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Tabletop AARs / Re: Question About Tabletop AARs
« Last post by bayonetbrant on Today at 07:10:07 AM »
I think "views" are a better indicator of interest than actual discussion / feedback.

Other than "great job!" there might not be too much to say about it.

I had a crap-ton of views of the Civ5 AARs on the front page, but not near as much discussion as you might've expected based on those views, and those AARs actually had some commentary & feedback
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Tabletop AARs / Re: Question About Tabletop AARs
« Last post by Barthheart on Today at 05:49:27 AM »
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AFA VASSAL, can you hook up an extra external monitor and slide some of the game windows over to it? Screenshot tools must allow for multiple monitor capture, no?

Yes you can use multiple monitors with VASSAL just as you describe. The regular PrintScreen and paste to MSPaint captures both monitors... at least on my setup. Thought I use the Snipping Tool more that PrtScn.

As for views verses comments, I'm OK with views. It's when you post lots and the view total increase starts to decrease that slows me down.... beside my usual habit of starting an AAR and then getting bogged down in other things... ie short attention span....
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Tabletop AARs / Re: Question About Tabletop AARs
« Last post by Staggerwing on Today at 05:40:43 AM »
I prefer VASSAL, then physical game setup, and then video. Video is way down the list mainly because it's a pain to watch, pause, do chores, watch, pause, make lunch, watch, pause, answer a text or call, etc, etc.

With the first two it just feels easier to enjoy in small doses broken up by other things.


AFA VASSAL, can you hook up an extra external monitor and slide some of the game windows over to it? Screenshot tools must allow for multiple monitor capture, no?
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Tabletop AARs / Re: Question About Tabletop AARs
« Last post by BanzaiCat on Today at 05:13:07 AM »
Mostly, what I'd like to see is if an AAR gets started, then it gets completed.

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

This is one of the reasons why I ask. Besides my job keeping me insanely busy these last three months, I know I can find time to actually do more AAR pieces (especially Outpost Gamma). Thing is, though, I'm not highly motivated to do an AAR using Photoshop or VASSAL or otherwise through the computer.

However, if that's what people LIKE, then that's what I will do. If they do not, there's not much of a point, is there?

That one (OG) is small enough that I can continue it. And I will...I'm just trying to get through the next few weeks of this project and then things should quiet down for me. I've been having to work nights and weekends on top of normal day work to get this done, so it's affected my production around here. That OG AAR, I have to do it on my work laptop, because Photoshop is on it. And I'm usually on it to do actual work. And after 14+ hours or so of it in a day, I'm not all that motivated to keep working on my laptop. :(

I'll be honest - like bbmike said, I can see a number of views on my AARs, which always blows my mind, but then there isn't that much actual feedback, so that makes me think I'm spinning my wheels with that AAR. I'd like to think an AAR is something of a therapeutic venting of some inner gaming nerd need, perhaps with a big dose of voyeurism when it comes to this hobby. And, many folks around here are perfectly happy with lurking and not saying a word. But it gets to a point where it can become a slog, especially if not much feedback is coming into that thread, and my motivation can evaporate. Views are one thing, but posts are always much more motivating than seeing the numbers, if that makes any sense.

I'm pretty flexible when it comes to HOW I do an AAR. I started this thread to see how the community here ENJOYS...absorbing them, for lack of a better word.

There's also a bit of pressure. For example, the Champions of Krynn AAR I did/am doing, that's a really fun thing for me to do. I look back and actually laugh at some of the crap I put into it. And then when I sit down to do a new post, I completely and utterly second guess myself as to what's amusing and what's not, and I get severe analysis paralysis in that case. Usually if I take a step (or twenty) back from said AAR, that helps me stop doing that. Besides other distractions of course.

Anyway...thank you for your voting/feedback, folks. Much appreciated.
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Tabletop AARs / Re: Question About Tabletop AARs
« Last post by bbmike on Today at 04:25:04 AM »
I like the Vassal images as they don't suffer from flash, reflections, poor angles, etc.

Mostly, what I'd like to see is if an AAR gets started, then it gets completed.

I think more might get completed if there were more interest in them. I know I started a Don't Tread on Me AAR and it received a good number of views but no comments. I just guessed that no one was interested and stopped. It does take a lot of time and work to put together a really good AAR.
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Tabletop AARs / Re: Question About Tabletop AARs
« Last post by MengJiao on Today at 03:47:28 AM »
So I'm just curious what you all prefer when it comes to taking in tabletop AARs.


  I read all the ARRs here.  I like the finished and the unfinished.  I like the VASSAL and the tables of miniature things.  I haven't watched very may videos of gaming for more than a few minutes.

   Obviously, I admit to a certain preference for attempting to photograph the game board.  There's a lot going on there (sort of, some times): unstable piles of units and markers, maps from other games showing up on the edges, shadows, murk, indistinct haze.
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Tabletop AARs / Re: Question About Tabletop AARs
« Last post by mirth on Yesterday at 09:29:07 PM »
Mostly, what I'd like to see is if an AAR gets started, then it gets completed.

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
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Tabletop AARs / Re: Question About Tabletop AARs
« Last post by Silent Disapproval Robot on Yesterday at 09:27:06 PM »
I like the Vassal images as they don't suffer from flash, reflections, poor angles, etc.

Mostly, what I'd like to see is if an AAR gets started, then it gets completed.
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Tabletop AARs / Re: SDR vs Barthheart in Wing Leader Supremacy
« Last post by Barthheart on Yesterday at 09:02:04 PM »
No they aren't functioning as a wing.
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Tabletop AARs / Re: SDR vs Barthheart in Wing Leader Supremacy
« Last post by MengJiao on Yesterday at 07:52:34 PM »
.... no good can come of this.


Are the Russian fighters functioning as a wing?  I don't recall the spacing rules for wings, but I think you can have some gaps.
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