S’up! I decided to make the
hopefully definite thread for the mobile game Azur Lane, it was originally an idea I came up with after @daisyjane proposed in another thread we moved up our game discussion to a PM, but then, I thought making a thread might be more interesting, users would likely feel more comfortable and know of the existence of this “chat group” of sorts.
…So, here we are.
I also made sure there wasn’t a thread for general discussion about the game before this one, the closest I found was a “brag roll” thread which I think is probably best left alone.
What can be posted here?
Short answer: anything.
It doesn’t matter what it is (questions, tips, fan #art, lucky pulls, guides, your appreciation to a ship… anything that comes to mind so long as it’s related to the game and complies with the #gamepress community standards), go wild and have fun.
Derails may occur, after all, this is #gamepress, so it’s nothing new.
In the case of fan #art, it’s highly appreciated to credit the artist by linking to their post in at least one of their SNS profiles, like so:
Also, this thread can be revived anytime, at least I would like to encourage anyone to do so no matter how little you have to say, so long as it’s within reason and topic, like… you could post you want this thread to resurface after a time of inactivity to see who else posts on it.
Some things to get this thread started, from my part
To note: from here on, reading is to read as I’ll mention a few people and talk about what I think of the game, and a few things that aren’t related to the thread’s explanation.
I was thinking I could start talking about how I’ve found this game and my experiences with it so far, it’s also an example of what you can post here.
Before what I’ll explain, I want to mention I also tried to play it a little (a couple months ago) since I think I saw a few interesting ships, but quitted quickly because it reminded me of certain past experiences that left their mark on me in a negative way.
Nonethless, I could return with unwavering conviction and actually find myself engrossed playing and keeping up with the events, as well as forming actual bonds with some of the characters — the ships.
While playing, I noticed how F2P friendly this game is, but I’m still learning and I got little to grasp from PvP, but in PvE, even with Common rarity ships, I’ll still manage just fine so long as I keep them upgraded, but my picky nature to train only faves has kept me on check as to who to discard, who to send for comissions only and who to keep for my teams as well as appreciating for who they are, even with those filters, I found some likeable enough ships, from the higher categories: Dido, Atago, Taihou, Formidable, Belfast, St. Louis, etc.; and even lower ones such as Vincenzo Gioberti.
So, it was a night of the Feb. 1st, after arriving from a trip to start readying my phone’s storage, a Xiaomi Redmi 7A.
I’ve been deciding since a couple days before then, because I’ve found out about Trento thanks to @Johnny45, I loved her personality, she’s like a big sister and believes more gentle approaches are better than punishment when something goes wrong, I also thought she’s beautiful, and she is, actually:
I don’t know exactly how good she is, but even if she was terrible, I would still go all out , favourites make it easy to the top tiers with the power of love and win over the metagame.
Naturally, because I started near the end of her event (she’s a free ship given to players that clear some chapters from the event), I missed her, and here I was eager to get her.
But I’ve decided to still play anyway, because I started to find other potential ships I’d like to save for, such as Atago, Belfast… among others, but here’s one that’s truly special to me, that’s…
When I saw her, read her quotes, I instantly realized that she’s the one,
The AL Best Girl™ (Imo ofc).
Why? Let’s read some of her quotes:
Master, you won’t abandon me, will you? Can you promise not to? Can I place my faith in you, Master? You are trustworthy, are you not? Ahh… I hope it wasn’t a mistake to place my faith in you…
It is a pleasure to see you, beloved Master. Please allow me to serve and soothe you with all my mind and body. After all, I am your personal maid, and that is my duty.
I beg your forgiveness, Master! Please do not discard me like this broken doll…!
Wh-what was that? How could you possibly love a lowly maid like me…? R-really? Truly? Honestly…? The Master likes me. The Master really likes me… Ahhh… Help, I can’t stop smiling…
Analysing her quotes and voice tuning, as well as watching this spotlight video, I could infer some traits of her personality:
Before her apparition in Azur Lane, Dido was a battleship that was disassembled after its failed performance at a certain war, when it’s summoned as a character (known as a “ship”) in the game, she’s portrayed as a shy but caring and gentle individual that wishes to do her best for her Commander(the player / you / me / or whoever else playing the game) as their personal maid, in fear of being scrapped again, her fears originate from the events on said war.
Once the player unlocks the “laboratory”, they get access to researches, it’s implied in a dialogue that [Wisdom Cubes] (the coin you use for pulling in the game’s gacha aspect for a random ship) are a key ingredient of sorts to build many different kinds of ships while doting them with soul and body collectively, the time of construction varies with each ship… And, as a result, when the player manages to build Dido, they meet the young, self-deprecating but very servicial girl we were talking about.
This is more or less what’s Dido like as well as how she originates, now, why I admire her so much? First of all, I think she’s very sweet and heartwarming, relaxing to interact with, I also think she’s really beautiful, I find her designing rather special, I can’t figure out how to describe this feeling though, but when I think of her, I feel I have to protect her from being scrapped, my headcanon is that I’m there to cheer her up and let her know that everything is okay, that she’ll not be abandoned again… it’s the same feeling I had shown previously with Sara from Fire Emblem, in which I want to do whatever it takes to ensure that special someone’s safety from falling into despair.
She has a “skin” (an optional, attainable customization layer that alters how a ship looks and/or what they wear, some of them have animations with the help of a technology called “Live2D”), in the case of Dido, hers doesn’t have animation, but when purchasing her only skin, you may change her aspect so that she looks like this:
It’s a rather radical change, right? But this is my favourite design by a large mile.
Yes, I love the purple color no matter how dark or light it is, this piece has the most purple out of the three she has, but that’s not the main reason, I’m a sucker for this kind of artwork, I can see I don’t have the right words to describe how much I love this skin (but I want to find them out!) I also think the black/white wings as well as the long dress make of such an amazing touch to her design.
I don’t know yet if this drastical appearance change would make sense, but I want to figure this out once I purchase her skin (completely doable as an F2P, I just need to wait for when the devs make it available and gather 900 [Gems] (I have 120)), since some of her quotes may change.
However… does this mean I like less the OG design? No! I think it’s cute and wholesome, it has its own charm.
Dido has a separate version that appears in limited instances (unlike OG, who can appear anytime in the Light pool and takes 55 minutes to build) with an added “μ” letter (lowercase Mu from the Greek alphabet) next to her name, she looks like this:
In this version, she takes on the role of an idol, in case you don’t know what’s that, here’s an article explaining so:
She participates on a program of sorts known as “Muse” (this term also serves as an alternative way to refer to this version of Dido) but she continues to be the same Dido we now know, as shown in her quotes:
Between my idol lessons and shows, training and my maid duties, all to be useful to you, Master… It’s a lot of work? You want to reduce my workload…? P- please don’t throw me away…!
Singing is more about conveying one’s feelings than it is skill… So I will keep singing for you, Master…
It’s unthinkable that a lowly maid could shine onstage with all of you… But I will redouble my efforts to be worthy of the honour! All for the sake of my dearest Master!
And that’s how I came to consider her the best girl of the game, again, Imo. I even feel inspired to write a review for her, but that’ll only occur when I mastered the gameplay aspect as well as fully maxed her out while also collecting her only skin for OG, since I want to share how she plays out and my experiences, as well as stats like I would do with a FEH review (feel free to check them under the tag: #af1899-reviews).
I’d make a few templates with HTML + markdown to get started as I may also review other characters I liked, and post them in this section or maybe in #lounge:cc, I’m not sure yet.
This allegedly TBA review, as stated before, will cover the ship’s stats and classification, gameplay analysis, full story and personification analysis, basic artwork commentary, the usual on a FEH review but with an extra and changes since it’d be an AL review.
And before Dido, I’ll admit the war for best girl spot was tough between Atago and Taihou, I didn’t know much of the ships yet bit I thought those two were interesting, then I found Dido who snatched away the chance for anyone else to win this difficult competence.
…And I just realized I wrote so much. Hopefully it was an enjoyable read for you, I’d be delighted to know in any way!
Here’s what I saved up so far from playing approximately ~12d from zero.
Before I got this much [Wisdom Cubes] (83), I was pulling for Formidable and Littorio (I thought she’d be my liking but I forgot to look at her quotes lmao, she’s okay but I’m not invested on her, I just think she’s gorgeous).
Dido (OG only) appears in the Light pool and each day, players get a daily free pull, it costs 1 [Wisdom Cube] but you get it back with the daily mission.
Dido takes 55 minutes to repair and there are at least 2 more ships that also take that amount of time, meaning it can be Dido or any of those ships, once building is done (Sirius and Black Prince). I’m still not fully understanding the gacha mechanics so I feel I’m missing something, I hope to correct it in the future!
As for [Gems], I wish I didn’t misclick twice on the [Oil] recovery prompt, I didn’t realize the confirmation button was at the left. So now I have 120 [Gems] instead of 220, my first goal is 900 for OG Dido’s skin.
@Johnny45, @Master_Squalala, @daisyjane, @Orilla : I figured you guys would like to be @ed for the existance of this thread, you all can track/bookmark/etc. it to avoid missing it easily, I’ll be often posting here, and I’m hoping that any players of the game will bandwagon in.
I apologize if any of you didn’t want this mention though, I can remove it anytime.
Thank you, if you’ve made this far! Or just skipped it to this part.
Feel free to comment on anything related to the game anytime and/or suggest changes to this post… even any kind of feedback!
Audio embedding doesn’t work inside
details blocks so I would’ve hidden all I wrote for Dido in those blocks.
Oh and you can post UIDs too, just be mindful to add server at the very least, since there’s no cross server compatibility afaik.
In my case, I play in Amagi and my UID is
340023775 (you can also look for my name, I appear with the same one as here and the message “#SavingForDido ”.