Critical Hit (2019)
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Desperation Morale has not examined this product and cannot confirm its contents. Critical Hit claims about contents are frequently incomplete and also frequently inaccurate. However, this product seems to have a fairly large historical map composed of linking 12" x 18" glossy heavy paper/light cardstock map panels, "at least 8 new scenarios," around 700 die-cut counters, and a small amount of historical rules pages.
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.
Battle at Best is a historical module published by Critical Hit in 2019 that features combat in September 1944 in the Netherlands during Operation Market-Garden. Best is a village to the northwest of Eindhoven; its bridge over the Wilhelmina Canal was a secondary objective of the 101st Airborne Division, as holding it would give the Allies an alternate route north if needed. The 101st spent several days of hard fighting trying to take the village and its bridge, but were largely unsuccessful (the bridge was eventually blown by the Germans and the village itself was not taken until a month later, by the British. The title of the module probably is derived from the S.L.A. Marshall book of the same name.
Critical Hit rarely provides details about its products or their contents (most of the description of this product on Critical Hit’s website is actually just a historical description plagiarized from this website). The module contains a historical map that is formed by assembling various 12″ x 18″ glossy heavy paper/light cardstock map panels. Given the product’s claimed weight (6 pounds), the map is probably fairly large. Critical Hit claims the product has “at least 8 scenarios,” which is not very precise, and that it will come with “at least 736” counters, although it is in the area of counters that Critical Hit is the least accurate in its content descriptions. The product also comes with historical rules–probably 2-4 pages.
The module is priced at $99.95, which is quite expensive.
At the time it was published, Critical Hit also released, but only for separate purchase, a large-hex version of the Best map dubbed the “MONSTER Map Set” and a really-large-hex version of the map dubbed the “Uber MONSTER Map Set.”