Patron Saint of Suenik
- Apr 1, 2003
A FROG IN A WELL...
There's a Japanese phrase that goes like this:
"A frog in a well does not know the great sea."
Now, if you imagine that being said by a little wizned walnut of a man sitting serenly crosslegged at the top of a mountain or by a Mr Miyagi type you'll probably find yourself going "Aaah!" and nodding at the sage wisdom of what is being said.
On the other hand if you imagine it being typed by me you'll more than likely be thinking "What?" (or "WTF?!?!!11?/?!" if you're from the younger generation).
Basically, what the phrase means is something along the lines of "some people are content to live within the confines of their own narrow world view, without considering the bigger picture and the views of others."
Yeah - I know. Worded like that it's a lot easier to talk about frogs and wells.
"But Iain, what does this phrase have to do with EU3?"
I'm a bit of a stranger to these climes, prefering to hang out in CK and Victoria land (no, please, don't throw fruit!). However, I do actually own EU3 and all of its expansions. EU1 was my first game, followed by EU2 so it only seemed fitting that I buy EU3 as well. However, the couple of times I've loaded it up I've found myself thinking "Bloody hell - this is different!" before letting it run for a couple of months and then turning it off.
See where I'm going with the frogs and wells yet?
(if you don't, I'm the frog and the well is my previous experience of EU games - clever, huh? Now try and keep up...)
That's where this AAR comes in.
You, my friends. You are going to be the great sea.
Don't you feel proud?
I had a thought - what better way to learn EU3 than to draw on the collective wisdom of the lovely people who play EU3? And rather than just bombard them with annoying questions on the forum how about starting an AAR where I put up my misinformed opinions of what I believe the game is about along with my attempts to blunder through the game and let them shout "Nooooo! What the hell did you do that for? I'd do it THIS way!" from the sidelines. I'd then learn from your collective wisdom and become THE premier EU3 player on the planet.
So, without further ado - here's Chapter 1 (I'm sure I'll think up witty titles for them as I go on).