Critical Hit (2003)
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30-page magazine; 18 scenarios included separately on cardstock; small countersheet; small historical map (Vroenhoven).
General information on Critical Hit Magazine can be found here.
This issue of Critical Hit features its Dien Bien Phu module on the cover and much of its content is related to that new product. The issue also contains a complete mini-HASL module, designed by Pedro Ramis, providing a small historical map depicting the 1940 attempt by the Germans to capture a bridge over the Albert Canal in Belgium. It is as of this writing the only ASL product to prominently feature Belgians.
The non-themed scenarios include actions set in Vietnam 1945 (French vs. Japanese); Egypt 1956 (French vs. Egyptians); Soviet Union 1943 (Soviets vs. Germans ); Hungary 1945 (Soviets vs. Germans); and China 1944 (Chinese vs. Japanese).
Additionally, there are four scenarios set in Ireland in 1921-1922 during the Irish War of Independence and subsequent Irish Civil War. Some of the die-cut counters that come with this issue of the magazine are for use with these scenarios.
Three scenarios–DBP16 (Under Old Baldy), DBP17 (By Land, Air, and Sea), and DBP18 (Circle the Wagons)–are for the Dien Bien Phu historical module. There are also a few DBP counters that come with the magazine.
The issue has several fun scenarios, including CH167 (The Warlord’s Estate) and CH165 (Russian Riposte).
The remaining six scenarios constitute the Vroenhoven mini-module. Most of the scenarios are small or very small and are not much fun, but the two largest scenarios might be playable. The mini-module comes with a page of rules on cardstock. The magazine provides some Belgian and German counters for this mini-module.
2007 Update: In 2007, Critical Hit made available for separate purchase a “2nd Edition” of the Vroenhoven map (see image below).
2011 Update: In 2011, Critical Hit re-released Vroenhoven as a standalone pack with new counters. See Facing the Blitz.
John Mundie says
Is that Pitcavage counter just two down from Mundie?
To be in such august company, I blush.
And I ask: what were we thinking?
Paul Ybarrondo says
One bit of errata: There are just three scenarios set in Ireland, not four.