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Charlie901
04-09-2005, 11:27 AM
Was thinking abou this last night.

It would add some stress and keep the tonnage to a more realistic figure.

What do you all reccommend?

Charlie901
04-09-2005, 11:27 AM
Was thinking abou this last night.

It would add some stress and keep the tonnage to a more realistic figure.

What do you all reccommend?

SubQual
04-09-2005, 11:48 AM
I am a glutton for punishment but I never play any strategy game in anything but Ironman Mode. I never use saves to change results and I do not warp to base until I am within site of it. (I can leave the finaly hour of navigation to a Ensign.)

To me the game is 100 times more fun.

Now in fairness I also do not play at 100% realism, the reason is I do not think 100% is that real.

1) The weapons officer always handled plots for targets while the CO called out info from the scope. Manual TDC sounds neat but is not realistic.

2) Ship position updates reflect to some extent radio calls from other ships and planes. As such turning them off to me seems a bit unrealistic. Wish there was a middle ground.

Anyway thats my 2 cents ;-)

Charlie901
04-09-2005, 12:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SubQual:
I am a glutton for punishment but I never play any strategy game in anything but Ironman Mode. I never use saves to change results and I do not warp to base until I am within site of it. (I can leave the finaly hour of navigation to a Ensign.)

To me the game is 100 times more fun.

Now in fairness I also do not play at 100% realism, the reason is I do not think 100% is that real.

1) The weapons officer always handled plots for targets while the CO called out info from the scope. Manual TDC sounds neat but is not realistic.

2) Ship position updates reflect to some extent radio calls from other ships and planes. As such turning them off to me seems a bit unrealistic. Wish there was a middle ground.

Anyway thats my 2 cents ;-) <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>



Yeah, I hear you!

Reloading a campaign, due to your death, cause you took a bad risk to get one more ounce of tonnage just doesn't seem right. Actually, it feels like cheating!

It feels 100% more lifelike when you don't want to risk your sub or crew in making that bad decision.

I also agree with not using the manual TDC, that's why I've recruited a good Weapons Officer, cause I also realize that the Commander did not plot solutions himself.

Charlie901
04-09-2005, 02:52 PM
Anyone else?

Johnny_JG2
04-09-2005, 03:19 PM
Dead is dead for me, also.

I'm on my 15th patrol now. I've had a couple close calls, been damaged a few times- but I always play it safe. The only time I save is when I am done playing for the night. I never use load/save because it ruins the suspense. If you know you aren't gonna die, where is the excitement?

I thought I was gonna die last night around Gibraltor, cuz I had about 5 ships looking for me and pinging and dropping charges.. but I escaped. I play with map update "on", but I feel that it is much more realistic to stick in the control room when I'm under attack, and just ask the sonarman the bearing of the closest contact. It's very exciting that way not knowing exactly what is going on up there.

I try and play as realistic as I can possibly play, and don't take chances. It's now late 1941 and things are getting a little tougher- but I think I can bring my VIIB through the entire war.

If I get killed, I'll be bummed, but then I'll start a new career in a type II and see how far I can get- and not change sub types if possible.

alanschu
04-09-2005, 04:28 PM
I play it safe.

Although I do save in mission at points because it sucks if you get a random desktop crash :P

Maj_Death
04-09-2005, 05:31 PM
I do dead is dead except in the event of some truely ******ed AI mistake like crashing into an island rather than going around it. I havn't had that happen in my current campaign yet (came close but I gave emergancy reverse before I hit) but it has happened previously. I normally return to base but not always. Depends on if I'm pressed for time. In my current campaign I'm on 95% realism (scope stablization is on).

U-505-1971
04-09-2005, 05:41 PM
It is nice to see that other people play the same way that I do. As for me it€s the only way to play. So a BIG YES from me for a Ironman mode!!

TheFastFreddie
04-09-2005, 06:03 PM
Haven't died yet but when I do I'll start over. Playing this way makes you think about your attack runs a little more.

Eggiz
04-09-2005, 06:57 PM
I play with 86 percent use external view and weps officer. on my 10 patrol now. i play iron man but i "cheated" when i got my rudders smashed outside scapa . Since there are no supply subs to come to my aid i had to simulate it. I sailed as far as i could without rudder sent a message to hq and submerged for 48 hours waiting for my imaginary supply boat when it "arrived" i surfaced for 8 hours while the repair crew patched up my boat.Dont now if you can count it as realistic but it's a bit funnier then just press return to base. it was really hairy whit all the traffic around scapa
C ya Eggiz

SubQual
04-09-2005, 08:24 PM
I started the game tonight, I had just finished a mission and was heading south, two torpedos left.

As I started south I went to hit the + button and hit enter instead. One of my torps went swimming into the night...

I wanted so bad to restart the save. Instead I figure this was a sailor slipping due to heavy seas and caused a miss fire.

indylavi
04-10-2005, 03:58 AM
I also play Ironman mode but now I do save after a large sinking or Convoy strike. The reason is because I stalked a convoy for 2 hours REAL time. It was unescorted and I followed them until they were in swallow water and narrow cost. This was around the Western coast of England. I then hit and sunk every boat with torps and my deck gun.

I got 90k Tons. My best yet. I was on my way back to base and my crew was tired. So I hit the shortcut on the crew management screen to surface cruise to rotate out my tired men. As soon as I clicked the button, boom, right to desktop. The flurry of words that followed would make a real U-Boat Captain blush. I was so mad I didn't play this game for 2 days.

But if I do die I won't reload the save. Dead is dead. It's just there incase I randomly crash. As I doubt real U-Boats had to deal with Microsoft problems http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Kpt_Zig
04-10-2005, 05:01 AM
I've been playing DiD (Dead is Dead) since I invented it five years ago. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Tukhachevskii
04-10-2005, 05:12 AM
I'm a dead is dead person too. Haven't died yet but I've only been through 4 patrols so far (real life sucks). Full realism except for views, and I only use the deck gun on ships I have already torpedoed and that haven't sunk patrol tonnages get pretty ridiculous otherwise.

EDtheHead6445
04-10-2005, 07:33 AM
I've started a new career on iron man mode- 88% realism- everything but map updates selected. Its really good fun, and the lack of external views make it seem really claustraphobic, especially in the Type IIA. Despite my extremely rusty maths skills, which are somewhat lacking anyway, i sunk one C2 cargo and damaged another on my first patrol. 5 torps, 5 hits. I'm quite proud http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif . I'm not going for dead is dead, but im not going to save at all during a patrol, if i fail then i'll start the patrol again.