Friday, October 15, 2021

Episode 281: Action Jackson Kwan

One of the better blogs out there is created by Jackson Kwan. You have heard his voice here when he has called into the show to advertise various Advanced Squad Leader tournaments in Asia. He is very active on Twitter and is a great source to find out what the latest plans are in ASL game production.  We are sure you will enjoy this look at the ASL scene in the Pacific.  We had a very good time conversing with Jack.  





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0:01 Interview
1:00:29  Total Running Time 

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Episode 280: Bad Moon Rising

 Are you as excited as we are to see the return of In The News in this very episode? Most likely you're
not, however there is a whole batch of new ASL product coming out, and tournaments being planned, and THAT IS some exciting stuff. 
There are two new products here in the "digital box".  Issue #113 of View From the Trenches, thanks to the indomitable and highly productive Pete Phillipps.  And issue #1 Break Contact!  Both of these marvelous Advanced Squad Leader fanzines are free. That's right...FREE.  

Dave and Jeff also take some time to discuss their VASL game of AP87 Empire's Fall, and Dave K and Dave T's game of VotG7 Storming the Station. These photos will help our podcast listeners (as opposed to Youtube viewers) to follow along. 



SHOWTIMES
0:01 Bad Moon Rising
3:08 Banter
11:10 In the News
22:30 Contest Winner Announced
24:00 What's in the Box?
44:00 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
58:18  Total Running Time 

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Bad Moon Rising

Lyrics: Dennis Donovan
Performed by: The 2 Half-Squad Singers

I'm playing Bad Moon  Rising 
Friendly Fire 48 
There are Russkies and Germans fighting
Throwing down in the Ukraine

Don't expect daylight, it takes place at night.
Turns in Bad Moon: 6.5

I see toe-may-toes a growing.
I know Russkies are coming soon.
Guarding the Kolkhoz is tough going.
They will attack the village soon.

Scattered clouds at night, 
NVR is 3 - that's right. 
There's a full moon on the rise.

Russkies snuck across the Dnieper
Yup, they are quite prepared to die. 
The Russkies are all hell bent for leather.
Germans are in for a hard time. 

ASL that's right, it's a huge part of our lives.
We're playing Bad Moon on the Rise

Can't go out tonight, sorry darling wife. 
We're playing Bad Moon on the Rise


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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Episode 279: VASL is Broken

 Another great opening song on this episode; VASL is Broken.  The lyrics can be found at the bottom of this post.  In this show we discuss Dave's recent tour of Gettysburg and Antietam with guide Mike Ryzy. The photo on the right is of Dave presenting Memorial Art Review to the tour members.  The photo below is of the Spilky Men, Dave's wife Laura, Mike Lembke, and our intrepid and knowledgeable guide Mike Ryzy. 


Rich Spilky has donated a copy of  Rally Point ASL Starter Kit scenario pack for you to win as a prize!  Simply listen to the show, follow the instructions by September 15th, 2021 to be entered in the contest to win said prize. 

In the box is the wonderful Full Rulebook ASL 2020 Scenario Pack  It's a beauty of a pack! Do you maggots understand that? It's the Jungian thing, Sir! 

 There are always rules to learn, so we are going to tackle part two of the "To Hit" Rules.   


SHOWTIMES
0:01 VASL is Broken
3:08 Banter
16:00 Contest Announced
27:50 What's in the Box?
30:00 Rules
102:43  Total Running Time 

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None today.

VASL ls Broken

Lyrics: Dennis Donovan
Performed by: Corporal Punishment

My dice roll average is 10.7
900 times those dice did I those cast.
Got 90 boxcars and zero snake eyes.
Random.org is random, my %$#! 

What are the real odds of someone rolling,
five 12's in a row? Here are the stats.
1 in 6 million if I rolled like that.
In a casino they'd beat me with bats! 

VASL is broken, like an old Yugo
Dice Bot is kaput, what do we do?
It's like a Sasquatch only I've seen it.
But we all deep down know that it's true. 




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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Episode 278: Good Evening Starshells

We hope you enjoyed the lovely opening song on this episode; Good Evening Starshells.  The lyrics can be found at the bottom of this post. Are there letters? yes, there are.
There is a song by Men at Work called Down Under and it left quite an  impression on us North Americans.  Perhaps that song's influence led to the title of the newest offering from MMP.   It is Action Pack #16 From the Land Down Under.

 There are always rules to learn, so we are going to tackle part one of the "To Hit" Rules.  


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0:01 Song Good Evening Starshells
3:45 Banter
11:40 Letters
27:50 What's in the Box?
35:00 Rules
104:35  Total Running Time 

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Good Evening Starshells

Concept: Chris Gammon
Lyrics: Chris Gammon and Dennis Donovan
Performed by: The 2 Half-Squads Singers

Good evening starshells
Stalingrad says hello, You twinkle above us, We need light below. 

Good evening starshells
This night will be long, You are so illuminating, What could possilbly go wrong?

SMC or an, Armor Leader need to roll, a 4 or less you know. 
CE AFV Crew, or an MMC, need a 2 or less, yo. 
Think those IR mortars, they'll do a good jobba
Slinging starshells all night long. 

Good evening starshells
There's no moon in the skies. The NVR's one tonight, where's all those bad guys?

SMC or an, Armor Leader need to roll, a 4 or less you know. 
The SMC's told us, fire some and make sure you roll really low, low. 
Think those IR mortars, they'll do a good jobba
Slinging starshells all night long.  

Can you hear me praying for a, a star shell, What could go wrong?
All night long, shell thing, shell, shell, shell, slinging, sling, fling, shoot a shell. 

Yeah we can sling fling, sling, some sling a shell.  Fling, sling, some, fire off, something. 




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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Episode 277: Pentland's Palette



Box Art Review Extravaganza. Yes, it is an interview with THE David Pentland of Advanced Squad Leader (and many other companies) box art fame. Get the inside scoop on the techniques and tactics of a premier Military Artist, right here on this podcast!

SHOWTIMES
1:00 Banter?  No there is not!
1:01 Interviews! Yes, there is much.
58:05  Total Running Time 

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