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    I'm more curious if a Belle picks a world leader as it's captain. Again, imagine Iowa picking FDR and now he's not only the president but also a Belle captain
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    A fancy black government car slowly rolls up outside a humble family owned shop. Two men in Navy uniforms step briskly out of the car and approach the storefront. The young man inside is dutifully tending to the day's wares. He kindly greets the Navy gentlemen as they enter. "What can I do for you, Sirs?" "We need you to come with us immediately." The poor young man is befuddled. "I'm sorry, have I done something wrong?" "A belle has chosen you as her captain." One of the Navy men explains simply. "Wh... What?" The young man stammers. "She's been in port searching for a captain for two weeks, and has determined you to be the one. For the sake of the US government and the world's oceans, you must come with us." (I think I got this Twoheavens)
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    Pure? I dunno about that. I think she knows exactly what she's saying. There's a school of sarcasm/shaming that involves being incredibly polite and well mannered, I considered Hiryu's "apology" for the damage to the golf ball to be very much be part of that.
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    Someone needs to write that fic. "Sir we've been stuck in port for fucking ages and these aviation sorties leave us xxx all to do, especially without decent liberty. When the hell are we even moving on?" "I told you, we can't go anywhere till she picks a captain and I..." *SLAM* "Lieutenant Commander assemble the crew, I need volunteers." *she spreads a blown up aerial recon photo on the table* "Agents from Naval Intelligence and the FBI will be joining us shortly. You will bring this man to me."
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    Of course, U-1 was an alien! It all makes sense now... I'll see myself out
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    But Shanghai is a coastal city. And yes, we do have the verb in german too. The activity is also rarely known outside harbour cities. Well I do hint "logical" is not the most likely option for germanys behaviour if you don't have any Deus ex machina, as you state correctly. But if the game let's you change the course of war they probably somehow will let you do it. Of course there's also the chance you have to abandon the Reich or fall with it into madness. But setting the game mechanics aside: Yes, Hitler would somehow try to use the Nixen for more Mayhem. As I stated the impact on the german war plans is much smaller than on french or british war plans. They won't be able to get their empires into the game as easily. Yeah, I'm looking at you ANZAC and friends. Also both the Lebensraum idea of Hitler* and his ambitions to roll up the Versailles treaty force him to attack east. The treaty of Brest-Litowsk and it's territorial gains have to be restored for both. There is one possible threat to Hitlers power grip in the Nixen threat. If you see them as a planful power and not a force of nature, they will start and support plans to assasinate Hitler. And their resources could break Hitlers lucky charm he obviously had his entire life regarding those things. And winning against the Nixen without foreign aid will even boost his position as saviour of the fatherland from now a supernatural threat! He's the new promised messias for them! Because a lot of germans saw german victories as his personal victories. (And german defeats as the mistakes of his underlings.....and the atrocities often triggered the sentence: "If the Führer would know about it!") So, yeah thanks BCS for that...... The Kriegsmarine under Raeder and later Dönitz was probably THE most nazi loving branch of the whole regular german forces. They made sure the KM as a whole was seeping nazi ideals to the core. Both Raeder and Dönitz expressed satisfaction in succeding to do so. So if you think "Oh... being send by this lunatic Führer against such a supernatural threat tips off the KM into a partial mutiny." you will be disappointed. The depiction of a strong female Führer and/or nazi loving commander holding an admiral rank by Nel commanding the Scharnhorst** and the small old Reichsmarinecaptain Korky who is thrown into prison (not for the first time) for his lack of political correctness*** and only released after weeks and the realisation of having no other way to keep his Walkürendestroyer under nazi control is painfully accurate in both ways. *Lebensraum is a normal german word.... I can show you housing ads to prove it **Given she's the only captain Scharnhorst accepts, so the nazis have to accept a female captain. ***The nazi version, natürlich
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    Or they could be the assigned commanding officer of the ship when it's forced to fight the Morgana! (Shameless self promotion, HO!) It seems to be a less popular idea in this crowd though... Also, DYM, while I agree that Churchill was a phenomenal man, and debatably one of the most important that ever lived, no amount of anything happening would have allowed hitler to win the Russian front short of the US supporting his anti-communist efforts. That's a discussion for another thread, though.
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    Leaving the country via ship for safer lands when attacked by a sub/morgana, Navy ship with a belle picks up survivors and regular Joe/Jane Schmoe suddenly finds themselves chosen. Or they went to visit a relative serving aboard a warship who's belle refuses to leave dock until she finds her Captain, said relative sneaks them aboard for a small tour then finds themselves chosen by the Belle. There's plenty of ways.
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    How could a sea-going Belle get a land-locked captain? Well, Shanghai is not just a city in China...
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    Well they at least did Indigo. But...hm... now I know what to talk to them about. Also I think some speculations are from my perspective.... wild.... to put it mildly. I.e. Churchill got no nayes in the house when voted for. Right after british norway invasion failed like it was gallipoli 1916 all over again. And now guess who planned that invasion..... who gave a rats ass about a single overestimated german battlecruiser 6 month ago? And Halifax said no himself. Because he knew appeasement wasn't an option anymore. He was not up for voting. And the Morgana threat is very much a total war situation. Just don't let Churchill talk you into any land invasions of ANY kind. And it probably should be kept in mind 1) we are talking VB here not "VBs of Iron - hyperspeculative history edition", so influence choices will probably be limited to naval war and some obvious consequences. Remember you start as a captain. Not supreme ruler of the INPF or something 2) I don't think you will have that much variety in background of the captains. 90% will be seamen already because how should a ordinary baker in Denver/Stuttgart/Orléans/Moscow/Milano/Harbin/Dehli get into contact with a belle in a port town (or elsewhere)? In fanfic you can put some variety in*, but I doubt ingame will be more variety than "which branch of seamen are you?" and then choose your shirt color. But who am I to talk. So yeah, the pacific will be heavily influenced, while in europe alea acta est. The questions seem smaller, not so fundamental. Will Italy attack france? What about operation Barbarossa? But everything else is in motion. And yes if you can somehow influence the germans to make peace with that aircraft carrier just north of france.... chamberlain may remain until a normal general election. But why cease to steamroll all of poland, france, netherlands and belgium? It's a landwar. And in the cases of belgium (no belles yet) and poland (yes, even if the whole polish navy turns into Belles defending the homeland......) the Belle argument is.... weak? But just to entertain myself and maybe some of my fellow captains: I talked aboot the fokker Churchill above already. But the RN has the hardest time. Pacific: Japan and US.... well I think you get a cold war situation with them. They try to push the threat of Morganas into the waters of the other. But at the same time they try to maintain the balance of power between them. See the funny dance? And the US has to care for the atlantic theater as well. And now tell me dear american captains: How about Japan "offers" you to take care of the pacific, so you can strong arm the Morganas in the atlantic? Only if that fails after months or years they will cooperate. As spain showed: "Neutral" can be up to interpretation. I even think both Japan AND the US will consider and maybe try negotiations with the Morganas. Just think about a Pearl Harbour or Midway situation with added Morganas in the battle, fighting for one side. And please don't forget three other Belle-navies also play a part there: the lovely royal navy, being in the Morgana buisness worldwide, sometimes as sole force.... the soviet navy, directly on the other sides of Nihon. And little dutchland, cranking it up in the dutch indies. Their role will be fun. They are "in touch" with the japanese, the US and the royal navy there. But also share borders with france (in the carribean) and germany. "The Netherlands: Half the navy, thrice the fight." Indian ocean: Good luck RN. India (and everyone else) could get cut off for real and just go all independent way before 1947, when you fail to secure them or their seas. They already drew a lot of forces from there to fight against the nazis when having the luxury to remove forces from there, but now you have to stay weaker in the north sea and atlantic or risk losing colonies. And france faces a similar problem. Italy too, but as mentioned has the luxury of committing to the INPF and thus securing Abessinia, because EVERYONE concerned needs the red sea secured. Can you feel the amore Italy? Atlantic: The northern part is juicy and full of navies. And if you mix in the colour plans of the US for inva..... securing carribean isles, party starts real good. But the south? Just Graf Spee and her suitors/punters/hunters. Also south america without Belles and some colonies in danger to get cut off and independent. Special case soviet union: Three small seas (baltic, black and japanese), in all three theaters an "ally" in the fight against the Morganas (Germany/Poland?, Turkey and Japan). Smells a bit too easy for me, but it gives the opportunity to aid far away.... with the Morgana and capitalist thread alike. And now, due to my obvious bias, my two cents on the weimar republic, currently under nazi management, also known as germany, the nazi reich, the third reich, the german reich or just "The Reich". (Reicht's jetzt? Ja, es reicht.) Yeah, the logical choice is to sack poland. According to updates, the INPF forms on 28th of September. Germany literally sacks warzaw that day and meets the soviets halfway through poland. I can't possibly imagine how a single Belle captain changes the course of a campaign only slightly concerned by sea war. Also the Mists calm down the thread of the royal and french navy (probably busy on their own). And now we can talk peace. Or cease fire or not. Because: Land borders! Big juicy land borders. Denmark, Netherlands (special case, because of the Belles and neutral), Belgium, France..... Paris, here we come. French and british supply lines are on the seas, germans... not so much. The Kattegat has to be fought and kept open for nordish supplies and in the baltic sea: Our new "friend" soviet union and the Kriegsmarine have a lot of ships and a comparably small sea with their Walküren to patrol for Nixen. So yeah.... let's grab what's healthy and ripe and then peace... sure, why not. That's the "logical" choice. It's nearly as boring as the "100% peaceful" choice (which is highly unlikely, but maybe possible). But what if you get out the nazi megalomania "fight them all"? Welcome to hard mode I guess? So yeah, I speculate germany is the only country with three predictable difficulty settings. *DYM's example is impressive and conclusive. Just saying.
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    The thought occurs to you because Panay mentioned it just a little while ago. As far as the rest, I would suggest a book called "Those Angry Years". Don't underestimate the intensity of US isolationist thought in the pre-Pearl Harbor years. In 1939 the US didn't have allies as such. We were positively allergic to "foreign entanglements" because of how WWI started. That's why despite coming up with the idea the US never joined the League of Nations. I can sympathize with the desire to wax poetic about Japan, but don't forget that the Rape of Nanjing has already happened. The whole fabricated incident at the Marco Polo Bridge has already happened. The abuse of thier mandates in the western Pacific has already happened. Japan had already chosen thier path by 1939. While it is true that Roosevelt was the ultimate pragmatist, he was also very much a Sinophile. It's hard to imagine a scenario where "That Man in the White House" doesn't let Japan stew in thier own juice until they at least withdraw back to Manchuria if not all the way back across the Yalu.
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    You can handle that one, DrYuriMom, as I'll be busy in my fic with potential relations between America and Japan. It might be minor at first, but I'd love to explore the idea of a Combined International Pacific Fleet further. It's just too juicy to ignore. As far as U-boats, I think at least one more will be present there's no way they'd leave out U-47.
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    Legate, As indicated above the discussion has been... fiery... on the discord but I compiled some of the big things that got talked about in hopes it might be useful for you guys as you work on new content and consider new moves for customer engagement. The following that shook out seem to be the major points -More detail on what's going on. To paraphrase. ""Still replacing backend" for a whole month of work seems lacking to me." Personally I can't say I disagree as we get later in the dev cycle, but I know how that works, especially regarding development details. So in general a desire for an in depth technical update as expressed up thread. On the plus side, having a passionate fan base who actually cares about stuff like that as opposed to just griping might be a refreshing change of pace? -More game content plz. Specifically said it doesn't have to be final or anything close to it, doesn't have to be prettily edited or require Mahan to come in and do some voice over either. Connected to that questions about mechanics, such as how the affection system functions. (Personally I'd like to know more about that one too. I have an aircraft carrier to seduce and a gentleman must be fully prepared for such efforts!) People are also looking for more on character stories and the slice of life stuff for when you're not battling the Boche... wait. Wrong war. Munching the Morgana? I'll have to work on that. More of an idea of how it works maybe? Seems like that's connected to the affection system. Like say, can I invite Arc Royal up for music and and an apertif (British ships still had booze allowed aboard, god save the Royal Navy.) whenever? Set conversation lines during "normal" game play with events that pop up at certain affection gates? Or seasonal things of course. Then there's always the harem route question which may as well be staked in the heart one way or another already. That's some of the more concrete stuff flying around any way. I'd also like to note as someone with money down, not only do I have full confidence in the team, I'd throw /more/ money you guy's way. Hell I even asked about it via the KS email system a month or two back. Unfortunately unlike Cat and Pac, I can't promise to be more active on the forums or in running more writing projects. Real life has to come first after all, and just messing around on discord can eat up a lot of time.
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    I heartily agree with Dr.YuriMom. I have put money into this game, that while tiny, was my entire life savings at the time. Even still I'm perfectly confident that this game will not just meet, but exceed my expectations for it once it gets released. As one of the writers who has fallen off his duties of late, I'm certain I should get back in and assist in making these forums live once more. I also would love to see more interaction from the team, as that has been one of the major drawing points for me on this game over other kickstarters. It's always massively refreshing to see the developers making effort to connect with their player base and supporters.
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    Well it's nice that more team members have been added. But could we get a KS update that goes more in depth into the issues and what's being done to solve them. Also what they plan to work on and where the october eta comes from? it feels like it's been a while since there was an update discussing all the technical stuff the team was working on and it would be nice if we could get another one for more transparency.