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  1. Bach

    [Caribbean] the state of pvp

    Yes, I think we agree.
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    [Caribbean] the state of pvp

    I don't mean to disrespect you in anyway but I would like to point out that what you describe above is not what is really happening on average. Typically it's a sunny day on the ocean outside the capital. Players are running missions in their stoutest NPC hunting ships, the Pvp champions of the nation are generally off elsewhere looking for PvP. Some of the locals are running cargo and otherwise going about their bussiness not really prepared for heavy Pvp contests. Then it happens! Some poor fellow calls off in NAT chat that a dastardly pirate has jumped into his mission or tagged his cargo ship off the coast. So then all these normally PVE or par time PvP players sailing NPC hunting ships or just whatever crap they could buy off the market start hopping into the battle in hopes of a "rescue". From there it either goes good or really bad. But there is generally no prepared PvP equipped organized response. That doesn't usually happen. The only way opponents wanting good fights are going to see PvP regulars responding in PvP rigged Ballona's and such is if they tell them they are coming and arrange it. This is why noob coast raiding is generally easier and more successful than screening conflicts.
  3. Bach

    [Caribbean] the state of pvp

    Kudos to you for training new players. But no stars for training them to farm noob nations. So you are trying to tell me you could have completed that same feat in an average LO/WO Indefat or the like? You and I both know that tricked out Ballona's is part of the success equation. True, you getting stuck on the beach gave them a hell of an opportunity they did not capitalize on. But that again is likely in part due to their lower player skills and lower coordination making it easier on you. So you did prove an experienced player in a fast Bellona fighting an inexperienced PUG can beach himself for 20 minutes and still recover. Now if you can pull that same thing off with WO shooting at you that would be something. But you would most likely have been turned to kindling on the beach. KOC, Rabman and others would have recognized that opportunity in short order. The call would have been to focus fire. The mates would have found individual firing arcs in short order and that would have been that.
  4. Bach

    [Caribbean] the state of pvp

    I didn't mean to imply it was easy. Just that the outcome has become a frequent posting. It's obvious that the skilled players in NA have segregated themselves from the nations that new players typically join. I'm sure there is probably a rational for this social stratification. But if it is to be then it's probably better for the game if newer players match newer players and skilled players match skilled in some way. Farming of capitals is becoming the only thing done for non RvR PvP. It is a sand box game so we can't completely fault the devs. We are supposed to control most of this. In the current game player skill is paramount. I like that. But there is a responsibility to that in a sand box. For example: the current meta speed Bellona or Aggy. With a lot of PvP marks and know how we can get them up near 15 knots. This piece of gear can now outgun what can match its speed and out run what can out gun it. In the hands of a skilled player this ship can jump into a 3v15 and not really be at any great risk. If you can peel off some kills from the pack great. If it gets to hot you extend away and repair or just leave. On the face of it it looks like a Bellona in a lopsided battle. But in reality the risk levels are never any higher than the experienced captain wants them to be. It could be 3v25 and unless the other team has matching experienced players in similar gear it's not any greater risk. In fact the other 22 guys are likely in their way if not coordinating. Meanwhile those 22 really aren't learning much. This is why I say spreading around the player skill levels might liven up the map a bit. As good as that battle you posted looks I would wager it's got the opposing team thinking their efforts are futile. Leading to the growing popular "lack of content" desperation tactics.
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    [Caribbean] the state of pvp

    There is a point where these player skill over matches, that only look like lopsided battles, become so typical they are no longer worth noting as truly great battles. WO, Blanc and ALOHA have hit that mark farming less skilled players at national capitals. It's probably time you guys think about breaking up the band and spreading some of that skill around. In NA player skill > gear. Player skill + gear > than pugs in numbers.
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    Spain Land Jump

    I think you have all proven that the tow to port is a commonly misused tool but of minimal grand effect to the game.. That and that the "lazy hunter" is also a true fact of the game using mechanics to reduce risk. I'm am not sure that opening up tow to port to county capitals and national capitals wouldn't cause worse problems than moving cargo ships. Cargo ship movement is actually the least of the potential problem I see. Especially when the "tow to port" locations are known to all. For example: the two most dangerous spots in the French Parisian Furniture route from Fort Royal area to Porta Espania are the coast off Carricou and the gap between Porta Espania and Guiria. To avoid the lazy hunters at Carricou you had to plot an open ocean route around it. For the Gap you needed a look out or parked in El Toco till you got one. Under the change @Ink made you can now tow directly into Porta Espania from across the Gap. Now un lazy hunters could sit at the tow to Espanis spot instead of the Gap or both. Merchants can also trip them up by towing to Guiria to get past the gap and loop south out of sight to Espania. They can wait at Nuprima and visually see lazy hunters sitting in front of Porta Espania. Any way, the point is that no matter what you do about thus feature you can't 100% fix it to un exploitable levels and still keep the aspects of it that help new players that get lost, stuck or just frustrated at sea. By the same token lazy hunters will always be able to sit on top of Nuetral and friendly ports and the local authorities will let them dock up any time even though they are hunting their commerce. Neither of these functions are really game breakers. The game needs a place for lazy hunters and lazy merchants whether the rest of us like it or not.
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    Spain Land Jump

    I doubt this particular issue is worth all the drama. It is certainly NOT worth spending development time on that could be used to get us closer to release and more population. In the case of Spain, the player has to sit in a known spot for 5min not moving. That's a good target at risk and we all know where to find it. Also, I highly doubt anyone is making lots of gold off Parisian furniture from Santa Fe. Just based on my French experience the competition for the furniture of our multiple deep water ports is so high I rarely get a full load of P Furniture every few days. I can't imagine how competitive it must be with Santa Fe being the only producing port south of Cuba. Not to mention it is a shallow water port so moving the goods is an extra hassle. If this is a problem for you just capture the port and end the Santa Fe to Havanna furniture market. far worse than this Econ travel distance saver is using tow to port fir combat purposes. We have used it as France to get past screens, paratroop on top of PB fleets and to just plain safely dock into blockaded ports. You think an entire nation competing for one furniture port is worse than all that? Tow to port is just a fact of life in the game. It is semi exploitable like a dozen other necessary game functions. Can we just move on to the bigger things so we can get some players back?
  8. One of the more disheartening things repeated throughout the forums is players complaining about lack of content in a sand box game. It's probably that most of them haven't actually played many or any sand box games before. In a sand box the Players are supposed to generate most of the content. Not the Devs. The problems I see with this are as follows: Players are to limited in their ability to shape the environment to create content. Player generated content is centered to much on port conquest and little other means. Port conquest often requires to many players to allow for smaller groups to shape the environment. Dominance by select groups is to easily maintained. When the leaders of these groups decide to stop creating content, be it by alliances or otherwise just sitting stagnant, it is to difficult for lesser groups to replace them. They can literally just log in to maintain their ports and otherwise not play. Suggestions: Allow Econ to be used as a back door method to destabilize or flip ports, increase maintain costs or stifle tax collections. Allow players a way to shift trade routes (ex: Parisian furniture) from always being the same ports. Allow small group raids to have effects on ports be it stifling tax collections, increase maintain costs or shifting trade routes. Allow player contracts for goods to be seen globally so Econ players can create valuable trade runs and less need for Alts. Make screening an activity only declared allied nations can perform. It's rediculous for France to be fighting Prussia daily only to have France screen Prussia when it comes to port fights. There needs to be national consistency in who defends a port. Increase maintenance costs on ports? Something to deter players from just sitting on the same ports and only logging in to defend them in PBs. There needs to be benefit for players that play every day creating content vs. those that don't. Just thoughts
  9. Bach

    The Free State of VCO

    Well drama generally takes at least two parties to achieve. In any event, I hope you US clan guys realize that one more clan of guys hunting the USA or GB coastlines on NA time zones isn't really all that helpful. There is a rather stagnant dynamic noticeable on the NA time zones. it's been this way as long as I can remember. USA,GB and pirate team tend to pick up most of the new and casual English speaking players. These are the loosely organized guys that mostly NPC hunt and occasionally RvR. But not the hard core band of inseparable brothers types that generally look to separate themselves from "the newbs". So as a result the USA/GB coasts and Mortimer town become the farm lands of everyone else. The Prussians, NA French, Swedes and select pirate clans even move to have bases right next to their home ports because it's just that easy. The only equalizing force these new comer and casual player base teams have is numbers. They have less skill in general but have greater numbers. So what do the elites do when this one advantage is utilized against them? They cry like babies that they the victims of multi-flips that are destroying the Game OMG! So they recruit the other elite groups in an alliance for the day to stop the dreaded multi-flip by the big bad newbs wrecking the game. Total rubish. The smaller elite clans can easily take those ports back any any later date they wanted even if they lost. What it is really about is simply never losing and keeping the weaker skilled teams down in "their place". So US team has decided to join France. Great but don't expect any trophies for taking the easy road. VCO has decided to snub the USA team Senate. Not as easy of a road as leaving and hunting your former team mates but also not the most challenging path. To the remaining USA Senate. You've just had two active group split ranks. If you don't think there is something wrong and in need of repair in your current leadership model then I'm not sure how much of a clue you need. What all you guys should do is join forces with GB and the Mortimer pirates to multi-flip the crap out of the games current elite power barons till they cry uncle and things reset a bit. In any event it would get rid of the stagnant power balances and some of the chest beating. LOL
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    The Free State of VCO

    Just my 2 cents- Everyone should play where they feel happy about playing. If US team don't like playing USA then moving to France may be a good thing. If VCO don't like the alliance restrictions of the USA Senate then they shouldn't have to abide by them as long as they make that known and don't try to play both sides by hiding behind those alliances when convenient. Unfortunately for Rax and clan, TS permissions and even discord pages can matter when leaving a former nation IF you intend to hunt them. Why? Because we all know what bases our former team mates used and we know their play habits to a large degree. The TS rooms show you whom is online, how many and combined with the previous team knowledge you likely know what they are doing and where to find them. If UWS is attacking USA team players on the USA coast, as referenced above, then leaving TS and Discord pages would be the only way to make it fair. So far it does not appear that VCO is leaving the USA nation or attempting to hurt the USA nation. Assuming members of the USA nation may still work with VCO in ways that may not be directly related to senate activities then it might be wise to keep them on the TS. Unless VCO starts making alliances counter to those of the Senate. You boys may have to work that out.
  11. Bach

    [Caribbean] Great battle results.

    Weren't you the defending team? What is that mortar brig doing in there?
  12. Bach

    [Caribbean] Great battle results.

    My math may not be that good but I don't think you were ever getting those x7 Oceans, x2 Bellona, x2 Wasa and no mortar brig into that teeny tiny port battle. Well played indeed. <salute> It seems you got the yanks right where you wanted them all along.
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    Game Reviews on Steam

    I think the only things above I find useful are as follows: Its a niche game and not for everyone. It's a very hard game compared to most. Some like Chess and some like Checkers or tic tac toe. Tell them the game is very hard but you don't have to call it bad because it's harder than you like it. Steam only allows a thumb up or down. Whether that is for you, liking the game or recommending a purchase seems to vary on opinion. But it sure would be nice if the go no go could be expended. Out of 2000 play hours you must have found something you liked. Conversely I'm sure you also found something you didn't like. But reviewing it negatively is still false. You making the assumption that the average gamer just starting out sucks compared to you. Don't be that arrogant prick. If you like the game enough to play it 2000 hours give it a good review. Don't prejudge new players and give a bad review to a game you like enough to play everyday because you are assigning your pre-judgement to their abilities and opinions. The devs don't need your approval or have to take your advice. A Lot of reviewers seem upset about that. I'm not sure how to view this but if everyone reviewing with comments on the devs not listening to them was really that good at it perhaps they would have developed their own game. It remains a stupid thing to complain about in a game review.
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    Game Reviews on Steam

    Tutorial was not a success other than to already established players. It may getting you the Hercules and you may loved that. But as someone's helping truly virgin players it has been mostly worthless after the first couple basic tutorials. Every one of them has already abandoned the tutorial. That thing needs to be spaced out. Like do these two at level 1. Then go play some. Do these ones at level 5 and then these at level 10 etc... Like most games, they thought they had to finish the tutorial to play. I'll just say the tutorial has been very frustrating.
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    Game Reviews on Steam

    This is a very good idea. A clan directory with some simple descriptions. Clan orientation - PVP, RvR, PVE Play style - Casual vs. Hardcore Languages spoken Primary time zone
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