Critical Hit (2020)
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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 1/2" countersheet (280 counters), and 8 scenarios on cardstock.
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: Poland 1 is an expensive (at $79.95) map/scenario pack from Critical Hit that provides a mere 8 scenarios, all of them featuring Polish forces during the September 1939 invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. It is part of a “Freedom’s Price” series of packs by Critical Hit, each one focusing on a particular minor nation.
There is supposed to be a Freedom’s Price: Poland 2 as well, but it does not seem to have come out yet.
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.
The product also apparently comes with a sheet of 1/2″ counters (280 total) of unknown nature, but based on other, similar products, it is likely a more or less random countersheet thrown in to “sweeten” the product and not actually needed for any scenarios.
Most Critical Hit products published in this era do not seem to have been playtested and that is likely the case here.