I started playing TAHC games when I was 11 years old and my father and I played Stalingrad. A few years later we progressed to Panzerblitz and thought it was the greatest thing ever devised, flaws and all.
I eventually graduated to Squad Leader before becoming engrossed with ASL for far longer than was healthy or wise. ASL left the elegant simplicity of Panzerblitz behind for endless detail, making the commitment to master ASL a lifestyle option. Sadly it required such a commitment I lost sight of all other developments in WWII tactical gaming for twenty years (surely I was playing the pinnacle of WWII tactical gaming, why should I need to look elsewhere?).
I was asked to design some new scenarios for an official ASL publication and while researching eventually saw the light. I’ve written a longer piece on exactly why ASL lost me that you can read here http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2020/07/farewell-advanced-squad-leader.html
The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.