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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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

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

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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:

frau kaleun 02-28-10 10:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krashkart (Post 1284753)
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:

So far I haven't outwitted any of them, altho I have taken a couple out in previous careers. Usually by getting inpatient with trying to get away from them, so I say WTH and come to p-depth and find one of them 500 m behind me coming in at ramming speed. Stern shot for FTW!

From what I've read, once they know you're there somewhere, about the only way to get them is to make them chase you, let them get close, and fire the stern tube. I really thought this one was chasing me, but it turned out otherwise. And I lost my nerve when it came to letting her get close enough.

HundertzehnGustav 02-28-10 10:39 PM

March 40

entered a port last night, and "drew" a frigate from inside the port to the shore by running noisily.
when the bugger was almost beached, i stuck my pericope out of the water, right next to it, looking at the crew.

oh!

there were two subs shooting our way, hitting the frigate hard... it sank within a minute, almost on top of my brandspanking new VII/b...
reverse gear, full power got me out of trouble.

Torpedoed both british subs, surfaced, and got me two cargoes and 5 fisherboats with torps, cannonshells and ack-ack

:haha:

The whole event lasted no more than 5 minutes... i probably killed 50 sailors and at least a dozen fishermen, plus the two submarine crews.

got the iron cross second class for getting out again. But a good spanking for entering that damn port oin the first place!

frau kaleun 02-28-10 10:49 PM

I r still not ded!
 
Sept 9 1939, 03:58
U-35, U-Flotilla Saltzwedel
Oblt. Peter Schmidt, Commander
Patrol 3
Departed: Wilhelmshaven
Mission Orders: patrol grid BE31

Oct 3 1939, 11:23
Grid AN14: ship sunk, MV Boy Peter, small coal tender, 314 tons

Oct 3 1939, 18:52
Grid AN11: ship sunk, Q ship HMS Chatsgrove, small freighter, 1974 tons

Oct 4 1939, 12:36
Grid AM34: aircraft destroyed, Anson

Oct 4 1939, 15:34
Grid AM33: aircraft destroyed, Anson

Oct 6 1939, 13:32
Frid AM52: ship sunk, Q ship HMS Brutus, small freighter, 2364 tons

Oct 7 1939, 03:52
Grid AM52: ship sunk, SS Elmbay, coastal freighter, 1869 tons

Oct 7 1939, 09:49
Grid AM52: ship sunk, SS Tresillian, Granville-type freighter, 4708 tons

Oct 8 1939, 01:58
Grid AM54: ship sunk, SS Wray Castle, Granville-type freighter, 4710 tons

Oct 8 1939, 12:18
Grid AM54: ship sunk, SS Clan Ferguson, large merchant, 11484 tons

Oct 16 1939, 14:40
Grid AM51: ship sunk, SS City of Brisbane, large merchant, 11485 tons

Oct 22 1939, 09:07
Returned: Wilhelmshaven
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 8
Aircraft destroyed: 2
Patrol tonnage: 38908 tons

Everybody but the three n00bs on board got the U-Boat War Badge as this marked the completion of our second combat patrol.

Career tonnage to date: 61447 tons

Snestorm 02-28-10 11:06 PM

U37 IX(A). 2. Flotilla. Patrol 3.
 
D. 19.dec.39. 01.05.
Underway from Wilhelmshaven for Patrol Grid AM41.

D. 21.dec.39. AN34.
03.02. Ship spotted. VCS (Variouse Courses and Speeds).
07.10. Coastal Merchant (2.003 GRT) Sunk. Course 280. 8 Knots.
Night Surface Attack. 1 x G7A Torpedo.

D. 27.dec.39. AE95.
17.27. ALARM! Crash Dive for Aircraft.

D. 29.dec.39. AE89.
18.23. Sound Contact. Merchant. VCS.
19.17. Coastal Vessel Sighted. Wind 14 M/S. No attack made.

D. 31.dec.39. AM16.
06.18. Radio Report. Convoy. AM17. East. 6 Knots.

D. 1.jan.40. AM01.
05.35. Convoy Unfounded.

D. 2.jan.40. AM41.
04.00. Arrive On Station.

D. 4.jan.40. AM41.
11.24. Radio Report. Convoy. AL39. East. 6 Knots.

D. 6.jan.40. AM29.
19.14. Convoy Unfounded. Heavy Fog. Remaining in area.

D. 18.jan.40. AM29.
22.43. Radio Report. Convoy. AM01. East. 6 Knots.

D. 19.jan.40. AM43.
05.31. Coastal Merchant (2.045 GRT) Sunk. Deck Gun. (Unrelated to Convoy).

Convoy Unfounded AGAIN! (3 times now!)
Enrout to AM53 and The North Channel.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
He has to go there, and we WILL be waiting.

D. 21.jan.40. AM53 (Southeast Corner - AM539)
08.00. Predawn dive. Total Depth 51 Meters.

12.22. Single Torpedo shot at Coastal Merchant. Miss.

15.00. Entering AM61. Total Depth 43 Meters.

23.20. Entering AM64 surfaced. Weather is Calm & Clear.

D. 22.jan.40. AM64.
07.50. Predawn Dive. HEAVY FOG. SW of Firth Of Clyde Naval Base.

07.56. Sound Contacts. Multiple Merchants. Moving Away.

08.10. U-turn.

08.50. Both Stern Tubes fired on inbound merchant. Both miss in the fog.

D. 23.jan.40. AM64. (still)
14.00. Sound Contact. Convoy. (Still HEAVY FOG).

15.18. Little Merchant (2.342 GRT) Sunk. Course 270. 6 Knots. HEAVY FOG.
4 Bow Tubes were emptied in attack. Three at the sunk ship. One independently.

D. 25.jan.40. AM53.
21.51. Status Report Sent. 3 Ships. 6.390 GRT.

D. 29.jan.40. AM01.
13.01. Radio Report. Convoy. AM19. East. 7 Knots.

13.45. Convoy Sighted. (Last 4 Torpedoes. I better make it good this time.)

16.42. C2 Cargo (6.452 GRT) Sunk. T2 Tanker (10.871 GRT) Sunk. Course 100. 7 Knots.

18.11. Status Report Sent. 5 Ships. 23.713 GRT. (Wow. Much better.) Homeward bound.

D. 6.feb.40. AF74.
05.22. Diesel Reserves at 50%.

D. 7.feb.40. AF78.
19.15. ALARM! Crash Dive for Aircraft. No DCs dropped.

D. 13.feb.40. Docked at Wilhelmshaven, after almost 2 months at sea.

Patrol Results: 5 Ships sunk for 23.713 GRT. 100% Hull Integrity. No crew losses.

U37's Totals: 3 patrols. 12 ships sunk. 56.389 GRT.

100% Realism. Manual Targeting. No contacts on chart.

Kptlt. Neuerburg 02-28-10 11:07 PM

I went and re-installed SH3 and started using GWX 3.0 + WSM 3.0 and started a campaign with a Scharnhorst Class Battlecruisers and just finished my third patrol and I attacked British warships and merchants.
Heres my patrol log from that patrol.

CAPTAIN'S LOG
Date and Time
Location
Occurrences
4.10.39.1203Patrol 3
U-45, U-Flotilla Weddigen
Left at: October 4, 1939, 12:03
From: Wilhelmshaven
Mission Orders: Patrol grid AN66
6.10.39.1813Grid AN 21Ship sunk! HMS Mohawk (Tribal class), 1850 tons. Crew: 260. Crew lost: 1358.10.39.0037Grid AM 53Ship sunk! HMS Alacrity (Black Swan class), 1250 tons. Crew: 212. Crew lost: 1610039Grid AM 53Ship sunk! HMS Magpie (Black Swan class), 1250 tons. Crew: 182. Crew lost: 250039Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Ocean Telegraph (Medium Cargo), 3988 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 50. Crew lost: 240040Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS American Banker (Medium Cargo), 3986 tons. Cargo: Paper Products. Crew: 43. Crew lost: 70040Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Garesfield (Small Freighter), 1971 tons. Cargo: Wine/Spirits. Crew: 23. Crew lost: 40041Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Velma Lykes (Tramp Steamer), 1623 tons. Cargo: Machinery. Crew: 31. Crew lost: 200041Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Kilissi (Small Merchant), 2258 tons. Cargo: Tobacco. Crew: 37. Crew lost: 110042Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Asperity (Coastal Freighter), 1874 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 33. Crew lost: 20043Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Burwah (Passenger/Cargo), 2259 tons. Cargo: Mail/Packages. Crew: 175. Crew lost: 190043Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Santa Barbara (Medium Cargo), 3987 tons. Cargo: Coffee. Crew: 48. Crew lost: 70044Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Adherity (Coastal Freighter), 1873 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 32. Crew lost: 250044Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Capo Olmo (Granville-type Freighter), 4707 tons. Cargo: Bauxite. Crew: 105. Crew lost: 20045Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Santa Sofia (Medium Cargo), 3985 tons. Cargo: Textiles. Crew: 54. Crew lost: 350046Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Merida (Passenger/Cargo), 2267 tons. Cargo: Passengers. Crew: 66. Crew lost: 570050Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS A. M. Simpson (Coastal Freighter), 1872 tons. Cargo: Phosphates. Crew: 30. Crew lost: 30052Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SS Marie-Louise le Borgne (Coastal Freighter), 1875 tons. Cargo: Military Vehicles. Crew: 35. Crew lost: 210057Grid AM 53Ship sunk! SClass, 767 tons0509Grid AM 61Ship sunk! SS Port Brisbane (Ore Carrier), 8480 tons. Cargo: Phosphates. Crew: 74. Crew lost: 280538Grid AM 61Ship sunk! SS Prominent (Tramp Steamer), 1624 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 34. Crew lost: 80908Grid AM 53Ship sunk! HMCS St. Laurent (C&D classes), 1375 tons. Crew: 162. Crew lost: 1181119Grid AM 52Ship sunk! SS Winona (Coastal Freighter), 1867 tons. Cargo: Scrap Metal. Crew: 22. Crew lost: 1911.10.39.1433Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 22
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 56988 tons


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