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Everything posted by TwoHeavens

  1. Sounds like we're out of the doldrums though.
  2. In no particular order besides the obvious. Ark Royal Nagato U-29 Gneisenau Scharnhorst Mahan Algiers Kirov Kongou Rawalpindi Honorable mention: Italian mystery sisters with the wildly different letter writing styles.
  3. I imagine the propaganda and intelligence branches of the various powers are going to flip their shit just in general. For example an American captain like your truly with a British Belle under his command may well inadvertently feed propaganda, both in the Axis, and in the Allied powers that pushes America more and more towards a war footing. I also imagine you'd see ships "magically" becoming your flag ship as far as the press are concerned if you have a truly multi national fleet you're sailing with. If you're a German captain and Shiny Horse is your flag ship, but you have Bulldog in your fleet while you defend a British port the headline becomes "INPF fleet lead by Captain So and so and HMS Bulldog defend Scapa Flow from Morgana Incursion"
  4. We have quite the mix so far as I know.
  5. 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.
  6. 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."
  7. Mysterious indeed.
  8. Out of one chat specifically related to the subject with significant editing and redrafting required. My original intent was to collect people's thoughts and send it in as an email, but as the forum post was active I figured I'd take advantage of the activity. Gathering that information via forum post would have taken ages as opposed to being able to discuss it live with the people who wished to contribute. So it did indeed make useful content... out of a fair bit of effort. It's like saying because one has cheese one should have no problem producing butter. Most of the chats on the discord wouldn't fit the format of the forums. Most chats on a forum wouldn't fit an IM channel. Different animals entirely to my perspective.
  9. I think it's been pretty clearly indicated that negotiation with the Morgana is not an option, so I don't think we need to worry about Morgana joining one of the world navies. A Hearts of Iron: Victory Belles total conversion mod would be pretty cool thinking about it. Regarding the Reich, I think Hitler really does come out on top of all this chaos, even if KM isn't particularly successful against the Morgana there's plenty of propaganda value in the new threat, and said threat is a threat to Lend Lease/Trans Atlantic shipping traffic that makes the Wolfpacks look like a knife next to a machine gun. This leaves his two major threats, Britain and Russia, bleeding. Badly. Barbarossa's success has far more significant odds, because the Red Army so desperately needed and relied on foreign supplies.* *Always annoys me when people who claim the USSR won the war in Europe almost without help while pointing to their atrocious casualty statistics forgets that little detail. Their casualty statistics would have been even worse using their tactics as they stood without ungodly amounts of guns large and small, tanks, ammo, fuel, medical supplies, food, etc. Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk strategy, experts talk logistics.
  10. Responding more or less in order. Hiryū-san's "apology" sounds brilliant, but I simply would have to leave the room. I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face. All the discipline and bearing in the world wouldn't help me there and I was on a bloody funeral detail. The letter from U-1, allegedly from beyond the grave, is a fascinating one. I hope we get the chance to investigate U-1 more with U-29. In the meantime I hope to answer her charge in style. If the U-boats are half as interesting as 29 it'll be more than a worthy task to bring each awakened one into my command Writing back to the Captains support function... Dear Madam, Would you honestly say you would risk speaking in the company of overly excited Walkuren? A wise man keeps his mouth shut in situations that don't demand speech. Besides, letting Mahan field them was funny. Yours most sincerely, Captain T.H . INPF Task Force 7, Commanding Search your feelings, you know it to be true. The second Italian mystery Belle is going to adore me, I've read every book on her list besides the one on women's rights. That said, thanks to the benefit of time travel, I'm sure she'll find my opinions on the rights of humans as a species, and equality of the same quite palatable without my reading Ms Wolltstonecraft's book. Finally, any ideas on the popcorn? Ad Astra Per Aspera is "Through hardship to the stars" as I recall, and I've never heard of it used as a motto by any warship, though google could sort that out.
  11. Very little I'd imagine, it's a very different format/communication style for one.
  12. Be interesting if your Belles can/or will tell you at some point why they selected you, and if it'll be anything more than a generic "Something something greatness, something something Uncle Ben speech." That said with Belle captains coming from all walks of life, and Belle capabilities meaning they can survive some xxx ups, thus ensuring the turn over rate in Belles and Captains isn't super high, I think it means the INPF will be a very resilient military force. A captain with the equivalent of a modern carrier battle group under their command might be an experienced naval officer, or a aging gardener from New Jersey. I think these individuals will be more likely to fight for and aggressively maintain the neutrality of the INPF, and better communicate the direness of their mission to the folks back home. More so than a naval officer who but for some notable examples, would likely be feeling a bit torn in loyalty to their parent service. Of course in the pool of "non naval officers" you can also find Soviet zampolit and fanatical SS officers, among other flavors of extremist and patriot. So that's not a hard and fast theory by any means. That does lead to an issue with this topic though. Some of it depends on You. You will be in a unique position to change the course of history like Heracles diverting a river. Your choices will impact millions of lives, never mind the men and women under your direct command relying on the skipper and the belles to see them through.
  13. All it takes is mist exposure so far as we know. Likely the wolf packs will be the most vulnerable to this type of awakening as they forward deploy to engage trans Atlantic shipping. Plus Morgana practice ASW too. I'd guess a lot of the hulls that don't become Belles won't become Belles because they were sunk before they even had the chance to awaken. We have always been a species that loves our paragons and heroes, our great villains and brilliant minds. The Belles select men and women worthy to command them by whatever intangible means they possess to do so. A potent reminder that the potential for greatness can be immediately around you. The old Fishing Trawler captain You (as in the player avatar specifically) met at your very abbreviated OCS as they tried to make you at least look like an officer and get you running on how to command a warship or flotilla was chosen too. So is the housewife and mother of four who's left her children with her sister to join the war. Another is a cop. A former janitor. A WW1 vet short a leg and with shaking hands. They all have something in them that means they were chosen. It will be interesting to see what form that takes in terms of gameplay. Especially as we meet other belle captains in our adventures.
  14. 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.
  15. That's Dr.McNinja's point though. Without the Spee in the war, and the Kriegsmarine likely losing a good number of ships to the Morgana due to combat and awakening, Britain may well not be in the same dire straights that had people actively pondering surrender. The Morgana threat in the North Atlantic will make life harder as said, but it will also bring the Americans into the war, at least to the INPF, a couple years early.
  16. Well at the same time, the emergence of Belles rapidly depopulating the Kriegsmarine and Royal Navy may well leave a very different situation for Churchill to start with, and with the emergence of a new threat from the sea, gods only know how the people will react. The Battle for the North Atlantic will be heavily affected which could easily lead to the defeat of the Soviet Union when Barbarossa launches, and could possibly lead to Britain being militarily knocked out of the war. The Morgana battle for the Pacific may well ease or even erase tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, and even if they don't, you can't strike Pearl Harbor the way the Japanese did in our time line during war time. Even if you catch the defenders napping, which you probably won't in wartime, the bulk of the US Pacific fleet is going to be deployed, likely working with or at least coordinating with Japanese strike groups to contain the Morgana! Hitting battleship row will mean hitting concrete moorings and piers, not the bulk of American naval power in the Pacific. Considering the sheer scale of the Pacific war, it's quite possible there might not be much of a Japanese or American navy besides a few nationalistic belles that don't mind ditching their neutrality stripes. Which is a possibility for conflict against belles during the course of the game, and could make for some interesting plot.
  17. Well, on the plus side more hands on deck sounds like a good thing.
  18. Let's keep the Kriegsmarine train rolling. Gneisenau if you please.
  19. TwoHeavens


    We should at least accuse Victory Belles of copying the originator of the specific trend. Anthropomorphism of warships itself is older than writing. Sailors have been feminizing their ships for a very, very long time. So if we skip past the actual concept of ship girls, which is thousands of years old in it's origins, we should then look at game play. KanColle is a WW2 ship girls skin over a normal auto battler. I've also heard it described as a form of card collector, which I suppose makes some sense. There isn't extensive strategy, and while there's equipment, I don't have the heart to call them RPG elements. I haven't played warship girls near as much as KanColle but I don't recall it being particularly different. Victory Belles on the other hand, is bringing a significantly more complex and historically relevant combat engine, with detailed stages that allow you to do more than line your ships up and hope RNG-sama holds favor for you today. This is in addition to actual plot. The main story, the national missions, and missions and VN style story for the individual Belles themselves. All of the individual Belles. VN elements and an actual overarching story alone are more than enough to differentiate Victory Belles as a unique out crop of this particular sub genre if we look at things objectively.
  20. Kongou for this week. Down for the vote for our mysterious hostess plan for next week.
  21. I'll follow Nel's lead. Gneisenau if possible. Wouldn't be adverse to the Shiny Horse popping up either.
  22. 2B or not 2B, that is the question. Though with a certain battleship in the running as well, that vote will have to wait for a bit. Bring on the big seven! I cast my vote for the Nagato.
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