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An Interesting (But Probably Also Stupid) New Ship Idea (Pan-Asia)

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So before I say anything, I will admit that this is probably a stupid idea and not worth the effort on the part of the devs and will likely never see the light of day, but nonetheless. 

So, I have a suggestion for a new tech tree cruiser for Pan-Asia. Specifically a tier 1 cruiser to replace Chengan. The HTMS Maeklong

Now, I know what most of you will say. "It's just a tier 1 cruiser. It really doesn't matter at all." And you would be right from a gameplay perspective. Virtually no one plays tier 1 unless it is their first few battles, and they only see other tier 1 ships or tier 2's occasionally if divisioned up. The reason I would like to see this ship in the game is for historical/cultural purposes. As mentioned by Wikipedia in the link above, Maeklong is a Thai gunboat that now serves as a museum ship. The fact that it is a museum ship already makes it unique for ships in the game, especially from Asia. The second is that it was built in Japan. This is the same as the current Pan-Asian tier 1, Chengan. So they are both Japanese-made warships in the service of other Asian nations, pretty similar in that respect. However, we already have plenty of warships from both the PRC and ROC in the line, but only one from Thailand thus far. Chengan is also a clone of the IJN tier 1, Hashidate, so that is another point for changing it up. Part of the reason it is attractive as a museum ship is, not only did it serve with one of the less represented navies, it is also, to my knowledge, the largest remaining whole-ship example of pre-1945 modern Japanese naval engineering, making it pretty unique in the world. In terms of stats it isn't bad either, actually larger than Hashidate with the same armament, albeit 4x1 120mm instead of 2x2. 

I personally think this is a very reasonable (from a gameplay and historical standpoint) ship to be added to the game. I am notorious for being a lover of the weird, unique, and less well-known ships of the world (see my other posts). This fits that bill, while many of my other favorites that aren't in the game yet will likely never even be considered for a second for the game (Satsuma-class semi-dreadnoughts, De Zeven Provincien/SoerabajaMatsushima-class protected cruisers (specifically Hashidate), Thonburi-class, Erebus-class monitors, Georgios AverofEspaña-class, etc.). I would love to see it in-game. 

Thank you for reading. I am happy to hear all thoughts below. 

File:HTMS Maeklong, Chulachomklao Fort Museum - panoramio (2).jpg -  Wikimedia Commons

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More real, historical ships for the game is something I will never complain about. Low tier is where the fun has always been at for this game, for me personally, and it gets ignored way too often so more low tier ships, no matter how small, is another thumbs up in my book. More so yet, I'd love to see more of those weird and wacky ships in the game, they have much more character to them than any gimmick WeeGee can put on a new premium ship. The Maeklong can easily be a nice tier 1, especially with its history.

Personally, I await low tier British and German battlecruisers, Georgios Averof would be amazing to see in the game, USS Olympia would be an awesome tier 2 American BB, and I've often wondered how destroyer escorts could be in this game. 

In general, I want to see more love for low tier, I've always wanted some permacamos for the low tier ships as well. 

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Well, 😏 let me add that the name is a waste for tier 1.

If WG wants to honor the ship, then offer two versions. A tier 1 historical version for the history buffs. And a premium tier 8 BB because why not Maeklong-er?

Before the tomatoes start flying out, just hear me out.

This will make both factions happy.

The historical faction gets their cruiser.

The nation tech tree gets a new addition that WG can actually sell. WG can make it a copy of some BB I am sure or maybe even have a BB design contest to settle it. Its sole limits would be caliber and tier per WG devs guidelines and displacement would be simplified based on length and beam.

This would generate interesting builds, devs get something original to add armor to, and eventually it comes out for players to see for a special Pan-Asia event.

They already have a name. Now we just need the imagination of a few players. 😏

If I build it, you will buy it.

Trust me, I can imagine a lot. 🌌

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48 minutes ago, P51pilot122 said:

More real, historical ships for the game is something I will never complain about. Low tier is where the fun has always been at for this game, for me personally, and it gets ignored way too often so more low tier ships, no matter how small, is another thumbs up in my book. More so yet, I'd love to see more of those weird and wacky ships in the game, they have much more character to them than any gimmick WeeGee can put on a new premium ship. The Maeklong can easily be a nice tier 1, especially with its history.

Personally, I await low tier British and German battlecruisers, Georgios Averof would be amazing to see in the game, USS Olympia would be an awesome tier 2 American BB, and I've often wondered how destroyer escorts could be in this game. 

In general, I want to see more love for low tier, I've always wanted some permacamos for the low tier ships as well. 

Thumps up OP :cap_like:

The tier 1 Pan Asian is a historical ship now. I would rather see some of the fantasy ships replaced with ships that were at least ordered so they would have had a full engineering workup.

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Interesting ship, but no not appropriate for tier I. If you want more Thai ships in the game (and, lets face it who doesn't!?!) Hold out for Taksin- class, Sri Ayuthia-class or, when submarines arrive the Matchanu (Vilun)-class. 

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