Friday, 15 January 2016

15/01/2016 Stream (Ended)


its time for my scheduled livestream. Tonight I will be playing Armored Warfare and platooning together with my girl friend Spitfire (she is a nice lass who works from AW) and my boy friend Jingles! (That word tease... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) )

I have all vehicles unlocked so will be matching their vehicles:

Lets do this!

Armored Warfare Q&A


here is the lastest AW Q&A:

  • Obsidian is currently not considering an overhaul of the module system as a whole. The differences the modules introduce to the vehicles are significant enough – in some cases, upgrading a gun for example leads to a considerable change of play style because the gun misses a certain type of shells
  • Two module types that draw player attention are engines (some players feel there’s not enough difference to warrant their unlocking) and things like smoke grenade launchers that are there to help the situation where some vehicles don’t have enough historical upgrades. The first is currently being looked into, the latter will be reviewed after Obsidian introduces additional progression elements such as the Trophy system
  • Improved object and vehicle destruction effects will be introduces after the game becomes sufficiently optimized
  • The Developers will introduce the vehicle destruction reason (for example ammo rack explosion) to post-battle statistics
  • Regarding the “night battle mode”, in early stages of Armored Warfare development, Obsidian experimented with a thermal vision mode. It turned out to be confusing and monotonous, that is why it was not introduced and won’t be in near future. We might review this question after some time.
  • For now the visual camouflage won’t work on special (ICE, MERC for example) vehicles. Developers are considering adding this option in the future.
  • Garage player customization will not come soon (not counting the alternative garages such as the Christmas one). The developers are however considering introducing slots to garages where players could put their Trophies.
  • Update 0.13 will bring matchmaking mechanism improvements
  • The developers are planning to overhaul the rewards for AFK players in order to reduce the viability of such a behavior. The same overhaul might include reward reduction for poor players or for players who commit suicide early on in PvP.
  • Developers are planning to add a sound signal to the “spotted by the enemy” icon
  • One of the interesting balance features the developers are planning is armor decay. Armor might become progressively more damaged after receiving multiple hits, reducing its protection. This would help balance the tier 8 and 9 tanks with extremely thick armor nicely. This is however just an idea for now and many questions have to be solved first (for example how to make the system comprehensive to players). That’s why there is no specific plan to introduce this feature right now.
  • Adding platoon statistics to the player statistic window is planned for the future
  • Server-side Aim Circle is being developed and it’s possible it will appear in 0.13
  • The developers know about the issues of the T-80 tank and are working on a solution

On Track: IS-7


from January 15 03:20 PT / 06:20 ET until Monday, February 1 03:20 PT / 06:20 ET  the next "On Track" (tier 10 discount) on NA server will be the IS-7:

Other vehicles of the branch on discount are:

50% discount on purchase

  • T-26
  • T-46
  • T-28
  • KV-1S
  • KV-1

30% discount on purchase

  • KV-85
  • IS
  • IS-3
  • T-10
  • IS-7

Other Discounts

EU Forum Reputation Changes

Hello my dearest and falmers,

on January 18th, there will be some changes being done to the European WoT Forum, this is what Brynd (EN Community Manager) says:

"Greetings Commanders!

On Monday, January 18th we intend to remove the reputation system and replace it with a new system for showing your appreciation of helpful or insightful forum posts.

This new system allows you to show you “Like” a post, similar to the system currently in place for online services such as Facebook or Twitter. Just like with those places, you will be unable to show you do not like a post and will instead need to convey your disagreement by writing your own constructive reply to the thread. Though it sounds similar to just allowing only positive reputation, there are two further aspects to the new system that make it different:

When you Like a post, other forum users will be able to see that you have liked it, and indeed everyone who has clicked Like on a post.
The amount of Likes received by a player will no longer be counted or shown in their profile (and the existing reputation count will no longer appear).

In addition to this new system, to further accentuate forum posts that a lot of players like, we are adjusting the requirements for a post to receive the “Popular” icon. In the previous system a post required 50 up-votes to acquire the icon, but with the new system a post will only require 25 Likes. Furthermore, you will be able to Like up to 15 posts a day, up from the 5 up-votes you can currently award. We will continue to monitor this after implementation and may make tweaks if necessary.

Whether you take notice of forum reputation or ignore it, in some cases the “vote down” functionality of previous system was being abused, leading to some unfortunate consequences – including sometimes making the forum not feel as welcoming to players that would otherwise benefit from making use of it. Also for some it could lead to an unintended fixation on player reputation rather than a focus being on the actual content of forum posts.

Player feedback is very important to us and even with the dramatic growth of player presence on places like Facebook in particular, the forums still remain a strong source of player feedback for us. Because of this we felt that keeping the forums as welcoming as possible, as well as maintaining a focus on the actual post content, was important going forward."

I knew these changes were coming, still, on a off-recording conversation in Cyprus when the forum came into subject told them straight ahead: "Remove the damn downvotes!"
I'm happy to see EU adopting the NA upvote only system, although I'm a main EU player, I spend far greater time over the NA forums because they are friendlier.
The Reputation system which was applied as a feedback receiver has become nothing but a tool to abuse others (and this is why we cant have nice things). I don't expect the forum trolls to suddenly become puritans but its nice to see some power being taken away from them.

And remember, before we enter the forums:

New HD Models: Chi-Ni, Crusader, VK 30.01 (H)


new HD models for you:

See Also:
105 leFH18B2, T1 Heavy Tank & VK 72.01 (k)
E-25 (Updated with new/better screenshots)