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    The 2nd Komnenian Restoration - a video AAR of Greece's rise to power




    I have recently finished the best and most interesting game playing as Greece. Wanting afterwards to create an AAR, but without actual screenshots, I decided to try to make a video-slideshow story-telling hybrid. I hope it make sense and you find it as entertaining to watch as it actually was to make.

    Click on the image below and you'll get directed to YouTube for the video (remember to switch to 720 HD and full screen for the best experience).


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    My 1st post in this forum Interesting video AAR if I would say.
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    That was very well made, and well done! I was a bit worried near the end, but the French did you a favor by taking the Libyan Coast, leaving the Ottoman Empire as a one-province minor. I can't remember seeing the Ottoman Empire in the top 4 of the GPs before. It was quite a task taking them down from that level...

    The latest 1.4 patch makes it so the Ottomans move their capital to Ankara if they lose the provinces bordering Thrace in Europe. That should make Byzantine games a bit easier from now on, since the two empires will now be able to co-exist. On the other hand, that means that this may well be the last AAR to feature the complete demolition of the Ottoman Empire before the formation of the Byzantine one.

    Edit: Oh, one thing I forgot: how come you didn't become a HM's Government by decision at around 1840, reforming instead to a Prussian Constitutionalism in 1845?

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    Interesting style for an AAR, there were parts I liked and parts I disliked but it was definitely good overall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selzro View Post
    That was very well made, and well done! I was a bit worried near the end, but the French did you a favor by taking the Libyan Coast, leaving the Ottoman Empire as a one-province minor. I can't remember seeing the Ottoman Empire in the top 4 of the GPs before. It was quite a task taking them down from that level...

    The latest 1.4 patch makes it so the Ottomans move their capital to Ankara if they lose the provinces bordering Thrace in Europe. That should make Byzantine games a bit easier from now on, since the two empires will now be able to co-exist. On the other hand, that means that this may well be the last AAR to feature the complete demolition of the Ottoman Empire before the formation of the Byzantine one.

    Edit: Oh, one thing I forgot: how come you didn't become a HM's Government by decision at around 1840, reforming instead to a Prussian Constitutionalism in 1845?

    Welcome to the forums, angryslashonly!
    Thanks! Unlike other games Russia didn't do much damage to the Ottomans so it was a race against time in the end. Egypt also fared quite well, only lost a bit to me, the usual areas to the Ottomans and only Aleppo and Palestine to Spain. What surprised me was Egypt going to retake the Ankara region, but it came as a blessing as I was constantly hitting the 25 infamy point ceiling (I do not want to go beyond, my house rule). France did attack the Ottomans around 1905-1910 but their heart wasn't in it and to my disappointment it ended with a wp.

    I will upgrade to 1.4 once I finish up my Serbian game - I believe I can't do it in the middle of the game, right?

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    I think you can do it mid-game - the changes are not as drastic as in 1.2, which redid the tech tree, for instance. But it's not exactly optimal. I haven't checked if Greece's HM'sG decision was altered, but it used to require some small amount of consciousness or militancy and would kick off in 1840 (as opposed to the historical 1843).
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    Quote Originally Posted by angryslashonly View Post
    My 1st post in this forum Interesting video AAR if I would say.
    Welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabid View Post
    Interesting style for an AAR, there were parts I liked and parts I disliked but it was definitely good overall
    What parts did you like the least?
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    I wasn't a huge fan of most of the sound effects and the almost total lack of information on the rest of the world or your economy made it a bit dry, though I suppose that's a fault of the format where you can't really afford to go into much detail.

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    Sadly you can't play 1.3 game with newest patch - tried it already.


    Anyway great AAR, was awesome.

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    Nicely done.
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    Very nice. Thank you. I`d like to see more of these.

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    Awesome. If you could also include more screenshots, battles, and technology advances - perhaps along the lines of fading in at sides while you do text or year exposition - that would be even better, but this is still one of the better AARs in awhile.
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    That was awesome. Best 14 minutes spent in a while on this forum

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    That was a great video aar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabid View Post
    I wasn't a huge fan of most of the sound effects and the almost total lack of information on the rest of the world or your economy made it a bit dry, though I suppose that's a fault of the format where you can't really afford to go into much detail.
    Thanks for the comments. I never thought about making a "proper" AAR only once the game was over. All I had to work with was 30-some saved games, from where I got the world maps. This did not allow me to go into detail regarding battles, events etc. as I had not record of when/what. Essentially the video shows the storyline of the conquests as you point out.

    Originally I only wanted to have the music in the background, but decided last minute to add the sound effects, which I honestly regret afterwards.

    Quote Originally Posted by yodaime View Post
    Sadly you can't play 1.3 game with newest patch - tried it already.
    OK, will wait with updating then.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leonaru View Post
    Nicely done.
    thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by Kayapo View Post
    Very nice. Thank you. I`d like to see more of these.
    happy you enjoyed it. although it was fun to do, I clearly underestimated the time required

    Quote Originally Posted by Beamed View Post
    Awesome. If you could also include more screenshots, battles, and technology advances - perhaps along the lines of fading in at sides while you do text or year exposition - that would be even better, but this is still one of the better AARs in awhile.
    Noted. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thandros View Post
    That was awesome. Best 14 minutes spent in a while on this forum
    thanks for the kind words

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikolai View Post
    That was a great video aar!
    much obliged!
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    Great, AAR. I find surprising the lack of Greek/Byzantine AAR's in the forums, I would have think it would be a popular challenge.

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    I've been thinking the same thing. I've already played a game as Greece back in 1.1, when there was no Byzantium, but have been thinking of revisiting it in the future, as well as trying out Serbia -> Yugoslavia, Iraq -> Babylon, Panjab -> India, or Krakow -> Poland. Those are also interesting challenges which I do not believe have had AAR treatments.
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    I'd love to see a Panjab -> India game, never saw India united.

    Already planned my next game once I finish the Serbian game. Also a unification game but I'll probably be using the NNM mod, however not sure if this is stable in 1.4 or not. I somehow find it most appealing to play the 'underdog' trying to create something (or simply survive) rather than blobbing (played France in EU3 and lost interest 'only' 150 years later as I become too powerful).
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    I liked it very much. Congrats on making such a good AAR, and empire!
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