So, I did.
The background. A friend of mine hosts a monthly gaming session at his house that draws about 18 people. A lot of them are career, tournament-level ASL players. I haven’t played SL since the 90s, so I usually play something else. Yesterday the theme was ASL in general, and someone was willing to teach SK.
Overall, I liked it.
My chief complaint is with the ASK 1 (at least) rules. They need work. At the end of it, I am still not sure we did close combat correct. It felt like the relevant rule was based in a paragraph wall of text, and the examples aren’t clear.
The second one was the original person teaching the two of us was, shall we say, rusty on the rules. Never mentioned cower, double-time etc.
We reset scenario 1, and he left us two noobies to ourselves after we were mostly clear on the rules (we thought). Someone else came over to watch and kindly corrected us on the rules. He also couldn’t resist adding in why our moves were horrid, and we are all “dude, we just want to see how this phase works.”
I am likely going to pick up from my friend a spare set of the ASK, but he is likely the only one up there I will play it with for a while. I need someone to take me by the hand and go “ok, if you do this, this will happen, and I can counter with that.”
That said, other than learning some of the rules that aren’t in the Kits (snipers, I think, and some other) I am not going to go too far down the rabbit hole of ending with 15 shelving units of components.