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Offline Rayfer

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Squad Leader
« on: January 28, 2020, 04:21:01 PM »
Retired now and thinking of getting back into Squad Leader from Avalon Hill circa 1977. I see there is a different publisher, Multi-Man Publishing, who put out a new Advanced Squad Leader starter kit #1. Both are available used on eBay.  My dilemma is this.... should I go back to my roots with the older Avalon Hill game or try the newer starter kit #1.  Any insights, suggestions would be appreciated.

Offline al_infierno

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Re: Squad Leader
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2020, 05:43:42 PM »
Do you have an old copy of SL laying around?  If not, I would 100% recommend picking up ASLSK1 and learning that.

It's really up to you, but the general consensus I've heard is that ASL is an improvement over SL in just about every way, and old SL vets generally only return to SL out of nostalgia.  ASL is the King and Granddaddy, SL is the Great Grandaddy past his prime. 

ASL will require you to un-learn some old SL habits, but the Starter Kits are all very accessible and well worth the entry price.
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Offline Rekim

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Re: Squad Leader
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2020, 11:52:36 PM »
I'll second the suggestion to go with ASLSK over SL.

The reasons are many. A good one being that in this day and age it is much easier to find opponents and mentors for ASL / ASLSK. The same can be said for online support. There are many options for continuing the hobby past SK#1 whereas with SL things get messy if you decide to delve into the expansion modules.

Offline Rayfer

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Re: Squad Leader
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2020, 07:55:42 AM »
Thanks for the replies, they are most helpful. I no longer have any of my old 1977 vintage Squad Leader stuff, all long lost to a number of job mandated relocations.  I think I'm going to heed your suggestions and go with the newer iterations.  Again, thanks.