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Old 09-10-2021, 12:55 AM   #1
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So I was looking forward to the recent 129 update. Thought it would be so much better.


But now I can't find any ships. My captain is the watch officer and he has two helpers. They never see anything.



I regularly submerge to use my sonar guy to listen. They never hear anything.


If I don't get a message from BDU for a ship with technology or a wolf pack action, I don't see anyone except the another uboat.


Now I understand that this is closer to reality since very many uboats never sank a single ship and most bottoms sunk where done by just a few uboats, it isn't very fun.


Is there something I am missing or doing wrong for 129?
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Old 09-12-2021, 10:26 AM   #2
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Im still finding them, but i have found that i need to do a LOT more hydrophone checks, rather than relying on visually spotting them. I have also noticed that it does seem that encounters with enemy shipping since 129 stable have become more infrequent
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Old 09-12-2021, 11:27 AM   #3
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Im still finding them, but i have found that i need to do a LOT more hydrophone checks, rather than relying on visually spotting them. I have also noticed that it does seem that encounters with enemy shipping since 129 stable have become more infrequent

Thanks for the feedback. When you do your hydrophone checks, do you do manual ones or let your radioman do it?
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Thanks for the feedback. When you do your hydrophone checks, do you do manual ones or let your radioman do it?
Switch to electric motors, go to periscope depth, assign an officer with one assistant to the hydrophones and go down to about 30-40 meters and just let them run with it

i generally remain submerged until carbon dioxide levels force surfacing
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Switch to electric motors, go to periscope depth, assign an officer with one assistant to the hydrophones and go down to about 30-40 meters and just let them run with it

i generally remain submerged until carbon dioxide levels force surfacing



That is what I have been doing. Thanks though. It could be I have just been having some bad luck.


I appreciate you taking the time to help clue me in.
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Old 09-23-2021, 03:49 PM   #6
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I have found the same since B129 stable. In fact I took on "Operation Drumbeat", there were no ships at all so I visited New York out of curiosity. When I got there the map said under construction.
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I have found the same since B129 stable. In fact I took on "Operation Drumbeat", there were no ships at all so I visited New York out of curiosity. When I got there the map said under construction.

Since my last post, I have started a new patrol. This time I found some ships on the first patrol without that much trouble and nothing at all on the second.


I then started a new patrol and on my first mission I have found stuff again.


I have seen a patrol of 129 on youtube, they seemed to find ships.


I don't know for sure what is going on but I am guessing that sometimes the RNG gets stuck at no ships.


</me shrugs>
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I just had a phenomenal outing in the Celtic Sea, 11 ships sent to the bottom including a carrier on an outbound convoy over the course of a three day engagement. the escorts had a tough time in the rough sea state, but i was almost hit by the boys at RAF coastal command in their pesky bombers on three separate occasions narroly evading with a crash dive each time. encountered 4 unescorted merchants inbound on the way home... made it back to port with empty tubes and all deck gun ammo expended... nothing but AAA ammo aboard. 69,999 grt to our credit

The patrol before that was tedium, 27 days at sea, long periods of fog and rain broken up by rough seas with some sun peaking through the clouds, but not so much as a row boat encountered until the return voyage i had a complete chance encounter with a neutral merchant, boarded it, it was loaded to the gunwales with ammunition and spare parts, so i set scuttling charges in the engine room and sent her down after ordering the crew off the ship... that was my only prize. went home with not a shot fired.

Seems pretty accurate as far as history goes, some patrols better than others
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I just had a phenomenal outing in the Celtic Sea, 11 ships sent to the bottom including a carrier on an outbound convoy over the course of a three day engagement. the escorts had a tough time in the rough sea state, but i was almost hit by the boys at RAF coastal command in their pesky bombers on three separate occasions narroly evading with a crash dive each time. encountered 4 unescorted merchants inbound on the way home... made it back to port with empty tubes and all deck gun ammo expended... nothing but AAA ammo aboard. 69,999 grt to our credit

The patrol before that was tedium, 27 days at sea, long periods of fog and rain broken up by rough seas with some sun peaking through the clouds, but not so much as a row boat encountered until the return voyage i had a complete chance encounter with a neutral merchant, boarded it, it was loaded to the gunwales with ammunition and spare parts, so i set scuttling charges in the engine room and sent her down after ordering the crew off the ship... that was my only prize. went home with not a shot fired.

Seems pretty accurate as far as history goes, some patrols better than others

Yep I have had nothing but success with new patrols. I am not doing anything different.

It is realistic. Most subs didn't sink much, but I am not sure that uboat is meant to be the boredom simulator.

I think the next time I get a dud patrol with no ships I will but using the F11 key to submit the game state. Considering how most patrols have ships, I don't know when that will be so if you come across it, you might consider submitting your own. Perhaps link this thread in the description.
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