Battles Magazine (2009 - present)
Country of Origin:
Occasional ASL or ASL Starter Kit scenario
Battles Magazine is a general wargaming magazine edited and published by Olivier Revenu of France (the magazine, however, is in English, in an attempt to capitalize on an international audience). According to Revenu, he wanted to create the “ultimate wargaming magazine, the counter-pusher’s Bible, a Nirvana-in-print for the amateur strategist.” That’s an ambitious goal–so too is its planned quarterly publishing schedule (beginning in 2010, after a 2-issue 2009).
What is most impressive about Battles Magazine is its extremely high production values. The 132-148 page magazine (page counts from its first two issues) is in full color with high quality graphics. Clearly inspired to some degree by French wargaming magazine Vae Victis, which also has a game in each issue and similar content, its production values surpass those of the older magazine, including a separate game map and mounted, die-cut counters. Other content includes numerous game reviews, strategy and analysis articles, interviews, scenarios for a variety of game systems (including ASL), and more.
It’s a good magazine, both in terms of content and production quality (the English is sometimes a bit sloppily translated, though). The only real question is whether or not it can survive financially with such high production values vs. such a niche audience. Hopefully, Battles can somehow find a way to stick around for a while. It is well worth trying.
2014 Update: Battles’ schedule has gone fro quarterly to occasional to once in a blue moon and its future is in doubt.
|Issue||ASL Scenario or Campaign|
|#1 (May 2009)||The inaugural issue of Battles Magazine includes 1 ASL scenario (contributed by Le Franc-Tireur) and 1 ASLSK scenario. Strangely, they utilize different graphic sets.ASL B1 Desant on Gorbachi. Soviet Union, 1942. German vs. Soviets.
ASSK B1 The Aubagne Bottleneck Must Pop. Southern France, 1944. Free French vs. Germans.
|#2 (October 2009)||ASSK B2 Hill Sweet Blues. Sicily, 1943. Americans vs. Italians. ASL Starter Kit scenario; no scenario designator given; the one here is assumed from the designator in the previous issue.|
|#3 (January 2010)||ASL B2 Summer Storms. France, 1944. Americans & Partisans vs. Germans.ASLSK B3 Avanti Gurkhas. Italy 1944. British vs. Germans.|
|#4 (June 2010)||ASL B3 Action, Not Words! Tunisia 1942. French vs. Italians.ASLSK B4 Battle for Buron. France 1944. British vs. Germans.|
|#5 (December 2010)||ASLSK B5 On to Montebourg -1 (Ecausseville). France 1944. Americans vs. Germans.ASLSK B6 On to Montebourg -2 (Le Ham). France 1944. Americans vs. Germans.|