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After Action Reports vs Let’s Plays

January 15, 2012

I’ve been thinking about the term “Let’s Play” and the term “After Action Report”. I had considered them interchangeable, but I’ve decided there is a difference, and it’s in how the story is delivered. AARs are usually posted on a web page as a story without comment from the audience. Let’s Plays, on the other hand, are usually written up on a forum and often include a lot of reader interaction with the author.

With this handy and sensible definition I’m going to start using the terms on this blog with this distinction in mind.

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  1. January 16, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I’d been wondering much the same thing myself. What helped clear it up for me, actually, was Angie’s thread on Matches & Matrimony — since it’s ongoing, the term “after-action report” didn’t really seem to apply. Perhaps AARs are written in the past tense and LPs in the present tense?

    Incidentally, what is the plural of “Let’s Play”?

    • January 16, 2012 at 2:56 am

      “Let’s Plays”, duh! 😉

    • January 16, 2012 at 2:57 am

      And good point, past/present tense is also a qualifier.

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