I have said this often and remains true even now...Stalingrad is the birthplace of ASL (outside of Ohio of course). Squad Leader first walked it's ruined streets in the '70's and ASL followed in those bloody footsteps in reimagining's of that classic scenarios. Stalingrad is that place where the oldest of the ASL Community first began their lifelong dance with this amazing game. In the early days, we played Stalingrad scenarios on the geo boards until Red Barricades entered our lives, followed by Valor of the Guards and most recently Red Factories. Gone are the abstractions, now replaced with perhaps the most accurate maps ever rendered for Stalingrad games. We are now able to fight in the city as near as possible without having to have been there. And thank goodness for that. The bloody Stalingrad ASL scenarios make it all too clear that any time spent in Stalingrad was borrowed and quickly given back to death...the true ruler of Stalingrad.
Of the various Stalingrad HASL's, Valor of the Guards has received the least attention in my game play. Tonight's game would be my second scenario using the VotG map. As for the scenario, it is from a third party publisher.