Advanced Squad Leader VASL Lesson.

Lesson 03: Starting your first scenario. I’ve chosen a specific scenario and will step you through several lessons on how to go from scenario sheet to a complete VASL setup for that scenario.

1) Java –

2) The Vassal Engine –

3) The VASL module –


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Neal Ulen
Neal is a retired engineer/researcher who first played Squad Leader back in the late '70s. While getting re-acquainted with ASL after retiring, he took it as an opportunity to create VASL, Boot Camp, and AAR tutorials to help new and returning players. He lurks in the PWN.


  1. cool stuff you have here. your videos really helped me get started with vasl. question, where do I down load The Eastern Gate scenario? it would be great to be able to follow along with your instruction with the game running on my computer. thanks, keep it up

    • The Eastern Gate scenario I use is from the ASL module Rising Sun. Unfortunately it’s not available for download anywhere. You should be able to take a screen shot(s) from the video to see what’s in the scenario though, to make it easier to follow along.

  2. Hi Neal
    I am working through the process of setting up scenarios with all your neat extras and came across a small problem. I am trying to set up the Mila 18 scenario from Beyond Valor. In this scenario one side is ZOB. There are no counters in VASL that seem to match and VASL Templates doesn’t recognize ZOB as a side, any thoughts?

    • Hi,

      The ZOB use Partisan counters (see A25.24). In the VASL Templates you can pick “Partisans Generic”. The reason ZOB isn’t in the Template generator is that there’s only one scenario (that I know of) in all of ASL that calls out a ZOB nationality, while different sorts of Partisans are used quite often.



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