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    Thank you very much for honouring „Furor Normannicus“ and my humble self with your nomination, timetogetaway, and once more congratulations for being nominated yourself; “The Mann on the Island’s” unique blend of history book with narrative overtones has well deserved it.

    I would like to once more take the occasion to thank all those who have read “Furor Normannicus” and especially those who have taken the pains to comment. It cannot be stressed sufficiently how much that means to any writAAR, and for me this very immediacy, this access to the writAAR I have as a readAAR and the possibilty to ask and suggest is what makes this kind of “literature” so very special and worthwhile for me – both as a writAAR and readAAR. So come over to the “Furor” and comment to your heart’s content, I shall be glad about it and I’m sure to address all of your issues at length.

    The topic of feedback does also bring me to the next and last point of my little speech – is there anything any of you would like to know about “Furor Normannicus” and how I go about writing it? Or do you want to know anything about any of the countries or people in it? If you’ve got any wishes of this kind, if you want me to cover something you never really wanted to know about “Furor Normannicus” at all, leave a note in this thread and I will talk about it in this thread here.

    Until then once again a heartfelt “thank you” for timetogetaway for nominating me.

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    Congratulations Guiscard! A very well deserved honor!

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    Congratulations, The_Guiscard! I've heard only good things about your work and keep meaning to set aside some time to read through it.

    And note, this awAARd is for you yourself as the individual (the writAAR) rather than just for your work. Let us know a little about yourself.
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    Many congrats The_Guiscard!


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    Congratulations, The_Guiscard!



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    Excellent choice. The_Guiscard is an extremely gifted writer. Furor Normannicus is a pleasure to read.
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    Many congratulations The_Guiscard ! You prove time and time again in your AAR your calibre of writing ! Heftily deserved !
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    Nice choice, this is well deserved. Congratulations The_Guiscard
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    Congratulations The_Guiscard for your excellent CK-AAR

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    A hearty congrats, The_Guiscard! Well deserved!
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    The_Guiscard is an inspirational writer capable of breathing real life into history stories, and is hands down my favorite writer in these forums. An talented, gracious, and intelligent writer that we are lucky to have, no doubts about that. If all writers were The_Guiscard, I'd have no time to do anything but rant about how Serlo isn't king.

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    Thank ou all very much for the kind felicitations guys, especially Lord Durham and phargle for their kind and unmerited words of praise. You're making me

    Anyway, coz1 has pointed out that the award is for the individual, not for an AAR. Now I could argue that my contribution to AARland equals my single AAR Furor Normannicus and that it is the sole grounds for my nomination, but if he likes me to tell you a bit about myself, well, why not indeed?

    My name’s Michael, and I’m a thirty-something native Ausrian living in Vienna. I’ve studied Roman history and am currently working as a research fellow for the Austrian Academy of Sciences and am also holding a periodical course at university. About a year of my live was spent on archeologial digs in Austria (Lauriacum and Carnuntum, Syria (Palmyra) and Turkey (Ephesos). Apart from history, especially ancient Roman history, my interests are literature, photography and roleplaying, mainly of the indie type, though I find that I have less and less time for that in recent years. I’m not much of a video gamer and stumbled on Paradox games by chance. The computer I use at home was too old and crappy to play EU:Rome, so I settled for my second-most favourite period, the middle ages, and got myself Crusager Kings. As my old computer has recently sunk I just got myself a new one, I also got myself EU: Rome, and while I have yet to actually play it this might mean that maybe I might start another AAR in the none-too-distant future.

    In writing Furor Normannicus my premise was, I realize only now, to try and see just how good CK is actually in simulating historical processes, meaning that I am keeping very close to the actual gameplay and neither add events that did not really take place nor do I play the game so as to create certain situations. I simply play the game, roelplaying my ruler to the best of my knowledge, including the deliberate taking of bad decisions if they are in character, and see wether a passably interesting story emerges. So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I quite content with the story and pleased about the actual gameplay events being visible behind it very clearly at all times, at least to those who know CK.

    Another corner stone of Furor Normannicus, one that probably won’t surprise you now that I’ve told you a bit about my personal background, is an attempt at a passably accurate portrayal of the high middle ages. I try to throw a wealth of historical snippets into the story, but I have made it my principle to do so unobtrusively, with a few words and not with long disquisitions. I have learned ages ago to restrain myself when blarbing about historical details.

    So that’s it from me for now, I only wish to once again thank the lot of you for your wellwishing, and timetogetaway fo nominating me.

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    Congratulations The_Guiscard!


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    Before I have to vacate the throne (sigh!) I would like to take the opportunity and once again give my thanks to timetogetaway for nominating me and to graciously wave from the dizzying heights of my throne dais to all of you, my good and loyal cheering subjects, who were so very happy at my elevation and who have said so many kind things about my royal person. I shall miss your adulation, but don’t cry for me, Argentina!

    No, seriously folks, thank you for your many kind felicitations.

    Whom shall I be presenting to you as new WritAAR of the Week? A narrative writer with a polished style who tells intelligent stories, and who does so based on many different Paradox titles, which is a distinguishing feat in itself. He has curently no less than three AARs going, and each and every one of them is worth checking out.

    Witout further ado I give you Hardraade, author of Return to Glory: A Germania AAR for HoI2, An Irishman’s Story for Victoria, and Of Men Great and Small for CK.

    Congratulations, Hardraade!

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    Congrats, Hardraare! Much deserved!
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