What a fascinating vessel you've chosen. That bow bulwark is downright hilarious, and I'm glad to be made aware of such a unique design.
Would you be interested in some helpful nitpicking?
The 2-Gun SchoonerIn case you're not entirely satisfied with the sound of '2-gun schooner,' the British would call her a Gun Schooner. Or even just an Armed Schooner. Very small gun counts were usually referred to that way, even if the vessel did not fill the Gunboat role.
Due to its size and lateen-rigged sails,Those are gaff-rigged sails, not lateen. This is less of a nitpick and more of a genre faux paux.
I could comment extensively on how they perform relative to square sails, but I don't know what you are shooting for on the authenticity vs. balance spectrum.
This means that it would be best to lower them if you want to go towards that direction. This is a common misconception about square sails. No square rigger would ever furl its sails when going to windward, they would just take their lumps and make headway within six points of the wind (65-70 degrees). Schooners with square topsails would brace them up sharp and use them to windward also.
Thanks for the feedback/help! We really appreciate it.
We decided to call this ship a 2-Gun Schooner so that new players can easily distinguish how many guns a ship carries. For example, the Brig-Sloop weve shown in our previous blogs we also refer to as the 12-Gun Brig-Sloop in the game.
Yes, you are right. I don't know how this could have happened. They are gaff rigged
Apologies for that (We have now amended the blog post).
We want to find the right balance between gameplay and realism. We wanted to incorporate the mechanics mentioned in this blog both to promote competitive play and to keep that balance Ive mentioned before. As such we made it so that sailing directly into the wind is not a great idea, and each sail has different top speeds and angles that it can sail.
Yes, I believe this is just a misunderstanding. In the game, square sails are fairly effective going windward with an angle up to 60-65 degrees, while other types of sails might perform better. This also means that you will have to tack, if you want to sail towards that direction. For example, while the top speed of the Brig-Sloop is higher, the angle that it can sail are more limited when compared to the 2-Gun Schooner.
If the schooners Captain is smart, he can outmanoeuvre the Brig-Sloop or even run away from it, as it is able to go much closer to the wind. The acceleration and deceleration speeds of each ship are also different, due to different weights.