Monday, August 18, 2014

ASL Extra 17: Liberation of Minsk play-by-play

Rich Domovic
At a recent meeting of the Palatine Area Advanced Squad Leaders club (PAASL) Dave ended up with no opponent to play, so he started recording a play-by-play of the only game happening; scenario OST12, The Liberation of Minsk from the Ost Front 2 Pack by Lone Canuck Publishing. This little experiment turned out pretty good, so we decided to publish it for your enjoyment and edification.

Rich Domovic commanded the Russians while Mike Stubits played the German defender. The high level of experience of these two players showed as they battled it out in 1944. You won't find the initial setup here as it was a spur of the moment decision to record, and there are gaps in the recording as we pause to let players think and plan. We hope the photos will clarify things. There are some great moves made during this one, so we hope you can learn a trick or two.

Mike Stubits
The live narration of the game in progress makes it sound a bit like a golf tournament, but there's no soft clapping from the gallery. Feel free to fill that in yourselves.

Photos of the Game

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Episode 122: Interdicting Dandelions With Dennis

Jeff (left) and Dennis (right)
photo by Dave (not shown, but
you probably remember what
the handsome devil looks like)
Look what happens when we leave the broadcast foxhole unguarded and the door unlocked (yes, our foxhole has a door). We get drop-ins! From far off California we welcome Dennis Donovan live in the studio joining us in some grand conversation about the greatest game in the world, Advanced Squad Leader (duh). Together we cooked up a heaping-helping of banter and serve up such topics as model building, syncopes (such as fo'c's'le, the syncope of forecastle), scenarios we've been playing lately, horticulture and, best of all, Interdiction. It's a mad, mad, mad, mad mix of multi-man madcapery (that word isn't in the dictionary YET).

2:25 - Model Talk
7:56 - Errata
12:00 - Letters
22:07 T-Shirt Sale and Card Back-order Plug
30:00 - Letters: The Call-in Kind
45:00 - What'cha Been Playin' Lately?
1:07:00 - Interdiction
1:27:40 - Total Running Time

Gin Drinkers Revenge Tournament Hong Kong
Northern California Yahoo Group
HMS Indefatigable at
ASL Phase Discs
Power of Images and Words in WWII

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Episode 121: Water Works

There are about a zillion ways to learn the rules for Advanced Squad Leader. Perhaps the least effective is by listening to this show. Never-the-less, and with brazen disregard for the obvious, we plunge into some rules you'll need to get your troops across that river. Unless you exclusively play desert scenarios, you're bound to stumble into circumstances where you'll need to risk getting your (or your infantry's) feet wet. Maybe then you'll think back on this episode and mutter a quiet "thank you" to us for our hard work. But probably not!

We also have fun opening The Box to find MMP's Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #5. Is it worth the price? Listen and find out. If you decide to order it, tell MMP you heard about it on this show and they'll give you . . . nothing extra.

2:30 - What Have You Been Playing Lately?
18:30 - What's in the Box? Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #5
34:30 - Rules: Boats and Swimming
1:19:50 - Total Running Time
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Episode 120: We Apologize Ahead of Time

We may be the jesters -- or buffoons -- of the ASL world but we're not ignorant to modern social and political correctness, as evidenced in this episode where we can scarce make a comment without worrying about offending someone. But wait -- that worry assumes someone is even listening. Now we're worrying about our egos. Well, let's get on with the show and hope for the best.

We start with some chit-chat about Jeff's trip to the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, and Dave's trip to Godzilla Fest in Chicago. But does any of this relate to Advanced Squad Leader? Yes! Everything relates to Advanced Squad Leader, no matter how tenuously. We then get to mail call, which covers such diverse topics as movie reviews, players wanted, map explanations, and more. Later, take a look back with us at ASL Annual 95 (Winter Edition). This annual was Gary Fortenberry's first stint as editor of that distinguished publication. Finally, the winners of the latest contest are announced -- and it could be you so listen carefully. The winner receives a sweet Sabaton CD kindly donated by Göran Andersson.

Shown here hailing a cab,
this shirt will stop
traffic every time.
Thanks to all who purchased our OBA decks. As of this writing we have just a few left, but fear not because we now have new t-shirts! These beauties include the likeness of our lovely faces. (Un-oh, there go our egos again. We apologize.) $20 will land this shirt in your mail box if you live in the continental USA. Farther locations will incur additional shipping charges.

Wearing this shirt is a guaranteed conversation-starter wherever you go. Like, "Why are you wearing a shirt with two ugly guys on it?" Or, "Would you mind putting on a coat? My wife and I are trying to eat." Or, "A bunch of us homeless guys got a little collection together and bought you a bus pass to anywhere but here!"

The back looks good too.
People will be happy
to see you leave!
To order a shirt email us at the2halfsquads at gmail dot com and we will send you the details.

For an extra $1 we'll sign your shirt. (Uh-oh. More ego!)

For an extra $5 we'll forge Perry's signature.

And since Dave is off all summer, for an extra $6 he'll deliver it to you personally, clip your counters, mow your lawn and walk your dog.

Order yours today!

1:00 A Discussion About Being Geek
19:00 Contest Winner Announced
29:00 Letters
47:00 What's in the Box
1:15:00 T-shirt Sale Announced
1:22:54 Total Running Time

Godzilla Fest
ASL Phase Disks
Air and Space Museum

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Episode 119: Listen or Elst

Ah the joys of adulthood. The holiday season is six months hence, but we're all grown up and there's no reason why we can't have presents whenever we want. So join us as we gleefully tear into Multi-Man Publishing's latest offering for Starter Kit Advanced Squad Leader -- Decision at Elst. This is the first historical module for the Starter Kit series. You don't know what that means? Well then, listen. Or else.

But we're not all fun and games here in the broadcast foxhole. Even we admit all play and no work would make us dull[er than usual], and in this spirit we knuckle-down with some serious brain exercises. So take off your helmet, don your thinking cap and play along with Dave, Dave and Mark as Jeff conducts another Quiz Show using the official Q&A from Avalon Hill.

While supplies last you can get a fine ASL collector item and support The 2 Half-Squads podcast at the same time. To get your T2HS OBA/Playing Card Deck, email us at the2halfsquads at gmail dot com and we will send you the details. These have been very popular, so in the spirit of ASL they will soon become Out-of-Print for who knows how long!
1:00 - Banter
8:00 - Decision at Elst
43:00 - What We've Been Playin' Lately
58:25 - Quiz Show!
1:22:35 - Total Running Time

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