Hi all. Thought I'd drop in and say hello here. Old Saint Nick is apparently a bit of a grognard, as he deposited rather a lot of this 'ASL' stuff under my tree this year. I've never played ASL before, or really looked into it, but I had heard the name before, usually in the company of phrases like 'it's like tax law with panzers', and 'binder wielding fanatics'.
Now, I'm not sure what happened this year, but in leiu of the usual assortment of video games, strange clothes, and odd household items, I got more boardgame stuff than I could have wished for. All told I got the ASL starter kits #1 and #3, as well as the ginormous and gloriously orange 2nd edition manual/binder/backup riot shield thing with more pages than your average college science textbook. On top of THAT, I got Federation Commander Klingon Border and four suppliments(!?), and a brand new Barbarossa to Berlin reprint. All three games look to be fantastic. Pretty crazy, huh? I was pretty happy!
So, I find myself reading some of the rules to ASL today while avoiding the more annoying elements of my familial relations, and strangely enough, I'm getting pretty interested. It's a lot to absorb, but the rules make a lot of sense, and I get the sensation that I've just stuck my head under the surface of one very deep ocean. This thing has to be one hell of a deep game. I'm particularly impressed with the clarity and organization of the rules. There are a LOT of them, of course, but they are organized and very clear.
So, other than getting my feet wet with the SK scenarios and playing around with VASL, what do you guys suggest I do? Any pointers or resources on getting started? I'm looking to pick up Beyond valor in the coming months. Anything else y'all might suggest? My brain stopped working after punching out the 500th or so little counter. Ack!