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    Blimp Mode

    Couple of games in DDs were fun, using stealth to help the blimp move whilst slinging torps. Then I foolishly tried a game in my Mino. I loaded in next to the blimp, with a DD. The DD took of leaving me in a Mino to help the blimp. Gulp... Yeah. No-one on the team ever came to help, so once the blimp paths converged and I was spotted it didn't take long to get citadelled down into a watery grave. Minos aren't known for their 'tankiness', but we would lose with no-one near the blimp. You'd think your team mates might notice that...
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    Game Crashing Frequently

    Thank you Puggsley! I had to follow your instructions literally better than I initially did: repair the client AND reinstall any mods and THEN it fixed. Again: thank you!
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    Game Crashing Frequently

    So this is 5 hours later. My internet connection is fine. I get stuck in the battle load in screen the same as before. Of course I'm not risking an actual battle: it's the Training Room (so I don't stuff others around). Oh well, no WarShips until something broken gets fixed, and hopefully WG will find some way to notify us of when that happens?
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    this is illegal..........

    Some of the judgements getting slung around are 'hilarious'. I have a side account which is focussed on low tiers. Why? I started a clan and it would take FOREVER to grind enough oil for Port Perks. With the side account PLUS my main account, I can generally win each week's Naval Battles = plenty of oil. It's that simple. I don't try to grind 'up' a line, because I'm simply on that account for oil crate/oil per day, plus the Naval Battles wins over the weekend. That task done, I'm straight back to my main account. Some few may want to 'pad' their stats, but who cares? It's just a number on the internet, whoopee. My side account's win rate is currently 67%. So what, who cares. Because I've played plenty of low tier random battles, I'm aware of the small community of other regular players there. Some of them are savagely challenging to play, and yes, that's because some of them have 21 point captains and that's a huge benefit, BUT they're also incredibly cagey, crafty and capable players and it's fun trying to beat them and playing against them improves my game play. I kind of think that's because I'm more aware of what's going on tactically when there's only maybe 1-3 non-bots per side, whereas there's often so much 'clutter and noise' in a high tier random battle that I'm overwhelmed with the fight in front of me and less able to fully grasp the strategic flow of the battle (at least its finer points). And some of those low tier regulars are thorough gentlemen. I.e., the occasional gentleman's agreement is made to kill all the bots first. Yes that means more medals, but again, so what?More medals simply means more credits. Which means for me that I can purchase more flags to help me complete my weekend Naval Battles on that account in as few games as possible (for my clan port perks) so that I can get back to my main account ASAP. One last thing about the community: the player base is familiar enough that I have a spreadsheet of players I meet. It helps me remember who is a serious threat, who isn't (can't be relied on to help/contribute), and who might be new. If the new/unknown player doesn't shoot me, I'll generally let them be; but if they target me then it's on And hey, some of those low tier boats are actually just huge fun to play. Tier III is usually free of bots, and captaining my Campbeltown is just a crazy laugh. It's guns suck, it's torp reload is slow, but somehow it works and delivers fun battle after fun battle. General hint if you go to play low tiers: if your opponent is in a clan, they may not be a newbie
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    Game Crashing Frequently

    Same. Locked in the loading screen, watching team mates die. So I crashed the client. Re-loaded. Same. So I crashed the client, restarted my computer, re-loaded: same. End result: flags lost, and I'm supposedly pink for failing 'being afk'. This happens enough that I don't ever report anyone for being afk if they haven't moved from the start because I'm simply able to assume it's the game's fault, not the player. On the other hand: is today's game-fail the result of Russia's 'incursion' into Ukraine? Russia supposedly did some major cyber warfare against Ukraine yesterday, so who knows what kind of collateral fallout may hit us?
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    People you've encountered in-game

    G'days were exchanged with @RalphTheTheatreCat captaining his Di(x)do for the red team. Well played team mate, it was 'orrid seeing all three concentric circles red, with me dancing my heart out in the middle to zero useful effect 😆
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    People you've encountered in-game

    No probs Thomsen. It was a dark and stormy night and I was in the same boot and when I realised you were there I was struck dumb as I hadn't seen you in ages. o7
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    Is T8 worth grinding to?

    11 shalt thou not count. 12 is right out!
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    Making a commander 'elite'

    Hey Run, I met you in your V-25 and reckon it was a good game. It's certainly fun having high skilled captains in the low tiers as woah does the difference show in how hard they hit! The TATM clan guys in particular are lethal (I figure all their captains are 21 pointers; my tier I-II-III fleet captains are still sub-10ers). S4pp3r's rule of thumb is spot on for the typical progression, but there's no harm either in playing the game at your own pace. My main account (this one) grinds for the end-game, but my alt account is equally fun just messing about in boats down low.
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    Well, FWIW, everyone else reset as well, so being back at 10 doesn't reflect negatively on you; plus you get to win all that steel again! And anyway, practice makes 'perfect-er'. If your aim is to make it into the Silver league, it'll happen, just keep at it. Good luck, Captain.
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    I Want To Try Silver, But Bronze Is Comfy.

    Fair enough points, and I too considered staying in bronze. But for me, what am I playing for? Virtual currencies, or a challenge? I'm not in a rush to get to any mythical 'end game' (there isn't one), so I simply play to have fun and for me that means a challenge (not being challenged is boring). In the test season I made it to rank 1 in silver (IIRC) and loved it. I did it for the challenge and the learning, not the 'rewards'. I can see that I play better in ranked than I do in random. Perhaps I simply more readily recognise my effective role (DD, occasionally CL) in ranked where there are fewer players per side to clutter my thinking? Gold, steel, etc., will come if it comes, or not. But I'll push on into silver and eventually hopefully gold as the best way to challenge myself. But that's my play style, and everyone has their own priorities and reasons for playing
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    How long until the free skill resets end?

    Yep, I did that reset early on, thanks 👍 I considered leaving most ships un-skilled, but that quickly became annoying (every time I wanted to play something different, I'd hit the wall of 'oh hell, that needs setting up'). In the end I just figured it was 'do it now or never' (i.e., lose interest), so I based my set ups on that spreadsheet and got it done (with light adjustments made where I thought merited for my playstyle). Thus WG have made it harder to enjoy most of my fleet because most of it isn't as considered/personalised as it could be. The meta WILL change (WG know that and are banking on it), but I'm just work with what I've now got. I'm pretty conservative with spending resources, so if I really need to do a hard reset of an individual ship or two it will be possible without rewarding WG). I've got around 1.6 million CXP at the moment, and I've got my Gearing/Somers captain at 20 points already and another 2 tier X RN cappies to nearly 20 points.
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    People you've encountered in-game

    No probs, I 'jumped ship' back in mid-December. Clan tags are also my first scan point, but I initially missed yours (new cappie + skill set up on my Mainz to focus on, iirc). Yes, we won! One hell of an entertaining battle. Our flank was likewise so busy that I hadn't had a chance to look across the map to understand what your flank was dealing with! We had a pushing red Albemarle that was exploiting his RN concealment like a boss (plus some slippery map-edge exploiting), backed up by a Thunderer with good hard cover, plus others (but that pair were the greatest threats). A dynamic game that I'm sure had everyone clutching their keyboards by their fingernails Good times
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    People you've encountered in-game

    I saw @S4pp3R captaining a Wujing a couple of days ago. I didn't know he was there (we were on opposite flanks) until he put 'thanks' in battle chat. IIRC, he died shortly thereafter, but had taken two reds with him. +rep
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    How long until the free skill resets end?

    Yep, with over 200 ships in my fleet I've accepted that there's zero chance of testing a build on each and every ship (because WG don't pay me to 'work' for them fulltime). I've pretty much gone with cookie cutter builds, with the occasional tweak on ships I feel more strongly about. Effectively, WG have taught me to care less about my ships and my builds, because I'm damned if I'm going to pay what they want (in time or money) to reset captains after this. WG used to give free resets to those of us involved in Clan Battles (iirc) to assist with the changes required between random and competitive skill builds. They took that away because: why support diverse play styles and a more interesting game play when they can profit from offering less? I will NOT reward WG for their greed. I'll simply take the lesson: to care less about the game. I'll fight as hard as I can with what I've got, every time; but I'm not going to care if it isn't min-maxed to the nth.