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The 2 Half-Squads is the only podcast dedicated 100% to Advanced Squad Leader. Join Dave and Jeff for an informative, frolicking hour of ASL talk. It's tactics and antics, tips and quips, guns and puns, strategy and comedy. It's ASL like you've never heard before!

The 2 Half-Squads is the only podcast dedicated 100% to Advanced Squad Leader. Join Dave and Jeff for an informative, frolicking hour of ASL talk. It's tactics and antics, tips and quips, guns and puns, strategy and comedy. It's ASL like you've never heard before!
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The 2 Half-Squads is the only podcast dedicated 100% to Advanced Squad Leader. Join Dave and Jeff for an informative, frolicking hour of ASL talk. It's tactics and antics, tips and quips, guns and puns, strategy and comedy. It's ASL like you've never heard before!




Episode 209: Garret and the Return of Box Art Review

Hear the dulcet tones of Dave's nose flute, as well as Jeff's new flute provided to The 2 Half-Squads courtesy of Bill Forg and his amazing 3-D printer. Many of you have been waiting a long time for the return of Box Art Review. The fine art chosen this episode is from Winter Offensive Pack #9. Pull up an image from your google search and have a gander. Beware, it is quite frightening......


Episode 208: Hand Me a Sniper

Disco, rap, space travel and cultural preferences are just a few of the topics discussed before we dive into our coverage of the greatest game in the world - Advanced Squad Leader. Join Fred Canzolino and Mark DeVries as they discuss their favorite aspects of ASL. Later we announce the winner of our contest for Hot Stove 3, you'll have to listen to find out if you are the lucky winner. There


Episode 207: Battling Banozic

Banozic, Emberton and Forg What a treasure trove of an interview! We've got it right here for ya brothers and sisters. It is the legendary and lyrical Robert Banozic. He is joined by Will Forg, and Zach Emberton, Together they reminisce and pontificate on all things ASL. Robert was one of the first names that early Advanced Squad Leader players recognize from his days in the early Chicago


Episode 206: Vaughn, Kirk, Kraatz and More

Helllooooo Listeners! Dave, Jeff and guess who? Listener Mark Kraatz at Gen Con Did you know at Gen Con we were just walking down the street and someone yelled "Is that Dave and Jeff?" Would you believe it was listener Mark Kratz? We also discuss the longest ASL scenario ever played. MMP's Messenger Boys. It took well over a year and a half. Lets see you take that long to play a scenario. In


Episode 205: That's the Way It Goes Folks

When you're digging in your backyard and you have to put your garden project on hold while the police come in and make the area a crime scene. Fall is fast approaching and so is the next episode. We just can't believe how fast time flies. Or how long this episode is. It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating #200 together. In this show Dave confesses his big mistake in tracking what


Episode 204: Cot, not Cat

What a great opening song! Check out the lyrics below and enjoy the brilliance of the Donovan Studios as they continue to produce marvelous ASL songs. Then lay out your boards and follow along as Rick Hollander and Dave Kleinschmidt present their After Action Report of Bounding Fire Productions scenario ITR 12 Sosabowski Slapdown that appeared in Into the Rubble 2. We delve into the Critical Hit


EPISODE 200: Totally Twisted 200

Our own Dave and Jeff celebrate 200 episodes Boy, that number 200 does look odd in the title. We hope you don't have your hopes up too much this one. Doing that almost always guarantees disappointment and we give you enough disappointment even without our listeners having an unusually high expectation for this podcast. Following the usual format Jeff presents a look at BFP-78 Operation


Episode 203: Episode Unavailable

This summer has been extremely hot Dave's Russians push against Mark's Germans and so is this episode. Why? Because we get back to the grind and continue our coverage of the Advanced Squad Leader rules, 7.0, Fire Attacks. When is that fire doubled? Halved? Tripled (oh yeah)? Do you even know? Of course you do.But you may not know the more advanced concept from this rules section. Match your


Episode 202: Jeff, The Killing Machine

Heroes 2: One of the re-issued Hero Pax from Critical Hit Jeff, otherwise known as the Black Belt of Death, reveals his humble beginnings in the wonderful art of Karate. He also tells us what chicks used to "dig" back in the day. We get some nice letters from listeners, very nice letters. Everyone's a hero in the re-issue of the Hero Pax from Critical Hit. They have been updated and have


ASL Extra 25: Shklov's Labors Lost

Hello, It's been a while since we have published an ASL Extra. This one has been recorded in a play by play style, where we follow every move and roll of an exciting game between Mike Ryzy's Germans and Eric Ortega's Russian defenders, as they try to hold onto some required buildings in Shklov, Russia. Hopefully you will enjoy listening along while the game is played, rules are recalled and


Episode 201: An ASL Oddity

Open the ASL Rulebook Hal. Sorry HAL 9000, it had to be done.....and we had a lot of fun doing it. Do you think a HAL unit would have its line of sight blocked to the interior of the ship if you held the ASL Rulebook up over it's little red eye? You will learn the answer to that question as we explore rule 6, LOS. It is a bit of a "quiz show" so sharpen your mind and prepare to listen. See


Episode 199: All Swears, All the Time

Do you like my mustache? Welcome back our friends to the show that never ends! Well, maybe never ends. Well, of course it will end. BUT IT WILL GO BEYOND EPISODE 200. Sorry to be the bearers of bad news. Anyway, we open with quite a bit of boring banter, then many rather interesting letters, a detailed look at Scenario 176: The Only Way Out, then finish up with a look at Critical Hit's


Episode 198: Total Quiz Show

We had so much fun last time that we thought we would invite Rich Spilky, Bob Brown and Dan Dolan back into the broadcast foxhole for some more Advanced Squad Leader discussion. Bob gives us his gaming background, we discuss attending tournaments, and then we begin a rousing rendition of ADVANCED QUIZ SHOW (yes, these questions are tricky). Get your bell ready to use to buzz in and play

Episode 197: RB CG III w/ RS, BB and DD

Photos courtesy of Dan Dolan Studios. Break out your Red Barricades map and follow along as Rich Spilky and Bob Brown discuss campaign game III with the author of an article that provided Rich with a winning strategy. Dan Dolan's article was published back in 1993 in a fanzine called Fire for Effect that was published by Marc Hannah. It is fun to hear the three of them discuss the game and


Episode 196:The Doughnut and the Urinator

Not a picture from WWII Join Dave and Jeff as they bring you some banter about growing old and health issues. Eeew, no one wants to hear about that. In Dave's discussion of ASL Scenario 177: Anabasis you will get some insights and playing ideas. Jeff played Scenario SP 247:Deaths Head Debut from the great designer Evan Sherry. Schwerepunkt has had some confusing info about it's whereabouts


Episode 195: The Jester Speaks Wisdom

If you aren't familiar with the Advanced Squad Leader videos by Kirk Pfan, known to his fans as idjester, then you have been missing out on a wonderful resource for the ASL community. His work is available on youtube here idjester. Kirk creates videos that cover the rule book, and provide step by step training of specific aspects of ASL, as well as some scenario analysis. There are a lot of


Episode 194: Not Alone Canuck in the Age of Aquarius

It may feel more like an early Spring, but we recorded this back in February and the Winter Olympics were still going on and we were buried in a moderately deep snow here in the Chicago area. Jeff had spent a little dough on Anzio - 1944 and Drive For Saint Lo from Lone Canuck Publishing. Rick Hollander and Dave analyze Scenario PAD 2: The Quick and the Dead. They offer an in depth look at that


Episode 193: Putting the Aaah in ASL

Welcome everyone, we are speaking softly and not carrying a big stick. Life is too short for anything else. Did you know that Jeff is not interested in murder, and that neither of our hosts enjoy loud foul language? Well it's true, after all there are children listening.....and trying to sleep. Have you ever wondered what would happen if everyone swore all the time? Well we do. So no Prairie


Episode 192: The Objective Schmidt Show

Sure seems like Christmas (or maybe our birthdays around here). We have been getting a lot of cool ASL in the mail. Forgotten War, Lone Canuck and best of all, Objective Schmidt by Bounding Fire Productions. We dedicate most of this show to that fine product. After a mediocre comedy but that is clearly stolen from a joke Dave's Dad used to tell him, we skip the banter, because Jeff is not


Episode 191: No Death Threats Please

YeeHaa! Welcome y'all. Have ya ever wondered what is goin' on in our crazy society today? We sure have. Fake News, Fake News accusations, rude behavior, random death threats. We banter a bit about all that and need to talk about the greatest game in the world Advanced Squad Leader to forget about it all. There is also a quick review of the film Darkest Hour. In the Box is a game Jeff has long