Do not let Valuable ASL Time slip by – Walter Branham, Berserk Commissars
Hi Comrades –
I just want to send a little encouragement to those of us waiting for face to face. to begin learning.
in my opinion, playing face to face is the ultimate ASL experience, however there is a lot to be said about VASL online.
First, I believe VASL is a far superior learning tool than face to face.
It provides fast and quick exposure to counter retrieval. easy and fast set up, easy counter movement, easy Hidden Initial Placement (“HIP”), common dice rolls, easy guide to Off Board Artillery, and as a bonus: easy saving/storage of the game. You can sit down and play/learn for a couple hours, save the game and start up later. A lot of the mechanics and important charts are built into VASL.
You avoid the time it takes to travel to the game and the time it takes to set up…….time that can be better used for actually playing the game. In addition, if I piss you off, you can give me the finger and i won’t even know it!
Even when things get back to normal and it is easier to play face to face, and that could be a long time, i still believe VASL to be a great way to increase your ASL skills and abilities. The two most important things to learning ASL is to make time to do it and to play. Every day you delay you let valuable ASL time slip by.
Finally, in response to someones who said, “I want an understanding, sympathetic, and patient opponent for my first game. I have a lot of questions; and your after action reviews raise even more”.
I would just like to say that there are quite a few of us who fit that bill. I would say most of us, some more than others. Personally, it would be a pleasure for me if we can spend some time helping you learn the game and I know others who feel the same way.
I am grateful to the fellows in BC [Berserk Commissars] who were patient with me 12 years ago and still are today.
Of course, you have your own opinions and you must do what makes you most comfortable, but should you change your mind and decide that may be now is the right time to give this a try, feel free to hit me up and we can get started.
Kindest ASL regards,
Walter Branham, Berserk Commissars of Portland. Oregon