About Me

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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.

Warm regards,
Jack
2013

“Our Man in Hong Kong” – Sitrep The Newsletter for BattleSchool

“What ASL is to me” – Dare Death issue 3

“Iacta Alea Est!” – China in WW2

GameSquad ID / Skype / VASL: hongkongwargamer

Need anything?  Please contact me at hongkongwargamer at speedpost dot net!

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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

2016 Jul Attended Mayhem in Manila

2016 Jun Wrote the Preface to Chinese ASL magazine, Dare Death (issue 3)

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
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11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Greetings, I too have been playing board war games since about 1976, I started with the classics (AH) and then worked through some SPI titles but fell in love with SL, in 1986 I switched to ASL and have been playing it ever since. You’re blog has inspired me to get off my rump and start (slowly) working on my wordpress blog. Cheers and thanks! If you need any good ASL or VASL links let me know.

    Don

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  2. Don! Thanks for coming by!! I look forward to your new blog.

    My first game was The Russian Campaign, now that I think about it. Games were seriously expensive for a kid back then (and still is) primarily because of postage. I hung around some of my friends’ places a lot to play their copies. To get my hands on a copy of The General was a HUGE thing, I pored over every word, every ad!

    I referenced your latest VASL-Boards-Extensins link in my “Resources” page. Your work really made putting together a VASL setup MUCH easier. Yes, if you see any errors or have good ASL links please let me know. Rest assured I will keep my eyes peeled over your blog. Thanks so much!

    Jack

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  3. Jackson,

    Thanks for the kind words. I found a few missing extensions and boards and I’ll be updating that GitHub site in next few days.

    My first few games were Afrika Korps, Battle of the Bulge, Stalingrad and D-Day. Shortly after I got Waterloo, The Russian Campaign and Third Reich, during that summer I was mowing yards like mad and picked up a few SPI games (back then they were like 5 or 10 dollars each) and then I got PanzerBlitz and PanzerLeader, and then Tobruk. When I saw Squad Leader in the store for like 12.50 I had to mow two lawns to get it, lol.

    Anyway, thanks again.

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  4. My first one was the “坦克大戰 (Tank Battle – not sure if it is the right translation)”, and then the Chinese version of Russian Campaign. I recently begin to learn the rules of Panzer Grenadier. It appears that I need to think about ASL as well

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  5. I remember 坦克大戰 although I never played it. I certainly played the Russian Campaign though!! Advanced Squad Leader is absolutely fantastic and the scope is amazing. Gotta at least take a look and see for yourself. I think there are some ASL starter kits presently available locally at wargames.com.hk if you like.

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  6. Cheers Jackson.
    Nice site
    My first “hex and cardboard counters” wargame(s) were Stalingrad and Afrika Korps purchased, in of all places, Macy’s Department store, NYC in 1964.
    I never could find an opponent, my age being 12, so read history books and played the games solitaire. I drifted away from gaming in my late teens and twenties to life’s other pleasures. One day in 1977 ,I found in my mailbox, a magazine “All Star Replay” a sports game journal from Avalon Hill. Funny, as I never played ‘sports’ board games. However, in the back of said mag, was an advertisement which did catch my eye. “Squad Leader” (purple box version). I recalled the enjoyable times spent with my previous wargames and promptly mailed a check to Avalon Hill. The “heyday” of my board wargaming started with that payment.

    I became immersed in the hobby, getting my hands on other titles by AH, GDW, Battleline, SPI, etc. Located a nearby club in the “opponents wanted” section of “The General”. We had a GRAND time gaming into the wee hours of Saturday morning and attending the Origins conventions. Playing lots of ‘Squad Leader” and other WWII titles. Alas, all good things eventually come to and end. Our group started drifting to StarFleet battles, Battle Tech, computer games and others (not my cup of tea). Amid these changes… marriages, divorces, children, career changes, and relocations took their toll on our group too. I started playing computer games more often, as they were just too convenient. I left board gaming completely just as ASL was starting to take off.

    Now that I am retired, starting to get back into board games, and ASL (If I can get my 60+ graymatter around all them rules). Your site certainly helps. Maybe PBEM some ASL sometime.

    Regards
    Jack

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    • Hey Jack!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experience! I guess we all got distracted at some point, dove headfirst into life and experienced its ups and downs. These experiences help us truly realize what the best things in life are. I know that’s when I got back into SQL/ASL.

      It’s never too late I guess!! I am glad to be able to contribute a little the ASL community and I’d love to do a bit of PBeM with you sometime.

      Take good care

      Warm regards,
      Jack

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  7. Jackson, I have just read your article on the Singapore tournament in View from the Trenches and was thoroughly inspired. I have been playing AH products since the late 1980s when I was also introduced to ASL. It’s only recent though that I have become a more serious student of the game. Your article has encouraged me to work harder. I am also reading your BLOG.

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    • Jim, thanks for taking the time to write! I am glad to hear the article did something for you. Learning ASL is a lifetime journey and so is playing ASL and all the brothers you meet along the way.

      Sorry about the short reply but I am on a trip in Jakarta at a moment and is typing this out on my phone.

      Keep in touch!

      Warm regards
      Jack

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  8. G’day Jackson,

    Nice site mate. I’m new to ASL and the exciting world it holds. I have the ASLSK1, but now I’m looking to getting into ASL proper; although, I can’t find a copy of Beyond Valour anywhere. I have read on the MMP site blog that it should be back in stock soon (FYI).

    All the best mate and please keep up the great work!

    Cheers,

    Sean (an Australian in France).

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    • This is very kind of you Sean, I appreciate you stopping by – and welcome to ASL. Since you are in France you have much better access to a number of ASL tournaments. Not that you must compete but ASL is best lesrned playing other people.

      And yes – Beyond Valor is about to be in print again, so don’t go picking one up from eBay! Yanks2 is on preorder at the moment (FYI).

      Take good care and thanks for leaving a message!!

      Warm regards
      Jack

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