Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Episode 312: VASL Shimmers with Doug Rimmer

We are very fortunate to have Doug Rimmer join us this evening. Doug is one of the many unsung heroic developers of the Virtual Advanced Squad Leader site. Doug discusses the wonders of VASL, revealing some of the more recent developments in the upcoming version of the program. We chat a bit about the future plans for VASL and even let you know how you can send in some suggestions and ask about problems you are having with the system. If you listen closely, you will hear some trouble shooting advice!  

Long Live the Selfless Developers of VASSAL and VASL!


SHOWTIMES

:03 Let's Get Right to the Interview 
1:13:54 Total Running Time
 
SHOWLINKS
The VASSAL Engine



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Sunday, January 1, 2023

Episode 311: Surrender Your Integrity

Clink and Drink Boys and Girls!
(as long as you are of age)
Clink and drink in the New Year kids!  Best wishes for 2023 to all of us! We welcome Mike Ryzy back to the broadcast foxhole for an interesting discussion of  Battlefield Integrity and the Field Promotion rules.  We hope you will indulge us as we banter a bit longer today, and also cover some of the most amazing WWII/War related items that appeared In The News in 2022. And we think you might enjoy the tour of Jeff's game/music room.

But first, let's listen to Surrender! 

Surrender! 
Concept and Lyrics: Dennis Donovan
Performed by: The 2 Half-Squad Singers

Took an MC, a 3MC, and I rolled a ‘2’
A Russian half-squad, also broken

and they’re inexperienced.

Plus 4 DRMs on to their Heat of Battle roll:

I rolled box cars, now a white flag’s being flown

  

Chorus

It’s 16 alright?, okay, alright

That just seems a little weird
Surrender, surrender, they

Throw in the towel today, ay, ay, ay


F.5 says in the Desert, refusal it is NA                             
Unlike the late war, Allies vs. the Japs in the Philippines
No, fanatics, Gurkhas, commissars, or Partisans,          
Will surrender via the Rout Phase Method  A20.21


Chorus

Surrender at night?  In CC?  That’s right

It just seems a little weird
Surrender, surrender

You’re disrupted anyway, ay, ay, ay 


Whatever happened to all my broken half-squads over there?
Thought they rallied in the building, but they all disappeared
Oh yeah, that’s right, they got captured ‘cuz they couldn’t rout
Got surrounded, they all gave up, put that ol’ white flag out

Chorus

They were next to, your K.E.U.s, 

It was, just as I feared
Surrendered, surrendered

Because they couldn’t rout away, ay, ay, ay 


SHOWTIMES

:03 Song "Surrender!"
2:40 ASL Talk
15:00 Tour of Jeff's Game/Music Room
18:55 In the News
29:30 Rules 
1:02:54 Total Running Time
 



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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Episode 310: Cruising Through Crucible of Steel

Holiday greetings to you all! This is the season for joy and gladness, before
the great grey days of the New Year that will inevitably arrive for many of us. 
Mike Ryzy and John Harmeyer drop by the broadcast foxhole and present their view of Bounding Fire Productions fantastic Crucible of Steel. Mike and John played all 32 scenarios in chronological order and using a campaign system that Mike modified from The Long March by Heat of Battle.  Yes, you heard that right, ALL 32.  

But first, how about some letters?  It's been awhile since we shared some.

SHOWTIMES

0:40 Bantero
8:00 Letters
23:30 Crucible of Steel Talk
1:00:11 Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS 

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Episode 309: We Got You Covered

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!  There are a whole lot of new products in the Advanced Squad Leader World of Gaming Goodness to be thankful for.  One of these gems is the new scenario pack Covered from Broken Ground Design . It includes a new board and 13 scenarios.  We also take a look at Dispatches From the Bunker #53, which includes the usual fantastic game tips from Carl Nogueria.  

There are no turkeys in this flock of ASL goodies. Gobble, gobble. 


SHOWTIMES
0:40 Banter
8:18 From the Bunker #53
23:30 Covered
1:02:38 Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS 
Dispatches From the Bunker
Great Mink Escape


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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Episode 308: Ken and Perry


Ken Dunn makes an appearance at long last on our program, along with Multi Man Publishing's very own Perry Cocke. Ken has designed a boatload of ASL goodness in the form of many scenarios. He is also the man that brought us Operation Veritable, and the ASL Starter Kits (but that is a story for another show). Ken offers many fascinating insights into the behind the scenes efforts at Multi Man Publishing. 

Perry gives us an update on what we can expect from MMP in the near and far future, things like Journal #13, AND Journal #14 soon after that. Yes, let's get excited! Also a coming HASL on Timor, Battle of Mokra (tracks the Polish Army all through the war) and a Marco Polo Bridge pack.  There is also a little chat about some non-ASL games that are in the pipe at MMP. Card Games too. There is some discussion about Kawaguchi's Gamble: Edson's Ridge and the rules issues that were dealt with in the production process. Enjoy!

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Interview
54:18 Total running time

SHOW LINKS

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