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Hi.  I just thought I would say hi and post a little "get to know you" stuff about me and some other stuff that's been rattling around my head about WOWS since I started playing last October.  I looked around for a specific place where "Hi, I'm a noob here" posts go.  I couldn't find it so here we are.
 
My "nom de guerre" is Captain_Slattery and this is my first post.  I just got internet service in my home.  I've been using a laptop and mooching off my best friend's wifi until now.  Since there isn't a lot of time to do anything but "get stuck in" when you're bumming a connection, I haven't been able to post anything here.
 
This little laptop will run the game, but I have to set the graphics really low and still only clock around 15-18 fps.  I will be upgrading to a more powerful rig soon.  I am really looking forward to >50 fps and more eye candy.
 
Ok, here's some stuff that I have learned since I started playing.
 
Do not fire your torpedos if there is ANY chance you will hit a friendly ship.  I got turned pink more than once for doing this.
Do not fire your guns at an enemy when they are in close proximity to a friendly ship.  I got turned pink doing this as well.  Just once :) .
I would like to offer my most sincere apologies to the folks I sank while I was stumbling around not knowing what the hell I was doing.  As I still stumble around a bit, I also apoligize in advance for the next one as well.
 
Do not sail in straight lines.  I have eaten many, many torpedos doing this.  I may be a bit dense in that regard.  There ought to be an advisory posted EVERYWHERE about this.  I still eat torpedos when I forget.  I apparently LOVE to sail in straight lines. :)
 
Do not retaliate when some dirtbag is trying to teamkill you.  This happened to me just once.  I was VERY "ultra-noob" and I didn't even know what I did to piss him off.  I just took it.  I have never and will never fire deliberately on a friendly.  If I damaged him, it was purely accidental.  It couldn't have been for much damage as I was in a tier 2 cruiser and he seemed to have a pretty full health bar at the time.
 
Spotting a CV can turn the most levelheaded person into a drooling moron.  It recently happened to me.  I was in my Svietlana running cruiser escort for my division mate. The second I saw that CV, I thought "I have you now" in my best James Earl Jones impersonation and immediately started to go after her.  My division mate was not very happy when he had to fight a DD in his Wyoming because his cruiser escort had left the building.  I got sunk by the torpedo bombers and an enemy BB.  Lessons learned, I hope.  (lesson 1 - don't chase CVs and leave your buddy hanging out to dry.  lesson 2 - the Svietlana has really crappy AA.)
 
There are some absolutely fantastic players who seem to love going into low/mid tier matches and kicking the dog crap out of noobies.  Please be advised...  that's probably me you're kicking and I'm a pretty nice guy.  It's a bit like beating up your little brother, don't you think?  Besides, I would like to be able to go down to tier 2 or 3 and club some seals of my own and I can't very well do that if you're going to be there to stomp me.  :)
 
Youtube is your friend.  I found tons of excellent information from the following people on Youtube:
 
 iChase (iChase Gaming) - His Captain's Academy video series is excellent.
 urPeaceKeeper (Whiskey's Gaming Lounge)
 NoZoupforYou (especially when working with LittleWhiteMouse)
 Zerra
 Notzer
 BIA (Brothers In Arms - SneakySnake, Puddin' and Elastic Spyder)
 The Mighty Jingles - All of his stuff is very entertaining.  I play WOWS because of his videos.  I like his non WOWS stuff too.
 Yuro (Eurobeat) - This guy is ABSOLUTELY hilarious.  His "How To" videos have kept me laughing for months!
 
Thanks to all of the folks listed above for your excellent analysis and historical information.  There are boatloads of other folks who are doing some fine work as well.  These guys are my favorites.
 
The only issue I have (and it's a small one) about some of the videos is when they get to the captain's skills that are best for each ship.  While I appreciate the excellent information, I NEVER had a 19 point captain on any of MY tier 3 or tier 4 ships.  For that matter, I STILL don't have more than an 11 point captain on ANY of my ships.  It was a bit confusing at first trying to figure out where to put the 6 points (or less) that my captains had.  If they would have made it clear which tier 1 - 3 skills they recommend taking first, it would have saved me some confusion.
 
Youtube is also your enemy.  I have discovered quite a bit of either outdated or outright bad information there as well.  For example, "crossing the T" on an enemy BB to get all your guns to bear is NOT a smart idea no matter how well it worked in real life.  Is there a list of stuff (videos or postings) to avoid?
 
These forums are chocked full of fantastic tactical information as well as wonderful ship reviews.  I've been using what little data I get for my phone to peruse for information.  LittleWhiteMouse is my favorite ship reviewer.  I will be diving into these forums now that I'm connected.
 
Russian bias is actually a thing.  Having been a "Cold Warrior" (former U.S. Marine, 82-86), I was quite put off by this at first.  Being raised in a military family and also having "stood a watch", the Soviet Union was the enemy for me and mine for a very long time and it's tough for an old codger such as myself to get past that.  Given time to noodle it out, I can now understand why some ships are much better in the game than in real life.  Balancing between each of the respective navies in the game is critically important from a playability/gaming perspective.  Nobody will want to play inferior ships.  I now have several Russian ships and enjoy playing them immensely.  Svietlana, Kirov (aka Mother Russia), Budyonny and M.Kutuzov are all excellent.  I called the Bogatyr the "St. Petersburg" when I was playing her because I think she's like a Russian version of the USS St. Louis.
 
As a player, I would consider myself a bit below average.  I guess my stats would argue that point but stats don't always tell the whole story.  I tend to play much more PvE than PvP.  I think I understand the different play styles required by each and my win/loss percentage in Random Battles isn't horrible but it's not good either.  My division mate and I just currently prefer Co-op and Scenarios.  After the PC upgrade, I will probably play more PvP stuff.
 
I can BB and CA/CL middlin' ok now but still have a hard time in DDs.  I have not even tried CVs yet.  That might be just a bit odd considering my MOS was in Avaition and I served on Helicopter Carriers when I was deployed (LPH-9, USS Guam and LHA-4, USS Nassau).  Aircraft Carriers are an excellent force projection unit as well.  A player who is good at CVs would be a very valuable asset to his team or clan.
 
My highest tier ships (non Premium) are the Pensacola and the King George V.  The paint is still wet on both of them.  My favorite ship is the Queen Elizabeth.  She was my second tier 6 battlewagon after the New Mexico.  My best friend (and regular division mate) has a Warspite and we like to run them together.  I spec'd my Queen for AA (78 rating) to balance the division.  I worked really hard to get the captain his 10th point recently and was pretty excited when he got Advanced Fire Training.
 
I have a "metric crap ton" of Premium ships.  Sorry, I tried not to be a "wallet warrior", but I kind of went overboard last Christmas when I saw how much great stuff was turning up in the Santa boxes.  Please tell me I'm not the only one to do that. :)  Funny thing about that though, I was actually trying to get the HMS Hood on the cheap (I hate paying retail price for anything).  I saw there was a small chance but I never got her.  There's always next Christmas :).  Wargaming must have been loving me considering all the boxes I bought, errr... all the boxes that Santa bought me... yeah, that's it.  I have only actually purchased 5 premium ships so far.  That's not too "wallet warriory", is it?  I bought the HSF Graf Spee, the USS Indianapolis, the Aigle, the USS Texas and the IJN Isizuchi.  The rest I got from Santa so blame him, not me.
 
I bought the HSF Graf Spee first because my buddy had worked up to tier 6 by the time I started playing.  I wanted to have a ship to run with him without him always having to drop down to my low tier stuff.  I was TERRIBLE in her at first because I thought...  hmm, Pocket Battleship.  Then the game said nope, nope, nope.  Then I said...hmm, Heavy Cruiser.  You can guess what happened next.  I really appreciate my division mate being paitent while I learned to not suck driving her.  I really like to run her now.  She is a pretty unique ship.  That Japanese girl who is the captain is pretty amusing at times too.  She gets really excited about stuff and I have absolutely NO idea what she's saying.  I learned Japanese by watching Shogun, the miniseries.  Which means I don't know ANY Japanese.  Maybe I should learn a bit because whatever she's going on about usually turns out to be pretty important stuff.
 
When I bought the Indy, I was just looking to buy some dubloons, you know, what with free xp not actually being free.  I had previously worked out the exchange rate for all the game currency and saw that the package deal on the Indy came with $50.00 worth of gold, $15.00 worth of economic flags, a 10 point captain AND the ship for just $63.00.  That means the USS Indianapolis and a 10 point captain was essentially free.  Heck yeah, sign me up.  Not for the getting eaten by sharks part though.  :)
 
I also recently purchased a package deal for the Aigle when everyone else was getting her for free through the game missions.  I needed the dubloons anyway so I ended up paying about $15.00 for the ship and a 10 point captain.  I don't currently play enough to have had a decent chance to win her outright from the missions.  Sad to say that I am a better DD driver in her than I am in any of my other DDs (Lo Yang, Gallant, Anshan, Vampire, Okhotnik, etc...).  That is to say, not very good at all, but stil better than the crap I lay out in my other DDs.  My latest purchases were the tier 4 Isizuchi and the tier 5 USS Texas because they have both gotten good to great reviews and they were just $15 for the two of them.  I bought them the same day I finished the Varag missions so that would make 3 premiums on the same day.  Maybe I AM a wallet warrior.... 
 
While my best bud (and everyone else too, I think) was "farming free xp" for the Missouri, my goal was just a bit more modest.  HMS Nelson.  I got her the same week as he got his "Trump Wagon".  She's pretty squishy for a BB and no one will ever confuse her with the New Mexico but I like her just the same.  Her 16 inch guns are nice but I tend to play her too far forward.  I recently got rofflestomped by a Scharnhorst for my troubles.  Did you know that she has torpedos? ;)
 
Well, I guess that's about it for now.  It is nice to meet all of you and I look forward to getting the bejesus kicked out of me by you whenever I play PvP.
 
Thanks for letting me bend your virtual ear,
Captain Slattery
 
p.s. - If this isn't where I was supposed to introduce myself, please feel free to move the post.
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Welcome to the Forum and WOWs Game community. Always nice to have new people with us, especially the ones eager and willing to learn the game, and being friendly is helpful and nice as well. :Smile_Default:

 

Lot of fun discussions often happen in the Forum and a lot of good advice and game guides floating around as well.

Hope to see you around and Best of Luck in World of Warships. :Smile_honoring:

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Welcome aboard!

Respect destroyers but don’t fear them. Nothing can shake up a DD driver’s confidence as they close in on a ‘dumb battleship’ like seeing all of that battleship’s guns pointed right at them.

Whatever you drive; practice and learn how to shoot at and hit destroyers. The ability to do so will serve you well.

Think I’ve collected eleven or so premiums from Christmas containers, so there’s at least one other person!

You mentioned not shooting at Reds when they’re near Greens...

LEARN HOW TO.

I’ve saved more than a few allies with reverse point-blank shots against something about to sink them.

Yes, don’t use torpedoes in that situation, but well aimed guns shouldn’t be removed as an option.

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@Captain_Slattery. There used to be a "Who The He!! Are You, Noob?" section here, but they reorganized.  So, good a place as any.

You have LoYang?  I'm jealous.  I played that bote in the Public Test and it is fantastic.

Read up on the upcoming USN cruiser line split and, if you play your cards right, get a free new cruiser.

Welcome!  Hope to blow you up soon!

 

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Welcome aboard sailor; May the wind be at your back, your enemies sail straight, the enemy torpedoes miss by a mile and RNG be always in your favor. Remember to watch the mini map, change course and speed and use AP on broadside ships at the water line. Don't get lost or sail alone, don't hug islands to close, don't show your broad side, push with your team, don't hang back in sniper mode and Have fun. Smoke on the water is dangerous, avoid friendly fire and don't feed the trolls. For any thing else use search or just ask.

 

The Sinksalot Fleet salutes you, 
See you top side.
 
P.s. the Youtube channels of iChase, Notser, Flamu, BIA World of Warships, Lord Zath Replay Theater and even the Mighty Jingles has really good content for WoWs. The more you learn the better a captain you will become and the less you will be surprised. Also reading Patch notes is useful.
 

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Good Lord; if you learned that overwhelming wall of data since October, just think what you'll be posting next year! Nice to have you on board, hope you stay a while, more shooting, less talking!

(Just bustin' your hump, sincere welcome and hope to see you in a match soon.)

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Please make this man a Community Contributor!!

 

Also, welcome !!!!

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1 hour ago, Captain_Slattery said:
Hi.  I just thought I would say hi and post a little "get to know you" stuff about me and some other stuff that's been rattling around my head about WOWS since I started playing last October.  I looked around for a specific place where "Hi, I'm a noob here" posts go.  I couldn't find it so here we are.
 
My "nom de guerre" is Captain_Slattery and this is my first post.  I just got internet service in my home.  I've been using a laptop and mooching off my best friend's wifi until now.  Since there isn't a lot of time to do anything but "get stuck in" when you're bumming a connection, I haven't been able to post anything here.
 
This little laptop will run the game, but I have to set the graphics really low and still only clock around 15-18 fps.  I will be upgrading to a more powerful rig soon.  I am really looking forward to >50 fps and more eye candy.
 
Ok, here's some stuff that I have learned since I started playing.
 
Do not fire your torpedos if there is ANY chance you will hit a friendly ship.  I got turned pink more than once for doing this.
Do not fire your guns at an enemy when they are in close proximity to a friendly ship.  I got turned pink doing this as well.  Just once :) .
I would like to offer my most sincere apologies to the folks I sank while I was stumbling around not knowing what the hell I was doing.  As I still stumble around a bit, I also apoligize in advance for the next one as well.
 
Do not sail in straight lines.  I have eaten many, many torpedos doing this.  I may be a bit dense in that regard.  There ought to be an advisory posted EVERYWHERE about this.  I still eat torpedos when I forget.  I apparently LOVE to sail in straight lines. :)
 
Do not retaliate when some dirtbag is trying to teamkill you.  This happened to me just once.  I was VERY "ultra-noob" and I didn't even know what I did to piss him off.  I just took it.  I have never and will never fire deliberately on a friendly.  If I damaged him, it was purely accidental.  It couldn't have been for much damage as I was in a tier 2 cruiser and he seemed to have a pretty full health bar at the time.
 
Spotting a CV can turn the most levelheaded person into a drooling moron.  It recently happened to me.  I was in my Svietlana running cruiser escort for my division mate. The second I saw that CV, I thought "I have you now" in my best James Earl Jones impersonation and immediately started to go after her.  My division mate was not very happy when he had to fight a DD in his Wyoming because his cruiser escort had left the building.  I got sunk by the torpedo bombers and an enemy BB.  Lessons learned, I hope.  (lesson 1 - don't chase CVs and leave your buddy hanging out to dry.  lesson 2 - the Svietlana has really crappy AA.)
 
There are some absolutely fantastic players who seem to love going into low/mid tier matches and kicking the dog crap out of noobies.  Please be advised...  that's probably me you're kicking and I'm a pretty nice guy.  It's a bit like beating up your little brother, don't you think?  Besides, I would like to be able to go down to tier 2 or 3 and club some seals of my own and I can't very well do that if you're going to be there to stomp me.  :)
 
Youtube is your friend.  I found tons of excellent information from the following people on Youtube:
 
 iChase (iChase Gaming) - His Captain's Academy video series is excellent.
 urPeaceKeeper (Whiskey's Gaming Lounge)
 NoZoupforYou (especially when working with LittleWhiteMouse)
 Zerra
 Notzer
 BIA (Brothers In Arms - SneakySnake, Puddin' and Elastic Spyder)
 The Mighty Jingles - All of his stuff is very entertaining.  I play WOWS because of his videos.  I like his non WOWS stuff too.
 Yuro (Eurobeat) - This guy is ABSOLUTELY hilarious.  His "How To" videos have kept me laughing for months!
 
Thanks to all of the folks listed above for your excellent analysis and historical information.  There are boatloads of other folks who are doing some fine work as well.  These guys are my favorites.
 
The only issue I have (and it's a small one) about some of the videos is when they get to the captain's skills that are best for each ship.  While I appreciate the excellent information, I NEVER had a 19 point captain on any of MY tier 3 or tier 4 ships.  For that matter, I STILL don't have more than an 11 point captain on ANY of my ships.  It was a bit confusing at first trying to figure out where to put the 6 points (or less) that my captains had.  If they would have made it clear which tier 1 - 3 skills they recommend taking first, it would have saved me some confusion.
 
Youtube is also your enemy.  I have discovered quite a bit of either outdated or outright bad information there as well.  For example, "crossing the T" on an enemy BB to get all your guns to bear is NOT a smart idea no matter how well it worked in real life.  Is there a list of stuff (videos or postings) to avoid?
 
These forums are chocked full of fantastic tactical information as well as wonderful ship reviews.  I've been using what little data I get for my phone to peruse for information.  LittleWhiteMouse is my favorite ship reviewer.  I will be diving into these forums now that I'm connected.
 
Russian bias is actually a thing.  Having been a "Cold Warrior" (former U.S. Marine, 82-86), I was quite put off by this at first.  Being raised in a military family and also having "stood a watch", the Soviet Union was the enemy for me and mine for a very long time and it's tough for an old codger such as myself to get past that.  Given time to noodle it out, I can now understand why some ships are much better in the game than in real life.  Balancing between each of the respective navies in the game is critically important from a playability/gaming perspective.  Nobody will want to play inferior ships.  I now have several Russian ships and enjoy playing them immensely.  Svietlana, Kirov (aka Mother Russia), Budyonny and M.Kutuzov are all excellent.  I called the Bogatyr the "St. Petersburg" when I was playing her because I think she's like a Russian version of the USS St. Louis.
 
As a player, I would consider myself a bit below average.  I guess my stats would argue that point but stats don't always tell the whole story.  I tend to play much more PvE than PvP.  I think I understand the different play styles required by each and my win/loss percentage in Random Battles isn't horrible but it's not good either.  My division mate and I just currently prefer Co-op and Scenarios.  After the PC upgrade, I will probably play more PvP stuff.
 
I can BB and CA/CL middlin' ok now but still have a hard time in DDs.  I have not even tried CVs yet.  That might be just a bit odd considering my MOS was in Avaition and I served on Helicopter Carriers when I was deployed (LPH-9, USS Guam and LHA-4, USS Nassau).  Aircraft Carriers are an excellent force projection unit as well.  A player who is good at CVs would be a very valuable asset to his team or clan.
 
My highest tier ships (non Premium) are the Pensacola and the King George V.  The paint is still wet on both of them.  My favorite ship is the Queen Elizabeth.  She was my second tier 6 battlewagon after the New Mexico.  My best friend (and regular division mate) has a Warspite and we like to run them together.  I spec'd my Queen for AA (78 rating) to balance the division.  I worked really hard to get the captain his 10th point recently and was pretty excited when he got Advanced Fire Training.
 
I have a "metric crap ton" of Premium ships.  Sorry, I tried not to be a "wallet warrior", but I kind of went overboard last Christmas when I saw how much great stuff was turning up in the Santa boxes.  Please tell me I'm not the only one to do that. :)  Funny thing about that though, I was actually trying to get the HMS Hood on the cheap (I hate paying retail price for anything).  I saw there was a small chance but I never got her.  There's always next Christmas :).  Wargaming must have been loving me considering all the boxes I bought, errr... all the boxes that Santa bought me... yeah, that's it.  I have only actually purchased 5 premium ships so far.  That's not too "wallet warriory", is it?  I bought the HSF Graf Spee, the USS Indianapolis, the Aigle, the USS Texas and the IJN Isizuchi.  The rest I got from Santa so blame him, not me.
 
I bought the HSF Graf Spee first because my buddy had worked up to tier 6 by the time I started playing.  I wanted to have a ship to run with him without him always having to drop down to my low tier stuff.  I was TERRIBLE in her at first because I thought...  hmm, Pocket Battleship.  Then the game said nope, nope, nope.  Then I said...hmm, Heavy Cruiser.  You can guess what happened next.  I really appreciate my division mate being paitent while I learned to not suck driving her.  I really like to run her now.  She is a pretty unique ship.  That Japanese girl who is the captain is pretty amusing at times too.  She gets really excited about stuff and I have absolutely NO idea what she's saying.  I learned Japanese by watching Shogun, the miniseries.  Which means I don't know ANY Japanese.  Maybe I should learn a bit because whatever she's going on about usually turns out to be pretty important stuff.
 
When I bought the Indy, I was just looking to buy some dubloons, you know, what with free xp not actually being free.  I had previously worked out the exchange rate for all the game currency and saw that the package deal on the Indy came with $50.00 worth of gold, $15.00 worth of economic flags, a 10 point captain AND the ship for just $63.00.  That means the USS Indianapolis and a 10 point captain was essentially free.  Heck yeah, sign me up.  Not for the getting eaten by sharks part though.  :)
 
I also recently purchased a package deal for the Aigle when everyone else was getting her for free through the game missions.  I needed the dubloons anyway so I ended up paying about $15.00 for the ship and a 10 point captain.  I don't currently play enough to have had a decent chance to win her outright from the missions.  Sad to say that I am a better DD driver in her than I am in any of my other DDs (Lo Yang, Gallant, Anshan, Vampire, Okhotnik, etc...).  That is to say, not very good at all, but stil better than the crap I lay out in my other DDs.  My latest purchases were the tier 4 Isizuchi and the tier 5 USS Texas because they have both gotten good to great reviews and they were just $15 for the two of them.  I bought them the same day I finished the Varag missions so that would make 3 premiums on the same day.  Maybe I AM a wallet warrior.... 
 
While my best bud (and everyone else too, I think) was "farming free xp" for the Missouri, my goal was just a bit more modest.  HMS Nelson.  I got her the same week as he got his "Trump Wagon".  She's pretty squishy for a BB and no one will ever confuse her with the New Mexico but I like her just the same.  Her 16 inch guns are nice but I tend to play her too far forward.  I recently got rofflestomped by a Scharnhorst for my troubles.  Did you know that she has torpedos? ;)
 
Well, I guess that's about it for now.  It is nice to meet all of you and I look forward to getting the bejesus kicked out of me by you whenever I play PvP.
 
Thanks for letting me bend your virtual ear,
Captain Slattery
 
p.s. - If this isn't where I was supposed to introduce myself, please feel free to move the post.

Sorry to quote the whole novel, but, man....is this the best first post ever, or what??

Great to have you aboard, Marine. 

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Welcome aboard this ship of fate.

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Hey welcome to the Forum:Smile_honoring:

 That was a great introduction+1

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'Ello and welcome to WoWs forums. :Smile_honoring:

And plus one for a hell-of-a first post that was also well written and informative.

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Whatever you drive; practice and learn how to shoot at and hit destroyers. The ability to do so will serve you well.

It makes you grin ear to ear too.

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10 hours ago, Captain_Slattery said:
Thanks for letting me bend your virtual ear,
Captain Slattery

Just got through season 3, waiting for season 4 to come to hulu. Love it so much! You have good taste, sir.

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I would just like to thank all of you for your warm and heartfelt greetings.  The gameplay advice is much appreciated as well because I still suck a bit at this game.

I think I'm going to like it here. :)

 

Best regards,

CS

p.s. - The Last Ship rocks!  The book was great, too.

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