Well I think I faced Big Hurdle #2 in learning ASL(SK) today by facing down the beast known as VEHICLES!
In wanting to kill two birds with one stone I joined up with Talloaf who I met on the 'Geek when we started posting AARs. Mr. Talloaf was about the same level and we had both had to get our first exposure to vehicles and VASL out of the way for the upcoming VASLeague tourney (you did sign up right? You have 2 days left!).
Well, rather than pussyfooting around we went directly to S21 Clash At Borisovka, one of the vehicle-only scenarios in SK3. Rather than slowly learning we just went whole hog. Here's a pic of the board position at the end of our session today (3.5 hours!):
Talloaf rolled up the German side with two Tiger tanks and some Panzer IVF2s to try to eliminate or prevent my ten or so T-34 M41s and M43s from running off the map to the right (south).
I have to say a couple of things:
- Talloaf has been a fantastic opponent. I daresay we have been pretty gentlemanly and forgiving of mistakes as we hash out how to move and shoot tanks around. He's been awesome!
- Count Zero graced us with his presence and led us through an early part of the the first turn so THANKS!
- We played for almost four hours and only got through 1.5 turns. Insanity? I can recall being on the edge of my seat for the whole time. If nothing else, ASL is a TENSE game. i use to scoff at tourney reports of players taking six hours for a six-turn scenario. No more. It's not like we sat around chatting about things -- we were on and learning the whole time. Terrific! My wife, who saw me only as she came downstairs a couple of times, said I had a look of intense concentration on my face. I actually was not dressed for the cold basement and have a chill now.
- The Vehicle rules, so far, are like the Infantry rules, a great attempt at making a simultaneous movement system work in I-GO, U-GO. Again, a lot of intricate but very very logical details in the mechanics. More on this in an AAR or something.
That's it for now; now the Prawn can start learning the vehicle rules... where the inevitable smashing will commence!
p.s. GO SIGN UP FOR THE VASLEAGUE! VASLeague@gmail.com!
p.p.s. Thanks again to richfam for making this less of a heroic endeavour than it had to be!