The Warships Podcast

The Warships Podcast

A weekly discussion of current and upcoming events in Wargaming's World of Warships with Kelorn and Kamisamurai

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    Episode 54: Kim Jong Kami Returns to America!

    Hi listeners! For this weeks episode of the Warships Podcast we have our glorious leader, KamiSamurai returning from his Korean tour. Kami gives us the run down of his trip to his ancestral homeland and oh yeah NoZoup! NoZoupForYou joins us for this weeks episode as well, and the cast takes a moment to reflect on trips abroad.

    Moving into our main show topics for this week, the cast gets into the red hot Graf Zeppelin incident. Where Kami and Zoup get to give their take and input on the situation. Kelorn and Vanessaira reflect on the aftermath and give perspective to what transpired, and positive steps going forward. The cast members and Zoup talk about being Community Contributors (CC), the CC program, being critical of Wargaming, and the incident between Wargaming and iChase as we bring the subject to a close.

    Getting on the topic of new game changes and additions, the podcast talks about one of two new premium Italian Battleships that are set to come out this year. RN Giulio Cesare a tier 5 Italian Battleship is an exciting new development to the other stated Italian Battleship (Still confirmed for 2017 release by Devs) RN Roma. Kelorn ask Vanessaira about her excitement for more Italian Flavor being added to the game but Zoup spoils it, by going on about battleship over population. The cast continues the discussion about the new changes being tested, talked about, and being implemented with regard to IFHE, Radar, and Smoke Firing changes.

    Before wrapping up the show, Zoup had to cut his visit short but left us some closing thoughts and the rest of the cast reflected on Wargaming recent openness on their Dev Blog. Giving the community more information and being up front about changes being tested as well as possible ideas to fix issues with the game.

    Thank you everyone for listening as well as supporting this show, and we hope you will join us for the next cast!

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    Episode 53: Yuzral and the Tragedy of the Graf Zeppelin

    Hi listeners! In for this weeks episode of the World of Warships Podcast. We invited Wargaming EU Community Contributor and YouTuber Yuzral, to give us some Euro prospective on recent game events and news. Kelorn leads the interview and ask Yuzral how he got into creating online content about gaming and doing Wargaming products. Yuzral talks about getting into World of Tanks, and a competing tank game as well as doing much content for the Star Trek Online MMO.

    After the interview we jump right into our topics, which starts with the KMS Graf Zeppelin. An anticipated ship that has seen many changes during testing and which has, (as of the recording of this podcast) just been released to the public for sale. The cast gives their critique of this decision and give further thoughts and opinions about the ship and what it might need to be competitive and worthy of being the German carrier. While on the topic of German ships we touch on SMS K├Ânig Albert and its imminent removal from the game as Wargaming considers the ship too overpowered. We go over stats and draw comparisons to Imperator Nikolai another premium ship which was removed after being deemed way too powerful for sale.

    Moving on to our other topics of discussion we bring up the Royal Navy, their battleships as well as heavy cruisers and discuss how the RN envisioned and used their naval assets. HMS Nelson has been released and the cast discusses the ship as well as their opinions on it and RN Battleships in general. We continue the show by talking about the new missions, challenging hard mode like challenges, new content, and the Yamamoto Campaign. A discussion is had about the Challenges difficulty and comparisons to the level of difficulty that the EU region gets in contrast to the other regions.

    We finish up our show with talk of a historical mode that many of the Wargaming Community Contributors have been testing. This has been a ton of fun and we hope that some intrepid mod maker out there could help assist with what LittleWhiteMouse has been spear heading and envisioning for a nice alternative to other game modes present in World of Warships. If you are an UI Moder and able to help please check out LitttleWhiteMouse's post on Reddit and the Forums about this.

    Thank you for listening and see you next cast!

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    Episode 52: Notser washes up on the Podcast shores

    Hi listeners! In today's episode of the podcast we make like a beach as to see Notser run aground! Notser once again joins us for another exciting episode as we talk about the new World of Warships Blitz, Royal Navy Battleships, Ranked Season wrap up, Kii, and the New Pan Asian Destroyer line.

    Kelorn starts off interviewing Notser checking up with his amazing pace of content and getting his break down and opinion on WoWS Blitz for mobile devices. Notser sets expectations of what a player might see and gain from playing the mobile version and future status of that game line, production schedule, game state and play ability.

    We move into the main show topic with a great discussion on Royal Navy Battleships and what they bring to the game so far. Kami and Notser give their opinions and experiences from recent play and set the picture for what players might expect should no major changes occur. Vanessaira recount more experiences and the show debates the play style of the battleships. The Cast goes into details about the concealment and gun calibers changes through the tiers as well as differences from play style of other line battleships. The Tier 8 Battlehship HMS Monarch is brought up with regard to competitive play and we debate the possibilities giving its advantages and weaknesses. Other battleships are again discussed including HMS Warspite, HMS Queen Elizabeth, as the sister ships are different, as well as the play style of HMS King George the V. Drawing similarities to the Scharnhorst, KGV users need to utilize different shell ammunition types and the Cast talks about how to use this to a players advantage.

    Another battleship that was added to our topics was the new Imperial Japanese Navy Battleship. HIJMS Kii, a tier 8 battleship that will be similar to HIJMS Amagi but more dispersion, better AA, and torpedoes! While on the subject of IJN, the cast talk's about the Yamamoto Campaign and what challenges will be present in trying to complete it.

    Wrapping up our show, we discuss the newly announced Pan Asian destroyer line. This line is said to be testing a new type of torpedo for the game that would run deep, and not be able to hit destroyers or light cruisers. There is a great debate on the show and destroyer players Vanessaira and Notser give their take on the state of torpedoes and meta for current destroyer gameplay. Thank you very much for listening and check us out next week for another exciting episode!

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    Episode 51: The Mighty Jingles goes in depth on Royal Navy Battleships (WIP)

    Join the podcast crew and special guest The Mighty Jingles as they go tier by tier of the new Royal Navy Battleships (still a work in progress), from the Bellerophon to the Conqueror. Along the way, they discuss the tier VII premium HMS Nelson. Don't miss this first look at the next line to be added to World of Warships.

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    Episode 50: Supremacy League

    Hi listeners! In this weeks episode of the Warships Podcast we have joining us from the Supremacy League. Vas79, Cael, & Sterling. Regretfully Vas had microphone issues and we had to use chat and have his colleagues speak for him. Introductions proceed and the guest crew talks about how they came about forming what is now known as Supremacy League from their days and experience with another game, Mech Warrior Online (MWO). Discussion is had about Wargaming's attempts at both Team Battles and Ranked and our guest state their reasoning for hosting SL and continues plans even after Wargaming's Clan Wars comes out.

    Moving further into the major topic for the show. The cast talks about the difficulties for administrating such a large endeavor and the many issues with trying to come up with fare, competitive, but entertaining balance rule sets for the seasons. They bring up issues like the current smoke meta and quality of life for carrier players and how the SL team has been trying to formulate and normalize a better rule set to make game play better. The guest crew goes over a few ideas including the idea of a point system with point break downs for each ship, as well as a possibility of allowing Tier 9 Carriers for CV players. The SL team expands on the current frustrations for CV players, competing in the Supremacy League.

    The cast ask our guest crew why Tier 8 is the competing tier for SL and they go over the strengths and weaknesses for that option as it relates in a competitive environment. A debate is had on the differences between Tier 8, 9, and 10 as well as a continued discussion on what other competitive leagues have done like King of the Sea and Fight Night for example. Tier 9 is brought up and further debated as a possibility and discussed further.

    We round out the show with talk of Royal Navy Battleships and the line that will hopefully be released soon. HMS Nelson is discussed and confirmation that it will be unlocked via Free XP per Sub Octavian. Before closing, the guest crew talks about the upcoming Season 5 for SL and it's scheduling, roster sizes, and tiering. Thank you everyone for listening and support for this cast!

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    Episode 49: The Smoke Changes Aren't Real

    Hi listeners, we get underway on episode 49 with recapping the events of last week for KamiSamurai and Kelorn's trip to Wargaming NA . They had a great time and touched on some of the great moments the two had while visiting the Wargaming Office and USS Hornet. Both joked about meeting in person for the first time and all the silliness that was had while doing Warships Live. If you missed them on Warships Live, you can go on Facebook and watch the replay of the video and see all the awful flavored soda's that the team was subjected to.

    Getting into show topics, we discuss the hot topic issue regarding the recently leaked super test information about potential upcoming smoke changes and Wargamings official statement about the issue. The cast debates the issues of super testing, and community reaction to changes while also making commentary on the needs for Wargaming to have an environment and/or testing vehicle to promote change to the game. Moving on, we talk about one of the newest ships we are testing and previewing. The KMS Graf Zeppelin, which is a new Premium German Carrier slated at Tier 8. This ship was provided to us by Wargaming for testing and previewing purposes and is subject to change. With this each cast member gives their opinion about this ship, and we also break down some of the major points of interest for GZ. Plus we touch on any issues players might be facing when using or playing against the carrier. The topic of carrier competitiveness at Tier 8 is brought up and the cast discusses which CVs might have potential and where Graf Zeppelin might stand with them. Rounding out our show topics the cast discuss the new 0.6.9 Player Test Server patch that is now available for testing. One of the big new game additions is the new campaign to add the famed IJN Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. This campaign is a permanent campaign similar to the other two available and will allow players to go at their own pace to finish out the achievements to earn this historic commander. Yamamoto comes with special abilities for earning First Blood and Kraken and each member of the cast debates the nature, viability, and whether abilities like this should be in the game. There are also nice benefits to finishing the campaign that allows players to change basic camouflage paint schemes as well as adds a second cosmetic flag to the mix. With this we end the show talking briefly about the operations, campaigns, and the Dunkirk missions noting how nice it is to see so much content that has been added recently outside of random battles.

    Thank you everyone for listening and see you next cast!

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    Episode 48: Torpillow Madness at Wargaming America

    PSA: Our apologies in advance for the audio quality this week, we were all in one room!

    Hi Listeners! In our anniversary episode of the Warships Podcast KamiSamurai and Kelorn got the opportunity to travel to Wargaming Headquarters North America for a special visit to see what awesome things Wargaming has been doing with World of Warships. (Regretfully Vanessaira just recently had surgery to remove her gallbladder and could attend :/ but joined in online, Sorry) The crew got to do some amazing things including visiting the USS Hornet while there in San Francisco. Trevzor joins the cast for this episode and the appearance of the infamous TorPillow was once again, a great topic of discussion.

    Getting into show topics, Kelorn asks Trevzor about some of the new content we have been seeing including Operations Dynamo. Trevzor talks about the excitement behind it as well as the thirst for new content from a community that is always looking for more from Wargaming. Kelorn then asks Trevzor about the Super Testing program and what that entails per se. Trevzor breaks down what Super Testers do and how they impact and help shape Wargaming products. KamiSamurai also took the opportunity to talk about his experience while being a Super Tester and recall some of the good and bad times from program. While moving to a similar subject Trevzor then talks about Community Contributors and contrast the differences between the two programs. Hopefully clearing up some questions that many people often have when comparing the two groups.

    Continuing with show topics, Trevzor is asked about this recent trip to the Let's Battle Tour that was held up in Minnesota. Trevzor talks about challenges of holding an event like this, but wanted to stress how much he really enjoyed it. Kelorn is excited for he will be attending the next event being held at the USS Lexington down at Corpus Christi, TX. If you are able to attend a Let's Battle Tour event, please do.

    Wrapping up this episode, the cast host a questions and answers session for Trevzor that our listeners submitted. We want to thank everyone for listening and supporting the game, community, and the show for the last year. Here is to looking forward to many more anniversaries to come!

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    Episode 47: The Podcast is Going to Wargaming HQ Next Week!

    We open with a huge announcement that Kelorn and KamiSamurai will be heading to Wargaming HQ in California for next week's episode. Be sure to get your questions in on the appropriate Forum and Reddit posts, or by contacting the Podcast by any other medium. Vanessa re-joins us this week to discuss Trident, Neighbors, and Riposte map strategies for Ranked. She also give us the run down of what is and isn't working for her. We finish up this week's discussion with a preview of the Russian Battleship Oktyabraskaya Revolutsiya, aka Gangut and a look back at the addition of Operations in World of Warships.

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    Episode 46: Izolate talks Patch 0.6.8 Test and What Doesn't Work in Ranked

    Izolate stops by from Sweden to talk with Kelorn and KamiSamurai. After the first week of Ranked Season 7, we talk about what we've seen that is and isn't working as well as map specific tactics. We talk a little about the upcoming High School Fleet release, then finish the episode discussing the upcoming changes now live on the 0.6.8 Public Test Server.

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