Tiring to back at home, I always wanted to pull out something about wargames from the closet and read. It is hard for me to keep concentrated on the reading of indulgence as my wife keeps calling me for something.

I am now into the system of ASLSK, WW2 tactical level wargame beginning in the '80s. I was not rich enough to pay for the hundreds of dollars on Squad Leader and its numerous modules at that time. Thus I paid those some crappy 3W wargames in S&Ts. When the "bible" of Advanced Squad Leader came, I was even more horrified with the amount of details to learn to just play a game.

I played 5 SK games already, including one using ASL map and counters. Now I enjoyed reading the ASLSK2 scenarios. There are Allied and Axis minors coming in. Many actions are featured in the island of Sicily and in the early war of Greece. I am suprised that there is not a single scenario on the eastern front as I believe guns were extensively deployed there. Italian Alpini army, American Parachute and German Fallschirmjager units are the main cast here. A scenario caught my eye especially as it features French Foreign Legion 1st Bataillon in Italy in a chasing breakthrough to the north of Rome, while they vowed "Legion is our homeland!"

Last night before I went to bed, I flipped through my old but yet unread Paper War issue #57 (back in 2005). It has many good articles in it, featuring Age of Napoleon (my top Napoleonic grand strategy game) and a discussion on the ATS series. The excitment about wargaming instantly surges in my brain again.

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Comment by Lewis Goldberg on July 10, 2009 at 10:34am
Lawrence, the euphemism is "it blew me away". What you typed is something naughty ;-)

Is that another in the "Storm over Arnhem" system?
Comment by Lawrence Hung on July 10, 2009 at 10:10am
I played Storm over Stalingrad recently. It blew me off! What a game! The most realistic game on the battle so far at the operational campaign level. Of course, I haven't tried out the Drive on Stalingrad yet. But I am sure SoS utilizes the area-impulse movement combat system so well that playing the game is a blast. Smooth like silk, you only need concentrate on the gameplay and the strategy to win the war. All the combat results, tactical cards apply so naturally to the situation. The see-saw back-and-forth hopping actions by both the Soviets and German are so simulated seamlessly and perfectly. I love this game and give it a "10"!
Comment by Lawrence Hung on May 24, 2009 at 11:37am
Wow...it has been more than a year since I wrote my last "diary"....really forgot that I had such a blog. I played the Simple Great Battles of History scenario Granicus River recently. The sense of fullness and richness of a wargame system is back. I would see if I have time in the coming days to describe more about this kind of feeling dervied from wargaming...if my lack of words could describe it at all.
Comment by Lawrence Hung on March 21, 2008 at 12:37am
We are going to have an Easter vacation. This is the time to play wargames! Eric and I are going to play the Command and Colors: Ancients and Combat Commander: Europe tomorrow. With these games and so many scenarios to choose from, you really enjoy what wargaming is all about in a day or so.
Comment by Tad Ishihara on March 13, 2008 at 10:41pm
I cringe at the amount of money I spent on ASL rule book, core set, historical modules, etc. It is nice to just invest in several ASLSK which are all stand alone games. I feel that was what lured me to the ATS series. You can purchase Arnhem and not have to purchase core sets to simulate that battle. In time I will put my ASL stuff up for sale and stick to ASLSK.
Comment by Lawrence Hung on March 13, 2008 at 5:43am
War of the Rats is a very balanced scenario. I played it once and lost as the German. In the end, the Germans managed to control 2 houses as 3 are required. The terrain in the secnario is largely open ground with wooden buildings, dotted with some orchards. The action is swift. Lots of gunfire exchange and opportunities to fire. To the German advantage, we saw the Soviets finding difficulties to fire because of the LOS blocked by the many buildings. Hack! I still ain't get the chance to detonate that demolition charges (30 Firepower points) on the damned Soviets...!
Comment by Lewis Goldberg on March 12, 2008 at 11:10pm
I send that, Eric. Just played tonight, in fact. Scenario S2 from ASLSK #1.
Comment by Eric Walters on March 12, 2008 at 4:55pm
I think the ASL Starter Kits are incredible--one, they impart the feel of "big" ASL without all the detail, the scenarios are--as a whole--marvelously first rate in terms of interest, detail, balance, and excitement when playing them, and the price can't be beat. Who cares if you never get to the big telephone book called ASL RuleBook Version 2? These games are really a lot of fun.
Comment by Andreas Ludwig on March 12, 2008 at 1:47pm
The excitment about wargaming instantly surges in my brain again. >>

It's a virus.That's why folks can't understand you without being infected first ;-)

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