Once again, thank you all for the very humbling honor of receiving this award. I am passing it off to a WritAAR who has won several times in the past, but has not been honored with this in some time, and is currently working on a pretty impressive project in CKII.
My nomination goes to @coz1 , for his AAR "The Rightful King" https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/the-rightful-king.972413/
If showcasing good writing is the goal, then we would all do well to take some time to kick back and enjoy what coz1 has put together.
Wow! Literally! This comes as a very unexpected but much appreciated early birthday present (yours truly turns 44 on March 18th.) Thank you very much, RedTemplar!!!
And indeed, I have won before a few times. The first was almost exactly 13 years ago in March of 2004. The last time I got the nod was 8 years ago in 2009. I never believed I would find another one as I never thought I would write another AAR that might be found worthy enough.
However, in October of last year, after some gaming of a particular scenario a few times, I caught onto an idea that quickly germinated into the AAR The Rightful King. In it, I have attempted to take a little known and obscure but real life individual from exile to the throne. That man is Eadgar of Wessex, a true descendant of the House of Wessex. Morcar, the Duke of York has already been singled out as a favorite character by many and I believe several are thinking the same of William the Conqueror. In all, I have had a blast writing the piece and have truly appreciate the following it has gathered.
It has grown rather long by now as I was updating pretty much every day at the beginning and I'm still trying to update every other day or no less than three days so it goes fairly fast. I understand if the length is daunting to some but I would love for anyone new to come by and check it out. Join the very best readers of AARland!
It used to be a tradition in this thread to tell the people about yourself. Many older hands know me well, but some new ones might not. As stated, I will soon be turning 44 and live in Atlanta, Georgia where I was born (after a brief sojourn to Chicago for three years after college.) After many years at a law firm, I changed direction and now work Estate Sales (where I get a nice selection of choice books quite a lot - a true perk!) I am single and basically married to my 8 year old lab/pit mix named Max. It's his house, I just pay the mortgage.
I joined this forum way back in 2002 as I have always loved history and war based games and it was a natural fit after I discovered the original Europa Universalis game in 2001. I got very active in the AAR area in 2004 and finally was invited to join the moderating team which I was proud to do for 5 years. I finally hung up the guns in 2011 and went back to being a private citizen, more or less. I am still vocal, or try to be as that was always my way from the beginning. I learned from the best - the greats, MrT and Lord Durham.
Most of the time these past few years, I have mainly kept at trying to keep our wonderful Guess the Author project alive and we just finished another excellent round (look to later in the year for another.) As I mentioned above, I did not think I would ever get back to being a writer here even though I enjoy it. I just did not have the story. Now that I do, I am afraid you will all have coz1 to kick around for a little while longer. I am very happy to be back and active and I am having more fun on this forum than I have in many years! That is entirely thanks to you good folks for your amazing encouragement, active participation and truly excellent comments.
Thank you again to RedTemplar for the nod and many thanks to those of you that stopped by for the well wishes! I'll be back at the end of the week to pass this on to another worthy writAAR.