Grenadier 2016

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This year November saw my first participating in the German ASL tournament. I met a lot of friendly gamers from all over Europe, got to play as much as 8 face to face games, and learned a few more tricks on how to use these complex rules in specific situations. All together I found it a stimulating experience that I definitely want to renew next year at Grenadier 2017. I can highly recommend this event. Thank you to Michael for his excellent organisation.

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DEVIL’S HILL [T10]

Again here I present you a game from the ongoing themed MARKET – GARDEN campaign that Uffe and I have been playing for a while. The unit I am playing tonight is A Company 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment / 82nd Airborne. DEVILL’S HILL is set near Nijmegen, Holland, 19 September 1944 on the third day of the Allied operation. The ROAR – the automated record of played ASL games – shows 30 German to 18 American wins. So I reccon this will be a tough one for the paratroopers.

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Travel the PTO

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Lately Daniel and I are playing the scenario ASL 66 THE BUSCHMASTERS. I get to play the Japanese wich provides my with a completely new ASL experience. The picture above shows a single surrouded Japanese elite squad fending off many times its numbers for several turns. They even ambushed and killed a US 6-6-6 squad that was bold enough to rush into hand-to-hand combat.

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COSTLY BAPTISM [BFP-107]

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Poland in Flames (or PiF) by Bounding Fire Productions has arrived in my arsenal with a full complement of Polish counters, 8 excellent mapboards, an excellent booklet, and much more. Some may think it unnessecary to have all those counters included, but for the ASL gamer who didn’t have the chance to obtain all those out of print core modules it is most delightful. I shall look foreward to more such products: please do the French next!

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Defending Elst

ASLSK lends itself well to solo games as one does not have to consider concealment. There is HIP setup for emplaced guns of course, so this one needs to use with discretion. Before going for a solo game I will try an evaluation of the situation and of the terrain. This will allow me to draft credible operational plans for both opposing sides.

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German HQ in Arnhem (source)

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Restarting ASL

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In the mid 1980’s I first made aquaintance with the Squad Leader system. I liked it and consequently also bought Iron Cross and Crucible of Steel. Unfortunately in those days I couldn’t find anyone else interested playing. Most of my wargaming friends disliked the complexity of the rules. Playing mostly solo I felt quite limited enjoyment. When the 1st Edition Advanced Squad Leader rules where published I fetched a copy, but finally lost interest and ASL sank into oblivion.

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EASY’S BRIDGE [SP104]

One of the scenarios we play in an ongoing themed MARKET – GARDEN campaign is about a feat that was accomplished by E Company 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The taking of the bridge over the Maas river near Grave in September 17 on the first day of the airlanding. As I write this down we have played 4 full turns of the 8½ turns total and the outcome is still uncertain…

   

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