Non-ASL Magazine with ASL Scenarios, Periodical
Country of Origin:
Occasional ASL scenario
Alea is a long-running (though irregularly published) wargaming magazine published by Ludopress in Barcelona, Spain. Begun in 1988, it is similar in nature to the French wargaming magazine Vae Victis in that each issue of the magazine comes with a complete wargame included (although the counters are not mounted or die-cut, but have to be cut out by players).
From its inception, Alea has supported ASL with sporadic Spanish-language scenarios and materials. Although it provides English translations for its wargame rules, it unfortunately does not do the same for its ASL materials, making them somewhat inaccessible to most of the rest of the world. This has resulted in Alea not getting the credit it deserves in the ASL community for being the longest continual publisher of ASL-related materials.
As of 2014, however, Alea has not published an issue in several years and, though not yet officially defunct, one must consider it de facto-ly defunct. Alas.
|Issue||ASL Scenario or Campaign|
|#1 (Nov-Dec 1988)||¡Berserk! (a Stalingrad scenario)|
|#8 (1990)||Los silos de Stalingrad – 1 (“The Silos of Stalingrad”). The “1” actually seems to be a scenario number and not otherwise part of the title.|
|#9 (1990)||Viertagi-2 (Eastern Front 1942). The “2” actually seems to be a scenario number and not part of “Viertagi.”|
|#11 (1991)||Kalach-3 (a scenario set in the Soviet Union, 1944). The “3” actually seems to be a scenario number and not part of “Kalach.” There is also an article about this scenario and the two preceding ones.|
|#17 (1993)||¡Atrapadlo! (roughly, “Take Him!”, 1942 East Front partisan scenario set near Minsk)|
|#18 (1994)||Acero Contra Acero (“Steel against Steel,” a Kursk 1943 scenario)|
|#23 (1995)||¡Nuts! Bastogne 1944 scenario.|
|#24 (1996)||Con ’91 Zaragoza Tournament scenarios. These 5 scenarios all take place in Stalingrad and use the Red Barricades HASL map. Includes tournament and campaign rules for the scenarios.
Zona Mortal (“Death Zone”)
|#25 (1996)||Alá Cobija a los Británicos (“Allah protects the British,” a Libya 1940 Italian vs. British scenario)|
|#29 (2004)||Spanish Civil War rules for ASL. This issue of Alea featured the third unofficial attempt to introduce rules for the Spanish Civil War into ASL (the first two were Le Franc Tireur #6 and Critical Hit’s Guerra Civil). It also included the first of a series of Spanish Civil War related scenarios for ASL.
GCE1 Caza de Conejos (“Rabbit Hunt,” a 1937 Zaragoza scenario)
|#30 (2005)||This issue included the second Spanish Civil War scenario, along with several unmounted AFV counters (for BT5 tanks).
GCE2 Operación Moscú (“Operation Moscow,” a 1937 Zaragoza scenario).
|#31 (2006)||This issue included the third Spanish Civil War scenario. It also included errata for scenario GCE2 (in Alea #30) and an unmounted Spanish commissar counter.
GCE3 Cota 666 (“Hill 666,” a 1938 Tarragona scenario). It uses map HOBI from the Heat of Battle module “High Ground!”
|#32 (September 2007)||2GM-1 Apaches en Creta. Crete 1941, British (commandos) vs. Germans.|
|#33 (September 2009)||2-GM-2 Hombres y Tanques. Soviet Union 1944, Soviets vs. Germans.|
|#34 (November 2011)||2GM-3 Ispantsi Kaput! Soviet Union 1944, Soviets vs. Spanish.|
Xavier P.Rotllán says
As a Manager Editor, we’re pleased to inform you that a new issue will be published on March 2015.
The issue contains (as usual) one unofficial scenario for ASL, (Spanish language, sorry).
Thanks for all the followers who support along the years our magazine.