A good change that would benefit the server in all aspects.
As many of people know, I have been venturing down the path of the FS ships and in game gear and equipments. While yes I am handicapping myself and making myself better as a player while also showing people that it can be done in pvp, this is a suggestion that goes beyond pvp.
As some if not many know, alot of fs battle ships got a small boost to their durability. That was absolutely a move in the right direction for balancing things. Well what about adventurers and traders who are in similar position of say not enough time to gather funds for the high priced ships of the uwc variants. Most games that have pay ships, there is slight variations from the pay ships to the free ships.
Do I say nerf all the uwc ships to where they are not better than fs? No. But how about we normalize the fs and uwc ships to be more comparable to each other. Uwc ships say having max 50 dura more than the fs ships. 30 to 40 total sail power better. A few more armor. Maybe 40 crew more than the fs versions. They still get the better stats, but the fs ships able to be more usable.
In my opinion, as I have been doing heavy pvp in the fs ships and doing just fine, the major selling point the uwc ships have and the way I feel it should be would be their skill sets. I will use the victory as an example. Excellent ship. Fs and uwc versions. But when it comes to the skill set, Pirate Victory keeps it's high value because it's the only version of the victory that gets evade melee battle. That is a huge selling point.
My goal is not anti uwc and never will be. Papaya has to pay the bills and ships sell. But normalizing the differences between the fs and uwc is a must. Closing the bridge between the two ship types will, in my opinion, bring back players and keep players in the game. Let's face it. The people who still play the game are those who can either afford all the prices, or no longer care about what the new ship is and just enjoy the game. Our population is dying though. More and more players are leaving the game and I do feel like normalizing all ships, not just some of them, will greatly impact the server as a whole.
Papaya cant do anything really about how they sell the products. That is something koei controls. But if we can petition to normalize the stats between the fs ships and uwc ships, that is something papaya has the power to change.
If we can stand together as a community and present this kind of idea to the gms, I can really see the future of uwo being amazing and seas full of people of all playstyles.