Alternative Titles/Edition History:
1st Edition, 1997; 2nd Edition (retitled Euro pack #1 to avoid trademark issues, but otherwise the same, printed shortly thereafter); 3rd Edition (Retro Pak III), 2013; 4th Edition (Euro 1: First Contact, First Defeat), 2020
Critial Hit (1st Edition, 1997; 2nd Edition, 1997; 3rd Edition, 2013; 4th Edition, 2020)
Country of Origin:
1st through 4th Editions: 8 scenarios on cardstock
This pack features 8 scenarios, none of them particularly remarkable, that originally appeared in the European ASL newsletter ASL News. This was the first of several scenario packs by Critical Hit that reprinted ASL News scenarios. In these packs, the scenarios were grouped into themes (in this one, for example, the scenarios are all early war actions taking place during 1939-1941). Unfortunately, their numbering remained unchanged from their original appearance in ASL News (and the odd ringer from the American newsletter On All Fronts), which can be confusing for collectors trying to figure out exactly what they have.
3rd Edition (Retro Pak III) Commentary: In early 2013, as part of its attempt to hastily re-issue almost its entire catalog, Critical Hit re-released Euro Pack under the new name of Retro Pak III (Critical Hit frequently changes the names of products and/or scenarios, presumably in the hopes that people will re-buy them). This means that all of the scenarios included here have now appeared in print a minimum of four different times and two of the scenarios five times (see below). These are some well-worn tracks. Little has changed in the scenarios–Critical Hit even repeats the same typos it made 15 years earlier, such as “armored cards” for “armored cars.” However, it also adds new errata. For example, RIII-7 (For One More Hour) originally had a 2-2-7 Belgian half-squad to represent a demolition group. Now, the OB shows a 2-3-7 half-squad, but the SSRs still refer to that original 2-2-7 half-squad. Sloppy.
The theme of the pack is early war actions and take place between 1939 and the end of 1941. These actions include Soviets vs. Germans (Soviet Union 1941 ), Poles vs. Germans (Poland 1939 ), French vs. Japanese (Viet Nam 1940), and French vs. Germans (Netherlands 1940, Belgium 1940 ).
Because the 8 scenarios date from the “early days” of ASL, they tend to be long; half of the scenarios are 8 turns long or longer. They are a more or less equal mix of large, medium, and small actions. Two scenarios have OBA; none use Night or Air Support rules. One of the scenarios, RIII-8 (Salamanders into the Flames) is an all-armor scenario.
|RIII-1 Motorcycles at Zjitomir||Originally a French tournament scenario, it was reprinted in On All Fronts #83 and in ASL News #5. Critical Hit first reprinted it in ASL News Pack 1.|
|RIII-2 Under Fire||Originally printed in ASL News #13. Critical Hit first reprinted it in ASL News Pack 1.|
|RIII-3 Welcome to Vietnam||Originally printed in ASL News #21. Critical Hit first reprinted it in ASL News Pack 1.|
|RIII-4 The Shortest Way||Originally printed in ASL News #11 and At the Point #6. Critical Hit first reprinted it in ASL News Pack 1.|
|RIII-5 Objective Princehage||Originally printed in ASL News #21. Critical Hit first reprinted it in ASL News Pack 1.|
|RIII-6 First Contact, First Defeat||Originally printed in ASL News #10. Critical Hit first reprinted it in ASL News Pack 1.|
|RIII-7 For One More Hour||Originally printed in ASL News #26. Critical Hit first reprinted it in ASL News Pack 1.|
|RIII-8 Salamanders into the Flames||Originally printed in ASL News #26. Critical Hit first reprinted it in ASL News Pack 1.|
4th Edition (Euro 1: First Contact, First Defeat) Comments: In 2020 Critical Hit reprinted all of the “Euro” packs under new titles, though the contents seem to be the same other than scenario tweaks (Desperation Morale has not, however, examined these products). Most of the other titles had not been reprinted before, unlike this one.