Critical Hit (2019)
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Desperation Morale has not examined this product and cannot verify claims of its contents. However, it appears to contain 4 nonstandard 12" x 18" heavy paper/light cardstock geomorphic boards, 1 5/8" half-countersheet (88 counters), and 6 scenarios on cardstock. Critical Hit, however, claims that it comes instead with 1 1/2" countersheet (280 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.
Freedom’s Price: Hungary 1 is an expensive (at $69.95) map/scenario pack from Critical Hit that provides a mere six scenarios, all of them featuring Hungarian forces on the Eastern Front in World War II (except one that takes place in 1939 and may be some sort of border conflict). It is part of a “Freedom’s Price” series of packs by Critical Hit, each one focusing on a particular minor nation (for the record, Hungary’s “freedom” was not why it went to war).
There is also a Freedom’s Price: Hungary 2.
The product also comes with 4 nonstandard 12″ x 18″ geomorphic maps printed on glossy heavy paper/light cardstock. Based on other, similar maps, the maps here may not be trimmed precisely, which means that players may not be able simply put maps adjacent to each other but may have to carefully lay one edge on top of another edge.
Critical Hit claims the product also comes with a sheet of 1/2″ counters (Soviet Infantry/SW), but Noble Knight Games, which now inspects the contents of Critical Hit products it receives, reports that it only comes with a half-sheet of 5/8″ counters (88 total). As that happens to be what Critical Hit claims comes with the other Hungary pack, it may be possible that the sheets were switched in some copies. It actually doesn’t matter much, as both countersheets are superfluous to the scenarios here and were just thrown in to make people more likely to purchase the product.
Most Critical Hit products published in this era do not seem to have been playtested and that is likely the case here.