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  1. Port Battle: Puerto Plata Date: 13 October 2019 Outcome: Russia Captures the port Commanders: Russia: Christendom Swedes: Teutonic (?) With good wind and sturdy ships, we formed double lines and cut the Swedish line in two. We lost a few of our ships early on, and an explosion severely weakened ships on both sides for a bit. The Swedish fought gallantly, but we were able to sink them faster than they sank us, while maintaining circle control. Thanks to everyone who made this fight possible, it was fun. As always, Santisima > L'Oceantrash, as evidenced by the K/D ratio of them in this battle
  2. Just go full out clan vs clan. Clan you don't like owns the port? Take it from them. Solo players can hunt whoever. Port bonuses and the other magic just needs to be gone totally. Go back to cookie cutter ships with a small pool of reasonable-percentage mods that allow for customization of performance. Let skill triumph over pretty pixels once again. Agreed on "pass port ownership" option. Should already be in the game. Agreed that we need larger friends list so more clans can be added. Why limit it to 15? Somewhat agreed on having the shielding effect of capital ports removed. I'd go with Hammy's suggestion in his thread about reversing the roles of capital and surrounding ports: first take the surrounding ports, then take the capital. Or implement a sliding BR effect. So if you want to take the capital without first conquering the surround ports, you'll only have room for half the BR that the defenders can bring. Take more of the surrounding ports, and you can fit more BR into the battle. Take all the surrounding ports and you can fit full BR into it on both sides. Disagree on what the clan ownership should entail. It SHOULD allow a clan to put pressure on other clans, by refusing the use of resources. It'll drive clan wars within a "nation." See above for my suggestion to go all-out clan based gameplay. Have the nations (and cut nations back to 4-6 nations max, no need for so many) be like a loose affiliation of players under the same flag, but clans fly their own flags and wage their own wars. Sometimes those are civil wars against other clans within their nation. If the friendly clan list can extend beyond nation boundaries, then we can have true diplomacy in the game. And one does have to wonder...if the friendly clan list was working well for you, would you be complaining about the terrible mechanics? When my friends who remained in pirates after some of us left the nation got removed from the friendly clan lists, it was all well and good in the world: because they weren't deemed "true pirates." Perhaps another pirate king has risen to power and deemed you unfit to be a "true pirate" and removed you from the friendly list. Perhaps power blinded some to the injustices they wrought.
  3. Depends how fast you sail, and how far in the join circle a person joins. I've had battles before and kept a careful eye on my speed and direction, and instructed my allies to join on top of the enemy. Its always fun to watch the tide turn so quickly and go from running for your ship's safety, to turning and sinking some gankers. And my allies get to finally make use of that prepared perk I always nag them about (I think its useless most of the time, but it does have its moments). I digress. Anyways, the join circles are positional. If you know how they work, you can generally control where you put the join circles in the initial tag. Putting them in unfavorable wind positions for your enemies is great. Putting the join circles in land or in shallows is even better. Furthermore, join circles allow quite a lot of positioning room inside them. Notice in the join circle how far back in the circle the Hercules joined. He has at least a minute or two of sailing just to make it to the front edge of the join circle where he could have joined. Then he's got to get to about where the crossed swords are in OW, (which appear about where the ship that was tagged is). Thats another minute or two of sailing in the instance. Meanwhile, the Trincomalee is communicating with his friends outside, telling them how far he has gone, and in what general direction. Another minute or two has passed, and at this point, the Hercules and his companions are starting to get inside the enemy's join circle. The second rates join the battle and erase a third rate. Nothing seems amiss to me, but Ink has already responded that he'll look into it.
  4. Again I suggest we just go back to 1/1 of each and be done with it. And go back to the "tank" of repairs like we used to have. Say you can carry 10 repairs in the "repair gas tank." You can fill these up in any port for a few reals. If you want to carry extra repairs, you can carry crafted "repair kits" in your hold. Just like we used to. Simple, effective, focuses on skill. And it doesn't require you to participate in the "engaging player driven economy" that is essentially price gouging on repairs, which hurts primarily new/learning players who aren't in with clans that already truck around thousands of repairs to every outpost before operations. And I don't see anything in your suggestion about mast repairs. Now I'm not a fan of regrowing masts (its unrealistic and annoying). I feel like if you get demasted, you should stay demasted. But many people feel the need to have some kind of mast repair available. Enough that admin has said in the past that mast repairs will probably stay. (I think he even said multiple repairs would stay, but I hope he might change his mind on that). So I suggest (again) that we compromise with having only 1 hull repair and 1 rig repair (that also repairs masts). So you get one chance to regrow a mast and recover from your mistake. I like the idea of individual sets of sails (furthermore, if you have a set of light canvas for speed and heavy canvas for a little damage and fire resistance), with the option to replace only certain sails in a set, so if you get damaged topsails and courses, but your topgallants are OK, you can just replace the damaged ones. I also like the idea of getting to select where my repair goes. I don't care about my bow and stern HP. I don't care about the missing 10% on my right side. I want the missing 60% on my left side repaired! But all that, and what you propose, is quite a bit of work to implement I'd imagine. I doubt we'll see that in NA. Maybe NA2 . I would offer caution regarding the structural limitations you suggest. (I'm assuming we're speaking of the center bar as the ship's structure). Structure goes FAST when you get a good rake. Like 3-4 rakes and he's at 20% and has crew permanently in survival, masts are ready to fall over, and sides are laughably easy to damage. We can argue all day the merits of the new combat model that was implemented this year. I do not like it one bit, the old one was so much better. It was much more balanced, and had much more focus on the skill of a player, less about if you have enough cannons of large enough caliber to to just spam broadsides till you win. But arguing about the merits of the new combat model is pointless. Devs have said its here to stay. So if you limit repairs to only "armor" (I'm assuming you mean the side HP bars), then all that has to be done is core out enough of your structure that you begin to lose significant amounts of thickness, making your side HP drop very easily. So it'll shift the focus away from angling, smashing broadsides, and the occasional rake; to more of a focus of raking ships to death. I'm not sure if thats a good shift in combat strategy or not. On the one hand, proper raking takes more skill than the average noob has, which means skill is rewarded, which is good. But on the other hand, fights where all we care about is getting stern rakes is maybe not the most enjoyable thing either. Its a fine balance. And as much as I dislike the current combat model, at least it somewhat rewards both careful positioning and proper raking. It doesn't reward careful positioning as much as it should though. Battles feel way too much like "point the first rate guns at the target and watch it be deleted." Where before it took skill to delete someone using your first rate. Anyways, the combat model and the repair model are intimately connected. Dramatically changing one without changing the other can be tricky. And I don't think the changes you propose would work well with the current model. Maybe with the older combat model it would.
  5. Now THAT is something I (and probably many others) could go along with. It should have been in the game a long time ago, IMO. If within looting range of a (still floating) friendly ship, you can trade with him. Even go a step further, and allow us to trade with enemy ships in battle. Chasing that trader who swears he'll pay you well if you don't sink him? Have him heave to and you sail near his ship and trade with him. Then you can choose to be the honorable captain and allow him to go on his way, or be a cutthroat pirate, throw your honor out the window, take his money and sink him too!
  6. I don't think you understand what I mean. You damage me. I repair my ship. My alt brought repairs in a fir/fir requin and joined my side. My alt repairs my ship again. I get 2 repairs for the price of one. Or you damage me. I repair my ship. My clanmate who hasn't been shot at because everyone focused me lets me have his repair. He repairs me and plays cautiously for 12 minutes. Meanwhile the enemy team is doing the same thing. Nobody is sinking because even focused fire of 4-5 ships against 1 is not enough to sink it the moment it turns away to angle and repair. If your goal was to make sure fewer of your teammates sink, then your suggestion will accomplish it. But it'll also mean fewer of your enemies sink (unless you only fight inexperienced players who won't know the proper tactics to use the repair meta). I escaped many ganks under the old 1/1 repair. I know for a fact you did too. In fact, I'd argue it was easier to escape the ganks then. Because then I could string them out in a line behind me, chain, demast, or even sink the fastest ship, pop my repair and get away. I remember doing just that to you guys before I joined BLACK on PvP2. The remnants of our PB fleet got tagged by a whole bunch of you guys. I had a Bellona that wasn't particularly fast, but it was faster than your ships. After a while, only one of your ships (Connie?) was keeping up with me. I slowed down, tricked him to turn, filled his sails full of holes. Repeated after he did his repair, popped my repair, and sped away to safety. I had a blast, and I remember the satisfaction of out-maneuvering a superior fleet. Currently with the multi-repair meta, the game encourages ganks even more. How would you defeat a super fancy gold Bellona that does 13.8kn+, has northern master carpenters, and unbreakable masts? Easiest method is to bring something fast to keep it tagged and get some chain, and a couple tanky ships to brawl it out and sink it. Sounds like a gank to me. You've been out of the game a long time. Perhaps you haven't seen a battle where ships get smashed to the point of almost sinking, pull away for a few minutes, print a new ship using hull repair, and jump right back into the fight. I have, and its not as fun for either side. What would make it even less fun is if we could have an alt (or someone dedicated to staying out of the action) sail away with them and repair them completely back to full. Bottom line: Allowing a player to use more repairs is not a way to add depth to combat. What it will do, however, is make sure players sink even less often. Sounds like some players would like it to, sadly.
  7. No. Repair meta is strong enough as is. Crew 4 + Northern Master Carps + Carpentry Combat Reports + Carpenter perk is too much repair spec as it is, yet everyone is running that (or the poor man's version of that) anyways because its the best. Better idea as I've suggested dozens of times already: Go back to max 1 repair of hull, 1 repair of rig in battle. No necromancer Rum repair. No cooldowns. Reduce mods to a maximum (all stacked) of +/- 5% Result: Game goes back to more skill-based combat, not repair and gear meta.
  8. Battle: Cayman Brac Attackers: Russia Defenders: Great Britain Outcome: Russia successfully captured the port The British fleet appears to have been composed of mostly AI-captured ships. I'm all for making first rates available to the masses, but I'm not sure this is the intended result. But this was definitely more enjoyable than a no-show like many of the smaller PBs are. So props to the British fleet for creating some content with us. And thanks to everyone in the Russian nation who helped out before and after the battle.
  9. It seems some folks are really out of touch. Whilst in Pirates, VCO fought plenty of nice battles. And not just against the garden variety noob, as BL4CK has always done. Off the top of my head: Prussian wars, Spanish Wars, British wars, US wars... I seem to recall fighting quite a few good fights. I don't know though, if BL4CK says they've done more in a few months than we did in two years then they must be right! Before we get to that though, I think we need to have a quick refresher of what happened just before BL4CK went inactive in the second half of 2017. It started when PvP2 was renamed to PvP Global earlier that year, and we got a handful of more skilled opponents to face (not the eager, but less skilled opponents BL4CK had been enjoying sinking for the past years [I should know, I was on the losing side of BL4CK fleets many times]). But when those more skilled opponents showed up, this started happening: People started getting sunk by WO and their friends in the OW. Ships were lost left and right in embarrassing screenshots. I'm sure if you do enough digging, you'll find them. I remember the attempts to make deals with WO to prevent losing more ships to them. They never lasted. And Port battles that before looked like this: (lossless victory vs a less-skilled group, and most of the escapees were sunk in battles outside the port) Started to look like this: (still a victory, but only a few ships sunk, several of our ships also sunk). Then our leadership started going to play other games, leaving a skeleton crew behind with nobody really definitively put in charge. Things like this started happening when we were left to lead our own battles: So a few of us, including myself and Doug Maoz decided to step up and start fulfilling our roles as officers. After the shaky start above, we developed an effective method to lead us to victory against more skilled opponents (something the glorified 'old guard' didn't really do, since there weren't many skilled clans on PvP2 when the 'old guard' was active): As Tenet mentions, you'll note that many of those players in that screenshot do, in fact, fly the VCO or VSC banner. Funny how that works out. Now, several asked for some VCO victories. I'm lazy so I just scrolled through some of my posts in one of the battle results threads. Within the following spoiler, you'll see that we can not only fight less skilled opponents a la BL4CK, but that we can also fight against opponents who have a degree of skill that wasn't present on PvP2. Note that we fought in large brawls, and smaller fights. You'll also note that just because I no longer have the BL4CK tag, doesn't mean I've lost my touch in 1v1s either. (wall of screenshots incoming): (Spoiler didn't post properly, has my closing paragraph inside the spoiler, and I cannot edit it and move it outside the spoiler).
  10. Oh, but things have changed. BL4CK has been out of the game for too long, and has gotten rusty. If the most they can manage out of this fight, having more BR than us, is to sink only a DLC boat and an oak/crewspace 3rd rate, then I fear you best curb the trash talk before you embarrass yourself further. I look forward to seeing how long it takes for BL4CK to figure out how to play again. Oh, and feel free to duel me anytime and prove what terrible players VCO are. Everyone knows I'm literally trash, I lose to AI all the time . Surely you would defeat me.
  11. CLEAR violation of the rulings of the Cap Francais no cannons fiasco. Surely similar punishment will be fairly given in this instance. As an aside, I'll echo what some of my old clanmates have already said above: I used to proudly uphold the BLACK banner on PvP2. I was honored to be an officer in that clan, run some port battles, wreck some folks in the duel room, etc. It was great fun. I sailed with some good people. So I was thrilled to see my old friends back in the game again, and I'd hoped we'd work closely together. It became obvious very quickly they had no interest in that, which saddened me a bit, but that's ok. But never did I think they'd do such dirty dirty things as what they have been tribunaled for these past 3 times (one tribunal deleted by mods). With this latest flouting of the rules, it has become completely obvious to me that BLACK from PvP2 no longer exists outside of our memories. The 'A' in the name wasn't all that was damaged in the shipping. This BL4CK is an ugly shell of a once excellent clan. People used to see the BLACK tag and know they were facing a tough opponent (well...as tough as you'd find on PvP2...heh). Now they see the BL4CK tag and chuckle. I can only hope that swift and firm clarification of the rules and punishment delivered by the development and moderation teams will cause my old clanmates to see the error of their ways, and start anew to rebuild the old clan from its foundation. I want to see them be a great clan again. But this is not the way. I see deep water all around the port in question. What do you see that would limit first rates from sailing there to grind hostility? If you want to only use shallow ships to grind with, there are ports which will spawn missions in shallow water for you. Simple. This a tribunal for players deliberately trying to sabotage by coming into battle without cannons and the intention to sink. Lets not derail it too much, or the mods will step in. You can sail without cannons if you want to (a reminder pops up letting you know you are sailing without cannons). What you can't do (per past tribunal rulings) is join battles without cannons and no intention to fight. Thats a violation of the rules. As the saying goes, don't walk into a theater and yell 'fire' then spout 'freedom of speech' when the authorities show up. See above, carebear.
  12. I'm seeing some massive differences in speed upwind. I'm also seeing a difference in thickness that navy planking won't make up for. I'm also seeing a small increase in flat speed, which will always keep the Wasa slower if you put the same mods on the Trinco. Furthermore, you talk about adding Spanish Rig to the Wasa, which will hinder it further upwind, and only give some buffs downwind (the profile isn't favorable enough downwind to make Wasa a truly good Elite Spanish Rig ship, like Bellona is). This part here^. If you can't get upwind of the Wasa in your Trinco, then that is on YOU, as the captain. If you allowed yourself to be tagged with a Wasa right behind you, or committed to a fight when there was BR room on the enemy side, then thats your mistake. I've NEVER lost any frigate to an Elite Spanish Rig ship that I can recall. And I've been in battle with plenty. I've sailed plenty of Elite Spanish Rig ships, and I've sank plenty of frigate captains who were not clever enough to run upwind. And I've had smarter frigate captains laugh as I tried and failed to move upwind toward them. You control where your ship is at all times. You control when you give up the wind. And its your fault if you screw up and get sunk by an Wasa when you had a ship capable of outrunning it. Tough, but true. Agile as Trinc downwind? Yeah it pretty much is. Could use a bit of a turn rate nerf to be honest. When devs "balanced" the turn rates to prevent stern camping, what they essentially did was nerf all the frigate turn rates substantially, while barely touching the SOL turn rates (further reinforcing their decisions to make lineships the super death machines of Naval Action while smaller ships become more useless). The way turn rates work, 10% turn rate off a first rate is barely noticeable. 10% off a frigate is extremely noticeable. But more agile upwind? No. I was in a dirty fir/fir + copper + Spanish Rig Wasa last night. It sucks to tack. It'll do it, but its not nearly as graceful as Trincomalee. I don't disagree with the sentiment: super Wasa spam is garbage. But its not an issue with just the Wasa. Its a game-wide issue in the way ships are balanced with each other, and the way mods and bonuses can be so ridiculously stacked that you get some insane ships sailing around. The fix isn't simple or easy, but its doable. It starts with a massive reduction in how much bonuses+woods+mods can modify the stats of a ship.
  13. Two other common ships have better sailing profiles at some angles. Bellona has significant advantages over Wasa. Remember pre-wipe, nobody sailed Wasa too much because we all had Bellonas. Wasa sucks by comparison to the real 3rd rates. Wasa is the best of the non-rare, non CM ships. That is all. BR is a fake means of balancing...but I won't go into that here, its covered elsewhere. And increasing cost of ships is NEVER a good thing in this game. It drives more people away from the game. Players want to have something big and nice to sail. Wasa happens to be the biggest and nicest that is cheap. Sailing profile can be nerfed, it is a little strong. But any good frigate will ditch it unless you do a ridiculous heavy build. I'm not defending the prevalence of fast SOLs (which are fine, when the bonus/mod system is balanced properly). I'm just pointing out some facts. Lots of people cry about Wasa spam. Lots of people cried about Bellona spam pre-wipe. Fact is, few people know what to do when they encounter these ships, so they get sunk. Pro tip: when an elite spanish rig ship chases you, maybe don't run downwind. Going back to a system where bonuses are very small would go a long way toward balancing the game again.
  14. This. Also, it can't go upwind like a fast frigate, can't sterncamp a smart frigate captain, can't demast a proper first rate, can't outfight a good Bellona, and can't outsail a fast Constitution. Plenty of reasons to sail it, plenty of reasons not to sail it. The reason why you see it spammed so much is its practically free to craft. In fact, its the biggest ship that you can craft for free/low cost. Its not actually that great, comparing stats to the Bellona or Christian. But its cheap to make and it packs a punch. Crazy how players prefer to use ships that are easily replaceable and large enough to be capable in a fight.... This would happen no matter what you reduce the biggest free ships to. Lock Wasa behind a combat medal wall and we'll start sailing fir/fir Aggies and Ingers. Lock those behind the wall and we'll be in Wapens, Ratts, and Trincos. Remove the combat medal wall and we'll be back to a more diverse spam of light lineships. You can blame that meta on the crazy port bonuses and mod bonuses we can stack. I remember a time when wood type and mods didn't matter as much. Those were the days.
  15. No. It doesn't quite work that way. Ships float at a designed waterline. If you make the ship lighter, you add more ballast so it'll still float at that waterline. All building out of a lighter wood does, is make the hull itself lighter. Which means you carry more ballast (or stores/cargo); which brings the center of gravity lower and makes the ship stiffer (sails better). Fluffy Fishy had some more insight into why lighter wood types were sometimes faster the last time this topic came up. Perhaps he'll chime in. The idea of lighter = faster is something people get in their head and can't get out. Lightening the ship to gain speed (by dumping stores, pumping the fresh water overboard, or dumping the guns) was a last-ditch effort. You didn't just decide "oh, I wanna go faster, let me make my ship lighter" and sail out to sea. As a side note: the fir ships would *theoretically* be able to carry more or slightly heavier cannons, because the extra ballast stowed low would make up for the extra gun weight up high. So the opposite of the original suggestion. ^^ This captain gets it. If live oak and white oak were available cheaply, all navies would have used it. If fir wasn't so cheap and available, it wouldn't get used much at all. Wood shortages were pretty much the biggest driving factor in deciding what to build a ship out of. Again, the best way to balance woods is to nerf the bonuses/negatives so that the bonuses are extremely small. If this is done right, then why make a paper fir/fir ship when a sabicu or oak ship is only a little slower and is tougher? Why make a live oak ship if oak or sabicu is almost as tough and is faster? It'll be the first step in balancing the game less around gear and more around skill. Of course, all of us 'hardcore' RvR and PvP players will get the best woods so we get our 2-5% bonuses over the people using cheaper woods, but the bonuses will no longer be crazy OP. And again, artificial choice limits are NOT a balancing tool. What the OP reads like, to me, is this: "You can choose to build a fast Constitution, but it won't be able to fight anything because it'll have less firepower than this live oak Trincomalee." Uh huh. Thats only the illusion of a choice. Limiting max gun class to only tanky ships will mean that we all just go to sailing live oak/sailing 4/copper/navy hull/naval clock ships. Even more gear meta, don't worry though, we won't be spamming any more fir/fir Wasas with that meta though.
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