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  1. Only a baby one, unless you got PR or Alaska when they were available.
  2. (And by 'finishing', I mean paying for just one extra dockyard token so I don't have to grind 80,000 base XP in one week.) Simply put, WG held out just the right reward for my circumstances at just the right time. I meandered lackadaisically through that monster Commander XP mission as I thought to myself "Yeah, I'll see how far I can get by the end of the road, no sweat..." And then I realized that the 19th stage held 250,000 elite commander XP. Why should that be important? Well, getting it would enable me to promote my highest Pan-American commander to 21 points immediately. Once that was done, and boy did it take some doing, I took a look at exactly where I was: one-sixth of the way through the second-last directive set with a second sixth over half-done and with damage to farm for the type-specific missions. That shouldn't be hard, right? Get through that as fast as possible, and then pick up as many of the dockyard tokens from the final mission set as I can. It's a scramble to the finish line for sure, but since I'm scrambling up the Pan-Am tech tree anyway to unlock the San Martin* before my booster mission runs out, I might as well use the momentum I've picked up. Once I get there, of course, I'm still going to sit down and make the informed decision on whether I want to buy the ship; but everything came together just right to put me in a position where that particular stage mattered at this particular time. A couple of different things done at different times months ago, and I might not be doing this now. * A couple of things I remembered from the PTS indicated to me that the Santander might potentially be more tactically flexible in regard to the rotation arcs of its turrets. If I recall correctly, the San Martin's B and X turrets are NOT three-sixty rotators, whereas as recent experience has shown, all of Santander's are. So I'm going to finish the grind, but I might not be in any great hurry to get the T10 ship and I see no need to move a captain out of a ship I am thoroughly enjoying - so he gets the 21 point guernsey.
  3. Ensign_Cthulhu

    Encounter off Jutland: Pick Your Side!

    And it goes down to Tier 4, too! Bless you, WG!
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    Anti Frustration Software Update

    Agree completely. @Efros can you also cross-post this into suggestions? @Ahskance, can you please kick this upstairs for consideration?
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    I'm done...

    "I lose and I lose and I lose..." And yet, some players manage a win rate in excess of sixty percent on a routine basis. If OP would like to explain how this is possible while he continues to lose and lose and lose, I'm all ears.
  6. It's not often that I agree with you on anything, but I certainly do here. IMO there's a reasonable expectation that any US cruiser that can take radar should do so. The only possible exception I can think of is for derping in co-op or some other special mode where the radar counts for a lot less, but those would have to be argued on a case-by-case basis. I think I've taken spotter-plane Cleveland into Randoms once, just to see what it was like, way back in 2018 just after the split. I can't remember now if they completely reset all of the Cleveland's modules back to zero in the switch and you had to re-research the B fire-control module again as well as the B hull, in which case I might have been clawing for just that bit extra range, but memory is hazy.
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    WG would you like to sell more permanent camos?

    It is, but it's no different from before if you already had a permacamo on a ship; you were still paying so many thousand dubs for just a different visual. The difference is that the first one came with the econ bonuses and was more expensive because of it. You mean expendable but yes, here I agree with you completely. The dev work is already done, they can sell them for a pittance, and some of the homogenous-coloured ones are very nice to look at.
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    If our commanders could talk...

    TO: Rodrigo Ramirez, O/C PAmNS SANTANDER FROM: Fleet Command, R'lyeh RE: Promotion. We are pleased to confirm your promotion to Fleet Admiral, First Class. Your key to the First-Class Admirals' Lounge will be provided to you shortly, and we have arranged for the stocking of a broad selection of fine South American wines. We trust that you will continue to take your ship's research progress through to its accelerated conclusion. Please inform us once you have selected a port captain for the SAN MARTIN; however, various economies in effect will preclude her immediate acquisition. As discussed with you privately, and reinforced by several factors that became clear in your combat experience over the last few days, you will remain in permanent command of SANTANDER. MSG ENDS.
  9. I'll let this picture do the talking: In addition, my mother in law is clearing out her garage; and since my wife is an only child, there was no competition for the metric F-ton of tools my late father in law had accumulated over the years. Several things I had had in mind to buy will now not need to be bought, and the money can go toward something else I think I need.
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    New European DD Line Powercrept a ton of ships!

    Too short for anything except a DD to get more than one shot off. I suspect the primary use of this radar is to flush an enemy DD taking a cap and allow some quick reset shots, weakening it and driving it off, OR spoiling the cloaked rush attack of an Italian DD. Close third is to provide tactical information and provoke a response from (or spoil the plans of) an enemy ship hiding behind terrain or lying in wait.
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    Is Gato Worth 28 Thousand Steel ?

    Bourgogne first, unless you are VERY comfortable in SS at Tier 10.
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    DevBlog 447 - New Japanese Battleships - Closed Test

    The Italians made a 17.7in gun for two of their central-citadel turret BBs in the 19th Century. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_ironclad_Enrico_Dandolo
  13. Well there's half your reason right there. I wonder how many were full sinkings and how many were finishing off the wounded.
  14. Ensign_Cthulhu

    Personal Milestone - 100mil XP

    theLaalaa had FOUR MILLION on his Black Swan back in 2018, before they nerfed it and he stopped playing it. And that was before any of this 'dump XP on the T1 ship' stuff started. FOUR MILLION honestly earned ship XP in Tier 1 Randoms.
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    DevBlog 447 - New Japanese Battleships - Closed Test

    If WG bumps the 457s up to 460 to satisfy your precious historical concerns, don't go whining afterwards about the overmatch threshold they just crossed.