Friday, August 11, 2017

Episode 182: I Was Giddy Until Turn Three

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There really isn't anything such thing as "motor goat bun" rules in Advanced Squad Leader, but there are rules about WIRE, and we give them a steely look in this episode. Banter includes discussion of the film Guadalcanal Diary, The Fighting Sullivans and War For the Planet of the Apes. We cover a few ASL scenarios that we played lately, including Into The Rubble 17 from Bounding Fire Productions. Listen to the letters from our wonderful listeners and get some ideas about how to store your ASL goodies in order to better travel with it, discover players who are looking for fellow gamers in their area. Learn how to get started in the game.

CONTEST! Here is the latest contest... send us a gmail the type of specialty scenarios that would you like to see more of? More partisans? More special forces? Commandos? MGB? Or what historical area should be explored in an ASL product?  Brest Litovsk? Corriegedor? Zombies?
Send us your opinion by October first and you will be entered into our drawing.  The prizes include The Scenario Designers Handbook (1st place), Critical Hit 10th Anniversary Magazine (2nd place), and the Sabaton CD (3rd place).

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Here We Go A Bantering?
13:20 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
30:40  Letters
36:20 Contest Kind of Announced
54:45 Terrain Time
1:13:35 Total Running Time


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Episode 181: Broken Ground Explored

Everybody loves counters.  Alan Findlay of Broken Ground Design makes some cool ones. Alan checks in with The 2 Half-Squads and discusses his gaming background and introduction to Squad Leader. Broken Ground Design makes an interesting mouse pad scenario pack as well as some beautiful color counters that are historically accurate.

LINKS
Broken Ground Design

Alan added the following clarifications:
Alan Findlay and his Brest Litovsk Map
For my counter sheets, the price goal is $11/sheet, not $10 as I said in answer to your question. My original goal had been $10, but prior to starting the pre-order process I realized I needed to bump it up, and that is reflected in the advertised pricing. 

Also for the counter sheets, something I said could probably be understood in two very different ways. The number of counters for the German AFV/ordnance is 1,056 but that isn't the number of unique vehicles. There are approx. 150+/- unique AFV/ordnance. When I mentioned "no duplicates", I meant that no *sheet* appears twice".



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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Episode 180: Chinese Commissars and Other Pyromaniacs



Did you know that Chinese Commissars are notorious pyromaniacs? If you didn't then you obviously have not listened to this episode of The 2 Half Saquads, the only podcast on the net, dedicated nearly 100% to the greatest game in the world, Advanced Squad Leader.

Did you know our letters segments provide a place for listeners to make requests of other listeners much like some of the best ASL forums? A place for fans of the game to connect and make connections. If you think that is a great thing, then you need to support us on Patreon. Even if you don't think that is a great thing you still need to support us on Patreon.

Did you know that HIP units can be left off the board and their location can be written down on a sheet of paper? If you didn't then you don't play a lot of ASL AND haven't listened to this episode.
So,,,,,,why don't you give it a listen now?

The 2 Half Squads are sponsored by
Ritterkrieg and Bounding Fire Productions

SHOW TIMES
0:02  Song Sleeze Freezer
3:10 Banter
13:20 Letters
29:30 Free Hat Contest Winner Announced
31:30  What in Da Box?
1:08:50 Total Running Time

LINKS
Support us on Patreon
Berlin Mega AA Gun Bunkers


"I'm a Sleeze-Freezer" by Jim Bera and Dennis Donovan (not The 2 Half Squads Singers).

Victory is only true in fairy tales,
Earned by other guys, but not by me
Luck was out to get me. That's the way it seemed.
When I play Squad Leader I get creamed

Then I saw that page About our pet peever
It's D2.3, and it's quite the find
VBMmmmmmm, it's called sleeze-freezing But its not cheating, lighten up guys

I thought "maybe I should try a different game."
Seems the more I played, the more I lost.
What's the use in tryin'? I'll get crushed a-game.
When I need a victory, I get slain.

Then I read that page, now I'm a sleeze-freezer
Not a trace of shame in my mind
VBMmmmmmmm, I'm a sleeze-freezer I'm not a cheater, lighten up guys

Aaaarg. Luck was out to get me.
Well that's the way it seemed.
Disappointment haunted all my games
But then I used that rule, now I'm a sleeze-freezer
Not a trace of shame in my mind.
Bet your boots, I'm a sleeze-freezer . . . But not a cheater, lighten up guys...


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Episode 179: Home Invader Clarence Rules

Hello,
Real Rubble
We have big news, really BIG news! We know you have been stressing over the fact that you have been listening to this fine podcast free of charge. Well, we are now on Patreon! so you can assuage your guilty feelings by subscribing for a measly $1 per show. You can't beat that with a brick. $1 per episode. Simply head over to Patreon and subscribe.

In today's show we discuss a ton of scenarios from a variety of Advanced Squad Leader products including ones from St. Louis Burma Pack, Into the Rubble 2, Le Franc Tireur and Multi-Man Publishing. Speaking of rubble we dig in to the rubble rules and since you might need to remove the stuff, we cover the Clarence, sorry, we meant clearance, rules. That'll show how to clear rubble, wire and all kinds of ASL stuff.
Barney Rubble

Remember to go to https://www.patreon.com/the2halfsquads and sponsor us today and say goodbye to your sleepless, guilt-ridden life.

SHOW TIMES
0:02  ASL Edelweiss (Lyrics by Rich Spilky and performed by The 2 Half-Squad Singers)
1:40 Welcome and home invasion stories.
4:30 Patreon Announcement
20:00 What Have You Been Playin' Lately
36:45 Terrain Time
1:19:20  Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
Sponsor Us on Patreon
JagerSoft Games
Bounding Fire
Ritterkrieg

Lyrics by Rich Spilky
A-S-L, A-S-L
Every die roll enchants me
Rule book thick, games not quick
Line of Sight is no prob-lem
Eight on the eight is an N-M-C
Will my morale sustain me?
A-S-L, A-S-L
Special ammo forever!
A-S-L, A-S-L
Please save me from slow players!
Wind and rain, brush and grain
Each board looks lovely to me
A two is good and a twelve is bad
Yet target types perplex me
A-S-L, A-S-L
Skulking safely forever!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Episode 178: A1.5 Eh?

The world may be spinning out of control . . . or not, but we wouldn't know, as we have been down in the broadcast foxhole slaving over our computers and microphones in order to create this show for your entertainment. Our entertainment was provided by you, the listeners of this show, since you wrote the material we cover as we dive into your informative and amusing letters.  Thanks so much for writing!

We also cover ASL Journal #6 is reviewed and, oh yeah, it has a great cover by Ken Smith.

CONTEST FOR FREE HAT ANNOUNCED - gmail us within three weeks of the posting of this show (specifying if you want the hat signed by us or not signed by us), and you will be entered into the drawing for the free hat provided by listener Joe.



SHOWTIMES
0:03  Song: ASL Journal Number 9 (lyrics by Donovan and music by     )
3:00 Letters
33:00 Free Hat Contest Announced
39:45 What's in the Box?

LINKS
Massive German Flak Towers
Canadian Fans Finish US National Anthem


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