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ASL?

Postby Passer by » Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:52 pm

Looks like Starter kit 1 is back in production. Tempted to get it.

Full blown ASL scares me a bit but the starter kits look more manageable.
I know comparing miniatures and board games isn't always a straight comparison but in terms of complexity, where would you rate the starter kits compared to something like Face of Battle?
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Re: ASL?

Postby molson » Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:49 am

My copy just arrived this Monday. I've been looking to get back into ASL/SL for years, just something new and shiny always seemed to get in the way. The components look as good as you would expect from MMP. First thing was to read the rule book and I have to to say that it is really laid out well and explains the interplay between the phases quite well. Just clipping the counter corners now and hoping to get stuck in tomorrow. Hard to believe it's been 10 years for the first release.
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Re: ASL?

Postby Duff » Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:03 am

What's ASL? :oops:
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Re: ASL?

Postby Passer by » Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:26 am

Duff wrote:What's ASL? :oops:


Advanced Squad Leader. Sorry :)
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Re: ASL?

Postby Levied Troop » Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:44 am

Advanced Squad Leader - tactical world war 2 boardgame.

I always found the rules too complex for my taste and the idea of moving cardboard counters at a tactical level seemed silly, why not convert to 15-20mm figure game? But the scenarios were excellent and did get used in a lot of our 20mm games.
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Re: ASL?

Postby Hastati » Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:13 pm

I played ASL once a week until 1990 (I started out with SL in 1978 when I was 12, got it for a birthday present). It's all still sitting in my basement having traveled from California, to Washington DC, to Germany, and now to Belgium. It is a truly great game, but it's pretty much a lifestyle to get to the point where you can play any scenario. I decided to focus on miniatures instead.

The starter kits are very manageable, but very limited as a result. The game only comes alive when you can play a decent sized scenario with all the bells and whistles.
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Re: ASL?

Postby DemonEtrigan » Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:34 pm

I found ASL much to complicated but the collection of SL, Cross of Iron, Crescendo and Anvil of Victory is one of the finest set of WWII boardgames ever.
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Re: ASL?

Postby kawasaki » Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:51 pm

Download Steel Panthers WWII for your PC free here

http://www.shrapnelgames.com/Camo_Works ... _page.html (scroll down, download link's on the right)

and save yourself the expense and the headaches :wink:
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Re: ASL?

Postby DemonEtrigan » Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:07 pm

kawasaki wrote:Download Steel Panthers WWII for your PC free here

http://www.shrapnelgames.com/Camo_Works ... _page.html (scroll down, download link's on the right)

and save yourself the expense and the headaches :wink:


Steel Panthers - what a great game :)
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Re: ASL?

Postby molson » Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:37 pm

kawasaki wrote:Download Steel Panthers WWII for your PC free here

http://www.shrapnelgames.com/Camo_Works ... _page.html (scroll down, download link's on the right)

and save yourself the expense and the headaches :wink:


I believe John Hill originally designed Squad Leader as a miniatures ruleset. And I've seen 15 mm games done with those rules at conventions.

While the rules are a bit if a slog to get through, the gameplay is pretty smooth, using the same process for each phase every turn. Even sticky bits like CC, LOS and routing become second nature after a bit. The thing I still struggle with is the OBA but the new flow chart really helps.
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