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  1. Progression Confusion

    Cool. Thank you!
  2. Progression Confusion

    Hello, I'm trying to work my way through the French collection missions - an endeavor I will fail at miserably as my current pink status will attest (torpedoes are hard). I'm a little confused as to how much time I have. According to the news page, the missions end on 3-2-2018: But according to the screen in game, the collection goes to 3-29-18. Does that mean we get until 3-29 to accomplish the missions or do we just get a few weeks to decide how bad we need that captain and go on a container buying frenzy before the collection time is up?
  3. Goals for 2018

    Is it too late to publicly state my future failures? I've been playing since April 2017 and have only managed about 1000 battles in that time. I've gotten two lines up to tier 8 - US Battleships and US Cruisers. So, in 2018 I'd like to: 1. Improve. I am decidedly average. At times I can pull out a really good game, but more often I find myself staring at the bubbles where my ship used to be far too early in the match. So, I plan to work on positioning and awareness. Mostly, don't overextend and be aware of where torpedoes are likely to come from and who is laughing at my open broadside. It seems positioning is the most important thing in the game - not getting yourself into trouble but still being close enough to the action to contribute and play to the objective. Also, stop tunnel-visioning. 2. Keep my win rate over 50% Right now I am teetering very close the the edge on this one. I struggled mightily when I first started and then had a good stretch in the middle tiers where I was able to tip the scale to the happy side of 50%. But, as I get up to the higher tiers (only to 8) I am noticing the skill level I am facing is very high and my win rate depends on my teammates more than how much I can accomplish. If I can take care of number one on my list, perhaps I can be more of a factor and I should be able to stay above 50%. 3. Increase Damage In a perfect world, I would be constantly taking screenshots of my six-figure damage games, printing them onto wallpaper and festooning my walls in glorious "Victory" after action reports. But, I've managed maybe four(?) 100,000+ games in my whole career. So, baby steps. If I can average my ship's HP +1 in every ship I play I will, at the very least, be a bit over a 1 for 1 trade with the evil red team and not as much of a drain on my team. 4. Des Moines, Iowa I'm originally from Iowa, so of course I'd be beaming with pride to sail around in both the USS Des Moines and the USS Iowa. These were my two goal ships when I first started playing the game. This is the only of these goals I am likely to achieve. 5. Two 19 Pointers I've got a 17 point captain on my North Carolina right now. I plan on a premium camo for Iowa once I get her. I'm hoping that combo will get me (relatively) quickly to my first 19 pointer. Then, I can use him to dump elite XP into my 12 point heavy cruiser captain in time for Des Moines. 6. Branch Out I've exclusively played US ships up until now. I'd like to branch to a couple other lines that interest me. This will mostly be through picking up a couple premiums. Right now, of the available ships, Graf Spee and Dunkerque and have caught my eye. I have a 10 point German Captain sitting and waiting for Spee and hope to grab the new French captain with the missions that start tomorrow. In a perfect world, I would add Richelieu with those same missions. Maybe down the line I'll find myself in a Tirpitz or Hood. 7. Musashi Papa Papa. While I'm branching out, why not shoot for Musashi? I'm only about 680,000 free XP away. Missouri isn't happening for me, so I'll go for the next best thing. As an added bonus I have a very bored 10 point Japanese captain in my reserve and am working on the Yamamoto missions. 8. Pipe Dreams Get to rank 1? Why not? I managed rank 10 in the most recent season. It seems like ranked seasons will be happening more often, so if I can trudge my way to a better starting point each time, I may be able to get there. As long as I'm dreaming, maybe one day I won't be absolutely garbage in destroyers. I made a couple "bad idea" premium ship purchases that I'm hoping to one day not regret. Perhaps in 2019. That is all. putting them on "paper" might help to push me toward these goals.
  4. Smith?

    I want it!
  5. Smith?

    I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you are all much more informed than I, so what do you think the chances are of USS Smith ever going back on sale? I hemmed and hawed about it back when I thought "Why would I ever spend real money on a free game?" Naturally I became hopelessly addicted and then Texas, Indianapolis, Sims and Kidd happened (oops), so now I am kicking myself for not getting what looks like a lot of dirt cheap fun.
  6. Exactly. I started out with a laser focus on getting to Iowa. Progress was quick since I only played US battleships. It didn't take me long to realize that it would be nice to have a ship to play while my battleship is settling in nicely into the bottom of the ocean. Being an Iowa native, what would be better than having the Des Moines, Iowa combo? Naturally progress slowed, but I have enjoyed having a couple lines to bounce between. Of course the obsession has snowballed to US destroyers. But, they refuse to stick that 25th hour into the day, so Sims it is (and soon, Kidd!). As for accepting limitations - I figure if I'm floating at the end of the match and rank somewhere in the top half of the team score, I probably helped more than I hurt and I had fun. That's good enough for me.
  7. Part of the Problem?

    I managed to get a good chunk of playing time yesterday and had some success in across all three types (sorry CVs), so that was good. I actually found myself really enjoying the Indianapolis. As far as chat, I really only pay attention to people calling out the plan or where support is necessary. I don't type fast enough to participate much. Plus taking my eyes away from the screen to poke the keys guarantees a "tactical grounding".
  8. Part of the Problem?

    Less reading. More playing. Got it. I'll see you out there. You'll recognize me as the burning hull pointing towards the sea floor.
  9. Part of the Problem?

    Hello, This is a rather self indulgent thread. I'm a decidedly average player who has more time to read about this game than to actually play it, but it consumes most of my daydreaming. When I learned about it, my first thought was "USS Iowa - I must have it!". I've been working toward that goal and have managed to claw my way up to North Carolina. I've also dabbled in cruisers and overall have become much more interested in naval history. But, Iowa is still my focus. As a result, about 2/3 of the battles I've taken part in have been in battleships. Compared to most I have not been playing as long or as often, but it seems that the discussion on here has turned to the overabundance of battleships nowadays. Particularly, poorly sailed battleships. Hey! That's me! Because of this, when I'm watching the numbers in queue from the bridge of North Carolina, I feel a twinge of - not guilt, but a "perhaps I make one too many battleships" feeling. So, I've been playing more cruisers (love my Indy). I've even started in destroyers. Though, in the worst possible way. I bought a Sims and dove right in. Both types are completely different and a lot of fun. I'm excited to play them more. But battleships remain my first love. I'm not entirely sure what the point of this is. It is indeed just a game and the whole point is to have fun, but there I times I can't shake the "gee, I hope I don't screw this up for everybody else" feeling. So, I acknowledge that I'm part of the problem, I'm really trying to help my team and apologies in advance!
  10. Hello. I'm one of those lousy battleship players that struggles with positioning. I try to push up and support our spotting DDs, but often find myself having the red team's undivided attention. My question is, how do I escape when I inevitably overextend in my battleship - specifically (at this point) North Carolina? Do I throw it in reverse and politely back away - becoming somewhat of a sitting duck? This usually results in a slow, burning death. Do I push the sticks to full throttle, do a u-turn and kite my way to safety? This usually results in a citadel free-for-all for the better, smarter players. Thank you for this thread. I don't want to just sit in back, horribly missing targets and only contributing frustration to my team.
  11. Ha! I suppose that's true.
  12. Viable for purely hunting CVs? I'm not a destroyer player, so I'm speaking with no experience, but it could be fun to sneak around and and be a CV killer. Enough AA to defend herself when they are on to you and good enough torpedoes to poke some holes?
  13. Yeah, aim wasn't​ so bad until I started using the @$#?! spotter plane. I have the dynamic crosshairs loaded. Probably better freshen up with that video. I'll maybe push up to the edges of the cap and slow it down to 3/4 once there for manuevering. That way I'm hopefully not doing a constant torpedo dance while still being in the area, but not too far ahead. And perhaps keep an island nearby for turns. I wondered about AFT and BFT. If things go horribly, I'll be re-speccing. I do want superintendent eventually with this Captain. My thought was that ranked battles might not last long enough to have five repair charges and I can already get four with the premium repair party. Thank you for the tips. I'll consider them homework assigned
  14. Now realizing this is probably the wrong spot to post this one. There is a bolded link that says "Tactics and Strategies" mere inches from the post button. Oops.