As the title says, what makes a good battle report?
I write battle reports all the time for my games and games I have at my club or with family at home, but are they good battle reports?
What do you consider a good battle report?
What does it need to contain to make it interesting and enjoyable to read, is it tons of facts and figures or is it a blow-by-blow account of the turns or a basic overview of each turn?
Does it need loads and loads of photos?
I have seen many battle reports on forums and Facebook groups that maybe get one or two reply posts saying “that was great” or “that seemed like a good game” etc. etc. but then I see loads that have no comments at all ( including some battle reports of mine ) these reports often have hundreds of views, so what is going wrong?
Are battle reports wanted any more or are people wasting their time writing them?
I enjoy reading battle reports done by Bloggers and most are enjoyable to read, and normally have some pictures to show the action, they don’t need to be written by a novelist to be enjoyable so I am confused as to what the gaming community wants from a battle report.
My thoughts on how I go about writing a battle report:
I try to make the battle report easy to follow with clear language, with a clear outline of objectives etc…
I am not a novelist but I try to make the report engaging / interesting.
I try to be as accurate as possible to what actually happened during the game.
I try and give some mention of strategies and tactics from possibly both sides ( I play a lot of games solo so that is sometimes easy to do )
I like to add photos or images of the game table and models, also some photos of the action during the turns.
I try to add narrative elements to the battle report and I also try and add a little humour as well.
I always try and do an outcome / analysis, if sometimes only briefly.
Well not a lot there that is unique or world shattering and most have probably been thought of before by many bloggers when writing their battle reports, but it is what I try and do each time I write a battle report.
So what am I missing or doing wrong?
What makes a wargaming battle report great?