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  1. It was either Admin or Ink who said they were considering having some form of National Newspapers section included in the Forum. This would be where all battle news and port battle news would be posted for each Nation. In other words, each Nation would have a National Newspaper on the Forum that would reflect the spirit of the times.
  2. I'll post the suggestion yet again. Two battle ratings for each port battle. First BR would apply to all 3rd Rate ships and below for ship composition allowed for the port battle; the second BR would apply to 1st and 2nd Rate ship composition allowed for the port battle. The BR for both would insure that there would never be more than five ships of the line allowed into the port battle. The majority would consist of 3rd Rates and below.
  3. One of the most frequent request throughout the years of Naval Action. I still don't understand the logic in not being able to choose what to take from a shipwreck; it's baffling to me. My memory may be failing, but I believe we used to be able to do this. In fact, I think people were pissed that they didn't know that they had to drag items from shipwreck individually, so they were inadvertently leaving loot behind, never to be recovered. Off subject, but similar to not having wind indicator when in port.
  4. Victor. I used three ports as points of distance references and my given location was correct. Hope this helps.
  5. I respectfully don't agree with the auto update idea and the showing of route dots. Simply take your sextant reading (F 11 or whatever), write down the approximate coordinates and then consult your map in your captains cabin to find your approximate location; adjust course if needed using the ships compass. Many of us have been doing this by using Felix Victor's fantastic map. It's more immersive and feels authentic. The sextant perk in it's current form is the worst kind of crutch...broken.
  6. I had envisioned the implementation of the sextant into the game as being used to show your approximated coordinates, at which time you would consult your map to find your approximate location. Then, if needed, using your compass to adjust your course. I did not envision it as being a virtual icon of your ship traveling across the map ala, Garmin GPS. I also never thought that such an iconic navigation tool used during the age of sail would require a perk to obtain. Crafting with a required note? Yes, but not a perk. The whole idea is upside down.
  7. I'm going to suggest this one more time. Port battles should have 2 BR numbers. The first BR number goes toward the number of 3rd rate and lower ships allowed in the port battle. The second BR number goes toward the number of 1st and 2nd rates allowed. BR numbers for 1st and 2nd rates should be no higher than to allow, at the most, a combination of four to five 1st/2nd rates. BR numbers for 3rd rates and below would constitute the largest number of ships in the port battle. Guaranteed ship diversity.
  8. I would still like the dev's to run an experiment having two separate battle ratings for port battles. The first BR would be for the combined number of 1st and 2nd rates allowed, and the second BR would be for 3rd rates and lower. I know it's somewhat of a lobby system, but I can't think of any other way in keeping the number of 1st and 2nd rate ships below the number of 3rd and lower rates. As Intrepido said, Trafalgar and most large naval battles were mostly composed of 3rd rates and a smaller number of 1st and 2nd rates. Diversity adds tactical depth to port battles. I think that's a good thing.
  9. An incursion by pirates for personal gain sounds like something pirates would try; sneaky, disruptive, opportunistic. I would love to see (ad nauseam) pirate specific mechanics in play. For starters, they alone should be the only and truly hardcore faction. I'll give the dev's the benefit of the doubt that they will eventually address the pirate issue. I remember reading on the forum some time ago that they would do that.
  10. I agree. I made this suggestion when DLC ships were first introduced. My argument was that the DLC ship is, in reality, a limitless, endless dura ship. It should be counter-balanced with the reintroduction of the crafted, multi dura ship. This gives an advantage to the crafted multi dura ship because the ship is not subject to the 24 hour wait period to redeem that the DLC ship is subject to. All large ships of the line would stay 1 dura since there is no DLC for them.
  11. Looks amazing! I will look forward to this one.
  12. Salt was an important commodity for sailors in the age of sail. It was used for salt pork, salt beef and fish. Salt was also used for keeping slaughtered beef and fish from rotting on long voyages. Profits from salt - harvested from salt pans that were found on Caribbean islands such as Turks & Caicos, Curacao and Bonaire - became a prime source of income for these islands. Maybe salt should have more value in Naval Action; similar to Cartagena Tar and other 'island specific' commodities.
  13. I offered a suggestion to the developers last year that would use a 'top down view' of two ships side by side. Game-Labs already has combat mechanics that are used for Ultimate General: Civil War that could possibly be implemented for the boarding game in Naval Action. Animated combat would be ideal, but if animation is impossible it could be timed/turn based, similar to speed chess. Or, similar to what we have now where both players have a short amount of time to make their moves and then the combat is auto-resolved for that turn and then the next timed round begins etc. As an example, game-play would be similar to that of 'Pike & Shot' or 'Field of Glory II'.
  14. Yes, and that is what Capt Aerobane was refering to - single ranging shots - and a change to the sequence is what I was agreeing too.
  15. Big affirmative on this idea, especially the third option. Example one (the current game firing sequence) has been an annoyance to many players for some time now on ships that have a cannon layout similar to the Renommee.
  16. Would '100 Focus Fire' and '250 Focus Fire' work? Anything more descriptive, other than simply 'Water', might be more helpful for the new player.
  17. 'Locked' was changed to 'Parallel' so I would suggest changing 'Water' to 'Convergence'. Parallel shots all fire out in a straight trajectory - Convergence shots, when fired, angle in toward a convergence spot.
  18. Should probably be renamed to, '1 Extra Fleet Ship' and '2 Extra Fleet Ships' Why is 'Unlocked Sector Focus' now changed to 'Water'? Does it denote 'Water Line'?
  19. I've been to the battlefield as well, and I believe the main action north of the railroad tracks was at the point where the Union forces on one side of Stones River were defending against the Confederates attempt to cross the Stones River. So maybe the scenario simply leaves out any actions too distant from that immediate area.
  20. I may be recalling incorrectly, but doesn't the major fighting north of the railroad tracks occur during the final phase of Stones River?
  21. Thank you, Admin. Merry Christmas to all and a prayer for peace on earth.
  22. Take Command, Scourge of War and the Command Ops series (always wished for a 3D map for Command Ops, similar to that in the new Armored Brigade game) have given me hours and hours of first rate game-play! Ultimate General: Civil War has provided the same for me.
  23. Great ideas, Koltes. I just posted a suggestion earlier today that I thought would be a compromise for the Protractor/Sextant. The idea was to implement a floating movable compass on the map, similar to that on some 3rd party maps. You would not be able to draw a line from point A to point B. You would have to take a visual note of your destination heading. There would be no red arrow indicating your heading on the OW compass. The sextant would then be used to check your position from time to time and then you would use the movable map compass to again check your heading and make adjustments as needed. My idea is certainly not as interesting as yours, but I believe it would be an improvement. Thanks
  24. Hey there, Macjimm. What is your view on the Protractor? Because to my way of thinking, using the protractor to draw a line from point A to point B and then displaying the direction marker on the compass - so that you do not stray from that heading - is way more helpful than the Sextant. The Sextant simply shows your location along the way. I like having them both. However, I think a lot of players might be more receptive of them if the compass were a small, free moving icon (similar to those on some 3rd party maps) that you moved around the map in order to estimate your general heading; without having the ability to draw a straight line from point A to point B, and without displaying the red direction marker on the compass. This, I believe, would add just a wee bit of uncertainty to your voyage. I support your idea of having the ability to turn off the Sextant if a player wishes, but then you should have the option of turning off the protractor as well. Thanks
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