Critical Hit (1998)
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52-page magazine, including 6 scenarios as pages of the magazine. Also includes Platoon Leader version 2.12, 1 Platoon Leader campaign game, and an SASL mission.
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Critical Hit Magazine Volume 5 Issue 1. 52 pages (includes 6 scenarios). The largest portion of this issue of the magazine is taken up by Version 2.12 of Critical Hit’s Platoon Leader campaign games rules. Since it was shortly superceded by another version, that means this outdated version is so much wasted space in the magazine.
The issue also includes an updated version of the Platoon Leader German-Finnish campaign game PLFH (Frozen Hell) and an SASL Mission, DTW-1 (Recon in Force), that uses the Dzerhezinsky Tractor Works map. Interesting articles include a guide to river assaults by Chris Maloney and an analysis of the Frozen Hell campaign game by Jim Torkelson.
The handful of scenarios include actions on Germany 1945 (Soviets vs. Germans); Belgium 1940 (Belgians vs. Germans); Soviet Union 1941 (Soviets vs. Germans), 1942 (Soviets vs. Germans), 1943 (Soviets vs. Germans); and France 1944 (Canadians vs. Germans).
The scenarios included with the issue are not particularly popular, making this another essentially disappointing issue.
Note: In 2008-2009, CH reprinted content from several older issues of the magazine as “Retro Issues.” However, the content does not always entirely duplicate that of the originals. See Retro Issue section for details. The “Retro” version includes the scenarios on cardstock (though the original scenario pages are still there); the scenarios also ostensibly incorporate any errata.
2014 Note: In 2014, Critical Hit reprinted this issue of the magazine in a nearly identical format as the original.