Saturday, March 16, 2019

Episode 218: LFT 14 and the Italians

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Greetings Brothers of the ASL Rule Book, We hope you are doing well and that you will enjoy the wonderful opening song performed 100% (and we mean it when we say it this time) by Jeff Hallett.  We remind our listeners of our contest to win Arnhem: The Third Bridge by Critical Hit.  Enter by April first, and no, we are not fooling. The majority of this effort centers on Le Franc Tireur's newest magazine, issue #14.  Inside you will find the history of the Italians in WWII and in ASL.  It includes a full set of Italian counters with additional paratroops as well as many scenarios.  In the What's in the Box portion of the show, And Dave discusses ASL Scenario SV3 Absolute Markajarvi.




SHOWTIMES
0:01 Long May We Run
4:45 Banter
19:15 Letters
37:00 What Have You Been Playin' Lately Bro?
50:00 What's in the Box?
1:14:10

SHOW LINKS
Blind Hex Chart
Human Wave Tournament
Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Episode 217: Axis and Arnhem

Interesting listeners want to know.  Is it Dave and Jeff, or Jeff and Dave? Well everyone knows that these things are done alphabetically.  That would make Dave and Jeff  the official way of addressing the hosts of The Two Half-Squads, the one and only podcast dedicated 100% to the greatest game in the world: Advanced Squad Leader.

In this episode lot's o' lovely letters from our lucky listeners cover such topics as tournament announcements and other things of ASL interest. We review Arnhem: The Third Bridge by Critical Hit and offer it up as the perfect prize in for our newest contest. To win this CH product simply send us an email with "Dave and Jeff" in the subject line, or "Jeff and Dave", but putting "Dave and Jeff" will get you entered into the contest TWICE. You will need to pay part of the shipping unless you live in the continental U.S.

Our What's in the Box segment also includes a look at Broken Ground Design's full compliment of full color Axis Minor counters for use with Advanced Squad Leader.

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Maybe Interesting Conversation
10:00 Letters
33:00 What's in the Box?
44:00 Contest Announced
50:00  More What's in the Box?


SHOW LINKS
Canadian ASL Tourny
Heroes ASL Tournament UK
Arnhem: The Third Bridge on BGG
Axis Minor Counters from Broken Ground Design
We decided not to link any of the music mentioned in the show.  There is such a thing as evil.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Episode 216: Corregidor Forevermore with David Roth

David Roth
Another amazing interview.  This time we snag David Roth who utilized 25 research books and other sources including some interviews with survivors of the battle in order to design this amazing module. . He tells us of the challenges and joys of producing such a marvelous game for Bounding Fire Productions. Learn some history of the battle while you listen.  Corregidor: The Rock contains a beautiful map and David gives us a thorough tour of the terrain and we get a preview of David's upcoming projects. Super!


SHOW TIMES
1:00:20  Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
ASL Open Registration and Scenario List 
CASLO XXIII


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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Episode 215: Climbing the ASL Ladder with Nadir

Nadir Elfarra of Advanced Squad Leader Fame
We actually never discuss the ASL Ladder.  We just put it into the title because it rhymes with Nadir, our guest. Nadir Elfarra has been a long time contributor to the world of Advanced Squads Leader. He was with the players around Los Angeles, Mark Neukom Steve Dethlefson and Eddie Zeman and many others who were all producing ASL stuff.
He has worked on Parkers Crossroads, done lot's of art for various publications.  Operation Watchtower was his design and his original map can be found here at Desperation Morale,  Nadir has been a play tester and proof reader for Decision Games as well  as Multi-Man Publishing.

The quality of the audio varies but shouldn't be too distracting.

This interview is loaded. Enjoy.

Total Running Time 
48:49ish

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Episode 214: Mad Hatten in Flames

Bob Joins us again and we open with some BEARS talk, and since that will appeal to very few of you we also have a discussion about Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Trilogy and Russians in general. What we have been playing lately includes scenario ASL 173: Father Sunshine, and WO 20 Sealing Their Fate.  What's in the box? gives us an opportunity to review the Russian counters from Broken Ground Design as well as the new Multi Man Publishing product for the Advanced Squad Leader game system, Hatten in Flames. While we have that game out in front of those the Muses spoke and asked us to do a Box Art Review. So we did.
Jeff found a full view of the original work that does verify his Poker Dog observations as you can see.


SHOW TIMES
0:01 Song An Overun
3:00 Opening Conversation
18:30 What Have You Been Playin' Lately?
26:20 What's in the Box? Broken Grounds Russian Counters
36:00 Box Art Review
48:00 What's in the Box? Hatten in Flames
1:12:30 Total Running Time

LYRICS to "An Overun"
Lyrics by Dennis Donovan, Performed by Megan Kleinschmidt and The 2 Half Squad Singers

I saw him at the open and my heart stood still

I’ll do one one-one, an over run?

I needed some CVPs and it fit the bill

I’ll do one-one-one, an over run
Yeah, he’s on a hill
, Yeah, an easy kill

Went into hex G1
one-one-one, an over run
Knew not what I was doing, but I had to try

I’ll do one-one-one, an over run

The con-cept seemed easy, but my-oh-my .

I’ll do one-one-one, an over run
Yeah, I had to try ...
Yeah, it’s do-or-die
... Yeah, I love this rule.

To do one-one-one, an over run
I declared one-one, an over run

I’ll do one-one-one, an over run
I attacked with 7 FP and I rolled a 5
I did one-one-one, an over run

Rolls like that are gonna get his guys

I did one-one-one, an over run
Yeah, it went just fine
....Yeah, ‘till I hit that mine
.....Yeah, if ya get immob’d

It’s half FP on, an over run
Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah
An over run run       
I did one-one-one, an over run



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