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Two young lads talk about wargames, board games, & RPGs. Often humorous.

July 26, 2019

RitV21: Campaigns of 1,777 Ebay Items

Greetings and salutations! We hope you enjoy this, the 21st episode of Rally in the Valley. A podcast, really, truly about wargames this time around.

 
Michael launches us into a riveting, 35+ minute description of Campaigns of 1777. A game dear listener at the time of recording he has only played half a game of (since then he has finished and stands by his recommendation). Journalism, eat your heart out. 
 
Tom talks about all the ASL (Advanced Squad Leader) he has been playing lately, a game he has definitely played more than half a game of.
 
The boys break the promise of the first paragraph by talking about RPGs, but it is rapid fire bullet points so let's forgive them shall we? Our usual segments return, including Liquid Courage and a NEW AND IMPROVED Ebay Quiz (so says Tom, you be the judge). 
 
 
Contact Rally in the Valley:

Email: Rallyinthevalleypodcast@gmail.com

Twitter: @RitVPodcast

Facebook: Rally in the Valley

 

Special Thanks to:

Great Lake Drifters for intro music.

https://greatlakedrifters.bandcamp.com/

 

Meghan Raebel for our logo.

 
 
April 21, 2019

RitV20: Advanced Squad Lover

Welcome back to Rally in the Valley, a podcast that occasionally comes out and often talks about things you may like!
 

The Boys are back, blowing past all deadlines thought getting to Proper Podcast discussion in record time. The best email ever starts us off, can you compete? Tom has been enslaved by the power that is Advanced Squad Leader again and talks about his time Boating.

 
Michael has played a war game... or has he?! See if he can see through the lies of brightly colored cubes to the gooey wargame center of 1777: Rebellion.
 
The usual suspects round out the episode, all while Michael forgets to talk about RPGs. When will the next episode come out? Place your bets now people!
 
 
Contact Rally in the Valley:
 
 
Twitter: @RitVPodcast
 
Facebook: Rally in the Valley
 
 
 
Special Thanks to:
 
Great Lake Drifters for intro music.
 
 
 
 
Meghan Raebel for our logo.
January 14, 2019

RitV19: Have a Seat, Take a Seat, Be a Seat

Hello and have a seat (or stand, walk, run, drive) while you enjoy the latest episode of Rally in the Valley, a podcast you have decided to read the description for!
 
Tom and Michael slide into a bit of nonsense before attempting to remember what this podcast is about. I think it is cardboard related games?
 
Tom keeps his cred by bringing out his feelings on Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit Decision at Elst, while Michael further muddles the waters with Root. Some assorted ramblings (different from the previous segments, somehow) on Heroes of Black Reach follow.
 
Our regular segments round us out, including the perennial favorite ASL Rule of the week and the ever existing Ebay Quiz.
 
Happy belated holidays everyone! Let's hope for a more consistent upload schedule in 2019.
 
 
Contact Rally in the Valley:
 
 
Twitter: @RitVPodcast
 
Facebook: Rally in the Valley
 
 
 
Special Thanks to:
 
Great Lake Drifters for intro music.
 
 
 
 
Meghan Raebel for our logo.
October 13, 2018

RitV18: To Infinity and No Further

Greetings and welcome to the latest episode of Rally in the Valley, a podcast about war games, board games, and others things that still exist (just like this podcast)! Tom and Michael are back to it, with their regular mix of youthful excitement and lethargic delivery. 

 
Emails make an appearance, plus a brief discussion of Tom's initial thoughts on Next War Poland (It's very good). In a move that surprises no one, Michael also bought War of the Ring! The boys talk about elves and "non-good aligned" players to their hearts content.

 
And if you always wondered whether Michael was truly as hardcore a war gamer as he claimed, we've got news. Tom is the charlatan! He's gone full miniatures in a discussion of Infinity the Game, a sci-fi skirmish game that is so miniatures it hurts to even type this!
 
The normal segments round us out and that's another one in the books.
 
Contact Rally in the Valley:
 
 
Twitter: @RitVPodcast
 
Facebook: Rally in the Valley
 
 
 
Special Thanks to:
 
Great Lake Drifters for intro music.
 
 
 
 
Meghan Raebel for our logo.
May 30, 2018

RitV17: The Phone Lines Are Open For Pizza

Greetings and welcome to the 17th episode of Rally in the Valley, a podcast that is one of the things that comes up when you search "Rally in the Valley" in your search engine of choice. I hope it's WebCrawler! Tom and Michael make a return! It is shoddy work at best. Big news on the Rally in the Valley home front though. You'll have to listen to find that one out!

 
Tom and Michael stumble through some emails, then the rest of the episode keeps that awkward cadence up. Pax Romana, does it make these boys wanna wanna play? And Michael solo's Unhappy King Charles! ? What is the world coming to. ASL rule of the week returns while Michael offers no excuses in his lack of Liquid Courage. An eBay Quiz occurs in a most unusual fashion. Was it worth the wait for all this "quality"? You tell us dear listener! And will they ever pick up any of the many games they've hinted will be covered in previous episodes? 
 
 
 

Contact Rally in the Valley:

Email: Rallyinthevalleypodcast@gmail.com

Twitter: @RitVPodcast

Facebook: Rally in the Valley

 

Special Thanks to:

Great Lake Drifters for intro music.

https://greatlakedrifters.bandcamp.com/

 

Meghan Raebel for our logo.

March 19, 2018

RitV16: Is There a Cool Way to Say Sparkling Wine?

It's something you may or may not have been clamoring for, the most 16-est to this point episode of Rally in the Valley has arrived! It's a podcast, about games, about war. Tom and Michael bring their A game in a stunning turn of events after their absence. Email talk leads to some hardcore, hot and heavy game talk. The Lamps are Going Out (Compass Games) has ignited a passion in Michael that leads him to boringly discuss the game's mechanics in detail for twenty odd minutes. Desert Heat (Lock n Load Publishing) is more lukewarm in Tom's early previews, while Michael's Enemy Coast Ahead: The Doolittle Raid experiences leave Tom a bit hot under the collar that he gifted it to his cohost. ASL Rule of the Week has Michael do his best to "sound German", while the boys say "sparkling wine" far too much during a Liquid Courage segment. Tom's Ebay Quiz is bonkers as always, and weirdly ties into Michael's new job?! The lads are glad to be back, whether you are glad is a different story!

 

Contact Rally in the Valley:

Email: Rallyinthevalleypodcast@gmail.com

Twitter: @RitVPodcast

Facebook: Rally in the Valley

 

Special Thanks to:

Great Lake Drifters for intro music.

https://greatlakedrifters.bandcamp.com/

 

Meghan Raebel for our logo.

February 11, 2018

RitV15: Sausage Island, Pepperoni Peninsula

Hello and welcome to the 15th episode of Rally in the Valley, ever (for the second time)! It is a podcast about war games, board games, tabletop RPGs, cocktails, and "jokes". Tom and Michael manage to start the episode without much difficulty after a bout of the PIZZACAST and launch into some emails. Then, Tom gives a bevy of thoughts on Bataan from Compass Games. Michael is impressed on how cheap it was! The boys try to be clever about their next game, but it is Spirit Island. A game that they try to spin as a counterinsurgency. Let us know if that convinces you! Next, a preview of what's coming. Austerlitz 1805: Rising Eagles, Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles, Enemy Coast Ahead: The Doolittle Raid, Fire in the Lake, and others all in the pipeline! ASL Rule of the Week is given the due it deserves from Tom, while Michael comes out swinging in a proper Liquid Courage. An Ebay Quiz rounds it out again. How long do you think Michael will put up with this nonsense?!

 

Contact Rally in the Valley:

Email: Rallyinthevalleypodcast@gmail.com

Twitter: @RitVPodcast

Facebook: Rally in the Valley

 

Special Thanks to:

Great Lake Drifters for intro music.

https://greatlakedrifters.bandcamp.com/

 

Meghan Raebel for our logo.

January 15, 2018

RitV14: Black Magic Geryk Bread

Regardless of your feelings on the idea, welcome to the newest episode of Rally in the Valley war-game time! Tom and Michael start off with a few emails, managing to keep that section to a reasonable length. Then, they tackle their mystery first official review! Was it worth it? Probably not. Next Tom gives us his thoughts on Unconditional Surrender while Michael does his best to help focus those thoughts. Then the boys ramble at some length about Blind Swords and Eutaw Springs. Grasping at straws anyone? Tom covers some ASL in his Rule of the Week, while Michael says an unceremonious goodbye to ASL. Then, Liquid Courage is about Scotch. Making amends or more enemies among the Scotch drinkers, you'll have to see! Finally, an Ebay Quiz brings us gently home for once. 

Those curious about that Black Bread recipe (it will make sense when you listen) can find it here. https://smittenkitchen.com/2009/04/black-bread/

 

Contact Rally in the Valley:

Email: Rallyinthevalleypodcast@gmail.com

Twitter: @RitVPodcast

Facebook: Rally in the Valley

 

Special Thanks to:

Great Lake Drifters for intro music.

https://greatlakedrifters.bandcamp.com/

 

Meghan Raebel for our logo.

January 1, 2018

RitV Special: New Year’s 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Tired of top ten lists yet? Too bad. The boys do a best of 2017 list (mostly) about wargames. Things were rated, there were twists, there were turns, Tom had to pick his favorite non-wargame of 2017. Did he play any? You'll have to listen to find out.

***Warning: This episode contains evidence of Bruce Geryk's voodoo magic. Not for the faint of heart.***

Contact Rally in the Valley:

Email: Rallyinthevalleypodcast@gmail.com

Twitter: @RitVPodcast

Facebook: Rally in the Valley

 

Special Thanks to:

Great Lake Drifters for intro music.

https://greatlakedrifters.bandcamp.com/

 

Meghan Raebel for our logo.

December 19, 2017

RitV13: Washboards in the Dark

Hello and welcome to the triumphant return of Rally in the Valley, a podcast (once more!) about wargames, board games, and tabletop RPGs! Tom and Michael promise to probably miss episodes again. After quite a bit of nonsense and reading emails, they finally give their thoughts on Pericles. It's a hard game to describe, is it hard to play? Then, they discuss the newest C3i issue number 31 and its companion game Men of Iron Battle of Wakefield. And by "they" we mean Michael. Then, Blades in the Dark an RPG about stealing things and living in a world of ghosts, no sun, and industrial magical revolution. It is basically a contemporary piece. ASL Rule of Week is wintery fun and Michael walks a fine line in his Liquid Courage. Another "themed" Ebay Quiz takes us into home plate in a very long episode. You asked for, we delivered more content. A lot more. Good content? Uhhhhh.

 

Contact Rally in the Valley:

Email: Rallyinthevalleypodcast@gmail.com

Twitter: @RitVPodcast

Facebook: Rally in the Valley

 

Special Thanks to:

Great Lake Drifters for intro music.

https://greatlakedrifters.bandcamp.com/

 

Meghan Raebel for our logo.