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  1. Apologies; I only just saw this. There were a couple of things (for future reference): for instance, for the 'detection settings'. I think that they should all be adjusted, but not necessarily in the same way. Also, with the 'will I continue playing' one, I will, but the modes/tiers I play will probably drastically change, and so on. My feelings on pings and dcp are a bit more 'if and or' - that sort of thing. You're being too harsh on yourself; as @Lawman1981 points out, it emphasises the strength of feeling on the subject, which is valuable. Good effort, sir!
  2. Good work OP! My answers are based on my EU experience, as that's where I mainly play at the moment. In a couple of cases, there was more than one 'best' answer, so I picked the 'bestest' one...
  3. As was mentioned earlier, the get sent to reserve and remain trained for the silver ship they came from. A tip related to this: if you're going to regrind, it's a good idea to do the same line over and over, rather than lots of different ones; this allows you to maintain a decent captain for every ship you're going to actively play, and avoids having to spend lots of resources on the captain element of proceedings. For example, my regrind line (on the EU server) is the IJN torp DD one, and I have (I think) at least a 19 pointer on everything from T6 upwards - this makes each subsequent regrind a lot less painful.
  4. Verblonde

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    It's probably worth noting that a substantial chunk of 'native' speakers aren't good enough at English to write effective and precise copy of the sort needed in this context either. It can be quite hard for a recruiter to spot too - being conversationally fluent isn't necessarily the same thing as being able to write accurately and correctly (as witness the number of 'your an idiot' type remarks on social media, not to mention greengrocer's apostrophes and not knowing the difference between its and it's, and similar). Of course, this doesn't let WG even remotely off the hook, as they must have known their comms weren't getting it done for several years now at least...
  5. Verblonde

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    This. Not talking about @Sub_Octavian specifically, but rather WG comms in general, most of the time, the English is fine but there are elements that give away that the speaker/writer learned a different language first; I see this quite a bit in my side-gig (TEFL Tutor). To give a simple example, someone might say "I don't want." where they should say "I don't want it/that/this etc."; this is generally because their first language has other elements that do the job of it/that/this/whatever. Regarding writing, I believe Arabic doesn't go in for capital letters; for this reason, it can sometimes be difficult for people from the relevant part of the world to pick up on the difference between, say, 'Admiral Graf Spee' and 'admiral graf spee' (and why the latter is incorrect). Almost every region has stuff like this. Most of the time this stuff doesn't really matter, and people will get what is meant; where WG fall on their face is that when writing marketing copy (particularly for special offers), for example, 'close' doesn't cut it; to avoid annoying people, you have to be very precise and accurate, and - for example - the furore around Black Friday crate missions several years in a row (at least on the EU) demonstrates that this is where WG's blind-spot is. A bit of an off-topic diversion, but it might be vaguely relevant as it helps explain where some miscommunication can come from, and illustrates why WG needs some 'native' standard English copy writers.
  6. Verblonde

    Getting Vampire II

    As far as I know, it should be, but I'm not seeing it either (viewing the Armory in a browser)... Edit: I'm an idiot; I forgot I haven't unlocked the RB on my NA account yet; I'm seeing this in the EU Armory:
  7. Verblonde

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    This. I've said this several times in past (although usually on the EU forum): a lot of WG's problems stem from having lost the trust of their customers a number of years ago (IMO), through multiple cycles of <balls-up> "Apology - we'll do better!" <balls-up> "Another apology - we'll do better!" <yet another balls-up> and so on. Many previous PR disasters might well have been avoided if WG had managed to retain trust and goodwill. *If* WG deliver on @Sub_Octavian's commitment, I suggest this might *start* to move the needle in the other direction (assuming WG manage not to make a mess of anything else in the meantime. <looks sideways at incoming submarines>). Rebuilding trust and goodwill is very much a long-term project though; we just have to wait and see if WG have actually learned anything from the Yukon business, or if this is all just damage control.
  8. Verblonde

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    This. Looks promising to me (if WG deliver), but I'm not the wronged party in this...
  9. Verblonde

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    Forum won't let me +1 your post (limited +1s on NA?); anyway, this! As unexciting as it is, we've just got to wait a bit for some sort of resolution; whilst my cynicism re: WG remains dialled up to 11, good informed decisions do take time. We just have to wait and see if WG use this time to make good decisions or not...
  10. Verblonde

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    Not that it matters, but this was how I read the NDA business: not that LWM/Chobi couldn't discuss *anything* to do with the negotiations, but rather that they couldn't discuss the specific details of what was upcoming that WG might make them aware of during their discussions. So, for instance, if the conversation had been along the lines of "we could design your Canadian ship, but we don't have a window until x due to the development of the CVs and submarines of the Majestic Navy of Monaco" then mentioning the upcoming Monaco navy would be covered by NDA, but probably the 'no window until x' bit wouldn't. As should be readily apparent, I have essentially no trust in WG these days, but I feel we should still try and be as rational as possible about this stuff.
  11. Verblonde

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    Good - you look after yourself. As I said before, if LWM/Chobi aren't happy then neither am I, and this (EU) whale's desire to spend remains between zero and miniscule. @Sub_Octavian - this isn't hard to fix; you guys just need to exercise a bit of humility and understanding of markets that aren't Russian. It's bad business when you make a concerted attempt to make your paying customers hate you...
  12. Verblonde

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    Now, now, sir - I must take issue with this vile and baseless slander: weasels are splendid creatures!
  13. Verblonde

    Yuro hints that X Elbing is OP

    You were bang on the money, by the way:
  14. Verblonde

    Yuro hints that X Elbing is OP

    That's with a full concealment build, presumably? I'm working so I can't check mine (on EU), but that sounds about right. That's not disastrous, but in your MM spread, you face an awful lot of sub-6 km opposition. As someone said earlier, Elbing is situationally powerful (that situation being someone, especially cruisers, being silly enough to give you broadside), but you're putting your team down by one 'proper' DD to get that power. I'm only four games in with mine, so it's very early days, but Elbing is very hard work as she's poor at most of a DD's main jobs and the impact of what you get in return (the ability to sometimes swiss-cheese fatter ships) has a rather lower influence on the game than most other T10 DDs activities. Even the French/Russian 'glue down the left mouse button' DDs are probably more use, as they have the ability to speed-tank and are better fire-starters (generally).
  15. Verblonde

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    While I can't speak for anyone else, I'll be waiting for LWM/Chobi's view on this; if they are happy, I'm happy. If they aren't, then my current spending hiatus will continue indefinitely (look at my EU account's port to provide a bit of context - basically, I'm a whale). To be clear, I'm very used to WG being unprincipled/dishonest/generally egregious in their dealings with their customers (PR, Moskva cammo, all manner of crates awfulness, especially last Xmas, and so on); that's just business - plenty of us still buy stuff from Nestle for instance. Where the Yukon thing crossed a line (for me) was that it involved being awful to third parties who basically make the game and associated community better, and do so voluntarily - that makes me stir from my customary apathetic doze...