Hello one and all. Here is the thread to post update information for the month of April. First, a few words from the librAARian himself:
You can make my life easier by posting any new AAR starts in this thread with a link to the AAR. Also, if you finish an AAR please post a message to that effect here.
Updates will be entered into the LibrAARy every month or so and I will post an announcement here when they're done.
Note that the LibrAARy has a "finish date" for each AAR. This tells you at what game date the AAR ended if it wasn't completed right through to 1819. If you're posting an "I'm done" reply here, please also tell me what date your AAR ended.
Thanks, in advance, for doing your part in making this an easier job!!!
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Notes for newbies and veterans alike:
First off, if you haven't the faintest idea what the LibrAARy is, then you probably haven't checked out the WELCOME to AARland CENTRAL thread recently.
Newbies and veterans should both have a look at this thread every so often because Valdemar, Stroph1 and/or MrT add some very handy information there on a fairly regular basis. You often won't know it's been updated since each post in the thread has a specific "area" that it addresses, so the updates are usually editted into the appropriate existing post instead of added as a new one. This means that the thread doesn't get bumped to the top of the stickied ones, even though there's something new there for you to see.
The LibrAARy is updated monthly, adding the new AAR starts into the listings, and making whatever corrections or added notations are required. You'll now see both the "start date" and "finished date" reported so you'll know the time period that the AAR covers.
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In case you aren't sure what I need when you post a reply in the monthly update thread to tell me you've started an AAR, or you don't know how to do it, here's and example of what I would consider ideal:
Just starting a new AAR called Cyprus - The Last Crusade.
Country is Cyprus, and it's a GC game starting in 1419.
So far the game has been played through 1750 and is
[From coz1 - Please link the name in your post by copying the url and using the hyperlink button above. As well, obviously you would note your post using Vickie language rather than EUII.]
The beauty with the above post is that I don't have to go searching for any information. It tells me the country name and type of game (which isn't always obvious in some people's AARs without reading a few posts in depth...that's not a criticism, by the way, but it does slow me down when I'm doing the LibrAARy update). It also makes life easier if you're doing something with an odd starting date...
The other perk is that it gives me a direct link to the AAR so he can just click on it and be on page one so I can do a few rapid copy & pastes into the database and it's done.
Of course there are some exceptions to the above for people who are doing unusual projects like playing multiple countries, doing MP games or collaborative projects, etc. In that case, just give me a rough outline/idea as to what you're doing and I'll figure out how best to list it in the LibrAARy. I don't at all mind spending a little extra time trying to work out the "exceptions"...
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If you've completed an AAR or decided to stop writing your current one(s) then please let me know that in the update thread too. For that, all I need is for you to tell me the title of the AAR and I'd really appreciate an approximate "finish date" (i.e. the game date that it stopped)...I won't need the link or anything.
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One special request: there are a lot of AAR's out there that quit after only a few entries. I have included all of them in the librAARy. If you have one of those AARs (for whatever reason) and would prefer that it not be in the librAARy, let me know here and I will remove the links to it.
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Couldn't have said it better myself - thus I let Stroph1 do the talking (you may recognize some of the language from his EUII update thread. ) A few other notes should be mentioned. Given the new nature of Victoria and rapid patching from the folks at Paradox, several AARs have ended due to disinterest from patch issues. Those have been included if there was an attempt made, though I used some discretion.
If you see yours not included and would like it to be, simply send [robou] a PM or post it in this thread and we'll take care of it. Eventually, we may go back through and remove some of the shorter ones that died after one or two posts, but for now we will keep them because they might be useful to someone looking to find some early game strategy or starting point.
If you have started one through today (March 26th), you do not need to let me know as it has already been included, but please do let me know if it is after that date.