Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Episode 202: Jeff, The Killing Machine

Heroes 2: One of the re-issued Hero Pax from Critical Hit
Jeff, otherwise known as the Black Belt of Death, reveals his humble beginnings in the wonderful art of Karate. He also tells us what chicks used to "dig" back in the day.  We get some nice letters from listeners, very nice letters.  Everyone's a hero in the re-issue of the Hero Pax from Critical Hit.  They have been updated and have art added, as well as a few new scenarios.To finish off the program we have an interview with the very famous Brian Martuzas from the ASL Open.  He has worked on Armies of Oblivion and Pointe du Hoc, and loves the new counters coming from Broken Ground Designs. We also interview Magnus who came all the way from Sweden,
and tells us of the European ASL world.

Brian Martuzas

1:00 Some Dangling Conversations
10:00 Letters
20:24 What's in the Box?
40:00 Interview with Brian Martuzas
48:00 Interview with Magnus Rimvall
1:04:50 Total Running Time

Is it Jeff or Donald Sutherland?

Frank or Leon?
Zappa or Redbone?

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

ASL Extra 25: Shklov's Labors Lost

It's been a while since we have published an ASL Extra. This one has been recorded in a play by play style, where we follow every move and roll of an exciting game between Mike Ryzy's Germans and Eric Ortega's Russian defenders, as they try to hold onto some required buildings in Shklov, Russia. Hopefully you will enjoy listening along while the game is played, rules are recalled and strategy discussed. We had trouble posting photos to flikr so we put them all here.

Total Running Time 1:18:55
Left to right. Ortega, Ryzy, Kleinschmidt
Initial Set-up

End of turn one, we think.

End of turn 2
End of turn 3
End of turn 4

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Episode 201: An ASL Oddity

Open the ASL Rulebook Hal.
Sorry HAL 9000, it had to be done.....and we had a lot of fun doing it.
Do you think a HAL  unit would have its line of sight blocked to the interior of the ship if you held the ASL Rulebook up over it's little red eye?  You will learn the answer to that question as we explore rule 6, LOS. It is a bit of a "quiz show" so sharpen your mind and prepare to listen.  See if you can beat Jeff to the right answers.

Dave Ginnard (photo credit to D. Garvin)

You new ASLer's can learn alot about the history of the game from our interview with the very famous and most wise, Dave Ginnard.  You older players will enjoy hearing about the good old days. He hails from Ohio and was there at the genesis of Advanced Squad Leader.  He's also a lot of fun to listen to in his own right. So give it a listen. Rich Spilky connected us at the ASL Open. Thanks, Rich.

Remember to not run into any trees everyone.

0:2 Comedy Bit
4:40 Bantero
16:45 LOS Rules
43:48 Interview with Dave Ginnard
1:24:16 Total Running Time

Kirk Pfan's LOS aid
Open the Pod Bay Doors Hal, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Deactivating Hal, 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Monday, June 25, 2018

EPISODE 200: Totally Twisted 200

Our own Dave and Jeff celebrate 200 episodes
Boy, that number 200 does look odd in the title.  We hope you don't have your hopes up too much this one. Doing that almost always guarantees disappointment and we give you enough disappointment even without our listeners having an unusually high expectation for this podcast.

Following the usual format Jeff presents a look at BFP-78 Operation Wheatfield from Bounding Fire's (ding-ding) Crucible of Steel, after the usual banter of course. If you didn't know that Dave went to Ireland, well, you will after this show.

Jeff's almost completed
defense for BFP-78

Episode 200 is saved from its own banality by the marvelous interviews that we snagged at the 2018 ASL Open, right here in Chicagoland. You will learn some history of the game while you get to meet some of these wonderful people in the ASL community.  ENJOY!

0:02 MASH Parody Song (lyrics by D. Donovan, Performed by The 2 Half-Squads Singers)
3:34 Greetings and a conversation about dummies and concealment
10:00 Wonderful, Glorious, Banter (hey, it's 200, let us dream)
13:00 Pathetic Request for Support
14:00 Good Ideas for Life
16:00 Not More Banter!.....Please No!
25:00 What's The Plan for the Next 30 Shows?
27:00 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
44:30 Dave Goldman and Zach Emberton interviews
1:03 John McDermot and Chris Edwards interviews
1:26:30 Callers (Larry, Alan and Jackson)
                                                    1:30:28 Total Running Time

Lyrics by Dennis Donovan, performed by The 2 Half-Squad Singers
Chris Edwards and John McDermott

The Forgotten War is here you see
A new venture for MMP
It’s Post World War 2, you see
The Korean War in the ‘50s

In Forgotten War the scene is
The UN, ROKs and Marines
Versus the KPA and the Chinese

The Chosin Few designers know
They put into it heart and Seoul
If they screwed up module 15
That they’d be in some deep kimchi


There are new rules pages
Updated Chapter H is
Included with 16 scenarios
Dave Goldman and Dave Kleinschmidt

The 4 new maps have rough terrain
Which Chapter W explains
There’s 7 brand-new counter sheets
The jet aircraft are pretty neat!

Forgotten War will cost us
About one hundred dollahs
And I will take three copies if you please

I brave man once asked Perry
To tell us “When will it ship, please?”
Is it to be or not to be
Why oh why ask me?

Did you see the new box?
and you can figure the rules out with some ease.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Episode 199: All Swears, All the Time

Do you like my mustache?
Welcome back our friends to the show that never ends!  Well, maybe never ends.  Well, of course it will end. BUT IT WILL GO BEYOND EPISODE 200.  Sorry to be the bearers of bad news.  Anyway, we open with quite a bit of boring banter, then many rather interesting letters, a detailed look at Scenario 176: The Only Way Out, then finish up with a look at Critical Hit's Dutch Trucks III. This product has some limited use for existing ASL scenarios but is a lot of fun.

2:20 Boring Banter
23:00 Letters
46:30 I Played This Scenario
55:59  What's in the Box?
1:07:25 Total Running Time

Restoring a Panther Youtube

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