So let me start by saying, I am sorry for the long read.
I found this game when a neighbour's kid I help with scale model builds told me about this neat game he plays. World of Tanks. "Yeah I guess that's cool" I thought, but since I'm not really into tanks I wasn't really blown away. Ships have always been a passion of mine, and knowing this, the little monster showed me a youtube video of another game by the same company. I've never played PC games before, I was a console game player but oooooh I was tempted.
Now I'm not wealthy, don't have a ton of disposable income. My home computer was a Macbook and I couldn't see myself buying a PC-based laptop just for a game. Fate stepped in soon after, because my Macbook started dying. A friend of mine lent me a potato PC laptop while I saved up to replace mine and I couldn't resist, I installed World of Warships on it and bought a Murmansk so I could get an beta invite. Now at first I was getting about 2 to 6 fps on a good day. I'm sure people hated me for contributing next to nothing, but I was hooked. I sailed around in my Hashidate and Chikuma and got a handful of hits per game.
Three days before the public release, I received an unexpected sum. It happened to be exactly what I was missing to buy not the best, but a decent gaming laptop. I even sent iChase an email asking his opinion on whether it was a good buy because I had no idea what I was doing. The day of the public release, I was in my kitchen installing WoWs on my brand new Laptop. An I've been playing since.
Like most players, I got a bit burnt out and actually took a break around the time of this year's Hallowe'en events. I spoke about it on this forum, and was given great advice. Am I a great player? Nope. Honestly, I play way more co-op than random because I just can't seem to get the hang of PvP. As well I have anxiety issues, so PvP games sometimes trigger panic attacks when I feel I'm letting the side down. I think I'm doing pretty good in co-op. In fact I came back from my break and completed the entire ARP missions exclusively in co-op and someone told me that's actually impressive, so maybe I'm better than I thought.
As previously mentioned, I ain't rich. The only premium ships I had in my harbour were Murmansk, Albany (prize ship for the Anniversary), Emden (last Christmas prize ship), Marblehead (prize for the reddit contest we don't speak about), Itchyzucchini (I can't explain why I bought it apart from cheap and IJN trainer) and Warpsite, because she's my favourite ship ever. I've only got one supercontainer in the hundreds I've opened (and it was flags) but I'm not surprised, my luck has always been pretty crappy. The way I see it, I get free flags and consumables on a regular basis from WG, so if I don't get supercons, oh well.
And then it was time for Christmas. As someone who lurks on here, I saw a post about the Christmas ornament contest and the prize, a free Indianapolis. I grabbed a 1/700 waterline model of Akizuki, tried to give it a dusting of Christmas glitter, screwed in a hook to hang it from and sent it to WG with high hopes. I had even read that Nikopower would allow the winners to choose doubloons over the Indy. I was really hopeful because I had been hoarding doubloons in order to get my dream ship, Atlanta.
I'll cut to the chase, I didn't win. I was a bit bummed, but if you look at the winners and their ornaments you can totally see they deserved it. But all that didn't matter because bad news started rolling in. Both my grandmother and my father were admitted to Hospital and my family had a tense and subdued holidays. Money was tighter than ever but I had told myself that I would give myself a budget ($25 CAD) and treat myself to some Santa Boxes.
At first, I got a bunch of doubloons (6000 in total), 180 days of premium, tons of flags and camo and... HOLY CRAP! I got Texas and Arizona! I was floored. I mean they're not ships I would have bought for myself, but who cares? And it didn't stop there. Somehow my job messed up and so I was given an unexpected refund. After settling bills, I was left with a bit of money. Our Christmas was dismal, hospital visits were not giving us good news... I needed something to perk me up.
By now this is already way too long, so let's get right to it. I ended up spending $110CAD (total), using a advice from NoZoupForYou's video (buying boxes in small lots, not all at the same time) and this is what I have to show for it:
- signal flags. Oh lord do I have flags. Zulu, Papa Papa, Zulu Hotel... am I complaining? Nope. They've been useful as I've been grinding to get a Graf Spee
- camo. Again, no complaints here, although not sure how to use the mountain of New Year camo i've got.
- brace yourselves, cuz I got ships: Anshan, Gremyashchy, Lo Yang,