Critical Hit (2019)
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Desperation Morale has not examined this product and cannot verify any claimed contents. However, it appears that this product contains 12 12" x 18" glossy heavy paper/light cardstock map panels, 8 scenarios, 6 pages rules, and 2 1/2" half-countersheets (280 counters) and 3 5/8" half-countersheets (264 counters) for 544 counters total.
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.
Cambrai 1: Armoured Fist 1917 is a Critical Hit historical module published in 2019 not for regular ASL but for Critical Hit’s GWASL World War I variant set of rules, of which, for the record, Desperation Morale does not have a high opinion. ASLers should read the Desperation Morale write-up for the first GWASL module to understand the nature of this series. That module is also required in order to play this one.
Cambrai 1 is the second historical module for this variant series and the first set on the Western Front. It depicts a crucial moment when the British tank-led offensive at Cambrai in 1917 was disrupted by German artillery. Ostensibly a “Cambrai 2” and “Cambrai 3″ are set to follow.
Cambrai 1 comes with an ostensibly historical map composed of a dozen 12″ x 18” glossy heavy paper/light cardstock map panels that must be assembled to form the historical map (something that gets frustrating when there are a lot of panels). It comes with a variety of half-countersheets, all seemingly British, and 6 pages of rules. It also has 8 scenarios, one of which (“Tankschlacht”) is a monster-sized scenario that uses the whole map area.
With a current price of $109.95, the module is very expensive.
At around the same time as Critical Hit released this product, it also released–for separate purchase only–alternate map sets for it. One, dubbed a “MONSTER Map Set” features larger-than-usual hexes; the other, dubbed the “Uber MONSTER Map Set,” features even larger hexes still. Neither one seems like a very practical idea.