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  1. A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF) This is a tad left field, a sort of future History... The Naval Action community once again amazes me at the depth of knowledge and passion you carry for military theory from all ages covering Land sea or air. We look back with the advantage of hindsight (or God Mode) citing ways Generals, Admirals or Countries used someone’s strategic theory to win or lose. With this in mind and following @admin lead “only hardcore will do”. Let’s take Hindsight or God Mode away to see if we can still solve a military challenge. Task. YOU as a Military Strategist tell me Why the United States needs a Space Force by 2020? How will it be able to achieve tactically its (USSF) objectives over the coming 10 years 2030? What are its Objectives? Battle Strategy ideas and thoughts. I’ll write my thoughts over the weekend, I would love to hear yours. War domains now cover Land, Sea, Air and Cyber with Outer Space just 60 miles straight up to be the next theater... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaSnwTjnhQE Mike Pence outlines plans to create the USSF https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Space_Force https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militarisation_of_space https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theater_(warfare) (part of the war series) Outer Space as been under funded by the United States for decades allowing other countries and Private Corporations to catch up. The US losing its cold war dominance now sees potential future threats from Russia, China, and India. This from an NSA report to the Pentagon in 2017. Private Businesses with launch vehicles from SpaceX, Boeing, Orbital ATK are cutting out NASA from the lucrative Satellite business just through its years of underfunding now needing to play catch up also. How will @Sir R. Calder of Southwick a real-life professional Navy man's knowledge tackle this unknown future threat. Will @Sento de Benimaclet use his knowledge of Vo Nguyen to solve the complex problem? Am sure @Louis Garneray will fall back on the popular On-War theory... Maybe @Sir Hethwill the RedDuke comes up with a simple Logistics operation using the ordinary man behind the machine? Without hindsight, let me know what you’d do to protect effectively America’s interests in Outer Space over the next 10 years. Norfolk nRocketman
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    @Sento de Benimaclet I agree, they the United States needs to be ahead of the curve. Yet they feel and look like they’re playing catch up. NASA saying Mars unlikely in the 2030s. The Moon staging post late 2020s. We should have been there by now. Private Corporations racing ahead or taking the lead could become very problematic. Imagine SpaceX in 2035 mines the first near Earth asteroid [ERO] with a low DeltaV? Horror show with history repeating itself. Like the East India Company growing to dwarf the Crown’s asset, and becoming uncontrollable and totally corrupt. United States needs stay ahead of this competitive game. The threats might be more than just country wide as jurisdiction in Outer Space is not under US Law. The problem as always COST both current plus a sizeable allocation to R&D. This might sound far fetched but history time and time again proves otherwise. From oil and Rockefeller, Carnegie and steel, to Apple Inc becoming the first Trillion-dollar Company in history. Its Market Cap makes it larger than the GDP of each of 183 out of the 199 countries of which the World Bank monitors GDP Data. In other words, if it was a Country it would be the 16th Largest. SpaceX mines an ERO in 2035 could quite literal destabilizes economies around the world... Another book: The East India Company by Brian Gardner https://www.amazon.co.uk/East-India-Company-Dorset-Reprints/dp/0880295309/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534604756&sr=8-1&keywords=the+east+india+company%2C+brian+gardner Norfolk
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    @Captain Jean-Luc Picard The UK should be ok. With the Turkey wobble, watch Portugal, Italy, Greece and Iceland. This all falls back onto just Germany...
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    Being an Englishman I’ve no room to talk. Now more of a well-trained bespoke Armed Force, we are more commercially active with BAe Systems. https://www.satellitetoday.com/government-military/2018/06/01/uk-to-debut-first-defense-space-strategy-this-summer/ I just hope we don’t roll out the Royal Space Force post Brexit Norfolk.
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    Satellite Quick Facts (includes launches through 4/30/18) Total number of operating satellites: 1,886 United States: 859 Russia: 146 China: 250 Other: 631 LEO: 1,186 MEO: 112 Elliptical: 40 GEO: 548 Total number of US satellites: 859 Civil: 20 Commercial: 495 Government: 178 Military: 166 https://www.space.com/41511-weird-russian-satellite-not-so-abnormal.html That’s the working SATS breakdown, look at China. I seem to struggle from the offensive point of view. How do I effectively attack from Space another or multiple Space objects with efficiency? How do I attack from Space to a ground target accurately? Without the use of ICBMs it seems a lot harder than it first looks. SPY or Surveillance gathering seems to be the best role by a long way.
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    I get you, the minute it wakes up it becomes very visible.
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    @HachiRoku Interesting YouTube channel and will watch more. I agree with your thesis on space warfare to be an unlikely if not an unusual affaire up to 2030. Up to 2030 the valuable assets are the satellites for communications, GPS and so on. USAF with 170 satellites to look after its highly unlikely China would try to shoot them all out of the sky. More likely is to attack their ground receiver stations spread across the globe with servers and databases that were retroactively woven to together. This leaves countless weak spots. China-based hacker groups have already targeted defense manufacturing firms and satellites are surprisingly easy to hack. US Space Force’s first role would be Cyber Security of its primary SATS. As an offensive role, the X-37B unmanned mini shuttle spent 2 years in space and before that 270 days. That’s very good reliability as you state the cold is no good for avionics over that length of time. Usage could deliver a small “First-Strike” orbital bombardment using kinetic energy not violating the Outer Space Treaty. But that’s really it. Space Force probably will see more action down the gravity well than orbit. https://www.amazon.com/Dauntless-Lost-Fleet-Book-1/dp/0441014186 If you like more realistic sci-fi battles try this guy. The series gets tired but battles are good with distance time and visibility issues. The author is a retired Naval Officer so you get good feel how a warship might run. Norfolk
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    @William Wade The Opening Point is not about President Donald Trump. He didn’t come up with the idea, just the ridiculous name. The USAF core missions are air, space, global strike and command & control. They have over 5,000 aircraft, 400 ICBMs and 170 Military Satellites and a nearly new space shuttle Atlantis in the Smithsonian. The Air Force was becoming swamped and reporting lines unclear. The Air Force Space Command [AFSPC] a subsidiary of the USAF mission was to “Provide resilient and affordable Space and Cyberspace capabilities for the Joint Force and the Nation” and this is where the reporting lines crossed or become unclear. It needed spinning of as Cyber and Satellites became more important. The USAF needed cleaning up and the catalyst came in 2007 when China shot down a defunct weather satellite. The process started however the armed forces already in a war and within a year we saw a global financial meltdown. Had funding issues. With the economic recovery underway and set to continue The Republican Party and Donald Trump took advantage or Hijacked the reform by allocating more funding (remember his campaign to the armed forces?) to this project... This is why he gets to call it his idea... If you don’t think there is any Space threat out to 2030 then fine, but please it is not about a President. Fake News will get him into trouble soon enough. This was a very brief summary of course. Norfolk.
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    Development plans for the H2 2018

    @admin Let’s see how looks. I would ask this... why would any noob enter or average player if they’ll be up against an [ELITE] ego with all the books, toys, whistles and bells... no Chance... I’m no whiney b/tch, that’s the wife. Even so what incentive would the average player have? http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26505-we-duel-tournament-a-doubled-edged-sword-or-the-birth-of-a-legend/ Norfolk
  10. Book: Military and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars https://www.amazon.co.uk/Military-History-Atlas-Napoleonic-Wars/dp/1853673463/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534499371&sr=8-1&keywords=a+military+history+and+atlas+of+the+napoleonic+wars This is probably my absolute number one favorite book on the era. On each and every page with text on the left and a very clear map on the right. It’s not a cheap book but worth every penny. However Naval Action is absent. Best way to use or read it is as a reference in conjunction with other works. Like @Captain Jean-Luc Picard recommendation of David Chandler’s work is a brilliant combination way to read and fully understand the era. http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26632-book-strategic-studies-a-reader/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Campaigns-Napoleon-David-Chandler/dp/0297748300/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1534499880&sr=1-2&keywords=The+Campaigns+of+Napoleon Let me know what you think Norfolk.
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    Book: Military and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars

    This is left field and not sure how to approach it. Also a tad off topic... I want to do a STRATEGY post tomorrow regarding the US Space Force. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkU8kjgaCZY We look with the advantage of hindsight in most of our posts like the wars set in the Napoleonic era or up to modern times. Even the late Thomas Schelling can’t help us here. Without hindsight this becomes an issue with space rivals such as Russia, China and even India. Relying on Sun Tzu or Jomini or whoever what theoretical plan should the US be looking at and why and at what costs? Norfolk nClue
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    Lighthouses!

    @jpjchris PC owned PORT makes an inward investment to construct a lighthouse. This would add to the daily upkeep and the balancer would be a safer PORT. This safer port means Hostility to pop the PB is increased and the AI trade income increases also. Like it. Graphically though I think you’d want to see a tower and light though? Norfolk
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    The [ELITE] Archive Guides

    The [ELITE] Archive Guides Just wanted one place to keep guides, ideas and notes together. In order from Oldest to latest in each section. I find it way easier than using the activity work function. Feel free to look or comment. Just three sections. The [ELITE] Guides, Ideas: and Selected POSTs Norfolk nChance [ELITE] The [ELITE] Guides The problem with writing any guide is change. An EA game is far worse. I’ve tried to explain the strategy behind the tactics so as the mechanics change you can adapt them at will due to the understanding of the strategy behind it. Well that’s the theory anyway... Listed Latest to the oldest... *** Reserved for the next guide *** Norfolk nBanker FX Trader in the Age of Sail... https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1445816552 Definitely one of the more complex guides. Also, this one unlike the previous works is a PREDICTIVE guide on what might happen. Even if its shown to be way off what the Dev’s actually deploy the strategy is worth its weight in gold. How to read and NOT read development POSTs can be used for any game. Norfolk nLegend does Grinder...! https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1284386035 Definitely my favorite titled guide. This was a help guide for the NA-Legends game, and actually is a good read for anyone starting PvP or PvE missions. Gives a good clear understanding of Damage Mechanics and what you need to know. I would strongly advise any player PvP PvE alike to do the “Jack & Danny Quiz” then read the start of the following chapter. Graphic TWEAKS with [ELITE]... v1.01 https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=934048215 Very basic how to guide not aimed at the ROCKET SCIENTIST but the average Joe instead. Where to find and how to present your problem. The only real thing I’d add would be the WiFi gateway problem which occurs often. Déjà vu with Norfolk nWay https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=917654264 This without a doubt is the most controversial [ELITE] Guide exploring the dark arts of using ALTs. All mechanics still good and I think it gives a balanced view. If written today I would show and explain the development of [EDARK] EliteDark GB clan with only 1 PC member that’s GB with the other 90% of different Nations. The Magic Pirate & the Lost Mission... https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=855697559 Still one of my favorite guides exploring one mechanic but expands out widening your view within NA-OW. It’s the basic starter of “How to” Gank and avoid Ganking. I Still get PCs saying yeah I saw the ALT on the second read... Penetration, Armor and Structure? https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=821905674 This is showing its age a tad now, still explains core concepts and language. I’d recommend instead the “Norfolk nLegend does Grinder”. With the chapters “Ron Jeremy Guide to Penetration and Thickness” and the next chapter on. Combined Crafting. Blue Print and Fine Woods https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=821902779 Although dated its still worth a read as to my thinking behind the crafting process. The BASE strategies and avoiding mistakes with P/ss Poor Planning is still relevant.
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    The [ELITE] Archive Guides

    Selected POSTs Selected posts from all sections of the forum A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF) Aug18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26694-a-strategy-tactical-build-for-the-us-space-force-ussf/ USD to DLC in MMOs making virtual Spaceships worth real USDs... Jul18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26376-usd-to-dlc-in-mmos-making-virtual-spaceships-worth-real-usds/ W/E Duel Tournament, A Doubled edged sword or the birth of a legend...? Jul’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26505-we-duel-tournament-a-doubled-edged-sword-or-the-birth-of-a-legend/ Question: Is a PCs in-game statistics worth a look? Jul’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26462-question-is-a-pcs-in-game-statistics-worth-a-look/ [PvP Caribbean] [EDARK] EliteDark Clan Recruitment POST Jan’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/24438-pvp-caribbean-edark-elitedark-clan-recruitment-post/ “Being Prepared…” and Norfolk’s hard lesson Jul’17 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/21509-“being-prepared…”-and-norfolk’s-hard-lesson/ Guide to solo piracy or how to hunt with a style http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/21600-guide-to-solo-piracy-or-how-to-hunt-with-a-style/ not an [ELITE] guide written by @Koltes [BLACK]. To all Nations out there please HELP me Sep’17 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/22969-pvp-global-to-all-nations-please-help-me/ I put a hit out on [ELITE] main Captains [PvP GLOBAL] George Town is about to explode…!!! Sep’17 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/22589-pvp-global-george-town-is-about-to-explode…/ The Junkie & his Dealer… Jun’17 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/20652-the-junkie-his-dealer…/
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    The [ELITE] Archive Guides

    Ideas: These are latest to oldest mainly Posted in the “Suggestions” section of the forum this year. Idea: Dynamic NPC Nation Overlays... Aug’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26648-idea-dynamic-npc-nation-overlays/ Idea: Norfolk wants @Jeheil [YouTube] back using again in NA...!!! Jul’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26478-idea-norfolk-wants-jeheil-youtube-back-using-again-in-na/ Idea: RE-write Partial Materials Wipe & Currency changes... Jul’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26472-idea-re-write-partial-materials-wipe-currency-changes/ IDEA: Norfolk compares Apples to Oranges to avoid a Lemon... Jul’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26423-idea-norfolk-compares-apples-to-oranges-to-avoid-a-lemon/ Idea: Norfolk nAhab and his White Whale... Jun’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26085-idea-norfolk-nahab-and-his-white-whale/ [This is a set of three linked posts over one subject] [3] Idea: Bringing “Agony” to [PvP Carribbean] & NA-OW Jun’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26120-idea-bring-agony-to-na-ow/ [2] Idea: Start Missions and Storyline... Jun’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26076-idea-start-missions-and-storyline/ [1] Idea: Norfolk nNoob goes Gank-ing...! May’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/25951-idea-norfolk-nnoob-goes-gank-ing/ A different look at Upgrading and Stacking Ones Ship... Feb’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/25015-a-different-look-at-upgrading-and-stacking-ones-ship/ Why does any Nation need a Capital? Feb’18 http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/24963-why-does-any-nation-need-a-capital/
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    War and Peace

    @vazco I absolutely agree. Speaking for my idea only you needn’t follow any of the threads. The BLING will in turn show the whore inside. The [ELITE] and [EDARK] operations and agenda work outside that of the GB Nation overlays. When aligned PERFECT when not we won’t take part. The idea (mine) is to create templated campaign flexibility to encourage multi clan and solo team work within the same nation. I believe you are taking it to a too far RESTRICTIVE view. This is probably, actually is my fault in my poorly worded script... Norfolk.
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    War and Peace

    I see your point and the three steps application works. Don’t want to push my NPC idea but it actually sits beautifully within your concept. Norfolk.
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    Development plans for the H2 2018

    @admin if I may suggest my humble Genius. WAIT DON'T REPLY YET to all the questions. Do a second post later and answer players questions then. NnC
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    Book: Strategic Studies A Reader

    Book: Strategic Studies A Reader Second edition edited by Thomas Mahanken & Joseph Maiolo https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strategic-Studies-Thomas-G-Mahnken-ebook/dp/B00HSMEQEE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1534234121&sr=8-2&keywords=Strategic+Studies+A+Reader Thought I would offer this book as on the previous post other War theorists start to be mentioned. I’ve had a keen interest in military strategy from an early age but never as a profession, well excluding Karate just to qualify my weak knowledge base. The main misinterpretation I believe of reading old war or Game theory studies is usually confusion between what is the “Strategy” and what are the “Tactics” involved to complete the strategic objective. The above Book breaks down just three, Sun Tzu, Clausewitz and Liddall-Hart. This I found fascinating with On War such a complex read while Sun Tzu is always Double-Edged and the profound Liddall-Hart’s stolen Blitzkrig idea... The Book is a primer for the READER to push deeper into strategic studies, not just historic but possible future events. It’s no easy read but gives the best BREAK-DOWN of On War by Von Clausewitz and order it should be read in I’ve seen. In terms of NA-OW or DREADNAUGHT, my three battle skills still remain the same in the same order... http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26044-what-are-the-three-most-important-personal-owbattle-skills/ let me know if you like the book (or disagree), or other ones you’d recommend and why? Norfolk nChance.
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    War and Peace

    @van Veen I read the OP 2-3 times and thought about it overnight. I really like the idea and thought behind it. Nations need a purpose in Naval Action and imo must remain. Like you, I express a dislike of the voting system in my idea. The crux at each and every point is the PC with power wielding higher or out of game strategy to form policy. This in every NA-OW case becomes less and less dynamic in game as a whole from “Care Bear Alliance” to the “East v West” packs. Next step is to individualize nation behaviour. Each nation should have one leader with different emphasis w.r.t. which of the criteria above is more important for them by a bonus system. This way you get individualized leader profiles and different nation behaviour. If I may suggest instead, Next step is to individualize nation behavior. Each nation should have one leader that is an in-game Dev PC. An example GB Nation “King George III”. GB Nation PCs can send letters of intent and petitions to the PC. Once a quarter, all same Nation PCs will receive a letter “The Crowns strategy”. This incorporates PC request ideas and over all campaign strategy (and suggestions made) for the Nation for the next six months. Unfortunately, like you said it must skew into the Nations Back Ground story... peace lovers, trader friends, warmongeries, and so on. For GB “The Madness of King George must show at times...” I like your idea, but think the Dev’s may struggle to roll something like this out. The one clear view I have is PC Nations naturally collapse in abject apathy overtime as we’ve seen already in NA-OW past. Norfolk nChance [ELITE]
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    Book: Strategic Studies A Reader

    @Captain Jean-Luc Picard and @Sir R. Calder of Southwick and @Sento de Benimaclet and others... Do you really think @Norfolk nChance would sit back and accept this? When maybe if @Ink opens this new thread, I want you to POST your BEST Military theorist in time. Quick Overview and why... Come on you know you want to... Norfolk nChance [ELITE]
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    Book: Strategic Studies A Reader

    @Ink A small favor to ask... Under “Age of Sail Historical Discussions” then “History” can you add a sub thread like “the Maps” one called “Military & Naval Strategist and their theories” or something to that effect. Many thanks Norfolk nChance [ELITE]
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    Idea: Norfolk nAhab and his White Whale...

    @admin @Ink @Hethwill Longer term, down the road idea POST launch. Short Version go straight to the bottom of the POST... “Call me Norfolk...” The opening words from Herman Melville wrote in 1851 probably the first all American Novel depicting Norfolk nAhab's obsessive-compulsive nature to the bitter end. Giving no thought to lives lost to aid him reap his vengeance on one of the largest and unique animals in God’s creation. Not just a giant but a one-off hard to catch albino white whale known as Moby-Dick. Norfolk nAhab in his previous voyage Captaining the Essex, lost both ship and left leg to Moby-Dick. In his new LGV whaler named the Acushnet, the burning intent will push him to his final goal of Spear-ing the Beast or he’ll meet his maker with bitterness and anger in his soul... https://americanliterature.com/author/herman-melville/book/moby-dick-or-the-whale/summary ...go get a good glass of French Red.... Idea: The NA-OW Whale Mechanic Big Fish, Small Pond... In NA-OW we’ve seen fish of all shapes, sizes and value. Different fish in different areas but now a new type has been sighted. To give its correct title they are aquatic placental marine mammals or to you and me Whales... https://www.windy.com/overlays?currents,19.062,-74.048,5,i:pressure These mammoth creatures swim together in schools of three to fourth adults following the ocean currents. Unlike the fish hugging the coastline these creatures habit deep water playgrounds. The expanse of Port-au-Prince to Cartagena to Fort-Royale one such area. The Bermuda Islands to Atwood open ocean another or the Gulf of Mexico. Fueling the Caribbean Economic Growth... Within the Caribbean we have many different types of PORTs some small a type 1 like Rum Cove and some huge like Cartagena a type 5. These PORTs attract trade and from that trade a local income tax is levied. In the past most, business trade happened in the daylight hours. However, a recent invention called the oil lamp gives out light but much brighter and safer than candles or an open fire. This allows the shopkeeper to open for longer generating much more income than he would in a normal day. Street oil lamps make the PORT much safer at night thus attracting more AI commerce than would normally occur. In fact, using this oil over night would increase that days tax generated income by as much as 20%. To raise hostility at this port would take more mission input now being much safer. The Oil Product... The oil comes in a barrel from whaling ships that have hunted a whale down and processed the carcass into usable Whale Oil Barrels. The Whaler would come to PORT and sell the oil on the open market. A PORT owner would buy the barrels. Then take the barrels to his port. In the PORT management area, he can allocate how many barrels of oil can be used overnight. Type1 PORT only 1x Barrel can be consumed, Type 5 PORT up to 5x Barrels can be consumed. The more barrels the higher the tax revenue percentage boost. The PORT management will continue to reload the Barrels allocated every server restart as the oil is consumed leaving the empty barrels back in the warehouse for re-use. Some Need to Know Grizzly Facts... https://nammco.no/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/manual-baleen-whales-grenade-and-harpoon.pdf The Harpoon Cannon was first used as far back as 1770 but by the 1850s it was what we know as today’s weapon with a grenade delivery system. Look at the whale images below. The optimal target area is a harpoon fired side on just above and behind the front fin. If too far back then its all muscle with no vital organs, too far forward and we find a hard skull area that the Harpoon will ricochet off. So not too big a surface area. The Harpoon successfully hitting the correct spot delivering a delayed fuse timed grenade. The Grenade now is in or around the chest cavity. Upon detonation spinal cord, brain and other vital organs suffer catastrophic impact leading to failure. Whale Hunting BASIC Mechanic... The school of whales underneath the graphics are basic AI fleet of unarmed Indiaman ships that just look like whales. When ships approach them, they’ll try to steer away but then to get back on course. The Whale Ship needs to close in distance within a circle to tag the creatures. This then drops all into a BATTLE instance. The Whales try to run away like a trader would with the Whaler in pursuit. The Whaler needs to shoot harpoons at a specific area that cause internal damage to the whale’s health eventually slowing it down and killing it. Here like in a normal battle top right would show a ship/whale diagram with front back and the two sides planking health bar with the central internal health bar also. Hitting the right area of the whale will deplete the central internal health needed to kill it. Slow death takes the sides down first... The Whale Ship comes along side the dead floating corpse and the empty barrels stored in the hull start to fill up with whale oil over time. Like a boarding locked action. Once all the oil is extracted then you can escape the BATTLE. Also, like a normal BATTLE instance it is always OPEN. This could leave the Whale ship venerable to opportunistic enterprising players like @Nick the cursed need I say more...? The LGV Whale Ship with Bow chaser Harpoon Cannons... http://www.macyplace.com/FirstFury/Supplementary/Image_alice.gif This is the Bark Alice Knowles whale ship diagram To start whaling you will need specific Skills unlocked. An LGV filled with empty barrels in the hold, plus Bower Chaser Harpoon Cannons. Now imagine the entire Mortar-Brig Mechanic from cannon to perks to mods. And the unique dispersion aiming function. This is mapping the same model over to the LGV. In aim view the target and focused dispersion rings contract and come together allowing you to fire a Harpoon at the beast. Like with the mortar brig play you are looking to take down the central health bar. This works the same way targeting the whale side on just above the front fin. The DLC LGV Whale Ship... If you like the whale trading part of NA-OW then you may want to invest in a DLC LGV Whale Ship. This ship is purpose built for whaling. It can carry more empty barrels in the hold. The design allows for better spotting of whale schools thus allowing for a larger tag circle. The Processing time is reduced and the oil extracted is increased. If @Nick the cursed fancies his chances it also comes with a company of built in battle axe whaler marine defenders in case of boarding actions. This DLC is not really a “Pay to Win” P2W like a Tiger Tank or Battleship, but it can enhance your in-game income above the standard LGV model. I think this is acceptable and realistic. Economics... The original whale idea came from Quad AI a STEAM contributor. I thought it was ok-ish not realistically plausible from a Dev’s viewpoint. The thing is I couldn’t stop thinking about it. How much Whale Oil in barrels comes out of a whale? How much cost is a barrel and to craft it? Although like the milkman regular supplier would take back the barrel after use. PORT consumption rates and raw material depletion rates. The Dev’s controlling the amount of daily whale’s swimming around while the tax revenue benefit must out way the barrel cost. Loads of inter market analysis... In-closing... It’s a long-term back burner type project. It can stimulate the economy on many levels. But the prime objective is to get NA-OW launched first. Great idea from Quad AI and I hope he likes what I’ve done with it. Apologies for the length but I felt the start to finish process was needed to be shown. Any part in isolation can be poo-poo’d. What’s the saying...? You can tell your not dead by learning something new every day. Today, I learned that it wasn’t the Harpoon that killed the whale but the detonation of the grenade from inside the animal’s chest cavity. I’m glad it’s a thing of the past, but I needed to research the whole grizzly ugly business. Tomorrow, flower arranging... Thank you for reading and Let me know what you think of the idea ... Norfolk nChance [ELITE] The Short Version Just watching Stormy Daniels in action, is no fun. You need to know the full story behind her unique skill set that made her dad so proud. Like watching Porn without the storyline... The Whale Mechanic that can offer DLC, provide a unique high value perishable product and add depth to NA-OW. Now please go back and read the full POST...
  24. Norfolk nChance

    Shameless X-Post: Real Wind

    @jpjchris http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/26085-idea-norfolk-nahab-and-his-white-whale/ check the link under section “Big Fish, Small Pond...” shameless idea plug also Norfolk
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