- Jan 9, 2010
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Using the ASL QRDC would require a rewrite of the ASLSK rule set. The TH/TK tables, as you are well aware, work a bit differently than those in the ASLRB. Each calibre/weapon type has its own TH/TK data set.There's already one available. It's called the ASL QRDC.
At present one needs to own most or all ASLSK TH/TK. Each Kit [EXC: ASLSK1, and ASLSK BP1] contains a different set of TH/TK based on the types of Guns/AFV included with the Kit. In order to play an ASLSK scenario published in Special Ops--one that contains Guns/AFV--one will need at least one TH/TK table from one of the Kits. In some cases, it is possible to need more than one TH/TK table. Provided one owned every Kit, Expansion Pack, and the HASLSK module, one would have the tables required to play any ASLSK scenario published in Special Ops to date.
Because ASLSK pubs are almost never in print concurrently, many TH/TK tables are not available. As a result, some scenarios in Special Ops cannot be played without certain tables. Admittedly, scenarios in Special Ops cannot be played without access to certain ASLSK boards and counters too. This is another unintended/unacknowledged consequence of the self-contained nature of most ASLSK pubs. With the exception of the Bonus Pack, which requires ownership of ASLSK1, all ASLSK pubs are standalone products.
I have not analysed the scenarios in Operations, and Special Ops, but I suspect that some scenarios require access to materials from more than one ASLSK pub. Given how difficult it can be for a player to obtain all ASLSK pubs in any given year, the value of scenarios published independently of an ASLSK pub is questionable.
In my view, there is little to be gained by acquiring the rule booklet in HASLK1 without also obtaining the TH/TK tables, the CG rule booklet (which contains the ordnance and vehicle notes, and which occasionally provide important info for game play, such as the Morale Level of a Tiger crew), and possibly the counter sheets. For example, if a scenario in a future issue of Special Ops were to feature a PzKpfw IIIN, a player would need the counter, and the TH/TK tables found on the HASLSK1 QRDC, both of which (IIRC) are only available in HASLSK1. However, if this scenario also required board q, for instance, a player would need to own ASLSK EP1 too, because the boards that came with the Expansion Pack are not available separately.
My advice to ASLSK fans is to buy everything as soon as possible after it becomes available. This is doubly important if one wants to make the most of all the ASLSK scenarios published in Special Ops and elsewhere. Most ASL players do this as a matter of course. ASLSK players have the advantage that while their pubs are in print, they are a fraction of the cost of ASL materials.
Agreed. Best buy Decision at Elst now. That, or accept the fact that HASLSK1 will not only cost you a bundle in the future, but that lack of ownership may restrict your ability to play other ASLSK scenarios in the future.You want the Elst Rulebook you buy Elst.
I'm with you on this.Heck, I'd love for MMP to sell the ASL content in all their Special Ops separately, but they won't.