Gents, Witchbottles made his set of “Point Blank!” available!
In here, you will find gems like :
- ASL rules for Vietnam
- Discussions on the “reverse slope defense” in Red Barricades
- Indepth study of the Waffen SS
- A look at Edson’s Ridge (Operation Watchtower)
- Attacking on a Timeline: Planning an Assault
- A SASL CG involving “Tiger Ace” Otto Carius
- A review of the excellent (and free) Provence Pack
- Defending at Night
- Scenario Analysis & AARs
.. and obviously much much more!!
Get the set here : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kuvhe53eqjxn1ua/AADjM4622xPieSCzcBRW5zTaa?dl=0
Jon H, aka “witchbottles”, the editor for the top notched Advanced Squad Leader newsletter “Point Blank!” gave me the following advice when I first join the GameSquad forums.
It’s only after a month later when I realize the true value of his words. I went back to him and he gratefully gave me the permission to repost what he told me for the benefit of all.
So here we go …
The Best advice garnered from many an ASL’r much better than I:
- Read the rules, pick one chapter every month and read front to back, including footnotes. (Credited to Carl Noguiera)
- Follow the time-honored “programmed instruction” (“Eight steps to ASL – A programmed instruction approach”, The General, v30n1) Basic infantry; MGs and SW; terrain variations; guns and mortars; Vehicles and AFVs; Climate changes; Air support; then paras and gliders; night ; then PTO; finally DTO . The system was designed by Jim Stahler, and it works! (Jim Stahler – remember that German 9-2 counter?)
- Read EVERYTHING you can get your hands on about ASL:
- Use ROAR to understand play balance; use the ASL Scenario Archive advanced search routines to find scenarios to fall into the above mentioned order of learning.
- It will go quick if you used to play Squad Leader. Big changes are in the vehicles, Guns, and defensive fire and support weapon mechanics. Walking in with Squad Leader – GI Anvil of Victory you have about 10% learned. ( the rest will be no longer used).
- Play, play, and oh yeah …. PLAY. the more the merrier, and the most diff opponents you can find! (Credited to Gary “Fort” Fortenberry and many, many others!)
KRL, Jon H
How about coming home everyday to 30 mins of PBeM game over VASL?
Whether you are a fellow newbie who would like to learn together or an experienced ASL’r who don’t mind helping me up the curve – please message me at jackson-dot-kwan-at-gmail-dot-com. I play to enjoy and to learn!!