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1985
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2
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Best with 2 players
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14 and up
Playing Time
180 − 12000 minutes
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16 and up
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Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Advanced Squad Leader
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Advanced Squad Leader is the completely reorganized and re-designed version of the original Squad Leader system. While ASL is "advanced," it actually is a simpler game than the original Squad Leader became after the three follow-on gamettes. This three-ring binder is the basic rules for the entire system, and provides the ultimate combination of playability and detail. Full-color charts and beautiful pictures make this the most readable of rulebooks - and includes a full-service index as well for quick reference.

And ASL is more than "squads" - the system includes the rules for everything from machine guns to bazookas, tanks and ordnance weapons, paratrooper drops, glider landings and beach assaults. And much more. This set of rules is constantly kept up to date by expansions included with the modules.

ASL goals are scenario-defined, and vary from tasks such as exiting troops off of one edge of the board, to inflicting a certain number of casualty points on the opposing force, to capturing a certain number of goal buildings or areas.

This is just the rulebook. To start playing the game the newcomer must get, at least, the Beyond Valor: ASL Module 1. There are a great many ASL Modules available. "Core Modules" provide additional rules, units from different nationalities, and additional geomorphic mapboards. "Historical Modules" provide campaign games simulating multi-day battles using actual historical maps rather than geomorphic mapboards, including additional rules, counters, and paper maps. Many modules have dependencies on earlier modules.

Rulebook contents:

  • Introduction
  • Chapters A, B, C, D, H (Design Your Own, German & Russian vehicule notes only), J [1st edition]
  • Chapters A, B, C, D, E, H (Design Your Own, German & Russian vehicule notes only), J, K [2nd edition]
  • Index & Glossary


1st edition additional changes/chapters:


Core module list, in chronological order of original release:


"Historical ASL" module list, in chronological order of original release:

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More Information Edit | History

Expanded by:

Sequels and Spin Offs

Components Lists:


Online Play

  • Advanced squad leader.net

(If you are looking for an online opponent for any level of ASL/ASLSK, you can post a message in the Guild forums. Joining the Guild is free, and if you subscribe to the Guild you'll receive a notification whenever someone posts there.)

  • Vassal
  • WW2T (World War 2 Tactics), 2015, 100% rule compatible to ASL (for PC,Mac,Linux)

ASL is developed as a real-time computer game version under the name Close Combat (published by Microsoft, Strategic Simulations Inc. and Matrix Games).


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Classification details

Scope

  • Level - Tactical
  • Location - varies by scenario
  • Timeline - World War II

Game length

  • 1 Turn = 2 minutes
  • Scenarios - varied amount of Turns

Map

  • Hexmap
  • Map style - Historical
  • Battle area - scenario specific, small battlefield parts
  • Construction - Mounted maps
  • Table area (8" x 22" per geomorphic map section + place for reference sheets and counters)

Counters

  • Unit size range - Squads, Fireteams and individual Leaders
  • Counter size - 1/2" (5/8" for vehicles and ordnance)

Rules

  • Rules length - Heavy (300+ pages)
  • Rules complexity - Heavy
  • Combat resolution system - opposing rolls with modifiers, varies
  • Programmed-instructions for learning - Yes
  • Team-play per side - Yes
  • Solitaire suitability - medium
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Artist: Charles Kibler, Rodger B. MacGowan
Year: 1985
Product Code: 870
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