ORIGINAL: Buck Beach
Without putting words in LST mouth the game's approach to this ability of the cargo carriers is flawed is and maybe the issue should be addressed.
If there was someway to identify or get an idea of the number/percent of these types of conversions, the modding community could do something to bring this in-line.
I would like to hear from JWE and Don on the subject as to how some of us might adjust for this.
Ok, works like this. There is no code difference between xAP and xAK. Tags are there to help the general gamer determine what’s what. But one may define an xAK, in the database, with troop and cargo caps identical to an xAP. Converse is also true, Queen Mary could be defined, in data, to carry only cargo. In this case, “name” doesn’t matter, only the capacity data.
Cross loading of troops in cargo space is different for Japan from Allies. Allies load at 6x, so a 6000 cargo cap ship can load 1000 troops (with NO cargo), while Japan loads at 3x, so a 6000 cargo cap ship can load 2000 troops (with NO cargo). This is because of the perceived difference in habitability requirements of the combatants. It is an abstraction.
Japanese xAKs get to “game convert” to “xAK carry troops”. This changes 1/3 of cargo capacity to troop capacity, and takes a few days to do. This allows a 6000 ton cargo cap ship to “convert” to a 2000 troop AND 4000 cargo vessel. Big difference.
The game code, frankly, allows for certain capacities far in excess of reality. But to set it otherwise would make the game unplayable by the general gaming public. Bad juju.
To adjust for this, don’t push the bootawns. Make corresponding USAT classes, or Japanese Transport classes, each with their own troop/cargo capacities and their own ‘conversion’ time and yard schedules.
Otherwise, I think the cross load abstraction works pretty well given that most “Units” load with "Devices" that have to go into cargo. It’s an abstraction that has to subsume all kinds of “Units” with all kinds of “Devices”, across all the different “Years”.
Thanks JWE. Aside from the two mentioned in the pdf I linked, do you know of any others or better yet a place to search for those converted. I hate to just arbitrarily pick out some and much rather go somewhat follow history.