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MaterielDefender #1 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 12:40

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Hey Guys and Gals,

I am a player from the EU server where I have created a beginner's guide in the forum there. I am a bit over 50 years old, and after having been abstinent from playing computer games for a few years because everything I tried was "been there, done that", I got hooked to World of Tanks. Irl I am a software engineer and project leader in the German automotive industry.

While I have found a lot of great guides and resources here, there doesn't seem to be anything like that guide, so I would like to share it with you, too.

The guide is mainly targetting players that are new to WoT or are have not yet advanced very far in it. It explains a lot of stuff you do not find in the official manual and have to browse the WoT forums and the internet for hours to find out about. The guide is a general introduction to WoT and (with a tiny, unimportant exception) not EU-specific.

I will only post the PDF document here. I am hosting it on my own server, so the download is safe. Alternatively, you can jump to the EU forums to read the forum based guide there.

PDF Guide | EU Forum Guide


I hope you will like it and find it useful.

GL & HF

MaterielDefender

PS: Dear mods, if I posted in the wrong forum area, you are welcome to move this thread to the right place. If you think the guide is worth it, pinning it would be much appreciated.  :smile:

Edited by MaterielDefender, Apr 24 2013 - 22:09.


rhino1111 #2 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 12:50

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I only skimmed through it, but it looks like a well written guide with a lot of effort put into it.

Ober999 #3 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 12:53

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I just downloaded the pdf. :)  Thanks for all the effort!  +1 for you.

MaterielDefender #4 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 12:56

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View Postrhino1111, on Apr 17 2013 - 12:50, said:

a lot of effort put into it.
You bet.  :blinky:

Edited by MaterielDefender, Apr 17 2013 - 13:21.


CrazyHeinz #5 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 12:58

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Well done, Sir. +1

Tactical_Blankie #6 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 13:37

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+1 Very nice.

Fuchsy #7 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 13:42

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Why can't any of our NA players do this.
T_T
+1

REDdude #8 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 13:44

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Very well done

MaterielDefender #9 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 13:48

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View PostVezner, on Apr 17 2013 - 13:42, said:

Why can't any of our NA players do this.
T_T
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Well, it's sufficient if one WoT player does it, isn't it?  :blinky:

Lexx2 #10 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 13:49

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Very nice!  Thanks.

Nimrodor #11 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 14:16

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View PostVezner, on Apr 17 2013 - 13:42, said:

Why can't any of our NA players do this.
T_T
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NA players are busy doing other things...
Spoiler                     

Edited by Nimrodor, Apr 17 2013 - 14:22.


MaterielDefender #12 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 14:21

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Nice pic, but a bit OT ... you don't need to spam it everywhere at any occasion (which you seem to be doing when your "what's on your mind" can be trusted).

Nimrodor #13 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 14:22

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right...I should put it in one of those spoiler boxes...

MaterielDefender #14 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 14:24

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An insightful man is always a good thing.  :smile:

marafv #15 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 15:17

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Very nice.

One nitpick - On the NA server the english names for the tank company tiers are Junior, Medium, Champion, and Absolute. The table on page 38 uses the word Senior instead of Medium and Master instead of Champion. I've never played on the EU server so that server may use different words. Or it may be a translation issue.

The Clan Ordem Mortis visualizaton tool looks pretty cool, but do you need to be a clan member to use it? When I click on the armory link, the website asks me to log in.

Again, just minor points.

MaterielDefender #16 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 15:21

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Thanks for the feedback, I will fix that.

The Odem Mortis armory tool is free to use. You don't need to be a clan member. Just click on "tools", then "armory beta" to reach the tool. You need to enter your WoT account name there to enable the tool to find your stat-related account data. The tool currently only seems to support EU accounts though.

Edited by MaterielDefender, Apr 17 2013 - 15:25.


KptLt_U511 #17 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 15:43

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"By putting equipment (like e.g. improved ventilation, shell rammer, gun laying drive) und consumables (like e.g. repair kit, first aid kit, fire extinguisher) on them..." (MaterielDefender, 9)
I like the random German. Ich spreche nicht gut Deutsche, but still... :tongue:

On a more serious note, this looks really well written and formatted; I can't wait to get some time to read it this weekend.

MaterielDefender #18 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 15:49

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View PostPinkamena_Diane_Pie, on Apr 17 2013 - 15:43, said:

"By putting equipment (like e.g. improved ventilation, shell rammer, gun laying drive) und consumables (like e.g. repair kit, first aid kit, fire extinguisher) on them..." (MaterielDefender, 9)
Are you referring to the typo or the entire phrasing? If to the latter, how about proposing a better wording?

Edited by MaterielDefender, Apr 17 2013 - 15:52.


KptLt_U511 #19 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 15:58

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It's just the typo, but I was reading on a bit and did see some spelling errors and one case of what I think was a sentence fragment. I'm an English literature major, so if I have time this weekend I could give it a once over if you'd like -- I wouldn't harp about dependence clauses or anything, unless you're really going for an academic writing style.

Personally, I like that your style is more dialogical -- it's easier to read and feels more like spoken English rather than a formal essay.

MaterielDefender #20 Posted Apr 17 2013 - 16:04

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Well, if you could do that I would highly appreciate your help. The guide should be well written. Most of the text is a translation from German, and sometimes I simply overlook typos or badly phrased passages when I am editing the stuff around.

I will upload a fixed version of the guide this evening (GMT + 1), and I can give you a link to a docx file too that can be edited more easily, if you want to go that far.

Edited by MaterielDefender, Apr 17 2013 - 16:04.






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