Fanatic Enterprises (2006)
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Fecund scenario designer Paul Kenny released The Oblivion Pack very shortly after MMP released the Axis Minors core module Armies of Oblivion. Paul had been one of the people to work on AOO, and thus had access to all the Chapter H information from the module; he designed the Oblivion Pack in part while work on AOO was still ongoing, planning to release it after the module appeared. He didn’t realize he would have such a long wait, but at last, in 2006, AOO appeared.
The scenario pack has colored flags for the different nationalities, but otherwise is in black and white with no counter art. The proofreading and quality control is poor. The historical accuracy is also often suspect. In one scenario, for example, the German forces are simply referred to as “Remnants of Army Group F.” That’s the same as saying “I have no idea whatsoever.”
The scenario mix is not optimum. There are no small scenarios and 4 medium-sized scenarios; the remainder are all large. This was somewhat disappointing at the time, as one of the few criticisms of Armies of Oblivion was that so many of its scenarios were so large. Many ASLers were looking for scenarios that were smaller and quicker to play, but The Oblivion Pack really didn’t deliver this.
All of the scenarios feature AFVs from the Axis Minors; this was clearly the only intention of the pack. Four of the scenarios feature Slovaks, one features Hungarians, three feature Romanians, three feature Bulgarians, and one features Croats. The reason so many of the scenarios feature Slovaks, who had an insignificant force in World War II, is that there are several English language books on the Slovaks in the war. In fact, because the number of English language books on all of these nations’ forces is limited, many of the scenario situations will be quite familiar to anybody who has read them, and in all likelihood there will be a fair amount of duplication between this scenario pack and other scenarios featuring Axis Minor forces.
One of the scenarios has air support. None of the scenarios have OBA or night rules. Some players will note that, strangely, the numbering of the scenarios largely overlaps that of Fanatic Pack #3, which may cause confusion in some players’ collections.
The scenarios have seen little play since their release.