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Are you an experienced playtester with too much time on your hands?

I have ten scenarios in various stages of playtesting for a pack that I would like to self-publish. I also have a couple of scenarios that I'd like to submit for the next ASL Journal and Special Ops.

1. The one for Special Ops is a Starter Kit scenario set in France during August 1944 that only uses components from Starter Kit 1. The scenario for the Journal uses part of the Elst map (Chas Argent made me do it. Or rather his "Dayan to Meet You" made me do it.), but is otherwise a standard ASL scenario set in Italy in September 1943.

2. The ten scenarios designed for a separate pack are all "early-war." Two feature Japanese, only one of which is PTO and the other a small night scenario. There is one, three-board DASL scenario with snow--the only winter scenario in the pack. The DASL scenario is also the biggest of the bunch and the only one with overlays. One scenario is DTO-light played on two board equivalents, another is "MTO," although essentially ETO in nature, and possibly the most popular. The remaining five scenarios are ETO, one of which has propa' OBA. In sum, one large scenario and nine smallish to mediumish sized, 5-7 turn scenarios, eight of which have AFV. Oh, and apart from the DASL and DTO scenarios, no scenario uses more than one-board equivalent.

Here is a little more info on the pack.

If interested in testing any of the above, please PM your email and I'll get back to you asap.

Once I am satisfied with a particular scenario in the 10-pack, I will post it on Sitrep as a free play.

Cheers,

Chris
 
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For those who have the time, I encourage you to playtest some of Chris’s scenarios. I have assisted him on some of the research and the proofreading of the scenario cards and playtested (solo) two of his scenarios—others have also contributed to playtesting already. These scenarios have been developed with a lot of care by Chris who is showing a distinct style in his scenario design. In short, what you will be asked to playtest are not half-baked, run-of-the-mill scenarios.
 

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A little info on the scenarios for MMP:

Delta Force Ste–Maxime–sur–Mer, France, 15 August 1944 (14 German squads vs 18 US squads) 4.5 turns on board z.

Pass the PIAT West of Santa Lucia (south of Salerno), Italy 9 September 1943 (5.5 German squads and 10 AFV vs 16 British squads, 4 AFV and 4 6pdr with a twist) 6 turns on about a third of the Elst map (hexrows H-FF).
 
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For those who have the time, I encourage you to playtest some of Chris’s scenarios. I have assisted him on some of the research and the proofreading of the scenario cards and playtested (solo) two of his scenarios—others have also contributed to playtesting already. These scenarios have been developed with a lot of care by Chris who is showing a distinct style in his scenario design. In short, what you will be asked to playtest are not half-baked, run-of-the-mill scenarios.
Very kind of you to say so Monsieur. A lot to live up to. No pressure. ;)
 

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Wish I was in a position to help. The descriptions are very interesting, and I would certainly purchase the pack.

As to SSRs, I am amused when people complain about too many of them. Has anyone noticed the rulebook is just a large collection of SSRs?
 

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Wish I was in a position to help. The descriptions are very interesting, and I would certainly purchase the pack.

As to SSRs, I am amused when people complain about too many of them. Has anyone noticed the rulebook is just a large collection of SSRs?
Thanks for another vote of confidence. I'll be posting additional info/teasers in the coming months.
 

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Wish I was in a position to help. The descriptions are very interesting, and I would certainly purchase the pack.

As to SSRs, I am amused when people complain about too many of them. Has anyone noticed the rulebook is just a large collection of SSRs?
ROFL, they don't like to read that either.
 

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Chris’ scenarios are top-notch. He’s also a very responsive pt coordinator, has great attention to detail, and does due diligence with his, and your, efforts. One of the elite designers out there.
Generous praise from a famed grognard, a seasoned, innovative designer who gave us "fat" boards. A top player to boot. I am none of these, but I welcome the encouragement and support all the same.

Thanks Gary!
 

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Sooooo. It's been a few weeks.

Has anyone tried Day of the Jackals? If so, how did it go?
I cannot claim to have tried it (I am still building to the full ASL experience), but I greatly enjoyed your write-up and source comparison/reasoning in building the scenario’s OOB, SSR’s and terrain.

For the Game Planner, alway a great idea to aid accessibility for the average player, particularly highlighting rules or comprehension of resources at their disposal. We have all been there… “What is this in the OOB and how can I best use it?”

These may be cheesy, but you were soliciting naming ideas: Tactical Toolbox, Situational Awareness, Planning Considerations.
 

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I cannot claim to have tried it (I am still building to the full ASL experience), but I greatly enjoyed your write-up and source comparison/reasoning in building the scenario’s OOB, SSR’s and terrain.
Thanks! I'm pleased to hear that you find these posts interesting in their own right.

Their preparation helps me re-examine the rationales behind many of my design decisions, occasionally leading to refinements of the card. Writing things down works wonders.

For the Game Planner, alway a great idea to aid accessibility for the average player, particularly highlighting rules or comprehension of resources at their disposal. We have all been there… “What is this in the OOB and how can I best use it?”
Tricky thing is that errors can creep into these aids. On balance, I'm confident that the aids will encourage players to take a punt on scenarios that might otherwise appear too daunting, or just too much work to put on the game table.

These may be cheesy, but you were soliciting naming ideas: Tactical Toolbox, Situational Awareness, Planning Considerations.
The first suggestion garnered a smile. I considered something very similar at one point. A tackle box, then a TacBox sprang to mind. Your ideas actually prompted another line of thinking along the lines of a range card, with "range" replaced with something more general, yet ASL specific. Still working on it. Thanks for the prompts!

Chris
 

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Am I able to wrap my "Road Map" around my Cigars, then lose them later?
 
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