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Random Thoughts from Deep R'lyeh: je ne regrette rien...

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Channel your inner Edith Piaf.

I obtained the Nelson back in July, towards the end of the Indianapolis missions (I know this because she helped me complete some of the final tasks). A hefty chunk of Free XP from well-timed supercontainers and community contributor containers helped that happen a bit sooner than it otherwise would have, and I bought her because she best fitted into my fleet and with the nationality of my highest-points commander (who soon after topped out at 19).

And I figured, "Why not, because she DOES best fit my requirements right now and 750,000 Free XP for the Musashi is SOOOOOOOOO far away..."

 

I am currently back up to 380,000...

 

and asking myself "Should I have done it?"

Because of course if I had not, Musashi or Kronstadt could be mine now.

 

Well, against that we have a whole heap of higher-tier premiums knocking on the door, not QUITE yet sure of the method of payment or how they will turn out in battle (though if the WG-CC and other YouTubing testers' vids are anything to go by, not bad at all), so it will actually be nice to be obliged to sit on my hands and watch how that falls out while I crawl up the Free XP ladder. One of them, surely, will come in as a 750K FXP premium. So yeah, it's probably better that I did buy the Nelson!

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I remember when I got my Nelson.  I was fairly new to the game (still using my laptop and mooching my buddy's internet) and the mad rush to farm free xp was officially on with the announcement by WG that the Gravy Train/Money Train/Trump Wagon was going to be taken off the blocks.

My division mate was grinding for Old Mizzou and I wanted to help him.  750K free xp was out of my reach, but 350K was not.  I happily farmed right along with the rest of them (when I could) with my more modest goal in mind.

My buddy got his Gravy Train and I got my Nelson (Muntz).  Ha ha (as laughed by Nelson Muntz).

Fast forward 10 months and I got the Kronstadt with free xp and the Musashi with coal.  I am currently less than 100K away from having 750K free xp again.  I eagerly await the Alaska.

The Nelson is a blast to play, the heal is OP and is worth every single free xp I spent on her.  I don't drive her nearly enough.  No regrets at all.

If your goal is to stockpile free xp or coal to get one of these ships or a future ship (Alaska, Jean Bart), I highly recommend not spending on anything else AT ALL.  Don't free xp your way past basic ship modules or use it to finish off that next captain's point.  Don't buy any of the shiny things you see in the Arsenal.  Set your goal, focus on your goal, obtain your goal.

There's always time for buyer's remorse afterwards.  Not that there will be.

Best regards,

CS 

 

p.s. - Thank you for the link.  It has been too long since I have heard that.  Beautiful song, beautiful woman, wonderful voice.  Bette Davis eyes for sure!  I can't say thank you enough!

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14 minutes ago, Captain_Slattery said:

Don't free xp you way past basic ship modules

The struggle not to throw a few thousand at the Baltimore's long-range fire control is real.

14 minutes ago, Captain_Slattery said:

or use it to finish off that next captain's point.

I have a 19-pointer, so the need to do that with FXP is gone.

15 minutes ago, Captain_Slattery said:

Don't buy any of the shiny things you see in the Arsenal. 

Ooops! But I wanted Aigle as a free (i.e. no money down) captain trainer for the French and I wanted Campbeltown because seal/bot clubbing with aforementioned 19 pointer, and I wanted Jack Dunkirk, and Jean-Jacques Honore and John Doe and the Bismarck perma-camos. So all that was justifiable. But now I'm grinding for 250K coal and 750K FXP and seeing what the future brings.

I'm surprised at how quickly it's built up after the purchase, but I have more Papa Papa flags than I know what to do with and they are coming in almost as fast as I can use them these days, so there is nothing to be lost by putting one on every ship always and just letting it roll in. Jean Bart actually looks quite attractive. I tried the Richelieu in PTS and really, really liked her, and seeing as she faces Tier 10 anyway there's nothing to be lost by getting a premium T9 version. Then there is the Bourgogne, but God only knows where she fits in; probably a coal ship for some disgusting amount north of 300K? If I can get Jean Bart with FXP and Salem remains in the store, she probably fits in with my current needs and wants better than a second high-tier French premium battleship.

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I agree.  There is plenty of candy on the shelves with more coming each update.  Be strong brother!  We should start a mutual support organization because...

I have been secretly casting sidelong glances at October Revolution AND Campbelltown.  My goal right now with coal is the Russian Captain.  Please tell me to focus on my goal.

Jean Bart, yes.  I am torn by her.  I am starting to convince myself that I want her instead of Alaska.  I really want Alaska but the Jean Bart has that nasty reload booster and I am having such a blast with the RichieLoo. 

She is going to shock some folks, that's for sure.  Take the shot, start the turn and then WHAM!

Then there is the historical perspective.  Jean Bart fought with one turret, sitting at port and gave a good accounting of herself.  She is famous or infamous depending on who you talk to.

Stay the course, brother.

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Just now, Captain_Slattery said:

Jean Bart fought with one turret, sitting at port and gave a good accounting of herself.  She is famous or infamous depending on who you talk to.

There is nothing wrong with honouring a brave and noble enemy, e.g.

 

You have to feel for the crew of the real ship. They knew from the start how it was going to end, and win or lose, they went down swinging.

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I can appreciate both of your points and logic, but I do the exact opposite.

I almost exclusively use my Free XP on modules, and at the same time have a small stockpile of coal for special upgrades or flags.

So far I haven't seen a Free XP or coal ship that may interest me, so no loss there. Especially when it comes to Free Xp ships, where you have the choice of Battleship and Battlecruiser/Large cruiser. :Smile_sceptic:

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The Honorable Enemy.  Very much in the vein of "Charge of The Light Brigade".  True Samurai, each and every one.  I agree with you here.  I always felt I had more in common with Soviet soldiers and sailors than I did with any policy maker on either side of the Cold War conflict despite our cross purpose goals.  Soldiers, sailors and Marines have more honor, dedication and willingness to give that "Last Full Measure of Devotion" in their little fingers than most politicians do in their whole bodies, no matter which side they are on.

Beehive shells?!  What a great idea!  18 inch guns as part of the AA suite.  How awesome is that!  WG, are you paying attention here?

It's a good thing that Sweden never had a trade agreement with Imperial Japan.  Imagine the Yamato's air defense with 40mm Bofors all over the ship!

Very brutal, very honest.  Poignant.  I do like the camaraderie and brotherhood that was shown.  Very well written. Where did you find that clip?  Do you know what movie it is from?  That had more action in 15 minutes than most war movies have in their entire running.

Thanks very much for posting it.  Great stuff there.

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I free xp’d The Nelson and bought the Musashi with coal. Nelson was the better purchase.

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20 minutes ago, Captain_Slattery said:

Where did you find that clip?  Do you know what movie it is from? 

I don't know what movie it was from; I found it in a related search. I was a fan of what the West calls "Star Blazers" (Space Battleship/Uchuu-Senkan Yamato) since I first saw it aged 11 or 12 and was looking for the subtitled version of the anime, which has some scenes the Western DVD release never got... including a scene in which the Yamato's final battle IRL is depicted, and in which the American sailors and airmen who sink it all salute it as it goes down; a touching tribute from the Japanese animators to the Yamato's mortal enemy. 

Here it is.. no sound, IDK why, but I think you will appreciate it just as much. I don't know why they removed it; maybe they thought kids in the West couldn't take it, especially the bit at 2:40 or so, where the captain makes sure he goes down with his ship...

 

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That was really good.  Somehow made better, I think, by the silence.  Very well done.  Makes me proud to own her sister ship, Musashi.

Now about those beehive shells for my 18 inch guns...:Smile_great:

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6 minutes ago, Captain_Slattery said:

Makes me proud to own her sister ship, Musashi.

AFAIK they got the Musashi first, and she took even more of a beating than the Yamato did before she went down. It was the lessons learned from how much it took to sink the Musashi that helped the Americans to sink the Yamato quicker - specifically IIRC, they attacked the Musashi on both sides, and the damage they did created its own counterflooding; they concentrated on one side on the Yamato, so that the flooding damage helped to capsize her.

Both ships took FAR more damage than any battleship could reasonably be expected to take if she had been properly protected by carrier aviation and surface AA escorts. I think sinking either one by air attack prior to the Battle of Midway, when the IJN's air arm was at its best, would have been a very, VERY difficult ask, and quite likely impossible. By the time they were destroyed, the USN's air arm was a very different beast and the balance of air power was grossly in its favour. Neither ship stood a chance under those circumstances.

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