that every serious study of a civil war battle must start with after action reports from the men on the scene. And the Park’s file only has relevance to the extent it includes information not available elsewhere. In that light Mr. Wyckoff himself has stated, “While there is no contemporary evidence that Kirkland performed this act, there is not evidence that he did not. There are eye witnesses who wrote later of the incident and no eye witnesses challenged Kershaw's story or that Kirkland performed it.” But the fact that the same twenty-five years of research that failed to uncover any contemporary corroboration of Kershaw’s account also failed to uncover objections to the handful of anecdotes that might, seems a slim basis for believing the story, especially in the face of the contemporary sources that argue against it. Further, the very few “eye witnesses who wrote later” either repeat Kershaw’s story with similar rhetorical embellishments or tell a story differing in several key regards. For example, the “Hagood” account (a second-hand, “as told to” story, ostensibly written before 1870 but existing only in typescript) essentially repeats Dickert’s Georgian story: one man rushes out to give water to one wounded Yankee and hurries back, with no cease fire. The “Rentz” story, written in 1919, claims Kirkland had a helper and thinks the incident may have occurred at Gettysburg. Walt Whitman’s second-hand account tells of an unidentified soldier wounded at Fredericksburg who received whiskey and water from a middle-aged man, possibly a civilian, on one of the evenings after the battle, not during the day on the 14th. If these “eye witnesses” count, then any story of any one giving water to a wounded Yankee at some point on or after the 14th of December 1862 provides evidence for Kershaw’s version of the Kirkland story, no matter what any first hand account might have said at the time. Nor does it matter that decades of research have yet to augment these anecdotes with a single contemporary letter, journal entry, newspaper report, or official document, much less a single statement from any of the Yankee wounded, or their officers, comrades, or family members. In contrast, the accounts that do exist would seem to have in fact “challenged Kershaw's story or that Kirkland performed it,” in that they describe a situation that positively omits Kirkland, his alleged act, the “bridge” of wounded from one line to the other, and the cease-fire. And Augustus Dickert challenges Kershaw’s story by default. Though serving in the same brigade and in the same battle, he seems never to have heard the Kirkland story. Nor does he seem to have read it in Christ in the Camp or The Camp-Fires of General Lee. Instead he heard about the Georgian. Unfortunately, according to Wyckoff,[2] Dickert was wounded on December 13th and did not witness any action on the 14th. This however not only under-cuts the story of the Georgian, but removes the only first hand account that suggest anything like the story Kershaw tells. Indeed, as Wyckoff’s successor, John Hennessey, concluded, “It all comes down to Kershaw.” But this raises another question. Which Kershaw? Kershaw not only left Kirkland out of his after action report, he left him out of the “Battles and Leaders” account of Fredericksburg published nearly eight years after the letter to the News and Courier. Kershaw may have seen a difference between a human-interest story told to a local paper at a time when papers published lyric poetry and lurid scandals and everything between, and the actual historical record. There is a certain logic in reserving for the latter the literal truth while offering to the former the sort of tale that perhaps ought to have been true – the kind of civic parable that Plato in The Republic recommends that the elite tell to commoners, the kind of story incorporated in inspirational messages in sermons, and books like Christ in the Camp. In that context, the literal truth would matter less than the spiritual truth of the noble youth who confronts the brutality of the battlefield with an act of Christian charity and later dies heroically for his country. So we need to choose which Kershaw to believe — the Kershaw who wrote an after-action report to his superiors subject to punishment for falsification, and a note to amend the historical record subject to the criticism of his peers in “Battles and Leaders,” or the Kershaw who wrote, not in an official or historical capacity, but for the popular audience of the News and Courier. The Context of Kershaw’s Story It helps greatly in answering this question that Mr. Wyckoff’s research has led to his finding and publishing the letter that inspired Kershaw’s account. In this earlier version published by the Charleston News and Courier the sergeant sets off as Kershaw states but receives a serious wound before the Yankees cease fire, whereupon several other rebel soldiers take up canteens, which results in a small flock of “angels” on Marye’s Heights. The subject of this version later dies in the Wilderness attempting to repeat his kindness. Unfortunately the real Kirkland fell at Chickamauga a half a year before the overland campaign, and the author does not claim to have witnessed either incident himself, only to have heard the story from an unnamed informant. Who wrote this earlier version? It carries the byline “C. McK.” Thanks to fellow enthusiast Robert Mosher we know that this was almost certainly Carlyle McKinley. A Confederate veteran, poet, and author, McKinley was also a correspondent for the very same News and Courier. Somewhat unreconstructed in his political beliefs, he would go on to write the book An Appeal to Pharoah (1889), which proposes a “radical solution” to the “Negro problem” via the mass deportation of black Americans to Africa. The News and Courier itself published in addition to journalism such works as the human-interest collection Our Women in the War (1885). This documents the heroism and strength of southern womanhood in language fully as colorful as that in either of the versions of the Kirkland story it published. But in the early 1880s an audience existed for such: reconstruction had ended in 1877 and Kershaw belonged to a group of politically strong conservatives known as “Bourbons” who, under the leadership of Wade Hampton, focused on “ousting the carpetbaggers and undoing as much of Reconstruction as they could” while intending “to re-create as much as possible the world of antebellum South Carolina, a world in which they and their kind held sway” (Walter B. Edgar, South Carolina: a History, p. 407). This leads us to one last look at “Kershaw’s” letter. I put the General’s name in quotes because I now question whether he even wrote the account himself. After all, he only signed his name to the introduction; the rest of the letter tells the story in the third person – it has no “I,” only “the General,” and the language bears far less resemblance to that of Kershaw’s original after action report or subsequent article in “Battles and Leaders” than it does to the more florid prose of a Carlyle McKinley. The story did, nonetheless, serve a cause of more immediate interest to Kershaw and like-minded “Bourbons” at the time. It limns the portrait of a noble representative of southern manhood who, in the aftermath of the Confederacy’s defeat, devastation, and “reconstruction,” rises from the ashes to bequeath “to the American youth — yea, to the world — an example which dignifies our common humanity.” In addition to the cultural imperatives of the “Bourbons.” the story serves a useful purpose for “Lost Causers” and southern partisans generally. It changes the fundamental narrative of the battle of Fredericksburg from one of heroic and hopeless self-sacrifice on the part of northern soldiers, to one of southern chivalry and charity. On the field of mythos, the green flag of Erin and the Irish brigade with boxwood in its hats fall not to a stone wall lined with muskets but a noble young man burdened with canteens. But the popularity of the story goes even further than that. The story of the “Angel” and his “Christ-like” mercy offers those of us who read military history for its questionable pleasures – and those of us whose votes may lead to future wars – a kind of solace, and an absolution. On this battlefield, humanity stays the hand of the grim-faced sharpshooter and acts of mercy go forward without impediment. No one shoots Lt. Col. Buchanan’s wounded or guns down his ambulance attendants. Major Andrews’ men need not go twelve hours without a drink of water, nor relieve themselves in the mud where they lie under fire the entire day. From this battlefield, we need remember only one man with a canteen in his hand, not the more than 18,000 with lead in other parts of their bodies. Here, war is evil in the abstract but noble in its particulars. The legend of Sergeant Kirkland remains as good a story as ever. But in the end it tells us considerably less about the actual battle of Fredericksburg than the cultural and political milieu in which it first appeared, and our continuing need to avoid confronting the reality of war. Conclusion The account of Sergeant Kirkland’s heroics, originally published in the News and Courier in 1880, makes no earlier appearance in history. It contradicts the official reports and other contemporary accounts of the battle of Fredericksburg. It first appears under the byline of a partisan of the “lost cause” in a newspaper promoting the same. Further, Kershaw, the alleged author, does not appear to have ever attempted to inject the tale into an official history of the war. But no matter: the story’s continuing popularity derives from the variety and depth of its emotional appeal, which will doubtless continue with or without support from the historical record. With all this, questions remain – what did Sergeant Kirkland actually do at Fredericksburg, and what can it matter now? We cannot answer the first question. The record that fails to corroborate Kershaw’s story also fails to replace it. Kirkland died at Chickamauga less than a year later – as a lieutenant, according to Kershaw, but still a sergeant according to his service record. It seems reasonable to assume that Kirkland was a worthy young man – he gave his life in the war, and earned the admiration of his general, who perhaps never really meant us to take “his” story literally, but only to convey the moral message in the newspaper writer’s final lines. Does it matter? From one perspective, we can say that it does not. We do not need a real action to praise the virtue of aiding a wounded foe. Yet when we memorialize an act of such singularity and uncertain provenance to the exclusion of a greater reality, we lose the concrete to the fanciful. Hundreds – thousands – of other American soldiers died before and behind the wall at Fredericksburg in an attack that quickly became equally famous for futility and heroism, and a defense that triumphed against great odds. Kirkland himself died less than a year later. But in celebrating an action that from the balance of the evidence probably never occurred, the statue fictionalizes one man’s courage even as it overshadows the courage, and squalid suffering, of thousands of others on both sides. In effect, the real soldiers – including Kirkland – have no statue. In its place stands a monument to a myth. [1] See the comment dated December 22, 2009: http://cwmemory.com/2009/12/22/is-the-richard-kirkland-story-true/ [2] http://npsfrsp.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/from-mac-wyckoff-richard-kirkland-part-2-other-evidence/
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    I advocate a more flexible construction/modification feature in the shipyard. I want to be able to trim the ship fitting my play - in this case making my traders fast, dumping all main guns to achieve more speed and fitting a couple of HEAVY stern guns to slow down pursuers. The ship mod section (and initial construction page) should have sliders to select weight, speed, gun sizes, gun placements, rigging quality, hold, powder storage, ammunition, crew selection (number of gunners, sailors, marines...) and all of course having results in speed, stability tonnage and so forth shown... Then I can make fast raiders with light broadsides, speed traders with only stern guns or heavy Corvettes for pirate hunting.... All in all this will make gameplay more interesting as all will have different preferences, so you never know exactly what you are up against. And in fact more period exact - just look at how all the ships stolen from Denmark were outfitted with heavier armaments by the brits and thereby got slower..... regional bonuses and some upgrades could stay in slots but many would be better integrated here
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    Grape onto the open deck of the Niagara = Massacre.
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    I have updated the title. As always, please limit responses only to providing additional factual evidence, or a rebuttal by the accused parties.
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    I've said today that there could be some new bugs with the perk as we are receiving new reports and investigating. There is a bug that insta closes battle and pull in the battle all ships in the pull area if both attacker and defender had same BR by the time the instance created regardless of perk. We have no ETA yet but we will try to fix it within the pb land patch, or, in another case, in one of the next patches after pb land patch. Regarding screenshots posted by Captain Liquicity - noone of players in both cases had the perk activated (checked by logs). Other players were able to join since you can join up to two minutes in a battle in the pvp event area.
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    Ah the victory in a 4th rate PB bug. Thanks for fixing it so fast:)
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    From 46 up to 230 if you think about it.
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    SI y no...en esto tengo experiencia en el lado "malo" ..y aunque no me considero un hacha tampoco un noob... por el foro anda, en resumen un inger disparando de lejos y un cutter pegado al culo de mi bucentaure.... y tuve que terminar saliendo de batalla tras desmastelar al cuter porque aquello era un sinsentido y tras una hora me tenia peladoa metralla por popa no, pero deberia ser eso , una hazaña, el resultado de un jugador excepcional , y nunca la regla general..... Ocasiones unicas o anecdoticas no pueden ser la norma ....
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    Ok been in the game as Foxcroft for two and a half months. Really enjoying the experience in my basic Surprise. Had my first battle in the Admiralty games. Was fun running around trying to find players for combat,met some French and did battle, that finished we had contact with some Danes, battle commenced, At this stage i should have pulled out being in rank only Master and Commander, with some crew down, ship still in a good condition I continued to the third battle, this turned out to be Pirates. Out numbered and with some large two Decker's we came to battle, because of the number of ships involved it became very crowded, and I struck a Pirate two Decker and broke my bowsprit.with the help of a fellow player I got free. Then it was I decided I had to get out and repair or to Davy Jone's locker I would go. Had a running fight with a lighter Pirate frigate and found we both were stuck against the wind, with Bowsprit missing found it very difficult to turn back into the wind, all this time I was being pounded by pirate ships. What was so funny at the time was this little Pirate cutter(Capt Slim), being in dire straits by this time,Capt Slim realised I had no stern cannon. By this time I was sinking, The thought that went through my mind while he was firing his 4 or 6 Pdrs at my stern, was that the poor fella was down on his luck and needed the Gold and XP. Then watched the battle for a bit and came out of the game. What struck me as funny was that I landed in La Navasse, which was not one of my ports and had to get a cutter to get home again. Great time I had, would not have missed for the world, not sure on the out come, but hope that all enjoyed as much as me. Good day Gentlemen.
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    The reward system for the PVP events or The reward system generally Well I feel that the devs do NOT aply their fine logic to this game. They created this PVP events wich, are nice but again the rewards only go to those few ppl. who win. This makes for sour loosers, and players who are not willing to fight if the win is not sure. So we are chaising each other in the even area until we get some poor bastard that lost his way.. and we kill him. Some of us get points others not. The loosing player will lose his ship(if it is the last dura) and wil NOT get any points. This is why PVP is allmost dead in this game. My suggestion is to create a point scale for this events were u get reward points even if u loose, but u need to engage in figths tho to get points. Sure the winner get more points but the people who take part must all get reward points. and so when u reach a point level u get a certain reward and start to chase the next level. The way it is now only ppl in big numbers will join pvp area. Because no1 likes to loose!
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    The range for infantry brigades is normalized for game play reasons. In early beta brigades could have widely different ranges and it was frustrating defending a hill while being blasted off it by longer range elite infantry and being unable to respond really, forcing you to come down the hill. It made fortifications useless and caused all kinds of problems. What you get instead, is that better range rifle will lead to more casualties caused out longer ranges. Skirmishers and cavalry can have different firing ranges depending on their weapon though and even detached skirmishers will utilize the greater range of various weapons.
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    I've had a few mornings like that at reenactments, that is if you replace the Huey with a light hangover
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    SeaWolf...no wait...SeaHyena.
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    compass wood is fine. Fine woods are not fine, fine woods were removed. Game is much better now crafting-wise. Thanks devs!
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    Y'all are such an outspoken minority on this topic, it's dumbfounding. The damage model and sailing mechanics are what needs attention the *least* from the development team. I fail to grasp how anyone with any concern for where things are going with the game wouldn't just say, "Hey, it's not perfect but it seems to work, battles feel good, mistakes are consequential, things are skill-based not ship-based rock-paper-scissors, we don't all sail around 1st rates all the time, battles last about the right amount of time, etc. etc. Let's move on to fix what's really ailing and holding players back (RvR, alliances, econ., pirate mechanics, etc.)."
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    Basically... experience is incredibly important for artillery, it turns it into a completely different animal. If you have small batteries, you can give your most valuable guns to your best troops. If you have 24 gun batteries, you have to create new, inexperienced batteries to carry your fancy guns. Also, the AI artillery numbers scale with yours. If you take 24 gun 6 pound batteries early in the campaign, so will the AI. If I spent my reputation on artillery though? I would still bump my battery sizes to include it.
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    I swear by Lorenz rifles. I have a division in my confederate army (3 brigades) equipped with Lorenz's and they outperform all my other units by a fair margin.
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    Yo lo compré por febrero y las fragatas no hacían eso. No mataban el 20% de tripulación en una pasada por popa. Es mas, en esa época y con bola, no matabas apenas. Las naves se capturaban dejándolas sin velas o palos, bajando el casco y tirando metralla. Y asi fue, con variaciones, durante toda la época de las "romerias". Algo mas elaborado de lo que pareces apreciar. En esa época, me comí muchos bloqueos con mi fragata y en todos ellos, salvo que estuviéramos en notable superioridad, enfrentarse a un 3ª era una locura. Cuando despues de mucho PVP, pude entrar a las batallas de puerto.... se parecían a estas como un huevo a una castaña. No Sigfried, las enculadas "realistas", y solo las enculadas que los virajes-recargas-giros de velas-etc no lo son, han venido con el parche 9,96. En cuanto el resto de cosas que mencionas: pues que quieres que te diga.... que utilices como argumento que el juego es igual para todos.... pues la mierda también lo es, solo que algunos no nos gusta.
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    En absoluto estoy de acuerdo contigo, Siegfried. Esto se supone que es un juego de simulación naval. Ese sr. es el puto amo de un juego arcade en que las naves se mueven como lanchas neumaticas y matan cual estrellas de la muerte. Tu me dirás que opciones tienes con un 3ª en este juego arcade-mata-mata. Las batallas de puerto, destrozadas. Convertidas en un corre-corre o en un caos de melé, en la que todo se basa en buscar la popa del contrario. Formaciones?, lineas?.... para qué?. Y ahora el PVP reducido a un montón de fragatitas dopadas, que giran como en un vals, buscando raspar el trasero de su pareja. Juego arcade de niños rata.