The Advanced Squad Leader Rulebook 2nd edition (“ASLRB”) is finally in print again!
I got mine from a tiny store in Mongkok two months ago. The Advanced Squad Leader Rulebook is massive: it’s a big box-file full of instructions to the best simulation in the history of board wargaming.
I have been working hard at learning it. The punch holes in some of the pages are already showing tear.
To protect my ASL bible, I have two options:
- Plastic punch hole ring reinforcement stickers
- Plastic page protectors
Plastic punch hole ring reinforcement stickers
Unfortunately, the punch holes on the pages are too big. I can’t find ring stickers that are the proper size.
Plastic page protectors
This is the pricier option but this is what I ended up doing. Not only are the holes protected from frequent reference, entire pages are now protected from food stains and beer spills!
Since each page is thicker with the plastic page protectors, I split the rulebook into two box-files. (I found a problem: I couldn’t get the holes in the plastic page protectors to work with the 3 rings in the original Advanced Squad Leader Rulebook binder.)
There are less than 250 pages in the rulebook – the standard set of rulebook sections plus sections F, G, Solitaire and a couple of Zs from ASL Journals. I bought 5 packs of A4-s size Kokuyo”Clear Book” refills that has 50 plastic page protectors each and I got two double ring box files. I put sections A to E in one box file and the rest in the second one.
Now I feel a lot more comfortable flipping through the protected pages in the less congested box-files!
To make the box-files look more authoritative, I scanned the Rulebook cover and spine. I want to get the images printed on A4 size stickers and put them on the front and spine of my box-files. They will look pretty nice when I’m done.
What do you do to protect your Advanced Squad Leader Rulebook?