Feb 27, Day 133
To defect to the Ottoman Empire willtake a whole week to prepare. Day 1 prepare equipment to do battle reports inthe Black Sea. My alt Aisha is level 36/35/29 and has Ottoman correspondence.She has 90 skill in lookout which should be ok. It is going to take me 25h+corresponding every 10 minutes. In a perfect world I would do it every 10minutes and get 90/90 successes, taking 900 minutes or 15hours. It will morelikely average every 15 minutes and succeed only 80% or so. I will be doing one battle report every dayuntil the relations with Ottoman reaches 90 (Affection) and I am allowed todefect. At the end of the day I havecompleted my first battle report and made 23 correspondence; 18 success, 5fails. I also upgraded my ship to a LeRoyal with 234 crew and 90 guns. Itdoesn't move fast at all, but it does not have to. I do a lot of melee and keepcorresponding every 10 minutes. Mademaritime level 64. For some reason i am getting +35% xp bonus instead of the15% for 50/50(full company) Company bonus.
I only get +15% for adventure xp. I amnot sure where the other 20% is coming from as I have no charms active.
Feb 28, Day 134
Another day another battle report in theBlack Sea. I am doing them as a Swordfighter, working my swordplay, assault andplunder skills. Every fight I try to end in a deck battle. I do about 4 meleethesis that gives 25 points per deck battle and only needs 250 pages tocomplete. It is a third level thesis and gives 2600 college credits perthesis. When I hit the 50,000 cap, Iwill switch to cannoneer and work my cannon skills. End of day correspondence with Ottoman, is30success/9Fails (Amity).
March 1st Day 135
I continue to collect (Famagusta) and putberries in storage (700/day) and get my aide to produce more raisins. An EA tip not printed anywhere to thosewho do not know... product storage is aspecial storage that can be taken out at any bank, even in EA. You must click on the quarters aideproduction every day to move the goods to "product storage" I havenever read about this anywhere so, just to be clear, you can order your aide tomake raisins(or other goods) and if your farm does not make berries, the aidewill take them from your quarters storage if you have placed any there. Thismeans that you can take a liner to EA empty and go to the bank and take outyour raisins and with your brew secrets book, turn them into wine and/or brandyand use it to unlock and trade! There is a high initial cost for taking outgoods from far away (say 2M for the first good), but it is not that bad if youtake out a large quantity all at once. (2.2m for 1000 goods) While collectingberries, for 1h, I got about 3k xp for the first hour. With the 15% bonus, Imake 68 Adventure.
End of day correspondence, 37 success,10 Fails (Amity)
March 2nd, Day 136
307 College Theses 50,482 credits.. Humm.I thought that there was a cap of 50k credits available? Well, time to workcannon skills anyhow. Odd note, I thought I was keeping good records of mycorrespondence success/fail. I checked after 38 successes, 10 fails and italready had me at Goodwill with the Ottoman empire(supposed to be 40 successes).Either I did not count properly, or you get a fraction of a success for afailed correspondence, maybe 0.2 or 0.25 for a failed attempt? Completed my 5th battle report in the Blacksea, and ended the day with 56 Success, 10 Failures on correspondence (19successes in a row with 92 lookout skill). With the high success rate, I wonderif your success rate increases as your relation with the target countryincreases, ie. I have had no failures since I achieved Trust with the Ottomanempire. I also beat off a 63 maritime pirate,who came into the Black Sea. He had an 8/8 ship with 270 sailors and wanted tomelee me. He had direct hit preventionup, but I managed to shoot him right in the critical zone. The shot did not cause a critical, but it didput him in disorder right before we went into melee. I would have liked to seehow his "attack strength" looked, but because of the disorder he was100+ and i was 500+. I tried to deck battle with him, but he immediatelyretreated. While he stopped thedisorder, I easily sailed away. At theend of the day, I sailed to Boston to invest more in railways and then down tothe Caribbean to pick up jade rings at Caracas (Venice) for other companymembers who need it for the unlock trade 60 cap quest.
March 3rd, day 137
I finished my BR in the Black sea andthen sailed to Hamburg/Maderia to help a company mate grind his handicraftskills. I also went up north to help another company mate complete a maritimequest. There were 10 ships all with 30-40 crew and small guns. I did not move and all 10 of the ships endedup surrounding me like legs on a starfish, trying to melee me and failing.
Seville is overloaded with SEA spicefrom 33-35k each.
End of day Ottoman correspondence 76Success/12 Fails Spain, Portugal, England, Venice (On Alert) Ottoman (Trust)
March 4th day 138.
I am close enough to 90 points of favorwith the Ottoman empire, Grandor today?ESF Friday, should make a small ship(Gunboat) to use in the small ship ESF. I will need to do this for Court Ranksso that I can get a level 5 Quarters.Unclear how Trust decays, it does not sayanywhere. After 80 success, noAffection. Thinking of delaying mydefection to Ottoman. There is an ESF next weekend. It will also give me achance to make Maritime level 69 which is a goal to be able to sail a FirstClass Viasseu
313 College Theses Submissions, Maxcredits is 60,000.
Will be doing quests for adventure fameand not credits now. I completed another battle report and got both my Reload and Penetration skill to R9.
11pm went to Boston to invest in theRailroad and to do my daily collection of berries at NA east for conversioninto raisins at my quarters.
End of Day correspondence 87successes/13 fails. Interestingly this is close to my aide's lookout skill whenwe started correspondence. (ie. 87/100 lookout skill = 87 success/13 fails?!?)
March 5th, Day 139.
Lanterns are on sale in San Francisco. Icould easily get another trade level if i was to do the San Fran-Sacramento-Omaha-Boston-Europeshuffle, but it is just another distraction. There is no particular reason tofocus on trade levels as I am already sailing the endgame trade ship And thereis a +50% skill bonus still on until March 21st. Battle skills and thenprobably adventure skills will be the focus once I defect. Another BR in Black Sea. Affection with theOttoman empire after 89 Successes. It does not say what the decay rate ofrelations is with different countries, but I suspect that it decays at 1 pointper day. If it is, my current successeswould be 82. I also suspect that any time you Actually fight(shoot or melee) anTurkish Flagged fleet you get a minimum of -1 relations. This happened twice while I was ambushed by aflagged fleet and got into melee before I could use a tribute and retreat frombattle. This would put me right at 80 successes for Affection. Of course I am not 100% sure, but it fits theevents. I guess I could get to exactly "Sworn Friends" and see howlong it would take to go back to Affection.
While working on Melee skills, I decidedto try the Cremian Pirates. They aresailing in 3 Heavy Galeasses. 1101 maritime XP if you end with a deck battle722xp if you end with normal melee. Mymain concern is that they can sink me while I am in melee. I have 61 armor, butsince they have 166+ crew each, it takes me a while to wear them down and Iconstantly get shot. I get 100+ points of Assault skill for one battle. I am only about 30% vs them but i get verygood skills even if I lose.
End of day, Spain Distrust; England,Portugal, Venice, On Alert, Ottoman Affection.
March 6th, Day 140
Started on my small gunboat for thisweekend's ESF. You must be English orhave defected to England to make this ship as it can only be made in London orPortsmouth. It is much cheaper to mod since the 1st Mod only costs 1,1,2,3,4SSIP's for the first 5 mods. I will probably put FIVE mods on this guy to pimphim out and see if I can hold my own in the weekend festivities. (I don't evenknow if the word "mod" as used by ship builders is correct here.maybe these are supposed to be called "upgrades"... not sure)
Another BR in the Black Sea. Made Plunder R8. End of day correspondencewith Ottoman empire is Sworn Friends.It took 105 successful correspondence; Spain and England is Distrust; Portugaland Venice are On Alert.
March 7th, Day 141
Working on making ship parts for mysmall gunboat. Lots of running around to Santo Domingo and Calicut to makedifferent ropes. After I get this ship finished, I will have to set up to makea pair of boots for a company mate.
March 8th, Day 142.
Made Garuda(figurehads) for sale and theESF. Spain is the only country in Industrial Revolution and of course the ONLYcity of the five nations that I have gone thru and NOT invested in is Bilabo,Spain's Industrial city. I wanted tomake 18 carronades today, but ended up buying them. I end the day in theCaribbean (Safe waters) doing a quick Battle Report in my new light gunboat. It is speedy and agile. Nice!
March 9th, Day 143
ESF Day. Although the ESF is actually 3days long Friday's ESF is in the evening which is the easiest for me to do. Tomorrow it is in the afternoon and I willtry to do it, but no guarantee. Sunday'sESF (small ships) is at 6am so that is definitely out.
Today I take the time to re-organize mygear and items. I need to fill up on lifesavers, calming flags, retreatbells, fire buckets etc.
Luckily I have +50K college credits. Iam going to keep Great Success 4 and, Item improvement techniques (both 10,000credit skills). The other three I swap to General Check (repairs sails andrudder when doing regular repairs), and Gunnery Aid 3 and 4. I am in Cannoneerjob for the ESF.
My skills for ESF including items andcollege are:
I took the ESF quest from the ministerin Spain, but I tried the Port Official first and it did not work. According tothe notes on the ESF page, it should have. Luckily there is a liner fromAmsterdam to Jakarta, so getting out to Ternate (the target city) is easy.
My old company mates that built shipsfor the ESF, for some reason could not get on and so I joined a random fleet of4. Virtually everyone is sailing a small gunboat with similar stats. My fleet was lead by WaffleBarbarian. Theother fleet members were Driftwood, Rashia, and Nukeshaw. In 1 hour I (we) obtained 22 victories and 43merits of war. Of the 22 victories, I think 20 were vs. NPC fleets and 2 werevs. other player fleets. We alsosuffered one loss vs another player fleet. I only participated in the light round as I did not have a standardship, nor a decent Heavy ship.
In the evening I stayed in the area anddid land battles at Brunei. I fought theBrunei bandit level 38 to get Hornetcall, my first level 3 trap tech. One of the things not mentioned in thenotes is that, just like you, the NPC has to do enough damage so that his techbar increases to level 3 so that he can use the level 3 tech on you. Only afterhe uses it do you try to kill him quickly and acquire the tech.
March 10th, Day 144.
Day 2 of ESF. I found out that I had to travel back toSeville to report the quest and pick up the same quest for round 2. I sailed with another group lead by Corbeauand some of his friends. One of our fleet was an alt sailing around with us toget some points. We were not assuccessful as we engaged in many more pvp battles and several were just a messof several fleets. Our success rate in those was about 40%. I (we) had 16victories and 23 merits of war.
The rest of the day will bere-organizing my gear. I will drop all of the armor and guns and collectarchive maps. I have swapped out and sent my best aide to the aide fleet.
March 11, Day 145.
A good day to defect to the OttomanEmpire. I have prepared for my exile by collecting 30 archive maps in theMiddle East, East Asia, and South America. I have to bring my alt just to holdhalf of them. My status is: affection with the Ottoman, Warring with France, and Hostile with the other5 European empires. I expect it willtake at least 10 days of sailing to get back to a normal status with the 6European countries. I will come back sooner than that, but not until I get backto at least "On Alert".
Post Edit note. 40 days later and 4 ofthe 6 countries are still at distrust.
I turned on a fame/skill and xp boosterfor the next 30 days to help with adventure.
By the end of day, I had charted 4 moreland areas and passed 670 discoveries.
March 12, Day 146
All day doing quests, archives andcharting. Since I am Turk, I can take the camel/caravan from Suez toBasra. It is a good idea to do lots ofquests from Istanbul and Alexandria that need to go to Basra. The evening isspent doing quests From India to East Asia. I have lots of archive maps, sothis is going very quickly and my adventure XP is going up nicely. The EA mapsthat I collected up are all concentrated very tightly so it is easy to makediscoveries and complete quests. Over 700 discoveries, and made level 69Adventure.
March 13, Day 147
Thanksgiving festival is back on in NA. All day questing in East Asia. I have Chineseand Japanese as languages and my alt has Korean. Every time I sail into any ofthe 4 capitals, I search the archives. Passed 730 discoveries. Even after defecting and losing 70k fame ineach category, my Adventure fame is 118k. Made Biology base R9.
Ottoman Trust; French Hostile; the restare Enmity.
March 14th, Day 148
More maps and quests in EA. Charted 2more sea zones. I made Geography base R9.
My last quest took me to Hawaii, so Ikept going east and passed through San Francisco and took a train to NorthAmerica West and ended the day doing land battles. Passed 750 Discoveries and have200/289 areas charted.
Friday March 16th, Day 150.
All 6 of the European nations are nolonger "Hostile" but are at "Enmity" status with me so I thinkI am ok and sailed back to Europe. Made two quick sets of 60d boots and acouple halberds. NA festival has ended. The message showed up at 1:30 pst.Seems odd but I thought it would end either at the end of day yesterday ortonight. In any case, I estimate that I did another 800 or so land battlesduring the festival. After re-Equipping for dungeons on the weekend, I sailedto Dublin to do some unlock maps that I had stored while collecting my EA maps.
After switching to adventure mode, Isailed thru Panama and completed twoquests from SF;a Hawaii quest and one going to Japan. After that, I dropped myalt in Pohang to collect ore and I sailed on to India to get the unlock FortSan Domingo quest. After unlocking it, Iran it twice and got the item I neededto unlock the mid level quest for FSD. I also charted the Tamsui River Westarea while I was there.
March 15th, The Ides of March. Day 149.
I sent my alt back to Europe to pick uplots of Aide food and to check on the Contribution item. Reinvestment bookletsis an easy item to contribute. I spent the day doing land battles in NA, untilmy Equipment almost broke. Tomorrow I will go back to Europe and make boots andweapons for a weekend dungeon run.
March 17th, Day 151.
As I am doing quests in EA, I am alsodoing two other things at the same time. I am working on College theses fortrade goods. They require many (3600 or 4800) pages to complete. Since I haveopened all of the ports in EA, I can now sail around and do a
trade at every city that I visit. When Ivisit, I trade 75 iron at any Korean or Taiwan port. I trade 50-75 Korean Raspberry S.China. Itrade wine in Japan. I made a list ofevery good in each of the four areas and trade for 1 (or a couple) new EA goodto fill up my memorial album. Every quest is 2-3 more goods and the album isfilling quickly.
Notes on trading in EA. As I saidbefore, my alt collects Iron ore in West Pohang. The Korean Raspberries I canget for trading bulk iron in Pohang. The wine I get from my "producedgoods storage" from my quarters at any bank in EA. This means I can sail to EA empty on a liner, go to the bank and takeout 1500 raisins in Japan and make +2000 wine to trade instantly. I haveover 4500 raisins stored up there currently.
The formula to take out goods (in Japan,and may vary depending on distance) is 2,451,310 + 208 per good removed. 1raisin costs 2,451,518 ducats, 100 cost 2,472,100, 1000 raisins costs 2,659,310ducats to take out.
Finished memorial album "GoodsTraded in the East #2, #7, #8, made Art R8. Discovered "Whirlpool"right outside of Sakai. My alt who is recognition R4 although fleeted was notable to discover the whirlpool. "You have discovered a mysteriousphenomenon. However your skill rank is not high enough to discover it."Passed 770 discoveries.
On a side note, our company and anothercompany had a party at the company house for St. Pat's day and a company drawfor submitting an aide this last week. I was still relegated to EA. but Ishould be able to get back to Europe very soon.
March 18th, Day 152.
After collecting in NA SE coast, I workmy way from Portobelo thru South Africa and to India, discovering all of thearchive maps that I have for each area. I make Search R10.
In the next three days, while the skillsboost is still on, my goals are
1) Search R11 to get the college skill"Hide completed maps/quests"
2) Wares Trading R9 to R11.
3) Alchemy From R5 to R8 hopefully
The side goals are to make and sellthings in player bazaars and company shops to replenish my low cash reserves.
My relations are high enough so thecountries that don't like me won't attack, but when I try to use correspondenceto improve my relations, the success is only around 50%. I discovered a mysterious phenomenon, Moon Pillar in the Black Sea NorthWest landing area while collecting hemp to make paper ->western books(in Venice)->rare books (needed in a lot of alchemy recipes.)
March 19th, Day 153
I am officially back in the Med. Spain,Venice, France are Enmity. Portugal,Dutch, English are "On Alert." The stock of hemp that I collected in the Black Sea I converted intoRare books and put into a Bazaar for later use when I am ready to grindAlchemy. Today I will get more books, copper, sulfur and lumber. With all ofthe gold I am going to make, I will convert a lot of it into tribute forbrigands.
Collected berries and white ore in NA tomake MCCT and Salted Fish nuts. Then back to Athens, and Beruit to collectmaterials to make Reinvestment Booklets for my alt's company contributionitems. This works well, because I am in a mineral trader job and am working myWares trade buying Parchments/Safflower/ and Wax for RIBs; Paper for WesternBooks and Lumber (much later for Tribute for brigands) and Steel.
March 20, Day 154
I got wares trade to R11 and Alchemy toR7, then had to take a break to do Bordeaux Dungeon as I had run out of PO 2's(used to buy paper, sulfur and copper ore->gold).
After running Bordeaux 40 times, I wentback to making gold until I hit AlchemyR8.
Now with my hat and emerald tablet, +2,I can make R10 Test kilns. That will beanother long term goal, to prepare for when there is another +skill event goingon. I will have to switch my farm from Ascension to one that makes clay.
After making several hundred normaltribute for NPC, I decided to make some fine tribute for Player Pirates. I had lots of white ore from Bordeaux (white ore book -> diamonds) and way too much gold from the alchemy recipe.It was easier than I thought. I finished the day in North America collectingmore white ore and logs for more tribute. I didn't have time to get my search up to R11. That will have to wait until after I rebuildmy cash reserves. I wish I could sell these fine tributes for more than 1Meach, but that is the cap for consumable items and they are worth much morethan that.
March 21, Day 155
It is clear that I will not be able tomake Search R11 today. I am at South Nantes collecting dull longswords, estocsand folding fans. Finding one of them gives me 4 points in search. I startedtoday at R10 and 1200/10,000 xp in search. I only collect about 25 items perhour = 100 points of search per hour. The only good thing is that I can do real life chores while my toonsearches. I do not know if other itemsgive much more than 4xp per find but I picked this place because I can giveevery item to my aide and she destroys the one she is currently carrying. Thiseliminated the need for me to move away from the search location and drop +5items.. go back and search again. I am sure many of you have been irritated byfinding something another player has dropped. (toon stops searching afterfinding another players dropped item)
March 22, Day 156
collected 100 ESBT's doing levels inBordeaux dungeon. Made Throw R10. I alsorefilled my PO 2's and 3's. Today I willbe doing Archeology and Theology in the Middle East. It is safe waters and Ihave the advantage of being Ottoman and taking the carriage/camel from Suez toBasra. I ended the day collecting whiteore in Newfoundland to turn into diamonds for more fine tribute for playerpirates.
Note, that before I started my adventurexp and skill grind here, I have Spanish/Arabic/North American Languages/Chineseon my main.
French/Egyptian/Persian/Greek on my 2ndAide.
Dutch/Nordic/Portuguese/Italian/Korean/Mayan/Japaneseon my Alt.
English/Celtic on my Alts 1st Aide. andLatin on my Alt's 2nd aide.
Missing a language when doing a questwas always a pain in the neck when I first started on OGP. That is not a problem now.
At any city with a scholar I also browse the books for the skill I am workingon.
March 23, Day 157
There is a gold rush on in North AmericaWest coast. It is an ideal time for my alt to unlock San Francisco. I willsplit my time between here and the Red Sea doing quests.
After talking with the gold nugget appraiserin San Fran and buying some pickaxes, we headed to the west coast to do somemining.
I did not know this, but gold nuggetscannot be traded between players. My large gold nugget was 5800g and my alt'swas 11,200g. From my investment in the railroad, I received a better rate forthe regular nuggets I turned in. We only broke even on the small nuggets, butwe traded the large nuggets for some beef steak and a large square sail.
End of day 820 discoveries.
March 24, Day 158
More adventure quests. I am focused onmy search skill. I need to make around 100 more discoveries to get to R11. While doing quests, I found that the Frenchrefuse to let you take the carriage from Paris to Calais (2 tow permits) if youhave "on alert" status with them. The message is that your relations are not good enough with the countryto take the carriage.
End of day. 209/289 areas charted, 840discoveries, Search is still R104000/10,000
March 25th. Day 159
I would like to stay in the Red sea asit is safe waters, but I have done all of the quests that require search. Thereare only Recognition and Ecological research quests left. I moved toPortobelo to do quests and ended up inthe Baltic sea completing the quest Jaguar's eyes. I will stay in the Med and do search questsand archive maps. Made appraisal R9.Passed 850 discoveries.
March 26th, Day 160.
My relations with Portugal and Amsterdamare now "distrust" the other 4 are still "on alert" (Myaide has correspondence with Amsterdam and Portugal so I have been working onthe poor relations whenever I see a Portuguese or Dutch fleet. I helped another company member work on theircasting skills, by setting up an aide bazaar for him with 8000 minerals and2000 coal. It only takes me 15 PO 2's to fill up the bazaar and I will do anhour in the Bordeaux dungeon to get them back.
I just found out that Iwas one of 20 winners of a Lucky Draw for participating in the recent ESF. I only found out because some player sent mea message and wanted to buy the part, which is a Special Ship MaterialsPurchase Order. NICE!
The rest of the day I sailed around theMed and Atlantic doing more search skill quests. Made unlock R8.
End of day. 211/289 areas Charted: Over 880 Discoveries: search 7000/10,000.
March 27th, Day 161.
In North America Newfoundland collectingwhite ore to make crystals/glassware. We are at 23k/25k needed for the EAcompany liner. I found the Ultimate sword training technique bookfor sale in a bazaar in Seville and immediatelybought it. Now I can make 100a Yatagan and Flamberge. Did some dungeons inBordeaux to test out my new Flamberge and Yatagan. My college skills were notset up to make a 100att items so I settled on 60 and 70att. I ran Bordeauxuntil my Yatagan forte maxed out at 1000pts.
Did a few more quests and made level 72Adventure.
March 28th, Day 162
I had a lot of work to do today, so Idid not get much done.
More Adventure quests. While doing quests, I found some 20/28 -1sails in London on sale for 4m each. Ithink this is crazy as these sails used to sell for 25-30m last age. I think they may be much more common as theyshow up in some tickets now.
Passed 900 discoveries. Search is at R10, 8800/10,000 to R11.
March 29th, Day 163
Off to Rio, Portobelo and Lima to domore adventure quests.
After I hit search R11, I checked thedevelopment in Jaffa, and then picked up the parts to make +3 Equipment Furniture;Saws from Beruit outskirts (Byblos stacked boulders), Turkish rugs and lumberfrom Kaffa. I have the R16 Handicraft and R8+2 (10) fabric trading needed tomake them by myself.
Passed 910 discoveries and Made SearchR11, Theology R9.
March 30th. Good Friday. Day 164
A time to think of long term goalsagain.
I set up to collect Saws and Hammers tomake +3 Furniture. It is easy for me being Turk and getting Turkish carpets andlumber from Kaffa. While my toons were searching for Saws, I made a list of things I am close toand the things that I want to complete in the long term.
-Removing Food Trade from my maincharacter R8. (My alt has R9) and replacing it with firearms trade. Making shipparts +3 furniture requires R16Handicraft and R10 firearms trade. Ithought about putting firearms trade on my alt, but he is Portuguese and theonly really decent place to level firearms trade is either Barcelona and/orSeville.
-Complete all quests from Aden before idefect to the Dutch.
-Working Sundries Trade skill on my alt.To make +3 document furniture requires R17Handicrafts and, R8 Sundries.
-Grinding to Maritime level 76 or 79 andbuilding my end game Maritime ship, either a SolRoyal at 76, or Victory at79. There are lots of better cash shipsor there may be other new ships in the game, but this is from my review ofships in the current ivyro pages.
-Unlock and complete every dungeon
-complete every college thesis and getevery college skill.
-obtain all level 3 techs for swords andthrowing daggers and at least ONE level 4 tech.
-Obtain Every job, ending with salvagerand Astronomer. These two jobs require at least one permanent skill slot. Theywill replace two of my language skill slots, so I am trying to save that forlast.
Mace/Nutmeg are 31-35k in Seville, Saori65k and Brushes 70k, Tan Rifles and other EA goods vary from 55-65k each.
End of Day, my relations with the Dutchare back to normal. Portuguese is distrust, the rest are On Alert.
March 31, Day 165
More adventure quests. Working the Art skill.
While working my Portuguese relationsback to normal, I got the message "Your relations with other nations willnot improve due to your relations with Ottoman Turkey." I checked to see that my Portuguese relationsare now at normal status and I guess you can't get any better than normal withany of the European nations while Ottoman.
Discovered Sun Dogs (natural phenomenon)at the Newfoundland North Coast landing area.
India just became safe waters, so I amgoing there to work more adventure quests.
End of day 920 discoveries. Made BiologyR10.