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The brave deaths of the Gunny and “Lt. Idiot” in the previous holding action served the greater good. McArthur bestirred himself to speak with all inexperienced Lieutenants and their Gunnys before the battle started. McArthur ordered the Lieutenants to stay behind the river lines and shoot up Japs attempting to cross. He then ordered the Gunnys to shoot in the leg any Lt failing to follow orders and counter-attacked North of any river line. The assembled Gunny’s gave a loud “Yes Sir General McArthur!” After McArthur left the Gunny’s started bragging about their marksmanship badges and taking bets on who would bag the first Lt of the upcoming battle.

Lt. Newbie told Lt. Wet Behind the Ears that the only time he had seen his Gunny happier was when the Gunny found a fifth of unopened Scotch and shared it with a “fun time girl.”

Any ignorant fools who are not reading Airboy's AAR, are missing this.  :coolsmiley: :smitten:
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Last post by Airborne Rifles on Yesterday at 01:20:49 PM »
I’ve enjoyed doing AARs because it lets me tell the “story” of how the game unfolded. I started to feel like the stories being written by the gameplay were too good to keep to myself.
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Last post by airboy on Yesterday at 10:04:17 AM »
Thanks Jarhead!

And Sir Slash - thanks for the nice comments on the AAR writers.
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Last post by Sir Slash on Yesterday at 08:36:55 AM »
And I love reading all of your AAR's. Many times I use AAR's to make the final decision on whether or to pass on a particular game as well as how to play the damn things. Hats-off to all you AAR-er's.  :notworthy:
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Last post by Jarhead0331 on Yesterday at 08:16:11 AM »
I enjoy doing AARs because it gives me an opportunity to showcase a game, while also discussing and exploring the history/lore of the subject matter while also providing an opportunity to express myself creatively.

Doing a preview or a review, I tend to be much more “boilerplate”, if you will and I get overly compulsive about being thorough and accurate. For me, an AAR is much more freeform and subject to my own whim.
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Last post by airboy on Yesterday at 07:21:31 AM »
W8taminute & Jason Pratt - thanks for sharing.
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Last post by W8taminute on Yesterday at 07:03:16 AM »
A lot of YouTubers confuse AAR with let's plays.  They pride themselves on providing live commentary to games they're showcasing rather than tell a narrative on the events that occurred in game.

I used to do AARs in written form on gaming forums.  My main reason for doing them at the time was strictly for my own immersion and entertainment.  The story behind the campaign played against a human opponent was much more entertaining to me then actually playing the game.  I would imagine myself to be an everyday citizen reading the daily newspaper on current events.  It was fun!  But it was also a lot of work and I ultimately gave up on doing AARs.
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Last post by JasonPratt on Yesterday at 06:46:13 AM »
Mainly I only do them when I think my nieces and/or fellow Grogs would like to see them. That's especially true in multiplayer games, as that way I can give other people an opportunity to shine.  O0

For example, I was suuuuuuuuuper annoyed that four out of my final five 'films' for the Fire in the Grogs Too match, were corrupted in the video (not the audio oddly), because I wanted to be able to show NVA-Dave and even VC-Larry (Arizona Tank here on the forum) coming back to win it all against Rich and myself. Dave's surge for the win was epic: he had come back from literally only one point of score, one base on the board (and maybe a few specs), to lead the way for his team to win. I hate not being able to show that!

(Though notably, not enough to reconstruct my notes about the moves during the final ten or fifteen turns from the Vassal save files, yet...  ::) )

Sometimes, for the print AARs, I have an idea for a story (like in the Survive Harder or PanzOrc Corpz series), which I'm basically generating and writing out. And that can amount to showing off myself.  :coolsmiley:

Mostly though I'm trying to show of other people, whether giving some attention to the game and its devs, or to my multi-player opponents, or providing a demo look; or just because my nieces might like to play the game but can't for various reasons. I'm running a hotseat game of Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic right now (with one of the standard unofficial patch-mod upgrades), which I worked hard to figure out how to import snapshots of the nieces as the portraits, so that even though I'm the one playing the game they'd think it was fun that the game and its developing story are about them. I'm making plans to try a Paradox run for them, too, later this year, starting from the CKII mod "When the World Stopped Making Sense" (set shortly after the fall of Rome) through HOI 4. (And maybe into Stellaris although I can't understand how that would make sense.) "They" would be a set of composite characters starting out as the Catholic princess inheritor of a small kingdom on the northwest coast of Africa -- a former Roman Imperial outpost -- which happens to be that area south of the Atlas mountains where "The Eye of the Sahara" is: arguably the best current guess for the location of the historical Atlantis!
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Last post by Sir Slash on January 16, 2019, 09:11:07 PM »
I would do one to try to make people think I am really smart. And good at the game, not telling them I lost the same battle 5 times already.
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