This report space was first occupied on April 18, 2001. For the next several weeks BR.com readers were enthralled by the developing narrative of a small unit action between the Wehrmacht and the US Army in Western Europe c. December 1944. At the time, the author, funnymarx, was rightly hailed as a genius innovator for his concept of a report updated in real time to the flow of a turn-based game. Such genius was however unable to overcome certain technical difficulties
, and neither the game nor the report were ever finished.
For the longest time it seemed as if the unfinished report would remain thus forever, a silent testament to the dangers of journalistic hubris. "Last commenters", having abandoned
all hope of an ending, left increasingly infrequent comments, like the droppings of carrion birds around a long decayed corpse.
The scavengers were not to have their way. Like some digital phoenix, a new report would rise from the unfinished masterpiece.
March, 2005: Real Time Battlereporting Redux
: Ost Front!
For historical purposes, we have painstakingly preserved the original report in all its unfinished glory.