ASL Starter Kit #4

Published by: Multi-Man Publishing. May 2019
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Introduction:

ASL Starter Kit Module #4 PTO brings ASLSK to the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO), and adds the Japanese and the United States Marine Corps to the ASLSK lineup. ASLSK#4 is a self-contained ASL module that gives players the opportunity to start playing Advanced Squad Leader almost immediately.

ASLSK#4 expands on the themes of previous Starter Kits by providing new counters and updated rules featuring a new concept to Starter Kit – PTO. At the heart of this module are the rules for using the Japanese Imperial forces who fought amongst the jungle and island atolls of the Pacific in terrain completely different from the European Theater of Operations and with tactics different than their European counterparts. In addition to the step-reducing Japanese infantry and new rules for familiar looking terrain, simplified rules for Banzai, concealment, and hand-to-hand close combat are introduced. Neither components nor experience with earlier Starter Kits is necessary to play.

The eight scenarios and three mapboards cover actions between the U.S. forces (Marines and Army) that opposed the Imperial Japanese Army on the islands of the Pacific and in the exotic China-Burma-India theater. From Guadalcanal to Myitkiyina to the big island of Luzon in the Philippines, these forces fought to the death from 1942 to 1945.

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Scenarios:

ScenarioPlayedTotalRatingLocationTheatreAttackerDefenderLengthBalancePopularity*
S64: Kawaguchi's Gamble042 7.63Near Henderson Field, GuadalcanalPTOJapaneseAmerican (USMC)2.8 hrs61% American (USMC)20%
S65: Take It Back038 7.42West of Lunga Ridge, GuadalcanalPTOAmerican (USMC)Japanese2.5 hrs56% Japanese18%
S66: Bailey's Bridge016 7.00Matanikau River, GuadalcanalPTOAmerican (USMC)Japanese3 hrs69% American (USMC)8%
S67: Besieged027 6.57Nhpum Ga, BurmaCBIAmericanJapanese2 hrs56% Japanese13%
S68: The End of Their Rope018 6.40Charpate, BurmaCBIAmericanJapanese3.2 hrs59% American8%
S69: Stovepipe Funeral038 7.26Near Charan Kanoa, SaipanPTOJapaneseAmerican (USMC)3.4 hrs58% Japanese18%
S70: A Sideshow Affair021 7.00Angaur IslandPTOAmericanJapanese6 hrsBalanced10%
S71: American Devil013 7.88Potpot Luzon, The PhilippinesPTOJapaneseAmerican7.2 hrsBalanced6%

 * Popularity is the sum of Roar and Archive reported playings based as a percentage of the parent publication's total games.

 (Dark) grey rows indicate Night scenarios.

Median length of scenarios: 3.1hrs

Average rating of scenarios: 7.15

Total playing time: 30.1hrs

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