Sherry Enterprises/Schwerpunkt (2005)
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24-page magazine, 12 scenarios on cardstock inserts
In 2005, Schwerpunkt Volume 11 (SP11) debuted at ASLOK, with no real departure from tradition.
Along with the usual Schwerpunkt suspects–designers’ notes and players’ notes–the 11th iteration of the magazine contained an article by Evan Sherry on representing Japanese infantry companies in ASL and an odd article by English professor Rusty Witek on the “Languages of ASL.”
SP11’s 12 scenarios are, per usual, a mixed bunch:
- Soviet Union 1942 (Soviets vs. Germans), 1943 (Soviets vs. Germans )
- Burma 1942 (Indians vs. Japanese, Chinese vs. Japanese), 1944 (Indians vs. Japanese )
- Belgium 1944 (Americans vs. Germans)
- Netherlands 1944 (Americans/British vs. Germans), 1945 (Canadians vs. Germans)
- Germany 1945 (Free French vs. Germans, Americans vs. Germans)
This issue of Schwerpunkt features an unusually high number of PTO scenarios. One of them, SP127 (Bleed Gurkha Bleed!), is far less balanced than its two previous companions in the “Gurkha trilogy.” However, the other three PTO scenarios are all balanced and fun to play: SP125 (Nunshigum), SP128 (Rupee Reward), and SP126 (Malignant Mahrattas).
In addition to the PTO scenarios, SP123 (The Badger’s Breath) is a balanced and fun scenario and SP131 (Pocket Panzers) isn’t too bad, either. Unfortunately, however, some other of the scenarios in SP11 just don’t seem very balanced. PTO fans may like this volume more than other ASLers.