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    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games

    Just a quick wondering on how you prefer AARs/Battle/Game reports to be written.  For instance, do you prefer more story style write ups?  Perhaps turn-by-turn rundown?

    Please do tell!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    Avatar photoMike

    IIRC when I posted this same question myself, the only answer I took away was yes.
    There were people wanting A, B and C with some Z thrown in.

    The conclusion I came to was to do them in a way that I liked doing, then they would not become a chore, and odds are someone somewhere would like my ramblings..

    For me, not too much text, maybe photos of the start and end with key moments in between and a couple of lines of text for each photo.

    But, if it is a game I like/know, then I like to see stats of the units/troops as part of the game too.

    Avatar photokyoteblue

    All of the above for me.

    Avatar photoMartinR

    I write lots of Battle reports for my blog, and in the main they have a general introduction to the background to the game, a run through of the setup, terrain etc (this bit is often quite long) . Then a run though the battle itself, and finally a wrap up. I sometimes highlight specific units, particularly if it is their first outing or if they are very venerable.

    It is largely guided by what photos I took and how much effort I want to put in. No idea if that is the best approach, but it works for me and my readers apparently like it.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    Avatar photoPaint it Pink

    Make the AAR fun to read. It’s like telling a story, but the best bits version with none of the kissing etc. 😉

    One is good, more is better

    Avatar photoirishserb

    I find that it varies with the writing style of the author.  One type of AAR written by one person will work for me, written by another in the same style, it will not.  I generally like a story form, rather than an description of the rules mechanisms and die results, but  again, it is all dependent on the author.

    Some photos are always nice, hopefully both overalls, and some close-ups for a little atmosphere.


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