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I totally played as a filthy casual these last 30 days. I took one look at the PR grind, realized is wasn't for me, and didn't try for Gorizia even. Just enjoyed playing randoms and 1v1 ranked with a few of my favorite ships. Mostly DDs. I bought 1yr of premium time at 50% off (New Years special) and 4800 doubloons at 30% (anniversary coupon) and I think 2000 other doubloons (towards Shimakaze permanent camo). Still, at the end of it I got quite a decent haul of "stuff": * Lenin from free Xmas box, 10pt captain * Exeter from free Xmas box, 10 pt captain * Gorizia from completing directive 3, 6 pt captain (as I said above, this just ticked over naturally - I didn't try for it) * tons of flags for getting to rank 5 in Lightning * a smaller ton of flags for progressing partway through building Puerto Rico * Halsey, for completing the campaign * Shimakaze, Kitakaze, Iowa, Fiji, Lightning .... XP and FXP from Random games * A smallish haul of flags for breezing through the Science of Victory campaign, which I'd never bothered with until now and can be done extremely quickly when you have a 3-year old account and a dozen or so T8-10 ships. So this is how I feel about WG and the PR grind: On a personal level I don't really care. While the dockyard was cool and the partial rewards generous the progression mechanics could only be described as "opaque and manipulative". I was not interested in the ship. As such, the PR grind just went off my radar, just like the Xmas lootboxes which I don't buy. I was surprised how angry everyone got when they found out that grinding PR for free would be very difficult. I never got through the PEF or Benham grind for example. Even Siroco was excessive ... no way would I expect to get a T10 ship playing the way I normally do. Moreoever there were plenty of ways you could get Puerto Rico if you really wanted without playing 6h a day for a month, for not an excessive cost. And a couple of ways for an excessive cost. Plenty of reports now of people who got the ship after only moderate grind by buying Gorizia up front for doubloon compensation and/or paying for 1-2 boosters. I guess what really ticked people off was Wargaming telling them they couldn't get something while simultaneously telling them the something they couldn't get was something they really, really wanted. People look forward to the Xmas event as something everyone has a chance of getting, its the inclusivity of the event which is in the spirit of the season. WG this year broke with that by building up the PR event as this main event instead of a Whale-only hardcore extra bonus round. Gorizia - a T7 cruiser that would in any other time have been considered a pretty good reward and was generously given away for very little commitment, got completely lost in the blast of negativity surrounding PR.
Grygus_Triss posted a topic in General DiscussionsOk, so, unless you put in a bunch of time and/or money (not b***** likely), there will be a lot of people with an incomplete Puerto Rico in the dockyard at the end of the event. So what happens to the uncompleted ship? Well, there have been many ships built in the past which have never been completed. Some get converted into other ships, though others get scrapped. So yes, Puerto Rico will be scrapped, therefore, logically, we should all get the steel (or credit) value of the scrap. Yep. Incomplete ship gets scrapped, doesn’t make sense to just disappear, all that metal needs to go somewhere, so we should all get steel based on how far along in the build we are. Completely Logical and even Historical. I’ll take my steel thanks WG
[PSA] An apology for poor event presentation and a bit of spreadsheet. Developer Hello commanders, In addition to my personal apology and a few replies in different threads, here is our official update on Puerto Rico situation. Following yesterday’s global release of the update, we wanted to say a few words about our New Year activities. We know that many of you are upset (to put it mildly) about the Puerto Rico event. In hindsight, it is clear that our communication about this event was rather poor and as a result we created an expectation that the ship was going to be more accessible to the general player base – we own that. Only hardcore players with a fair number of special signals and camouflages can be reasonably expected to obtain Puerto Rico entirely for free. Of course, this affects many of you, because most of the players do not sustain that level of activity. Please accept our sincerest apologies: we failed to communicate the degree of dedication required and as a result, for some of you, ruined the Christmas spirit of the whole update. This is an extremely grindy event. We know this; there is no denying the fact that this part of our NY update was designed with relatively small group of players in mind. And this is the exact reason why this New Year we decided to offer not one, but two premium ships to cater to different degree of activity and dedication: Puerto Rico and Gorizia. But again, we fully admit that we failed to make it clear from the start, which raised people's expectations. Simply put, Gorizia should have been given much more attention in presentation and organization of this event. We still believe that this event offers everyone a wide selection of different activities, bonuses and items: a tier VII premium ship, four researchable tier VI ships, Premium time, Coal, Steel and Santa's Gift containers for Snowflakes, Directives, Shipyard stages rewards and Daily Shipments as well as Clan Brawls and Ranked Sprint rewards. We have seen that some of you made calculations for this Puerto Rico event to better understand its requirements. We really appreciate your efforts to help the community. But due to some rounded numbers in our client they are not entirely accurate, so we want to share our core calculations on how to get Puerto Rico. We absolutely understand that these will not turn the grind for PR into easy one, but still believe it's important to have precise and clear information available. If you decide to go for it and get Puerto Rico for free, you should follow these guidelines: The first directive should be completed before building commences; Directives 2 – 5 should be completed within 3 days of the directive’s opening; The sixth directive should be completed within four days of the directive’s opening; The final directive should be completed at the latest 24 hours before the overall event ends; You must finish 20 Daily Missions and collect all rewards from Daily Shipments; And spend your tokens as soon as possible. If you are planning to buy one premium booster: The first directive should be complete before building commences; Directives 2 – 4 should be completed within 3 days of the directive’s opening; Directive 6 should be completed within 6 days of the directive’s opening; You should finish the first 15 Daily Missions and collect all rewards from Daily Shipments; And spend your tokens as soon as possible. If you are planning to buy two premium boosters: The first directive should be completed within 5 days after the directive’s start; Directives 2 - 3 should be completed within 6 days of finishing the previous one; The fourth directive should be completed within 12 days of finishing the previous one; You should finish the first 13 Daily Missions and collect all rewards from Daily Shipments; And spend your tokens as soon as possible. If you are planning to buy three premium boosters: The first directive should be completed within 7 days after the directive’s start; The second directive should be completed within 7 days of finishing the previous one; The third directive should be completed within 14 days of finishing the previous one; You should collect all rewards from Daily Shipments; You don’t need tokens from Daily Missions at all (they will only give you an additional boost); And be sure to spend your tokens as soon as possible. You can find a table with numbers on all 4 scenarios here (that's a shortened Google Drive link). Again, this information is not intended to sugar coat the PR part of the NY event, but rather to give precise information on how the progress, in fact, works. Thanks for your attention and being with us. ---------------------------------------------------------- tldr Sorry but no Sorry HOHOHO, its all according to our Whalling plan Wg : ok, We say we sorry. can you all now give us money ? (their apology basicly advertisment to sell you booster - well played, well played)