So, another comment got away from me and became a post… original post by Wonderduck here, all about World of Warships.
Regarding paper ships, if you follow some of the Developer pieces, they talk about how the game was based on more real stats and such up through beta 0.2, at which point they realized that the lack of balance was going to kill the game in the long run. So they re-wrote the game almost from scratch, and changed the philosophy to favor game balance over realism. Without the paper ships and post WWII ships, there’d be huge gaps … the Germans wouldn’t have any T9 BB’s, and only the Japs would have T10’s.
Mostly, it was a good idea. Mostly. I think the American ships lose a lot of their advantages (fire control and damage control). And you can’t model crew quality, nor officer thinking/training/preconceptions.
I prefer PVP, as the bots just aren’t enough of a challenge. Not to say I’m good at it (I’m not), but I just managed to get my second T8 ship, the North Carolina. And I’m at T6 with the IJN.
I agree with Wonderduck that the Cleveland is a sweet ship; I prefer it to the T7 Pensacola or T8 New Orleans. The Pepsi-can is too fragile (although the Brit cruisers give new meaning to the word – OMG!), and the NO is just “crunchy, tastes good with ketchup” in an environment replete with Bismarks and Tirpitzs.
Amusing story: Last night I engaged in a battle of “pop goes the weasel” between my ARP Ashigara and an enemy Dunquerke. At the final confrontation, I choked and fired too early, doing underwhelming damage with most of my salvo. The Dun got his guns clear and our next shots were almost simultaneous; his shells hit just before I fired. As he blew up, I checked my damage, and set course for an enemy New Mexico… I had 4 hit points left.
Yep, four. There was no red visible on my silhouette at all.
The amazing thing is that I actually engaged the battleship and landed several hits, then survived the game through sheer luck and inspired maneuvering. We won on points.
EDIT: From my comment on Wonderduck’s thread: My stats are visible here.
Edit 2: Takao.