Without taking away from this initiative at all, (it is always useful to have multiple paths to the same place), just a reminder that VASL6.4.3 introduced a new method of board synchronization that should reduce the need for downloading boards either in bulk or individually.
New board selection process in VASL6.4.3:
This version of VASL introduces a new twist to the board selection process: when selecting boards for a new scenario, ALL boards will show up on the dropdown list and when selected the most recent version will be automatically download to the player’s local drive.
This will eliminate the need for players themselves to download boards, even new boards as they are issued. You will always have access to the latest version of any VASL-ized board.
Prior to this, the automatic board syncing process only worked if you already had a version of the board on your local drive.
The new process also works if you are joining an online game which is using a board not already on your machine or where your board version is out of date.
As with automatic board synching, this new process requires an internet connection. If you are playing without a connection you will have access to those boards already on your local drive.
For those who chose not to update to this VASL version (sadface), you will be able to get new boards AND new board versions manually from VASL.info. The automatic board syncing in previous versions will no longer work. Why, you ask? Good question. Because the process of making it work requires a cumbersome, error-prone, manual back-end process that we wish to eliminate so that we can spend our time making VASL better. Seriously; we need to make this change.
Minor detail: if you have boards on your local drive that are not in the VASL.info repository, they will show up in your dropdown list.
The initial post provides a link that will download extensions as well as boards. This may be of particular interest/value to people.
you do need to make sure your Board directory is not in a write protected location (ie within the windows folder for example) otherwise the auto-update feature will not work. It's a simple fix the user can do but one not immediately obvious.