Monday, November 28, 2016

Episode 169: Dear Comrades

In this show we have a bit of fun while digging out of a yuge... and we mean yuge backlog of letters. The postman had to request that we clear out our mailbox as it was overflowing into the street and blocking traffic. That means we cover a variety of questions, concerns and ASL ideas. It is a great chance to hear from you.....the precious and rare fans of The 2 Half-Squads.
Then we take a look at what we have been playing lately and cover The St. Louis ASL scenario STL2 Nothing Ventured, Bounding Fire Productions ITR-6 The Ceramic Factory,  Ian Daglish's Infiltrators, and more.

1:00 Talk
13:30 Letters
48:00 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
1:13:30 Total Running Time

Tom Lehrer Who's Next?
99 Red Balloons
National WWII Museum
U.S.S. Alabama
Erdenstern (tell them Spine and Sprocket sent you)
Yankee Gamers (hosts of the Nor'easter
Bounding Fire Productions

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Episode 168: Sandstorms Never Bothered Me Anyway

Enjoy the last of the desert rules as we present the one and only podcast dedicated mostly to the greatest game in the world Advanced Squad Leader.  Special thanks to Megan and Dennis for a wonderful opening song.
This episode is sponsored by
Ritterkrieg and Bounding Fire Productions

1:00 Chitter Chatter
15:00 What Have You Played Lately
33:00 Desert Rules
1:19:46   Total Running Time

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Lyrics to D.T.O.!
performed by Megan Kleinschmidt / lyrics by Dennis Donovan

The sun burns hot in the desert today
Not a green hex to be seen
A kingdom of desolation
Here in West of Alamein
My buddies talked me into getting module five
So I purchased one
Cost me one-o-five

What’s a sangar?
What’s a wadi?
See the dust swirl?
It’s adding some L.V.
Conceal?  Get real!
No where to grow
And now I know

D.T.O.!  D.T.O.!
Can’t wait to play it some more
D.T.O.!  D.T.O.!
Played it once and now
I crave more
I don’t care
Who I’m going to play
Bring the desert on!
Heat Haze never bothered me anyway!

It’s funny how Chapter F’s
So complex and yet so small
And the rules that once perplexed me
Don’t befuddle me at all
It’s time to see how I can do
In the.  North.  African milieu
All right!  Game on! It’s cool, you’ll see!

B’lieve me
D.T.O.!  D.T.O.!
A.S.L. ‘neath the desert sky!
D.T.O.!  D.T.O.!
You must give it a try
For years I’ve planned
So now I’ll play
Bring the desert on!

My wheeled vehicles bog down in broken ground
My guys don’t have to rout if woods or buildings can’t be found
The sand, it minimizes any H.E. blast                                
I won’t play with sand dunes, they’re a pain in the ass!

D.T.O.!  D.T.O.!
Hollow Legions and Alamein
D.T.O.!  D.T.O.!
An A.S.L. paragon
For years I’ve planned
So now I’ll play
Let Khamsins* rage on!                                      

Sandstorms never bothered me anyway!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Episode 167: Get a Load of This Clown

Hello...... do you think clowns are scary? But what about the nice clowns?  How do they feel in this age of clown fear and clown terror?  You can have all these questions answered as we reveal what's behind all this clowning around right here. You may want to grab a bucket of confetti for self-defense before having a listen.

But what do clowns have to do with Advanced Squad Leader? Well, try as we might to find a clever connection, we can't, other than the fact there are two clowns who regularly put out this podcast.

Later we dive into the Desert rules, climb a hillock, trudge through sand, rest in a sangar before leaping over a cactus hedge and into a cactus patch, which hurts a lot.  So we head through the broken terrain, past an olive grove and stop in the vineyard to have a drink and rest for the evening. Of course, it's a bit more complicated than that, so listen up and will give you the gritty details.

This episode is sponsored by Ritterkrieg

1:00 Long Clown Banter
17:00 Letters
36:00 Desert Rules
1:19:46   Total Running Time

Scary Clown Not News Story
HOB's Special Forces 1 Desert SAS and LDRG Pack
West of Alamein on ASL Webdex
MichiCon (too late for this year but plan for next year)

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Episode 166: Beefy BFP and Yanks

In this age of rampant consumerism and consumption, we're all for cutting back, de-cluttering and simplifying in all things -- except when it comes to Advanced Squad Leader! Case in point, regardless of the fact that we already own a copy of Yanks, we had to (yes, HAD TO) get a copy of Yanks Second Edition. And tonight we open it up with the same giggly, giddy glee (after all, it was In the Box) that we do with any ASL product.

But even as beautiful as it was, it wasn't enough to sate our hunger for more. So, what to do? We decided to call on the fine folks at Bounding Fire Productions to learn what new goodies they're working on. We were lucky enough to catch Rick Reinesch and Sam Tyson for a 30 minute conversation about what's up at BFP.

1:00 Chat
10:00 Yanks Song (Dennis Donovan)
12:00 What's In the Box
34:00 Rick Reinesch and Sam Tyson
1:07:30 Total Running Time

Yanks! at MMP
Bounding Fire Productions

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Episode 165: Pe-e-e-rry Interesting

Photo from a 2006 Re Con
site.  We stole it!
Tonight's guest needs no introduction, but we have to write SOMETHING here. We were recently fortunate to get a few minutes to chat with Perry Cocke from Multi-Man Publishing. Perry is just one of the Men at Multi-Man, but he's the only one that will talk to us. Does he keep losing the coin toss or are we just lucky? Anyway, it's always good to hear from the horses mouth about all the going's on with our favorite hobby, Advanced Squad Leader. Take a listen. You may find it ve-e-e-ry interesting!

Multi-Man Publishing
Joseph Balkoski on Amazon
Joseph Balkoski home
World Boardgaming Championship

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