Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Episode 249: All ASL, Except For the Parts That Aren't

Mike Ryzy joins us once again in the broadcast remote foxhole. The NEW Rules segment theme song makes its debut, thanks to Aaron Kleinschmidt and The Two-Half Squad Singers.
Can a machine gun kill a lightly armored vehicle? Find out right here and right now. Then
break out your cover of Onslaught to Orsha 2 
for the return of Box Art Review.


SHOWTIMES
1:00 Banter
14:00 Rules!
51:00 Box Art Review
1:01:55 Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS



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Monday, June 8, 2020

ASL Extra 26: Broich Bash

Wow, it's been a long time since we put up an ASL Extra for your enjoyment. This one was recorded last year.  Dave Timonen faces off against Chris Walters, who is playing his first game in many years. It's amazing how the rules and tactics come back to him so quickly.  Advanced Squad Leader is like learning to ride a bicycle, once you learn you never forget how to do it.  Dave and Chris are playing Broich Bash, which was originally published in the old In Contact Newsletter.  Then released in an ASL Annual as, A69 (ROAR US 102/German 114).  It was then re-republished as Scenario 200 in YANKS! 2nd Edition (ROAR US 9/German 14). Set up your boards and play along with us. Or use VASL.

SHOW LINKS
Broich Bash on ASL Archive





The German set up is in the upper left hand corner and the turn numbers for the rest of the photos are uncertain for labeling purposes, but you will easily be able to follow along as you listen. Hear a few tips, and grab some tactical advice as you join us for Broich Bash.

Music provided by agreement with Erdenstern



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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Episode 248: Patio or Porch?

Mike Ryzy joins us once again as we banter about the film Gettysburg and more. We are always thrilled with the quality of the letters that our listeners send, and the ones we read on this episode, are no exception. VASL tips abound within them. We have quite a few scenarios that we have played lately.  All of them on VASL of course. Take a listen as Mike explains the "connected scenario" scoring system that we are using in the Objective Schmidt series of games. 

SHOWTIMES
1:00 Banter
11:00 Letters
41:00 Give Away Items Announced
44:00 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
1:13:55 Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
ASL E-Open
VASL 101 Tutorials on Youtube
All Quiet on the Martian Front

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Episode 247: Curse Skype, Love VASL

Well, Skype seems to make Dave's voice sound like he is on a telephone. Which, we guess, he
technically is.  In the box is Adam Lunney's wonderful book "We Together".  Adam tells the untold story of the 451 and 453  Australian Squadrons in WWII.  Give it a read.
We recount our playing of  AP 118 Wise's War on VASL of course. And then we thought it would be fun to explore the controls on Virtual Advanced Squad Leader live on the air.  We thought it would be fun but you may think otherwise after you have a listen.

SHOWTIMES
1:00 Banter
12:45 What's in the Box?
21:00 What We've Been Playing Lately!
30:00 VASL Explored
1:00:43 Total Running Time


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Friday, May 8, 2020

Episode 246: Back to the Family

Here is a show produced entirely in the Kleinschmidt household. We cover a bunch of back logged letters, dating back to February. Shame on us for being so delinquent. But at least here they are now and they are read by our guests Aaron and Laura Kleinschmidt.  Did we ever mention that "Operation Schmidt" should have been called "Operation Kleinschmidt"?    

     
In the digital box is the newest issue of Banzai from the Texas ASL gang and it is full of the usual tactics, reviews, and great opinions that we have come to expect from them.   Please pardon Dave's sniffles.  We couldn't edit them all out.

SHOW TIMES
3:00 Letters
32:00 What's in the Box?
100:02 Total Running Time




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Friday, May 1, 2020

Episode 245: The German Scene with Kris

The promised show about ASL in Germany is here. We have a few letters then we jump right in with the delightful and knowledgeable Kris Koch, joining us in the broadcast (remote) foxhole for a great interview. Special guest Mike Ryzy returns to help us along.  Enjoy!

SHOWTIMES 
1:00 Brief Chat
3:00 Letters
25:30 Interview with Kris
1:02:38 Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
Conscripts Tourney in Germany
Grenadier Tourney in Germany
The Amazing Elevated Game Board

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Episode 244: Here we go a Vasling!

Hey, really short write up for this show. It truly is, almost, well practically, 100% or so, dedicated to the Greatest Game in the World, Advanced Squad Leader. We have our knowledgeable, loyal and true friend, Mike Ryzy on hand to help us explain our rookie foray into Virtual Advanced Squad Leader, otherwise known as VASL. Did you win the British counters from Broken Ground Design? Listen and see.

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Banter Then on With the Show
50:00 The Brentrance Drawing
1:00:45 Total Running Time

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Episode 243: Chia Head

Lock down continues. The Skype recording is a little sketchy on Dave's end but acceptable. In the time since we recorded this show the ASL Open has been canceled as have most of our tournaments.  The Texas ASL tourney is still on as of now.  It is not scheduled to happen for several months yet, so we can hope this scourge on humanity will pass by then.  Take a look with us at the most excellent New England Volunteers Pack as well as an interesting gift from Dennis. Subsequent First Fire is the topic of our rules section today, and we are thrilled to be joined by a special quest for said segment.


SHOW TIMES
1:00 Banter
12:15 New England Volunteers Scenario Pack
33:00 Quiz Show: The Rules
56:14 Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
New England Volunteers Play Pack 1
Get Your Bob Ross Chia Pet Here

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Episode 242: RitterKrieg Live!

The enthusiasm of Derek Ritter is contagious, and it makes for a wonderful interview, even though Jeff and Dave were not in the broadcast foxhole together, but rather worked remotley from home. That was a first. Skype seems to suffice as Derek calls in to tell us all about the gaming stuff happening in North Carolina area, the tournament there, and all the new products that have hit the ASL market lately.  There is a lot to hear here so have a listen. Let Derek's fire get you fired up for some Advanced Squad Leader play during your Coronavirus lock down!


SHOW TIMES

1:01:16 Total Running Time

SHOW LINK
Derek's Youtube Channel

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Episode 241: Konigsberg and Korea

Learning often happens best by repetition, so why not give our past shows a listen while you wait for the latest one to drop?
Tolkien's Letters, 1917, and The Witcher are the core of the discussion in the 0% ASL part of the show.
Take a look, along with us, at the new game by Lone Canuck. It is The Battle of Konigsberg: The Bear's Revenge. Wow! The maps in this game are surely a step up from most of the maps you see produced for Advanced Squad Leader. We end the show with a discussion/after action report of our playing of Scenario 203: Hard ROK from MMP's Forgotten War.
Mike Ryzy, Dave Timonen, Dave K and Chris Walters discuss.

Don't forget to head on over to the ASL Open right here in Chicagoland. March 26-29, 2020.

Roll low and rally well, but not when you're playing us!

End of turn 3 maybe

End Game. Taking and crossing the bridge. 

SHOW TIMES

1:00   Chit Chat
16:00 What's in the Box?
38:00 Forgotten War After Action Report
1:05:43 Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
The Battle of Konigsberg: The Bears Revenge
Nor' Easter Tourny 2020
Alpenfestung ASL in the Alps
ASL Open 2020

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Episode 240: Game of the Rising Sun

Our banter this time includes a little bit about long range guns and such in WWI and buzz bombs in WWII. Some random thoughts on systems of government abound herein. If you are hoping to win the Broken Ground Design British counters, please note that your entry is due by March 15th. Listen closely to this episode for the specific instructions needed to  get into the drawing. Jeff takes us on a walk through Spilky chart #11. We round out the hour with Dave K, Mike R, Dave T, and Chris W discussing their first impressions of their first Korean scenario in a round table type format.  Roll low and rally well, but not when you're playing us!

SHOW TIMES
0:015 Game of the Rising Sun (lyrics and credits below)
14:00 Nor'Easter Announcement
16:00 New Communist Chinese Counters Reviewed
23:00 British Counter Giveaway Announcement
28:00 Machine Gun Rules
57:30 Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
ASL Open Tournament
Nor' Easter Tourny 2020

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Rally Phase Records presents!!

"Game Of The Rising Sun"

To the tune of the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun”

Concept: Dennis Donovan

Vocals: Stephen Stewart

Mixing: Stephen Stewart



There is an ASL module
It’s called the Rising Sun
And it’ll be out-of-print, for many long years
‘Least ‘til twenty thirty one

There was Code of Bushido
It covered the PTO thing
Then there was, for the Gung Ho! man
The Chinese and the Marines

Once the only thing ASLers need
To get PTO in one chunk
Is to go on ebay or check world-wide
And pay thousands of bucks

[Kazoo solo]

Oh mother of my children
For my birthday I want one
Spend your pay should you find one some day

Buy MMPs Rising Sun

Support MMP it’s just good form
I’ll give you a little hint
Purchase at the least seventeen copies
If it’s ever back in print

There is an ASL module
They call the Rising Sun
It's on the list of many ASL boys
And God I know I'm one

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Episode 239: SFF, DFF, and TMI

You may want to listen to our Banter in this show, we discuss our various medical problems so.....yeah....on second thought......maybe you won't want to....too much information.
If you came here for ASL all the time, you came to the mostly right place. The good news is that you can learn a lot about defensive fire in our rules segment. Listen along and see what you know about the rules, and what you can learn about the rules of the greatest game in the world, Advanced Squad Leader. Woof, Woof.

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Our health stories and adventures.
17:00 Rules
57:30 Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
ASL Open Tournament


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Episode 238: That's Amore!

Buon Giormo, O e la sera dove sei?

 We are happy to bring you the tale of Jeff's Italian Trip.  Sadly he could not meet up with the wonderful gentlemen from the new Italian game company Advancing Fire while he was there. We suggest you go to their site and pre-order Brevity Assault and Biazza Ridge. Our "Letters" segment provides a delizioso distraction from ordinary life by providing some Advanced Squad Leader talk.
Did you know that there are a ton of ezines published by the Texas ASL guys?  The mag is called Banzai!!; and we review volume 24 issue 2 in this show.  It has a great article that explains how to execute a Banzai charge using the Starter Kit rules. Enjoy and Caio!

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Jeff's Italian Adventures
18:15 Letters
39:0 What Have You Been Playing Lately
49:00 What's in the Box?
1:02:45  Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
ASL Open Tournament
Banzai!! Volume 24 issue 2

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Some real art for Box Art Review

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Episode 237: The Fight for Seoul on New Years Day

Greetings Listeners,
Best wishes for the New Year from our broadcast to yours!
We want to thank you for all of your amazing support over the years. We owe so much to you all.
Listen and see if you have won the French Counters.The drawing happens now.

Dave Kand Dave T played Trap by Mishap SV12 from the Swedish Volunteers. There is an after action report in this show. Photos can be found on our Twitter feed.  We also recount a Desperado miniatures game that we played as well as a game of Space Empires that Jeff played. We also tear into the latest box of ASL goodness called The Fight for Seoul.


Desperado Zombie Game 

Get over to the new Italian ASL company and pre-order Brevity Assault and Biazza Ridge.

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Auld Lang Syne and Chat
12:35 Drawing for French Counters
16:30 What Have You Been Playing Lately
28:00 What's in the Box?
52:10  Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
Advancing Fire Game Company
Le Franc Tireur Korea Game

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