Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Episode 130: Dolan Out Wisdom

Dan Dolan with his game
collection.
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

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

LINKS
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.

SHOW TIMES
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

SHOW LINKS
Hit the Beach SoCal ASL Newsletter
VASL

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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.

SHOW TIMES
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

LINKS
M
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.

SHOW TIMES
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

LINKS
Banzai
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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!

SHOW TIMES
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

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

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