Thursday, January 22, 2015

Episode 132: The One with the Harp

Last week we were pleased to be the featured guests on another podcast. Three Moves Ahead is the leading computer and console strategy game themed podcast on the internet. You can listen to it here Three Moves Ahead Episode 292 Advanced Squad Leader

In this episode of The 2 Half-Squads Jeff is joined in the broadcast foxhole by his wife Robin to read some letters. Cue the harp music!

Later we get caught up opening some gifts from listeners and then go into some discussion of what we've been playing lately.

11:00 Letters
Gifts from Dennis, Allen, Matt, Steve A and Steve Jobs.
What Have You Been Playing As of Late

Coconut Casualty
Coconut Bombs
All about The Netherlands . . . or is it Holland?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Special: The John Hill Interview

On the evening of January 12, 2015, a few hours after we had recorded Episode 132 of this show, we learned of the passing of John Hill the creator of the original Squad Leader. We knew John only through the interview he graciously granted us in early February 2010 -- four years and exactly 100 episodes ago. In his honor we here present that interview.

If the value of a man's life be weighed by what he leaves behind, then John certainly strained the scales. His achievements and qualities, listed by so many of his fans, family and friends across the internet, need not be repeated here. All we can add is . . . thank heaven he loved to play games.

John Hill  1944 - 2015

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Episode 131: Christmas Special with Pine Trees

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanza!

We gathered around the chestnuts roasting on an open fire, fired up the microphones, popped open some eggnog and produced an especially spectacular jolly holiday show. After some extra cheery banter we jump right into the snow -- uuuh...we meant to say "show" -- with some fascinating letters. The frost is scraped off the box and inside is a gift called Action Pack #10. Terrain Time covers a bundle of terrain rules including Brush, Woods, Orchards (including pear trees), Cactus Patches, and groovy Olive Groves. Now this is a great way to bring in the New Year. Cheers!

3:00 - Banter
11:20 - Letters
29:15 - What's in the Box? 
41:00 - Terrain Time 
1:05 - Spontaneous Trail Break Song
1:15:45 - Pine Tree Song
1:28:56 - Total Running Time

Action Pack #10 

LYRICS to the Human Wave Song
Two squads per hex, Con-tiguous,  A chain of three, With SMC, Not adjacent, To a unit, In Line Of Sight, Even at night, A, twenty, five, point two three. Jive, No HOB, Nor a patsy [PAATC],
Just IPC, No LTC, No pin result, Move by impulse, Cover lots of ground, Enemy’s found, Into their hex, It gets complex, FPF checks, CC effects, “Hürrah!” We cheer, Human Wave’s here,
Very, Very, Very Scary..Humans rush, Very, Very, Very Scary..Humans rush
Russians can send, Men without end, Into the fray,  Most everyday.......... Rushing head-long...

By Dennis Donovan

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Episode 130: Dolan Out Wisdom

Dan Dolan with his game
Good Morning Campers! Here is the episode you have all been waiting for -- it is an interview with dazzling Dan Dolan. Dan has been a productive member of the Advanced Squad Leader community, having developed the Gavutu-Tanambogo mini campaign game and several scenarios.  As if that wasn't enough to cement his name into the ASL Wall of Fame, he went on to win the coveted Spuddy Award, and contributed articles to various publications like At The Point.
But the project of his that we are all looking forward to, is currently under development, The Dinant Bridgehead

1:00 - Bantero
14:00 - Letters (the Call-in Kind)
24:30 - Interview with Dan Dolan
1:24:55 - Total Running Time

Asia Pac Advanced Squad Leader (ASL) Rally Point

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Episode 129: Why Knott PBEM?

Ken doesn't let his wilderness
home keep him from playing plenty
of ASL thanks to VASL
After much delay, avoidance, postponement and procrastination, we finally took the time to learn the facts, physics and fun of PBEM (Play By EMail), and for this we turned to experienced VASLer and loyal T2HS fan, Ken Knott. If your spouse hasn't already questioned your sanity regarding your sad devotion to Advanced Squad Leader, wait till she finds out about the virtual friends you're playing with.

17:30 - Letters
36:20 - What Have You Been Playing Lately? A Tarawa AAR
46:45 - VASL and PBEM talk with Ken Knott
1:34:20 - Total Running Time

Hit the Beach SoCal ASL Newsletter

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Episode 128: Wilkommen the Box

Willkommen, bienvenue, and welcome!  Fremde, etranger, stranger. Gluklich zu sehen, je suis enchante, We're glad you're here.
And welcome to another somewhat amazing episode of The 2 Half-Squads, featuring the most beloved and revered segment in all game-casting -- What's in the Box?  Tonight we took a look inside and discovered the ASL Mannual '98, a wonderful piece of Advanced Squad Leader satire brought to us by Rob Seulowitz and Tom Repetti. It takes a loving yet mischievous look at our favorite game and the colorful characters who make up its community. We're glad we weren't around at the time of its production as we would have, no doubt, been skewered, roasted, tarred, feathered and and generally dealt our just deserts.

Just as handsome on cardboard as in real life.
(courtesy of Dennis Donovan)
Speaking of deserts, we decided one "What's in the Box" offerings was not enough, so we took another peek and discovered both MMP's Special Ops #5, and Out of the Attic #1. And after all of that, we sneaked just one more look in that Box and were thrilled to discover Dispatches from the Bunker #39.

In addition to all those glances in boxes, Dave offers a review of the book, Weimar Germany Promise and Tragedy.

1:00 Banter
10:00 What's in the Box? - ASL Mannual '98 (download PDF here)
28:40 What's in Box? - Special Ops #5
36:00 What's in Box? - Out of the Attic #1
56:00 Book Review - Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy by Weitz
1:05:00 What's in the Box - Gifts! That's Cool -- for us
1:17:50 Dispatches From the Bunker #39
1:21:40 Total Running Time

The Shot of Adolf Dave Refers to in Triumph of the Will

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Episode 127: Tarawa Take Two

In case you're tired of Halloween-themed shows, you've come to the right place. Released to the world on this very All Hallows Eve 2014, this episode has almost nothing Halloweeny in it. What IS scarey is that after 127 episodes we continue to unearth things to talk about -- mostly regarding the greatest game in the world, Advanced Squad Leader. And still, after all this time, unsuspecting boys and girls like you come to our door in search of ASL goodies. Will this episode be a treat? Or a trick? You'll have to listen to find out.

1:20 Chat
13:00 You Must Buy a T-Shirt Even if it is Too Big For You Segment
24:14 Letters
38:00 Rules Tarawa
1:20:50 Tarawa Footnotes
1:35:10 ORT

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Episode 126: The 2 Fruit-Cakes

Sometimes writing these little introductory paragraphs is really hard. And sometimes it's really easy and the words and ideas just flow. Today, perhaps because the ideas are flowing like asphalt, we are wondering, does anyone besides us READ them or appreciate the effort that goes into them? This is, after all, an audio show. If you get a chance, let us know your thoughts, and we'll take this opportunity to dispense with raking our brains for witty verbiage and just get on with matters at hand.

In this episode we take a look at Le Franc Tireur's resurrection -- or is it resuscitation -- of Deluxe ASL. Deluxe Pack #1 is available in the USA from Bounding Fire Productions. Great stuff! There's also a good bit of interesting news and not-so-interesting RULES. Not-so-interesting, that is, unless you are a hopeless grognard or some other kind of geek. And if you are . . . cool!

One of Jeff's favorite toys as a kid.
Come to think of it, he likes as an adult, too!

1:00 - Greetings and Chat
8:50 - In the News
23:00 -The Rules
30:00 - Quiz Show Hills and Climbing
1:02:00 - What's in the Box?
1:30:45 - Total Running Time

Weird WWII
10 Amazing Things Recently Found from WWII
Battleship Potemkin Part 1 Maggots
Potemkin Odessa Steps Sequence

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Episode 125: A Pestilence is Upon Us

Here we go with yet another, yes . . . another, episode of the one and only podcast dedicated 100% (give or take 50%) to the greatest game in the world Advanced Squad Leader. Letters make their long awaited return and provide a springy springboard into many ASL topics. Then we hop into the Wayback Machine for a trip to ancient times and relieve the goodness of ASL Annual '96. The Annual contains great gaming tips from many of the ASL communities best players who contributed articles on Gliders, the ins and outs of Motion (only ASL can turn a simple concept into a brain snarl), and CX double-timing. We present to you a trove of ASL wisdom -- wrapped in a lot of silly chit-chat.

2:00 - Banter
13:00 - Letters
21:00 - New Contest Announced
34:50 -What's In the Box - Annual '96
1:17:15 - Total Running Time

ASL on Reddit
Add On Tarawa Map
J.R. Tracy Honored on Gamesquad

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

ASL Extra 18: War of the Rats

In this ASL Extra it's Dave vs. Dave. Not Dave K. vs. Dave T., but Dave K. vs. Dave K.  Yes, Dave K. had to develop a bit of a split personality to record this episode. In this replay he shows his true geekiness as he plays Starter Kit Scenario, S3 War of the Rats without a real opponent. Must have been a slow night in Stalingrad. If you get a lot of ROF, you could call it the War of the Rates.

Be prepared to listen to a whopping 3 hours plus of ASL education. This isn't just a summary of a game. Yes, every delicious die roll and modifier is included for your edification. This is a long awaited, oft requested special treat for you ASL Starter Kit players, and we hope to bring you more in the -- hopefully not too distant -- future. Sadly, it seems like everything is in the distant future, as there is so much to cover in this game system. But you never know, maybe it will be sooner after all.

War of the Rats Photos

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