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Announcement: First "Impossible Gunboat Mission Contest", PvE Peace Server, La Mona Passage, june 2nd

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On behalf of the French King, I have the honor to invite Captains on PvE Peace Server to the (very) first "Impossible Gunboat Mission Contest", IGMC.



What is it?



Ten gunboat captains will compete to sink a single NPC First Rate, without help by other ships. Guns are limited to what can be installed on gunboats.



When will it happen?



Contest will start in front of La Mona harbor on Sunday, june 2nd, 2019, GMT 18:00 hrs. Coordination over global chat.



Anyone being non-Spanish owning a gunboat can participate, up to ten players will be admitted. Therefor, please use our contestant list for application, here in this thread. Given the nature of NPC in the area I suppose any nationals can participate except Spaniards, simply because game mechanics does not allow you to join a battle against Spanish NPC when you are a Spanish player. Some other time we may do this event again and this time against other NPC nation, so Spaniards will be able to join. When we have more than ten applicants, we will set up a waiting list from which replacements may move over to applicants' list when players drop out (or don't show up). We will try to notify them if that is possible, in a timely manner.



 



How does it work?



(1) List is set up of participants. Conditions are: you can bring a gunboat, feel free to equip with any upgrade, and you are not Spanish (this time). Ten entries are allowed. If someone does not show up who is in the original ten player group, other players present on location with proper gunboat may take over his vacant place. Guests are allowed to watch, but expected to stay at the outer perimeters and are prohibited from interfering in the competition by sailing between contestants or firing cannons. In this case contest will be stopped and if necessary cancelled.



(2) Each contestant pays 1000 doubloons to the contest organization as his fiduciary. It is an non-refundable admittance fee, unless event does not take place, and will be used for the prize the winner will get. Fee is payable before contest event is held. If someone isn't contributing his admission in time, he is disqualified from taking part and he will be replaced by first entry on the waiting list. Or if he paid and does not come to the event, his fee will anyway be spent on the prize. As soon as your doubloons are in possession of the contest organization, you receive a confirmation for a contestant list entry. You pay inside the game to me, Comte de Cornusiac, on behalf of the French Crown .You have to prove to me, Comte de Cornusiac, you own a gunboat by showing it to me in game in front of any port we will meet at, because having one is precondition for participation. No other ships will be admitted unless as spectator in the outer perimeter. Only after you show me your gunboat I will accept your admission payment and put you on the list.



(3) The contestant list is public and will be on display here in the thread, with acknowledgment of payments received. When someone declares his withdrawal, for whatever reason, he forfeits his admission fee and gives his list entry free for another applicant.



(4) On the given date, the player group of up to ten contestants will sail together from La Mona meeting point towards the first single First Rate of Spanish nation we will discover. Until we have found one, players are free to roam around and contribute to the search. But once found, we will hold back battle initiation until ALL registered contestants on the list have assembled closely and get ready for joining battle. The battle will be started by the contest organization (Comte de Cornusiac) only, and all contestants immediately follow by sailing to the appropriate circle. Contest starter will act as contestant but as referee, while nobody is to use guns until all contestants are inside battle instance and I give the signal in (battle) contest chat to start.



(5) The goal is: (a) damaging and sinking the First Rate, (b) surviving longer than the others. (c) achieving victory as soon as possible. Delay reduces prize money.



The winner of the contest will be therefore determined after the amount of damage he or she has contributed and how long he or she is kept afloat, reduced by a malus calculated by remaining time of battle countdown.



For documentation of claims, we need screenshots of every contestant showing his score in hull and mast hits once he has sunk, or at the time when NPC target sinks, as documentation of the damage he or she has done. Also contestant tells the time when he has sunk, or the moment will be registered by others.



(6) After battle, contestants send in screenshots as link (steam screenshot collection or picture host site) to contest organization (me) in global PvE chat and I do the calculation of your ranking on grounds of damage you did and time of your sinking, if applicable. We will count hull and mast hits only, no sail, no crew nor cannons. Contest organization will create a contest result report which shows how many points each contestant did achieve on the enemy ship. The report will be published here in this thread. The damage you do will earn you a neutral assessment of your contribution to the common victory, if applicable. The more damage you deal, the higher you rank. Another aspect of your performance will be estimated after the duration of your survival, in reference to the time the NPC enemy sank. Who lasts longer will earn more score than the ones who sank earlier. Staying afloat as long as you can means to increase your chances to win the prize. You are allowed to take repairs with you and repair your gunboat as often as you can in battle. You will not bring fleet ships with you. The moment the First Rate is sunk stops counting of survival time for all remaining contestants, as it means end of battle. Who is still afloat at this moment enjoys 100 % of his hit score and suffers no reduction, related to having been sunk before NPC did. However, the remaining time of the regular battle countdown counter (from 90 minutes max battle duration) will be taken into account as penalty for whoever is winner, meant as encouragement to sink the enemy as early as possible and not invite players into loitering. A time pressure is needed. See the example calculation in first post after this introduction. Prize money taken by this penalty will be added to the prize money pool of the next event, while donations from third parties went into adding up his prize money, as long as it was handed over to contest organization before the event.



The one contestant which will independently of our calculations be named as the one who sank the enemy in battle results receives a bonus of 25 % of his hull and mast score in addition. It may or may not make the difference for winning our contest. Still, another contestant can rank higher due to our calculation method.



(7) Contest organization does the calculation and declares a winner; the one with most points added together from damage being dealt, brought in relation to his perseverance staying alive, and the time needed to achieve success, will win the sum of all admission fees, which theoretically makes in case ten contestants are in the field 10 x 1000 = 10000 doubloons (before time penalty is applied). Loot from the enemy ship is free to whoever takes it. Prize money is payable in trade window as soon as winner is declared at La Mona. Voluntary contributions by anyone else are accepted as additional prize money, donators will be mentioned honorably in this thread, if so.



(8) ((In case the First Rate cannot be sunk and all contestants have lost their ships, have retreated, given up, or battle countdown closed down; prize money will be kept by the organization and added to prize money for participants of the next contest. In case the First Rate cannot be sunk and some contestants are still afloat but not able to fulfill the task before countdown ends, prize money will be distributed among the survivors who are still afloat at the end of battle countdown, in even shares. No difference will be made in regard of your fight performance then and individual damage calculation is not necessary.))* You are only applicable as survivor if you are found within range of the enemy, that is, when you see his name over his ship from your ship. You will have to document your right to receive your share by screenshot made into direction of enemy which shows NPC ship with name over it and his damage status on the side. To sail later into close range and pretend to qualify as survivor will be regarded as cheating attempt and lead to disqualification.

*Edit: full grand prize will be handed in any case to best performer and nothing kept back as doubloons become worthless in mid june by wipe. Also future of our contests are questionable.

 



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Transparency is ensured by public notifications and the participants' list in this forum thread. Whenever I rally people for this event I will use this link as reference to make sure they read the rules and information. In the unexpected case we do not get enough applications, the contest will have to be cancelled and admissions will be refunded by contest organization via contact of players who paid their fee, in global chat and in game mail, and there time and place of refunds will be arranged individually.



I hope to have available a nice prize document which will be handed to the winner by the time the event is planned to happen, with his name on it. He will be granted permission by the French King to bear the title "Champion of First Impossible Gunboat Mission Contest at La Mona june 2019".



I further encourage contestants to do videos of their performance. We will discuss if we need more referees in other ships being present in this battle or just observers for filming purposes. If so, I ask them to use unarmed and small 7th rate ships so no interference with the battle is possible. Also they will be asked to keep out of fire ranges of any contestant and especially keep clear from spaces between participants and NPC ship.



Contestants will have to agree to submit themselves under rules of this contest and follow orders given by referee(s) when unfair actions are being noticed to occur, up to disqualification of rule breakers, to be declared after a first warning, which means they have to leave battle immediately. When this cannot be enforced, the whole event will be cancelled right away and this person will bear responsibility for that and wrath of the community.



Written, signed and sealed by



The Contest organization,



Special Envoy of the French Crown at Martinique Marine Arsenal



Comte de Cornusiac.

Edited by Cetric de Cornusiac
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Official Contestant list



(will be filled over time when preconditions are met)



(1) Paulo de Antigua, FRF clan, France. (teak/whiteoak very agile) Admitted may 14th.



(2) Friedrich der Grosse, THTF clan, Prussia (new boat, changed: teak/whiteoak). Admitted may 14th.



(3) Zlatkowar, AP clan, Great Britain (teak/whiteoak). Admitted may 14th.



(4) Sir Wescott, CSR clan, United States (liveoak/whiteoak agile). Admitted may 27th.



(5) Sir Sadness, no clan, Netherlands (liveoak/whiteoak). Admitted may 29th.



(6) Ortac, KAMI clan, Great Britain (teak/whiteoak). Admitted may 29th.



(7) Quimby, Q clan, United States (teak/whiteoak). Admitted june 1st.



(8) Mr Davis, ONLYD clan, Great Britain (liveoak/whiteoak). Admitted june 2nd.



(9) Major Greed, CSR clan, United States. Admitted june 2nd.



(10) Rev Archibald Dikburst, Pirates. Admitted june 2nd.






 

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Calculation

Player records hull hits and mast hits on NPC ship, as documented on screen when pressing tab. Screenshots F12 of this screen serve as proof. Take this picture at the end of your participation to make sure all hits are collected.
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Hull hits and mast hits are summarized to one number for each contestant.
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Player sinks in battle:
Note down time when it happens.
Player does not sink in battle: no note, 100 % share.
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NPC enemy sinks in battle:
Note down time when it happens.
Calculate for each previous contestant having been sunk by NPC, at what percentage of NPC active time his sinking happened.
Bring his sum of hits into relation to this percentage by reducing his sum by this percentage.
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Examples (not of same event):

Player A made 100 hits.
Player A lost his gunboat after 31 minutes from beginning of battle.
NPC was active 48 minutes from beginning of battle until going down.
Time stamp 31 minutes out of 48 minutes means this player was active during 64,58 % of NPC lifetime.
100 hits x 0,6458 = 65 points for player A.

Player B made 130 hits.
Player B lost his gunboat after 38 minutes from beginning of battle.
NPC was active 48 minutes from beginning of battle until going down.
Time stamp 38 minutes out of 48 minutes means this player was active during 79,17 % of NPC lifetime.
130 hits x 0,7917 = 103 points for player B.

Player C made 77 hits.
Player C lost his gunboat after 44 minutes from beginning of battle.
NPC was active 48 minutes from beginning of battle until going down.
Time stamp 44 minutes out of 48 minutes means this player was active during 91,67 % of NPC lifetime.
77 hits x 0,9167 = 71 points for player C.

Player D made 90 hits.
Player D did not lose his gunboat but was afloat when NPC sank after 62 minutes.
Player was active during 100 % of NPC lifetime.
90 x 1,0 = 90 points for player D.

If player A, B or C would be the one with high score, NPC sinking 48 minutes after start would mean his prize money would be 10000 doubloons - (30 doubloons x 48 minutes) = 8560 doubloons.
If player D would be the one with high score, NPC sinking 62 minutes after start would mean his prize money would be 10000 doubloons - (30 doubloons x 62 minutes) = 8140 doubloons.

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Contact me on PvE Peace Server, global chat, or by mail there to French player 'Comte de Cornusiac', when you have a gunboat and want to participate in the contest. After I have seen your boat and you paid your admission, I enter your name in our list here.

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List of donations



(1) Kartaugh, RNP clan, Great Britain: 2000 doubloons on may 13th.



(2) Allan McAlleese, NTI clan, Great Britan: one whiteoak/whiteoak gunboat on may 18th (may get used for applicant without proper boat).



(3) Von Hoff, FREB clan, United States: one liveoak/whiteoak L'Ocean with heavy rig trim, on may 18th.



(4) Captain Incognito, BFD clan, United States: one gunboat note (used for applicant if necessary) and 2000 doubloons on may 19th.



(5) Queen Marie-Antoinette's charity foundation 'Retraite d'anciens marins fous': 5000 doubloons on may 23rd.



(6) Sir Wescott, CSR clan, United States: 5 doubloons by overpaying admission fee, may 27th.



(7) Sir Sadness, Netherlands: 69 doubloons by overpaying admission fee, may 29th.



(8) Royal Library at Palais de Tuileries, Paris: five rare books, june 1st.



(9) Quimby, Q clan, United States: 6000 doubloos, two donations june 1st and june 2nd.
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@Cetric de Cornusiac

 

That’s a lot of hard work and thought you’ve put into this. Player driven content is so badly needed and this I think a near first for the PvE Peace server. Re-Post the thread on the STEAM discussion page as well.

Well done fella, and Good luck

 

Norfolk

 

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Interested people without gunboats can now request a gunboat from event organization, for reimbursement of the costs of that boat, if any, and on condition they use it for this contest.

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WTB Gunboat Note

I am now the proud owner of a Gunboat. Please sign me up.

I will deliver the 1000 dubs next time we meet in game. La Mona or La Nav. 

I can't train with a ship that sinks in one or two leaks, so I withdraw. 

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9 hours ago, Barbancourt said:

free gunnbote with entry!?!??  😍  I should check on my PVE character and consider this

If a lacking gunboat is the only obstacle keeping you away from participation, I forward one to you. That is why I secured them. But number is limited.

Leaves the 1000 doubloons admission for you to pay, though.

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I strongly suggest using a Coles-Bentinck pump (or any other pump/leak related upgrades - Sponsored by Reebok) as just one leak can get you almost sinked.

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@Cetric de Cornusiac

 

Suggestion:

Like we have on the PvP Caribbean News a ‘Battle Report’ of a Port Battle. Could you do something similar in fashion. How did it go... good and bad moves made and outcome? This with some image pic...

The idea to continue the promotion and drive interest in this driven player content.

 

Norfolk

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Will try to get 'observers' in light ships into the event which can do videos. Hopefully someone is skilled to use '3rd person camera' out of his ship so the perspective isn't refrained to a distant view without much distinguishing between contestants. He can't really sail in the middle of action without hindering them.

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I like the idea how @Zlatkowar is already talking tactics with load outs.

This over a Battle autopsy becoming a brilliant residual feature. It’s a lot of work you’ve done already, but some kind of record turning into lore takes it to another level...

N.

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First, not offical declaration of results

(1) All players except Paulo de Antigua showed up. So 9 participants in the event.

(2) Flottilla left La Mona port and sailed up north La Mona passage in search for a suitable target, turned west at the north inlet and went south along coastline of Hispaniola. Finally sighted single Santisima in the bay of Higuey. Referee boat Le Requin opened battle and all gunboats entered on French side against Spanish Santisima.

(3) In the course of the battle, one contestant got boarded by Santisima, six got sunk by her and two contestants survived when countdown reached the end of the battle. Santisima at the end scored 6 sank enemies (probably a first time wonder on PvE server), had about half of hull down and lost half her crew, but still afloat.

(4) We are still collecting screenshots as evidences, but we can already anticipate Zlatkowar won the contest with the most hits and staying alive until closedown.

(5) Contestants not delivering screenshots will not be admitted to future events.

First video coming in from Friedrich der Grosse:

 

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36:20 - Such a tragic moment with unexpected outcomes 🤣 great backing track choice btw !

It was a fun event. I wish more of us were still alive by the end of the fight for I am sure we would have sunk her. The AI was a bitch though, sailing backwards and doing a fairly good job at maneuvering against us. I got leaks on two occasions, which led to my ship filling up with water, first time 2/3 full, 2nd time 1/2 full.

My advice :
- Make sure you have minimum 15% bailing bonus, whether from pumps, or books, and whatever may reduce leak repair time.
- Watch enemy's sail and wind direction at all times
- Mast strenght bonus is a plus 😛

Thanks a lot for oganizing this event, and I hope to see more of these in the future.

26 minutes ago, Cetric de Cornusiac said:

(5) Contestants not delivering screenshots will not be admitted to future events.

May I suggest not necessarily declining their admission to future events, but to simply flag them as DNF (did not finish) as done in say MotoGP and other race types, resulting in no points, no rewards? Considering current population figures, I'd say that each participation counts!

Twas fun to kite full Santi broadsides!

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18 cannons on 9 windsurfers, certainly makes for an amusing scene. Would i do it again? Yes.

The Gunboat is a bit "buggy" - repairs do not fix a busted cannon.

Well done Zlatkowar. Survived the full stretch in combat.

 

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With the few screenshots actually sent in to event organization, I have seen no reason not to declare Zlatkowar the winner. He already received the grand prize of more than 28000 doubloons in the sum, a L'Ocean and five rare books.

His score was 99 hull hits and 1 mast hit =  exactly 100 points without time reduction factor. Something to surpass at some future event, if one will ever be done.

Screenshot sent by Friedrich, who could possibly be the only one challenging Z's score was taken about half an hour into battle, not at the end. Has an impressive score of 30 hits at this time. However, we don't know the score towards the end of countdown and that matters alone.

Losses:

SirSadness at 20:29 hrs server time.

Sir Wescott at 20:30 hrs (captured).

Major Creed at 20:41 hrs.

Ortac at 20:45 hrs.

Mr Davis at 20:52 hrs.

Rev. Dikburst at 20:56 hrs.

Quimby at 21:05 hrs.

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