Aldriq, thank you again, and thanks to all those who have stopped by to offer your congratulations -- especially those who've also posted in my AAR!
In explanation, I enjoy playing minors, and I believe Portugal is underestimated as a potential "significant other" on the world stage. I may prove myself wrong! But I hope not, and I intend to try to show differently. It's primarily a gameplay AAR, but with some fictionalized dramatic scenes thrown in for flavor. Please, do drop by if you have a chance!
Now, out of respect for the importance of this award, I would normally try to choose an AAR from a game other than the one for which the award was last won. But the special circumstances of HOI 3's recent release, and the flood of new AARs produced, and partly even because of the mixed reviews a few people have been giving it (everyone else is busy playing and enjoying! ), I want to pass this along to another HOI 3 AAR, in confidence that the award will not get stuck there once the novelty of this new game has worn off.
There are many new AARs in the nascent HOI 3 Forum which deserve recognition. Several of them stood out to me, but one in particular has caught my fancy.
Zaku has begun writing Do You Like Snails?, a French '36 campaign, and has already made significant progress into the war.
It is approachably and casually written gameplay, with much explained about the new game, as well as dissertations on why he chose different actions. His sense of humor comes across, he's chosen stunning visuals -- both photographs and well-chosen screenshots -- and the text and graphics dovetail well with each other.
Perhaps the thing that most impresses me about it is he's using it as a showcase of the new HOI 3 AI-controlled HQ framework. He's not using manual control for his units at all (except for very specific circumstances which aren't likely to come into play). Nevertheless, he's demonstrating great success in frontal battles.
It's just a really fun and informative read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who's wondering what this new game has to offer!