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

SHOWTIMES
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

Hello,
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.


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

SHOW LINKS
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!

SHOWTIMES
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


M*A*S*H  KOREA SONG
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

[REFRAIN]:
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

[REFRAIN]:

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!

[REFRAIN]:
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?

[REFRAIN]
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.



SHOWTIMES 
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

SHOW LINKS 
Restoring a Panther Youtube
Another 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Episode 198: Total Quiz Show

We had so much fun last time that we thought we would invite Rich Spilky, Bob Brown and Dan
Dolan back into the broadcast foxhole for some more Advanced Squad Leader discussion.  Bob gives us his gaming background, we discuss attending tournaments, and then we begin a rousing rendition of ADVANCED QUIZ SHOW (yes, these questions are tricky).  Get your bell ready to use to buzz in and play along with us from the comfort of your own home. When you have Rich playing, you know you are going to get some great rules advice.

SHOW TIMES
3:10 Bob's Gaming History
11:00 Quiz Show
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Episode 197: RB CG III w/ RS, BB and DD

Photos courtesy of Dan Dolan Studios.
Break out your Red Barricades map and follow along as Rich Spilky and Bob Brown discuss campaign game III with the author of an article that provided Rich with a winning strategy. Dan Dolan's article was published back in 1993 in a fanzine called Fire for Effect that was published by Marc Hannah. It is fun to hear the three of them discuss the game and the fact that Rich was using his "radio" to stay in contact with Dan (who provided the wonderful photos, by the way).

PHOTOS ARE HERE ON OUR FLIKR STREAM

The 2 Half-Squads is brought to you by Bounding Fire Productions and Ritterkrieg and of course, kind donations from you.  Please subscribe to us on Patreon.

SHOW TIMES 
59:59  Total Running Time 
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Episode 196:The Doughnut and the Urinator

Not a picture from WWII
Join Dave and Jeff as they bring you some banter about growing old and health issues.  Eeew, no one wants to hear about that.
In Dave's discussion of ASL Scenario 177: Anabasis you will get some insights and playing ideas. Jeff played Scenario SP 247:Deaths Head Debut from the great designer Evan Sherry. Schwerepunkt has had some confusing info about it's whereabouts lately but as far as we can tell you can order them from some game stores but it is hard to find a home page with a web search.  You can set the world on fire after you listen to our Terrain Time in which we cover rule 25 FIRE.

We are burning down the house, baby.

The 2 Half-Squads is brought to you by Bounding Fire Productions and Ritterkrieg and of course, kind donations from you.

SHOW TIMES
0:10 New Bounding Fire Productions Ad
2:00 Banter
12:30 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
34:00 Terrain  Time
59:18  Total Running Time

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Episode 195: The Jester Speaks Wisdom

If you aren't familiar with the Advanced Squad Leader videos by Kirk Pfan, known to his fans as idjester, then you have been missing out on a wonderful resource for the ASL community. His work is available on youtube here idjester.  Kirk creates videos that cover the rule book, and provide step by step training of specific aspects of ASL, as well as some scenario analysis. There are a lot of resources on the web for us fans to explore.  Perhaps we can be your tour guide.  Time to forget your real life and step into the virtual ASL world (but, just for a short time). Join us. 

SHOWTIMES
1:00 Interview with IdJester
1:04:10 Total Running Time

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Episode 194: Not Alone Canuck in the Age of Aquarius

It may feel more like an early Spring, but we recorded this back in February and the Winter Olympics were still going on and we were buried in a moderately deep snow here in the Chicago area.  Jeff had spent a little dough on Anzio - 1944 and Drive For Saint Lo from Lone Canuck Publishing. Rick Hollander and Dave analyze Scenario PAD 2: The Quick and the Dead. They offer an in depth look at that gem.  There is a crazily in depth replay of said scenario here at Gumble Jones blog Boxcars Again.

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Talk
13:00 What's in the Box?
41:50 Scenario Analysis
57:15 Total Running Time
Rick rolls snakes and is quite proud of it.



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Friday, February 16, 2018

Episode 193: Putting the Aaah in ASL

Welcome everyone, we are speaking softly and not carrying a big stick. Life is too short for anything else.  Did you know that Jeff is not interested in murder, and that neither of our hosts enjoy loud foul language? Well it's true, after all there are children listening.....and trying to sleep. Have you ever wondered what would happen if everyone swore all the time?  Well we do.  So no Prairie Dogging everyone.  Did you know that this podcast is actually about ASL?  Probably not due to all the stupid banter you get on this show, but we will cover some wonderful letters that do discuss Advanced Squad Leader.  Let's look in that box together and see the wonderful insides of Forgotten War.  Wow, ASL ventures into the Korean War.

The 2 Half-Squads is brought to you by Bounding Fire Productions and Ritterkrieg and of course, kind donations from you.

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Banterino
15:30 Letters From You, The Listeners!
36:00 What Have You Been Playin' Lately.
43:00 Spilky Banozic Crossfire in Banzai
46:00 What's in the Box?
105:00 Total Running Time


LINKS
Mark Evans Youtube ASL Product Reviews
Banzai 22.2
MASH Theme Song - Why Dave Cries
The Smiths - Ask


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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Episode 192: The Objective Schmidt Show

Sure seems like Christmas (or maybe our birthdays around here).  We have been getting a lot of cool ASL in the mail.  Forgotten War, Lone Canuck and best of all, Objective Schmidt by Bounding Fire Productions.  We dedicate most of this show to that fine product.  After a mediocre comedy but that is clearly stolen from a joke Dave's Dad used to tell him, we skip the banter, because Jeff is not here in this show.  And it's kind of hard for Dave to banter with himself.  Especially if he wants to avoid any labels.  After opening that box we jump into detailed coverage of the terrain of Operation Schmidt.

We all know life can be hard and life's difficulties have struck Chas Argent's family.
Please consider donating to Chas Argent's sons health care medical bills at https://www.gofundme.com/supporting-the-argent-family/





SHOWTIMES
0:05 The Return of Comedy Bits; Don't Hold Your Breath
1:35 What's in the Box? Operation Schmidt
34:34 Terrain Time
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Episode 191: No Death Threats Please

YeeHaa! Welcome y'all.  Have ya ever wondered what is goin' on in our crazy society today?  We sure have. Fake News, Fake News accusations, rude behavior, random death threats.  We banter a bit about all that and need to talk about the greatest game in the world Advanced Squad Leader to forget about it all. There is also a quick review of the film Darkest Hour.  In the Box is a game Jeff has long sought after and finally has thanks to listener Stephen Banks and his generosity. It is Red Barricades. You can also get a sneak preview of Broken Ground Design's new and amazing counters for ASL. They are very cool.  And if you have ever wondered what would happen if you called the old Avalon Hill phone number that was included in the game boxes, you can find out by listening.

 The 2 Half-Squads is sponsored by Bounding Fire Productions and RitterKrieg.

SHOWTIMES
1:00 Greetings and Banter
17:30 Letters
44:30 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
54:00 What's in the Box?
1:14:46 Total Running Time


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Monday, January 1, 2018

Episode 190: A New Year Potpourri

Dave fails to stop the Italian tanks.
Happy New Year everyone!  This is a collection of recordings we have made throughout 2017 and never used in an episode. Then we added some new stuff today. You will find a little Tom Barkalow, Rick Hollander, Aaron Kleinschmidt, as well as a bit of Dave and Jeff and a lot of Advanced Squad Leader talk.  Aaron and Dave open with some letters. Tom and Dave share an in depth scenario analysis of Broken Grounds' scenario Pad 4: Iron Coffins. We gave the wrong scenario name in the audio.  Sorry.  There also is quite an inconsistent sound quality due to the variety of recording sources.  Quite a potpourri.

SHOWTIMES
1:00 Letters
15:00 After Action Report
30:00 A Closer Look at From the Cellar 8
1:00:41 Total Running Time

The 2 Half-Squads is brought to you by RitterKrieg and Bounding Fire Productions, as well as listener contributions.  Thanks to all.

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