I’ve Found the Secret!

To winning at World of Warships.

Rank 10! My goal for this season was Rank 12, which I made almost a week ago.

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Bah.

Nope. No sir. Not at all. Patches didn’t hold, I’m going to be up all night draining my waterbed.

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Important Note…

Cats and waterbeds do not mix.

At all.

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Ubu? Who’s That?

Heh, yes, I’m still alive. Other than the occasional appearance in someone else’s comments, I’ve been kind of quiet lately. So a short update….

Stopped playing Rift again. Just not worth it; I was having more fun with the Minions than the main game. The “build a base” or whatever was too annoying.

Still not watching much anime. I go weeks without queuing up anything in Crunchyroll. I did watch some recorded episodes of Negima! a few weeks ago.

My stats are continuing to decrease at World of Warships. My all-time WTR is now down to 729. I didn’t discover the new Operations mode until the last day of the Newport mission; I’ve had a lot of fun with both, but they don’t count for PVP stats. Yesterday was obscene (313). I played the new convoy op until Schnort got on, and then we took tier 6 and 7 ships into PvP. For some god-awful reason, we had several games in a row where almost the entire team put the “C” in “Coward” As in they’d be the north team in a domination match and the BB’s wouldn’t go south of row D. For reference, the Capture zones begin at F in a horizontal arrangement. I’d do 3k and die early on the E-F line… Um, Mr. Tirpitz, why are you up in B chasing a DD into the far corner? Sigh.

Biggest leisure time activity was a trip up to Dr. Heinous’ which I combined with a meeting with some old college gaming buddies and a weekend of GURPS Fantasy. Much fun was had by all. However, Steve Jackson Games needs to work on their rules writing; an unclear point that confused me resulted in a lengthy email to the GM afterwards. (I was not rules lawyering! I’m not qualified enough – the GM is a lawyer!) After a page detailing my thoughts as to how I might be doing something wrong, based on an interpretation of the text, I concluded with the post-script, “Why yes, I am a bureaucrat!” (Really. That, I am.) To which one of the players responded, “you’ve convinced me. My next character isn’t going to be a halfling rogue, but a human bureaucrat!”

Guess you had to be there….

Playing a little Minecraft. Seems to be kind of dead since Microsucks bought it for $2B. Some Stellaris, with a bunch of mods a friend recommended. Enh.

Webcomics: Megatokyo is getting back on track (uh, Kimiko, what are you DOING???), but more amazing, Outsider is showing signs of life. After a year with nothing… four pages!

Reading a lot of sheer crap these days; mostly Chinese junk translated on readlightnovel.com. Apparently they’re an aggregator stealing stuff from wuxiaworld and other sites. If you accept that cultural bias shows in the junk writing of any given nation, I have to say that the Chinese have ZERO belief in fair play and restraint; instead it’s all “might makes right” and “the strong oppress the weak.” Even if the “strong” are supposed to be the “good guys”. I’ve criticized David Weber for giving his protagonists guilt-trips over enemy deaths in war; I don’t expect an entertaining story involving conflict to be about mint ice cream, unicorn farts, and rainbows. But dayum, when the hero smashes someone’s teeth in because that person demanded to know just who this rude person is, interrupting his private lunch…? Or when another hero is bribing the teachers for favorable treatment? It’s not that I don’t like Chinese. I’m fine with the Taiwanese. I just don’t trust those commie bastards on the mainland, and hate the junk they foist off on us. That’s the way I’ve rolled since 1986.

Tank man forever!

Oh, and we had a seminar on workplace violence at work today. For some reason, they weren’t amused when I asked “Wait, you mean this wasn’t a how-to?”

Go figure…

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We Hates It

Re-installing games and software. Due to a series of glitches and screwups fixing the glitches, I’m currently reinstalling all my games. After reinstalling Windows. Multiple times…. Stressing me out and pissing me off. First world problems, eh?

Still got one problem I can’t resolve… for reasons that I don’t entirely understand, I ended up with two installations of Win 7, one on each of my drives. I’ve pretty much fixed that now (main reason for the re-installation), but the Windows directory is still there and can’t be removed. The worry is that months ago, I was in this same exact situation — until the system crashed for Idunnowhat. When it came back up, the old installation was bootable, and I have constantly had to tell the system which installation to use when I started up.

I don’t want to do a complete reformat of the larger drive; it’s got too much on it (more than the smaller drive can hold). And I don’t want to risk having a repeat of this situation. Windows won’t let me delete the unused directory from inside File Explorer. Is there another way to handle this? DOS command line prompt?

And I hate reinstalling all my software. Hate. Hate. Hate.

“Dammit, how many times is the download going to pop up UNDER the browser?”
“Why the hell can I NOT download Minecraft for Curse, or Twitch, or whatever?”
“What was my password for Norton again?”
“Damn you AT&T, 2.5Mb/s is not enough!”
“Java….”
“Oh man, all my saved games….”

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So, Am I Finally Out of My Slump?

Since mid-November, I’ve been having a terribad time playing World of Warships. Only this week have I finally put together several nights in a row that I would consider successful.

Its a slight uptick...

Maybe...?

So, my win rate is continuing to trend downwards, but every other stat is going up. Average damage is probably on the increase due to the higher tiers I’m playing, but I feel better about my play too. I’m using cover more, and having high-damage games even when I play lower tiers. Not that I always do well; I have my share of sub-1000 damage games where everything goes wrong. But I got a little curious today about ship stats during play. Here’s a little of what I found.

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Updates better damn well follow….

I’m not losing another blog-friend, dammit.

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