|AH:ASL Annual `95 Winter|
|Published by: Avalon Hill |
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|ASL Annual 95 promised a lot, but failed to deliver. 1993 saw two “annuals” and promised an increase in ASL related releases. 1994, however, saw no publication at all. We all waited on the return of the Annual in ’95.
At 95 pages long the 1995 Annual was the largest to date, and 24 scenarios set a new standard.
The magazine also included some long awaited DASL overlays.
Unfortunately, as I said, the Annual disappointed, often being regarded as the worst of the annuals.
The problems started at the beginning. The DASL overlays were to small.
The articles started well, with an interesting piece on Japanese paratroop forces. Also included was a well presented review of the routing rules, and a well written series replay of a KGP scenario, Festung St Edouard.
The rest were of an ordinary standard. Two covered tournament scenarios used at different tournaments, one covered scenarios associated with the landings in Normandy 50 years earlier, and another tried to rehash the leader campaign from the original SL. A lot of writing with little really to say.
The scenarios covered the classic, such as Wintergewitter A70, to the slightly odd, such as Cutting out a Strongpoint A90, which has four boards defended with one and a half squads, two guns, four Italian Tankettes and a captured Matilda being attacked by a larger British force in the desert.
Many of the scenarios need errata, so look up the individual scenarios.
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|A 69: Broich Bash||0 ||6.64||Broich, Germany||ETO||American||German||3.7 hrs||8%|
|A 83: Last of Their Strength||0 ||7.00||Charpate, Burma||CBI||American||Japanese||3.7 hrs||0%|
|A 70: Wintergewitter||0 ||7.70||Verkhne-Kumsky, Russia ||ETO||German||Russian||3.9 hrs||33%|
|A 88: A Surprise Encounter||0 ||6.83||Near Tolvajärvi, Finland||ETO||Finnish||Russian||3.9 hrs||2%|
|A 80: Commando Schenke||0 ||7.29||Liepaja, Latvia||ETO||German||Russian||4.3 hrs||5%|
|A 81: They Fired on Odessa...||0 ||7.00||Grigorievka, USSR||ETO||Russian||Romanian||4.5 hrs||1%|
|A 71: Patton's Prayers||0 ||6.50||Warnach, Belgium||ETO||American||German||4.5 hrs||0%|
|A 82: Orange at Walawbum||0 ||8.00||Walawbum, Burma||CBI||Japanese||American||4.6 hrs||0%|
|A 89: First Day of Diadem||0 ||7.33||Near Castelforte, Italy||MTO||German||Free French||4.6 hrs||4%|
|A 84: Endless Struggle||0 ||5.00||Near Turia Velyka, USSR||ETO||Partisan (UPA)||Russian / Partisan (NKVD)||4.8 hrs||1%|
|A 85: Airborne Samurai||0 ||6.00||Near Menado (Manado), Celebes||PTO||Japanese||Dutch||5.2 hrs||2%|
|A 72: Italian Brothers||0 ||7.50||Near Brihuega, Spain||SCW||Italian Republican||Italian Nationalist||5.2 hrs||10%|
|A 73: Not Out of the Woods Yet||0 ||6.50||Foret de Mont Castre, France||ETO||American||German||5.8 hrs||0%|
|A 86: Fighting Sparrow||0 ||5.00||Northeast of Koepang, Timor, the Lessor Sundas||PTO||Australian / Dutch||Japanese||6.3 hrs||2%|
|A 78: Prelude to Breakout||0 ||6.00||Near Saint Jean-de-daye, France||ETO||American||German||6.3 hrs||1%|
|A 90: Cutting Out a Strongpoint||0 ||7 miles south of Halfaya Pass, Egypt||DTO||South African||Italian / German B||6.6 hrs||1%|
|A 75: Medal of Honor||0 ||6.00||Nijmegen, The Netherlands||ETO||German (SS)||American||6.7 hrs||3%|
|A 79: Mike Red||0 ||5.00||Near Courseulles-sur-Mere, France||ETO||Canadian||German||6.8 hrs||2%|
|A 77: Hide & Seek||0 ||6.00||Near Saint Come-du-Mont, France||ETO||American||German||6.8 hrs||1%|
|A 68: Acts of Defiance||0 ||7.10||Breslau, Germany||ETO||German||Russian||7 hrs||14%|
|AD 13: The Mailed Fist||0 ||Jandrain, Belgium||ETO||German||French||9.2 hrs||0%|
|A 74: Valhalla Bound||0 ||6.33||Central Hungary||ETO||Russian||German (SS)||10.7 hrs||2%|
|A 87: The Grand Canal||0 ||8.50||Taierzhuang, China||CBI||Japanese||Chinese||14 hrs||3%|
|A 76: Night Drop||0 ||6.00||Near Cauquigny, France||ETO||American||German||15.1 hrs||2%|
* Popularity is the sum of Roar and Archive reported playings based as a percentage of the parent publication's total games.
Grey rows indicate Night scenarios.