Friday, October 15, 2021

Episode 281: Action Jackson Kwan

One of the better blogs out there is created by Jackson Kwan. You have heard his voice here when he has called into the show to advertise various Advanced Squad Leader tournaments in Asia. He is very active on Twitter and is a great source to find out what the latest plans are in ASL game production.  We are sure you will enjoy this look at the ASL scene in the Pacific.  We had a very good time conversing with Jack.  





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0:01 Interview
1:00:29  Total Running Time 

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Episode 280: Bad Moon Rising

 Are you as excited as we are to see the return of In The News in this very episode? Most likely you're
not, however there is a whole batch of new ASL product coming out, and tournaments being planned, and THAT IS some exciting stuff. 
There are two new products here in the "digital box".  Issue #113 of View From the Trenches, thanks to the indomitable and highly productive Pete Phillipps.  And issue #1 Break Contact!  Both of these marvelous Advanced Squad Leader fanzines are free. That's right...FREE.  

Dave and Jeff also take some time to discuss their VASL game of AP87 Empire's Fall, and Dave K and Dave T's game of VotG7 Storming the Station. These photos will help our podcast listeners (as opposed to Youtube viewers) to follow along. 



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0:01 Bad Moon Rising
3:08 Banter
11:10 In the News
22:30 Contest Winner Announced
24:00 What's in the Box?
44:00 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
58:18  Total Running Time 

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Bad Moon Rising

Lyrics: Dennis Donovan
Performed by: The 2 Half-Squad Singers

I'm playing Bad Moon  Rising 
Friendly Fire 48 
There are Russkies and Germans fighting
Throwing down in the Ukraine

Don't expect daylight, it takes place at night.
Turns in Bad Moon: 6.5

I see toe-may-toes a growing.
I know Russkies are coming soon.
Guarding the Kolkhoz is tough going.
They will attack the village soon.

Scattered clouds at night, 
NVR is 3 - that's right. 
There's a full moon on the rise.

Russkies snuck across the Dnieper
Yup, they are quite prepared to die. 
The Russkies are all hell bent for leather.
Germans are in for a hard time. 

ASL that's right, it's a huge part of our lives.
We're playing Bad Moon on the Rise

Can't go out tonight, sorry darling wife. 
We're playing Bad Moon on the Rise


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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Episode 279: VASL is Broken

 Another great opening song on this episode; VASL is Broken.  The lyrics can be found at the bottom of this post.  In this show we discuss Dave's recent tour of Gettysburg and Antietam with guide Mike Ryzy. The photo on the right is of Dave presenting Memorial Art Review to the tour members.  The photo below is of the Spilky Men, Dave's wife Laura, Mike Lembke, and our intrepid and knowledgeable guide Mike Ryzy. 


Rich Spilky has donated a copy of  Rally Point ASL Starter Kit scenario pack for you to win as a prize!  Simply listen to the show, follow the instructions by September 15th, 2021 to be entered in the contest to win said prize. 

In the box is the wonderful Full Rulebook ASL 2020 Scenario Pack  It's a beauty of a pack! Do you maggots understand that? It's the Jungian thing, Sir! 

 There are always rules to learn, so we are going to tackle part two of the "To Hit" Rules.   


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0:01 VASL is Broken
3:08 Banter
16:00 Contest Announced
27:50 What's in the Box?
30:00 Rules
102:43  Total Running Time 

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None today.

VASL ls Broken

Lyrics: Dennis Donovan
Performed by: Corporal Punishment

My dice roll average is 10.7
900 times those dice did I those cast.
Got 90 boxcars and zero snake eyes.
Random.org is random, my %$#! 

What are the real odds of someone rolling,
five 12's in a row? Here are the stats.
1 in 6 million if I rolled like that.
In a casino they'd beat me with bats! 

VASL is broken, like an old Yugo
Dice Bot is kaput, what do we do?
It's like a Sasquatch only I've seen it.
But we all deep down know that it's true. 




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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Episode 278: Good Evening Starshells

We hope you enjoyed the lovely opening song on this episode; Good Evening Starshells.  The lyrics can be found at the bottom of this post. Are there letters? yes, there are.
There is a song by Men at Work called Down Under and it left quite an  impression on us North Americans.  Perhaps that song's influence led to the title of the newest offering from MMP.   It is Action Pack #16 From the Land Down Under.

 There are always rules to learn, so we are going to tackle part one of the "To Hit" Rules.  


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0:01 Song Good Evening Starshells
3:45 Banter
11:40 Letters
27:50 What's in the Box?
35:00 Rules
104:35  Total Running Time 

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Good Evening Starshells

Concept: Chris Gammon
Lyrics: Chris Gammon and Dennis Donovan
Performed by: The 2 Half-Squads Singers

Good evening starshells
Stalingrad says hello, You twinkle above us, We need light below. 

Good evening starshells
This night will be long, You are so illuminating, What could possilbly go wrong?

SMC or an, Armor Leader need to roll, a 4 or less you know. 
CE AFV Crew, or an MMC, need a 2 or less, yo. 
Think those IR mortars, they'll do a good jobba
Slinging starshells all night long. 

Good evening starshells
There's no moon in the skies. The NVR's one tonight, where's all those bad guys?

SMC or an, Armor Leader need to roll, a 4 or less you know. 
The SMC's told us, fire some and make sure you roll really low, low. 
Think those IR mortars, they'll do a good jobba
Slinging starshells all night long.  

Can you hear me praying for a, a star shell, What could go wrong?
All night long, shell thing, shell, shell, shell, slinging, sling, fling, shoot a shell. 

Yeah we can sling fling, sling, some sling a shell.  Fling, sling, some, fire off, something. 




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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Episode 277: Pentland's Palette



Box Art Review Extravaganza. Yes, it is an interview with THE David Pentland of Advanced Squad Leader (and many other companies) box art fame. Get the inside scoop on the techniques and tactics of a premier Military Artist, right here on this podcast!

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1:00 Banter?  No there is not!
1:01 Interviews! Yes, there is much.
58:05  Total Running Time 

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Episode 276: Steelworks and Wrecks

Thanks to listener Nelson Isada we received The Steelworks for review, and for keeps. Yipee Yahoo! Listen to our rules section to see what you know, don't know (or perhaps have forgotten), about vehicle wrecks in the greatest game in the world; Advanced Squad Leader. 

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1:00 Banterino
11:06 Contest Winners (Pod and Twit)
21:00 What's in the Box?
41:00 Rules (Wrecks) 
?00:42  Total Running Time 

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Episode 275: DC Dynamos


Episode 275? Wow! Where did the time go?  We couldn't think of any better guests to bring on to such a momentous show than these two distinguished gents from the DC Conscripts; Andy Goldin and John Gorkowski.  It's a rollicking and rolling interview about all things ASL but especially about the East Coast gaming scene. Enjoy.

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1:00 Banter?  No there is not!
1:01 Interviews!
1:00:42  Total Running Time 




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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Episode 274: Brevity Biazza Booyah!

Early version of Map
We'd like to make a confession.... we incorrectly named the Bravo Biazza show.
We meant to call it the Bravo Brevity show.  So, while both shows are about two of the great new games from Advancing Fire, this show covers Brevity Assault. This system uses some colored lines to delineate the levels on the map. Fantastic touch!  Dave gives a run down of the scenarios contained therein. Join us!

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1:00 Banter
6:30 Letters

10:48 Contest Announced
32:11 What's in the Box? Biazza Ridge
1:05:52  Total Running Time 


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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Episode 273: You Bet Paul Works!

Paul Works
Paul Works is a contributor to the Advanced Squad Leader Hobby who has been doing so for a long time. He helped get the Kansas City March Madness Tournament going when Mike Reed (Episode 267) had to stop. Paul has a long and storied involvement with wargames and ASL in particular. He also works with the Navy and gets to play wargames there too.  What a job! What an ASL contributor!

It's another great interview that you will not want to miss.  

SHOWTIMES
1:00 Banter (Hamburger Hill Film and Atlantic Crossing)
11:20 Contest Winner Announced 
17:15 Interview with Paul 
1:05:28  Total Running Time 

Paul and friends at March Madness




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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Episode 272: Bravo Biazza!

This show opens with some lovely letters and then an in depth look at Biazza Ridge from Advancing Fire.  Our very special guest Mike Ryzy helps us to give a run down of how this new mini campaign works. It is more of a group of connected and related scenarios that can be traced on a large operational map. This fantastic new offering is sadly, sold out, at this point in time.  You can still get the 2nd game from Advancing Fire; Brevity Assault, from their website and other retail outlets. We will provide a look at that game a few shows from now. Look for it soon. 

Don't forget you can contact... 
Mr. Carl Nogueira
7 Green Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
for the NorEaster Packs (PDF only) under the Yankee ASL Label. 

SHOWTIMES
1:00 Banter
8:30 Letters 
27:15 What's in the Box?
58:37  Total Running Time 

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Advancing Fire (a new ASL producer from Italy)

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Episode 271: Editor Extraordinaire: Klas Malmstrom

Klas Malmstrom: ASL Editer, Friendly Fire Playtester
Two back to back amazing interviews. Wow! (If we do say so ourselves).  
Have you ever wondered how SSR's are written so that they have some consistancy? Have you ever wondered if Advanced Squad Leader games could have been even more complex than they already are? Well, the answers to these fascinating questions can be found right here in our interview with the amazing Klas Malmstrom. 

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1:00 Too Much Banter?
14:14 Interview with Klas

1:03:16  Total Running Time


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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Episode 270: Marvelous Mike Puccio

You may recognize the name of Michael J. Puccio from an article on Paratroopers or one called "A Cavalry Primer for Neighsayers" published in ASL Annual 97. Or you may recognize it from one of the dozen or so scenarios he has designed for Critical Hit, Dispatches From the Bunker, Yankee ASL, or ASL Scenario 203: Hard Rok from Forgotten War; Korea. Even if you have not heard of Mike, perhaps because you are a Starter Kit player, or you are a random hit on this site, you still will very well enjoy having a listen. Check out the "Pooch" right here and right now. 

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1:00 No Banter
1:30 Interview with Mike Puccio
1:06:40  Total Running Time 

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Episode 269: Personal Morale Check

Advanced Squad Leader. What a game. What a bunch of rules. We help you keep it all straight with a look at rule 10, Morale and a brief admiration of Carl Nogueira's look at Heroes from a past issue of The Bunker.  In the box this week is Nor'Easter Pack II from Yankee ASL and printed by Le Franc Tireur. Dave presents a breakdown of the first half of the scenarios. He has some fluidity issues with his new HP computer running video programs and the sound is a bit staticky/garbled at times.  Apologies.  

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1:00 Banter
5:30 Rules  
30:15 What's in the Box?
1:06:30  Total Running Time 

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Episode 268: It's All About the Hats

There's a lot in this grab bag of a show that celebrates the coming of spring and the wide variety of
Advanced Squad Leader products out there to enjoy. We also cover a great variety of topics that you sent in to our mailbox here in the Broadcast Foxhole. In the box is Roma 2020 from Multiman Publishing. designer of many scenarios in the early March Madness packs. Enjoy this blast from the past! What we have been playing lately is BFP27 Chopei Chopblock from Blood and Jungle and HS13 The Ravine from Operation Watchtower.


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1:00 Banter
10:00 Letters
22:15 What's in the Box?
39:30 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
1:08:03  Total Running Time 


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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Episode 267: Indeed, It's Mike Reed of KE

What a blast from the past, and a glimpse at the future. An interview with the marvelous Mike Reed of Kinetic Energy fame. Have a listen as Mike provides us with a look at the history of the Advanced Squad Leader world of Kinetic Energy Productions run by Mark Neukom and John Knowles. He also discusses the early version of the Korean War module that he worked extensively on but it never saw the light of day due do the copyright crackdown of 1996.  Mr. Reed explains some of the early logic behind the design decisions about the rules governing the Chinese in Korea, etc. Mike was one of the original managers of the March Madness Tournament and designer of many scenarios in the early March Madness packs. Enjoy this blast from the past! 

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1:00 Banter
13:00 Interview with Mike
1:08:03  Total Running Time 


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Mike Reed/KE Farewell Letter

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Episode 266: Humble Grumble Jones

We love doing interview shows. Especially when you have a guest like Scott Mullins who has a
long and rich history with the gaming industry and
Advanced Squad Leader in particular. He has several blogs and insights on many things ASL. It is a fascinating interview and we are sure you will enjoy it. 




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1:00 Banter
13:00 Interview with Scott Mullins
1:08:03  Total Running Time 

Dave's PTO inspired pillbox.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Episode 265: Daisies and Chains

We open the show with some in depth letters that cover a variety of ASL and WWII related topics, and therefore there are a lot of fascinating links included below. Pim's Photos of battlegrounds in Holland, articles on Market Garden, Dien Bien Phu game review and our first look at Retro.  Thanks to the listeners for the content in the letters department.

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0:02 Song Daisy Chains
2:45 Chit Chat
13:00 Daisy Chain rules.
17:40 What's in the Box?
38:00 Shout Out Winner Announced
41:00 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
1:13:55 Total Running Time

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Rally Phase Records Presents!
Daisy Chains
Concept: The Two Half-Squads
Lyrics and Vocals: Dennis Donovan
Mixing: K.O. Studios

Daisy Chains - just read the rules about Daisy Chains
B 28.531 explains about Daisy Chains
AT Mines are watcha need to make up a buncha
Daisy Chains, can only use them when an SSR's in place
Save for the Japanese, (they can do what they please), when it comes to Daisy Chains.

Daisy Chains, you place them in the pre-game set up phase
And you can set them during, a friendly fire phase
or you can do it in the enemy's movement, yes the movement phase!
Can place them when an AFV enters your hex
They are support weapons, they have PP of one, for every AT Mine factor 


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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Episode 264: Crocs and Cows

We got a lot of great stuff for Christmas including the fascinating New England Volunteers Post Card
#1. Now that's a great way to send holiday greetings. In the box is the ASL March Madness Players Pack from our firends at Kansas City ASL. We take a look at some of the great sceanrios included therein.  We have been playing the scenarios from Operation Watchtower and have a discussion of the first three turns of HS11 The Sand Spit here on the show.  It's a night game. Neat-o. We are still learning how to do a video show and  edit it into a quality audio podcast, so please be patient with us. Feel free to send us some constructive advice and kindly give some ideas for improvement.  The show links include some pictures from Listener Pim, and an article on the 101st on Hells Highway. There was not enough time to cover them in this episode, so we will cover them in the next show and leave the links in here so you can have a preview now. 

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0:02 Song OBA
2:45 Banter
13:00 New England Volunteers Post Card #1
17:40 What's in the Box?
38:00 Shout Out Winner Announced
41:00 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
1:13:55 Total Running Time

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Pim's Photos

OBA
Lyrics by Dennis Donovan
Performed by The 2 Half-Squads Singers

Yesterday, read all about OBA, Gonna use it in my game today, can't wait to use some OBA
Artillery, it's way harder than it needs to be, there's confusion reigning over me, yeah OBA is not easy
Use the radio to contact the battery. If things don't go wrong, place AR, roll accuracy. 
OBA: Replace the AR with a spotting round, roll for drift to see where it hits the ground, I believe the round will stray. 
Where'd the SR go? Off the board by hexrow J. I think now it's gone. How I long for OBA. 
ASL, it's such an easy game to play, until you try to use the OBA. Oh, I'm so done with OBA!


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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Episode 263: OBA Analysis With Rich


Rich Spilky joins us in the Broadcast Foxhole. He presents his analysis in the fine tradition of Bob Medrow's mathematical  analysis of various aspects of the game we love, Advanced Squad Leader, that appeared in the old General Magazine from Avalon Hill.  Special shout out to Chris Edwards for his work on the OBA analysis charts.

We have a contest ending January 15th. You need to call in using the button on the right side of the web page and give a "Shout Out"  to a cool alser that you know and would like to recognize in public. Then you will be entered into the contest and we will draw the winner on January 16th.   You can win a copy of A Decade of War, donated to us from fellow gamer Mark Woods. 

Updates on our VASL and other gaming experiences are also shared for your listening enjoyment, as well as a look at Broken Ground Design's Mythical Mighty Maus Mouse Bundle. 

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Banter
6:15 Contest Winner Announced and Some Call Ins
12:30 What Have You Been Playin' Lately?
24:20 What's in the Box? And What We Got For Christmas.
31:00 OBA Analysis
1:04:03 Total Running Time


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