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  1. I do not think this is anything new. Whenever balance changes have been made in the past it took a few weeks at most for people to find the most cost-effective ships. And those have always been crafted, sold and used so much that a lot of the other ships are rarely seen except as AI. Before the Redoutable DLC was introduced, the Wasa was the most common third rate ship, simply because it is the biggest most powerfully armed ship one can build without spending Combat Medals or relying on luck to get permits. The Bellona is rare due to RNG permits, the 3rd rate is not really worth spending the combat medals, when compared to the Wasa. For 5th rates it was the same for long time with the Trincomalee, until Endymion permits became a bit more common. Surprise vs. other non-DLC shallow frigates: Same thing. Why sail a Cerberus, when the Surprise is just that little bit better in almost everything for about the same cost? And considering how comparably cheap light 5ths are to craft it's no wonder some captains spam out dozens of them, and sell all those beyond their standard (e.g. not purple/gold) in Shroud Cay and other markets.
  2. Started as a 10v3, Liq joined our side after 2 minutes. Our only plan was to start a demasting spree. The other three joined one by one over the next 10 minutes. An estimated 40 masts were destroyed by @Gregory Rainsborough, @Sneakypanda, @Liq and I. One of the weirdest battles I had in a long time, but great fun. EDIT: If someone wants to watch (part of) the carnage:
  3. Normally ships cannot sink while in boarding. Even at 0 structure, with a ship full of water and survival turned off, it will only sink after the boarding is either finished or interrupted. Did you have a look at the battle timer? It may have been just the time running out and the battle thus finishing with the enemy ship not actually sunk, thus not granting you the rewards. Tip to make it all go a bit faster and the boarding/decrewing easier: Learn mast sniping. Especially on lighter ships it is an incredibly valuable skill. So much so that the better ones at it find themselves regularly accused of cheating :D
  4. Indeed MONKS are always nice to fight against. Though they are a bit of a wildcard. Sometimes we steamroll them, sometimes we are the ones that get trashed... Just be wary, a few of them tend to really hold on to old grudges...
  5. I think he means generally for everyone playing the game with language set to english 😃
  6. Indeed it would seem to be. A friendly word of caution though. Balancing the effort required to flip a Port may well end up being nearly impossible, leading to either RvR choking down due to effort being too high, or the opposite and simple (slightly boring) war by attrition/exhaustion due to it being too low.
  7. Now we know how you have time for all your alts 😜
  8. Sometime mid 2018 RSC held all of the northern Bahamas (with the exception of two ports owned by STSS, a small GB clan). Timers were all 11-14, which didn't sit well with some of the server population. The accusation of timer dodging was thrown around left right and center. I think it was Pirates, US, Russia and perhaps Spain (my memory fails me here) who used a weekend to flip 8 of those ports within 2 hours of each other thinking 11-14 was never our prime time and just a cheap dodge. This was shortly after EXILE left GB and our RvR fleet was slowly beginning to fall apart. We dropped 3 ports to neutral, planned on defending 3, and likely losing 2 due to shortage of players, because 8 PBs is a tall order even on a Saturday. In the end we defended all 3 ports we planned on defending plus one more 😃 Didn't keep GB's RvR fleet from further unraveling though...
  9. From a differen post. At the time VP had just fallen out of NATO and I expected Greg and co to keep fighting the russians. Considering they're leaving for the pirates who are still fighting the russians I still consider them part of the NATO alliance for the time being. Even if we add the VP on the side of the russians we'll still see RI: 1384 vs. the axis of evil: 1300, so basically a tie. Add the prussians to the axis of evil and the balance tips in favor of the evil empire: 1601 vs RI: 1384 The reason why I use PvP kills as the measure is that it's PvP players who do RvR. PvE players do PvE. That's it. But @Tom Farseer is right. Sweden do tend to have difficulties holding on to their allies. Guess cowardice do have an ingame price. We chose Pirates as a new nation specifically to get a break from too much RvR and ego driven politics. You may see the odd Snowflake or two in Screening or PB fleets but so far we are not planning on flipping anything. Greg may have trouble with some symptoms of withdrawal but I wouldn't count on us tipping the scale in any direction anytime soon
  10. Oh no! He's showing symptoms! Everybody panic!
  11. wow... that brings back some memories of Operation Octaflip 2018 :D
  12. i for sure agreed that the numbers don't tell the whole story and even less so in just using one snapshot that doesn't show how things are trending etc (which is why i will be doing an update tomorrow so we can start to see at least the trend from last week to this week) however i also stated that these are the only totally unbiased facts out there available to us on a constant basis - everything else is subjective opinion if dutch were a part of NATO, they weren't at the time of me making that image last monday, nor after it Dutch were founding members of "NATO". We were in the process of hashing out the details of RvR cooperation between Sweden, VP and GB. Rediii made a new Discord server fort, called it NATO, and it kinda stuck However, after continuously having their heartlands (Maracaibo mainly) threatened by Russia, and Sweden not exactly being the help in screening VP had hoped for (there are exceptions to the rule, yadda yadda...), hey were forced to tap out of RvR against them. Basically the same thing that happened to GB at some point. Don't get me wrong, I quite like HAVOC (and Sweden in general), but they seem to have trouble keeping their allies.
  13. wait.... I copy-edited this shit. Not sure whether I missed that or just forgot again already EDIT: lol right... that one... not sure that was even intentional
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