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After Action Report (AAR) of Alpenfestung IV

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This was the official Flyer for the tournament: Einladung ASL Alpenfestung IV (.pdf, 798 kB)





The Alpenfestung III tournament took place Friday, August 24th until Sunday, August, 26th, 2012.




We played in the «Seeblick» vacation home.




1. Marc B. (Switzerland)

2. John T. (Germany)

3. Jan L. (Switzerland)

4. Dave R. (United Kingdom)




The choice of scenarios for the long round (5.0 hrs.) was:


  • A desparate Affair, British vs. Germans on Crete in May, 1941. 7.5 turns. From «For King and Country».
  • Gabriel's Horn. Americans vs. Germans in Italy in September, 1943. 6.5 turns. From Action Pack #8, «Roads through Rome».
  • Sherman marches west, Germans vs. Russians in Russia in June, 1944. 7 turns. From ASL Starter Kit #3.


Download the long scenarios (Alpenfestung_IV_LongScenarios.pdf, 4.6 MB)


The choice of scenarios for the short round (3.5 hrs.) was:


  • 88s at Zon, Germans vs. Americans in Holland in September, 1944. 5.5 turns. From: «ASL Starter Kit 2».
  • The Men from Zadig, French Partisans vs. Germans in France in August, 1944. 4.5 turns. From: «Out of the Bunker».
  • Ham and bloody Jam, Germans vs. British in France in June, 1944. 5.5 turns. From Historical Module «Pegasus Bridge». 


 Download the short scenarios (Alpenfestung_IV_ShortScenarios.pdf, 4.0 MB)




First Round

Dave (as the British) vs. Marc (as the Germans) in «A Desparate Affair». Dave wins.

John (as the British) vs. Jan (as the Germans) in «A Desparate Affair». John wins.


Second Round

John (as the Germans) vs. Dave (as the Americans) in «88s at Zon». Dave wins.

Jan (as the Partisans) vs. Marc (as the Germans) in «The Men from Zadig». Marc wins.




1st: Dave (2:0) - Tournament winner

2nd: John (1:1), winner of First Round

3rd: Marc (1:1), loser of First Round

4th: Jan (0:2)


After Action Report (AAR)



My vision to host a challenging yet relaxing gaming event came alive during this Alpenfestung, too. I am especially proud that for the first time, a player from a non-German speaking country joined us: Dave from the United Kingdom.


Regarding the scenarios, the «special» ones turned out to be the most attractive. Both parties selected «A desparate affair» as scenario for the first (long) round, a German airdrop over Crete in the early summer of 1941.
My learnings were:

a) Paratroopers are very vulnerable during the first one or two turns (no fun to recover weapon canisters under fire)

b) A better strategy might have been to airdrop onto the board with hills - these would have given my heavy weapons (mortars and MG's) a great field of fire in the defenser of the landing zone


My game against Dave was very tight, and quite close. I liked the low counter density of the scenario - is uses four (!) full boards. The second scenario against Jan («The Men from Zadig») had a very different feel to it. The task was basically to expell partisans from one big building with four levels (cellar, ground, 1st and 2nd levels). No time or space for maneuver here, just a good solid plan of when and where to rush the building. The visualisation of the different levels wasn't always easy, but the fighting in the building involved many close combats and was therefore intensive and nail-biting.


A highlight were not only the scenarios, but the fun swim in Lake Walensee (see photos) we had in the afternoon of the 'gaming day' on Saturday. A very special and sensual experience in a break from an exciting scenario.


I am already looking forward to Alpenfestung V in spring of 2013!



<Your personal AAR>



Once again it was time for Alpenfestung and needless to say it delivered just what was promised: a weekend full of ASL-goodness shared with a bunch of nice people. Even though I could not stay for the whole weekend I managed to play both rounds...

In "A desperate affair" I lost spectacularly due to a bad airdrop and more than one tactical mistake from my side. Nevertheless I of course tried to give my opponent a hard time but as one can imagine it did not turn out well.

Even though I was still recovering from my loss of the first round I rushed into "The men from Zadig" - I kept my ground pretty well but nevertheless managed to loose this one as well. But at least I can say that I tried :-).

Another highlight was the barbecue we had on Saturday evening - the first one in the tournament! So I can only say that I am looking forward to the next installment of this tournament and will gladly accept the invitation if and when it comes!




What an amazing trip!  From the efficiency of the Swiss rail system, through to the great hospitality show by Marc and his wife, Mirjana, the fantastic scenery, great food and fun opponents!


The full write up of the game against Marc is here: http://asldave.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/dropping-down-to-earth.html but in summary, a paradrop that had us both on the edge of our seats throughout the game.


The final, another close game, this time against John, is here http://asldave.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-final.html, and came down to the last turn where, with some kinder dice, John could have won easily. 


The location is simply wonderful - it can't be beaten.  Our swim was something I'll never be able to repeat at another ASL tournament, and there'll never be a better view whilst playing with our beloved cardboard counters.


An amazing experience - thank you for having me!




Our dinner on Friday night - Jan was still on his motorcycle...


A casual game to get warm for gaming: «Feste druff», a violent beerhouse brawl cardgame 


Saturday morning - the start of our long gaming day.


Environmental conditions: Dry, with a mild breeze from the northwest.


Interrogation of the local civil population is allowed, but always fails.


Mmh... did I pack everything in my Ju-52s aircraft? Squads, weapon canister, LMG, mortars,...


«A Desparate Affair» for the Germans on Crete - this Englishman is pleased about the stubborn defense of his British troops... :o)


Time for a swimming break in the nearby Walensee!


This is were we all passed a Swimming Task Check...


What a memorable refreshment from the heat of the battle!


Having partially recovered from the chaos and confusion of the airdrop, German troops build up pressure on British key positions...


John and Jan were also enjoying «A Desparate Affair». On both ends of the table, the British won.


The «Seeblick» from the outside


A room with a view


The Glarner Alpen across the Walensee 


Did we manage to wet your appetite for Alpenfestung V? Please send me a message if you want to be updated about its planning.



Comments (1)

Keith Hill said

at 1:17 am on Nov 23, 2012

pretty sweet. thankx for the AAR's and more pics

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