Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Episode 28: Get Thee to a Gunnery

Admit it — you LIKE playing with GUNS. The more, the better. You don’t want just one or two to choose from. You want LOTS of guns. Well, we guarantee you there is no better selection among ANY game on the planet than those available in ASL. Even the best video games pale in comparison to the bevy of beautiful, blazing artillery pieces provided in even the most basic of ASL modules. With that in mind, we present this first in a planned four-part series. Hardly comprehensive coverage, this is just a primer to the wonderful world of ASL guns. So gather your gumption and “Get thee to a Gunnery!”.

And you won’t want to miss the News Report. We have lots of goodies to talk about. We also have a double-feature of “What’s In The Box?” and Jeff reviews “The Longest Day”.

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  2. Glad you guys are still up and running, and very glad to find out I'm not the only one who finds The Longest Day to be embarrassingly corny and Hollywoody. The book was very good, though. Since the old comments have been lost, i don't know if anyone has pointed out that the French have a 37* INF gun on a SW counter, but if no one else has, I will.
    Looking forward to the next show!

  3. Good episode. Glad to see you are back!

    When is NOOBY DOO #2 coming out?

  4. Thanks for writing, Andy. I'm glad, too, to not be alone. In Episode 29 Dave will be giving his rebuttal review of "The Longest Day". That should be fun.

  5. Hey, Chalkboy8, "Nooby Doo #2"[sic] is in production. We have just one more part to record and hope to have it ready to go in two weeks. And there are lots of plans for future installments. Stay tuned!

  6. I love the show. Keep it up.
    In Episode 28 you review "The Longest Day" and mention that Eddie Albert doesn't seem to belong in a war scene. I always felt the same way until recently when I found out about his war record. Here's an excerpt from his Wikipedia page:

    "A genuine war hero, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for his actions during the invasion of Tarawa in November, 1943, when, as the pilot of a U.S. Coast Guard landing craft, he rescued 47 Marines who were stranded offshore (and supervised the rescue of 30 others), while under heavy enemy machine-gun fire."

    It was quite a surprise to me when I found this out.
    Thanks again for the fun show.
    Rick from Milwaukee

  7. Dear Gang:

    Two quick points on "The Longest Day:"

    1) I can't blame the actors for bad writing. How many times can someone disclaim about being on the brink of a great moment in history, etc.? Burton's acting choices make some sense if you realize that his character has been fighting for over three years; he's literally burnt out. Still, some of the dialogue Burton is given is pretty heavy-handed. "He's dead, you're lost, and I'm a cripple."

    2) Too many big names really hurts the casting. I feel like the casting process wasn't "who's best for this role?" but "where are we going to squeeze in Paul Anka?" I tend to lose my suspension of disbelief when even the smallest roles are played by major stars. You'll notice that Zannuck learned his lesson and did not repeat this mistake on "Tora!Tora!Tora!"

    "The Longest Day" is not without its flaws, but it is still one of the most influential war movies ever made. "The Longest Day" proved that you could still make money on an "A" picture based on WWII in the 1960s. I do not doubt that big budget movies like "The Great Escape" or "The Gun of Navarone" would not have been made if not for the commercial success of "The Longest Day."


    David L.

  8. Enjoyed your latest episode; I have a long commute but it seems shorter when I'm listening to your show.
    The Pulaski reference caught my attention. Growing up, I had never heard of Casimir Pulaski. Imagine my surprise when my first assignment in the Navy was to the U.S.S. Casimir Pulaski (a ballistic missile submarine). For clarification, I wasn't surprised about being sent to a submarine (all-volunteer force, you know), but this class of submarine (G. Washington class) is named after famous American leaders, or those, in Pulaski's case, had a big impact on U.S. history.
    Well, how about one ASL-related comment: note that A12.34 applies to emplaced guns, so no luck HIP'ing unless you can emplace (C11.2).

  9. Scott in Nashville. Come and check out Nashville_boardwargames in Google groups.