Avalon Hill (1965-1998; ASL content 1986-1998)
Non-ASL Magazine with ASL Scenarios, Periodical
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Magazine (of variable length) containing strategy articles, variants, etc., of Avalon Hill games. ASL content included articles and a number of scenarios, usually 2 per issue.
The General was the long-running house magazine published by Avalon Hill to promote and supplement its line of board wargames. Issues of The General included articles on game strategy, history, variants, game replays, and more. Occasionally variant counters or other game materials would see print. Ostensibly published 6 times a year, it fell farther and farther behind in its last 12 years of publication.
The General covered ASL regularly from shortly after the game’s publication until the magazine’s demise. One 1986 issue–Volume 22, Issue 6–introduced and focused on ASL, setting the stage for future issues to come.
The most common feature was a long-running “column” on SL/ASL, Squad Leader Clinic, by Jon Mishcon; however, the Clinic’s actual useful content was relatively slight. From time to time, more substantial articles would appear in The General (many of these were later collected and published as “ASL Classic.”
The General was also a regular source of ASL scenarios. At first, such scenarios appeared irregularly, but in its last years, nearly every issue of The General would feature one or two ASL scenarios. Almost 90 ASL scenarios were published in the pages of The General, including a number of classics such as G6 (Rocket’s Red Glare), T1 (Gavin Take), T4 (Shklov’s Labors Lost), and the Squad Leader remakes, A (Guards Counterattack) and E (Hill 621), among others. The scenarios also included a fanciful scenario making use of a map appearing in an Avalon Hill Civil War game (not listed below, but appearing in Volume 22, Number 5).
One issue of The General, Volume 28 Number 6, contained a small countersheet with variant counters for several Avalon Hill games, including several German and French ASL counters to fix errors in their original versions.
Another issue, Volume 30 Number 3, included corrected DASL overlays. They had originally come with the ASL Annual 95, but had been printed at the wrong size. The overlays in The General corrected the sizing error.
The ASL scenario contents of The General are as follows (links are to digitized copies of these magazines available at the Internet Archives):
- Volume 22, Number 6. Appeared summer 1986. A (The Guards Counterattack), B (The Tractor Works), C (The Streets of Stalingrad)
- Volume 23, Number 2. Appeared circa fall 1986. D (The Hedgehog of Piepsk), E (Hill 621)
- Volume 23, Number 3. Appeared late 1986. G1 (Timoshenko’s Attack)
- Volume 23, Number 5. Appeared early 1987. F (The Paw of the Tiger), G (Hube’s Pocket)
- Volume 23, Number 6. Appeared spring 1987. G2 (Last Act in Lorraine), G3 (The Forgotten Front)
- Volume 24, Number 1. Appeared late summer 1987. H (Escape from Velikye Luki), DASL A (To the Last Man) (DASL)
- Volume 24, Number 2. Appeared early fall 1987. T1 (Gavin Take) , T2 (The Puma Prowls), T3 (Ranger Stronghold), T4 (Shklov’s Labors Lost)
- Volume 24, Number 3. September 1987. G4, (First Action), G5 (Six Came Back)
- Volume 24, Number 4. Appeared late winter 1988. I (Buchholz Station), J (The Bitche Salient)
- Volume 24, Number 6. Appeared spring 1988. G6 (Rocket’s Red Glare)
- Volume 25, Number 2. Appeared early 1989. K (The Cannes Strongpoint), L (Hitdorf on the Rhine)
- Volume 25, Number 3. Appeared early spring 1989. M (First Crisis at Army Group North), G7 (Bring Up the Guns)
- Volume 25, Number 5. Appeared circa fall 1989. G8 (Recon in Force)
- Volume 25, Number 6. Appeared late 1989. G9 (Sunday of the Dead) (Desert), N (Soldiers of Destruction)
- Volume 26, Number 1. Appeared early 1990. P (The Road to Wiltz), O (The St. Goar Assault)
- Volume 26, Number 2. Appeared winter 1990. Q (Land Leviathans), G10 (Grab at Gribovo) (Air Drop)
- Volume 26, Number 5. Appeared early spring 1990. G11 (Pegasus Bridge) (Glider)
- Volume 27, Number 1. Appeared circa late spring 1990. HASL A (Ghosts in the Rubble) (Red Barricades), G12 (Avalanche!)
- Volume 27, Number 2. Appeared summer 1991. T5 (The Pouppeville Exit), T6 (The Dead of Winter)
- Volume 27, Number 3. Appeared circa fall 1991. T7 (Hill 253.5), T8 (Aachen’s Pall)
- Volume 27, Number 5. Appeared circa early 1992. G13 (A View from the Top)
- Volume 28, Number 1. Appeared summer 1992. T9 (Niscemi-Biscari Highway), T10 (Devil’s Hill)
- Volume 28, Number 2. Appeared circa fall 1992. T11 (The Attempt to Relieve Peiper), T12 (Hunters from the Sky) (Air Drop)
- Volume 28, Number 3. Appeared early 1993. R (Burzevo), G14 (Tiger, Tiger)
- Volume 28, Number 4. Appeared spring 1993. S (The Whirlwind), G15 (Bone of Contention)
- Volume 28, Number 5. Appeared circa early summer 1993. G16 (Alligator Creek)
- Volume 28, Number 6. Appeared fall 1993. T13 (Commando Raid at Dieppe), T14 (Gambit), ASL counters
- Volume 29, Number 1. Appeared circa late 1993. T15 (The Akrotiri Peninsula), T16 (Strayer’s Strays)
- Volume 29, Number 2. Appeared spring 1994. G17 (Hakkaa Paalle), G18 (GOYA)
- Volume 29, Number 3. Appeared summer 1994. G19 (A Tough Nut to Crack), G20 (Camp Nibeiwa) (Desert)
- Volume 29, Number 4. Appeared circa fall 1994. G21 (Cat’s Kill), G22 (A Day by the Shore)
- Volume 29, Number 5. Appeared late 1994. G23 (Habbaniya Heights), G24 (Mountain Come to Mohammed)
- Volume 29, Number 6. Appeared early 1995. DASL B (The Kiwis Attack) (DASL), T (Pavlov’s House)
- Volume 30, Number 1. Appeared spring 1995. G25 (T-Patchers), G26 (Parker’s Crossroads)
- Volume 30, Number 2. Appeared summer 1995. G27 (Vaagso Venture) (Seaborne Assault)
- Volume 30, Number 3. Appeared late 1995. G28 (Ramsey’s Charge), corrected DASL overlays
- Volume 30, Number 4. Appeared early 1996. G29 (Shoot-n-Scott), G30 (Morgan’s Stand)
- Volume 30, Number 5. Appeared circa summer 1996. DASL C (Smoke the Kents) (DASL), U (Chance d’Une Affair)
- Volume 30, Number 6. Appeared circa July-August 1996. G31 (A Point of the Sword), G32 (A Helping Hand)
- Volume 31, Number 1. Appeared early fall 1996. G33 (The Awakening of Spring), G34 (The Liberators)
- Volume 31, Number 2. Appeared late 1996. G35 (Going to Church), G36 (Hill of Death)
- Volume 31, Number 3. Appeared circa late winter 1997. V (Auld Land Syne), G37 (Forth Bridge)
- Volume 31, Number 4. Appeared circa spring 1997. G38 (A Desperate Affair) (Air Drop), G39 (Castello Fatato)
- Volume 31, Number 5. Appeared summer 1997. G40 (Will to Fight…Eradicated), G41 (Jabo) (uses Cheneux map from Kampgruppe Peiper II)
- Volume 31, Number 6. Appeared fall 1997. G42 (The Youth’s First Blood), G43 (Kangaroo Hop)
- Volume 32, Number 2. Appeared late winter 1998. G44 (Abandon Ship), G45 (Halha River Bridge) (Nomanhan)
- Volume 32, Number 3. Appeared summer 1998. W (The Defense of Luga), G46 (Triumph atop Taraldsvikfjell)
Chris Garrett says
Hi Mark – awesome links to the archive for the Generals. Finished off getting some of the older scenarios I was missing. G3 The Forgotten Front is missing from the list. It was paired with G2 last Act in Lorraine in the Vol. 23, No. 6 issue.
Xavier Zhang says
Volume 29, Number 3. gives the wrong link to Volume 30, Number 3 actually.
Fixed, thank you.
Xavier Zhang says
Volume 31, Number 3. also links to Volume 31, Number 4, too.