Ok, I think I will attempt hook to upgrade my crew first. Does anyone have a rough estimate of how likely I would be to fail hook missions? I'm a little worried that I will be assigned too many missions I can't succeed...
I got a few 2400/2400's and 4000's, so it shouldn't be too rough if you're already competent at the Skull's voyages. Definitely make your focus on the Hook once you unlock it, and do so ASAP, or else you won't be making much progress otherwise. Gunpowder is immediately outclassed by slate.
Not necessarily true at all. Now that we have the ability to unlock a third ship, gathering bamboo from the arc is a pretty worthwhile route to take after you have recruited some of the Hook crew members.
Leaving it down to the odd one or two bamboo voyages you would get focusing on another region would take you a stupid amount of time, whereas focusing on Arc and getting the odd 100 slate mission is a good way to go.
Just sent crew on the Chimera mission with a 69% success rate so hoping to get lucky because that thing is a beast. (lolpun)
Also, the Golden katana clansman I just recruited has the lookout ability which increases ship speed by 1%. It also adds some weird modifier to all other crew with the speed stat being displayed as:
Speed (+0% bonus)