There was a request in the forum for a tutorial AAR for Semper Fi and, though I might not be the most experienced player, I think I can offer some people a little insight here.
I'll also use this AAR to point out some other great AARs that a new player can gain valuable tips from.
This AAR is designed to get new HOI3 players going, right from the beginning of the game. I will make every attempt to show off the different aspects of the game, but will make no attempt to be comprehensive. I will do my best to point the reader to helpful articles on the message board where applicable. I also recommend reading the manuals for both HOI3 and SF, as well as Rensslaer’s excellent Strategy Guides. However, these documents take a thorough and systematic examination of the games systems and don’t actually walk you through how they actually can be implemented in a game itself.
I plan to do this AAR in sections and discuss a major portion of the gameplay in each one. I may not use the same game and same country to do so, as some countries will have less ability to engage with certain parts of the game than others. I’ll start with a simple build up and early combat tutorial. If enough people are interested with getting my take on other aspects of the game, I’ll be happy to move on and tackle something else. Alternately, if anyone else has any hints, tips, or want to take on a section of this tutorial, I’d be more than happy to give way!
EDIT (December 10, 2010): I'm having problems with the original photobucket account I was using. Something about exceeding bandwidth. All updates after this date will be with a different one, and shouldn't have any problems. However, I don't have the time or energy to re-upload all the screenshots throughout the entire AAR, and put the new URLs into the old posts, so I'm afraid if you're coming across this AAR between December 10, 2010 and January 2, 2011, you're not going to see screenshots until the most recent posts. Thanks for understanding!
Section 1: Set up
Set Up Part 2: General Screens and Politics
Set Up Part 3: Diplomacy and Intelligence
Set Up Part 4: Technology
Set Up Part 5: Production
Set Up Part 6: Order of Battle and Upgrades
Section 2: Build Up
Build Up Part 1: January - April 1936
Build Up Part 2: May - July 1936
Build Up Part 3: August - December 1936
Build Up Part 4: January - July 1937
Build Up Part 5: August - December 1937
Build Up Part 6: January - June 1938
Build Up Part 7: July - December 1938
Build Up Part 8: January - September 1939
Section 3: War - Ground War
Ground War Part 1: Tactical Principles
Ground War Part 2: Tactical Principles II
Ground War Part 3: The Attack Begins!
Ground War Part 4: Opening the Gap
Ground War Part 5: Gaining Ground
Ground War Part 6: The Critical Juncture
Ground War Part 7: Withdrawal, part 1
Section 4 - Anti-Climax
Anti-Climax part 1
Anti-Climax part 2
Anti-Climax part 3
Anti-Climax part 4
Anti-Climax part 5