Saturday, August 1, 2020

Episode 252: Too Much Good Stuff, You Hexy Thing!

It was such a pleasure to talk with Michael Koch in our second episode on the ASL scene in Germany. The discussion covers WWII sites to see in Germany when you attend the Grenadier Tournament, the history of ASL, and the wonderful fact that there is just too much good Advanced Squad Leader stuff being published today. What a problem to have! Michael also gives us a detailed look at what it takes to run a tournament and chats about his love for the Hatten in Flames campaign game.  And so much more.

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00:02 You Hexy Thing (Armoured Fighting Vehicles)
4:00 Interview with Michael Koch
Total Running Time 


'You Hex-y Thing' (Armoured Fighting Vehicles)

Lyrics by Clinton Paine, Performed by The 2 Half-Squad Singers

Armoured fighting vehicles
Wend along this hex-y thing
My armoured fighting vehicles
Could be moving wrong on this hex-y thing

With my first armoured OB
Move crew exposed down the open road
Roll for ESB, I need this speed so badly
My MMCs approach defending infantry
In PFPh I was shooting at some people
Now they're firing back at me on the IFT

But my armoured fighting vehicles
Overrun the hex they're in
And my armoured fighting vehicles
Keep rolling on, on this hex-y thing

Where did you come from AT shell?
How did you know where to conceal those guns?
Did you know this game is everything I play for?
Learn the rules, every night and day for?
Then today I play my first combined-arms action
Now you're firing next to me, giving it to me

My armoured fighting vehicles
Have nowhere to run on this hex-y thing
My armoured fighting vehicles’
PRCs long for their next of kin

Oh! Curse you, you hex-y thing
Point blank fire from the hex you're in
There's no way you can miss my side armour, these flanks are thin
Oh! It's snake eyes, this hexing thing

Yesterday I mortar bombed those lonely people
Now your rate of fire sprees serve it back to me

My armoured fighting vehicles
Are all STUNNED or wrecks burning
My armoured fighting vehicles
Face side down or exiting

Oh, pinch me
Stop retreating!
Forget about those VCs, greenhorn
Oh, I concede!

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Episode 251: OTO Charts Away!

Rich returns to the Remote Broadcast Foxhole and has a serious conversation with Jeff about the state of some young Americans' lack of historical knowledge.  They also discuss Churchill's books on WW II. The meat of the show is a look at Rich's involvement with the development of Onslaught to Orsha II by Bounding Fire Productions. You get a chance to hear the designer of the new charts included therein discuss said charts. And we take a look in the box at a few more of the game's components.


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1:00 Banter
13:00 What's in the Box?
1:08:46 Total Running Time


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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Episode 250: Last Bid vs. Men of Steel

What better way to start episode #150 than with the witty lyrics of a new song by Dennis Donovan. Then the studious Rich Spilky joins us and presents his amazing analysis of both, RB5: The Last Bid, and RO5: Men of Steel from Red October. Advanced Squad Leader at its finest.

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In the What We've Played Lately segment Dave gives an after action report. He and Dave T have been playing scenario HS32: A Few Rounds More, from Multi-Man Publishing's Operation Veritable.  They played it on VASL.
Go Them!\

SHOWTIMES
0:02 Song "Under a Stun"
4:00 Banter
13:00 Analysis of The Last Bid and Men of Steel
45:00 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
55::09 Total Running Time


SHOW LINKS
Wu Wei's write up of his game of HS32 on Boardgame Geek 
Rich's Article is in this issue of Banzai 24.1 



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Under A Stun 
Concept & Lyrics:  Dennis Donovan
Editing: Chris Gammon and Dave Wallick
Vocals: The 2 Half-Squads Singers

Under a stun
The crew, whose hatch wasn’t down
Under a stun
The crew who was hit by a sniper’s round
Read Chapter D!
For differences ‘tween Shock and Stun
Woe is me, the crew got stung
They’re under a stun

Under a stun
The half-track crew, who had a bad day
Under a stun
The crew who can’t just drive away
Blew their MC
Sad it is
They’re buttoned up ‘till next Movement Phase
Seems to me
For now they’re done
They’re under a stun

Under a stun
It’s a tank.. hit .by falling rubble
Under a stun
MG TK, number, equals TK Roll
So please tell me,
I know they’re stunned, are they broken too?
Buttoned up, having no fun
They’re under a stun
It seems to me, ….oh yeah
They’ll be back up in a turn or two
Stun is flipped, when CC’s done
they’re under +1 (plus one)

Under a STUN
Those guys suffered a ‘K’ result
Under a STUN, well
This turn, they can do nothin’ else              
Sniper got me, d’oh!  Commander’s dead!
They’re buttoned up
and they’re recalled too
They exit,
change has come

They’re under a STUN


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Episode 249: All ASL, Except For the Parts That Aren't

Mike Ryzy joins us once again in the broadcast remote foxhole. The NEW Rules segment theme song makes its debut, thanks to Aaron Kleinschmidt and The Two-Half Squad Singers.
Can a machine gun kill a lightly armored vehicle? Find out right here and right now. Then
break out your cover of Onslaught to Orsha 2 
for the return of Box Art Review.


SHOWTIMES
1:00 Banter
14:00 Rules!
51:00 Box Art Review
1:01:55 Total Running Time

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Monday, June 8, 2020

ASL Extra 26: Broich Bash

Wow, it's been a long time since we put up an ASL Extra for your enjoyment. This one was recorded last year.  Dave Timonen faces off against Chris Walters, who is playing his first game in many years. It's amazing how the rules and tactics come back to him so quickly.  Advanced Squad Leader is like learning to ride a bicycle, once you learn you never forget how to do it.  Dave and Chris are playing Broich Bash, which was originally published in the old In Contact Newsletter.  Then released in an ASL Annual as, A69 (ROAR US 102/German 114).  It was then re-republished as Scenario 200 in YANKS! 2nd Edition (ROAR US 9/German 14). Set up your boards and play along with us. Or use VASL.

SHOW LINKS
Broich Bash on ASL Archive





The German set up is in the upper left hand corner and the turn numbers for the rest of the photos are uncertain for labeling purposes, but you will easily be able to follow along as you listen. Hear a few tips, and grab some tactical advice as you join us for Broich Bash.

Music provided by agreement with Erdenstern



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