Let’s say you found this blog because you are looking for more information on Advanced Squad Leader.
Let’s also say instead of looking for rules forums or after action reports (“AARs”), you are trying to decide whether to take the plunge or not.
At some point you must wonder, with a game this sophisticated (and a rulebook this thick), who’s going to play with you?
The second answer to that question is, and this one’s location independent, people around the world. You should know that there’s a (free) computer program that runs on Windows as well as Macs called VASSAL. VASSAL is a platform that allows people to play virtual adaptations of boardgames in real-time over the internet or “asynchronously” via email. This is not a computer game per se. It’s a computer hosted set of maps and counters (plus dice and charts) that facilitates the meeting of opponents around the world.
- AdvancedSquadLeader.net has a section dedicated to VASL or Virtual Advanced Squad Leader. This is where you download VASSAL and VASL, the module (“mod file”) for Advanced Squad Leader.
- This is where you download the maps. The number of maps available might be overwhelming but you will come to appreciate the comprehensiveness of it all. You can really play most scenarios with this setup!
- This is where you download the “extensions“. Extensions are useful widgets that helps with gameplay.
The Homefront Wargame Center gives you terrific instructions to the setup and the usage of VASL. When you get around to trying an “asych” game of Advanced Squad Leader with someone in a different timezone, you should know there are certain protocols to follow – “The Joys of VASL PBEM” by Matt Romey.
So there is absolutely no reason to worry about finding opponents. VASSAL and VASL open the world to you!
I hope this helps you and I look forward to any comments/questions.
- Key to the Advanced Squad Leader Modules Before You Buy Any (hongkongwargamer.com)
- Which Advanced Squad Leader Module Is Which And Which To Get Before Which (hongkongwargamer.com)
- Why Do I Love Advanced Squad Leader? (hongkongwargamer.com)