Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Episode 94: No Place Like Cholm

We're officially into summer now -- and we know this not because the Earth's northern semi-axis reached its greatest inclination toward our home star (the Sun), but because Dave is out of school and Jeff has begun mixing icy beverages for recording sessions. We're hoping the relaxed work schedules will allow us to get caught up on at least some of the many topics, products and interviews we've got on the Advanced Squad Leader to-do list.

Herein we finally get a look at Dave's copy of Kampfgruppe Scherer: The Shield of Cholm from the fabulous folks at Le Franc Tireur. It's been burning a hole in Dave's collection for lo these past months, so we're feeling much relief at finally unleashing it. And man, it doesn't disappoint. It's got winter maps, perspective artwork and . . . a girl's high school! Who could ask for anything more?

Of course, we also take time to share some wonderful letters. And Dave gives a right proper book report on Hell & Highwater, a history of the Canada's vital and victorious participation in the Italian campaign.

You're gonna like this episode, even if you live south of the equator!

1:00 Chit-chat
8:00  Letters
27:15 Box Art Review -- Kampfgruppe Scherer
29:30 Whats in the Box? -- Kampfgruppe Scherer
56:30 Book Review: Hell & Highwater
1:16:15 Total Running Time

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Episode 93: Where's the Wasabi?

One of the notable characteristics and attractions of wasabi is while it burns with some pleasurable intensity, its affects are relatively short lived. Chili pepper chemistry, on the other hand, is oil-based and so its affects are more prolonged. This episode is like a blistering chili pepper; it will blast you with pleasure straight away, yet the burning delight will linger long after we sign off.

Letters are conspicuously absent this time as there is so much other stuff to talk about. After some chit chat about beer and wasabi-laced seaweed, Jeff introduces Dave to Sabaton, a heavy metal band whose songs are based on famous historical battles, including many engagements from World War II. You like "chrome" in your Advanced Squad Leader? How about heavy metal? Then we talk about what we've been playing lately. We pull two nice items from The Box. Jeff reveals his recently acquired copy of Blood Reef: Tarawa and Dave goes through MMP's scenario pack, Best of Friends.

2:00 Somewhat entertaining banter
13:00 Music to Game By
20:00 What've You Been Playing Lately?
37:00 What's In the Box?
1:25:38  TOTAL

Best of Friends
Tarawa: Story of a Battle

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Episode 92: Tank-Hunting, Krupnikas-Drinking Heroes

Hey all! We have another really big show for you here, as Ed Sullivan would say. There are letters that spark all kinds of Advanced Squad Leader topics. Dave presents his review of the classic World War II film Saving Private Ryan. We continue our series on the Japanese with a look at the fanatically fun Tank-Hunter Hero. If you have been wondering what is being played at the PAASL club meetings lately you will be able to find out at the end of this episode. The members give a little report on the scenarios they played. Very enjoyable!

1:00 Banter and Letters
37:00 Movie Review
49:50 The Japanese: Part Two (TH Heroes & Other Rules)
1:13:30 PAASL Update
1:40:30 Total Running Time

World of Tanks: Japanese Anti-Tank Assaults
ASLML Hero Q & A
When is a Tank Hunter Hero Removed Q & A on Gamesquad
The Marvelous Drink - Krupnikas

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