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  1. hangglide42

    Full Broadside

    Nice Fireworks!
  2. hangglide42

    Is Italian Smoke Broken or Something?

    One other thing... If u are sitting in your smoke & firing, there are 2 pretty effective techniques for hitting a ship in smoke. - if a enemy has a spotter aircraft, better players and many who play competitive formats can be quite good at hitting a cruiser sitting in smoke by seeing where your shells appear from in the elevated spotter view. - this can also be coupled w/ the last position indicator from the minimap - players can often use that to target someone who has dropped off of detect if u are near your last spotted indicator.
  3. hangglide42

    King of the Sea

    Vikingno2 - the article outlines only 8 contianer sources explicitly: - 1 from the last Daily Drop (for logging in on the 10th day during the drop period) - 2 whose access (i.e. a mission?) can be gained from watching Twitch streams - 5 which are obtainable if you click the opt-in participate button - gives you a 4 part mission for a container each w/ a 5th for completing all of it. (Needs T10 ships, but doable) Since you need 16 collection items (the duplicate redemption mechanism is reduced to a 1:1 for this collection so you can just exchange a duplicate to get a unique colleciton item you need) - but only 8 were outlined - one of 2 possibilities: - WG will announce a means to get the other 8 ad hoc according to their reveal strategy later in the next few weeks. OR - The collection is intended to span multiple KOTS event & keep interest - if this is the case,we may have to wait until the next KOTS event to complete this collection for the T7 Container or, if you aren't watching/linking your Twitch stream account - it may take 3 or more KOTS events to finish. The second might be more likely because to even get access to 5 of the announced containers, requires T10 ships - Since collections are persistent - they can span longer timeframes and event periods. This would still give newer players a chance to complete their collection & get their T7 Ship Container even if they currently don't have a T10 in their port.
  4. hangglide42

    Enjoy the scenery

    I've always liked Neighbors because the little towns on the islands reminds me of Cinque Terre on the Italian Coast. I've always wondered, tho, what Fort & Lighthouse is this feature on that map?
  5. OK - Here ya go! Spotter on the Ohio! OK, I
  6. hangglide42

    I like Pi

    Here's mine! Thanks for the Pi-day promo WG!
  7. Added a calendar of what to expect in 2020 in an approximate timeline - included WG release patterns, timing for events (Clan Battles, Ranked Battles, Ranked Sprint, Bounty), monthly "feature" events to note when missions and swag collection are most beneficial for players.
  8. hangglide42

    Dates (even aprox.) for updates?

    Hey the Laalaa - here is a quick summary of WGs business patterns based on past history an statements. In general, WG has started to hold a annual CC gathering to give them visibility into upcoming developments into the next year and get feedback & have a general discussion re: upcoming features and developments. This information is subject to either a Full or Timed/Selective Release Non-Disclosure agreement. In other words, tho they are given some visibility into WG's roadmap for the upcoming year, they can't reveal it, except on a timing schedule controlled by Wargaming. Having said this, this is WG's current pattern: Approximately monthly drop scedule on typically a 4-wk (but occasionally a 5-wk) drop interval. Total 12 drops a year. The next drop is likely scheduled for Mar 11. WG has stated that it targets 4 full or partial ship-line releases a year - one on a quarterly basis. For 2020, these are: Royal Navy CAs (currently ongoing) European DDs (starting w/ patch 9.2) Russian Cruiser Line split (possibly) Introduction of Submarines Line drops usually encompass 2-3 months where the 1st month is a "early-access" drop - you can get ships thru RNG crates which drop missions for early access to the T5-8 ships. The 2nd patch in the sequence is usually either the full line release or the full release may be split across 2 patches. Usually at least 3 Ranked Battle Seasons a Year Usually at least 3 Clan Battle Seasons a Year In the NA Community - WG-NA has been running approximately 3 "Bounty" events per year, usually spaced about 4 months apart - these events reward u if you kill one of the bounty players. Interleaved Ranked Sprint Seasons (usually 2 wks or less in length) You can anticipate rough scheduling ahead of time as to when a line will drop by the following pattern: SuperTesters will start appearing in-game playing the ships usually anywhere from 3-6 months before a line is going to be dropped CCs will start appearing in-game w/ ships 1-2 months before a line will drop CCs will start posting their reviews/videos on the ships (make sure these are their "final" reviews) during their test periods, leading up to the releases Usually, timing of Premium Ship releases are not as reliable since these are timed to WG's business model & it may be 6 months or more before a Premium that was being tested gets released. There are certain anchor points and significant times on the calendar to be aware of for increased promotions, swag, etc. 100%/200% bonus periods often coincide w/ holidays & event periods in the US (for the NA server) - Xmas/New Years week, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, etc. April - April Fools event - in the past, Space Battles, Bathtub Wars, etc, August - Gamescom - WG usually tries to make some form of splash announcemt during this games convention & there is some swag related to this September - Anniversary of WG - WG rewards players w/ SCs for T10s (in the past), many signal & pennant flags, cammos & recently a snowflake event last year (this encourages having a large number of ships in port to maximize your rewards. Next to the End-of-Year Holiday patch - this period offers the most in-game rewards for players. Halloween - usually entails a Pumpkin Event - crate sales, special camos & a "spookified" game mode Thanksgiving (US) - Black Friday sales December/Jan - a "boatload of stuff" Mission sequence involving acquiring botes/camos for 4-5 T6 ships "Involved" mission for a more Reward bote w/ a lot of swag along the way (Puerto Rico, Duke of York, Prinz Eitel Friederich, etc) Snowflake event (past 2 yrs) - means of acquiring Steel/Coal/SCs Santas Crates - $1/$3/$5 RNG boxes which historically have returned a value in salable goods > the price paid (usually by more than 2x), including a large assortment of Premium ships -- a number of which are no longer available in-game. Hope this give you some insight into what you were looking for - o7
  9. hangglide42

    Another ship setting sail...

    O7 & Good Luck in all your future endeavors, Fem! Thanks for all the hard work by you & the WGNA teams for all the bounty events, streams & other Community Activitites!
  10. hangglide42

    What Battleship Is That In Background

    It's probably the West Virginia 1941 - the Pearl Harbor WV had the cage mast & it's a 16" gun BB like the Colorado (the ship in the foreground)
  11. hangglide42

    Research Bureau Season 3

    Based on the Directive schedule - the expected date is Feb 12 on the NA Server.
  12. hangglide42

    Research Bureau Season 3

    Should be w/ the Feb patch -
  13. WG is actually giving 2 of the permanent T8 camouflage. The one that drops when the Izmail stage is completed appears in the camo list for your T8 ships until u pick one to put it on permanently.
  14. hangglide42

    WOWS Enjoyment - Puerto Rico....

    Vader - there is a range of possibilities depending on whether you wish to pay more, grind more or balance the two - The article does not propose the only solution as to how you can finish the Puerto Rico build - there is no one answer. If you only play Co-op or have limited ships in your port, the only solution is one of the payment options where you may have to pay $96 - $230. Paradat actually posted a list of 8 possible price points for those who want the ship. What you're not understanding - is the reason article chose to provide details on how to get the ship at the $59 price point is that is the point where the grind task is more or less in line w/ past grind efforts for winter Shipmas/New Years ship grinds. As you go to a cheaper price point, the mission tasksbegin to fall into the "impossible to do" within the time constraints category. Anything more expensive than this price point saves you grind time culminating in the $230 price point. I'm not recommending any solution - it depends on what the player is comfortable w/ paying - but the $59 price point represents the threshold - on the one side the PR is achievable, on the other, it probably isn't to a vast majority of the player base due to the grind requirements. The reason I don't provide details for the others is that u can always throw cash at the problem & it doesn't need a special article to explain to players what they need to do. It's also out of consideration for the player base which is having a visceral reaction because they were led to believe they didn't have to pay anything for the ship -- it's actually bad enough in Random's because Puerto Rico owners who whaled to get the ship early are being targeted by friendly and enemy teams alike as a form of protest. Not fair, but if you play Random Battles, players have seen this behavior.
  15. hangglide42

    WOWS Enjoyment - Puerto Rico....

    WRT the $91 out of your bank account comment - you haven't actually lost anything by this transaction - the purchasing power is still there, but $32 is now locked away to be spent in WOWS. This is really a significant issue only if you have a cash flow issue -- I submit that many who want the Puerto Rico will not have any problems spending an extra $32 in doubloons for this game. The way to look at this is that because they have $32 more in doubloons in-game, they may not purchase the $32 worth of doubloons so you are only transferring your exchange medium into a more restricted currency (i.e. the next time, they won't pull the $32 from their bank because it's already in doubloons). That's mainly a problem if: You have the cash flow issue You don't expect to ever spend as much as $32 in doubloons in WOWS again.