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Huzza and congrats, aldriq! :cool:

The psychic cephalopod successfully strikes again!!! (try saying that quickly 10 times)
 

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Congratulations aldriq!
 

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Thanks again RGB, and thanks to all my readAARs and especially commentAARs, a nice stream of comments always makes the AAR-writing experience all the more enjoyable :)

And now I'll pass this along, to get it a bit closer back to the beginning of the week. Most of the AARs I'm currently reading seem to be getting due recognition and readers, but Davout's incredibly funny Indies has nowhere near the following it deserves. A comedy loosely based on a EU3 game (which, given the author's twisted, err, exuberant imagination, may or may not exist, but who cares?), it follows its two heroes back in time to 15th century England and France (so far), and it's absolutely packed with all sorts of references in every update.

Congratulations, Davout!
 

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Congrats Davout!
 

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Congratulations, Davout!

EDIT: And having taken a look at it, wow. That is sheer brilliance. Much deserved congratulations again!
 

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AHHH yes ! Very well well well deserved ! Rips me up all the time !
 

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Thank you aldriq for bestowing this honour upon Indies. I will try not to break it. I have greatly appreciated your support and comments in sustaining me in this endeavour to date and I hope the story plays out to justify your vote of support.

A Whedonesque AAR is obviously not to many people's tastes. In fact, if this was Fox, the AAR probably would have been cancelled by now. But not being mainstream is the whole point of being indie so I'm very proud of the small band of discerning readers who follow this eclectic work.

Thank you to dinofs, mayorqw (another loyal Indies regular), Inkana, RGB, loki100 and Iain Wilson for your kind wishes. They are greatly appreciated.

I wish to also take the opportunity to thank jwolf for the Burnt Siena AAR, TimN for the Bruce & Barry in Austria AAR and TreizeV for the L'Empereur AARs in EU2. I always have them foremost in my mind as role models when planning the plots in Indies.

Finally, thank you to canonized for dragging me into the world of AARs through the inspiration of Timelines and his friendly albeit insistent 'suggestions' that I participate on the boards more often.
 

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Congratulations Davout :)
 

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And so my 10,080 minutes of fame comes to a close.

Once again, thank you to aldriq for the nomination. Your support in commenting in Indies over the last year has been greatly appreciated. I always said you had excellent taste in AAR's.

Hardraade, Enewald, Qorten, Lord E and asd21593, thank you for the congratulations.

Now in choosing a successor, firstly I must note that as EU3 AAR's have taken out the last 4 nominations and bearing in mind Guideline 2B, I felt compelled to look to a different game for my selection. Having said that, I cannot recall a time over the last 10 years that an AAR forum has been such a hive of activity as the EU3 subforum is at the moment, with new stories popping up all the time and existing stories flourishing. I particularly recommend canonized's Dangerous Liaisons and Prawnstar's Rebels without a pause as reads well worth your time, from authors with proven track records.

I have noted that it is not without precedent that an AAR has been nominated twice for this award, in circumstances where there has been a considerable period of time in between. This would reflect a continued excellence in the quality of the story, the likelihood that there would be many newcomers to the forum who may not be familiar with older works and the fact the plot has moved on considerably in the intervening time, so that it is now a much more mature product.

On that basis, unless there are any objections from CatKnight, I hereby nominate The Butterfly Effect: A British AAR by El Pip. Since this AAR was last nominated on 1 April 2007, it has progressed from Chapter 26 to Chapter 100, and resolved a major power war, a US election, the start of the Spanish Civil War and general and widespread analysis of contemporary tank/naval/aircarft engineering advances around the world, covering a game time of some 16 months from mid 1936 to early1938, an admirable feat given the 3 years of real time it has taken to write it. At this rate, Germany should invade Poland some time in 2016 and the war will be over by about 2030.

The Butterfly Effect is a model to budding authors as to how to turn the dullest material into gold, how to generate a loyal core of commentators with regular fan service (tractor porn comes readily to mind) and an eye for historical/technical detail which makes the story educational as well as entertaining.

Congratulations, El Pip. Time for an update, I think.
 

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Congrats El Pip! Started in 2006, this AAR is still going strong. Very well deserved to see a second spotlight some 3 years after the first. Good choice Davout. :)