So I left ASL for a while. My computer had issues, I was getting my butt kicked regularly by Mike (much better at games than I) and I just wasn’t feeling it. After my last trip to Texas for the Tournament in Round Rock in June, I was getting amped up to play Squad Leader again.
But something else happened also. After 20 years or so of ASL and nothing but ASL, I decided that if I was going to keep playing games with Bud and Mike, I was going to have be open to playing some other stuff too. So I started branching out. Bud and I play in the summertime. We bowl together from August to May, so we take that slot and use it to play in the summer. Bud and I stayed away from your regular ol’ wargame. Instead we tried some Dice City, Star Realms and other deck building games. Bud is huge into the deck builders. I liked Dice City so much I bought a copy when we stopped in at Game HQ in Oklahoma City on our way to Round Rock.
I have about 8 or 9 games that aren’t Squad Leader. Between Mike and Bud, I’m pretty sure they could open a game store just with what they have on display in their basements. The choices are endless. That comes in handy for me when I play Mike. He has a number of games on his shelves that he has never played so we just move along the shelves playing all the stuff he needs to play. With Mike and I, it’s wargames and that’s great with me. Since I branched out, we have played Empire of the Sun, The US Civil War, Sekigahara, Fire in the Sky, Ukraine ’43, Vietnam 1965-1975 (started and aborted, will start again), and many others. Currently, we are playing Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble. Quite the variety, and I am really enjoying it.
But ASL is where my heart is still at. Mike got me involved with it 20 years or so ago, and it’s always been there. VASL opened up a whole new gaming experience and I’m back to playing a lot.
My previous blog was ok. To be honest it was a chore. I had issues making the pictures go where I wanted them to. I would publish an AAR and when I looked at it, it didn’t look like the preview. It got to be a hassle. When I decided to try blogging again, I decided to pick a different host. This one is with WordPress, and it’s a breeze, everything does what I tell it to do, everything goes where I want it to go, and it looks great. I have recently been fiddling around with some of the options and made a couple of changes that I’m very happy with. It is now much easier to get around this blog and get to where you want to go. On this blog you will find after action reports from ASL, but also my recaps of the other wargames I am playing.
Ultimately, my goal is to get better at ASL. I’ve never been particularly good at it. And writing out the after action reports helps me see the things I really screw up on. When we went to Texas last year, I really felt out of practice and it showed. I am going to play a lot, against a large number of players. I think this will help me improve as I watch my opponents different playstyles and the myriad of tips and tricks they employ to meet the victory conditions.
My playlist is long, I only have the rest of my life, so I better get cracking.
Thanks for reading.