Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Episode 298: It's The Bishop

This episode is a must listen. Well, we think all of our episodes are must listens but what do we know? The most excellent ASLer Jim Bishop honors us with his presence and knowledge, and he provides us with a fascinating hour of Advanced Squad Leader talk.  

Don't forget you can watch us on our Youtube channel.  

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1:00 - NO Banter
1:01 - Jim Bishop
1:00:40 - Total Running Time

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Episode 297: Caraway Seeds, Yum

It's the return of Box Art Review. We take a look at the artistic qualities of the new Hollow Legions cover art. Ken Smith still has what it takes! In fact, he has gotten better. 

The concealment rules are wrapped up here in part three, starting at rule 12.152 Searching and ending at 12.42 bypassing concealed units.

In the Box is The Very Best of March Madness scenario pack from the gents at Kansas City ASL. Get a copy by joining our contest by sending a gmail to us with the subject line "They've Gone Mad!" by June 20th, 2022. 

Don't forget you can watch us on our Youtube channel.  That is if you can stand a gander at our ugly mugs. 

SHOW TIMES
1:00 - Banter
5:00 - Box Art Review
19:25 - Rules
41:10 - What's in the Box?
53:00 - Another Contest Announced
58:40 - Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
Ken Smith Art

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Episode 296: A Maus in the House

Gather round if you dare while we croak up some horrifying, shocking, furry, and paralyzing banter about household pests and possums. These stories will have you running for the cover of a pest free home. Speaking of mice, if you would like a free Mythical Mighty Mouse Bundle then send us an email with Micky Plays ASL in the subject line by June 10, 2022 and we will enter you in the contest.

But if you can survive that fright-fest, there's some very good Advanced Squad Leader talk to be had as well. We continue part II of the Concealment rules.

Then we get into a box of arid desert land and Italians, Eritreans, and Ethiopians. Hollow Legions is unwrapped and compared to the original versions of the game components. Grab a beverage to slake your parched thirst and listen. Or watch us on our YouTube channel.

SHOW TIMES
1:00 Banter
11:00 - Contest Announced
14:25 Rules
37:40 Hollow Legions
1:00:40  Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS
Hollow Legions at Ritter Krieg
The ASL Article Index


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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Episode 295: Can You See Me Now?

Join us in the Broadcast Foxhole for a discussion of Dave's new art acquisition. We want to stress that the work by George Parrish now belongs to all of us in the ASL community.  It has been secured for the ages. We discuss a recent game of ASL Scenario 206 Hey That Ain't a ROK! and show the progress on this wonderful scenario.  Then we cover (as best we can) the Concealment Rules.  Can you see us now?

SHOWTIMES
0:21 Chit Chat
9:04 Art News
12:00 What Have You Been Playing Lately?
18:00 Rules
48:43 Total Running Time

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Episode 294: Tyrannosaurus Rex Martin


It's the magnificent Dr. Martin! Rex was the editor for The General magazine that provided so many of us with so much gaming knowledge and entertainment. He takes us back to the Avalon Hill days and on a walk through his history in video games as well. You will most likely want to read his thesis paper titled Cardboard warriors: the Rise and Fall of an American wargaming subculture, 1958-1998. He analyzes the reasons we game. And shows us the original art for Hedgerow Hell by G. Parrish. 

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0:21 Interview
59:04  Total Running Time


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Friday, April 1, 2022

Episode 293: A Stick up Your Nose

We have all kinds of letters today. Happy letters, sad letters, angry letters and glad letters. All of them entertaining and informative letters.  The sad part of the show arrives when we have to cover rule 17. WOUNDS.  It's a terrible thing when your cardboard SMC is wounded and there are a few rules you need to know when that unfortunate thing happens to your cardboard leader on the cardboard battlefield. To finish up we look in the box and find Winter Offensive Pack #12.  

SHOWTIMES
0:21 Banter
11:40 Letters
33:00 Rules
53:00 What's in the Box?
1:01:17  Total Running Time


 



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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Episode 292: Retro Commissar Madness

Al Mortemore 1934-2022  We will miss you. 
We'd like to thank two listeners today for the kind donations of fantastic ASL product. John Bullough
sent us a copy of Retro ASL rules variant in a 55 page rulebook that can be considered ASL lite. We are thrilled to get a good look at March Madness Commissar pack from Dave Mareske at Kansas City ASL. We take a deep dive into those scenarios and they cover a broad range of situations featuring COMMISSARS.  The audio on Dave's recording is a bit staticky.  Our apologies. 
Take a break from basketball and have a listen! 

SHOWTIMES
0:21 Banter
9:45 Retro in the Box
28:45 Commissar Pack Scenarios in the Box
55:50  Total Running Time

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Episode 291: Prokhorovka Power!

 While we chit chat we give you look at Dave's new gaming table from Wyrmwood, and a few of the ASL scenarios being played upon said table. Then comes the moment you all have been waiting for. In the Box we find Advancing Fire's Prokhorovka! This one packs a whopping five maps, a ton of scenarios and not too many odd new rules. If you love tank battles you are going to love this one.  


Thanks to Stephen Banks we have Beyond Valor and YANKS for sale on ebay.  Click on the link to go there and bid. You can support the show AND get a great value in return. Ends 3/6/22.

SHOWTIMES 
0:21 Chit Chat 
28:45 What's in the Box?
48:55  Total Running Time

SHOW LINKS 

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Episode 290: Nifty Neptune

We are thrilled to get a good look at Operation Neptune from Bounding Fire Productions.  It looks fantastic with a wonderful map and a variety of scenarios that cover a broad range of situations during that operation.  And as if that wasn't enough, it is a campaign game too!  But before we get to all that ASL goodness, we read a few letters from listeners. 


SHOWTIMES
0:21 Chit Chat 
6:30 Letters
28:45 What's in the Box?
59:55  Total Running Time

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Episode 289: Kibler Kills it!

Charlie Kibler has been involved in Advanced Squad Leader since it's inception and is most famous for his artwork on the boards of said products. We particularly love the Red Barricades work. He has worked for a variety of companies in the industry and has a fascinating story of the development of the Solitaire system that you can hear right here on this podcast. Pull up a chair and relax while you are snowed in and enjoy!

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0:30 Interview with Charles Kibler
1:02:14 Total Running Time

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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. 

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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.

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

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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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