ASLOK is only 3 weeks away. I can’t wait to see all my friends including Nadir who is coming in from California. Hopefully we will get a game in and maybe even take a break from ASL and try out Operation Mercury. I will be bringing Game of Thrones Board Game again, mostly to ruin Andy Beaton’s Saturday night once more. I will be bringing lots of goodies at discounted prices. I hope to see all of you there!
New from Chris are the British God Save The King (16mm) and Belgium (16mm). Don’t forget the recently released Hungarian and Romanian dice sets as well.
Luanne just informed me that MMP has officially sold out of Festung Budapest. The last printing was a partial print to make use of all the extras that were left over from the first run. We do have a few copies left in stock in case you still haven’t gotten yours. This is probably your last chance to ever get your hands on this gem before it hits Extortion-Bay at $400 again.
ASL Starter Kit Expansion Pack #1:
The very popular expansion pack #1 is out of stock again both with us and at MMP. Hopefully they will reprint it again soon.
This is just a reminder that you get a free t-shirt with any order over $150 (pre-orders excluded). The purpose of this giveaway is to encourage you to combine several smaller orders into one bigger order thus saving me shipping costs. In return, you get a wonderful t-shirt that will drive the ladies mad with desire. To get a free t-shirt, click on this link and scroll to the bottom of the page and chose your size.
Ammo box Map Cases
I hope to have a couple of ammo boxes with me for sale at ASLOK for $140.
one Canuck Publishing just announced the release of Battle for the Hedgerows: The Drive for St. Lo. This is a complete campaign game map, CG rules, and 5 scenarios for a low price of just $27.00 There are few ASL comp products that offer as much value as LCP’s CG’s.
(1 copy left, as far as I know, these are OOP from LFT). Box has some damage in shipment from Cambodia to us.
Dunkirk – 1 Star
First let me start by saying that I was expecting very little after seeing the trailer but then was expecting a lot after seeing the great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Boy was I disappointed.
Although the footage of the Spits were quite beautiful, after watching the air to air combat scenes which felt more like a training video for a flight simulator game app for my iphone, I realized even I could have been a fighter ace if the German pilots were this stupid and without skill. The films character development was non-existent. I knew as much about the characters in the first five minutes as I did when I was (happily) exiting the theatre. One good thing was there was no love story. For that, they would have needed some dialogue. At one point, one of the soldiers threatened to shoot one of his one men for not talking enough (no joke). The beach scenes went from crowds of 10,000 soldiers to 5 soldiers and then back again. And then there was the ‘hero’ of Dunkirk. Singlehandedly, this young boy got on a boat, hit his head, died, and ,,, well that’s it. Next he is in his local paper as the hero of Dunkirk. WTF? am I missing something? I must have gone to get a refill on my $11 bag of popcorn when he beat back a great white shark attack with his Swiss Army knife. I saw a total of one colonial French soldier which may not seem like a lot until you realize that he alone could have defended against the two German soldiers that made a 4 second appearance at the very end of the movie. The director made it clear that 400,000 allied soldiers were running from 2 German soldiers with Mausers, 2 Heinkel 111’s, 5 Stukas, 4 Me-109’s, and a torpedo.
*I am not a student of the arts, I am a mechanic, so please consider that I don’t really know what I am talking about.
Bounding Fire Production’s Magnus Opus of the PTO featuring 47 scenarios, 4 countersheets, 3 maboards and so much more.
Crucible of Steel
The Greatest tank and aircraft battle in the history of mankind is represented in this giant pack. 32 scenarios depicting combined arms actions across the wheat fields and towns leading the path to hell that was Kursk. This monster pack includes
This allows you to have up to 512 separate locations per Handybox to store your counters.
I have all of my official and TPP ASL counters easily stored in 4 Handyboxes. but I have my counters micro-sorted. It is possible to fit your counters in 2 Handyboxes with ease. I used my Brother Label Maker to label all of the compartments so I can easily find the counter I am looking for. Because the trays come out on the Assorter box, I can lay the ones I need beside the game board without a lot of clutter or constantly pulling out a big Plano box to get the commonly used counters.
Starter Kit Bonus Pack #1
A small pack containing one board (P) and 4 scenarios.
I just heard from Sam Tyson of Bounding Fire Productions and Crucible of Steel and Blood and Jungle should be shipping this week. Unfortunately, they will come off of the special pre-order price as soon as they arrive here as my pre-order quantity will be locked in. So this is your last chance to get big savings.
Lone Canuck Publishing
There was a mistake in communication and we have still not received the new scenario pack from our friends in Canada but George assures me that it is in transit and should be here any moment. My sincerest apologies to those of you that have already purchased it from me and are patiently waiting for it to arrive.
March Madness 2017
Often I have looked around the convention room and thought quietly to myself, these are possibly the most refined minds in the art of strategy and tactics on the planet. I wonder what would happen if these masters of cardboard were put to the test in the real world of combat. Barking orders and studying maps. Well MM2017 pack has a what if scenario with it’s own map depicting an attack on an ASL convention center by elite SS squads. The defenders of the hotel consist of Partisans and a whole lot of dummies. I can’t wait to play this one. It would be neat to see a scenario with matching maps from all the major tournaments.
Heat of Battle Restock – Steve from HOB just sent me a large order to replenish my dwindling stock. Included are some near OOP packs that he was kind enough to send me his last copies. The items marked in bold font are of the final few copies in existence. Get yours before they are gone forever.
For the second year in a row, Phil Palmer took first place at the Bitter Ender ASL Tournament beating Ken Mioduski in an all-Maryland final. Ed Fritz Jr., Mika Harviala, and Tom Kearney all won mini titles and Ed Fritz Sr. deservedly took home the Tim Brieaddy Sportsmanship Award.
Some of my all time favorite experiences in ASL have been among the hedgerows of Normandy. After all you have the Big Red One, 5 separate SS Panzer divisions, Panzer Lehr, US and British Airborne, 29th Infantry, etc. Although a little intimidated at first, I found that the bocage rules are actually quite simple and when used to their full potential, they hold many tricks and advantages to both the attacker and the defender. In this video I will try to cover some of the rules and nuances of bocage in order of phase that will help you breakout of the Norman countryside or push the invaders back into the sea.
AAR for ‘Where the Iron Crosses Grow Team Tournament 2017’
The Somme, Stalingrad, Okinawa, Kernersville. These place names bring fear to the bravest of warriors. This year we had another 16 of the finest and nicest ASL players converge in the heart of the Triad NC to face off in four days of bloodshed and burning steel.
New to the group were Jeremy Busby, Mike Rickman and John Dober. John has been a long time friend from ASLOK but this was my first time meeting Jeremy and Mike. I cannot stress with more sincerity that all three were a perfect fit for the fun friendly spirit that this tourney tries to convey. I look forward to seeing them again next year or sooner.
The teams were drafted by captains who were awarded the honor for no other reason than being the first to arrive. Hayes Wauford got first pick followed by Kevin Conley, followed by myself. We tried to pick players to our teams that we have regular opportunity to play so that we could play new people on the opposing teams. Scoring is calculated with a +1 for a win and a -1 for a loss. The team with the highest + is the champion. The two players with the highest individual + play in a championship game. Team ‘Ken’s Mom’ took an early lead and never looked back holding on for the win with a +9. John finished with a 4-0 record and I finished with a 5-0 record so we faced each other on Sunday for the individual championship game. Here are the team names, players and final +/- standings.
Conscripts: -3. Hayes Wauford (-2), Mike Rickman (-1), Mika Harvalla (0). Sandy O’Neil (0).
Col. Klink: -6. Kevin Conley (-1), Dave Stephens (-1), Ken Knott (-3), Jeremy Busby (-1).
Ken’s Mom: +9. Derek Ritter (+6), John Dober (+3), Tim Brieddy (+2), Ray Woloszyn (0), Jeff Jordan (-2).
The wood shop is up and running again after almost a year of down time. The first item out is a variant of the PzVG with improvements including a lighter weight and slightly smaller footprint. The wood is solid African Padauk with charcoal or black micro suede surface. There is space for 12 x Raaco A75/A78 trays so you can have informationals handy while you play. I am making 6 pieces total in this run. Shipping to the ConUs is included in the price.
‘Where the Iron Crosses Grow’ team tournament is only a week away. This year we will be doing Gold on Black t-shirts. They will be available at the special price of $10 at the tournament or $15 to shipped to you (2X $18). Order by clicking on size.
I have created the Group ‘Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit’ on Facebook for those of you that want your own arena to post and ask questions in a strictly SK forum. It is an open group so you don’t have to join to read the posts, but we would be happy if you did. Please copy and paste the link below or click on the image below.
Making Labels for my counter storage containers:
Below is a short video on the process I use to label my counters. The label maker in the video is a Brother PT-2730. You can use other label makers but I suggest that you get one that can be edited on your pc so you can insert nifty images.
Battledice- Some of the common questions I frequently receive in regards to the Battle Dice (please note that the answers are based on observations of my own experience as a user of the BattleSchool dice):
Q – Are BattleSchool Dice truly precision Dice?
A – Yes and No. While no dice including backgammon dice are infinitely precise, the Battledice are much more precise than the stock dice that are supplied with the core ASL modules for two reasons. 1. The Battledice blanks are produced at he same factory and to the same specs as backgammon dice. 2. The pips in non precision dice are drilled out without being filled in with equally dense material. Because of this, the ‘one’ surface will be heavier than the ‘six’ surface as the six surface has 6 times more material removed from it. If true precision is your desire, please check out the backgammon dice that we carry as well.
Q – Why are they so expensive?
A – This is a matter of perspective. Although it seems like $10 a die is an exorbitant amount to pay for a little square piece of plastic, in comparison to backgammon dice, they are very reasonably priced. True backgammon dice run from $20 to $35 a pair. The Battleschool dice, which are backgammon dice to begin with, then custom made in small batches with great WW2 themes, are around the $20 mark for a pair.
Q – Are they necessary to play the game?
A – No. While none of the dice are truly needed to play, they do heighten the enjoyment for myself and others. If I had to pick one set that was the most useful I would say the Dust Devils, hands down.
Q – Why do people collect them?
A – I can only speak for myself but I will say this this; When someone asks me if I need Polish dice to play a Polish scenario, I say ‘no, but then again I don’t need a new action pack filled with 8 more scenarios to add to the 5,400 scenarios that I have yet to play either, but no one gives you grief about that, do they?’. The dice make me happy, so I buy them. It’s really that simple for me.
Where the Iron Crosses Grow team tournament less than a month away now. We although players always have a choice on scenario selection, this year we will also have some themed rounds that are completely voluntary. Also, Saturday night, we will be having a viewing of the Estonian movie ‘1944’. I already had a chance to see this movie and imho, it was fantastic. I am really looking forward to getting everyone’s opinion on it.
BFP is reprinting their two greatest modules ever! The Magnus Opus’ of the Pacific and Kursk. Revamped in this second edition with grey core counters and all known errata, these two giant modules have a combined 79 scenarios and the equivalent of 16 mapboards. We have them at the special pre-order price of $110 each. As a special bonus, we will be giving away a free limited edition PTO and Kursk t-shirt with each pre-order. And as always, shipping is free.
Blood and Jungle sends players into the Pacific Theater of Operations, fighting through jungles, swamps, kunai and other treacherous terrain. For all of you who have been longing for some great, new PTO ASL action, Blood and Jungle was made for you! And if you’ve put off playing PTO, now is your chance to dive in headfirst and experience some of the best we’ve produced to date.
The size of this product is unprecedented by any other module, magazine, or scenario pack. This has been under development for over 8 years, and the scenarios – yes, all 47 of them – have been thoroughly playtested. There is a wide variety of actions from all over the PTO including the wood-covered hills and plains of China, the jungles and villages of Burma, Borneo and the Philippines, the bloody beaches of Tarawa.and many other locations throughout southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Blood and Jungle includes the following:
47 Action-Packed Scenarios.
4 full sheets of counters, depicting more units, weapons, vehicles, and planes that are depicted in the scenarios.
The first ever double-wide 16″x22″ geomorphic mapboard. This map represents a large urban area, made up of buildings and huts. (BFP DW-1) This is actually printed in two 8″x22″ sections on heavy card stock.
One 8″x22″ geomorphic mapboard, printed on heavy card stock, depicting a port village on a river. (BFP G)
Huge magazine with articles on tactics, histories, units, countries, tank hunters, etc.
Rules pages describing new terrain counters, vehicle listings/notes, and special units.
A divider card with new unit capabilities and terrain counter notes.
I would like to make a shout out to Craig Houliston. I ran out of stock on Journal 12 and he has waited patiently for over a week for me to ship him his order. I created a $10 coupon as an apology and this was his response:
No worries, Derek, really. I wasn’t upset. I was just wondering what was up. I figured you might have sold out or something. Thanks for being gracious with the coupon code, though it really isn’t necessary. In fact, would you please do this instead? How about we call it “good” with the shipping update and you pay the $10 forward down the road to someone else that needs a helping hand, or is maybe just a little short.
Your heart will let you know when the time is right.