We wish to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to AARland. This is the home of those AARs, both successful and not so successful, written by you, the fan of Paradox games.
In the various forums you will find a diverse variety of writing techniques. They include narrative/novel, history log, graphic oriented, interactive/RPG, PBEM, multi-player and collaborative, to name but a few. These AARs are short, long, serious, whimsical, knowledgeable, silly, and above all immensely entertaining. They are original slices of history generated from the worlds of EUI, EUII, EUIII, HoI, HoI2, HoI3, Victoria, Victoria 2, Crusader Kings and Rome.
As this is a community of writers, we strongly encourage interaction and mutual support. Nothing is more disconcerting than spending hours recreating a gaming experience to share with others, only to receive little or no feedback for their efforts.
Now, we have a special word for newcomers. Never be afraid to post your first AAR. We are not here to judge or criticize, we are here to comment and offer suggestions. Please note that the influx of new writers make it hard for the veterans to respond in a timely manner. Many of us do our best to offer encouragement, but it may take time.
Above all, the purpose of the AAR forums is to provide entertainment. If you find little response to your AAR, the best solution is visit other threads and post feedback. By networking yourself you build a rapport with different writers, and will find in most cases your comments returned in kind.
All visitors and members must read the forum rules. Ignorance of the rules is not a defense.
USER AGREEMENT, BOARD RULES AND FORUM CONTENT COPYRIGHT
A few rules specifically apply to the AAR Forums (in additon to sub-forum rules, i.e. the HoI forums):
1. Common sense will rule while creating an AAR, so borderline subjects or references must be avoided. However, please remember this is alternative history before making any knee-jerk reactions to material someone may find offensive. When in doubt, contact a Moderator first.
2. All new initiatives must be run past the Moderators first. (Includes Interactive AARs)
3. There shall be no groups/clubs/societies allowed to operate on the AAR forums. The AAR community is for everyone.
4. The maximum allowed number of images per AAR post is 20 (including emoticons). Two or more AAR posts within an hour of the previous update will be considered a single post for determining the number of images.
5. All Non-Paradox AARs must be posted in the OT forum.
6. Certain games published, but not developed by Paradox, have their own AAR forums (e.g.: GalCiv2)
7. If you write an AAR on a different gaming forum you may not provide a direct link to it.
8. Please refrain from using more than two threads maximum if running a multi-player or collaborative AAR. All others require only one thread. This will be strictly enforced.
9. It has become apparent that some signatures and certain codes in AARs will affect other member's posts. This is caused by not placing code tags in proper order. For example, if you use tags to center, bold, italics on the front, you should then reverse that with italics, bold, center on the end. By not ordering them correctly, certain browsers (Firefox namely) pick up the coding and alter other posts that are not your own. Please note this when creating your signature and formatting your AAR posts.
10. Please make note of this thread clarifying the forum rules on thread necromancy, spam and off-site links as it applies to AARs.
Finally, visit the AARland FAQ. Here you will find questions to answers and links of interest covering many, many subjects.
- The Moderators