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Dissaray 02-26-10 08:07 PM

I don't know if it experiance in other games but I found the resource management side of things easy. The hardest things for me to learn were how to pace the attack and how to gather all the requisit data for manual aiming of the torpidos. In the case of the former I was always rushing into things and geting found out and geting frustrated about being found out. The later kind of fed into my first problem as I over used the parascope; I probly still use it too much now but I am geting better at puting it down when not useing it. But being as stubern as I am I wouldn't let the game get one over on me and figured it all out, more or less.

frau kaleun 02-26-10 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Dissaray (Post 1282130)
I don't know if it experiance in other games but I found the resource management side of things easy. The hardest things for me to learn were how to pace the attack and how to gather all the requisit data for manual aiming of the torpidos. In the case of the former I was always rushing into things and geting found out and geting frustrated about being found out. The later kind of fed into my first problem as I over used the parascope; I probly still use it too much now but I am geting better at puting it down when not useing it. But being as stubern as I am I wouldn't let the game get one over on me and figured it all out, more or less.

I will not be trying out manual targeting any time soon, lol. But I am learning how to draw marks and lines on the map to set up attack angles, even if I'm mostly eyeballing it when making the necessary course alterations... of course I know I'll have the game's assist in determining when the optimum moment has come to fire, but getting the best approach angle certainly seems to make a difference. And pacing, yeah, learning to take my time to get into the best possible position instead of just charging right in, because if the other ship is only doing half the speed that I can manage, there's no need to rush things.

The thing with resources is that I started out with unlimited fuel, oxygen, compressed air, batteries - so I was free to roam around at whatever speed for however long, whether surfaced or submerged, and never had to worry about any of those things. Now I know I have to be aware of how each is going to figure into whatever I want or need to do, which already involves so much multi-tasking... yeah, just remembering to put the periscope down instead of cruising along with it fully extended when I wasn't sitting there looking out of it... I had to learn that the hard way, lol.

krashkart 02-26-10 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by frau kaleun (Post 1282068)
:D*




*Playing at 18% realism helps.

I'm at 29% and rack up about the same tonnage per patrol. :DL

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Originally Posted by frau kaleun (Post 1282077)
Right now it's all I can do to remember to check how much fuel I have left and how much farther I can go with it. That and having someone yelling at me that the batteries are down to 25% when we're being depth charged. Oh, and we're gonna run out of oxygen eventually as well. So far we haven't come too close to the edge on any of those, so I guess I'm doing okay.

I somehow don't run into too many situations where I risk being depth-charged. Once I learned that destroyers are only dangerous when they know you're somewhere nearby, I just torpedo the suckers on sight. Should probably add that I haven't made it past 1940 yet, so guess I'll see how long that luck holds out. :)


What I'm up to in my current campaign:
I'm trying the mod that allows XXI in 1939, and I'm really missing having any artillery on the forward casing. Nice to have radar and all, but it's a real hassle to sit there and wait and wait and wait for a big freighter to sink, and finally waste another torpedo just to finish the job. :shifty:

BillCar 02-27-10 06:19 PM

I figured I would try something new: a career that begins, like that of Kretschmer, in a Type II.

U-8, Type IIA, 1st Flotilla
Leutnant zur See Hugo Stiglitz (:|\\)

Patrol 1
Departed Kiel, 1st September, 1939. Just so happens a war broke out.

Assigned grid AF87. Patrolled it for 24 hours. By the time all that was done, we were at war with the UK and France, so I figured it was time to see how well my tiny boat would handle in coastal waters.

Currently on my way down the east coast of England, and loving every second in my tiny little boat!

LiveGoat 02-28-10 12:51 AM

Currently on my 11th patrol in AN59. Have tried getting close to convoys out of Hartlepool and the like but can't get close. Too many escorts and too shallow. But I'm in desperate need of renown as its late '40 and France has fallen. Slowly it's dawning on me that when my transfer to Biscay comes and I go chugging into St. Nazzaire in my lowly duck, I will be a laughing stock.

I have only sunk 2 ships since the war began.
Shameful. :oops: Ignominious. :nope:

Obviously I've got realistic career lengths disabled or else I'd be working at Der McDonald's by now.

KL-alfman 02-28-10 03:35 AM

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Originally Posted by LiveGoat (Post 1283466)
or else I'd be working at Der McDonald's by now.


:haha:

hope you can shade it long enough to find the proper approach! :D

Flopper 02-28-10 02:17 PM

I may have a new locker soon to stow my belongings.
 
Davy Jones' locker.

I never thought it would happen, but I guess I've gotten pretty decent at manual targeting. For a while I thought I must be the worst in the world, but after hours and hours at the practice area, now most of my eels hit. Boom, boom, boom!

So this patrol, I got cocky and decided to cut right through the English Channel on my way to the patrol area. I had dodged a couple of warships that I had spotted in between Dover and Calais, ignoring the merchants around there as well.

Then, on Feb. 12, 1940, close to the English coast between Brighton and Folkstone:

In the course of just over 2 hours as dawn approached, in 3 seperate attacks, I send a British tramp steamer, a French small merchant, and a British small freighter to the bottom, and I'm feeling good. As I'm high tailing it to the southwest at full speed, just minutes after sinking my last target, my crew spots yet another ship. This time it's a single large merchant, heading west. I stay on the surface, charging my batteries and plot an intercept course and get his course and speed.

Around 9:30 a.m., the sun is up, and I'm running parallel on the surface and just ahead of his track at 2000 meters, I turn in for a 90 degree bow shot. Right about then, my crew spots a warship approaching fast from behind me. I dive, and it takes me about 3 minutes to get in firing position. I fire my last 3 bow eels, and turn and head southwest again. All 3 hit the target, but by now the destroyer is close.

Long story short, it's now 12:30, and after 3 hours I can't get this guy off my back. I've taken two wild (blind) stern shots at him, and missed. The only eels left on the boat are external, and all my scopes are damaged. I've taken damage in almost every compartment, and I can't seem to shake this guy. I have power, and I can still manuver the boat. I don't dare go below 40 meters, as I'm quite close to the bottom already.

Is there any hope? Is it possible that he'll run out of dc's? I've went fast, slow, straight, in circles, in every direction, but this guy is on me like glue. I tried laying on the bottom, but started taking damage.

I'm out of ideas. Maybe that shortcut wasn't such a good idea. :oops: Any suggestions?

EDIT: Now it's 1:35 p.m., and there's another warship approaching. I assume it's not the Bismark.

Matador.es 02-28-10 02:50 PM

He will run out of DC for sure, but it just does not solve the problem. He will stay on your tale, and ones you will have to surface. He will finisch you with his guns.

be sure not to save your game while submerged. I have experianced many problems loading "submerged saves" with CTD's as a result.

Good luck on it though...


Can anybody advise me when is the right time to move to the Middlemer? I am in June '40 now.

Edit// You could try to sneak into the dark with "deck Awash" and AK

Flopper 02-28-10 03:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Matador.es (Post 1284275)
Edit// You could try to sneak into the dark with "deck Awash" and AK

Thanks, but for an update... I believe the first guy DID run out of dc's, but his buddy had a fresh supply. I took too much damage, started taking on water, finally blew the ballast. Amazingly, I surfaced directly in front of one of the destroyers, and he ran over me... AND BLEW UP AND PROMPLY SANK. LOL !! I took a screen shot of that, showing my badly damged boat, the destroyer's bow sticking out of the water, with his buddy right behind him shooting at me. It was pretty hilarious.

Of course his buddy didn't think it was that funny, and about 15 seconds later I was looking at an "abandon career" screen. :dead:

EDIT: They did NOT give me credit for sinking that destroyer.

frau kaleun 02-28-10 05:41 PM

October 11, 1939
Third patrol
U-35, U-Flotilla Saltzwedel
Oblt. Peter Schmidt, commander

We're almost two weeks into our patrol, and have already sent nearly 25000 tons of enemy shipping plus 2 aircraft into the briny deep for all eternity. And that was before we reached our patrol grid.

The first two victims were a coal tender and small freighter that we picked off just north of the Orkneys; the two aircraft came after us just northwest of the Hebrides. Picked off a couple more lone ships on our way southwest towards the patrol area, then got a radio report of a large convoy inbound to Great Britain, just to the northeast of us. So I turned around to see if I could do any damage there. Managed to hit a Granville type freighter which got left behind by the rest of bunch; fired off a couple more eels but didn't think I'd hit anything before a destroyer came looking for the source of all the fuss and forced me under. The freighter I knew I'd hit was pretty much dead in the water, and it quickly became apparent that the destroyer had no clue where we were. After that it was just a matter of waiting it out until she took off to catch up with the rest of the convoy, at which point I came back up and finished off the freighter, which was showing no signs of going down.

She did have time, I guess, to radio in our second attack, as a Southampton class appeared just after she sank and started sweeping the area with searchlights. I went to periscope depth and hung around trying to get in position for a stern shot - had no other torps loaded and was running silent. Finally got off one shot at her but I was too far off for it to hit before she zigzagged away from the path of it. I don't think she saw it coming, though, because I snuck away and she never came after me.

Took out another lone Granville type freighter in heavy seas in the middle of the night... I don't think she ever saw us coming. Then submerged for relief from the weather and got a contact report of another ship nearby. Took off on an intercept course and surfaced to find a 11000 ton merchant in my path. She got my last two torpedos and down she went.

Now I'm out of eels and, having finished a cursory 24 hr patrol of grid BE31 with no contacts to report, I'm cruising home hoping the weather stays decent and I can find some poor lone merchant for my deck gunner to practice on.

Also not getting killed on the way home would be nice. :D

krashkart 02-28-10 07:27 PM

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Originally Posted by frau kaleun (Post 1284552)
Also not getting killed on the way home would be nice. :D

I'm not gonna try telling an old broad that soaks up tenderizer like a dry sponge in the Sahara how to outwit destroyers. Especially since I'm not in GWX yet, and still at 40% realism. :rotfl2:

************

My current campaign progress:

We had to give our XXI back to the BdU so they could send it through the temporal portal for further evaluation. '45 can keep their damn newfangled Uboat, as far as I'm concerned. :O:

Command decided we'd had enough fun in our three patrols aboard the future ship, and bestowed upon us the honor of driving a VIIB. The crew is all at once elated with the news of having some artillery to play with, and saddened with the loss of such advanced equipment as the schnorkel and various other devices. Embarking on Patrol 4; will have an actual formatted patrol report to post next time around.

Snestorm 02-28-10 08:28 PM

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Originally Posted by frau kaleun (Post 1282024)
Patrol 2
U-35, U-Flotilla Saltzwedel
Patrol tonnage: 22539

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All in all, I'm just happy to have made it home safe and sound. :sunny:

Not only Outstanding results, but in a tough area too!
Great job!

Snestorm 02-28-10 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by BillCar (Post 1283195)
I figured I would try something new: a career that begins, like that of Kretschmer, in a Type II.

U-8, Type IIA, 1st Flotilla

Currently on my way down the east coast of England, and loving every second in my tiny little boat!

Cool!
Be careful. If you like the IIA, you just might love the IID, which is REALY a neat little boat.
(And that's from the mouth of a confessed IXaholic).

Summer can be rough as the daylight lasts longer than your oxigen.
Keeping trim for a submerged attack can be a real "thrill".

Enjoy!

Snestorm 02-28-10 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Flopper (Post 1284226)
Then, on Feb. 12, 1940, close to the English coast between Brighton and Folkstone:

Around 9:30 a.m., the sun is up, and I'm running parallel on the surface and just ahead of his track at 2000 meters, I turn in for a 90 degree bow shot. Right about then, my crew spots a warship approaching fast from behind me. I dive, and it takes me about 3 minutes to get in firing position. I fire my last 3 bow eels, and turn and head southwest again. All 3 hit the target, but by now the destroyer is close.

On the surface?
During daylight hours?
In The English Channel?
AND targeted a ship, with a DD coming after you?!?
WHOA!

All you can do is to keep heading for deeper water, at silent running, and HOPE to loose them before your nightly surfacing requirements come due.
They have the ball. Let's just hope they drop it.

Oh shoot!
Just got to your next entry. So much for that.
Sorry to read of your sinking.

frau kaleun 02-28-10 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Flopper (Post 1284314)
Amazingly, I surfaced directly in front of one of the destroyers, and he ran over me... AND BLEW UP AND PROMPLY SANK. LOL !! I took a screen shot of that, showing my badly damged boat, the destroyer's bow sticking out of the water, with his buddy right behind him shooting at me. It was pretty hilarious.

Of course his buddy didn't think it was that funny, and about 15 seconds later I was looking at an "abandon career" screen. :dead:

EDIT: They did NOT give me credit for sinking that destroyer.

Same sort of thing happened to me when I got clever in my first career and decided to cruise by the entrance to Scapa Flow on my way home. Oh, hey, look, there's a destroyer, let's torpedo it.

BAD IDEA.

Instantly had three others on my butt and took so much damage that we had to surface. The lead destroyer ran right across my stern and promptly went kaboom. The best part was that a second destroyer was right behind the first one and rammed right into it almost immediately, and also went kaboom. They both sank on the spot.

Oh, and I didn't get credit for those kills either... all I got was dead. :O:


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