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Hugh Cowan
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Hello,

I don't actually play ASL myself, but my brother used to play "Squad Leader" years & years ago, and I thought that it might be nice if I got him "Advanced Squad Leader".

However, I am a bit confused as to what to specifically get him. I take it that there is no specific "Advanced Squad Leader" game that comes in a box?

I don't know how much time my brother will have to play the game, so I don't want to invest too much at this time.

If all I get is this "ASL Starter Kit#1", will that be enough for him to play?

Obviously the more modules you get, the more options you have, the better it is, but I really just want to set him up to play a handful of games and see where it goes from there.

Thanks for you help.

Hugh
 
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Andy Beaton
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Starter Kit #1 is probably the best choice for someone getting back into the game after a long break, because it is a) self contained and b) cheaper than full ASL, if it doesn't happen to click for him.
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Paul Franklin-Bihary
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If he's fluent in Squad Leader, he might be ok to just get into full ASL right off. In that case, you'd want to get him the ASL rulebook and Beyond Valor. That will cost you about $100-$200 depending on where you get them.

ASLSK#1 would be a cheap, self-contained option, but might not have the depth that someone who has already played Squad Leader might want for the 'next step'. I LOVE the SKs, don't get me wrong...
 
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Todd Pytel
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hcowan wrote:
I don't know how much time my brother will have to play the game...

This tells me that SK1 is the right choice here. Full ASL, even with prior SL experience, requires a big time commitment to become fluent with the rules. It would be a shame to spend close to $200 for the ASLRB + BV if your bro doesn't want to spend that kind of time with it. SK1 is fun and cheap - if he likes it enough to play regularly, it's easy enough to go right to full ASL from there.
 
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