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Finally, we break open that box containing Croix de Guerre and Dinant and revel in the wonderful Advanced Squad Leader counters, maps and more. Dan Dolan must be proud. This game even has some NEW French counters, The Vichy French and Free French. We finish with a discussion of virtual gaming and the St. Louis Tournament with Jim Burris. SHOW LINKS…
 
If you haven't gotten the new Rat Pack Charts from Le Franc Tireur, have a listen to our detailed look at them and see if you don't think you need them after all. We have a good time discussing the scenarios we have played lately, HS4 High Water Mark from Operation Watchtower. Dave and Jeff played that one. We also cover scenario HS27 Lawless Ways …
 
Storms in Chicago, disaster strikes, cars stuck on lifts in garages without power, gaming table order attempt disasters on Kickstarter; these are just a few of the topics in Chit Chat. In the Box are both, the new Ritterkrieg Counter Stackers, and the rest of Onslaught to Orsha II (the parts that we didn't get to in our previous episodes). Add in a…
 
Here is a fun little show. In the box is the March Madness Hollis Pack, - Partisans from the gents in Kansas City. It's a great scenario pack with a historical board included. Wow! We did not know what we were missing when we missed out on all the March Madness Packs. We always heard great things about them. There is a lot of Advanced Squad Leader …
 
Todays show covers the terrain gems from Onslaught to Orsha II. That includes slopes, culverts, cupolas and a little bit more. We do apologize for the poor audio quality. Covid is taking it's tech toll. We follow that up with an in depth report from David Goldman about the ASL Open's first fully remote tournament played on VASL.There is a lot of va…
 
This episode is a whole lotta letters covering a ton of ASL, VASL and T2HS topics. Our listeners bring their ideas, opinions, curses, praises, corrections, tech issues, playing suggestions, and much more to our doorstep this show.DON'T FORGET TO WATCH THE EPISODE ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNELSHOW LINKSASL Players MapAdam Lunney Interview with VeteranSHOW …
 
It was such a pleasure to talk with Michael Koch in our second episode on the ASL scene in Germany. The discussion covers WWII sites to see in Germany when you attend the Grenadier Tournament, the history of ASL, and the wonderful fact that there is just too much good Advanced Squad Leader stuff being published today. What a problem to have! Michae…
 
What better way to start episode #150 than with the witty lyrics of a new song by Dennis Donovan. Then the studious Rich Spilky joins us and presents his amazing analysis of both, RB5: The Last Bid, and RO5: Men of Steel from Red October. Advanced Squad Leader at its finest.Does your love of our soothing voices leave you longing for a look at our h…
 
Rich returns to the Remote Broadcast Foxhole and has a serious conversation with Jeff about the state of some young Americans' lack of historical knowledge. They also discuss Churchill's books on WW II. The meat of the show is a look at Rich's involvement with the development of Onslaught to Orsha II by Bounding Fire Productions. You get a chance t…
 
Mike Ryzy joins us once again in the broadcast remote foxhole. The NEW Rules segment theme song makes its debut, thanks to Aaron Kleinschmidt and The Two-Half Squad Singers.Can a machine gun kill a lightly armored vehicle? Find out right here and right now. Thenbreak out your cover of Onslaught to Orsha 2 for the return of Box Art Review.SHOWTIMES1…
 
Wow, it's been a long time since we put up an ASL Extra for your enjoyment. This one was recorded last year. Dave Timonen faces off against Chris Walters, who is playing his first game in many years. It's amazing how the rules and tactics come back to him so quickly. Advanced Squad Leader is like learning to ride a bicycle, once you learn you never…
 
Mike Ryzy joins us once again as we banter about the film Gettysburg and more. We are always thrilled with the quality of the letters that our listeners send, and the ones we read on this episode, are no exception. VASL tips abound within them. We have quite a few scenarios that we have played lately. All of them on VASL of course. Take a listen as…
 
Well, Skype seems to make Dave's voice sound like he is on a telephone. Which, we guess, he technically is. In the box is Adam Lunney's wonderful book "We Together". Adam tells the untold story of the 451 and 453 Australian Squadrons in WWII. Give it a read.We recount our playing of AP 118 Wise's War on VASL of course. And then we thought it would …
 
Here is a show produced entirely in the Kleinschmidt household. We cover a bunch of back logged letters, dating back to February. Shame on us for being so delinquent. But at least here they are now and they are read by our guests Aaron and Laura Kleinschmidt. Did we ever mention that "Operation Schmidt" should have been called "Operation Kleinschmi…
 
The promised show about ASL in Germany is here. We have a few letters then we jump right in with the delightful and knowledgeable Kris Koch, joining us in the broadcast (remote) foxhole for a great interview. Special guest Mike Ryzy returns to help us along. Enjoy!SHOWTIMES 1:00 Brief Chat3:00 Letters25:30 Interview with Kris1:02:38 Total Running T…
 
Hey, really short write up for this show. It truly is, almost, well practically, 100% or so, dedicated to the Greatest Game in the World, Advanced Squad Leader. We have our knowledgeable, loyal and true friend, Mike Ryzy on hand to help us explain our rookie foray into Virtual Advanced Squad Leader, otherwise known as VASL. Did you win the British …
 
Lock down continues. The Skype recording is a little sketchy on Dave's end but acceptable. In the time since we recorded this show the ASL Open has been canceled as have most of our tournaments. The Texas ASL tourney is still on as of now. It is not scheduled to happen for several months yet, so we can hope this scourge on humanity will pass by the…
 
The enthusiasm of Derek Ritter is contagious, and it makes for a wonderful interview, even though Jeff and Dave were not in the broadcast foxhole together, but rather worked remotley from home. That was a first. Skype seems to suffice as Derek calls in to tell us all about the gaming stuff happening in North Carolina area, the tournament there, and…
 
Learning often happens best by repetition, so why not give our past shows a listen while you wait for the latest one to drop?Tolkien's Letters, 1917, and The Witcher are the core of the discussion in the 0% ASL part of the show.Take a look, along with us, at the new game by Lone Canuck. It is The Battle of Konigsberg: The Bear's Revenge. Wow! The m…
 
Our banter this time includes a little bit about long range guns and such in WWI and buzz bombs in WWII. Some random thoughts on systems of government abound herein. If you are hoping to win the Broken Ground Design British counters, please note that your entry is due by March 15th. Listen closely to this episode for the specific instructions neede…
 
You may want to listen to our Banter in this show, we discuss our various medical problems so.....yeah....on second thought......maybe you won't want to....too much information.If you came here for ASL all the time, you came to the mostly right place. The good news is that you can learn a lot about defensive fire in our rules segment. Listen along …
 
Buon Giormo, O e la sera dove sei? We are happy to bring you the tale of Jeff's Italian Trip. Sadly he could not meet up with the wonderful gentlemen from the new Italian game company Advancing Fire while he was there. We suggest you go to their site and pre-order Brevity Assault and Biazza Ridge. Our "Letters" segment provides a delizioso distract…
 
Greetings Listeners,Best wishes for the New Year from our broadcast to yours!We want to thank you for all of your amazing support over the years. We owe so much to you all.Listen and see if you have won the French Counters.The drawing happens now.Dave Kand Dave T played Trap by Mishap SV12 from the Swedish Volunteers. There is an after action repor…
 
Dave editing at his local Photos dining place. Greetings Cheery Holiday Listeners,We believe you will forgive our slightly longer than usual banter, when you hear the heartfelt sharing that is included therein. Please remember to see your doctor. In our Rules segment we cover First Fire rules and marvel that it took us nearly eleven years to get to…
 
Dave Ramsey ASLer and ASL Archive ManagerDave Ramsey operates the fantastic Advanced Squad Leader website The ASL Archive. You kind find a trove of interesting ASL material here, publications, scenarios reviews, opponents wanted and even a source that tells you the average length of a scenario. The audio quality is a bit uneven and we apologize but…
 
What a great opening song, thanks to Dennis Donovan again! Speaking of the Swedish Volunteer pack Dave discusses his latest game from said pack, SV9 Mexico and Morocco. A new segment about books premieres in this episode. You may be saying to yourself...."self, haven't the Half-Squads always talked about WWII books?" And you would be correct, howev…
 
Hello Fans, Friends, and Family,Sorry for the slight delay in publishing, we won't name names but....Dave forgot to keep our scheduled time. A time that was already delayed due to scheduling issues. But, anyway.We hope you enjoy the wonderful opening song by Dennis and Stephen Stewart. The contest for the French Broken Ground Design Counters ends D…
 
Lately Dave has played SV7 Probing Korsus from the Swedish Volunteers Pack. We cover Stream-Woods hexes, Light Woods, Prepared Fire Zones and Towers in our Terrain Time segment. That is a ton of terrain and it moves us nearer to the end of the terrain rules section in the Advanced Squad Leader Rule Book. At the end of the episode we tack on some re…
 
Not sure that opening the show with banter about aging bodies is, by any stretch of the imagination, a good idea, but of course we do it anyway. Then we discuss getting stuck in the mud in your Kayak. Kayakers beware. During the letters segment we take a look at the new Pacific Theater offerings from Broken Ground Design. Exciting stuff. We introdu…
 
At the start of this episode there are a few issues with Dave's volume. Darn. But it is corrected relatively quickly. Yay.Together we discuss our visit to Comic Con and our wonderful time with Henry Winkler. Then Dave tells what it is like to become an almost empty nester, then he gives us an update from the Palatine Area Advanced Squad Leaders (PA…
 
We are honored to have the privilege of interviewing the designer of Multi-Man Publishing's Advanced Squad Leader Historical Module Number 9, Hatten in Flames, Andy Rogers. He is an interesting person to talk with. The game is a wonderful module with 8 scenarios and 2 campaign games based on the World War II battle. Check out the amazing website li…
 
Welcome to another fascinating episode of the one and only podcast dedicated 100% to the greatest game in the world, Advanced Squad Leader. Mike Stubits joins us again as Dave banters a bit too long perhaps but he recounts his wild adventures while in Greece. Just check out these photos from a most romantic Air B&B. That ought to get you interested…
 
Mike Stubits joins Dave and Jeff in the Broadcast Foxhole as he discusses his gaming background and his tournament experiences. He is freshly back from the St. Louis Tournament that he attended with Rich Spilky. And he recounts his adventures and the wonderful generosity of the Texas ASL boys!You can brush up on your pillbox rules during Terrain Ti…
 
Some banter brings talk of the American Civil War in gaming, and in the book about the Civil War, Battle Cry of Freedom. The discussion of that book leads us to a discussion on economics, (wait, did we just say economics?) yes, we did. The letters from our fascinating listeners are as interesting as usual, and if anyone knows where the current ASL …
 
Scenario 114 Cautious Crusaders from Armies of Oblivion by Multi-Man Publishing is featured in our What Have You Been Playin' Lately? segment. You can actually hear Dave whine about vehicle bypass freeze moves . . . whine, whine, whine. We open the box and discover Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #10. Four scenarios and two of them funky boards are inc…
 
Scenario SV8 Mud and Blood Lots of letters get us off on the right foot on this show. You can always rely on the listeners to provide some great material. Tournament announcements, commendations, questions and answers (although not very good ones, from us). What's in the Box? examines the Polish and Romanian counters from Broken Ground Design and..…
 
Rich and son JaredYou'd think after 222 episodes we would know our equipment through and through, and all the steps for recording would be deeply ingrained in our minds. Alas, NO. I (Jeff) messed up the audio on parts of this otherwise very excellent episode. Please pardon my blunder. (If you would like a written apology, just send me a self-addres…
 
Welcome to episode 222. We are proud to present our interview with Oliver Gray. He has a lots of interesting things to say about all of our favorite topics including -- but not limited to -- his counter storage system known as the Great Wall of Raaco, his collection of counters, WW2 history books, his Battleschool dice, and of course his Advanced S…
 
Despite the title of this episode it is, as usual, rated PG. Perhaps Dave and Jeff's natural animal magnetism is to blame. If you are wondering what this conversation is all about you will want to jump right into the letters section where you will be granted understanding as well as access to good old ASL talk. For the most detailed rules discussio…
 
We apologize for the bad audio quality in the first 8 minutes. Dave attended the ASL Open, even though he didn't play, he had a great time (surprisingly) watching Rich Spilky and Wes Vaughn play Scenario A28 (reissued as 144) The Professionals. You can hear a discussion of it during banter. The winner of Critical Hit's Arnhem: The Third Bridge is a…
 
Greetings Advanced Squad Leader Fanatics! Welcome to the show. We tie up some loose ends while we finish our review of LFT 14.Achtung Minen! Yes, learn your mine rules right here and right now, but watch your step, we don't want you to go Kablooey. Terrain Time is presented in its usual nice "quiz taught" format and it covers the mine rules as well…
 
Add captionGreetings Brothers of the ASL Rule Book, We hope you are doing well and that you will enjoy the wonderful opening song performed 100% (and we mean it when we say it this time) by Jeff Hallett. We remind our listeners of our contest to win Arnhem: The Third Bridge by Critical Hit. Enter by April first, and no, we are not fooling. The majo…
 
Interesting listeners want to know. Is it Dave and Jeff, or Jeff and Dave? Well everyone knows that these things are done alphabetically. That would make Dave and Jeff the official way of addressing the hosts of The Two Half-Squads, the one and only podcast dedicated 100% to the greatest game in the world: Advanced Squad Leader.In this episode lot'…
 
David Roth Another amazing interview. This time we snag David Roth who utilized 25 research books and other sources including some interviews with survivors of the battle in order to design this amazing module. . He tells us of the challenges and joys of producing such a marvelous game for Bounding Fire Productions. Learn some history of the battle…
 
Nadir Elfarra of Advanced Squad Leader FameWe actually never discuss the ASL Ladder. We just put it into the title because it rhymes with Nadir, our guest. Nadir Elfarra has been a long time contributor to the world of Advanced Squads Leader. He was with the players around Los Angeles, Mark Neukom Steve Dethlefson and Eddie Zeman and many others wh…
 
Bob Joins us again and we open with some BEARS talk, and since that will appeal to very few of you we also have a discussion about Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Trilogy and Russians in general. What we have been playing lately includes scenario ASL 173: Father Sunshine, and WO 20 Sealing Their Fate. What's in the box? gives us an opportunity to review…
 
A very Happy New Year to you all! We wish all of you the best for a wonderful 2019 and many more.The power goes out on us while recording which proves to be a fortuitous event, because when we resume recording weeks later we are graced by a visit from Bob Holmstrom as he makes a return to the broadcast foxhole. During What's In The Box?, we look at…
 
Holiday greetings listeners. We hope this yuletide season finds you all cheery and staying warm by the fire. What better time than this to have a cup of hot coco and have a listen to the one and only podcast dedicated nearly 100% to the greatest game in the world....Advanced Squad Leader. In this episode Dave compiles a set of recordings he had han…
 
Recorded on a wintry night, we managed to finish #211 just before the power went out (forcing the postponement of the recording of #212), this episode features a whole bunch of letters, the announcement of the winner of the game YANKS, and an in depth look at the rest of the scenarios from KoreaSHOW TIMES1:00 Chit Chat15:00 Letters33:00 YANKS Winne…
 
.If you are quite certain that you want to miss the bantery discussion of some interesting films that Dave and Jeff have seen lately, as well as info on how crackers are made you can skip right to minute nineteen and get a close look at the Kampfgruppe Scherer Player's Guide. This guide can provide a big assist to you when you play the game.We are …
 
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