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  1. Just use the INT (Integer) function. 12.0 to 12.9 are all 12, as far as the damage indicator is concerned.
  2. Nick, I really want my rudder back. If the AI loses control of the formation, I'd take it. Plus, more people playing with the rudder will surely send more data on the bugs for analysis. And am I the only one who sometimes has to break up a formation b/c that's the only way to get the ships to speed up to a decent speed?
  3. I've just started playing again after a long hiatus, did anyone ask why you are not allowed to just build your Refit ship model? I started out with Kawachi. Then I invented Guncotton, so I refitted Kawachi into Kawachi-2. Then I realized I can't actually new-build Kawachi-2, so I copied it to create an identical Kawachi-B, except I can build it from scratch. That plugs the problem until another small bit of new tech I'd like to incorporate is developed. But the game probably won't realize it's the same, so I'd have to make a Kawachi-3 and a Kawachi-B-2 which are the same except i'd have do the same work twice.
  4. Acceleration is indeed too fast in this game (though not nearly as bad as say World of Warships), but at least it is fair. The primary reason the AI can dodge torps and you can't is a) human players are inattentive. They keep getting bored, turn up the time compression, lose time to respond and come on this board to blame their dereliction of duty on the computer. b) because they can't envisage the consequences of their turn as well as the computer. The game does give you a line so you can imagine your own turn, but it doesn't help you envisage where the enemy torpedo would be at each stage of your turn. c) human players build a 100k ton ship, which have a lot of inertia which makes it even harder to predict the interaction, even if you have hydrophones that see them far out. Let the AI be good at something is what I say.
  5. I believe you are explicitly told not to Leave Battle - if you do, all consequences are your own. Wait until the End Battle button shows up. Leaving battle is you, the Admiral, deciding to jump ship because you can't be bothered to do your duty. You can't expect the same results as properly ending the battle.
  6. If you are seeing 1% hit chance, get closer. Part of Naval Academy is to teach you how to find the balance between killing efficiency and not getting killed.
  7. My suggestion to this is that they just let us Design and Build our own transports. If we are building battleships, cruisers and destroyers, it is just one more click to build our own transports. Then let us control said transports. Even if none of my warships are actually around, give me the Battle Screen anyway. Give me a chance to save my transport.
  8. Please remember that a month passes with each turn. In that time, a ship can go to New York and return.
  9. Was the @1000m jacked up? It is now much more difficult to get the torpedo off when they have firing ranges of only 900m and sometimes refuse to fire even when they should.
  10. Well, I ran through Warrior and copied out information concerning hit rates: Warrior to Dreadnought Gunnery Images.docx Click to read.
  11. As far as the campaign is concerned, I actually like what I see. The fact that damaging ships now have meaning means I am now making different choices from when I'm playing Naval Academy. Maybe I'll comment on the tech-tree. I understand that some technological components are WIP, but that means we are spending a lot of time for nothing. Maybe WIP items in the tech tree should be taken out for the time being, or reweighted such that they are completed in almost no time at all, allowing players to get to the "good stuff". Another thing I notice is that it's implied I must research all the gun calibers. That seems somewhat un-necessary. I think many people would prefer to get to Mark II guns faster rather than be forced to open all the calibers in sequence.
  12. I won't make any definitive comments on the realism, but I think that the current balance is at least bearable from a gameplay perspective. Last night, I played a mission where I had about 7 torpedo boats flung against 2 battleships (I think they also had two torpedo boats that were supposed to escort them but I barely noticed them). The enemy's defense was such that I could get into the 900m ring, but about there the hits start to pile and I felt like I was only just able to turn around and get that torpedo off and then scurry off with a damaged ship. The AI, of course, is attentive unlike the human player and dodged all but about two torpedoes which sank one battleship. That seems broadly "fair" without being manifestly unrealistic, but what do you think. One problem with time acceleration is that it doesn't deal with the torpedo problem - by the time the human player on high time acceleration notices the torp and is able to react, the torpedo already got something like 15 seconds of free run time when the reaction time is indeed a bit short. If we increase time acceleration more, they will be hit by the torpedoes before they can even click. Personally, I'm content to just progress the game at 1x speed when I'm in in-fighting range, or even just a six hour Grand Battle second by second, but darn it I need a SAVE button. How many people do they think can just sit a game for 6 hours in a stretch? I think the Naval Academy does do some of that, but perhaps not enough. Because it always gives you the option to Boost Fire Control and Gun Technology. So people almost never experience how sucky the guns really are in the 1890 Campaign. Campaign has already convinced me of the need to stick torpedo tubes on my battleships, and I'm even a little more generous on the secondary guns because I'm so desperate for some kind of hit!
  13. Well, I didn't say for free, did I? I just argue that considering realistic player psychology, it would be better to "amortize" the duds by reducing the torpedo damage. 100% reliable torpedoes with only 50% their damage is mathematically equivalent to 50% reliable torpedoes with full damage over the long run. And in broad terms, currently the game does that (at least if you weren't stupid enough to go with "Minimum Bulkheads" on your battleships. By using a good number of bulkheads, even a 1890 battleship can survive multiple hits, which averages out to be equivalent to the same number of "full power" torpedoes hitting but only 1-2 of them actually exploding). That's different from people just in effect saying "I don't care. I want to get that torpedo boat." I played Great Naval Battles myself. I still remember that "sheaf" knob that refuses to change to WIDE or NARROW, and really the only usable options on it is HOLD and SPOT. I've never been much of a torpedo person, but frankly the whole process of using torpedoes in GNB isn't nearly as painful as in UAD. You are not constantly trying to refine your course, trying to get the ship to expose and launch the tubes. You get to launch the tubes yourself and if they are not in arc it's instantly shown to you, so you don't get that feeling of "begging" the ship to fire the torpedoes. I'm not asking for a net advantage. I'm only suggesting how to keep to realistic overall results while not causing players to RageQuit.
  14. I think the "flawless torpedoes" are an acceptable compromise. Remember, you have to think of your own feelings when you are the guy struggling a lot to set up the shot (remember, you don't have a navigator so you are plotting intercept courses by feel, and the computer likes to put constant turns in to make life harder for you). Finally, you set up the shot. It hits, and it duds. Do you think you won't get such thoughts as "Ahh, the computer saved itself"? As it is, people ignore probability theory as they complain about how the other ship hits them first even though it has a lower hit probability (which just means it's less likely they'll get in any particular hit, not that they can't hit you first). Plus. Remember. In 1890 you don't get double hulls or Anti-Torp V. But you still get maximum bulkheads against puny 15 inch torps. Maybe he just happened to get enemy cruisers with Minimum Bulkheads.
  15. What if I ask you to prove this assertion? Not by intuitive feel, but by showing battles where secondary batteries were actually effective against torpedo boats? One reason countries had to build torpedo boat destroyers was that they really can't expect very much from the secondaries. From a gameplay perspective, you need to balance your annoyance when you can't defend against the torpedo boat versus what you'll feel when you are the torpedo boat. When the firing range of your torpedoes is nine hundred meters, you don't want the enemy ship to suddenly become an Aegis cruiser at say under 1000m. In the time it takes you to get into range, turn to expose your torp tubes and fire, your torpedo boat might be fatally crippled and you'll never get the shot off. In my experience people over-rate the torpedo threat, at least in this era. Your ship simply isn't that big, so if you are careful, you won't be getting under 900m from your opponents. And if you did, unless you let them get very close, even a battleship can turn in time to avoid torpedoes. People get clobbered because they play on high time accelerations, which means let the torpedo multiple tens of seconds of "free time" before they even notice the torpedo. Then they try to set course rather than use rudder control. Then they get hit by the torpedo and they say "Torps OP, plz nerf".
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