Critical Hit (2020)
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Desperation Morale has not examined this product and cannot confirm any claimed contents. However, it appears to include 4 11" x 16" unmounted geoboards, ? pages rules, 8 scenarios, 1 1/2" countersheet (280 counters) and 1 5/8" half-countersheet (88 counters).
Note: Critical Hit publishes products at a high volume and its products have a general history of quality control issues. Critical Hit provides no review/evaluation copies and typically prices its products very high. For all these reasons, Desperation Morale no longer acquires all, or even most, Critical Hit products for analysis and write-up on this website.
This entry, then, is not a typical Desperation Morale write-up but rather more of a placeholder and historical marker. If Desperation Morale ever acquires a copy of this product, this placeholder entry will be replaced by a full write-up.
GWASL XI: Balkan Aspirations is a Critical Hit historical module published in 20120 not for regular ASL but for Critical Hit’s GWASL World War I variant set of rules, of which, for the record, Desperation Morale does not have a high opinion. ASLers should read the Desperation Morale write-up for the first GWASL module to understand the nature of this series. That module is also required in order to play this one. However, Critical Hit also claims that all preceding GWASL modules (8 total) are needed for this module.
GWASL XI introduces the armed forces of Romania to the GWASL series, providing rules and counters for that combatant, as well as a handful of scenarios. According to the ASL Scenario Archive, three scenarios feature Romanians vs. Germans, one scenario features Romanians vs. Austro-Hungarians, three scenarios feature Romanians vs. “Central Powers” (?), and one scenario features “Allied” (Romanian and Russian?) forces against Austro-Hungarians:
The module also comes with 4 new geoboards (presumably 11″ x 16″, although Critical Hit marketing copy does not specify) and a relatively small number of Serbian counters (ostensibly 1 sheet of 280 1/2″ counters and 1 half-sheet of 88 5/8″ counters, although Critical Hit also makes reference to possible “bonus” fortifications countersheets depending on how many modules purchased).
The module is currently priced at $89.95, rather expensive for a scenario/map pack with 4 boards and 8 scenarios.
For a number of other GWASL modules, Critical Hit also released–for separate purchase–a “HotHex” version of the their boards, which seems to be larger-hex versions. Critical Hit claims that “each map found in the module is provided as a 22″ × 34″ set of 4 linking boards.” It is possible Critical Hit will do this for GWASL XI as well.