Thursday, April 30, 2015

Episode 139: Welk-ome to Season 8!

Normally a generous guy, Dave is hesitant to let
Hakkaa Pallee out of his grip.
We're back! Following a long (about 2 weeks) and restful break since the end of season 7, we're back with the most highly anticipated show of the year.

In a dramatic change to our format, we've decided to make this and all future episodes EROR FREE. That's right, from ASL rules to history to news we vow to be 100% akurate and indesputably corect -- except for any time when Jeff is talking . . . or typing! (Yes, he knows it's A-r-i-s-t-o-t-l-e and F-35, not 135).

When we last saw our Advanced Squad Leader heroes (Dave and Jeff) they had just concluded an opening of the much anticipated and long elusive Hakkaa Pallee module. Here we continue the story by looking at the HP terrain and other Finnlandian additions to the Rules including the very cool Prepared Fire Zone, Aerosan and some changes to Chapter E.

But before we start to finish with the Finns we read some splendid listener mail, and then wrap up the Anti Aircraft rules left over from last episode's Air topic. Then we open the box and take a look at Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #6 while exposing our ignorance of Z boards.

Almost tougher than punching some of the HP counters,
we finally got the beer free of these holders
It's a rare combination of sisu and buffoonery, so stop reading and start listening. Ah-one, and ah-two . . .

SHOW TIMES
:30 - Banter
12:00 - Letters
40:00 - Rules: Anti Aircraft (in semi-quiz show format)
58:54 - What's in the Pouch Winter Offensive
1:10:15 - Terrain Time -- plus other stuff
Total time: 1:33:00

SHOW LINKS
ASL Module Dependency Chart
ASL Scenario Chronology spreadsheet
Stand Fast the Guards Scenario
Panzerfunk Podcast (Flames of War and other Wargames)
At The Point newsletter at View From the Trenches
Navy to phase out live pilots

Canadian ASL Open


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

138: Hakkaa Paalle Finnalle!


SEASON FINALE
This is the last show of our seventh year on the air, and we have everything you'd expect from a season finale. We start things off innocently enough with some excellent listener mail. Then we have an oh so satisfying conclusion to a long-running story arc with the highly anticipated release and reveal of Hakkaa Paalle!

We even have a cliff hanger ending! Will Jeff be returning for another season? You'll have to wait until NEXT season to find out. When will season eight begin? Dave's not telling! In the meantime, you'll have to speculate and commiserate, and this will give you some time to go back and re-listen to the previous 137 episodes (and 21 Extras). Have fun!

Dave on a SINGLE Man Counter.
Could it mean . . .?
SHOW TIMES
1:00 Talk, Talk, Talk
10:30 Letters
44:30 What's in the Box?
1:21:10 Total Running Time

LINKS
The ASL Scenario Atlas (Totally Cool)
Drive a Tank (for Real)
Generation War (TV Show)


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

ASL Extra 21: Hammer to the Teeth

What? Another ASL Extra episode? Isn't that three extra episodes in as many months? Yes, it is, and thanks for noticing. Now just because we have achieved that high level of production recently doesn't mean you can take it to the bank -- or to the dentist. We just thought it was time to offer up some extra Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit material to our listener-ship, and so we got busy.
Hold on to your molars, break out your boards and unit counters, and follow along as Eric Ortega and Ron Schatz play scenario S15 Hammer to the Teeth.  This episode is recorded in the play by play style with Dave Kleinschmidt providing the live commentary.

Photos of Our Game Are Here at Our Flikr Site

 LINKS
Eddy M. del Rio's Excellent Example of Play and Tutorial
Merric's Musings Account of Said Battle
American Dental Association
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

ASL Extra 20: Hunters at Ylimma

Finally, after years of interminable and unbearable waiting, you got your Haakka Paallee. Now you are asking yourself, "Hey, what scenario should I play?" And the answer is ASL 175 Hunters at Ylimma. Dave Timonen and Dave Kleinschmidt were play testers on this scenario several years ago and recorded this ASL Extra back then. Luckily the final scenario matches the draft copy used for this episode, so here it is. Enjoy.

This was recorded in March of 2010. Five years later we can finally publish it. You can't say we aren't patient!

You can view the photos here at our Flikr site.

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Episode 137: Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Rich in Caracao
Off we go in the wild blue yonder, taking you to new heights with a soaring discussion of the Air Support Rules. Learn what it takes to make that Spotting Check and dive in for the kill.
Once again we are joined by Rich Spilky and Dave Ramirez who add a wonderful air of authority to the proceedings. We also try to get the jump on you with a statistical look at Ambush. Rich uses both Dave Olley's Journal article and one from an old issue of the Rout Report to give us the low down.

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Bantero
3:00 Take a Pic With Your T2HS T-Shirt Challenge
7:45 Ambush Probabilities and Strategies
33:50 Air Support Quiz Show Rules Review
1:22:00 Total Running Time

LINKS
View From the Trenches Special Edition on Air Support
Air Support Chart by Jim Sexton



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