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Offline Tanaka

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Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2021, 02:46:32 AM »
I've been back and forth about doing my first ever AAR on my first ever WITPAE PBEM game. I LOVE the game and all of the detail but the turns especially as the Japanese take a lot of work. The first turn took me about two weeks and now I am doing 1 turn per day. So after spending so much on a turn per day I can't imagine spending even more time on an AAR. I think it would be really fun to do to document the game but I'm back and forth on the time and commitment. I think it would wear me out. I really admire those that do.

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Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Reply #31 on: September 30, 2021, 09:22:48 AM »
It's creative writing for me. More importantly probably to be part of some (online) community. Also, once upon a time, it was a good way to learn English. I must have written my first AARs some twenty years ago.

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Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Reply #32 on: September 30, 2021, 10:39:39 AM »
 It is sharing with others the 'oh sh**' moments that are normally only experienced by an individual with others. Allowing me to follow games I won't necessarily play or don't have the time for.

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Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Reply #33 on: September 30, 2021, 12:41:17 PM »
It is sharing with others the 'oh sh**' moments that are normally only experienced by an individual with others. Allowing me to follow games I won't necessarily play or don't have the time for.

Mainly this, I rarely do AARs but every now and then I have to jot down a writeup of a nice "Damn!" moment I had while playing a game.  Usually a cool story thread involving struggle and adversity and ultimately failing in hilarious ways.

Also adding to what Karri stated above, it's a nice creative outlet where the story and characters are already plotted out for you.   :dreamer:
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Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2021, 01:32:37 PM »
I've been back and forth about doing my first ever AAR on my first ever WITPAE PBEM game. I LOVE the game and all of the detail but the turns especially as the Japanese take a lot of work. The first turn took me about two weeks and now I am doing 1 turn per day. So after spending so much on a turn per day I can't imagine spending even more time on an AAR. I think it would be really fun to do to document the game but I'm back and forth on the time and commitment. I think it would wear me out. I really admire those that do.

I haven't done this, but I have considered doing a WitP:AE AAR from the perspective of one ship or one commander.  Rather than try to capture everything that is going on, you simply tell the story from the perspective of a unit or person, say the USS Enterprise or even a Japanese DD, or maybe Spruance or a VF squadron commander.

I think that would make for a very compelling narrative.  In fact, I might just have to try this.    :nerd:
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Re: Why do people do AARs?
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Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2021, 03:23:53 PM »
^Holy crap, a sighting...
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Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Reply #37 on: September 30, 2021, 03:57:16 PM »
😂 I saw a WitP bat signal

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Re: Why do people do AARs?
« Reply #38 on: September 30, 2021, 06:16:47 PM »
 ;D

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