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  1. There are so many happy little gems in this post, I had to highlight it. I've never particularly loved Pinyin, as transliteration ought to be for the benefit of the receiving audience rather than the ego of the speaker. Although it now seems retrograde, I much prefer Kennedy's Yale system, which is designed for users of the Latin alphabet to understand and approximate (Mandarin or Cantonese) Chinese pronunciation. Considering that the point of transliteration is to allow users of other writing systems to understand and approximate pronunciation, Yale does it better and more intuitively.
  2. I hope you're right. Hey @Nick Thomadis, are you still gonna be working on this or will the ball be passed to a Stillfront team?
  3. From the press release: https://www.stillfront.com/en/stillfront-group-acquires-game-labs-inc-and-further-strengthens-its-portfolio-of-strategy-and-action-games-and-presents-fy-2021-guidance-for-the-acquisition/ Get ready to Pay Per Shell™!
  4. I completely agree. We've got a lot of near WWII era ships, but the Pre Dreadnought is so barren. We've written a lot about this, so I'll just link the discussions below @Nick Thomadis.
  5. I like these suggestions. Beyond the turrets themselves, there are so many interlocking systems that enable or improve turret operations, as you mentioned with magazines and ammo hoists.
  6. Yeah, and certainly credit to the architect that designed the South Dakota. That being said, there were a number of hits that either destroyed or damaged rangefinders or fire control, which effectively made the South Dakota blind and unable to effectively fire. On the other side, Kirishima had 3 of her four turrets knocked out before she even went down, though admittedly those were mostly 16" hits from Washington. Kirishima actually did fairly well containing and avoiding a magazine explosion too (while she was afloat). http://www.navweaps.com/index_lundgren/Kirishima_Damage_Analysis.pdf
  7. I gotta agree here. In reality damage sustained on patrol was rarely fully repairable until a ship reached port. As an example here's the damage report for USS South Dakota after the second battle of Guadalcanal. This is a late period battleship with just about everything you could want in a ~1940ish design, and it was still almost completely incapacitated by small caliber fire. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/w/war-damage-reports/uss-south-dakota-bb57-war-damage-report-no57.html
  8. I always imagined stokers just ramming it into the fuel tanks... then something something German wunderkind it works!
  9. @Nick Thomadis We're looking for an ironclad guarantee!
  10. If you squint a bit, the Battleship II hull in shipbuilder is Massena-esque.
  11. For those that may not have seen it, I'll just leave this here:
  12. A "Guerre de Fer," if you will? As a gentleman of science and learned design, the player takes the role of a Jeune Ecole naval architect, wherein design points are awarded based on the gross absorption of snuff and cognac within the bloodstream, and design output determines available cognac and snuff. Pair with occasional society and bureau sidequests and you have an adventure game fit for a man of Blut und Eisen! Bloat your portfolio! Bloviate before the Board! Leak to the press! Wrangle contracts! Get box seats at the latest Wagner! 🧐
  13. Adding another era is definitely another big bite for the devs to take, and I understand if they want to stay focused for now on really nailing the Pre, Post , and Super Dreadnought eras. That being said, I feel like the basic game mechanics for ironclads about 1870 and after work about the same as the aforementioned eras. Yes, you'd have a lot of crazy experimental ships and brief moments where certain techs gain a big advantage, only to go completely by the wayside a few years later. Would I push for ironclads to get their treatment before the devs have fully fleshed out the 1890 and af
  14. If you look close, all of them have some version of a ram bow, especially those wacky French designs. Also interestingly, you can see the divergence (or complete lack -looking at you, Italia) of belt armor designs in this period.
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