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#82 – From the Cellar Pack 9 – Iron Crosses AAR –

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From the Cellar Pack 9

17 new scenarios from Xavier, the gang at LFT, and Vae Victis. Also included is the Italian Nationality capabilities chart to go with your LFT14.  All enclosed in a 12 page booklet that includes an article, replay, and humor.  Remember that From the Cellar 8 is almost sold out forever so if you are also missing that one, you can get it here while quantities last.

 

 

Where the Iron Crosses Grow ASL Team Tournament 2019

Kakazu Ridge 3D map.

Jack Daniels and Montreal Pizza
On leave from the front. Where the soldiers relax and unwind.

This year we had our biggest attendance ever with 18 players from as far away as Arizona over the course of 4 days.  The players were divided into three teams of 4 and one team of 5 players and one floater (me).

The top bracket saw Ray Woloszyn, Andy Hershey, Dave Stephens, Mika Harviala, and Tom Kerney.  Tom and Andy played for the top spot in this division after both were unbeaten going into their fourth game.  Tom was able to get the win and tie Tim Brieaddy for MVP but unfortunately was not enough to raise his team to victory.

Mid Bracket saw undefeated Tim Brieaddy squeak by Gary Bartlett for MVP and lead his team to Victory.

In the beginner bracket, Dave Johansen cleaned house against bringing his team within inches of winning the overall team tournament.

Award Winners:

MVP: Tom Kearney (4-0)/Tim Brieaddy (4-0)

Team: +7 W/L Andy Hershey, Tim Brieaddy, Tim Dean, Jeff Jordan

Capt. Stransky Award: Ian Monroe (0/4)

Vasily Zaytsev Award: Tom Kearney

Michael Wittmann Award: Tim Brieaddy

 

Bitter Ender 2019, Raleigh, NC:

Grognard Winner: ?

Mini Winners: Tim Brieaddy,

 

Contacting me:

Last week I was in California for my son’s Nationals Ice Hockey Tournament and I had a terrible time trying to respond to e-mail.  For some reason, my i-phone will receive but not reply to e-mail.  If you ever need to contact me, please save my phone number and feel free to call me at 336-462-4035 or friend me on Facebook (Ritterkrieg) and message me.

 

Coming Soon:

Ritterkrieg – Sniper/ELR/OBA Cards

 

-BFP – Onslaught to Orsha

-Broken Ground – LFT14 Supplemental Counters

MMP – Starter Kit 1, Starter Kit 2, Starter Kit 4.

Recent Products that you may have missed:

LFT – From the Cellar 9

 

 

 

BFP – Corregidor

 

 

LFT – Le Franc Tireur 14

 

 

MMP – Red Factories

 

 

LCP – LSSAH (6) Normandie

 

Last Call:

The following items are in limited supply with no known plans of a reprint:

LFT – Rat Charts v2+

 

 

 

      LFT – From The Cellar 8

LFT – Kampfgruppe Scherer

 

LFT – Kampfgruppe Scherer Players Guide

 

 

 

 

#81 – Red Factories – LSSAH Normandy – Sniper Cards – Dice Towers – Le Franc Tireur: From The Cellar 9 –

 

From the Cellar 9 is in production and will be out on pre-order any day now.

Red Factories

Red Factories is in stock and on sale for $140 shipping included or Red Factories with dented box for $120.

LSSAH Normandy: In stock and shipping.  8 scenarios plus counters for $16.

Sniper/ELR Cards are a GO!!!  – Production and pre-orders begin soon.

This pack will include all of the major nationalities along with some OBA cards (not the same ones I made in the past).

Dice Towers:

I have 4 dice towers completed and ready to ship, one in each type of wood. Left to right; Cherry, Goncalo Alvarez, Walnut, African Padauk.

 

Where the Iron Crosses Grow Team Tournament:

Reminder that the action begins in less than 2 weeks.  March 28-31.

Call for last minute registration. 336-462-4035.

 

 

#80 ASL News…LeFrancTireur14 – BFP Corregidor – MMP Red Factories – Starter Kit 4 – LSSAH 6 Normandie

Something New…Video summary of my post:

Le Franc Tireur 14

 

LFT 14 has arrived and is shipping same day to you. I am extending the pre-order sale price for the time being.   Thank you all for your unending patience.  This one has been well worth the wait. 8 million bayonets on your table at long last.

Bounding Fire Productions – Corregidor

Corregidor: The Rock

 

Wow, this is an incredible package that took me completely by surprise.  Two huge maps, counters,  and tons (yes, over 2,000 pounds) of scenarios.

 

MMP – Red Factories

I had the chance to see Red Factories at Winter Offensive and it is incredible.  If you love Stalingrad, this is a must have.  MMP is shipping pre-orders now, so we should have ours within a couple of weeks.  We have Red Factories on sale for $140 with free shipping.

 

ASL Starter Kit 4

Starter Kit 4 has been added to the pre-order list.  Click on the photo link to read up on SK moving to the Pacific.

Dice Towers

I am finally ready to put my dice towers on pre-sale.  They are available in 4 different types of wood (Walnut, Goncalo Alvez, Cherry, African Padauk) each in limited quantity.  Each tower will be shipped within two weeks of the order which gives me time to customize your tower stain and mat.

Final model – Goncalo Alvez
Height of tray using with 16mm dice before custom mat.
Example of custom mat. Note that the dice tower in photo was an earlier prototype.
Example of custom mat. Note that the dice tower in photo was an earlier prototype.

 

 

2019  ASL Tournaments:

Jan. 17-20. Winter Offensive – MMP

January 25-27. Winter War – Champaign, – IL

February 21 – 24. TotalCon – Marlboro, MA – February 25th

February 21-24. West Coast Melee – Ontario, CA

March 21-24. Nor’Easter

March 28-31. Where the Iron Crosses Grow – Ritterkrieg  – Kernersville, NC. dritter3@triad.rr.com 336-462-4035

April 11-14. Bitter Ender – Raleigh, NC.

June  7-9. Human Wave – Tysons, VA

June 20-23. Texas Team Tournament – BFP – Round Rock, TX

July 18-21. Hallowed Ground – Dober – Gettysburg, PA

August 8-11. Tussle in the Tundra – Manchester, NH

October 6-14. ASLOK – Cleveland, OH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#79 – LFT 14 on Pre-Sale. *** Free Stuff is Back!!! *** New Scenario Pack From Lone Canuck ***

Le Franc Tireur #14 – Arriving  January. 

Order Here

LFT 14 is on it’s way across the Atlantic.   104 pages, 32 scenarios, 2 countersheets.

This issue focuses on the Italians, from the invasion of France to the Greek mountains, from Eritrea to Abyssinia or Somalia, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, but also Sicily and even China. Also included, two countersheets and 32 scenarios, thus a thicker issue than our regular LFT mag with, this time, 104 pages.

Contents

- Editor’s Foreword
- Advancing Fire (an Italian project for ASL)
- 10 questions to… ECZ
- LFT Humor
- Villeneuve d’Ascq 2018
- The Bulgarian Armor 1944
- The Decima MAS
- I gruppi di Combattimento
- SS Italia
- Lighting Strikes : the Folgore Division
- Birds of Prey : Aerial support in ASL
- Italians in ASL
- Series Replay : LFT 214 A Grain of Sand
- Bibliography

104 pages – 99% is in English and one ad in French 🙂

The Scenarios

ID Name Nations Date
LFT225 Blue Hell at P.A. ABRIES French – Italian 2 November 1940
LFT226 Veni Venezia ! Greek – Italian 19 November 1940
LFT227 Damsels in Distress Italian – Greek 19 November 1940
LFT228 Last Charge at Umbrega Italian – French 2 January 1941
LFT229 A Push in the Bush Italian / British 13 February 1941
LFT230 Italian Behemoth South African – Italian 15 February 1941
LFT231 Cub Cub Hills Italian -French 20 February 1941
LFT232 Heart of Darkness South African – Italian 22 February 1941
LFT233 Surprised Gideon Allied – Italian 6 March 1941
LFT234 Meat Meats Attack Italian – Belgian 22 March 1941
LFT235 Once More Unto the Breach British – German/Italian 6 April 1943
LFT236 Ethnic Cleansing Partisan – Italian 19 August 1941
LFT237 Roma Victor Russian – German/Italian 23 September 1941
LFT238 El Himeimat Ridge Italian – Free French 24 October 1942
LFT239 Armored Probe at Sidi-Nsir French – German/Italian 21 November 1942
LFT240 Commando Beach 1 Italian – British 10 July 1943
LFT241 Commando Beach 2 Italian – British 10 July 1943
LFT242 That Bridge Again British – Italian 10 July 1943
LFT243 Send More Pigeons II Italian – American/British 10 July 1943
LFT244 Venturi Effect Italian – American 11 July 1943
LFT245 Ciao Cina Japanese – Italian 9 September 1943
LFT246 Gladium Pro Patria e Rege Italian – German 9 September 1943
LFT247 Roter Mann Italian/Partisan – German/Militias 15 November 1943
LFT248 Hunting High German – Bulgarian 17 November 1944
LFT249 Winter’s Fury American – German/Italian 26 December 1944
LFT250 Decimation Italian – Slovenian 20 January 1945
LFT251 The Last Drive German – American 14 April 1945
LFT252 Fratelli… German/Italian – Italian 24 April 1945
LFT253 Axis & Allies German/Italian – American/Partisan 27 April 1945
LFT254 insurrection at Cividale SS – Italian 28 April 1945
LFT255 paper Tigers SS – Partisan 28 April 1945
LFT256 Radio X-MAS Partisan/American – Italian 30 April 1945

Free Stuff Is Back!!!

Last year we featured some ASL goodies that we were giving away for free.  This year, just in time to stuff your stockings, we have expanded the list of free stuff to include 11 different titles.  For every $100 you spend (Pre-Orders NA), add one item from the free stuff page to your cart.

Free stuff this year includes:

Winter Offensive 2010

Winter Offensive 2011

Winter Offensive 2012

Winter Offensive 2013

Winter Offensive 2014

Winter Offensive 2015

Winter Offensive 2016

Winter Offensive 2017

Out of the Attic 2

Best of Friends

Rivers To The Reich

 

 

Lone Canuck Publishing

LCP has release Quick6 scenario pack

6 very short scenarios, each on 1/2 board that can be played in 2-3  hours.

 

Amy Jo learns to play Starter Kit.

 

After what has now been known throughout the land as the famous Cheetoh incident, no one thought Amy would ever sit down to play ASL with me again.  But out of the grace of her heart and with the admission of snacks to the gaming table, we were once again rolling dice playing S2.  Amy took the defending Russians while I attacked with the Germans.  She was not very happy about the fact that I received a flame thrower and she didn’t.  Amy ended up winning the scenario but not before humiliating me by capturing my FT and a DC.

#78 – For King and Country Pre-Order – Friendly Fire 12 – Sneak Peak at Italian Counter Artwork From LFT14 – Corregidor

It has been a very busy week in the world of ASL.

Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire 12 – FF12 is here and shipping.  Eight brand new scenarios.

Friendly Fire #12

MMP

Armies of Oblivion is finally back on the shelves and shipping.  If you pre-ordered from me but did not get an invoice, just re-purchase it and ignore your pre-order.  I have left the price the same until the pre-orders are completed.  I also have 4 copies that were ordered for pre-order that never completed, so this is your chance to get a copy at pre-order price even if you didn’t pre-order it.

 

For King and Country has been put on Pre-Order.  Hopefully this will not take as long as AOO or Forgotten War.

 

Deluxe ASL is coming back with a bang.  New artwork for the 8 mapboards found in Streets of Fire and Hedgerow Hell, 38-40 classic update DASL scenarios, and overlays.  Pre-order here.  Don’t forget to get your LFT Deluxe Pack and W.O.#9 to go with it.

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Beyond Valor is days away from being back in stock.  You can order yours now but be aware that it may take a couple of weeks to fill orders.

Le Franc Tireur

LFT 14

Xavier has released samples of the Italian counter artwork for the new LFT14.  In my opinion, these are some of the coolest counter artwork I have seen.  We will be taking pre-orders for LFT14 as soon as Xavier finalizes a price.  The magazine will be 100+ pages and include the entire Italian order of battle as well as 30+ scenarios.

 

Rat Pocket Charts

Rat Chart Version 2+ (Green) are now back in stock in very limited quantities.  Order them while they last.

 

 

Bounding Fire

BFP has announced the upcoming release of Corregidor:The Rock.  We have it on sale for $77 including free shipping.  We expect to ship in January.

Front Cover

Back Cover

 

Le Valet d'CoeurLe Valet D’ Coeur in Montreal, Canada has now added the complete ‘Le Franc Tireur’ line up to their already extensive ASL catalog.  Please check them out for all your gaming needs if you are a local or just visiting this great city.

 

 

 

 

#77 – October ASL Sale – Hatten CG After Action Report – Shipping Armies Of Oblivion

Armies of Oblivion

MMP has started shipping Armies of Oblivion to their pre-orders.  Luanne has told me that we retailers can expect our copies sometime next week.  If you missed the pre-order cutoff with MMP, don’t worry, you can still get it here at the pre-order price with free shipping.

 

October Sale:

MMP:

Yanks – This is the perfect time to upgrade this core module.  Crisp new counter artwork, new SK style boards and dozens of new and updated scenarios.  On sale for $99 from the usual $128.

Le Franc Tireur:

Kampfgruppe Scherer with slightly creased box (contents are mint) for $99.00.  That’s $34 off the regular price.  We have very limited quantities so this item may not last the month.  Don’t forget to add in the Player’s Guide when ordering.

Deluxe Pack

Also, we are continuing the sale on the Deluxe pack until we sell the last five we had set aside for last month’s sale.

Bounding Fire Productions:

Poland In Flames with free Polish Precision Battle Dice

Heat Of Battle:

SS I II

SS Pack IV – 33% off

Now is your chance to pick up these classic Waffen SS themed scenarios that were originally released in ‘Fuhrer’s Firemen’ and ‘No Quarter No Glory’ for only $20.

 

ASL News and Rumors:

-Beyond Valor will be back in stock within the month

-MMP is planning a re-release of Streets of Fire and Hedgerow Hell

-LFT 14 including the entire Italian OB and 30 scenarios will be out by Christmas

-BFP is planning a reprint of Onslaught to Orsha

 

Hatten in Flames CG Review:

 

Jack Daniels and I agreed to play CG1 from Hatten In Flames.  This is the bigger of the two campaign games that come in the box covering five possible CG dates.  The battles raged as follows:

 

January 9th

I purchased two infantry companies because I had a lot of ground to cover and hold, and the quality of the infantry was very good.  Lots of 5-4-8’s and great leadership.  I also purchased a platoon each of PzIV’s, StuG’s, and JGPZ IV’s and finallyu a module of 100mm OBA.  I chose not to purchase Panthers at this time as the armor on the JgPz’s were almost as good and I got three in the platoon instead of 2 panthers.  They would serve as my tank killers while the StuG’s and PzIV’s would support the infantry and provide Smoke.  Jack Left the cemetery vacant which gave me an easy VP location but defended heavily the line between the synagogue and Eglise St. Michel.   Early on, Jack destroyed a PzIV in CC when I sleazed his 6-6-6 in order to move a stack up. I lost a 9-2 to sniper fire.  Fortunately, his Hellcats failed on all APCR rolls which enabled my JgPz’s to make quick work of them.  By the end of the day, the German’s had secured three of the four objectives while destroying five of his AFV’s.

January 10th

I purchased another company infantry along with two platoons of Panthers and a module of 100mm OBA.   Jack purchased more tanks and more infantry.  The German assault continued taking the center wooden building area of the map and pushing deeper into Hatten proper.  For this scenario, the German’s only have to have a net gain of one victory location.  I managed to capture another 3.  Highlights were tragic American losses including 7 tanks and close to 20 squads.  The Germans lost 20 CVP including another 9-2 leader to a critical hit from a bazooka.  One of my Panthers was immobilizes and abandoned from 60mm mortar fire.

January 11th

I passed on this date as I already had enough victory locations to win the campaign.  Since Jack passed as well, this date was idle.

January 12th

US High Command recognizes the gravity of the situation and plays a dawn attack chit to wrestle the initiative and a VP location back from my Germans.  As there are many more victory location in the town of Hatten, this is where I fortify the most. Much to my surprise, his attack is in the direction of the cemetery.  I suppose he is trying to outflank the town and swing around, recapturing the cemetery and the synagogue.  Fortunately, a module of 120mm OBA, 2 JgPzIV’s, and a Panther contain the attack in a bottleneck with the RR tracks to one side and the arty one the other.  At this point I released my reserves deep behind the town of Hatten (about where the king of spades lies in the photo above) and the Jack conceded.

I would have liked to play the remaining CG date but it was already decided by this point so there was no point in continuing.

Final Thoughts

US player: insight into defending as the American.  Set-up the fortified buildings well behind the lines as there is no way to stop the German onslaught on the first day.  Fall back and conserve your forces.  The Americans with their 6 morale can’t stand up to the German 8 morale for long, especially when there a two 9-2 leaders all but nullifying the stone building protection.  Hunt the German weak armored tanks in packs and save your APCR shots for the beasts.  Go for deliberate Immobilization against the Panthers and JgPz’s if he will close to within 6 hexes.  Use your mortars against the tanks (Jack’s mortars took out two of my tanks including a Panther).    Don’t be discouraged as you will battle harden a ton of your squads every day into 6-6-7’s.  It does get better.

German Player: Insight into the attack. Break / surround / destroy.  I cannot count how many times his squads were eliminated for failure to rout in our playing.  At least 90% of his casualties came from this method.  Prep fire with 20’s, 24’s, 30’s and then wherever something breaks, skoot a vehicle (even a BU ht) behind him and a hs in front of him and voila, a break in his line and GI’s that will never rally.  If he gets bold enough to send in his armor, send in you tank killers.  Have your heavily armored vehicles hunting and your StuG’s and PzIV’s in an overwatch position.   Do not forget to shoot IFT at his Hellcats as they are CE.  If you Stun/STUN/SHOCK one of the M18’s during his turn, he won’t be CE and able to fire/CC until his next turn, allowing you to do all types of nasty things to him during your turn. CC by a single squad could be as high as an 11 because of open top, ATMM, immobile, ambush, etc.).  Be calculating and deliberate  focusing on the weak areas while always keeping your eye on the ball snatching up those VP locations.  The -2 DRM for winning a scenario helps a bunch during the refit phase.

Overall impressions:

I had a blast which was in no small part because I enjoyed playing against Jack.  He is a wonderfully skilled opponent who never forgets that playing is a social event.  Hatten In Flames is exactly what I like about CG’s without all the stuff that I dislike.

Positives: Small scope, beautiful map, fun toys, manageable order of battle, much of the bookkeeping done for you, no night scenarios (if you don’t like night), very few special rules, streamlined purchasing and refit phase, no depleted units, very affordable at $50 shipping included.

Negatives: Only five CG dates, no night scenarios (if you like night).

If you have never tried a CG game, I suggest that you start right here with this one.

#76 – Ritterkrieg September Sale.

September Sale:

I am going to try to have featured items on sale each month.  Hopefully this will be an incentive to try some of the great products that you may have been on the fence with.  To start this off, I am going a little over the top…

This months specials will be:

Le Franc Tireur: Deluxe Pack #1

The perfect solution for our aging eyes and shaky hands. Deluxe pack 1,  containing 7 new deluxe boards with 12 scenarios.   $30 off regular price of $85.  Do not forget to pick up Winter Offensive #9 (2018) which includes another 5 Deluxe boards.

Heat of Battle: Operation Merkur: German Air Assault On Crete (Kreta)

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We are offering this great game at 25% off.  These will never be printed again so get this epic module portraying the battle at Maleme airfield before it is gone forever.  Fallschirmjagers dropping from the sky onto prepaired commonwealth positions on the island of Crete.  Includes the updated map.  17 scenarios and a linked scenario campaign game.

Bounding Fire Productions:

Although I am not allowed putting any of the BFP items on sale, I will include a free set of Japanese or Chinese Battle Dice with the purchase of Blood and Jungle, the Magnus Opus of all Pacific modules.

Blood and Jungle with Free USMC Dice

Blood and Jungle with Free US Army Dice

Blood and Jungle with Free Japanese Dice

Blood and Jungle with Free Chinese Dice

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.

 

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Armies Of Oblivion Update:

I spoke to Luanne yesterday and she told me that they have most of the components and should start shipping to us in about 6 weeks.  You can still order it here at pre-order price with free shipping.

Armies of Oblivion Pre-order

 

LFT 14 Update:

I touched base with Xavier and we are still on track for Christmas 2018.  This will include the entire Italian OOB and dozens of scenarios.

Dice Tower Update:

The Towers sold out in the first 15 minutes after posting them.  I should have a couple ready to bring to ASLOK and then more before Christmas if everything goes well.

Xavier Vitry, owner of Le Franc Tireur, sporting his new custom Dice Tower.  Notice the ‘Division Azul’ t-shirt.

 

 

 

 

 

#75 – Special Ops #8 – Battledice Restock – Dice Towers – Dice Towers

 

Heat of Battle Retraction

After many considerations and developments, I will only be associated with HOB as the retailer of their fine products.  Ritterkrieg will not be reprinting any of the modules or countersheets.  We will continue to honor the 20% off coupon code ‘HOB20’ until the end of the month.  This is a great time to get your hands on the classics like Kreta (Fallschirmjager air assault on Crete), SS pack, and Berlin Red Vengeance.

Special Ops #8  Magazine

Special Ops #8 has nine articles, two ASL scenarios, two ASLSK scenarios, and the game Avenge Pearl Harbor.

Featured articles cover Operation Mercury (GTS), It Never Snows (SCS), card play in Avenge Pearl Harbor, Russian setup in Red Barricades (ASL), Dean Essig’s design intent behind the various Gamers series of games, Fallschirmjaeger (SCS), tips for playing the Battalion Combat Series (BCS), and designer’s notes for last issue’s game Autumn For Barbarossa (SCS).

Avenge Pearl Harbor was originally published in Game Journal #60 as Storm Over the Japanese Homeland and allows players to simulate Operation DOWNFALL, the hypothetical invasion of Japan in November 1945. The game uses the same basic system as What Price Glory? Operational cards are used on both attack and defense. Game components include one 22″ x 34″ map, 200 counters, and 32 cards.

 

Dice Towers are Complete

 

By the time I was ready to post that the towers were complete, all but one was pre-sold.  I have 4 more almost done so hang tight.

Hatten In Flames

 

We are expecting HIF to arrive by the last week of August. Until then I am still taking orders at the reduced price of $55.00 shipping included (in the USA).

I had the opportunity to play a couple of scenarios from Hatten at the Spreading Blaze tournament in Atlanta recently and here are my thoughts;

  1. The winter map  is great and gives you a feel for the frigid battles that took place.  The oversized hexes making counter density a breeze.
  2. The two countersheets were not needed to play the scenarios.  If memory serves me, one countersheet was control markers for the CG and the other was miscellaneous extra vehicles and units.
  3. The Special rules were simple.  There were no new rules to learn, just a short list of old rules that were in or out of play.
  4. The scenarios were small to medium and played quickly.  The German forces are quite good considering the year (1945), comprising mostly 5-4-8’s,  4-6-7’s, some great leadership and fantastic vehicles like Panthers and flak ht’s.  The US forces are a mixed bag of Elite, 1st line, and 2nd line troops.  The ROF and MP’s on those Hellcats are nothing to laugh at.
  5. Although this product includes a campaign game, it does not look as daunting as some of the bigger CG’s available.  I have always preferred the smaller campaign games like this and various Lone Canuck products to the Tarawa sized endeavors (just my personal preference) as I spend less time thinking/purchasing/setting up and more time in the action managing a company instead of a battalion.

German ASL 30th Anniversary and Italian Europa Series Dice are Back in Stock

International Shipping Explained

There is a lot of confusion regarding international shipping rates so until the new website is up and running where we will have an accurate calculator built into the checkout, I will try to explain how the shipping is calculated for international orders.  Of course,  shipping inside the US is always free.

A flat fee of $50 is added to all international orders.  This is NOT what you will pay in most cases.

  1. If your actual shipping costs are less than $50, you will be refunded the difference.
  2. If your actual shipping costs are between $50 and $60, you will not be charged an additional amount (ie. I will absorb up to $10 in shipping costs)
  3. If your actual shipping costs are greater than $60, I will contact  you to send a Paypal payment for the balance at which point you can either pay the balance or cancel the order for a full refund.

#74 – Le Franc Tireur Kampfgruppe Scherer Player’s Guide. Kampfgruppe Scherer Reprint.

 

Heat of Battle Retraction

after many considerations, Steve and I have agreed to continue our great business relationship as it has been for these past years, only as a retailer of his fine products.  Ritterkrieg will not be reprinting any of the modules or countersheets.

 

 

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Ritterkrieg is now distributing for Le Franc Tireur in North America.  This deal is going to bring you their products quicker, cheaper, and more reliably through our store, the other fine stores that already carry LFT, and new stores that are carrying the line for the first time. If your favorite retail store does not carry LFT, please let them know about the product and pass along my number.  We have received the bulk of the existing stock acoss the pond with the brand new KGS Player’s Guide.  In the works is LFT 14, concentrating on the Italians.  This will include a counter sheet with the entire Italian OOB so you can play the included scenarios along with all the other Italian scenarios.

New Product From Le Franc Tireur

 

The player’s guide from LFT has arrived and it is a great addition to one of the best campaign games ever made.

KGS players guide

All is in its title : 60 pages for KGS fans, as well as 9 scenarios and a SASL mission.

 What’s inside :
  • 9 scenarios + 1 SASL mission
  • A big article which details the biggest KGS scenario (Carl Nogueira)
  • Some designers notes on several KGS scenarios (Hershey, Brackin)
  • Players aids within the mag (LFT crew)
  • An AAR of the Summer CG (Brackin, Fred and X)
  • An article about both campaign games (Brackin)

If you do not own the Kampfgruppe Scherer Module, it can be purchased with the guide for one low price.  This is the last of them and we will not be getting any more.

Spreading Blaze Atlanta Tournament

For the first time ever, I attended Spreading Blaze ASL tournament in Atlanta Georgia.  I really wanted to see and support my friend Gary Bartlett.  I had a wonderful time seeing many old friends and making new friends.  I had a great game and even better conversation with Brian Abela, beat me rotten in WO27 Checking out.  Brian went on to take second to Mike McGrath in the final.  A new rule I learned from Brian (and I was surprised to see almost everyone else we asked got the rule wrong as well) was that you cannot change the CA of a Gun (in Building, Woods, Rubble) in the same phase if it has already taken a shot, even if it retained ROF or is eligible for IF.   What game have I been playing all these years?    My favorite scenarios I played were both from the new Hatten In Flames, which Gary was kind enough to let me test drive.  Great fun if you can get past having 3 ht’s and a PzIVJ destroyed in one phase by hidden Hellcats.   Note the great winter maps

Playing Eric Shipley in the mini final
Trying desperately to hold off John Dober’s aggressive American attack in the mini semi-finals. John drove all five of his Shermans right in the crosshairs of my hiding Hetzer, only someone forgot to bring the ammo. Rolled boxcars on the first shot. Repaired on turn 3 (yes I was that desperate to risk a recall).

 

Ritterkrieg Products

The dice towers are done and now I am working on the matching trays.  Soon I hope to post a video of the process.

Ritterkrieg Web Page

I am looking to redo the webpage…Completely.  If any of you are web page savvy and have real experience building commercial webpages, please contact me to discuss costs/arrangements. 336-462-4035.

 

About me

It has been a while since I have just chatted with you about where I am and where Ritterkrieg is and where it is going.  It has been a long and dynamic past two years.  My wife and I split in the spring of 2016.  Raising two children, one full time and one half time, along with taking care of the house and two businesses solo for the first time in my life meant that I had to adapt and I had to cut back on certain time consuming activities.  This is the reason the Ritterkrieg posts have gone from about one every week to one every couple of months.  I also get together with my best friend Tim Brieaddy to play about once every 6 weeks now, where we used to play every week.     But like the Soviets after the Battle of Kursk, I can say that the worst is over and I am stronger and more sure of the future than ever before.  I met a wonderful woman (that you may know from attending Where the Iron Crosses Grow Team Tournament or if you follow my personal posts on Facebook) and we plan to marry in the Springtime.  I have also hired another employee at the shop so I am much less overwhelmed than I have been in recent memory.  You may have noticed that packages are once again going out for delivery the same day as they are ordered.  The business is growing from the days where I just wanted to sell some OBA cards near cost, to acquiring the distribution rights to the great products of LFT and HOB and even doing some reprinting of modules that deserve table time once again.  I want to thank all of you, customers and followers for giving me the support to keep doing this.  I always welcome your ideas and love meeting you face to face either at my little tournament or the bigger ones.

Amy and I at the lookout in Montreal, Canada. June 2018.

 

#73 – Farewell to Darrell Wright – Giant News – LFT invades America! – Hatten In Flames – What’s in the box: Forgotten War ASL Korea.

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Our good friend and fellow ASL player Darrell Wright has passed away.  One of the people that was in our lives for all the right reasons.  In his memory, I pledge to appreciate the time we have left with each other by looking up from the map a little more often than before, exchanging a few more stories, and accepting a few more invitations to dine with you or have a drink with you instead of rushing to get in one just one more scenario.  The tournaments will not be the same without you.

This post (cropped) is from Darrell’s father, Bob Wright:

This is to let all of Darrell’s many friends know that he died on Friday, May 18th, while on a trip for work in Baltimore, Maryland. He was 55. He was, without a doubt, the gentlest and sweetest individual one could know, and he will be sorely missed by his family and by everyone who had the good fortune to know him.

 

 

Le Franc Tireur and Ritterkrieg

In an effort to bring LFT to your door and table in a more timely and inexpensive method than ever before, Le Franc Tireur and Ritterkrieg have collaborated to distribute throughout North America from right here in North Carolina.  Not only will this reduce shipping costs from Europe, allowing lower prices to you and your favorite ASL store, but this will also reduce shipping time and inventory woes.   More products, lower prices, quicker turn around.

What is Le Franc Tireur?

Le Franc Tireur, often shortened to LFT because of the difficulty in pronouncing that last word, is a French company, headed by Xavier Vitry which is responsible for some of the absolute best ASL Modules, scenario packs, periodicals, and accessories. Their scarcity and outrageous pricing on ebay once OOP will attest to the quality and collectability.

Periodicals:

Named Le Franc Tireur #1-13, each periodical contains scenarios and articles, usually based on a specific campaign.  There have been 13 of these printed but only LFT 13, dealing with the battles for the Crimea, is still in print.  There is also Kampgruppe Scheer Player’s Guide which is days away from being relaeased.

 

Scenario Packs:

The Scenario packs from LFT are called ‘From The Cellar 1-8’.  The new FTC 8 is still readily available but FTC 5, FTC 6, and FTC 7 are all but gone with only a handful left in inventory worldwide.

Deluxe Pack #1:

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With all new artwork that makes the terrain pop, this pack includes new deluxe maps and scenarios.

Modules:

(Thanks to Chris at Battleschool for the photo) LFT has produced 2 Historical modules, St.Nazaire: Operation Chariot and Kampfgruppe Sheer: The Shield of Cholm with maps, counters, historical notes, and designer’s notes.  I find it difficult to convey just how beautiful, well researched, and fun to play these modules are.  Both sold out quickly but we are expecting a tiny reprint of Kampfgruppe Scheer: The shield of Cholm.  Along with the player’s guide, this is our last chance to get our hands on this incredible module.

Accessories:

The ever popular and handy Rat Charts, now in their third version ( v. 2+).  There are less than 100 of these left in print.

 

New to Pre-Order from MMP

Hatten In Flames

we are taking orders now at pre-order price but please not that we will not be shipping before August, 2018

we are taking orders now but please note that we will not be shipping before August, 2018.

ASL Korea, The Forgotten War – What’s in the Box

Once again, I did the video sideways.  Sorry guys.

 

Reinforcements:

Product                                                         Manufacturer                        Expected

Dice Towers                                              Ritter Krieg                         <30 days

KG Scheer  Player’s Guide                LFT                                           <30 days

KG Scherer                                                LFT                                           <60 days

Hatten In Flames                                   MMP                                        <60 days

Red Factories                                          MMP                                         This Year

Starter Kits                                               MMP                                          This Year

Beyond Valor                                          MMP                                          Unknown

Armies of Oblivion                              MMP                                          Unknown

Rising Sun                                                 MMP                                          Unknown

 

 

 

ASL Woodworking:

A little project I have completed.  This is a variation of my ammo crate to store ASL maps.  This one contains a secret drawer for the Deluxe maps.

KG Sheer player’s Guide                    LFT                                           <30 days

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