- Mar 30, 2008
The Dream of Dumbarton
A Clydesdale AAR
A Clydesdale AAR
Hello all, and welcome to my first AAR!
I recently realised, that despiste having been a registered user on these forums for more than 4 and a half years (and having lurked for 2 years before that), I had never really paid any attention to the AAR sections. Sure, I read an AAR or two here and there, even commented a few times, hell I even promised myself I would write one for EU3, but never got around to it.
But, a couple of weeks ago after I got some weeks off before exams, I decided I should stop by here and look for any interesting AARs, to read when I got fed up with my exam preparations, and I was pretty impressed, by the dedication and effort several of the writers put into their work, and decided to start commenting as well. At this point I hadn't really thought much about doing an AAR my self, but after having thought more and more about it, remembering how much I enjoyed writing when I was younger, I decided to try and give it a go. (This was also in part inspired by several talks I had with my Psychologist earlier this year, who encouraged me to try and "connect" with some of the things that used to make me happy).
So, some pointers (not essential to read these, except perhaps D):
A) the first proper update to the AAR, will probably not come today, as I'm still feeling a little under the weather, however I have written a small prologue on the history of the british isles (which is probably flawed), so anyone unfamiliar with it can read up a bit, and hopefully be inspired to look into matters themselves. I hope to have the first proper update up and running on thursday or friday at the latest. (I'm making this thread now to get my self going)
B) I have not yet settled on a specific style yet. I had initially just planned to do a gameplay AAR, as I figured it had been too long since I had tried writing anything remotely narrative in nature, to take on such an undertaking. I do however also fear, that I'd become too bored with the AAR under those circumstances, and as I'm constantly making up small stories doing the game, I think it'll be better if try do something in-between, atleast for starters, and see where it takes me
C) as my name suggest, I'm not a native english speaker, and my writing will probably reflect this, so please bear with my, hopefully minor, grammatical errors, and other quirks associated with me being danish.
D) I play my own modded version of the game, where I have amongst other things, added a de jure kingdom of Strathclyde (which, in hindsight should probably have been titular, but what's done is done), and a de jure kingdom of the Isels (which just uses the Isles of Man's flag, because I like that, quite happy with how that turned out). I've also renamed Wales to Cymru (and welsh to Cymry, though I'm not entirely certain that's correct), because I disliked them calling themselves foreigners. I've also renamed Scotland into Alba, as I like that name more
Lastly, two cultures have been added to the game, "Norsegaels", thanks to Duinnin and "Cumbrians", thanks to Bloodmerchant. Both of those cultures can be found in the "new cultures" thread in the modding section, but decided I'd better just mention them here.
Also, used Bloodmerchants expanded Breton/cornish names from the same thread.
So here we go, hopefully this will be turn out well
EDIT: I will tidy up this post at some point. For now, I shall create a table of content, even though there's only 3 pages, I happen to like table of contents
Chapter 1 - The Earl and His council
Chapter 2 - Dark Clouds on the Horizon
Chapter 3 - Warfare and Betrayal
Chapter 4 - Life, ever changing
Chapter 5 - The love of books and an angry wife
Chapter 6 - In the Shadow of Death
Chapter 7 - Paranoia
Chapter 8 - In the name of the Lord
Chapter 9 - part 1, End of Peace
Chapter 9 - part 2, End of Peace, Freedom
Chapter 10 - Threats from the west
Chapter 11 - The battle of the River Forth
Chapter 13 - In times of Peace
Chapter 14 - Unexpected guests
Chapter 15 - The last days of Peace
Chapter 16 - Misfortunes never come singly
Chapter 17 - Forever War