You must be that wizard with the long bushy beard wise in the ways of the Tome, no?
Excellent assessment and advice!Looking at what you write and reading your description about having already worked through SK1, my assessment is that you are better off with going for ASL instead of SK2 / SK3.
If you are intrigued by ASL, in any case I would not go beyond SK3. SK, originally devised as an intro for ASL has developed into an 'ASL Light' by now. Fine for those that are looking for exactly that, but going beyond SK3 is wasted time IMHO if your aim is ASL.
But as you have spent considerable time with SK1 already, are not disencouraged by complicated rules, cost for components/rules is not an issue AND you have found this forum (as an excellent resource for rules issues if used in conjunction with google search (site:gamesquad.com [your searchword]) AND you are open to VASL, I see ASL as the clear path before you.
VASL changed everything for me when I discovered it back in 2010. This forum, discovered at the same time, helped a lot as well with tricky rules issues, because if you post these, grognards and rules gurus will usually answer in short order.
The best advice I can give you:
Go for ASL, try VASL and find "real" opponents to play.
Especially playing "real" opponents (via VASL or face to face) will speed up your learning curve immensely and it is more fun than solitaire attempts, too.
I can assure you that, because from roughly 1995 til 2010, I was on the "teaching myself" path solitaire as well. With VASL, I suddenly had experienced opponents and mentors around the world. I never looked back.
Hey Ken,We have! In the process of scheduling a FtF game.
Is this to get more copies of counters for a larger potential OoB? Are there scenarios that large?Always buy the core modules when available (in multiple quantities)
Just got Hatten In Flames as I was worried it was close to OoP (only available at MMP at the moment, doesn't seem to be in any gaming shops online).get the HASLs from the producers before they are all gone.
Yeah, this seems like one of those "must buy" things even if it proves to be an aspirational purchase that ends up protecting a shelf from dust.Red Factories is AMAZING.
Wise words. Spoken from experience I presume?If the situation arises where the household financial officer catches on to your expenditures: always, always, ALWAYS point out just how much other pastimes (golf, motorcycles, boats, old cars, etc.) can cost compared to what you spent on ASL.
Then add the fact that she'll know exactly where you are (ie: not out running the roads in unsafe motor transport, gambling, at the strip club, etc.).
The ratio of money spent to hours engaged is extremely good, so therefore a wise investment!
Oh yeah!Wise words. Spoken from experience I presume?