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  1. I've just recently started playing BBs after a long run at cruisers and destroyers. Quite a different game it is in a slow moving, slow firing, slow everything behemoth. I like it though as it gives me time to go grab a beer at the beginning of the game, brush the cat, empty the garbage, etc and still find my half speed ship a decent distance behind everyone else. Gunnery is a challenge as you have to try to make every salvo count. I'm grinding up the RN line as well, at tiers 3 to 5, and the reload rate is ridiculous. Can grab another beer, brush the cat again, etc in the time it takes to reload and re-aim (though I try to keep sights steady on one target at a time). One thing I find myself doing is NOT turning. If I run into trouble, such as my "team" melts away and I'm facing a red onslaught, I just put her in reverse and back away, keeping an angle that allows me to bring a few turrets into action but not expose my side too much. Learned that through bitter experience. I agree wholeheartedly with your point, Umikami, about how playing different ships helps you understand them better as potential enemies. I always loved to hunting bbs in a destroyer but now I think I have a better idea of how to do so and stay alive. Speed and lots of unpredictable movement, on top of hiding and waiting for that magic moment when you can make someone's day as they come around an island or enter a narrow channel.
  2. I think I must be one of the unintelligent "try hards." I do try, very hard. But generally end up being pretty average in terms of results. It's usually a yo yo graph--suck badly for five games and then kick [edited]on two. As for the OP, I play at the tail end of your time span, from around 4:30 to 6:30 EST. I don't really notice a shift in quality of game play during that time. You might think there would be, with the after-school crowd being called in for dinner and all. But do families even have a dinner hour any more? And are the kids the issue? Some of them are probably way better than I will ever be, both as ship killers and team players. I started out with a point to make, what was it? Oh, yes, one of the "tipping point" features that I've seen moving from game to game is the presence of clanning or divisioning in a team. This was mentioned earlier as the one thing that can have a big effect on performance. Makes sense: if people can communicate with each other by voice (as opposed to the very inefficient chat box) then they're going to be much more in synch with each other, if not the rest of the team. Even having two or three people working together makes a difference. Personally, I've not been responding to division invites because I tend to hop on and off the game during my two hours of play ie. play a match then go do something else, then come back for another later on. It might be that you get better teams, then, when you have more organized groups on. Do clans, or groups of friends who division up, tend to play more in the evening? I don't know as I'm generally not on then. Do these "groups" avoid the weekends, or play later in the evening then? Would be interesting to find out. Perhaps I should give it a go and see if things are different say after 9 PM. (if I can stay awake that long). One other meandering thought: I rather like the unpredictability of the game ie. never knowing quite where the roulette wheel will land. If you knew every time you started a game that your team would be strong and work together, wouldn't that get rather boring after awhile? Odd as it may seem, one of my favourite parts of the game is often the first few minutes when everyone's jockeying for position and the outcome is very much up in the balance. I just get a kick out of the strategic elements, watching the little red and green pixels move around on the mini-map, trying to get a read on what's going on and what might happen 3 or 4 minutes hence. Even when my fellow green potatoes all go charging off in one direction, I rather enjoy being the one left behind watching the map and ocean, trying to work out how I can stay alive and take out a few red ships (even knowing that we'll probably be steamrolled in the end, with me as a thin tinfoil smear under that wheel). Sorry for the ramble, Buzzard. You've raised a good question though: when is the best time to play if you want some real team work? And a related one: how does the quality of the game play change depending on the day and/or the time.
  3. I think I might have been one of those guys, Haze. To be honest, I've only met the Cesare close in on two or three occasions so far. They stick in my head because each time I got in a good salvo of HE (from a British bb no less) and nothing much happened; then they shoot and I'm suddenly swimming. However, your advice is well taken--watch for the broadside and don't put too much hope into an end on shot.
  4. Don't know what it is about that ship, sharp captains or good guns, but I am getting erased immediately whenever I come up against a Cesare. That and the Belfast just seem to knock me out with one or two punches. I do enjoy the challenge of trying to best them, though.
  5. I make a note of the F key spammers on my own team and then give them some special attention when I see them on the red team in other games. I know I'm probably doing a favour to the red team, but it feels good all the same. I pay extra special attention to the "set a smokescreen" and "need intelligence data" spammers.
  6. You're not alone, Herr_Reitz with your WoWP download problems. I saw one of Jingles latest videos on the game and thought, wow, that looks like fun, and a bit of a break from all the swimming I do in Warships. Exactly the same thing happened to me: game loaded fine, got to the hanger and then, five seconds into the "auto detection of graphics settings," it all stopped working. Did the same research as you, tried all the fixes I could and ended up concluding likewise that it was my older laptop computer that was the issue. Perhaps they'll fix it in time but for now, I guess I'll just have to continue butterflying away from my sinking ships.
  7. Well, I originally posted the following introduction in another spot, but I'll copy it over here too. So, here goes.... I am yet another mid-boomer with too much time on his hands. 60 years old (just) and working as a high school teacher (for a few more years). Yes, yes, I should be doing other, more productive things, like woodworking and reading and stuff in my spare time, but this game is just soooo addictive. I started in early January and have not been able to keep away from the high seas ever since. I've not been a huge gamer in the past, but when I do find something good, I really latch on. Played Fighter Ace for a couple of years in the early 2000s and War Thunder (planes and tanks) more recently. In both cases, I had to uninstall and walk away cold turkey because I was putting too much time in and had other more pressing matters to deal with. Same thing may happen here at some point but, right now, I'm having too much fun sailing around and shooting things up (or getting shot up, as is more likely). I don't really care a whole lot about stats, although I do look at mine from time to time to see how I'm improving. As time goes on, I understand the game and various strategies better. When I started out, I would exit as soon as I got sunk and jump into another ship right away. Now that I'm playing mostly Tier II and III matches, I find myself watching from the sidelines (after I've gone down) just to see how things play out. I do tend to play aggressively though not, I think, rashly ie. I play forward for the most part, watching the mini-map closely and making further advances when I spot an opportunity. Of course, in a destroyer, I just get in there as quickly as I can, laying down torpedoes and smoke to slow the opposition and making dashes for the cap when I think I can make it and live. Anyway, after lurking around here for a while, I thought I should finally say hello to you all.
  8. Well, ok, here goes...... I am yet another mid-boomer with too much time on his hands. 60 years old (just) and working as a high school teacher (for a few more years). Yes, yes, I should be doing other, more productive things, like woodworking and reading and stuff in my spare time, but this game is just soooo addictive. I started in early January and have not been able to keep away from the high seas ever since. I've not been a huge gamer in the past, but when I do find something good, I really latch on. Played Fighter Ace for a couple of years in the early 2000s and War Thunder (planes and tanks) more recently. In both cases, I had to uninstall and walk away cold turkey because I was putting too much time in and had other more pressing matters to deal with. Same thing may happen here at some point but, right now, I'm having too much fun sailing around and shooting things up (or getting shot up, as is more likely). I don't really care a whole lot about stats, although I do look at mine from time to time to see how I'm improving. As time goes on, I understand the game and various strategies better. When I started out, I would exit as soon as I got sunk and jump into another ship right away. Now that I'm playing mostly Tier II and III matches, I find myself watching from the sidelines (after I've gone down) just to see how things play out. I do tend to play aggressively though not, I think, rashly ie. I play forward for the most part, watching the mini-map closely and making further advances when I spot an opportunity. Of course, in a destroyer, I just get in there as quickly as I can, laying down torpedoes and smoke to slow the opposition and making dashes for the cap when I think I can make it and live. Anyway, after lurking around here for a while, I thought I should finally say hello to you all.