I was an avid wargamer 30 years ago even though I wasn’t a particularly skilful one. I was an Avalon Hill Game Company fan, and I was into Panzer Blitz, Panzer Leader, Squad Leader (and all the gamettes), Tobruk, Firepower, Wooden Ship and Iron Men and Third Reich. Somewhere in there life took over and my hobby got lost.
30 years later I found myself looking at a copy of Squad Leader on eBay. I found Avalon Hill is no more but Squad Leader and Advanced Squad Leader is very much alive under the stewardship of Multi-Man Publishing and a global core of diehard fans.
I bought that copy of Squad Leader (4th ed). (Ahh .. the counters, the mapboards, the rulebook and the smell of cardboard .. long lost friends ..)
I couldn’t stop there. I decided to wade into the world of Advanced Squad Leader (ASL) as well. This is the best game system in the world but learning it is not easy. This blog is my assembly of the best ASL resources from around the world. I hope my learning experience will help you, my fellow ASL gamers, as well.
Hong Kong Wargamer
GameSquad ID / Discord / VASL: hongkongwargamer
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2018 Apr Worked on a Kickstarter video for “Glory Recalled: Hong Kong 1941”
2018 Mar Apprenticed under Allan Cannamore to learn the fine art of creating VASL counters. Started with CVPA counters for MMP Forgotten War
2018 Mar Recognised as a Proofer for MMP Forgotten War (back of Chapter H)
2017 Dec Started translating for a game in development “Glory Recalled: Hong Kong 1941” (Homeland Studio)
2017 Nov Took a month long Data Visualisation / SQL course. My first break from ASL.
2017 Jul Attended Angkorfest 2017 in Siem Reap
2017 Mar First non playtest CG, Gavutu-Tanambogo with Dan Dolan
2016 Sep Recognised as a Proofer for MMP Yanks2 (back of Chapter H)
2016 Jul Attended Mayhem in Manila
2016 Jun Wrote the Preface to Chinese ASL magazine, Dare Death (issue 3) “What ASL is to me”
2015 Nov Started promoting Mayhem in Manila 2016
2015 Nov Started promoting Deathwish 888
2015 Oct First Cave scenario with Dan Dolan
2015 Sep Cut a couple of videos for the Chicago Counterattack 2015
2015 Jul Started getting into an ASL design project with Witchbottles
2015 Mar Started play testing my first campaign game with Witchbottles
2015 Jan Started promoting Deathwish 777
2014 Dec Visited & cut a video for New York State ASL Championship
2014 Oct Started play testing my first scenario with Stanley Neo & Vlad See
2014 Sep Co-Tourney Director at Gin Drinkers’ Revenge (Hong Kong)
2014 Aug BattleSchool accepted my idea for the Starshell Usage die!
2014 Sep First Seaborne Assault scenario with John Knowles, “A55 The Cat Has Jumped”
2014 Aug Mentioned in the article “Our Man in Hong Kong”, BattleSchool‘s blog
2014 Aug Introduced Advanced Squad Leader to history buffs via “Iacta Alea Est!” on Peter Harmsen’s blog China in WW2
2014 Mar First Night scenario with John Knowles, “A19 Cat and Mouse”
2014 Feb 2nd Runner up at Malaya Madness (Singapore)
2013 Dec First AFV scenario with Witchbottles, “WCW8 The Last VC in Europe”
2013 Oct Got my complimentary “Nationalist Chinese” dice pair from BattleSchool
2013 Aug First PTO scenario with Witchbottles, “AP54 800 Heros”
2013 Jul Helped with the Chinese characters on BattleSchool’s “Nationalist Chinese (aka Dare Death) dice
2013 May Played my first VASL game with Don Lazov “RPT1 Ferenc Jozef Barracks”
2013 May Witnessed my first FtF game “S21 Clash at Borisovka” at Tiger Room.
2013 Apr Joined the ASL Forum in GameSquad
2013 Mar My first post on HongKongWargamer.com
2013 Feb Bought a copy of the “Advanced Squad Leader Rulebook, 2nd ed”
2013 Feb Found and bought back a copy of “Squad Leader”