ASL

Advanced Squad Leader
Frequently Asked Questions


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The ASL FAQ was updated to Version 2.20 on 1 Jan 02.


Introduction

[0.0]VERSION HISTORY
[0.1]Introduction
[0.2]Credits
[0.3]Abbreviations and Glossary
[0.4]The HASBRO buyout of TAHGC
[0.5]HASBRO/MMP Press Release (abbreviated)

Part 1

[1.0]WHAT IS ASL?
[2.0]WHAT DO I NEED TO PLAY ASL?
[2.1]Should I buy Squad Leader first?
[2.11]Well, I already have SL. how do I start playing ASL?
[2.2]What is available for ASL?
[2.3]TAHGC products
[2.31]Modules
[2.32]Annuals/Journals
[2.33]Other Official Products
[2.34]The General
[2.35]ASL GAP
[2.36]Web-based Products
[2.37]Announced future Products
[2.38]Product Updates
[2.39]Parts
[2.4]Third-Party Products

Part 2

[3.0]WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY ASL?
[3.1]Learning Scenarios
[4.0]WHAT ELECTRONIC RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ASL?
[4.1]ASL Internet Mailing List (ASLML)
[4.2]The ASL Digest
[4.3]The Expanded ASL Index
[4.4]WWW & FTP
[4.5]CompuServe
[4.6]VASL
[4.7]GAPs
[4.8]Other software

Part 3

[5.0]HOW DO I PLAY BY E-MAIL?
[5.1]On-Line Rating Services
[6.0]I DOWNLOADED THESE STRANGE FILES; WHAT DO I DO WITH THEM?
[6.1]Compressed files: ZIP, ARC, Z, TAR, etc.
[6.2].ps
[6.3].pdf
[7.0]WHAT AND WHERE ARE THE ASL TOURNAMENTS?
[7.1]North America
[7.2]Europe
[7.3]Australia

Part 4

[8.0]WHAT WAS THE ASL RECORD, AND WHAT IS ROAR?
[8.1]I know the scenario name, but not where to find it?
[9.0]WHAT IS AREA?
[10.0]ARE ALL THE Q&A COLLECTED IN ONE PLACE?
[10.1]Can I send Q's to MMP via e-mail?
[11.0]WHAT ARE THE COMMON ASL QUESTIONS?
[11.1]Rules philosophy
[11.11]Why do the US Marines have ML 8?
[11.12]IFT vs. IIFT
[11.13]Where did the squad FP values come from?
[11.14]How can I tell if a scenario is balanced?
[11.15]Why isn't there an electronic ASLRB?
[11.16]What is the Australian Balance System?
[11.17]Why can't I declare H-t-H Melee in non-Deluxe scenarios?
[11.2]Practical matters
[11.21]The Rulebook
[11.22]Counter storage
[11.23]Overlays
[11.24]Scenarios
[11.25]Good mail-order stores
[11.26]Where are the errata pages?
[11.27]I'm missing pages from Chapter N

Part 5

[12.0]Specific ASL rules
[12.01]How does a Human Wave work?
[12.02]How does bocage work?
[12.03]CX and leader movement bonus
[12.04]Moving vs. Motion etc.
[12.05]Assault move and laying SMOKE
[12.06]Area Target Type vs. Area Fire
[12.07]Do mortars get ROF with SMOKE?
[12.08]Infantry Target Type CHs
[12.09]Building vs. Location vs. Hex Control
[12.10]Why do the concealment markers have a morale level printed on them?
[12.11]Do I have to declare it when my opponent rolls his SAN?
[12.12]Can a leader direct fire when he can't use his DRM?
[12.13]What does "momentarily reveal" mean?
[12.14]Can I dm a weapon and still move?
[12.15]OBA confuses me! How can it be made simpler?
[12.16]What is that thing on Board 8?
[12.17]The centre dots on my board aren't in the centre of the hexes! What do I do?
[12.18]The rules say I can HIP my foxholes. Does that mean the units in the foxhole are HIP also?
[12.19]Can I remove CX by declaring TI?
[12.20]What is "VBM Sleaze"?
[12.21] When is CC "simultaneous"?
[12.22] Is "No Quarter" always applied to both sides when in effect?
[12.23] Must I use my MGs when making a SFF attack?
[12.24] OVRs confuse me! How can it be made simpler?
[12.25] Heroic Leaders
[12.26] Half-Squads and Smoke Grenades

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