Critical Hit (2018)
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Desperation Morale has not examined this product and cannot confirm claims of its contents. It appears to contain 4 unmounted 11" x 16" geoboards (G22-25), 2 pages rules, and 8 scenarios.
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.
Valley of Tears: Battles for the Golan Heights is a minor expansion of Critical Hit’s Genesis III product on the Arab-Israeli Wars, which was designed as the anchor for a whole series of products related to the Arab-Israeli conflict. This product provides 8 new scenarios depicting fighting for the Golan Heights in Syria in the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli Wars. Three scenarios take place in 1967; the remainder in 1973. All feature Israelis and Syrians.
Ownership of Genesis III is required,as is ownership of Magach 73.
The product comes with no counters. Other than the scenarios and 2 pages of rules, the main feature for this modest-sized (though not, at $79.95, modestly-priced) product is its 4 unmounted 11″ x 16″ desert-themed geoboards. They feature hills (not surprisingly, given the subject matter) and villages.
At the same time as this product was released, Critical Hit also released–for separate purchase–a set of so-called “Hot Hex” maps, which appear to be the boards of Valley of Tears each doubled in size (so that it takes 4 boards to represent what used to take one board).