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Probationer Newbie Question

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:24 am
by theboxroom
I learned to play the original SL, many many years ago. COVID made me look at ASL SK and I have invested heavily, but one thing haunts me and I think it's a kick back to the days when I was first shown the game.
Movement of a stack on MMCs, let's say 3 of them. If they are all moving (together) from open hexes A1 to A5 (4 MPs), do they move as a stack or is it "the done thing" on occasion to move them one at a time to see if any individual MMC takes fire? To me the rules don't talk of it not being allowed, therefore it is. (Do what the rules say, not what they don't say).

Re: PROBATIONER NEWBIE QUESTION

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:25 pm
by Neal
Hi boxroom, and welcome to the site!

You can move units (MMC, HS, SMC, vehicles, etc, in any order you want. The important thing is that once a unit is done moving ... it's done moving, you can't go back to it, you can't save MPs and return to that unit and move them more.

So the stack of 3 MMCs you mention can be moved as follows, in any direction, up to their available MF:
  • A stack of three in one move.
  • Move 2 MMCs, then move 1 MMC.
  • Move 1 MMC, then move 2 MMCs.
  • Move 1 MMC, then another MMC, then the final MMC.
The last option obviously takes longer, but introduces less risk to your units.

The mechanics of movement and defensive fire in ASL discourages moving units as stacks unless you have good terrain (ie. good TEM against fire) and/or good leadership with them. Figuring out when to move units as a stack comes with experience, but even then you'll make questionable choices. :D

Re: PROBATIONER NEWBIE QUESTION

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:57 am
by theboxroom
Thanks for the response, Neal. I'm slowly transitioning from SK to the "big boy". I'm getting the feeling that this is almost a lifestyle choice, not a board game. lol!

Re: PROBATIONER NEWBIE QUESTION

Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:56 am
by Neal
theboxroom wrote: Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:57 am Thanks for the response, Neal. I'm slowly transitioning from SK to the "big boy". I'm getting the feeling that this is almost a lifestyle choice, not a board game. lol!
You're welcome!

It is kind of a lifestyle, but the system is so deep it's a game you can spend a lifetime on because it's so varied and has literally many thousands of scenarios.

These videos may interest you (Finally started my ASL Boot Camp videos on the Youtube channel):


Re: Probationer Newbie Question

Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:58 am
by theboxroom
lol - already subscribed! Thanks anyway. They are very useful. Greg.