Multiman Publishing (2005)
ASL Starter Kit Module/Expansion
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2 8" x 22" unmounted maps (w, x); 2 countersheet; 8 scenarios; rules, charts, dice
The second of its Starter Kit trilogy, the Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit #2 (ASLSK2) introduces players to on-board artillery pieces. Along the way, Starter Kit players can have a chance to play new nationalities, including British, Italian, and Allied Minors, in eight scenarios taking place in Sicily, Greece, Luxembourg, Holland, Germany, and Italy (no East Front action here).
Although it introduces new rules, ASLSK2 neatly sidesteps the trap into which original Squad Leader fell (wherein each subsequent expansion module introduced a new rulebook and made the series more confusing) by including a new rulebook that incorporates all of the ASLSK1 material (highlighting any changes to the original manual for ease of transition). As a result, should someone be so inclined, they could even skip the purchase of ASLSK1 and start with ASLSK2; it stands completely on its own. It is a nice solution to the problem.
ASLSK2 introduces two more geomorphic maps to the system, one of which is boring, but the other, a hilly urban board, actually offers some real possibilities to scenario designers.