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I think it is time someone said your overall plan on having RNG for overpowered upgrades and books was beyond a bad mistake. If I didn't know better I would say that the entire focus of NA is to actually drive it toward being a sandbox PVE centric focused game while you shift your efforts into Naval Action Legends. Virtually every single change that has been made post wipe has shifted the game more towards PVE. That could be looking at things at the macro level all the way down to the micro level. I don't like it but what really annoys me is I'd rather you just come out and admit this is going to be a PVE focused game. 

This isn't hardcore mode this is carebear mode. You want us to go grind countless ai for a chance at various mod skill upgrades so we can be on a level playing field with our PvP opponents? Some of these upgrades and skills are so damn powerful you are at a significant disadvantage if you don't have them. Why did you do this? Why did you turn a great skill based PvP game into one that rewards or punishes players so severely based off random drops? You made ships 1 dura because you wanted them to mean more? Ships mean even less to me now then they have in the past three years compared to what your gear based RNG driven combat system has become. I would gladly trade a ship I've crafted for some of the better books you have in game. 

Just decide what you want NA to be. This isn't hardcore to me in the least....unless you consider time consuming pve grinding to be hardcore. Grinding up xp on ships to unlock skills is stupid....does nothing to develop or enrich the playing experience. Having overpowered RNG drops for gear is not hardcore it's just massive carebear 101 game design. Revenge ganks is not, has never, and will never, result in these big ongoing massive battles you envision them to be....like this is beyond delusional.....you show me one circumstance that this has happened since you released OW and I will eat a turd. All of this and so much more is not what makes a game hardcore or provides pvp players with a sense of accomplishment or something to work toward....this is simply lazy game design to keep us busy for awhile. Eventually the carrot on the string stops working because we all have the carrot or have moved on.

Sad truth is that you had a pretty damn awesome game. You had so many people playing you had wait time just to even log in. You had extremely good reviews on Steam. But then came the stupid crap like "fine woods" and an inability to make Port Battle timers work.....oh and the announcement of a eminent wipe....tons of massive ai fleets added around ports as well as massive port defenses added to every backwater town in game killing off solo raiders. All this crap is what chased off a ton of your player base. PvP players are not happy with a lot of the current mechanics, PvE players are not satisfied with the depth of play, econ players will never be satisfied because it doesn't come close enough to real world economic models. Just go back to what the hell you were doing when we had so many people trying to play a damn EA game they had to wait in a que....I mean seriously it isn't that damn hard to figure out is it? Stop shooting yourselves in the foot.

Flame away.....get mad at me. I have played this game for a long time....I love it in so many ways. Every time I have told myself to walk away I've come back. Yea....I'm frustrated because it was so much closer to perfect than where we are headed now.

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Naval Action is currently a PvE game, RvR and PvP are non existing. Thay wanted to make NA PvP friendly, they failed badly because they listened to people that think PvP = waiting in greenzone for some PvPer to revange gank him - thats not PvP...

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19 minutes ago, Otto Kohl said:

Naval Action is currently a PvE game, there is no RvR or PvP at the moment.

There is no RvR right now because people still need ships. The people that have ships already are scared to lose them. () Or some people just hello kitty the experience of others and tag some guys with alt accounts so the nice sailshooting is happening again. 

Sadly most people are pretty slowly building up, once they are built up nations can start to do conquest.

 

I agree though that something has to happen about revenge ganking. (Like proposed various times)

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14 minutes ago, rediii said:

There is no RvR right now because people still need ships. The people that have ships already are scared to lose them. () Or some people just hello kitty the experience of others and tag some guys with alt accounts so the nice sailshooting is happening again. 

Sadly most people are pretty slowly building up, once they are built up nations can start to do conquest.

Conquest have no meaningfull purpose right now too rediii, rewards are shit, risk is super high due to revenge fleets waiting for defeated PB fleet. Im not gonna risk 4th rate PB just to be ganked outside by waiting fleet of 1st rates.

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Just now, Otto Kohl said:

Conquest have no meaningfull purpose right now too rediii, rewards are shit, risk is super high due to revenge fleets waiting for defeated PB fleet. Im not gonna risk 4th rate PB just to be ganked outside by waiting fleet of 1st rates.

What was the meaningfull purpose prewipe?

Like LV wrote me yesterday when we ran from 20 or so bellonas with 7 ... "carebears" :P 

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Just now, rediii said:

What was the meaningfull purpose prewipe?

Like LV wrote me yesterday when we ran from 20 or so bellonas with 7 ... "carebears" :P 

Prewipe 1st rates were super cheap, now they arent. If you loose a PB fleet u have nothing to defend, because due to new PB mechanics underrated fleet has 0 chances of winning.

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So when all is said and done what was more fun? That is really all I'm asking.....my vote goes to when the servers were at max capacity and we had ques to just get on over what we have now. Sure, there are things I like about the game post wipe but a whole heck of a lot more that I don't. Why not just go back to what was working with maybe a few tweaks and move toward polishing things up over reinventing the wheel and losing the majority of the playerbase?

 

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3 minutes ago, Otto Kohl said:

Prewipe 1st rates were super cheap, now they arent. If you loose a PB fleet u have nothing to defend, because due to new PB mechanics underrated fleet has 0 chances of winning.

You demonstrate right now that you can defend a region in OW. Fireships and snacking a part of a fleet is also possible.

Apart from that Agamemnons are pretty cheap and you should already have 2 fleets at this point like most (?) other nations should have them.

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In my oppinion 1 dura system is great. Ships are too expensive (Or let's say ressources are too expensive) an something has to be implemented to make revengeganking less easy

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2 minutes ago, TommyShelby said:

+1 Blackjack. 

Thanks Tommy! I appreciate the support before I get blacklisted lol. You know I love NA and have supported this project just like many others. I'm probably just venting but I only do so because i so desperately want it to be great.

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I like the 1 dura system too, but current RoE are shit and toally discourage to any PvP or RvR actions.

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33 minutes ago, Otto Kohl said:

I like the 1 dura system too, but current RoE are shit and toally discourage to any PvP or RvR actions.

RoE is ok and will be better as soon taggincircle is on defender

Only the "way out" has to be rethought.

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There are many valid points raised here, addressing those would go a long way to making NA the 'go to' game for Napoleonic naval warfare. One point that seems to be missing is incentive. Why spend a lot of time, gold and effort building ships, learning how to sail and fight them only to find there is no incentive to do so? Port battles for the sake of Port battles gets stale very quickly, yes they are fun and partly provides incentive, they have a place but where is the incentive to take a fleet to sea and fight the classical sea battle, the celebrated mix of line and general chase where ships of all rates have a place and function? Find that and I think you will grow from a Napoleonic shoot 'em up' to a real game of Napoleonic naval warfare. 

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3 minutes ago, rediii said:

RoE is ok and will be better as soon taggincircle is on defender

Only the "way out" has to be rethought.

Yeah i thought about way out thing.

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+1 OP is one of the first people that i pvped with against the brits on OW. The game has changed a lot for good and worse since then, but now its just focused on PVE and coast guarding. Maybe and hopefully the devs will wake up and start listening to the pvp veterans again, instead of the carebears and pvers.

Me along with SeaHyena has been around since mid july 2014 testing, and has been playing every patch, update and change since then. When a bad patch came out that we didn't like we gave our opinion but we still played and tested. When a good patch/changes came out we also gave our opinion on it, but now its so bad that not only us but a good part of our clan as well can not stand to play the game. Everything is targeted towards pve and not actual PvP.

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I have been saying since the patch hit.

THE problems are:

1) cost of basic materials that makes crafted ships too costly (then crafted ships are scarce on the market, cost a lot if you build it for yourself, and people are scared to loose them).

2) way too time wasted in OS sailing to make everything (and in particular OS PVP)

THE solution may be then:

for problem 1)

i) cutting oak, fir, hemp and iron price of 50%;

ii) allowing the crafring of "supplement dura" items for ships: when I craft a certain ship with certain woods I will be offered to possibility to craft - instead of the ship - a "furthter dura" item, that I can use (or sell) and that - when used - will add one dura to an existing ship in the port of the same kind and with the same woods of the one of the dura item.

for problem 2)

iii) bring back teleport also to free towns,eventually:

1) allowing the access to free towns only to traders and frigates up to fourth rate, thus excluding ships of line, and 

2) putting a daily cap to the number of teleport to a freetown;

iv) allowing the tow of ONE ship a day to another outpost (with no ships of the line tow allowed to freetowns)

 

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2 minutes ago, victor said:

I have been saying since the patch hit.

THE problems are:

1) cost of basic materials that makes crafted ships too costly (then crafted ships are scarce on the market, cost a lot if you build it for yourself, and people are scared to loose them).

2) way too time wasted in OS sailing to make everything (and in particular OS PVP)

THE solution may be then:

for problem 1)

i) cutting oak, fir, hemp and iron price of 50%;

50% may be too much.

ii) allowing the crafring of "supplement dura" items for ships: when I craft a certain ship with certain woods I will be offered to possibility to craft - instead of the ship - a "furthter dura" item, that I can use (or sell) and that - when used - will add one dura to an existing ship in the port of the same kind and with the same woods of the one of the dura item.

HELL NO

for problem 2)

iii) bring back teleport also to free towns,eventually:

1) allowing the access to free towns only to traders and frigates up to fourth rate, thus excluding ships of line, and 

2) putting a daily cap to the number of teleport to a freetown;

iv) allowing the tow of ONE ship a day to another outpost (with no ships of the line tow allowed to freetowns)

 

I disagree with 2.

Problem is the mechanic how to get out of fights. If you attack a region you have a huge risk that you lose your entire fleet, that's the problem and not that you have to sail there. Except for sweden everyone has a close enemy atm on pvp eu

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27 minutes ago, SeaWolf_ said:

+1 OP is one of the first people that i pvped with against the brits on OW. The game has changed a lot for good and worse since then, but now its just focused on PVE and coast guarding. Maybe and hopefully the devs will wake up and start listening to the pvp veterans again, instead of the carebears and pvers.

I am a PVE player and liked much more the game before the patch

My perception is that the mega patch - one dura, no teleport, costly ships and so on - has been implemented to answer to PVP players that asked for a more "hardcore" and "realist" and "difficult" game.

So blaming the carebears for what the game has become seems to me quite a strange attitude.

 

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Just now, rediii said:

I disagree with 2.

Problem is the mechanic how to get out of fights. If you attack a region you have a huge risk that you lose your entire fleet, that's the problem and not that you have to sail there. Except for sweden everyone has a close enemy atm on pvp eu

Dear, you indentify the problem of the game with the problem of your gameplay.

So I agree that that ONE of the problems is the mechanic how to get out of fights. But that does not exclude that the other problems are existing as well.

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Regarding upgrades, they should be scaled down, quite a bit; they are, as you rightly say, over the top at the moment. They should provide a small, noticable boost, but it must only be a small one. Perhaps the error can be also be found in the number of upgrade boxes available? Perhaps they should be cut back for all ships to, say, three permanent and three 'book' upgrades? Or base it around the ship's Rate, so that a 1st Rate has access to 3 permanent upgrade slots and 5 'book' slots, whilst the dinky 7th Rate has access to 1 permanent upgrade slot and 3 'book' slots? I don't know what the answer is, but my Pickle currently goes at 14.9 knots loaded, has cannon dispersion reduced, and several other bonuses that make it rather a mad little ship as it currently stands.*

Rewards for PvPing need to be examined and boosted. If you spend an hour fighting, you should get something worthwhile out of it. As an example, three [HEC] members (including yours truly) spent an hour and 17 minutes chasing, disabling and then boarding a Renommeé with our little Pickle schooners. We barely broke even financially upon taking it, and the guy who lost the Renommeé would have gotten nothing. Yes it was fun, but was it worth that much time? I love the danger of single durability ships and the loss it can entail, but at the same time there is a distinct lack of compensation for the time spent engaging in PvP. Why should we spend that time sailing off to another nation's waters, engaging a ship and chasing it for over an hour, when in that time we could go and do PvE missions and be rolling in money and experience?

Maybe we need PvP missions of some sort with a suitable reward? Pick the nation, get an objective and off you go. Perhaps getting rid of PvP marks was the wrong move? Perhaps something similar for fleets to enable the large scale PvP Sir Lancelot Holland mentioned further up. I wish I knew the answers.

*On a mildly related note, ship speeds need to be examined and, I think, reduced by 1-2 knots across the board. It can be ever so easy to push a ship to the 15 knot cap at the moment.

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Just now, victor said:

Dear, you indentify the problem of the game with the problem of your gameplay.

So I agree that that ONE of the problems is the mechanic how to get out of fights. But that does not exclude that the other problems are not existing.

Things you see as a problem are things i don't see as a problem.

You are a pve player, I'm a pvp player.

You want easy to get ships with multiple duras. I don't

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Just now, rediii said:

Things you see as a problem are things i don't see as a problem.

You are a pve player, I'm a pvp player.

You want easy to get ships with multiple duras. I don't

so why just we do not propose things in order to have a game that solves the problem of both kind of players, instead of telling the devs just "solve only my problems and hello kitty the rest of the players"?

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Just now, victor said:

so why just do not have a game that solves the problem of both us, instead of telling "solve only my problems"?

Because solving your problems (cheap ships, multiple duras) would create problems for me as a pvp player? ;) 

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