In 2007, the webmaster of published Scenario Designer's Handbook, a resource for Advanced Squad Leader scenario designers. The 2nd Edition became available in July 2015.  Information is available at this link.

...though it purports to be a handbook for scenario designers, in actual fact it is much, much more. Perhaps the author was afraid of promising too much. Personally, I should instead describe this book as a ‘handbook for all ASL players’. Going further, I recommend to anyone already possessing much or all of the ASL stuff available and wondering what next to invest in: look no further. Though the same advice could be offered to anyone new to ASL. Indeed, a goodly number of non-ASL wargamers picking this book up may be drawn in to sampling our hobby.


- - Ian Daglish,  View from the Trenches Issue 74


(For information on how to submit articles to TWJ - see here)

In 2009 publication commenced on the Tactical Wargamer's Journal (ISSN 1918-9729). Information is available at this link.

Tactical Wargamer's Journal (ISSN 1918-9729), published on a non-regular schedule, covers topics of interest on all aspects of the world of commercial tactical wargaming, with its focus set on warfare at the man-to-man, squad and platoon level in the 20th Century and contemporary era. Tactical Wargamer's Journal (TWJ) places emphasis on both military history and the history of tactical level gaming itself.

"Tactical Wargamer's Journal is the most recent wargaming magazine...What draws you to it is the eye-catching, bound journal with a slick cover, that reminds you of certain academic journals...My best guess is if you give this seemingly expensive journal a pass solely due to price, that decision will nag and later come back to haunt you. In general it is an outstanding read for any aficionado of wargaming, and will provide a number of hours of reading pleasure."

- - LTC Robert G. Smith, Panzer Digest Issue 9


  • 220pp, available in both print and electronic versions

  • Original 142pp print-only version discontinued

Tactical Wargamer's Issue 1 (Revised)

By popular demand - for those that have enjoyed Issue 2 and Issue 3 in electronic form, the revised edition of Issue 1 is now under preparation. For those that choose to enjoy TWJ in its original print form, there will be two options for obtaining the additional content in this revised edition.

  • purchasing the electronic copy, which contains the complete original 1st edition, grants them access to additional content not included in the print version, including an additional article, ASL scenario and complete index which was not originally published

  • they can instead purchase the printed version of the 1st Issue supplement, which contains all the additional material added to the revised electronic copy of the premiere issue

The new material (available either in the printed Issue 1 Supplement, or as added content in the electronic copy of Issue 1) will include an article on the history of the Infantry Regiment "Großdeutschland" in the early years of the Second World War, plus a discussion of its representation in tactical wargames. Also included will be a full index for Issue 1 as well as an ASL scenario depicting the Infantry Regiment GD in the early days of the invasion of the Soviet Union.

To order the Issue 1 Supplement, click this link.

  • 80pp (print version only)

  • Intended for those who purchased the original 142pp print version of Issue 1

Issue 2 was published in the late summer of 2011, in both print and electronic form.

Order the print version at this link.
Order the pdf version at this link.

Issue 2 is intended as a "gamer's guide" to the U.S. Army in the Battle of Normandy (6 June 1944 to July 25 1944) with a comprehensive history of the campaign (including 70+ full colour maps) and a survey of tactical level PC and board game treatments of the subject. Other articles cover subjects such as scenario briefings, military operation orders and battle procedure and their relationship to wargaming, a detailed article on the Sherman tank and its depiction in games, a study of the Battle of Singling, and more.

A full preview is available at the link, above, or clicking on the cover at right.

From a wargaming and scenario design point of view there is a wealth of information in this title covering the invasion of Normandy at a tactical level closer to what we see in CMBN then any single title that I have encountered to date. Loads of maps and a section devoted to the Sherman tank and its variants including the ratio between 75mm and 76mm gunned versions per division per month from 1 Jun 44 through 1 (M)ay 45 which is information I have spent hours trying to find for my own Cmx1 scenarios as an example.

...(I)n my opinion...possibly the best companion book to ('s) current flagship title CMBN that is available at this time.

- - one of The Few Good Men

This email is in response to an email I received ... upon purchase of The Tactical Wargamers Journal issue 2 asking for feedback. I have found this title to be an extremely well written and authoritative book on the subject of the invasion of Normandy at a tactical level that I have not encountered before and am well pleased to be able to add it to my current library. From a wargaming perspective it is without doubt the best single volume I have found on the subject and a significant resource for anyone looking at scenario design using Battlefronts latest offering CMBN, as well as a host of other titles such as my current game of choice "Command ops battles from the bulge" which despite the title has the assets in the scenario editor's TOE to produce scenarios for the Normandy invasion time period.

I would consider The Tactical Wargamers Journal issue 2 to be a "Must Read" for anybody looking to wargame the invasion of Normandy, whatever the game title they chose to use.

- -Walt ( Paladin851 on the Game Squad forums)

  • 240pp, available in both print and electronic versions

Issue 3 was published in 2013, in both print and electronic form. More information is at this link.

Issue 3 is intended as a guide for gamers to understanding the role of the British and Commonwealth forces in Northwest Europe during 1944-45. The issue features:

  • high-level campaign overview illustrated with full colour maps
  • complete listing and breakdown of all divisions and independent brigades of the British, Canadian and free European forces of the 21st Army Group
  • Detailed study of the development of Canadian infantry battalion organization
  • Analysis of the portrayal of British and Commonwealth soldiers in tactical level wargames, and a discussion of "national characteristics" versus the "British way of war"
  • Detailed discussion of all armoured fighting vehicles used by 21st Army Group in Northwest Europe, with types, variants, and roles discussed and explained
  • An article on nationalities in the Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kits
  • An ASLSK scenario set during the fighting for Carpiquet during Operation CHARNWOOD in July 1944

The issue should appeal to fans of Combat Mission, Advanced Squad Leader, Flames of War, or any tactical game system who struggles in differentiating between the multiple types of armoured cars, wants to put the smaller skirmishes into the larger context of the battles and campaigns that shaped the war in Europe, or who wants to know more about the divisions and brigades that made up the 21st Army Group.

  • 314pp, available in both print and electronic versions

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