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For VASL bore sighting, I simply use a red small acquisition counter (flipped to -2) and then set the label to identify which weapon it refers to. This then goes into the actual bvore sighted hex, and then the counter property is set to HIP. I then can see where it is (so I dont forget) and simply unHIP it when I want to use it)

For all other "notes" which need to be documented, I use the draggable label overlays to type the information, position it on the periphery of the playing surface, then HIP the labels. To reveal the information to your opponent, just unHIP the specific label
Thanks Fred!

I guess I couldnt see the woods for trees or is it the other way around? That will work perfectly.
 

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Yes that is one of the nice features of VASL, you can use almost any counter to mark a note and then HIP it. I use this when setting up say the Japanese and then HIP my units/fortifications and then print out my setup and use highlighter so that when I go to the club and do the setup I just place what is on board, on board and I have a sheet that has all my fortifications and HIP stuff.

Works pretty well.

And if your only playing via VASL its a great to reveal that HIP stuff/BS hexes/minefields/etc this way in play.
 

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Yes that is one of the nice features of VASL, you can use almost any counter to mark a note and then HIP it. I use this when setting up say the Japanese and then HIP my units/fortifications and then print out my setup and use highlighter so that when I go to the club and do the setup I just place what is on board, on board and I have a sheet that has all my fortifications and HIP stuff.

Works pretty well.

And if your only playing via VASL its a great to reveal that HIP stuff/BS hexes/minefields/etc this way in play.
Hi dlazov
I suppose you use the scenario card that I still havent used yet? :hmmm: :) Certain things certainly are easier on Vasl not least of all stacking but thats because Im still cutting my teeth on VASL and pbem before I do some UK tourneys and then maybe to the states in the next couple of years! so I dont really know what a F 2 F battle would be like in comparison...
 
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Hello p3love,

You lost me on the scenario card bit, but yes sometimes on VASL somethings are easier but in F2F and playing with the board and counters there are somethings you loose when you go to VASL, mainly perspective (in the computer world you have a monitor and you can zoom but your kind of stuck with the flat 2D images, with F2F and the 'real thing' you don't loose the perspective, you can move around the table, lift your head this way and that way and scan much better than any computer generated equivalent, in my opinion).

With ASL this is not a major deal, but if you take a more traditional board war game (say something small / normal out of a S&T or AH/SPI standard 34x24 map 100-200 counters) it starts to manifest it's self (VASSAL compared to having the map out and moving the pieces 'live' around) and then this is greatly exasperated when you move to the 'monster' war games such as War in the East, or any 2 map or 3 map game with 300 to 1000's of counters.

So those that say VASSAL/VASL is the better way is not always true, especially from that physical real life perspective.

Hope that makes some sense, it's sort of hard to explain, the better example would be to pull out said games above (if you have them) and then find a VASSAL / Cyberboard equivalent and you can begin to see the benefits of using the real cardboard over electronics. Of course one of the benefits of using electronics is leaving it setup forever or not worrying about dog/cat or child messing up the setup.

As far as the face to face interaction I have always been going on about, for me I guess it's would be like you can have a couple of pints of ale at your place alone with yourself or your pal is sitting behind his monitor having a pint, but the experience is so different if you and I went to a local pub with all the people around and we slammed down some pints together in person and started chit chatting about this that or the other thing.

Again, not sure if that makes sense but that is how look at things...
 

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Hello p3love,

You lost me on the scenario card bit, but yes sometimes on VASL somethings are easier but in F2F and playing with the board and counters there are somethings you loose when you go to VASL, mainly perspective (in the computer world you have a monitor and you can zoom but your kind of stuck with the flat 2D images, with F2F and the 'real thing' you don't loose the perspective, you can move around the table, lift your head this way and that way and scan much better than any computer generated equivalent, in my opinion).

With ASL this is not a major deal, but if you take a more traditional board war game (say something small / normal out of a S&T or AH/SPI standard 34x24 map 100-200 counters) it starts to manifest it's self (VASSAL compared to having the map out and moving the pieces 'live' around) and then this is greatly exasperated when you move to the 'monster' war games such as War in the East, or any 2 map or 3 map game with 300 to 1000's of counters.

So those that say VASSAL/VASL is the better way is not always true, especially from that physical real life perspective.

Hope that makes some sense, it's sort of hard to explain, the better example would be to pull out said games above (if you have them) and then find a VASSAL / Cyberboard equivalent and you can begin to see the benefits of using the real cardboard over electronics. Of course one of the benefits of using electronics is leaving it setup forever or not worrying about dog/cat or child messing up the setup.

As far as the face to face interaction I have always been going on about, for me I guess it's would be like you can have a couple of pints of ale at your place alone with yourself or your pal is sitting behind his monitor having a pint, but the experience is so different if you and I went to a local pub with all the people around and we slammed down some pints together in person and started chit chatting about this that or the other thing.

Again, not sure if that makes sense but that is how look at things...
makes perfect sense, - F2F will be happening hopefully mid year...

The scenario card is the card that Ive always scanned over but never used - it the card that comes in the rules - it has SAN ELR and all that stuff...
 

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Board 66 from Winter Offensive '13 is now available here

Overlay 7, which is essentially a BSO for this board, is actually given its own file because it's big enough to need its OWN overlays for PTO and the like. Therefore, we couldn't make it a simple checkbox entry in the "Board 66 Special Overlays" section of the TerrainSSR dialog. THEREFORE, you must download overlay 7 as part of the Standard Overlay Bundle, or separately here

Board 66 and overlay 7 are VASL v5.9.3-compatible. That is, they work with v5.9.2 just fine, but their Marsh and LightWoods overlays also work with 5.9.3.
 

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Great Tom. Thanks.
Board 66 from Winter Offensive '13 is now available here

Overlay 7, which is essentially a BSO for this board, is actually given its own file because it's big enough to need its OWN overlays for PTO and the like. Therefore, we couldn't make it a simple checkbox entry in the "Board 66 Special Overlays" section of the TerrainSSR dialog. THEREFORE, you must download overlay 7 as part of the Standard Overlay Bundle, or separately here

Board 66 and overlay 7 are VASL v5.9.3-compatible. That is, they work with v5.9.2 just fine, but their Marsh and LightWoods overlays also work with 5.9.3.
 

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The VASL 5.9.3-compatible boards and overlays have been posted to the Bazaar. See this post for details.
 

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Hi!
Apologies if this post is to the wrong area. I have designed a couple of historical ASL maps via a graphics program and would like advice on how to convert the gif files to a VASL board. I have tried to attached an extract of one on the mapboards which is based on the French village of Hatten. The maps use standard hex size and the extent of the mapboard is to hex GG30.
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Simple answer: just put the GIF file in your boards folder and VASL should be able to open it.
 

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It has to be named bdSomething with no file name extension.

bdMyHaslMap

not MyHaslMap.gif

And VASL will complain about bad module data, but indeed it seems to work. I learned something new. :)
 

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Keeping the gif extension should get rid of that error but indeed the name should begin with 'bd'
 

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Hi!
Apologies if this post is to the wrong area. I have designed a couple of historical ASL maps via a graphics program and would like advice on how to convert the gif files to a VASL board. I have tried to attached an extract of one on the mapboards which is based on the French village of Hatten. The maps use standard hex size and the extent of the mapboard is to hex GG30.
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Andy Rogers
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Check out Ye Olde Booke of VASL Mapmaking Secrets at

http://home.comcast.net/~tomrepetti/misc/YoBv6.pdf

This really isn't the place for this question I'm thinkin'. You should also ask the VASL map elves. Follow the link on Tuomo's page to the VASL Map Cabal. Those are the people that you really need to be talking to.

http://home.comcast.net/~tomrepetti/
 

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Keeping the gif extension should get rid of that error but indeed the name should begin with 'bd'
Hi!
Thank you for all of your replies. I loaded up the 'gif' version of my mapboards and they load up into VASL. However, the ASL counters do not 'centre' on within the hexes. There must be more to this process. Nearly there!
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Then the 'simple answer' doesn't apply to your map. Please ask your question over in the VASL folder so we can stop cluttering up this thread.
 

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Then the 'simple answer' doesn't apply to your map. Please ask your question over in the VASL folder so we can stop cluttering up this thread.
What he said.

This thread is for announcements and feedback for the VASL Map Bazaar.

If you have questions about your personal efforts at making and/or publishing maps, please either start a new thread on the VASL subforum or (much better yet) get in contact with the map elves who are the ones who *really* know about making VASL maps. Links to the elves were in my previous posting.
 

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Finally getting around to VASLizing the last of the Map Bundle boards. Board 18, one of my all-time faves, is now updated to v5.2. Download it here.

Thank Goodness it has no Marsh :-/
 
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