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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Friday, June 20, 2014

Episode 118: The King is Dead!

Tonight in the broadcast foxhole we are joined by our friends -- and sometime-enemies -- Dave Timonen and Mark Woods to discuss, rehash, complain, gloat, and generally blabber regarding our recent play of scenario ABTF8, God Save the King from MMP's A Bridge Too Far historical module. If you've ever played or never played this classic we invite you to listen in as we relive the thrill and agony that is Advance Squad Leader. (Can you guess which side won? There's a wee hint hidden in the title of this episode.) Then we continue our nostalgic look back to earlier days of Advanced Squad Leader with a review of ASL Annual 93b.

Hey, do you want to add some panache to your ASL play? Here is your chance to possess your very own set of T2HS OBA/playing cards. The deck features artwork by T2HS fan, Steven Kiss. That's Charlie on the back, radioing for OBA, while Dave and Jeff are featured on the other side. For just $24 you get the complete deck of 52 standard playing cards (plus 2 Jokers who look awfully familiar). Great for use with ASL's Off Board Artillery, as well as poker, Old Maid, Fizbin and other card games. But that's not all! These high-quality cards create a nice sound effect when clipped in the spokes of your bicycle! What fun! Support The 2 Half-Squads Podcast and own a real collectors item. To get your T2HS OBA deck, email us at the2halfsquads at gmail dot com. We'll send you the details.

 3:20 -OBA Card Sale Announced
11:00 - Discussion of Various Films and Things
16:15 - Annual '93b
42:30 - God Save the King!
1:19:00 - Total Running Time

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Episode 117: Roll Low and Nap Well

We were, admittedly, a wee bit tired as we started recording this show, but a little ASL talk is a wonderful stimulant and before you know it we were in full swing and back to our usual antics. A few letters from some fine fans get us revved up pretty quickly. But when you hear our impromptu karaoke version of  "I Want to Know What You've Been Playing Lately" (with sincere apologies to Foreigner) you'll wish we'd gone to bed.

We're then happy to present the remaining interviews from the ASL Open, including a rare chat with our old Hakkaa Paalle pal, Lars Thuring. Surely Lars should get a Most Patient Advanced Squad Leader Module Designer award.

Finally, we do a bit of Movie Talk about the 2008 film, Valkyrie.

So put on a fresh pot o' joe and prepare to be entertained. As for us . . . zzzzzzzzzZ.

1:25 - Letters
30:00 - What Have You Been Playing Lately?
41:30 - ASL Open Interviews with Mike Stubits and Bill Forg
47:15 - Interview with Lars Thuring
1:06 - Movie Talk: Valkyrie

St. Louis ASL Tournament

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Episode 116: We're at the End of Our Tether

We've got some more interviews from the ASL Open. We visit with Jim Burris, the host of the St. Louis ASL  Tournament. It is a great tournament that you won't want to miss. So head on over and visit the "Gateway to the West".  If that's is not enough for you, we have a discussion with John Lehman, member of the SoCal ASL group.  Hearing from one of our West Coast brethren is quite an honor.

During the letters segment we reveal the winners of the "Suggest a Contest" Contest.  Listen all the way through 24:40 to discover whether or not you are one of the chosen ones. If you are wondering just what is in  Winter Offensive Pack #5, we have the answer for you right here. Just hit that play button. 

And don't forget to let us know when/if you ever let others win and why you do/don't to be entered into our newest contest to win valuable prizes. This one is still open and ends 6/14/14.

1:00 - Intro Banter
12:35 - Letters: The Call-In Kind
27:00 - What's in the Box?
42:30 - Jim Burris
53:00 - John Lehman
1:05:45 - Total Running Time

Zulu: Men of Harlach
Men of Harlach (with lyrics)
Zulu: Zulu Warrior's Final Chant

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