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I've been playing Fall of the Samurai, and the naval bombardments are awesome. Except, in traditional Total War style, there are small and important details which the official documentation provides no information about.

How do the different ship types contribute to the fleet's overall capacity to provide support to ground battles? What ships or compositions of ships should a player aim for to maximize dakka while minimizing maintenance costs?

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I know this question will probably require some manual testing. I'm looking for facts like "ironclads provide one extra volley, and add x impacts per volley to the fleet". Sorry for the vague second question, originally it was just "What is the fleet composition with the best impacts per volley/maintenance cost ratio?", but it seems like there /may/ be diminishing returns to higher fleet sizes, making the answer to that "one frigate". – Fadeway Aug 20 '13 at 18:59
Cannon ships are good for land support. – Timtech Aug 30 '13 at 14:36

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