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  1. It would appear that if you completed the Frankenfish challenge last year then you can't do it again this year. Which sucks. So now I'm spending my time purposely trying to catch such delights as weeds, tree bark and the like. And, of course, when you want to pull out crap... No idea how I'm going to go about catching 5 turtles seeing as I don't recall ever catching 1 before.
  2. The bugs are a major factor for me too Chris. On the F2P format I can understand and accept - I've only paid what I wanted to, if anything. On the P2P format, I want everything to be peachy and smoother than a mink in a marshmallow factory. I've paid good, hard earned money, I expect a game that works. Very disappointed on the lack of info about this major step tbh. I don't read the general discussion/PC boards etc - I play on PS4 so why would I? - and it's alarming how little info us PS4 users have available here. We were once at a point a few weeks ago where the entire first page of this PS4 forum was stickies about comps, tournies, updates, changes etc. Now, not even one sticky from the devs about the upcoming change? If I'm confused after 2 years of playing from launch, I'd imagine one hell of a lot of other people are too. I still put my money on the F2P version dying sooner rather than later. Why give a game away when you can sell it? Basically a big smack in the mouth with a stick to all of us who've been there from the start and bought baitcoins or DLC. "Thanks guys, now you can do it all over again" The publisher is to blame, not the FP team. Bet those same bugs will still be present, because it'll just be a basic port, not a re-work.
  3. I'm totally confused by this transition tbh. As far as I can understand it, a publishing house has taken the reins and decided a P2P version is the way to go. The F2P version may stay alive for a while, but it makes zero sense for a publisher to be selling a game while keeping a free version alive and kicking. And is it just me, or does Fisherman sound exactly the same as the current F2P Fishing Planet? A few new fish/methods/currency differences but essentially the same game. So we get to do everything we've spent 2 years achieving all over again. Confused and not at all enthused by the promise of 35 free DLCs. There will be more paid ones, there has to be or the game will stagnate and go nowhere. And microtransactions. Basically, the publisher (Big Ben?) is calling the shots now. The best days of Fishing Planet are about to end, very soon.
  4. I'm buying it for an entirely different reason: Sooner or later the F2P version will have the plug pulled, no matter what's stated. Why have a F2P version where all income is generated by DLC sales when you can have a P2P version and incorporate DLC sales into it? Yeah, I know we get all previous DLCs included, but we've all bought those we want already for real money. I don't accept for one second that BB will be happy to merely make £60 per disc when currently an unlimited licence for some venues costs more than that. And how can you have a game in this day and age that doesn't have new DLC? Gamers get bored easily. Therefore, I can see the servers getting thrown off the roof for the F2P sooner rather than later because it doesn't make financial sense to offer a free version that has the potential to make a potentially unlimited amount per user, versus a P2P version that generates £60 per user. Microtransactions and DLC simply have to feature in the P2P at some point, or the game will shrivel and die with no new content. Unless they give them to us for free. Which is about as likely to happen as somebody actually landing the invisible Sasquatch that frequents Alberta.. So yeah, I'm buying it because the death knell has sounded for this iteration of FP and I have no interest in any other fishing game out there. I love this one.
  5. Sorry to tell you that I have no issues Sue. I always have Spotify running too. Do you have others in the house using the connection too? Are you wired or Wi-Fi? My fibre is all mine and no issues.
  6. Kyle, I wasn't disagreeing with you in any way. I am hugely pissed off at the fact all of us long-term players don't get our progress transferred over. Loads of us spent a lot of money for nothing it seems. I think I was trying to put across that it's no longer the small team making the decisions. They're now at the behest of Big Ben, who will crack down on anything that can be done in-game that could be changed so purchases need to be made instead. Hence my comment about the no micro-transactions. We get 35 DLCs with the P2P version? Whoopee-fecking-doo. There will be more which won't be free, I'm willing to bet £100 on that. It may take a while, but it'll happen. As will the closure of the F2P servers. Publishers don't give anything away for nothing. They may leave them active for a while, they may even gravitate away from the 'no need to pay a single penny' format at some point while they keep them active. But, eventually, the F2P servers are going down. UNLESS, they focus on the micro-transactions on F2P and give the P2P the stuff for in-game cash or something. Trust me, I'm not happy either. 2 years of progress suddenly gets shits out the back door as I buy the P2P version and go back to being a level zero. Big Ben are the ones to thank for that, not the FP team.
  7. It's typical BS that they didn't realise or think about at the time. The carp leaders go to higher breaking strains for some reason, but you can't equip them. It also smacks of sillyness that you absolutely have to use a leader. Why?
  8. Best way to achieve that is make friends in-game.Plenty of people worked hard to find their unis and don't want to share with randoms and give them an easy ride after doing the grind. I remember when the Whitefish was introduced. There was absolutely nothing on YouTube etc, being an impromptu addition. As far as I'm aware I was the first to get the uni after a LOT of time and searching. I shared the knowledge with the guys I was playing with at the time and they proceeded to catch it in a short space of time. In turn, they reciprocated with details of unis I hadn't had. That's what it was all about - teamwork. But no way would I have told a random after all the hours I put in, even though it affects me not in the slightest. But, you may find a stat-hunter here who needs each and every uni. Personally, I'm having fun trying to find where the ones I haven't had are. To the extent that I'm telling friends not to tell me what they know. I ruined the game for myself when it was in its first iteration by getting all the unis too soon. All of a sudden, there was nothing left to do or discover for a very long period of time. One other thing, just because someone drops a bouy where they caught a uni, it doesn't guarantee you'll get it. I've had a friend share me several bouys but I'll be damned if I can get the uni for that species from that location.
  9. I'm on there now ( on there every night actually ). Can't say I've noticed anything different Bob? Have I missed something major? I've been in Russia for the past week or so I'll admit, therefore I may well have missed something that won't become evident until I go elsewhere. Regarding the original post, from what I can gather the team was picked up by a publisher ( Big Ben ). Publishers make certain demands - like Activision gradually ruining COD year after year with their bright ideas - and the dev teams are beholden to listen and obey. I'm going with the paid version purely on the basis that a publisher isn't going to want a F2P version out there for very long competing with the P2P product. The servers for the F2P will be given the deep six at some point, no matter what is being said right now. Anyone remember the infamous crankbait issue? I still can't bring myself to use the damn things anymore. This was not regarded as an issue at the time and persisted for months despite God knows how many complaints. With a publisher at the helm, this would have been a bug of a few days at most. Because broken games don't sell. I'm expecting the P2P version to have all the known bugs fixed. It'll soon become evident via online search engines if they aren't, which will impact sales a lot. Therefore, I'm just making a supposition that the team are being brought under pressure to tighten everything up prior to the P2P release. I also don't believe this 'no micro-transactions' guff for one second. The F2P version is on a countdown though, even if at this moment in time they have no intention of killing the servers. No way is a publisher going to stand for a free version of a game when they could potentially be making more money by shutting it down, DLCs notwithstanding.
  10. Quick lunch break post. Chat with the people on the lake, most will be happy to help you out and give you advice on gear. As a (very) loose guide, match the line rating of the rod to the approximate size of fish you're after. A Brutus float rod with a high line rating is suitable for cats, sturgeon, pike etc, while something like the Fenix is rated lower and great for fish like drum, walleye, largemouth bass etc. Baitcasting rods are for use with multiplier reels and for lure fishing only. Same advice applies, check the line rating. Matching a reel to a rod isn't so easy as it's possible to land huge fish on a reel that may only have a max drag of 20lbs or so. Experience will tell you what works and what doesn't. Will list my setups later just so you get an idea as my lunch break is nearly over.
  11. Yeah I'll have it. Can't say I look forward to getting the uni Sauger or Whitefish again, but at least I know where the uni Whitefish is, even if it is an absolute sod to catch. I absolutely, sincerely hope the bugs at Alberta are a thing of the past. I loved it there but the invisible Sasquatch and bouncing lures eventually got too much for me. I don't expect things like that in a game I've paid for. I'll be sorry to say goodbye to my FTP account and the associated memories, but I only have time for one version and common sense says that the paid version is the one to go for. Because, at some point, the servers for the FTP version will be given the deep six. It shows how successful the game has been though. A FTP getting a fanbase large enough to go paid...and a fishing game at that. I can't think of any other game I've played that followed the same path. It wouldn't be happening if there wasn't the potential for more money to be made. Personally, I'm of the opinion there'll still be micro-transactions etc (what game doesn't have them these days?) and packs to buy for extra revenue. Even if they aren't present at the start. I honestly find myself not bothered about that. Nobody is holding a gun to my head after all. I find myself curious as to whether it's a straight-up code port or whether the actual issues which we all forgave/learned to tolerate seeing as it's an FTP have been fixed? The aforementioned Sasquatch/bouncing lures at Alberta. The untimely 'freeze' when fish spawn in...usually when the casting meter is up. The slow menu interface. The non-random competitions etc etc. Whatever, I'll buy it and try it. I definitely wish the FP team the best of luck and offer my thanks for 2 years of enjoyment
  12. That's your opinion and I respect it. Me, I prefer to be able to fish anywhere at anytime without messing around buying a weekly or monthly pass. I'd rather pay once and never worry about it again for the sake of simplicity. But not at the prices being asked for some of the venues right now. I did consider buying it until I was informed that our progress doesn't transfer over to The Fisherman. I don't know what genius came up with that one but it immediately ensured I don't spend another penny on this version of FP. I can buy that game - where licences are apparently purchasable with in-game cash - for less than is being asked for the unlimited licence for one venue here. So I will and progress be damned, I'll do it all over again.
  13. I agree on the licences. Russia unlimited is 1,500 baitcoins. Which, combining 2 different baitcoin packages together to reach 1,690 baitcoins equals £61. For ONE licence. More than AAA games cost in their entirety. I know they have to make money on a FTP, and God knows I've spent plenty, I acquired all NA unlimiteds in a very short space of time. But even I have to admit to being priced out on unlimited licences for Russia and when I can hit the UK. I can never, ever earn 1,500 baitcoins from comps. Mainly because they're BS and I gave up on them ages ago.
  14. Not happened to me once sorry Russ, are you hitting X to switch from fishing mode to lunatic driver mode?
  15. What happens to my current progress? Is it seperate from the paid version? Been out of the loop lately despite playing every night, so I don't really understand whether progress will merge or if it's one or the other. Can't see myself starting at 0 again tbh, as much as I love playing.
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