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  1. BaryOnyxx

    Premium Ship Review #135 - Gorizia

    I don't even know where to start on Gorizia, other than the fact that it is just another instance of WG dumping on Italian ships. It is an obvious pattern by now, and I caution players against paying for anything Italian, unless they enjoy the sound of their own ship blowing up around them. In fact, not just paying for them, but wasting any time at all on them. What's the point of WG intentionally making a ship that sucks? WG claims that WoWS isn't a simulator, yet proudly boasts how certain variables on one ship or another are "historically accurate", while relegating others to insanely unrealistic values, in the name of "balance", or whatever. With that in mind, how did WG come up with the defining quantities for Gorizia? They make no sense to me from ANY perspective. They are not historically accurate, and they are in no way an exercise in balance. The ship was a fine cruiser, that repeatedly proved itself in combat, surviving almost 5 years of the war. WoWS' "Gorizia" would be lucky to last 5 minutes in most battles. Using WoWS' philosophy of balance, Gorizia should have been placed at T5, as a slightly more powerful Exeter. Anyone who has any real time on this game can attest to the fact that ROF is one of the most important factors in this particular wargame, and any unit that is stripped of this ability, or that has it seriously reduced, is at a serious disadvantage, regardless of its other traits. This is Gorizia's #1 problem; it can't put a fatal number of shells on target, before its opponent can get the job done, and overall, has no business being a T7 ship. I have fought repeated training battles vs. a clan buddy, one of us in a Gorizia, the other in a Nurnburg, Molotov, or a DeGrasse, and regardless of who plays which ship, the Gorizia player's wins seem to be due to sheer bad luck for the other player. Other problems include an excessively large "citadel", making it an easy kill for nearly anything firing AP, no torps, and a ridiculously large detection radius. Let me sum it up by saying that this ship is broken, in many ways, and WG needs to fix MANY things, before it can offer any reason to be taken out of port. All I can say, is that from my perspective, WG has proven that it has modeled its Italian ships completely backward in relative ability. They either have an anti-Italian bias that is as strong as their pro-French/Russian inclination, or just got their facts wrong. The names on the sides of the ships just don't match up with what each partiucular ship was about, so they were equally justified to call them "Fido", "Felix", "Gemma", or whatever, as the chosen ship names; there was no correlation between the way the units in WoWS, and their real-world counterparts performed. I offer a few observations; In this game, Italian CAs are, unquestionably, the worst CAs in play, and possibly, the worst cruisers, period, despite being bested (arguably) by only the Hipper class, in overall abilities as WWII cruisers. The Giulio Cesare is one of the best BBs at tier V, despite being an obsolete WWI carry-over, that failed to land a confirmed hit on *anything* during its many WWII battles in the Mediterranean. The Littorio class (Littorio, Vittorio Veneto, Impero, Roma) carried one of the best battleship guns ever deployed, the Ansaldo 1934, which has been absolutely neutered in this game. These guns had the longest range of any naval rifle in WWII, yet in WoWS, they have the worst range at their tier. In WoWS, the performance on the Italian 15" guns is maddeningly inconsistent; in combat, Littorio proved their accuracy and reliabilty, when she was able to inflict splinter damage from near misses to RN DDs from a range of 35,000 yards (shell flight time was approximately 110 seconds), with only her aft turret firing, in a brief 15 minute encounter. It is true that Vittorio Veneto displayed severe dispersion problems across the span of three separate battles in 1941 ( an insane 782 meters at only 19,400 meters!!!), but post war analyses revealed that the majority of the shells in the serialized lot allocated to the Veneto, were out of tolerance to approximately 15 - 22% on permissible radius error (+.001mm to -.150mm), and some had actually been machined to 380mm, instead of 15" (381mm). In WoWS, Roma's secondaries are a joke, and once again, their performance is in direct contradiction to historical record. Despite repeated opportunities, in numerous battles in the Mediterranean, no RN DD was ever able to get close enough to conduct a successful torpedo attack against the Littorio class, specifically because of effective secondary fire. Contrast this record to the RN's record vs. German capital ships (which have some of the best secondaries in WoWS). Two major successes the RN DDs had, stand out glaringly; Acasta torpedoing Scharnhorst, and Glowworm ramming Hipper. With so many battles furnishing irrefutable evidence to the contrary, who/how/why made the Roma's secondaries so useless?? Originally, the 152mm guns fired AP, so that cruisers at close range payed a major price for their mistakes, while the 90mm guns (which did not function as secondaries in WWII) fired HE. Now, the AP is gone, further reducing Roma's secondary utility. Things like those I've listed above are the inconsistencies which truly annoy me. To name a ship model after one that functions in the absolute, opposite manner that it did in service, is both pointless, confusing - and somewhat stupid. At such point, WG might as well just come up with random designs, and assign them equally random names. When one hears "Bismarck", they expect certain traits to be present, as they would with any other ship name. Some deviation from perception is unavoidable, but when the deviation grows into a glaringly opposite set of traits , the entire effort becomes an exercise in futility, and the player community is better served by a different approach to vehicle representation. Conclusion: stay away from Italian ships in WoWS.
  2. BaryOnyxx

    Sound Swaps?

    Hello, I have no mod experience with WoWS, but I believe I once read that the sounds of the guns firing can be changed - ex.; the sound of the Prinz Eugen's guns assigned to the firing of the Yorck's. Is such a change possible by a non-"modder", or, would such a change require an individual experienced with modifications to effect? Thanks to all for your time, and thoughts. Peace.
  3. Hello, I have no mod experience with WoWS, but I believe I once read that the sounds of the guns firing can be changed - ex.; the sound of the Prinz Eugen's guns assigned to the firing of the Yorck's. Is such a change possible by a non-"modder", or, would such a change require an individual experienced with modifications to effect? Thanks to all for your time, and thoughts. Peace.
  4. Tres cool! (sorry, not sure how to put an accent on the "e")
  5. BaryOnyxx

    Playing the Kronshtadt

    Thank you for the info, I truly appreciate it. I'm optimistic, as I'm only 749,000 XP short.... Re: Alaska; if they model her with any fidelity to her real-life characteristics, you'll love her - until you get hit by a torpedo...…… Most American ships are designed to work as part of a fleet, with specific ships performing specific duties - again, in real life. AK had literally no torp protection, and as such, was intended to operate behind a screen of DDs/CLs/CAs, whatever was available. But again, this is real life; how WG will model her is up to them. Peace
  6. I've always considered it disingenuous, or downright dishonorable to complain when things don't go your way, but not give appropriate accolades when they do. A couple of days ago, I told my account of purchasing a 20X Santa's Mega Gift Box, and out of the 20 drawings, 11 were for the New Year's Streamer camo, for a total of 220 of the same. I did receive a Tier-VI DD, which I was grateful for, but my specific complaint was for the lack of diversity in the random gift drawings (NOT for the fact that I didn't receive enough ships!), given that WoWS has such a diverse catalogue of possible gifts. So, given that I was in a jovial mood, I said; "(expletive deleted) it, what's $75? I'll give WG a chance to redeem themselves. I was ready for another avalanche of New Year's camo; completely prepared. And what did happen? Whelp...…. Drawing 1: A Kii. I thought this was my ship for the box, and the cascade of camos would now ensue. Drawing 2: 20x NY camo. Ah-ha! Told you! Here we go, I thought. Drawing 3: Okhotnik. Wow, two ships in one drawing. The onslaught is sure to start, now... Drawing 4: 5x Mosaic camo. Hmmm...… What's going on here? Drawing 5: 30x Hydra signal. Now I'm looking behind my 32" monitor to make sure I don't have gremlins patching in a bogus signal... Drawing 6: Gallant. Checking my drink for traces of previously imbibed LSD....this can't be happening...? Drawing 7: 30x Ouroboros. I'm completely incredulous at this point, as the drawings were unique, and very valuable. This can't continue, I thought... Drawing 8: Kamikaze. Which is what I was about ready to do at this point. What in the @$$? Drawing 9: DeGrasse. Now I'm starting to feel downright guilty for my prior complaining. Even if all the rest were all NY camos, this was an awesome box! Drawings 10 & 11: 2,000 doubloons, each. 4,000 doubloons to crown off 5 nice ships, and a nice assortment of signals and camo. Just dumbfounded at this point. Drawing 12: 30x Leviathan. Ummm…..? Drawing 13: 2,000 doubloons. Facepalm. Drawing 14: 20x NY camo. I actually felt a little relieved with that one; this was becoming highway robbery, and I was starting to feel bad for WG... Drawing 15: 5x Spring Sky. Another nice camo. Drawing 16: Haida. Relief is short lived, as I'm now up to 6 ships, and a great assortment of signals, camo, and doubloons. Drawing 17: 2,000 doubloons. Sigh. Now I'm literally WISHING for more NY camo, as I feel like I'm *truly* robbing WG... Drawing 18: 30x Red Dragon. No respite from the good luck. I'm just going to have to be strong, and take all these great gifts like a man. Drawing 19: 20x NY camo. FINALLY! Some bad luck! It was about time! Drawing 20: 20x NY camo. I was so relieved! This box was so lopsided, that I honestly felt bad for WG! All silliness aside, as I said, if one is going to complain when things don't go well, they should also speak up, and give the establishment (WG) due credit, when things go extremely well. It's obvious that I just got two particularly uneven drawings; the first was very unfavorable (220 NY camo), the second was very favorable (6 ships, 8k doubloons, and a great assortment of camo and signals). As long as there is a realistic possibility for things to go extremely well, as well as extremely unfavorably, I have no complaints - balance is key. Thanks WG!!!
  7. BaryOnyxx

    Playing the Kronshtadt

    I didn't realize they were for sale - I thought they were awarded for some incredible feat or another. Are they for sale?
  8. BaryOnyxx

    Santa's 20X Mega Gift Boxes ($75 worth)

    Egg-zactly, thank you!
  9. BaryOnyxx

    Santa's 20X Mega Gift Boxes ($75 worth)

    Can't go wrong with that!
  10. BaryOnyxx

    Santa's 20X Mega Gift Boxes ($75 worth)

    That's what I'm talking about! I have always had a special place in my heart for mechanical art, and Ducati's desmodromic bikes were included. Given south Florida's drivers, and the fact that I lost two friends to them, I hung up my helmet long ago. My last bike was a Seka 650 turbo - ancient history, as you probably know. However, little did I know that I was destined to pick that helmet up again, as I am fortunate enough to own a C6 Z06, into which we shoehorned a 427 ZL-1 big block, in place of the LS7 small block (which I kept, in case of unlikely resale). The car is a total widowmaker, going low 9s at just shy of 160 mph, ON MOTOR, no juice! Obviously, that's with drag radials, and the benefit of south Florida's sea level air pressure. The big block and roll cage added a little weight, but, better for traction..... I wish you luck in acquiring your 16....forget another premium ship! Oops, a little too OT at this point.... Peace, and stay safe!
  11. BaryOnyxx

    FDG Buff Greatly Appreciated!

    It's 22.9 - in essence, 23, just FYI.
  12. BaryOnyxx

    Santa's 20X Mega Gift Boxes ($75 worth)

  13. BaryOnyxx

    Santa's 20X Mega Gift Boxes ($75 worth)

    Thank you all for your replies, but other than desmo, I suspect that my statement was misunderstood by many. I will try to condense my otherwise verbose post, as much as possible. 1) I never complained about not receiving any particular ship 2) I never complained about not receiving ships, period 3) I was expressly grateful for the destroyer that I did receive 4) My only specific complaint was the following: >> I really felt that WG could have done a little better than 220 units of the same camo. << I regret that I didn't keep a copy of my original note to WG, as I specifically told them that my lament was *NOT* about the receipt, or lack thereof, of any premium, or tech tree ships. Considering 113 possible camos, and 25 different signals, receiving 11 New Year's Camos out of 20 drawings, entails a possibility of roughly one in 1017 (that's one in a hundred quadrillion, for the less mathematically inclined among us). I did not include consumables in the calculation, as the number would have been even more absurd. With all due respect, that hardly sounds random - in fact, it sounds more than a little rigged. BTW, Desmo, do you own one of the Ducati Desmo models? I ask because about 10 years ago, I designed a 975 cubic-inch (16.25 litre), true boxer (not just a 180-degree V-design), 16-cylinder engine, with a hydraulically controlled, desmodromic valvetrain. Given the right choices of materials at critical points in the engine, we were able to attain just over 4k hp (4,028 hp, to be precise), at 14,650 rpm. We got a max BMEP of 216, and E0 of .35 - mostly thanks to the fact that the valvetrain was under meticulous control at all times. That experience made me a huge fan of desmo valvetrains. Another miracle of that engine was how we dealt with the daunting task of clearing out the 6 MEGAwatts of waste heat that was being produced at full throttle...…. Peace.
  14. I've been a paying member of the WoWS community for 3 years, and have always recognized the need for contributions, from those who are able to do so. I opted to make mine in the form of a purchase of a 20X Santa Mega Gift Box, and basically received 220 New Year's Streamer camos (11 of the 20 boxes), some coal, 5 spring sky camos, 2,000 doubloons, and a few minor items that I don't recall. The big prize was a Tier VI T-61 destroyer, and while I very much appreciated the ship, I really felt that WG could have done a little better than 220 units of the same camo. When I approached WG about it, they predictably told me that everyone was subjected to the same conditions. I am posting my experience is an effort to inform potential buyers of these "Gift Boxes", as to what they might receive. I include WG's response to my initial lament, and request to have the items re-evaluated, and my rebuttal to their points. YMMV, as other players will attest. >> Hello,, Thanks for contacting Wargaming Support. I am really sorry that you haven't received the content you wished, but please take into consideration that you were aware what can you receive from every single box upon purchasing and opening. All the rewards are distributed randomly. These random chances are the same for every player. Unfortunately, we are not able to exchange the in-game goods. I deeply apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding on the matter. << My response: >> Dear Alexandr, I would like to thank you very much for your prompt and thoughtful answer to my note. After careful consideration of your answer, and further rumination on its content, I have come to realize that you are correct. If one is truly honest in their considerations, they should find it absurd to participate in a stated random event, and expect a specific, favorable outcome. However, if, once again, one is truly honest in their considerations, given the plethora of unique, and diverse items in WoWS' catalogue of potential offerings, the balance of probability does not, in any way, favor the ridiculously disproportionate number of appearances of the New Year's streamer camo, in the gift drawings, that I experienced - unless such a condition was intentional, in which case, the description of a "random" item drawing in "Santa's Mega Gift Box" promotion, is HIGHLY inaccurate. I understand that WG would decline any request for restitution, or re-evaluation of the gift boxes, as to accept such a request would be to invite chaos amongst the ranks of players who did not receive their idea of a "fair" drawing, and who demanded another roll of the dice, in an effort to obtain more desirable items. However, please understand that, while I respect your explanation that all players are subject to the same conditions, I hope you respect my decision to be far more hesitant to part with my earnings, in future WG promotions. I also think it important that the WoWS community be as informed as possible, with respect to the potential outcomes of their investments in your game, and in that spirit, I will publish details of my issue (truthfully - there is no need for embellishment) on the fora, for readers' consideration. Again, Aleksandr, thank you for your time! Caveat Emptor.