"The AARland News, Written but Never Trusted"
It was a dark and stormy night, or it seemed like it even though it was late afternoon in the land of the midnight sun. Wind drove fat wet flakes of snow at the windows of the office. Saabs and other types of cars were being quickly buried by the falling snow. Programmers sat around a table bouncing ideas off one another. Speaking of a great new game they would like to create. Or so it could have happened. The game? Europa Universalis. A game of war and diplomacy spanning a good chunk of history from 1492-1792. You could play a plethora of nations and conquer the world if you so desired.
It became so popular that those programmers, and the company that paid them decided to start working on a sequel. They also began to create a society for those wanting to interact and ask questions about the game. People began to make their own modifications to the game to give it even more playability. Then someone had a wonderful idea. Why not let people WRITE about the games they play? The AAR forum was born!
Europa Universalis II would come out and become as popular as the first version. Another AAR forum would be born! Then would come Hearts of Iron, a game depicting the era of World War II. It also become hugely successful and another AAR forum would be birthed.
Victoria would come some time later, and again prove to be quite popular, and so a new child of AARland would come into being. Soon enough Crusader Kings would be released and a new AAR forum will be created. In each forum there is a place to recommend and discuss stories written by various forum members. The EUII bAAR, the EUI Private bAAR, the HoI OfficAARs’ Mess, and the VictoriAARn Tea Room. Not all at once, but they became a focal point for many people.
Presiding over these areas are the bAARtenders, quAARtermaster, and victorian genAARal. Armed with their quote guns, aprons, and dirty rags<tm> they stand ready to serve drinks and recommend AARs to their fellows. These men are ready and able with a quick quip and a friendly smile and eager to help their fellow members.
The AARland Gazette is meant to be a collaborative effort by these men to promote the various areas of AARland to everyone. To bring together the various members to read wonderful tales by their fellows in ALL of the AAR forums. Stories from every AAR forum will be presented and recommended. A spirit of cooperation and fellowship is the goal.
With AARticles; interviews with members, moderators, and featured writAARs we intend to prove that regardless of the game played there are stories ripe to be plucked from the shelves of the various forums and read voraciously by readAARs eager to be entertained. What will be featured may change, but the basic philosophy is the same.
“We are not just writAARs and readAARs, but membAARs!”