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After Action Report (AAR) of Alpenfestung II

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This was the official Flyer for the tournament (in German):  Einladung_ASL_Alpenfestung I_2011.pdf




The Alpenfestung I tournament took place Friday, April 8th until Sunday, April 10th, 2011.



We played in the «Seeblick» vacation home.




1. Michael S.

Born in California. Living in Nußloch near Heidelberg, Germany. Started playing SL in grade school. When I first encountered ASL when I was about 18, I refused to play it. Finally when I was 23, I bought a copy and started playing solitaire. About 5 years later, I found one or two open ASL events. Eventually, we started Silicon Valley ASL. For a couple years I played ASL every 1-2 months. I also attended West Coast Melee a couple of times before moving to Germany. Since moving here I have been an irregular attendee to Grenadier. I went to one ASL event in Munich and went to another in Vienna. Other than tourneys my ASL play has been limited to the occaisional GSASL campaign. Take a look at my blog postings. I spend far more time playing games other than ASL. Play level: I do not play often enough to get all the nuances out of the game. I have a basic grasp of the rules, but continuously forget or misremember the details. 


2. Jan L.

Born in Germany in 1973. Now living in Adliswil near Zurich. I have a long history in boardgaming, starting with the usual introductory games and soon switching to fantasy/sci-fi-themed games like Blood Bowl or Space Hulk. Wargames only became part of my hobby in the last few years starting with A Victory Lost and Fire in the Sky. Since both games are produced by MMP a quick glance at ASL happened soon enough and I bought the Starter Kits. Looking for someone to play with I came across Christian, who introduced me to the GHS where I found a player willing to teach me the basics. So I learned my way around the basic ASL Rules. Since then I moved to Switzerland and couldn't make the time anymore to even consider VASL, but nevertheless picked up Beyond Valor and the rule book. I hope to be able to pick it up again and start playing real ASL on a regular basis. My current level: Novice (as novice as one can get). Jan's mobile phone number is +41 79 964 78 71.


3. Marc Blume (Organizer)

Born in Germany in 1973. Living in Feldmeilen near Zürich, Switzerland. Started to play ASL at age 16. I attended a few tournaments in the early 2000's (Grenadier, Westwall). I played ASL on a regular basis with Jan F. (from Bern) in 2002 - 2006, and less frequent with Chriss M. (Zürich) from 2007 on. Due to the birth of our daughter Lynn, I didn't play for over a year now. I'm looking to resume my ASL playing in our upcoming mini-tournament. Playing level: «Dusty amateur». Marc's mobile phone number is +41 79 746 66 03.


4. Charlie S.

Born in Switzerland in 1956. I live in Zürich and started to play with SL about 30 years ago. Switched to ASL later and played in VASL irregularly. I prefer campaigns over scenarios as the play style is quite different (losses hurt more...). I was too busy to play lately, so my rule knowledge got a bit rusty. My current level same as Marc: "Dusty amateur". Charlie's mobile phone number is +41 79 353 48 22.




The choice of scenarios for the long round (5.5 hrs.) was:


  • «The Roadblock», Americans vs. Germans in Normandy in June, 1944. 11.5 turns. From Module «Paratrooper».
  • «Revenge at Kastelli», Greeks vs. Germans on Crete in May, 1941. 10 turns. From Module «The last Hurrah».
  • «Retribution», Italians vs. Americans on Sicily in July, 1943. 8.5 turns. From Module «Hollow Legions».


Here are the long scenarios for download: Scenarios for long round I.pdf (7.4 MB)


The choice of scenarios for the short round (2.5 hrs.) was:


  • «Clearing Colleville», Germans vs. Americans in Normandy in June, 1944. 5 turns. From: «ASL Starter Kit 1».
  • «Relased from the East», Germans vs. Russians in Russia in December, 1941. 5.5 turns. From: «ASL Starter Kit 1».
  • «L'Abbaye Blanche», Americans vs. Germans in France in August, 1944. 5.5 turns. From: «Action Pack 1». Scan of Board 42.


Here are the short scenarios for download: Scenarios for short round II.pdf (9.5 MB)




Round 1

Charlie S. (as the Germans) against Michael S. (as the Greeks) in «Revenge at Kastelli». Michael wins.

Jan L. (as the Americans) against Marc Blume (as the Germans) in «The Roadblock». Marc wins.


Round 2

Winners of Round 1: Michael S. (as the Russians) against Marc Blume (as the Germans) in «Relased from the East». Michael wins.

Losers of Round 1: Jan L. (as the Germans) against Charlie S. (as the Americans) in «L'Abbaye Blanche». Charlie wins.




1st: Michael S. (2:0) - Tournament winner

2nd: Marc Blume (1:1)

3rd: Charlie S. (1:1)

4rd: Jan L. (0:2)


After Action Report (AAR)



I really enjoyed the sessions. It was not so intense that you could not have a normal conversation with the other attendeees. This is something I sometimes find problematic at Grenadier. The setting was super! Just next time, we'll have to bring out the grill. :o) Also read my gaming blog entries:



Hi all, from my side as well many thanks for putting up with me only having little grip on the rules. I had a great time and will hopefully be seeing all of you again - maybe at Alpenfestung 2012? Or VASL - I definitely intend to have a look that way, even if I prefer face-to-face gaming. :-) Cheers, Jan



Thanks all for the interesting weekend and especially to marc for the organization of the tournament. I really liked to be able to play ASL again... it was fun and also sort of challenge in the given time. The scenarios I played were interesting and IMHO well balanced. The nice thing of being up in the Seeblick being undisturbed.



I haven't had a chance to play ASL since July, 2009. What a great revival of my love for ASL! The Seeblick turned out to be a great site for playing ASL, and enjoying the great scenery of the Walensee and the Alps. The weather was unbelievable: We could have breakfast and dinner outside, with the cows grazing just an arm's length from us. I am pleased with my scenario selection: All reported to have had a great time, and the time planning also worked out: To have plenty of opportunity to play ASL, but also plenty of time to finish them without hurry. Very likely, there will be an Alpenfestung II soon. Thanks for making this a great ASL weekend, Michael, Jan and Charlie!     



Some photos of the Alpenfestung I ASL weekend in the «Seeblick»


28 Photos from Michael:

Alpenfestung I - 2011




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