At the Point (1991-1993)
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Newsletter, later issues usually had 1+ scenarios (though often reprints)
At the Point was one of the first crop of ASL newsletters that began to appear in the early 1990s (the second crop, beginning in the late 1990s, tended to be published by ASL groups or clubs or for a particular region rather than for the general ASL audience).
Though it only lasted for 11 issues (which includes double issues), this publication by North Carolina ASLer Marc Hanna had high quality article content and eventually scenarios as well. Article content included replays, scenario analysis, strategy and tactics articles, tips, and more.
At the Point featured heavy duty ASL content, including Scenario Replays, scenario “crossfires” (established here by Mark Nixon and Robert Banozic, who then–especially Banozic–took this show on the road in all sorts of other ASL publications), tactics articles (such as “Panzer Gegen Panzer” by Bruce Bakken), rules articles, and more. Hanna was able to attract some of the best ASL writers at the time.
In 2011, Marc Hanna kindly allowed an ASL newsletter of the second generation, View from the Trenches, to make the content and scenarios of At the Point available for download on its website. This ZIP file is available here: http://www.vftt.co.uk/files.asp.
- Issue #1. 18 pages.
- Issue #2. 18 pages.
- Issue #3. 18 pages.
- Issue #4. 16 pages.
- Issue #5. 18 pages. Devoted to play-by-mail.
- Issue #6. 16 pages. First At the Point scenarios debuted here. However, they were reprints of scenarios originally printed in the French ASL newsletter ASL News (marking the first of an infinite number of times ASL News scenarios would be reprinted)
- The Shortest Way. Soviet Union 1941 (Soviets vs. Germans). ASL News reprint.
- Long Minutes. Belgium 1940 (Belgians vs. Germans). ASL News reprint.
- Issue #7. 16 pages.
- Italian Brothers. Spain 1937 (Republicans vs. Italians). Spanish Civil War. Later reprinted as an official scenario. Reprint from the Rout Report.
- Issue #8/#9. 28 pages.
- The Pursuit. Libya 1942 (Free French vs. German). Desert. ASL News reprint.
- ATP1 The First Waltz. Belgium 1940 (British vs. Germans)
- Issue #10. 16 pages.
- ATP2 Bloody Cavalry. France 1944 (British vs. Germans)
- Issue #11/#12. 30 pages. Includes Gary Fortenberry’s Standard Tournament ASL Rules (STAR), a DYO system for tournaments.
- Wintergewitter. Soviet Union 1942 (Soviets vs. Germans). Reprint from the Rout Report.
- Peiper’s Progress. Belgium 1944 (Americans vs. Germans). Reprint from the Rout Report.
- The Tebourba Engagement. Tunisia 1942 (British/Americans vs. Germans). Desert. Reprint from ASL Report.
- A Thorn in the Flesh. Netherlands 1940 (Dutch s. Germans). Reprint from ASL Report.
- Kraut Corner. France 1944 (Americans vs. Germans). DASL. Reprint from ASL Report.
- ATP3 Debacle at Montrevel. France 1944 (Americans vs. Germans).
- Issue #13/#14. 58 pages.
- ATP4 General Sasaki’s Attack. New Georgia 1943 (Americans vs. Japanese)
- ATP5 A Walk in the Sun. Italy 1943 (Americans vs. Germans). Not historical, based on a war movie.