Advanced Squad Leader was certainly the king of tactical wargaming back in the days, at least for WWII theatres of war. And it has inspired a large number of other titles, including the Tobruk System promoted by Critical Hit, and the more recent “Heroes of the Gap” of Lock ‘n Load Publishing.
Tactical skirmish scale fascinates, as it is as close as it can get to the ground, troops, the heat and reality of the battlefield. Maybe this has been even more emphasised lately with modern conflicts in the Balkans (ex-Yugoslavia) and Middle East (Afghanistan, Iraq), and the surge in tactical computer o console FPS (Battlefield, Call of Duty – Modern Conflict, …)
Both for nostalgics and newbies, it’s worth having a look at these ASL tutorials and training sessions:
- http://www.advancedsquadleader.net/index.php/Beginners_Guide => These are particularly good.