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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  1. So where's the picture of the Hallett counters?

  2. Excellent episode. By the way now that Hakkaa Päälle is finally on pre-order what I am waiting for is your VASL episode........ ; )


  3. Done, Mr Dennis. And thank you again for your fine work.

    Tom, your wait is almost over. Episode 129 will be up before the end of this month and features a very nice VASL segment. Very, nice. Yes. It's very, very nice indeed.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Jeff and Dave! Looking forward to HP and the2halfsquads "what's in the box" segment. VASL! Hmmm very interesting....

  5. Greetings Jeff and Dave!
    You guys seemed to cover a LOT of ground with these products!

    You are well appreciated for your hard work!!

    Let me know if you need some enticement to get together another ROUND TABLE!!

    Those are probably the Best Podcasts... although I think the Double Episodes of Steve Dethlefson is Spectacular!
    You inspire thousands to pick up the ASL torch and other to continue playing.