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About HardyKnox

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    Behind the keyboard is a long-time (five decades) simulation gamer (Avalon Hill, Sid Meier et al), enjoys microeconomic and macroeconomic simulation). Fan of Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo series of historical novels (trade, finance, warfare, politics. lust, envy, greed and power) and Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels of life in the 19th century Royal Navy around the time of the Napoleonic Wars.

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  1. There was an update when the Server came up this morning. Any word on what is in it?
  2. Fasti's proposal makes a great deal of sense as a relatively simple skeleton for the game. I think of a large stadium athletic contest. Around the perimeter lie the surrounding commercial venues and concessions, making, buying and selling. Relatively safe, but exercise care on the highway or train coming in and out, and keep your kids and wallets close. In the clearly marked center, the uniformed, armored athletes battering each other for glory and valuable prizes, from time to time sending a battered team back to the sidelines for a patch up or a "happy dance." ~ HK ~
  3. A 2011 Economist story about the East India Company describes its mark on the world of trade, commerce and warfare. One theory is that the Modern World began, not with the discovery of America, not with the invention of the printing press, but: "... there is a strong case to be made for a less conventional answer: the modern world began on a freezing New Year's Eve, in 1600, when Elizabeth I granted a company of 218 merchants a monopoly of trade to the east of the Cape of Good Hope." "The East India Company controlled a standing army of some 200,000 men, more than most European s
  4. @admin We have 24 pages of back-and-forth about a set of proposals that have been completely changed, making the majority of those 24 pages obsolete, as well as too long for any reasonable person to read with comprehension. Would it be helpful to restart a new thread with a SUBSTITUTE proposal that includes ONLY the current version with all overnight edits merged in?
  5. Also, EVE, which had full release several years ago, presently has over 2,000 average players, but falling atm. http://steamcharts.com/app/8500 Alpha (Pre-Release) status Naval Action has recent average under 700. http://steamcharts.com/app/311310#1y So, EVE must be doing something right.
  6. The proposals are confusing and complicated, but they seem to have echoes of the actual Chartered Trading Companies of the 17th and 18th century. They had their own private armies, navies, and bought and paid for government officials, even in nominally democratic republics like England. They fought not over national pride, or nominal ownership of ports, but over something far more important to them. "Who controls the trade and the gold?" After all, that is the basis of The Golden Rule, "He who controls the Gold, Rules." See, e.g. https://www.britannica.com/topic/East-India-Company and also htt
  7. I don't understand about the Epic Events. Some objective (not editorial) help, please? What can I expect if I enter one? How important is it to take a group of allies with me? Do the positions of the entry points move around randomly? ~ HK ~
  8. This is a young feature, and if I understand it, it is a way to encourage "Peer to Peer" answers to Peer questions. If it is not being used by many, it may be that many Players do not attend to the Forums, being busy sailing. There is also the confusion in some minds between "answer" and "opinion" and "B.S." It may also be that no one attending has an actual answer and so does not reply. ~ HK ~
  9. The new fix to 9.97 is very controversial, and I get it. However the detailed explanation in the Patch Notes has been buried in editorial comments, and I can't find factual Q&A in the noise of 209 replies and counting. Could we focus in this thread on the actuality (good or bad) of the latest Hot Fix to Patch 9.97? Let me start with a simple question to which I'd appreciate a explanation, without any editorials on whether the function is good or bad. Perhaps others have similar needs and we can focus on Q&A rather than opinion. Here's my first factual question: I
  10. For excellent insight into both sides of the military and political situation in America's Civil War (or "The War Between the States" or "The War of Northern Aggression" as called in the South) read the historical novel "The Killer Angels" which focuses on the perspective of four generals in the Battle of Gettysburg : Lee, Longstreet, Buford (cavalry) and Chamberlain. Also featured is Jackson and Stuart (cavalry). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killer_Angels Also a major motion picture based on the novel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_(1993_film) I have gamed the B
  11. Keep in mind that the Clan must also choose YOU. Sail around, see what common nationals are sailing/trading/fighting in your time frame. Ask questions, say "thank you" when the questions are answered. Avoid arrogance ... don't immediately claim to know what needs to be done. Defer to others in battle. Let them "steal your kill" if it builds good relations. Thereby you build a reputation and a few others who can say "Yeah, saw him/her around ... seems OK, not an ***hole." ~ HK ~
  12. Lots of priorities in line ahead of this one.
  13. Are there any uses now for Fine Woods? They have vanished from the Blue Prints I have ... but only have up to Renommee. ~ HK ~
  14. Not banned yet. Saw Happy9768 in game sailing an LGV near Charleston and in US Nation's Chat within the last 2 hours. I posted there a link to this thread.
  15. Happy9768 "US Nation" Suspect Spy "Happy9768" has been reported for bad conduct in PB or Screens earler. Ramming friendly ships, triggering battles prematurely. New Eyewitness Report: Dec 2, about 9 AM US Eastern, about than 250 Players online. Hardy Knox tried to leave Beaufort in Surprise + Rattler. Inside port were two substantial (>1000 BR each) Dane AI fleets, a US Lieutenant in a warship and => Happy 9768 <= in an LGV. Battle triggered. Dropped into port before my immunity lapsed. Spoke after to the US Lieutenant who said Happy 9768 triggered battle, and that
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