People entering the building had to wait a few seconds for their eyes to get used to the dim light. During those few seconds, the first thing they usually noticed was the faint smell of paint... but the place was brand new after all, and it would disappear within the next few days. Then, they walked to the counter and dropped on a stool, ready to get something to drink. There they were greeted by the bAARtender.
"- Hello OfficAAR, and welcome to the officAARs' Mess. This is a quiet place were writers can enjoy a drink or a discussion when they are not occupied at conquering the World or writing they debriefing. Everyone is welcome here. Absolutely everyone.
Over there is the stage, where a band is usually playing the last songs from all over the world. We already had the pleasure to listen to Lale Andersen singing "Lili Marlen", Edith Piaf singing "Mon légionnaire", and next week Louis Armstrong will come and play his new album. The customers can also use the microphone if want to announce their latest works.
Over here is the lounge, where you can sit down in a comfortable armchair and enjoy a drink while chatting with the other customers. You can do some advertising, ask for some advice, recommend another writer's AAR or just bring something to everyone's attention. Maybe a good book on the conflict or a link that might prove useful to other people.
We also had a few snooker tables installed right behind the lounge, so if you feel like playing, please do so.
And last but not least, is the counter. Here you can get any drink you want. The guy sweeping the lounge is Norgesvenn and I am Eochaid. We are the two bAARtenders, and we run the place for the landowner, Lord Durham. If you have a question or need anything, please ask us. We will do our best to help you and make your stay here as nice as possible.
If you have questions, please ask me. If you want to see the rules, they are written down on the black board right above the door.
THE RULES OF THE OFFICER'S MESS:
This place is meant for:
Announcing your own new AAR (but keep it to a minimum)
Endorsing others' AARs
Advice and ideas
This place is NOT meant for:
Rudeness or immature behaviour to other people
Criticising the game
Discussing topics that belong in other forums
Management reserves the right to delete any posts that are not within the spirit of the rules.
Please keep your posts in character, try to avoid quotes when they are not REALLY useful, and enjoy your stay
Your resident bAARtenders are Eochaid and Norgesvenn.