- Oct 18, 2009
Combined AARms, with the British Empire during the second world war.
This is my first AAR. I have nearly started several times, but there has always been a 'good' excuse not to. (truth be told there still are)
There are several challenges when making an AAR. For me there is always the language bit. I am multilingual as long as I get to talk, written I am
I am in no way bothered by OCD so there is virtually no plan that I follow. I will aim to win the war and to have some fun along the way.
A few words on style.
I will tell the events through Stuart Muir working at the "Planning Committee" at the war office. Stuart is the father of Alexander Muir whom I intended to be the main character. A young tankie in the 5th Batallion Royal Tank Corps. However I have to learn a shedload of stuff before I can "give a view from the turret" from this young soldier. So the interesting bits regarding combined arms warfare, manouvre warfare and things that I actually DO know anything about is some way off in the future.
As it stands I am grappling with using Paint.net and Gimp 2 to get the graphics that I want. It is a learning process... For the technincally challenged. At any rate this prompted Stuart Muir to become the focal point of the AAR. I have decided to let the story develop play. I have no plans at all. I sit down play one month take a note of everything that happen, try to spin on the events and find something noteworthy. Then I muck about looking for pictures whilst listening to music. Then I write things out on Word and try to link them together through the characters I have got (or make up new as I go along). I tend to look at historical figures on the net and see what they did or didn't do in the era, and let my characters be influenced by that. Then I try to make a coherent story of the 'episode' and join it with the last. All is magically put together on the forum
I originally wanted to use the AAR to promote manouvre warfare and be philosophical about the grey area between beeing gamey and manouvre warfare. Having accepted the limit of my abilities and the colossal challenge it is just to get an AAR started I decided on less. I hope that I will be able to convey a few interesting points on combined arms warfare at a later date. God knows I have had to learn a few things just to sit here and type. The marvels of Photobucket and picture programs was interesting and I felt that I was going places. THEN robw963 dropped America saves the world! and I realised what good graphics was.
Right then let's look at the game....
Version: Hearts of Iron 3 Their Finest Hour 4.01
1938September: One Bluff, Two Wars, Three Trade Delegations.
October: The Auld Alliance
November: Gaining weight, running late