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This is an overview of all of the ASL Annuals, what contents they possess, and what degree of that content has been published elsewhere or updated.

To buff up the re-release of various ASL modules, MMP has gone through the archives and chosen interesting or appropriate scenarios to reprint. Other scenarios and articles have either appeared in the Historical Study modules or the second volume of the Out of the Attic series.

The assumption here is that the reader has no other access to these contents, and exists in a world where, unless they possess a publication, it is impossible for them to read these contents. As some of the Journal scenarios have been reprinted, I'll try to, at some point, create a similar list for those.

ASL Annual `89


Overview:
Fairly easy to find. Half of the scenarios have been reprinted. The articles are mixed, but a great deal are either strategy or historical reference, which makes it reasonably useful. The scenarios tend to be quite long.

Articles:
1. A Nation of Workers by Craig F. Posey

2. A Question of Balance by H. Sylvester & E. Murrell

3. The Evolution of Small Unit Tactics by John Hill 

4. Piper's Lament by Eugene Murrell 

5. Gunned-Up in the Desert by Mark C. Nixon 

6. Man and Superman by Craig F. Posey

7. How to Win an ASL Tournament by Jon Mishcon

8. One-Half FP by Jay Kaufman (Reprinted/corrected in ASL 2nd Ed. as the IIFT chart)

9. Updating the Oldies by Jim Stahler

10. Another Shell in the Tube by Robert Medrow

Scenarios:
12 ASL (6 Reprinted)
3 DASL

A1 Tavronitis Bridge (reprinted as in FKaC as ASL 93)
A2 Bofors Bashing (reprinted as in FKaC as ASL 94)

A3 Descent into Hell (reprinted as in FKaC as ASL 95)

A4 Beyond the Blue Beach
A5 Holding the Rear

A6 The Price of Impatience

A7 Slamming of the Door (reprinted in BV 3rd Ed as ASL 129)

A8 The Agony of Doom (reprinted in BV 3rd Ed as ASL 136)

A9 Midnight Massacre 

A10 The Borders are Burning (reprinted in BV 3rd Ed as ASL 123)

A11 Silent Death

A12 Savoia!
DA1 L'Ecole Normale

DA2 Last Act in Lorraine

DA3 Back to School

ASL Annual `90

Overview:
I quite like this Annual. Again, half of the scenarios have been reprinted, and it is possible that the Italian ones might get rolled into the upcoming Italian reprint. Some of the scenarios that have not been reprinted (Cat and Mouse, Cold Crocodiles, Contest in the Clouds) are either extremely good or unique. The scenarios tend to be quite long. The historical articles are reasonably good.

Articles:
1. Eight Million Bayonets by Craig F. Posey

2. Eight Steps to ASL by Jim Stahler (Available on-line)

3. The Devil's Brigade by Steven Swann

4. Series Replay by Mark Nixon, Bill and Dave Sisler

5. Giving it Your Best Shot by Ron Shirtz

6. War in the Shadows by Charles Markuss

7. A Dog's Live by Rex A. Martin

8. How to Enjoy an ASL Tournament by Mark Nixon

Scenarios:
12 ASL (6 Reprinted)
3 DASL

A13 Able at Cesaro

A14 Monastery Hill

A15 Stand Fast the Guards (Revision: ASL 5a - For King and Country #92)

A16 On the Borderline (Revision: Beyond Valor (3rd Edition) #124)

A17 The Penetration of Rostov (Revision: Beyond Valor (3rd Edition) #131)

A18 Sbeitla Probe

A19 Cat and Mouse

A20 Counterattack at Sidi Bou Zid

A21 Counterattack on the Vistula (Revision: Beyond Valor (3rd Edition) #134)

A22 The Crux of Calais (Revision: ASL 5a - For King and Country #96)

A23 Contest in the Clouds

A24 Regalbuto Ridge (Revision: ASL 5a - For King and Country #100)

A25 Cold Crocodiles

DA4 The Island

DA5 Intimate War

DA6 Breakout


ASL Annual `91

Overview:
Again, the majority of the scenarios have been reprinted, though a few unusual ones (King's Castle) have yet to appear elsewhere. I wouldn't be shocked if the American Scenarios make their way into a Yanks reprint. Regarding the articles: A lengthy overview of a RB campaign and then a historical articles on the Axis minor nations. Jon Mishcon presents some analysis of the numerous Market garden scenarios he wrote for the issue, and Mark Nixon presents the proto-ROAR balance ratings of some scenarios from early ASLOKs, but also some good analysis of the (unbalanced) Last Hurrah scenarios.

Articles:

1. Series Replay: Red Barricades by J. Mitchell, L. Watson, F. Calcagno and C. Kibler

2. The Forgotten Legions by Charles Markuss

3. Early Victims, Early Victories by Mark C. Nixon

4. Market-Garden by Jon Mishcon

5. The Numbers of October by Mark C. Nixon

6. The Mouse That Roared by Bob McNamara

Scenarios:

13 ASL (8 reprinted)
2 DASL
1 Red Barricade Scenario

A26 Beachhead at Ozereyka Bay

A27 King's Castle

A28 The Professionals (ASL 11 - Doomed Battalions (3rd Edition) ID:144)

A29 A Meeting of Patrols

A30 Defeat in Java

A31 On the Road to Andalsnes (ASL 11 - Doomed Battalions (3rd Edition) ID:142)
A32 Zon With the Wind (Revision: Yanks v2)

A33 Tettau's Attack (Revision: ASL 5a - For King and Country #107)

A34 Lash Out

A35 Guards Attack (Revision: ASL 5a - For King and Country #108)

A36 Oy Veghel (Revision: ASL 5a - For King and Country #110)

A37 Dreil Team (Revision: ASL 5a - For King and Country #109)

A38 North Bank Multi-Man Publishing (ASL 5a - For King and Country ID:110)

DA7 Lehr Sanction 
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A8 Gruppo Mobile
AH1 Fire on the Volga



ASL Annual `92

Overview:
The Japan Issue. Historical articles on the IJA, Allied Minor, and ANZAC special forces. There are also articles on two scenarios in this issue. One on play testing, and the other a AAR of OP Hill, a scenario now reprinted in Rising Sun. Still an interesting issue, though not many of the remaining scenarios look that great.

Articles:
1. Soldiers of the Sun by Charles Markuss

2. Series Replay: A41 OpP Hill by Chuck Goetz, Perry Cocke and Pat Jonke

3. Pigi-Pigi by Steven Swann

4. The Doomed Battalions by Charles Markuss

5. And Here We Damned Well Played by Mark Nixon

6. Guilt By Accusation? by John Farris, Jay Kaufman and George Windau

Scenarios:
12 ASL (5 Reprinted)
2 DASL
1 Red Barricade Scenario

A39 Showdown at Tug Argan Pass

A40 Ad Hoc at Beaurains (Revision: ASL 5a - For King and Country #91)

A41 OP Hill (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #157)

A42 Commando Hunt

A43 Probing Layforce (Revision: ASL 5a - For King and Country #99)

A44 Blocking Action at Lipki

A45 Chakila Sunrise

A46 Rattle of Sabres (ASL 11 - Doomed Battalions (3rd Edition) ID:138)

A47 White Tigers (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #159) 

A48 Best-Laid Plans

A49 Delaying Action

A50 ...And Here We Damned Well Stay

DA9 Royal Marines

DA10 The Tiger of Toungoo

HA2 The Commissar's House

ASL Annual `93a


Overview:
This is an amazing issue… which is largely no longer of much value. Almost all of the (excellent) articles were reprinted and updated in Out of the Attic #2. The scenarios that have not been reprinted in Rising sun are insanely long. There is an analysis by Guy Chaney of some of the scenarios from this issue.

From the Table of Contents:
1. 
Panzer Gegen Panzer by Bruce Bakken (Reprinted in Out of the Attic #2)

2. Annual Crossfire by Robert Banozic & Mark Nixon

3. Getting The Lead Out by Steve Powlesland
4. 
Beating About The Bush by Philippe Leonard (Reprinted in Out of the Attic #2)

5. Grace Under Fire by Guy Chaney

6. The Illustrated & Legible Advanced Sequence Of Play by The Staff (Replaced in ASL 2nd Ed.)
7. 
Iron Eagle by Rex A. Martin

Scenarios:
10 ASL (4 Reprinted)
1 DASL (1 reprinted)

A51 Clash Along The Pesl

A52 Swan Song

A53 Smith & Weston (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #155)

A54 The Raate Road

A55 The Cat Has Jumped

A56 A Good Party

A57 First Banzai

A58 Munda Mash (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #152)

A59 Death At Carentan (Revision: Yanks v2)

A60 Totsugeki! (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #153)

DA11 Sicilian Midnight (Revision: Out of the Attic ID:OA12)

ASL Annual `93b

Overview:
One of the less valuable journals. The centrepiece of this Annual is the Gavutu-Tanambogo HASL. This cool looking map and collection of scenarios has been reprinted in Rising Sun. If you are super interested in the GT HASL, this Annual may still be worth it, as it has more extensive designer and play-test notes. Other articles include a historical article on the marines and the Canadians in ASL.

From the Table of Contents:
1. 
Sand & Blood by Dan Dolan (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun)
2. 
First to Fight! by Steven Swann
3. 
Annual Crossfire: Holding the Rear by Robert Banozic & Mark Nixon

4. Warriors of the North by Michael Dorosh

5. First on the Beach by Bleck, Burnett & Martin

6. Notes to the Troops by Rex A. Martin

7. Tiger Trap by Rex A. Martin

Scenarios:
7 ASL (1 reprinted)
1 DASL (reprinted)
One HA module w/ 3 scenarios (All are reprinted in Rising Sun)

A61 Across the Wire

A62 Paole Zion

A63 Action at Balberkamp (ASL 11 - Doomed Battalions (3rd Edition) ID:141)

A64 Chateau de Quesnoy

A65 The Dinant Bridgehead

A66 Counterstroke at Stonne

A67 Monte Castello

DA12 Tussle at Thomashof Multi-Man Publishing (HSASL 2 - Operation Veritable ID:HS23)

HA3 Grabbing Gavutu (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #149)

HA4 Tanambogo Nightmare (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #150)

HA5 Take Two (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #151)


ASL Annual `95 winter

Overview:
This is a pretty interesting Annual. Lots of good, tournament sized scenarios. A number of reasonably interesting articles, including a lengthier discussion of Japanese Paratroopers and the Normandy invasion. The strategy articles look good, though I haven't really delved into them. I think this one is worth seeking out. It is in many ways the Annual equivalent to Journal #3.

Note that the issue originally came with a B/W wrap-around back-printed with overlays for DASL. Due to printing error (!) these are incorrectly sized. Corrected versions are on the MMP site.

Articles:
1. Airborne Samurai by Steven C. Swann

2. Annual Crossfire by Robert Banozic & Mark Nixon

3. Warriors All! by David Payne

4. The Chestnuts of Normandy by Jim Stahler

5. En Garde by Chuck Goetz

6. The Gentle Art of Routing by Steve Tinsley

7. The Scenarios of Normandy by Jim Stahler

8. Series Replay: Festung St. Edouard by Steve Peterson, Brian Youse & Chuck Goetz

Scenarios:
23 ASL Scenarios (7 Reprinted)
1 DASL

A68 Acts of Defiance (ASL 1 - Beyond Valor (3rd Edition) ID:135)

A69 Broich Bash
 (Revision: Yanks v2)
A70 Wintergewitter

A71 Patton's Prayers (Revision: Yanks v2)

A72 Italian Brothers (ASL 11 - Doomed Battalions (3rd Edition) ID:137)

A73 Not Out of the Woods Yet

A74 Valhalla Bound

A75 Medal of Honor

A76 Night Drop

A77 Hide & Seek

A78 Prelude to Breakout

A79 Mike Red

A80 Commando Schenke (Revision: Beyond Valor (3rd Edition) #126)

A81 They Fired on Odessa...

A82 Orange at Walawbum (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #154)

A83 Last of Their Strength (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #155)

A84 Endless Struggle

A85 Airborne Samurai

A86 Fighting Sparrow

A87 The Grand Canal

A88 Surprise Encounter

A89 First Day of Diadem

A90 Cutting Out a Strongpoint

DA13 The Mailed Fist

ASL Annual `96

Overview:
This Annual saw the beginning of MMP’s editorial reign over the Annuals. Most of the articles are focussed on rules, including snow/winter weather, double timing, caves, and gliders. An article on vehicle movement was reprinted/revised in Out of the Attic 2. The remaining articles are overviews/analyses of scenarios, either SL adaptations (presented in this Annual) or from Croix de Guerre. The majority of the
scenarios are small or medium in size and many are well regarded. Of note is the sole deluxe scenario, A103 Mayhem in Manila, which is often recommended for learning the Japanese.

Articles:
1. The Weather Outside is Frightful... by Tim Hundsdorfer

2. Stop and Go Traffic by Ole Boe (Reprinted in Out of the Attic #2)

3. Run For the Money by Steve Petersen

4. For St. George and St. Joan by Jim Stahler

5. Flight School by Curt Schilling

6. Spelunking 101 by Dad Cariaga

7. Vive La France! by Mark Nixon

Scenarios:
13 ASL (3 Reprinted)
1 DASL (A103)

A91 The Road to Gora

A92 Highway 5

A93 Fagh A' Ballagh!

A94 Last Defense Line

A95 The Long Road

A96 In Rommel's Wake

A97 Tasimboko Raid (HSASL 1 - Operation Watchtower ID:HS 3)

A98 Crossing the Gniloi Tikitsch

A99 To Clear a Roadblock

A100 Dorset Wood in the Rain

A101 The Drive for Taierzhuang (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #155)

A102 On Silent Wings (ASL 5a - For King and Country ID:98)

A103 Mayhem in Manila

A104 In Front of the Storm



ASL Annual `97

Overview:
Another really cool Annual. A good article on Calvalry, an interesting replay, and a really cool looking PTO mini-HASL. I hope that at some point this is reprinted in a future Out of the Attic, as there is also a Journal scenario set on this map. If you can get it for a reasonable price, I think it is worth it.

Articles:
1. A Cavalry Primer for Neighsayers by Michale Puccio
2. Series Replay: Scenario G28 - Ramsey's Charge by Jeff Coyle, Matt Noah, & Carl Fago
3. Red Death for Scouts in Flames by Pete Shelling
4. The Road to Nhpum Ga by Chuck Powers
5. Vive La France Encore!: Croix de Guerre Scenario Review (Part II) by Mark C. Nixon
6. What Do You Do When You Don't Have A Can Opener? by Tate Rogers (Reprinted in Out of the Attic #2)

Scenarios:
16 ASL (3 Reprinted)

A 105: Police Action
A 106: Debacle at Korosten (Revision: MMP: Beyond Valor (3rd Edition) #130)
A 107: The Red Wave
A 108: Sudden Death
A 109: Scouts Out (Revision: Yanks v2)
A 110: Shanghai in Flames (Revision: ASL 13 - Rising Sun #145)
A 111: Cattern's Position
A 112: Gift of Time
A 113: Then Things Got Worse
A 114: Hamlet's Demise
A 115: Blockbusters
A 116: Tangled Up in Blue
A 117: Maggot Hill
A 118: The Waterhole
A 119: Showdown in Syria
A 120: Uncommon Valor



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Re: Guide for the perplexed: A guide to all of the ASL Annuals
Very useful, many thanks!

Also, perhaps worth noting the mis-sized DASL overlays in the '95 Annual?
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Re: Guide for the perplexed: A guide to all of the ASL Annuals
great list ... don't forget the ASL Mannual '98
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Good point -- do any scenarios actually use those overlays?
 
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Well the ones included in the annual did I believe (and they did correct them).
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Great work, thanks.
 
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Mark.Watson wrote:
Good point -- do any scenarios actually use those overlays?


There are a few Journal scenarios that use them.
 
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Huh, I think I have all of these...
 
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Eoin Corrigan wrote:
Very useful, many thanks!

Also, perhaps worth noting the mis-sized DASL overlays in the '95 Annual?


You can download the corrected DASL overlays from the MMP website:

http://www.multimanpublishing.com/Support/ASLASLSK/tabid/64/...

Then click on the link labeled "Corrected Deluxe ASL Overlays."

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Great list. I have them all, but this is definitely very useful as a reference.
 
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Updated with the Yanks 2 news.
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