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  1. Red Banner Fleet [REDS] Russian Empire (War Server) For the Great and Glorious Mother Russia! The Red Banner Fleet [REDS] has been chartered by our beloved Tsar Alexander the Blessed to pursue conquest in the Caribbean. Captains taking up arms in our Company are offered steady pay and commission aboard some of the many freshly build vessels already fitted and prepared for the Caribbean Campaign. To join us you must hoist the St. Andrew’s Cross (or plan to do so), you must have Teamspeak, and you should understand English. Find us on our Teamspeak, fleet.red, for an interview with one of our Officers. Server: War Server / PvP Nation: Russian Empire Teamspeak: fleet.red REDS is the merger of clans PLANB, CHAOS/KINGS & RDNN/LEGO. For our freedom and yours! The Russians are coming!
  2. "SAIL HO! Two points off the starboard bow!" This is a place where you can post sightings of enemy captains, or you yourself can post your own location, so people can find OWPvP easier. This obviously is directly related to a few recent posts of captains having a difficult time finding each other in this beautifully vast world, or directly complaining about other captains "hiding" in their safe zones. Here you will be able to find others to hunt. Examples: Someone else posting my location... "Dutch captain van der Decken was recently spotted in his Trincomolee around Cojoro in the Gulfo de Maracaibo between the hours of 09:00 - 12:00" or, Me posting my own location... "You can find me sailing around the Gulfo de Maracaibo between the hours of 09:00 - 12:00. Come get me!" Same thing would apply if a squadron ("clan" title in this game is inappropriate) of enemy captains were spotted, or if your squadron is hunting for other fleets. Feel free to make your post below and I will try to keep this OP updated weekly. FYI, another way you can find OWPvP is by posting in-game Global Chat your location. Either of these ways should ensure those who want PvP will indeed find it. It would have to be assumed that if those wanting PvP do not post here or in game obviously are not truly that interested in finding PvP. Date Server Time Nation Captain Name With Squadron Location 02-18 16:00 VP Hendrick van der Decken Yes Coquibacoa
  3. EDIT: Updated for 2019 [BORK] is a dedicated small group of players from the original Swedish band who still love playing the game but we also want new blood! We are casual players and we don't expect you to be able to play everyday. We actively recruit players who join Sweden on the PvP Server in the US timezone who want to take part in group activities and enjoy sailing as a team. BORK is a clan focusing on casual gameplay in the hardcore game of Naval Action. We do not wish to take the game too seriously and want to encompass both a PvP and PvE playstyle. BORK is primarily focused on OW PvP both in and out of the Patrol Zones. We also encourage group PvE activities. BORK members also have expanded to a few other games. Most notably: Sea of Thieves, and Eve Online. We like to play an array of different games and we are not an "only NA" clan. we don't worry about gaining or losing ports and if someone loses a ship or assets we support each other by replacing the loses. BORK Diplomacy: We following the rules, regulations, and diplomacy of the Swedish Council. If any direct issue arises we defer to the council's wishes We have a Discord server, we do not require you to be on voice chat at all times when you are playing, but we do wish you to look in the chat channels for updates and upcoming events. If you wish to take part in group PvP, Port Battles, or other nonsense then you need to check on Discord if anything is coming up, otherwise you won't be informed. Come experience our best exports; the Swedish Chef and meatballs. Points of contact in and out of game: @Teutonic in-game "Teutonic," @Velhelm Von Marrius Here is an old video of us: Please be advised that there is some foul language
  4. [HAVOC] is recruiting [HAVOC] is a clan which focuses on PvP and RvR in the dutch nation. Message rediii ingame if you are interested in the challenge to make the dutch nation great again. Language = English Requirements: Teamspeak necessary don't be a asshole willing to learn a lot play in a team No need to write more. Since I'm away on friday and saturday recruitment will start on 01.04.2018 (no joke). Old post: ____ Hey! I decided to give my best and let a current underdog nation stand up from it’s current form and get shit done again. (hint: not sweden) A new clan will be created, a new system used. Crafters are needed, ships are needed, Officers to pass knowledge of pvp and captains are needed. A plan is in the works with all of it’s infrastructure to organise the clan and, if the nation lacks a system, to organise the nation. A new power will rise up. Are you up for the challenge? What is needed? Everyone! Target is to have a constant group of 10 guys doing rvr and pvp activities A lot of ships will be lost. A lot of ressources burned trough. A lot of pvp will be going on. You are a rvr/pvp player, a trader or a crafter then prepare yourself for a nation change. The targetnation will be announced today evening. Let’s make a minor power to a major one together. How to change nation? You need the forger DLC for naval action from steam Get your assets to freetowns like aves, la tortue, la mona or tumbado How can I prepare? Set up outposts: (For the nationchange and pvp activities) Shroud Cay Aves La Mona La Tortue
  5. It's a grey area. There is no formal rules that do not allow attacking a player, shooting and running. Because they are based on initial core design elements built around instanced battles. But these core design elements cause such frustrations and problems that are not good for the long term of the game. Before the release the decision must be made about those core systems and here are the options. Current ruleset is based on these ideologies I want to attack someone and people far away must not enter = "i must be able to sink you solo if i want to" I want to be able to sink a 1st rate in a cutter (old heated topic). I want to be able to run away if i want to (because my ship is fast) I do not want a player from far to join my battle, because its mine. If the goals is to increase pvp these ideologies can be rethought or abandoned as they dont increase an amount of pvp. Problem 1 - inability to help your own. The common message from rookies in national chats are well known - "I got attacked near XXX port - please help if you can" or "I see enemy ships - lets tag them - come help"… Usual answer in chat - silence and "tough luck" - as you CANT. I think its time to accept the fact that distance based ROE is bad and is reducing pvp and only helps solo hunters (which based on data are a huge minority). This is a problem because we know that pvp assists has 100% of correlation with retention. If you dont participate in group activities you drop from the game 10x faster. Problem 1.1 part of lack of group pvp There is actually not enough ganking (hold on and bear with me). For accounts created in December: Only 5% of players have pvp assists and only 1% of players have more than 10 pvp assists. Again the problem because assist increase retention Problem 2 Speed Fast ship controls the OW pvp, and heavy battle ready ships do not have anything to counter against the gank even if they outnumber enemies in guns. Problem 3 combat ready ship balance - described by OP in the post. When line ship is fighting 3 fast frigates to win the lineship must not make a single mistake When 3 fast frigates fight the lineship they can always run away if they make a mistake So why dont we just rework those ideologies from scratch and focus them on the main goal - increase pvp and group pvp per hour for all (not only solo hunter in a speed fitted frigate). Examples of clear solutions solving the problems and increasing meaningful pvp on the WAR server This is a war server. Why escape options? Whats the point? If you attacked - fight! Patrol rules for the whole world. Circle of death. If you are ready to attack someone - be ready to die and fight to the end. Sure some will cry about it - tough luck like they say in national chats - but it will keep only meaningful pvp. Battle is always open for the weaker side This is a war server - this is a pvp game with the goal to increase amount of pvp for all. There is no point to close the battle for the weaker side. Let them escalate. This becomes the goal. Then you can come to help your own, and know someone will come to help. Then you can build more friendships and get assists Then you will stumble to more battles and will have more pvp kills per hour. Basically. When improving ROE - Remove all features from ROE that reduce pvp per hour. Add features that grow the pvp per hour. Ignore the cries like "but tumbado is 3000km away". Check only one parameter when determining the outcome of changes - number of PVP battles per hour and number of assists. Ignore the rest. This will also solve the problem described in the post (with the move to weight systems because with proper broadside weight - prince will die in 1 min). PS Current number for War server for accounts created in December 1 pvp kill every 8 hours in game per pvp engaged player. 1 pvp kill every 24 hours in game total for the server
  6. This is a question on friendly fire and friendly sinking. I was a player sink a friendly in combat news and asked the question if this is an exploit? I got no answer and a long pause. The Pirates long ago used to attack each other to rank up. Now since you can loot a sunken ship I was asking if this was now an exploit to get both doubloons and upgrades off a ship you no longer want? That is you give the ship to a buddy and sink him. Then you move over and take the upgrades off your old ship and maybe get some doubloons as a bonus.
  7. PG Monkey

    Upgrades

    A lot of people have the perception that pvp is unbalanced/unfair because they don't have the best books/upgrades. Why not make them all available in the admiralty store for doubloons?
  8. And we are suggestion dropping the 11 nations thing and go to 4 core nations and 1-2 pirate/privateer nations. We have way to many nations, some of them weren't in this time zone even involved. RUSSIA never had any involvement, Poland had some troops sent there, Prussia 200 years before had a port, but by this time had little to no Navy. So why not make all these special nations a Privateer nation for folks that want to play them? Why just Poland? Why not the other nations that aren't suppose to be here? I don't get...oh cause the few players that wanted Poland aren't active any more and it's a dead nation that maybe 10-20 players are keeping alive? I don't see why we can't combine more than one suggestion on the same basic view of things? PS don't forget to put tags in the post or Admin/Devs won't look at it.
  9. I have recently been playing a lot of shallow ships and found Cerberus and Renommee's performances really wanting among the major shallow vessels. Now this could of course simply be credited to my limited skill of using the ships properly but I rarely ever see other players using those ships ( usually a clear indicator of them underperforming in relation to other available vessels but in this case no doubt swayed by the free DLC ship availability ). Even leaving DLC ships aside, why would I sail Cerberus or Renomme over Surprise? Less alpha damage and DPS, only 2 chasers compared to 6 on Herc and Surprise and significantly less turnrate than Herc. All that for minor hp and armor advantage that are mainly useful, if you stay at range downwind, because Herc, Surp and especially LRQ control upwind completely and can easily escape at any point in time. I think the Renommee, renown ( pun intended ) for being the fastest ship of her time, could use a minor speed and maybe hp buff combined with a turnrate nerf. This could turn the Renomme into a great support ship and valid choice for port battles. As for the Cerberus I have no idea. What do you think? Has anyone found a use for those ships yet? Some good read on Renomme: http://larenommeeship.com/
  10. Volunteers for His Majesty’s Royal Danish-Norwegian Navy Ahoy Captains! To all who consider setting sail under the flag of Denmark-Norway. Our Royal Danish-Norwegian Navy requests you sign up with us. [RDNN] - The Royal Danish-Norwegian Navy, a company of brave sailors flying the white cross, is recruiting. We want all able captains and friendly sea creatures to join our ranks. When you join you will find we are a social group and you will find brothers in arms as well as good friends. Our clan is very Port Battle and PvP-oriented, and we arrange Port Battles and PvP events every single day. With tactics, communication and good spirits we always bring a good fight to any opponent. Having fought continuously in wars since the beginning of Early Access our players have deep knowledge of the combat mechanics. Our experience comes from never resting behind friendly lines, always seeking combat and glory. We always help our friends out and our captains are expected not to leave anyone behind. RDNN is always to be found at the front lines, always looking for good PvP and to help protect our nation’s borders. We have a cooperative playstyle and work closely with other clans playing for Denmark-Norway, spanning multiple nationalities and languages. Where others struggle with language barriers, we succeed. Our cooperative spirit ensures that together with our allies we form one of the most accomplished fleets in these Caribbean waters. If you think RDNN might be a group that fits your playstyle, don’t hesitate to contact myself or one of our other recruitment officers in-game or here on the forum. You can come on our TeamSpeak to learn more about us and sail with us to make up your mind. If you come from another nation, we will help you out with the transfer of ships and goods. We also do clan mergers. We are an international clan with members from all over the world and English is our primary language for communication. Members of RDNN are required to use TeamSpeak when participating in group events where orders and coordination are necessary components. We respect that players are different in their desire to communicate, and we do not strictly require that you talk a lot, so long as you are able to listen when instructions are given. Players seeking to join the ranks of RDNN are expected to be team-players, good-spirited and able to listen to orders when needed. You are expected to be gallant in victory as well as in defeat. We have a ship building system to provide all our members with ships and outfitting for Port Battles, and every member is expected to contribute with materials and labour hours. We have multiple level 50 crafters in our clan, holding every blueprint, so our members have opportunity to have built every ship they wish to set sail in. To join RDNN as a full member it is necessary to be of rank Kaptain (250 crew) or above. Special considerations can be made for players who prove their dedication or show particular aptitude. All sailors of all ranks are welcomed to join our TeamSpeak and play together with us until they are accepted into our clan. We will help you with learning the game mechanics, increasing your rank, finding fights and acquiring a fitting vessel. Applicants should come to our Teamspeak and contact an RDNN officer: ts3server://na.danmarknorge.org Written requests can be submitted in our forum: danmarknorge.org/forum/ We look forward to sailing by your side. May the winds blow in your favour. On behalf of His Majesty King Christian VII
  11. Would it be possible to add some "in-between" boarding mechanic. Some mechanic where you aren't boarding yet, but are in combat at close range and low speed. As an example : if you have boarding turned on and prep is high enough, have an option to fire muskets. This could kill crew depending on where they are located. I.e. if they have lots of crew on boarding then they are exposed and will be easily hit, or if there are lots of crew on sailing/ repairing sails, then they would be more exposed and more crew would get hit. The accuracy could depend on speed of both ships, roll, when you fire, angle of ships etc etc. Just an idea for improving the whole boarding experience. Of course this could also be things such as throw grenades etc. Then for the actual boarding instance it would be the same. Of course it is would be a big change in gameplay.
  12. [SNOW] is now recruiting GB PvPers. In order to apply you must be over 18, use a mic, have both Discord & TS and have passed the final exam in-game. All members must vote on new entrants and can veto new entrants. As such we grow slower than most clans but luckily, everyone gets along as a result English speaking clan with a few peculiar foreign people such as Germans and Greeks. Raiding and port battles tend to be our main focus. If you're in GB and interested in PvP don't hesitate to drop us a line as we don't mind helping those outside the clan to learn. Benefits of membership are to be accused of being a ganker solo in a snow and to make excellent puns such as, "you stand snow chance of escaping" or "it's snow problem sir!" Contact @Gregory Rainsborough @William Wade @Tom Farseer @dark arisen @NethrosDefectus for details or just jump onto our Discord; the link is below. You can contact any member of SNOW for details but I can't be arsed to tag everyone here. https://discord.gg/9J8YHBt All members of SNOW have access to the clan warehouse which is located in *a super secret location* with the only requirement for use being that you update the GoogleDocs spreadsheet so that we can keep track of everything. Believe it or not we know Dean Martin and he was kind enough to record our official theme tune which can be found below Bing Crosby not wanting to be outdone had a crack at is as well. You get the general gist. Be a special snowflake today!
  13. Балтийский Флот Собственно началась наша история еще на просторах ПотБс. Так же как и в ПОтБс, наша группа занимается разбоем и грабежом, только пвп, только хардкор. Нету никакой политики, союзов и тому подобных вещей. Топим и тонем, догоняем и убегаем везде и всюду, всех и везде Играем за Российскую Империю, но в душе мы пираты! Сообщество создано для семейных и работающих людей, которые приходят в игру ради отдыха и получения удовольствия. Которые хотят, прийдя вечерком с работы, провести весело время в этой игре, в душевной и веселой компании, и потопив десяток буржуев, с хорошим настроением и приподнятым духом пойти брать на абордаж свою женщину Что для этого нужно: 1) Иметь микрофон с наушниками и установленную голосовую связь (ТС) адрес: danmarknorge.ts3.io 2) Быть адекватным, с чувством юмора и просто крутым мужиком 3) Возраст 20+ 4) Желание рвать и метать все что видно в море. 5) Не боятся сливать свои кораблики, ибо это всего лишь картинки 6) Написать в игре в национальный чат о желании присоединиться или же личным сообщением: "Captain Reverse
  14. Would it please our benevolent Devs to add some kind of actual viable reward system for partaking in the antics that is player. Verses. Player. Personally I'm getting very poor in game due to the lack of any actual ability to generate income from PvP - in the PvP server. Atm the only true profit from PvP is if you capture the enemy ship, which, let's be honest, is only useful if they have a good ship,,,,, and to point out: the ones with good ships, 1 aren't alone, 2 aren't stupid, 3 will probably sink you anyway (most of the time) The dubs kind of reward is meh, not worth the risk, looted by the enemy more than you, and hardly worth what the ship you sink is (mostly never even close). I propose ::::::::::: 1 .something like player created bounties in the mission section, or admiralty created, specific to those who sink players in your nation, or those participating in port battles against your nation. 2. The missions already there, but adjusted for pvp ships and rewards in the form of ship notes, to make up for extra risk, i.e. sink 5 british player 5th rates - reward 2 suprise notes. 3. Add RNG drops on PvP ships when sunk, ofc this can be anything from notes to mods to books. I would not like this, as again enemy would loot more. However it is something. 4 ..........post in suggestions. Now grill my stupid idea.
  15. we had a good eventful fight tonight. this is the fight....and yes all the traders had guns. #PLAYFORTHESALT and this is the salt.
  16. So we had a port battle at Marsh Harbor tonight and I notice the defense goes down and suddenly the other team has 250 points. Even at full sales we would of just engaged them at this time. Than the second one goes down (they had two mortar brigs) and it was at 500 points. @admin is this how it's suppose to be with two AI fort/tower kills the Attackers had 500 points. Defenders have no real way to counter this. I remember the old points where 75 for Towers and 150 for forts.....250 is way to high. The battle was over really fast cause of this. While we would of lost the brawl in the long run getting over half points just for killing two useless for the most part AI that don't really help much as there range is two short is bad.; I'm just wondering if they are suppose to be worth so many points than they need to be doing more in defense or defenders need something else as this right now gives Attackers way to much a point advantage in the fights. Again we would of lost to the brawl (as neither us had complete control of two circles for long), but that 500 points straight off made the battle a very short one. Maybe the towers and forts need to be brought back down in points when killed as they should never be worth so many points you can win off just destroying them.
  17. We all know boarding mini game is not the best part of wonderful Naval Action. It is a bit difficult to understand, not enough guides or tutorials, too many books and mods to change outcome. Thus leading to frustrations amongs players time to time. Boarding is mostly a game of last second attack/defend/muskets etc. I remember capturing Bellonas, Agamemnons with our 6th rate ships with my mate, when I was fairly new to this game. Only reason those guys did not have idea of boarding game. So developers introduced the fake “Determined Defender” perk to counter these problems, to bypass the boarding game etc. After some time DD perk was also nerfed. I purpose it even to be removed. Remember that time in PVE (or PVP) that second your speed falls back to 3,5 knots for a half second, you already started accelerating but you are pulled instantly ! Your ship still sailing away but you are in boarding game already. REMOVE INSTA-PULLING, it looks weird, feels weird, does not fit into beatiful NA combat. A cheap way to win a battle (hello le req) Bring timers to achieve a succesful grappling, A GRAPPLING PHASE. IDEA is, it requires some time which ships are at or below a certain speed, inside grappling distance. Only after this conditions, grappling is successful and boarding starts. Easy to grapple a smaller ship, primary conditions fullfilled for 3 seconds. Grapple similiar ship, conditions fullfilled for 5 seconds. Grapple a bigger ships, takes 7 seconds. * Times required to grapple are examples, they can change. * As purposed earlier, musket, grenade damage starts when in grappling range. Bigger ship hurts more. Hugging is punished for smaller ships if long time hugging. * In this system you can increase maximum boarding speed a bit more, as you can avoid now. * You have to really damage that ship, so she can not evade you, so you can grapple. * No more insta-pull by AI ships or Rage Boarder players.
  18. After years of listening to the hardcore bunch, with coments like 'the ships are too cheap' or 'loosing a ship has to mean something' or 'there are too many first rates in the open world' here we are, allmost empty servers. Once again only the (lonely) left in the game! I allso belive that the flag dlc does not sell that well. So, my sugestion is to test the hardcore players dovotion to the game and propose a new way to pvp: I belive in this!
  19. I have caught an enemy player sailing in a loaded Trader Brig in OW. He had no cannons and knew he has no chance of getting away as he was fully loaded (slow). He offered to pay me if I let him go. To be honest I would probably take that option if it existed (only if he paid in doubloons though). This would have to be built into the battle instance somehow. I did not get much PVP points for sinking him and, I have to admit, I had a moral hangover after. I could imagine myself being on the other side (me sailing in a trader ship) - I would definitely like to have an option of bribing the attacker.
  20. I can understand basic cutters are used to sail to far destinations to open an outpost afterwards. I can NOT really understand why players use basic cutters in patrol zones. I don`t believe they don`t have enough resources or money to take an appropriate ship and do some PVP. I guess the only reason is,because it is allowed to do so. Please remove the ability to enter or start battles in patrol zone with basic cutters. Thank you.
  21. this is just a humble list I have gathered over some months of mostly the active clans and my experience of them along with what has been witnessed. also should any questions of BAITY be raised here is where you can talk freely. trusted - will generally do something if they say they will, i.e. not betray you should they say they will help gankers - this is NOT a list of clans who have ganked, but rather of those who CHOOSE to gank when there is another choice. non-gankers - those who have chosen on several occasions to not gank AND who sail around in fleets of fair size, i.e not disproportionate (10 1sts to go fight 3 etc) kiters - those who will not actually choose to fight a battle, but rather who choose to sail upwind waiting hours for the newbs to make a mistake, OR who run away for the majority of a battle, never committing to fight. will be edited with good enough evidence sent to - https://discord.gg/DkSd5fc TRUSTED LIBRA, ALOHA, PGP, HANSA, BCC, CSA, FLEKI, HYDRA, LSC, CRED, SNOW, TAYLER, RUS, CABRAL, DRAKE, HAVOK GANKERS BF, TALER, SH, BASTD, SLRN, WO, VLTRA, CBC, DNP, RUS, CABRAL, FELIX, WTF, BAIT, ARM, 7UP, SOL, SNOW NON-GANKERS NPG, BETEP, ALOHA, VINO, PDP, BCC, ALU, VCO, TSA, CSA, DRAKE, REDS, NN, RUBLI, DREAD, LIONS, VWIC, FLEKI, RED, NPG, SNOW KITERS VLTRA, SH, WTF, ARM, 7UP, KINGS, HRE, RUS, HAVOK, BETEP, BASTD, LIONS, HRE P.S what happens in the defense of newbs in the capital zone is not included. I doubt anyone cares what I think anyway. All is based on facts and evidence, terms and conditions apply, not sold separately, always read the label
  22. So, any chance of some kind of PvP missions. "Sink X amount of Prussian players in X senario.?" Or something players can create and pay rewards for in the form of a contract - i.e. a bounty on a player, or a contract for sinking a nation near a certain location? (Could be used port battles.) Or am I crazy? Mcbaity
  23. Introduction Building castles in the sky! I have just about 200 hours invested in this game. Most of that during the sea trials phase when there was no open world. I have spend 40-50 hours in the open world now. I have yet to actually win a PVP fight, or buy/craft a first rate. I'm not very high level.Nor have I played any other games similar to Naval Action, or worked on a dev team. Now, having said all that, here are my thoughts on what I would like this game to be in my own personal Utopia. If you agree with any of it, please comment, and maybe we will see it implemented in future. If you disagree, please keep it civil. Nations [N] I understand the desire of many people to sail under the flag of a certain nation. I love being able to fly the flag of my mother country myself, something that I'm not able to do in a lot of games. Having said that, I'm enough of a history nerd that seeing the "wrong" nations present bothers me. I'd like nations restricted to their historical starting positions. See [OW2] for ideas on nations. Having said all this, if we get a Baltic Sea "area" implemented, and the Russian nation decides to sail over and occupy Haiti, that's fine by me. Each nation should have a national government which should be made up of representatives from each of the three organizations. [See N 4-12 for organizations]The national government should have the ability to decide national policies through a voting system incorporated into the UI. This system would enable a player to make a suggestion, with a time limit for his fellow members to vote yay or nay. A majority of yays would mean the policy could go into effect on expiry of the timer. National policies - A limited list of ideas for what these could include: Raise / lower national taxes on x goods by x%. Create / cancel trade tariff of x% on x goods for x nation(s). Declare war on x nation. Sue for peace with x nation. Accept reject peace treaty / alliance with x nation. Offer alliance to x nation. Announce blockade of x nation's ports, making it illegal for citizens to trade with x nation, and making neutral ships within x distance of each port legitimate targets for citizens of blockading nation. Cancel blockade of x nation's ports. Issue warrant for player x with a reward of x for his capture. Each nation should be made up of players belonging to one of three organizations; the navy, the merchant marine or private captains. Clans should not be limited to players of a certain type, but should be able to recruit all kinds of players. The Navy - The navy should have a rank hierarchy. To rank up would need xp gained from missions issued by the ai navy, or from fighting foreign navies, much like xp are gained in-game now. Each rank would allow you to command larger ships, just like it does at the moment. I would like to see a few differences though - each rank should allow you to add more and or bigger ships to your fleet. Also, a navy player should not be able to command the largest merchant ships, and the rank requirements for merchant ships should be higher for each ship comparet to a player in the merchant marine. The ranks would also determine a players ability to initiate port battles and conquests, with larger battles reserved for the higher ranks. Battle and other groups should be limited in size by a player's rank. Players of the highest rank would be eligible for election to the national leadership. The national leadership of the navy would be responsible for setting priorities for the AI controlled national fleet, issue contracts for ship construction, and send representatives to the national government. The size of the leadership would be determined as a % of the number of players belonging to the navy and updated at intervals. AI fleet priorities - These would dictate the behavior of AI warships, and would be set by the leaders of a nations navy within the limits set by the national leadership. They could include trade protection, defensive patrols in x province, blockade duties of x ship type [warships/merchant ships] in x province. The priorities could be set as a % of each ship type assigned to the various duties. The decisions would be voted on by the navy leadership at regular intervals, and decided by a simple majority vote. AI ship construction - The navy leadership would issue contracts for warships, to be payed for using the national budget as determined by the national leadership at regular intervals. The contracts would be open for a set time, during which player crafters could build and sell ships to the navy at the set price. At the expiration of the timer the contract would be filled by AI crafters according to crafting capacity, and assuming the navy leadership set a price per ship that allows the AI crafters to make a profit. Player crafters, of course, could choose to meet orders at a loss, should they choose to do so. Player owned warships - Individual players would acquire their ships by crafting them, buying them on the open market, or buying them from the navy. Ships sold by the navy should be offered at ai determined prices, forcing the national and navy leadership to provide them at a loss, thereby making taxes and tariffs etc more relevant. The Merchant Marine - This organization should have an appropriate name in each nation. For example, the British merchant marine could be called the Honorable East India Company. Ranks in the merchant marine should govern the maximum crew and fleet size, as well as how many and what type of commercial orders can be created by a player. Merchant marine players should not be allowed to command the largest warships, and the rank requirements for warships should be higher than for players in the navy. The highest ranked players would be eligible for election to the board of directors of the merchant marine. Their responsibilities would include setting the insurance rates as a % of the value of the cargo transported by captains who desire insurance. The money made should go into a central account from which any claims would have to be filled. Merchant ship building - Merchant ships should be bought by the individual players from AI or player crafters. Merchant marine escorts- The board of directors would be responsible for issuing contracts for the construction of escort ships to be allocated to AI escort captains or sold to Merchant marine players who wish to take on that role. The ships would be payed for with money made from insurance profits, if available. Private Captains - These captains are free to play what ever role they desire in the nation. There should be no leadership for private captains, apart from the national leadership. Ship availability and crew/ fleet size should be dependent on player rank, and players should be restricted from owning the largest warships and merchant-ships. Letters of marque - These should be available for purchase by private captains, and be required in order for a player to purchase any but the smallest warships. Import / Export permits - These should be available for purchase by private captains, and be required for trade with ports outside the player's own nation. A separate document should be required for trade with each foreign nation. Sailing without a letter of marque / shipping contract - Sailing in a warship without a letter of marque would classify a player as a pirate and make him liable to be attacked by players of any nation as well as AI patrols. Sailing without an import/export permit would classify a player as a smuggler and make him liable to be attacked by a navy player of any nation as well as by AI patrols after his ship has been inspected. Outposts should be build-able by merchant players. Navy players should be able to build naval bases. Independent players should be able to build bases. Naval bases should have increased dock-space, but be unable to construct resource buildings such as farms. Outposts should likewise be limited to more civilian / trade focused buildings. Pirates Pirates should not be a nation. Piracy should be a legal status, as as such anyone wanting to play as a pirate should simply engage in piracy. It should not be possible to start the game as a pirate, although a new character could make himself a pirate instantly by illegally attacking a ship. Pirate havens - Pirates should not be allowed access to normal ports except through the smuggling mechanic. Instead, each island/ selected islands should have a hidden pirate cove. Players would identify these by engaging a mode in-game and sailing near / around an island for a sufficient time. Once identified, a pirate cove would be claimed by a pirate as his base, providing dock & warehouse space. Smaller versions of production buildings would be construct-able in pirate coves, reflecting the illegal nature of society in these places. I'm sure some unique ones could be imagined, making some form of profitable production possible for pirates. A cove could be shared by a number of pirates, such as a clan. Such groups would still not be considered nations though. Progression Different types of players should gain XP in different ways. I have listed the various player types above. Navy players should gain rank in the navy through earning combat XP. I see no reason to change anything about the way such XP are awarded at the moment. Navy players should earn less XP through trade. Let's say a 50% reduction, just for the sake of argument. Merchant players should earn XP through trade. Just like combat awards XP based on damage done, trade could award XP based on profits earned. Not simply on money made through selling things, but on actual profit. This would incentivize players to find profitable trade routes, as well as motivate them to sail farther afield despite the risks of piracy etc. Merchant players should earn less XP from combat. Let's say 10% of combat XP from battles where the merchant was the aggressor, and 90% from combat where the merchant was attacked by another player. After all, we don't want merchants to just linger in the safe zones! Diplomacy See [N 3] for how wars are declared, etc. Member(s) of the national leadership could be designated as a diplomat. A diplomat would use a UI function to propose/demand terms in order to agree a peace treaty. Once the dipomats have agreed terms, they would become available for ratification in the national leadership UI. All this should have real world time limits, enabling offensives, victories and losses to influence negotiations in progress. Diplomats should also be able to hammer out alliances using a similar system. Alliances should enable ships from separate nations to enter battles on the same side when fighting nations they are at war with. National leaderships should be able to define separate tarrifs for trade from allied nations. Intelligence Gathered by spies and networks established in enemy ports. Each spy/network would be able to gather only one type of intelligence. There ought to be four types of intelligence: Military, Commercial, Diplomatic and Technological. Military Intelligence- This would cover the number and type of ships based at the port as well as the number of troops and forts. Commercial Intelligence - This would cover stockpiles of goods, needs, availability and prices. Diplomatic Intelligence- This would cover any treaties, wars, orders, etc. currently in force. Technological Intelligence - This would cover the currently available technology, and perhaps give a chance to acquire same. Employing spies- Spies would be open world NPC's with skill levels and experience. They would be employable by players, nations, and companies. The employer would be charged a salary cost every day/month/year to keep the spy in his employ. Networks- A group of spies deployed in the same port by the same employer would form a network. The larger the network the more information it would be able to provide. The larger the network the easier it would be to detect. Counter-intelligence- A police chief/policemen would be other employable NPCs in the open world. They would limit the amount of intelligence enemy spies can gather, and also give a chance of capturing the spies working in a port. Ports and Capture Port capture should take place in phases. Phase one would require a declaration of war on the nation owning the port. Phase two would be a port battle as they are currently present in the game. In case the aggressor is victorious the next phase is enabled. Phase three would involve landing a force of soldiers to take control of the hinterland. The soldiers would have to be transported in on merchant ships, and there would be a timer for this activity. The troop transports would be intercept-able by defending ships. The number of soldiers necessary would be determined by the size of the target force, as well as any defending troops. If a sufficient number of troops are landed in phase three, the port is considered occupied. An occupied port contributes taxes to the occupying nation, and any buildings/ships are inaccessible to players from the original nation, except as per the smuggling mechanic. To gain permanent ownership of a port, it has to be ceded as part of an official peace treaty. This would slow down & hopefully limit zerging. Each port should have a governor. The governor would be responsible for local taxes and docking fees. He would be able to use this income to construct defenses and improvements. Possible improvements include infrastructure, such as roads which would give a bonus to any production buildings present. Housing, which would give a bonus to population growth. The governor could also invest in crop diversification, or introducing new industries, each of which would result in new production buildings becoming available. Each effort would have a real time implementation period, as well as a resource and money cost, and would have a chance of failure. Economy All ports should have a maximum capacity for buildings, determined by their population. Players should have priority in taking up this capacity, but any unoccupied capacity should be filled by AI producers. All goods should be produced in buildings either by players or AI. No goods should "drop" at any port. Goods should be transported by AI traders to meet first basic needs of ports lacking that good, and secondly luxury & production needs. Goods not produced in the Caribbean (or any other area)should need to be imported to that area from an area where such goods are available. All production buildings should be construct-able by players in ports where production of that good is possible. Production buildings should have needs. These could be basic, e.g. food for the workers, as well as advanced needs, e.g. a sugar farm would need slaves and fertilizer. These needs combined with the needs of the general population of the island would dictate prices in the local market. AI traders and small craft should follow routes designed to meet the needs of the cities. Sinking them should be a means of economic warfare, and protecting them should be important for players. The triangular trade was of enormous importance to the major powers at the time of the game. Thus I'd love to see it represented in-game. In case political correctness is a concern, slaves can be referred to as indentured labor. African indentured labor should originate in Africa, obviously, and Chinese indentured labor should be available from American ports. Historically the Chinese laborers arrived a bit later than the game period, but i suppose that can be forgiven. Players should be able to set up contracts offering loans of all kinds of money which would be repaid with interest determined by the lender. Players should be able to send trading ships on runs under AI control, to help keep important ports supplied. If a ship is lost under AI control it is destroyed. Goods transported this way would be sold to the shop in the target port, or delivered to the player's warehouse, depending on the player's choice when setting up the trade run. It should also be possible to ship owned goods from a warehouse in this way. More than one player should be able to join their AI ships together, creating convoys that sail together. It should also be possible to define the route taken by a convoy, and to drop off ships at ports passed. There should be an option to purchase insurance for any cargo. Insurance rates should depend on a player's history of successful or otherwise delivery of cargoes during his career. It should be possible for players to sell insurance to other players as well, at any rate desired. Crafting & Ships Each nation should rely mainly on ships historically employed by that nation. Blueprints for non-national ships should be more expensive to get - perhaps only obtainable through technology espionage. Upgrades should be craft-able, and dependent upon crafting level, so that only an expert crafter is able to craft the best upgrades. I do like the book system that we have now, so perhaps upgrades could be "learnt" from books, and then require a certain level to craft. Crew/Marines/Soldiers Crew should be recruit-able in ports subject to limitations of population size. Crew should be divided into categories according to skill levels - Landsmen (a small malus to re-load times, sail setting etc), Seamen (no bonus or malus), Able Seamen (a smal bonus) and priced according to their skill level. Lower leveled crew should be upgrade-able once they gain some experience. Crew should require food and water to be carried in a ship's hold. Lack of either should lead to crew deaths. Food and water should be consumed over time, limiting a ship's radius of action without replenishing these supplies from a port. Related to the above, relevant illnesses, such as scurvy, should be modeled, along with preventives, such as vitamin c rich fruits. Marines should be recruit-able for navy captains subject to the same limitations as crew. Soldiers should be recruit-able by port governors for defensive purposes subject to the same limitations as crew, and the availability of defensive buildings with spare capacity. They should also be recruit-able for merchant and private captains, subject to the same limitations as crew, for the purpose of port capture. Soundtrack I would love to be able to listen to a soundtrack of period music, including both instrumental/classical music popular at the time as well as shanties and sailor's songs in general. To make this even better, the soundtrack ought to reflect your nationality, so that a British captain would hear, for example, Hearts of Oak, but a Danish captain would not. Open World (OW) Spotting distance- I would like this to depend on the mast height of your ship, as well as the mast height of the other ships in the area. A cutter would not be as easy to spot as an SOL, etc. Related to this, I would like national flags to be rendered on open world ships, and I'd like the ability to fly a false flag. Just like in history, it should be illegal to fire at another ship while flying a false flag (unless you happen to be a pirate!), and there should be penalties for doing so. This would necessitate the creation of a system like the RN's private signal, or, in modern terms, IFF. A hotkey ordering the crew to hoist the private signal would do. The other ship would then respond, or not. A nice ( and i hope) simple way to introduce some more tension! Further, it would be nice if ships sank below the horizon, or vice versa, rather than pop in and out of view range. Size- this is definitely utopian, but hear me out. I'd like the world extended to the west coast of Africa and Europe, as well as southwards along the coast of South America. This would have several benefits. Portugal could become an in-game nation. The safe zones could be moved to the European coast for most nations. See other relevant sections for more detail. Alternatively a sort of off-map boxes could be used to achieve the same effect without having to create a huge map with all the problems that entails. Such a system could also be used to link a series of smaller maps, or theaters. The Caribbean would obviously be one. The Mediterranean could be another, the Baltic a third. Perhaps the English Channel and part of the North Sea would also be a nice addition. Off map boxes - These should rely on a teleportation mechanic that charges money and is not instant. I.e. to send a ship to the Baltic from the Caribbean could cost 50,000, and take 1 hour of real time to arrive. It should be possible to teleport ships with cargo in the hold when traveling to/from off map boxes. The same mechanic could be used to travel between separate map areas. This teleport should not work directly from port to port. Rather it should create a random-ish exit point on your current map. Once you reach that exit point the UI should prompt you in the same way it does on approaching a port, and by cicking the prompt you'd initiate the teleport. The player should be prompted to return to his outpost, like after losing his ship in battle (if the time delay mechanic is implemented). Winds- I would like the wind to be more closely based on actual weather patterns. With somewhat predictable winds, players will be channeled into certain routes/choke-points where PVP combat will naturally occur. Of course, due to the speeding up of time, real world patterns would not work well in game, but something similar to them, with an element of randomization would be very nice indeed. See here for animated wind map: http://yachtibis.com/caribbean-weather/ Ship inspection - Navy players and AI patrols should be able to perform an inspection by remaining close to a ship in the open world for a certain amount of time. Only after such an inspection is carried out should any smuggler status be revealed to the inspecting fleet. Ports- Each port should have a population. The size of the population would dictate the needs of the port, which in turn would dictate prices in that port's market. Shortage- A shortage of essential goods in a port should lead to a decrease in population in that port. Workforce- the available population should dictate how many production buildings can be constructed in that port. Exploration - The Caribbean was more or less fully explored in the geographical sense by our period. Exploration should follow the idea of the historical artifact good available now. These should be sub-divided into, for example, Mayan artifacts, Voodoo dolls, etc., as well as natural history artifacts, such as new species of insects etc. These should not be available in shops, unless they have been sold to the shop by a player. Instead, there should be fetch quests along the lines of the current sealed bottle mechanic. These should come from buildings available to governors to construct in their port. These buildings would be named after, for example, The National Geographic Society, depending on the nation. They could also be generated by ship's officers, with the relevant skill. Navigation - At noon each in-game day the ships position should be marked on the map. This should be weather dependent and in-exact to a degree. AI ships should spawn at ports, and require resources to build. Hence, if I sink an AI snow, the owning port would spend enough resources to rebuild that ship as it re-spawns it. AI ships should have proper missions. Hunt merchants, escort them, protect an area, etc. AI ships on a protection mission should attack players and other ai that intrude on their turf. There should be enough AI ships in the world to keep the economy going, but not so many that players can make no difference. Not that the role of the AI ships should be to keep the ECONOMY going, so simply to spawn as random targets! NPC Characters All NPCs should have appropriate skills, and be able to acquire more through leveling up. The employing player should be allowed to control the leveling up process, but if the NPC leaves his employ and is subsequently hired by a different player, it should not be possible for the new employer to re-arrange skills already gained. NPCs should be randomly generated and become available to employ in ports according to a logical system. A national capital should have more NPC available than other ports. The numbers generated should also depend on the type of port and the population level. NPCs should be transportable, just like the trade goods representing various persons we have in-game at the moment. There should be employable officers with a portrait and name available. Each ship should have slots for an appropriate number of named NPCs, effectively replacing the perk mechanic. Officer NPCs should give bonuses in suitable areas, according to the experience level of each officer. Each officer should have a chance of death in combat, and in case of capture should have a small chance of becoming available to the capturing player. Buildings should require NPC managers, with skill levels governing the output of a building. Each NPC should have, and gain as they level up, skills relevant to their position. The skills should provide bonuses and maluses, giving the officers a sense of personality. Example skills could be natural scientist, which would generate mini-quests that give the player a chance of acquiring valuable goods such as "insert name of rare butterfly here". More examples to come. Player Characters Avatar - Each player character should be represented by an avatar. I love the art style of the game so far, and I'd really enjoy a full length portrait of my captain wearing the appropriate uniform for his nation, rank and organization. Name - I'd love for each character to have a first name, a family name and a nickname. There should be some form of personalisation or role-playing aspects to a player character. The ability to buy a home in a port, preferably with a nice piece of art to enjoy. To find a wife, even if she is nothing but a portrait. To have children once a wife is present. These children could then grow up to be NPCs in their own right. In-game Encyclopaedia I would like to see one. I would like it to contain entries on the nations in the game, the history of their presence in the area, as well as entries on ports containing a brief history and perhaps basic information such as what production buildings are available there, populations size and type, current owner, etc. Sailing I'd like to see leeway modeled in the open world. I'd like to see the open world ability to sail directly into the wind changed to more realistic behavior. PVP I can't state strongly enough the belief that artificially encouraged pvp doesn't work well in an open world game. If you want merchants for pirates to attack you need an economy with appropriate game-play loops for traders to engage in. Rewards to motivate people to take the risk of being attacked by pirates. The economy is the bedrock on which the rest of this game should rest. Damage & Repairs In addition to sail damage I'd like to see rigging damage. To repair this would necessitate a new type of consumable. Crew damage should be split up into the various crew types outlined above, and dependent on hit location. Thus, chain to the sails and rigging would be much more likely to kill topmen. Damaged and destroyed cannon don't seem to have any impact after a battle at the moment. I'd this to be changed. I'd like to see weather damage to rigging and sails, as a consequence of raising too much sail in strong winds. Missions Passenger mission. Port to port. Fishing contract. Catch x amount of fish. Issued by ports lacking in food and at risk of population shrinkage. Ships Fishing vessels. Ability to convert traders cargo space to horse/cattle transport. Add passenger capacity to all ships. Ability to convert cargo hold to troop transport I'm done for now. I reserve the right to add more ideas, should any occur to me.
  24. We don't see any activity from the land in this game. Presumably there would be military men stationed at each port, at every tower. Every time an unknown man o' war passed within sight it was likely marked down and sent as a letter to warn the admiralty. This is my suggestion. Ships within sight of a enemy port, forts, or towers, there's a % that they will be spotted within X time, percentage increasing with how many ships are spotted within that time. So say if 1 ship passes within sight of the people at the tower, there's something like an 11% chance that that nation will be warned of a ship within 10 minutes or so (a delay to simulate the time it takes for a message to travel by horse or small boat) If 20 ships pass within sight of a port, there's a 90% chance that the message will be broadcasted. Basically unless you have players themselves posted at these ports dedicated to typing away on nation chat then people easily go unnoticed, no one finds them and no PVP takes place. The forts, towers and port towers are there for exactly this reason. Take the annoying step of players having to do these entities jobs and make it a feature. Then more PVP can take place and less searching. Just imagine as a player sitting in port getting a message that 25+ enemy ships are about to converge on x port. Yeah I would shite myself in excitement. Pic related, the view from a tower where men are posted for this exact reason
  25. Killing a player trincomalee gives 13 dubloons. Is this intended or a bug ? Seems like it is giving us 13 pvp marks but in form of dubloons. I think it should be multiplied with some fixed amount. Why would I risk a ship costing let's say 2500 dubloons plus all the crafting woods and labour hours to kill another ship giving you 13 dubloons. This is a risk but no reward system. I do not care if RNG will give me 500 dubloons in one the pvp kills. It is better now to go and farm predictive and stupid ai ships, instead of attacking more dangerous human players. As I can kill much more ai with less risk hoping RNG will give me more dubloons in holds. *** to sum it up, Admirality should give fixed amount of dubloons for pvp kills which are worth the effort. RNG looted dubloons are your luck, but admirality will reward me more generous for kills.
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