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Critical Hit (2010)
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Afrika Korps-El Guettar Stakes (AK-EGS) is the 11th in Critical Hit’s Afrika Korps 12-part series of scenario packs, all of them converted from its ATS tactical game system. Ownership of both Afrika Korps-El Alamein and Afrika Korps-Battle of Gazala is required to play the scenarios in this pack; thus it costs $144 to play a single scenario in this pack.
AK-EGS has the loose theme that its scenarios are set in Tunisia in 1942-1943, with one odd exception–a reworking of a previously designed scenario by Rick Troha set in Sicily. That’s stretching quite a bit; perhaps it was just thrown in so that the AK series could reach a total 100 scenarios. Nationalities included are the British/Commonwealth, Americans, Italians, and Germans.
All of the scenarios take place on a single AK map, or a portion of one. They are overwhelmingly small in size; the only one of any real size is the misplaced Sicily scenario, AK95 (The Gauntlet). Four of the scenarios have all-armor OBs for at least one side. Two scenarios use OBA; one scenario uses the Night rules. Some of the scenarios are just too small to be any fun. AK94 (Lancers Alone), for example, features 5 British tanks and an armor leader against two German guns and a leader (who won’t have much to do except be a cheerleader for the crews). To win, the British simply have to exit an AFV. It is hard to see how it is worth setting up the 7 overlays required to play this small and rather pointless scenario.
A more interesting scenario is AK92 (First Clash), a meeting engagement between British and German troops. Both sides enter from off-board on trucks and must contend for building and hill control VP. The British have a largely elite force, reasonably well led, with excellent support weapons (3 HMG, 2 LMG, 1 51mm MTR) and OBA. They are accompanied by a carrier and two armored cars. The Germans are also elite, including 7 8-3-8 squads and 2 5-4-8 squads, but that short range might be a liability. They have excellent leadership (10-3, 9-1, 8-1, and a hero), and good support weapons (1 MMG, 4 LMG, 1 ATR, 3 DC). They get three Pz IVF2s as reinforcements (with an armor leader) as well as a truck carrying a 20mm AA gun.
3rd Edition (Überfox series): In 2018, Critical Hit recycled the entire Afrika Korps series, including this product, as the Überfox series. It’s basically the Afrika Korps series using a map with larger hexes. Most, though not all of the products received new names (though scenario names remained the same). See that series entry for more information on this iteration of the series, including this product.