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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.A Scotsman In Egypt by Jerusalem
Synopsis: A Let's Play done by Jerusalem that tells the epic story of two drunken Scottish princes who decided to crown themselves kings of Egypt and, in doing so, set the stage to change the history of the world.
Comments: "Epic" doesn't even begin to describe this story. A masterfully-woven tale of massive battles, international intrigue, and Scottish stubbornness that follows the Canmore clan as they claw their way both through the desert and across England, battling rival powers and invading foreign armies one by one to forge the greatest empire in history. Reads less like a Let's Play and more like an epic historical novel with screenshots.
Seconded by Weird Smells: It's material like this that makes me want to write a screenplay incredibly offensive to egyptians.
Thirded by Mr ZAP. An awesome read that inspired me to try to emulate it with my own Scottish campaign. You will love it. ELEPHAAAAAANTS!
"Synopsis": An AAR that follows the journey of a Byzantine/Basileia ton Romaion prince, Skantarios, as he tries to rebuild the Byzantine empire from the cesspit of centuries of chaos and corruption.
"Comments": The man had picked a difficult position to start himself out in: the Byzantine Empire, surrounded by enemies, many, many, many times more powerful than it could ever deal with, and then with time turn the table and crush them, many, many, many times over, including a full-scale Jihad (which you all know is a Gamebreaker on the player's side and Demonic Spider on the AI's on higher difficulty settings). A talented writer and an absurdly skillful TW player together creates this marvelous tale that reads like a Greek epic.
Seconded by Liquid Uranium: One of the most detailed and well-written works I've ever read. The author devotes an incredible amount of attention to detail, providing screenshots to document the story as it progresses. The amount of skill shown by the author is equally impressive, as he manages to achieve victory despite overwhelming odds. Be warned, though - at a full 35 pages of forum posts, it's not a quick read.
Synopsis: A narrative, text-focused AAR following the Sweboz tribe as they try to unify the peoples of ancient Germania into a single nation.
Comments: This fic is still a work in progress, currently weighing in about ten or eleven updates, but this troper thinks it's already one of the best works they have at twcenter. As far as AAR's go, it's rare to see them written this way - with characters, dialogue, and scenes - but this fic seems to prove that the approach can work if done correctly. Not as many pictures as most AAR's, so those with short attention-spans beware!
Synopsis: Plot and picture heavy HSR about the Mughal Empire in ETW, taken from the diaries of a Persian scholar and latter an Italian noble.
Comments: A finished and polished HSR. The second narrator who writes the last few chapters is an absolutely hilarious Unreliable Narrator. Maybe the best at Total War Heaven, and Afty has also written a couple of other HS Rs that are nearly as good. Really quite intriguing and deals with the least used major faction. Heavy on both pictures and narrative. Took a while to finish but perfect for an Archive Binge.
Synopsis: A Scottish AAR with a goal of non-interference as we see the AI factions take each other on, and eventually transitions to a more "proactive" approach.
Comments: A fascinating alternate history; we get to watch the rise and fall of the Poles, Mongols, Venetians, Spanish, Hungarians, and, ultimately, the Papal States, as the Old World is thrown into turmoil. The first half, when the player mostly just watches the action from the British Isles, reads like a history, while the second part is a long military campaign focused on stopping the Pope from conquering the world. The military campaign is extremely in-depth, with strategies planned out far in advance and carried out with careful precision. It is an AAR, so don't expect a lot of focus on characters or plot so much as a general history of Europe.
Synopsis: An epic-length narrative AAR following the trials and tribulations of the Takeda clan as the famed Tiger of Kai and his siblings seek to both defend their lands and bring peace to all Japan...along with the price paid.
Comments: It's a well-conceived and rather plausible alternate history showing how Japan would have turned out had the Takeda, rather than the trio of Oda, Toyotomi and Tokugawa emerged as the dominant force that would eventually bring the Sengoku Jidai to an end once and for all. In addition, the author went through the trouble of seamlessly including other historical figures like Hattori Hanzo becoming a (ninja) vassal of the Takeda and seemingly random events all while developing various characters that keep in line more or less with what their personalities were in real-life history.