From: Melbourne Australia
I have been looking at buying LnL and currently still play SL(not ASL). So what is the difference?
Having played both systems, here is the biggest difference:
With ASL you read 20-30 pages of rules and you'll be playing with infantry and terrain.
With LnL you read 20-30 pages of rules and you'll be playing with inf, ATG's, ATW's, Tanks, helicopters, Arty, OBA, Mortars etc. You get the picture.
Now, when I bought Matrix's release of LnL Band of Brothers, from what I recall, the V1 rules were around 20 pages and written in a casual manner - that's Mark's way. I needed to reconcile them into 3 pages of charts and then I was away playing.
Having now recently bought (and yet to play) LnL Day of Heroes, I've noticed the rules have expanded to around 30 pages. This could be a good thing clarification-wise. But it does imply a longer learning curve than before. More reading at least for my tired eyes!
My advice is to go to the LnL website and look at the example of play movie Mark has put together. It gives you a good taste of the LnL philosophy - what Mark has tried to do with the game.
And remember, one big quirk of Mark's designs: They are very informaton-counter heavy. That said, having had ASL for so long and forgotten it, it was such a confidence booster to move tanks and ATG's around in my first ever LnL game and know what I was doing.
Hope that helps!