Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1*

Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 is an excellent entry point into the complex world of Advanced Squad Leader (ASL), one of the most detailed and immersive tactical combat games ever designed. This starter kit simplifies the extensive rules of the full game, making it more accessible for new players while maintaining enough depth to offer a genuine ASL experience.

Game Overview

  • Purpose: The kit is designed to introduce players to the core infantry and terrain rules of ASL through a streamlined and illustrated rulebook.
  • Components: It includes two geomorphic maps compatible with both Squad Leader and ASL, a full countersheet, six scenarios on cardstock sheets, a quick reference data chart, a rules booklet, and two dice.

Gameplay Features

  • Scenarios: The kit contains six varied scenarios that gradually introduce the complexities of the game, allowing players to learn progressively.
  • Integration: While designed as a stand-alone game, the components are fully compatible with the broader ASL system, allowing for expansion into more detailed scenarios using full ASL rules.

Strategic Depth

  • Terrain and Movement: Players must tactically maneuver their squads across different terrains, which affect movement and combat efficiency.
  • Combat Mechanics: The game emphasizes the use of combined arms tactics and the importance of leadership, morale, and suppression.

Learning and Replayability

  • Scalability: Initially aimed at beginners, the kit is designed to scale in complexity, making it a gateway into the more extensive ASL system.
  • Replay Value: Each scenario presents different challenges and strategic decisions, enhancing its replayability.


Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 is an ideal introduction to tactical wargaming. It balances complexity and playability, providing a solid foundation for those who wish to delve deeper into the ASL series. Whether you're a seasoned wargamer looking to revisit the fundamentals, or a newcomer eager to explore what ASL has to offer, this starter kit serves as a comprehensive and engaging starting point.

Nominated for 1 award.

  • 2 Players
  • 120 Minutes
  • 13+ years old
  • Hard to learn

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