Critical Hit (1996)
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36-page magazine, 12 cardstock scenarios, village overlay
General information on Critical Hit Magazine can be found here.
Critical Hit Magazine Tanks Special Edition. 36 pages (plus 12 scenarios included separately on cardstock and a color village overlay). Critical Hit Magazine’s first “Special Edition,” the first of three, made keeping track of the magazine (which already had two numbering systems) even more confusing. Originally released in 1996, it was reprinted in 2001 with a different color (and artwork that would not engender legal difficulties). Interesting articles include a piece on desert tactics by Rob Modarelli and designers notes and commentary for Jatkosota by Ray Tapio.
Per usual, the scenarios are a mix of actions, including Belgium 1944 (Americans vs. Germans); Germany 1944 (Americans/British vs. Germans ), 1945 (Americans vs. Germans); Burma 1944 (Chinese vs. Japanese); Tunisia 1943 (British vs. Germans , Americans vs. Germans); Finland 1940 (Soviets vs. Finns); Germany 1945 (Soviets vs. Germans); France 1944 (Americans vs. Germans); Soviet Union 1941 (Soviets vs. Germans).
None of the scenarios in this issue have received a lot of gameplay; for some, the reason may be that they are so vehicle-heavy or are in other ways very large. One scenario that may be worth a look is a Chinese-Japanese scenario, CH65 (The Seton Block), designed by Brian Martuzas. However, this is not one of the better issues.
Note: In 2008-2009, CH reprinted content from several older issues of the magazine as “Retro Issues.” However, the content does not always entirely duplicate that of the originals. See Retro Issue section for details. The “Retro” version includes the scenarios on cardstock (though the original scenario pages are still there); the scenarios also ostensibly incorporate any errata.