Friday, January 14, 2022

Episode 288: Joe Leoce of Albany

Joe Leoce is not really "of Albany" as in "he lives in Albany".  But he is the guy that started the New York State Advanced Squad Leader Championship. Otherwise known as the Albany Tournament. Joe worked with Trezza for many years on it, then Pleva came to help make it one of the best Tournaments in the U.S.   He also designs and builds some dioramas/models that are used as the prizes!

Joe had an ASL game story published in the old Fire for Effect Fanzine in 1993 and another in Critical Hit. There is some great history in this interview. Joe's love for the greatest game in the world is infectious indeed. 

0:30 Interview with Joseph Leoce
1:02:14 Total Running Time


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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Episode 287: ASLOK is Over

We sure enjoyed Dennis Donovan's rendition of his humorous song that opened the show. ASLOK is over, but it will return next fall. The lyrics are below.  

The Rule covered is A15. Heat of Battle.  There are a lot of good things in that rule like, Hero Creation, Berserk, and the deadly Surrender.

0:01 Song ASLOK is Over 'til Next October
2:35 Chit Chat
13:00 Rules!
1:07:40 Total Running Time


Rally Phase Records Presents!
ASLOK is Over, 'til Next October
Sung to the tune of I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover by Art Mooney
Concept and Lyrics: Dennis Donovan 

ASLOK is over, 'til next October
The fun is done for sure.
One day next Autumn we'll do it again
Playing ASL with all of our friends
No use complaining, no times remaining
for something we all adore. 
ASLOK is over, 'til next October
so come back next year for more.

Things to think over for next October:
Maybe play Corregidor.
Enter a mini, or start a campaign!
Become the GROFAZ, for fortune and fame.
Even if it's raining, we'll be there playing
up on the hotels top floor.
Start looking over, your Red October
Look at the balance in ROAR.

ASLOK is over, 'til next October
Bendis is the new Grofaz.
Second is Cummins, he played a great game.
They'll be back next year to throw down again.
No need explaining, no one's remaining
to play the game that we adore. 
When ASLOK is over, you'll see slumped shoulders
Everybody's all gone home. 

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Episode 286: The ASLer Deluxe

Scenario MD1 The Bridge at Ramelle and  Scenario BFP-35 Mai Phu are discussed during our What Have You Been Playing Lately segment.  The Ramelle scenario by Mike Drake was based on the film Saving Private Ryan. It is compared to another version in the Scenario Designer's Handbook by Michael Dorosch. Jeff discusses his Space Empires game. 

In the Box is MMP's Deluxe Redux and a brief look at the previous deluxe products. What a blast from the past. And we top all this ASL goodness off with a light dose of letters

0:01 Song The ASLer
2:01 Chit Chat and Sad News.
10:50 What We Have Been Playing Lately
24:45 What's in the Box?
39:45 Letters
57:20  Total Running Time


The ASLer (sung to the tune of The Moonshiner)
Lyrics by Christopher Dawson    2011

I've been an ASLer since all the way back.
I've spent all me money on modules and packs. 
I'll go to the game den and set up the boards.
And will play then until our dear wives do complain.

I'll win some, I'll lose some, I've spent my cash wad. 
And if you don't like me flame me on Game Squad. 
I'll play when I'm hungry but I'll drink when I play. 
If the snake eyes don't kill me, I'll play 'til I'm grey. 

I'll go to some club meet in this here country.
Ten Plano's of counters, I'll go on a spree. 
No women to follow, no children to whine. 
Here's hoping my dear squads don't walk on a mine. 

Oh ASL, Oh ASL, Oh how I love thee. 
Even though you killed my 10-3.
Bless all ASLer's, help us avoid booby traps.
New counters smell sweet as the ink on the maps. 

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Episode 285: Sure and Steady Steven Swann

Steven C. Swann
There are a few ASLer's who consistently produce magnificent things for the Advanced Squad Leader community. One of the most prolific is the indomitable Steven C. Swann, who has written all of the "Reference Notes for ASL" articles about the Marines, Fiji troops, Japanese Airborne, commando units etc., that you may have read in the General, and the Annual, and the Journal.  If you haven't read them, well then, perhaps you should check them out.  Steve has also designed 500 scenarios, the majority of which have been published by revered ASL producers as Critical Hit, Heat of Battle, Avalon Hill, Le Franc Tireur, and of course, the superior, Bounding Fire Productions; and that is just to name a few.  

After all of his years in the hobby he has taught us that sure and steady wins the race! 

0:01 No Chit Chat today. We get right to the good stuff.
0:02 Interview 
1:10:40  Total Running Time


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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Episode 284: Hit Me With Your Best Mod

Electronic rule book is in the box this time. Jeff gives an honest and interesting review of said product from MMP. Use the link below to order your copy now. The To Hit Modifiers are covered in detail as we continue our coverage of the rules. 
Great stuff. So why don't you pull up a chair, put on your headphones, and have a listen? 

0:40 Banter
9:40 What's in the Box?
19:45 Rules
59:16  Total Running Time