Critical Hit (2019)
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Desperation Morale has not examined this product and cannot confirm claims of its contents. This product seems to include 5 unmounted 11" x 16" geoboards (G30-G34), 8 scenarios, and 2 pages rules.
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.
Fort Lahtzanit is an 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 materials related to the 1973 “Yom Kippur” war between Israel and (primarily) Egypt and Syria. Specifically, it features fighting along the so-called “Bar Lev” line along the Suez Canal between Israeli and Egyptian forces.
Ownership of Genesis III is required, as is ownership of Magach 73.
Fort L provides a small amount of rules, but primarily it adds counters, scenarios and boards to the Genesis III series. The boards, given the historical situation, are very canal-oriented.
The eight scenarios are all large in size, both in terms of units and, often, map area. For example, BAR-LEV 2 (Fort Lahtzanit), which is not a monster-sized scenario (in terms of units) actually uses 15 geoboards. BAR-LEV 7 (‘Bren’ Versus Bear), which is a very large scenario, also uses 15 geoboards. The Egyptians in this scenario, in addition to all their other vehicles, have 22 T-62s alone (the SSRs say simply “use other AFV counters to depict the additional T-62A AFVs”).
Three of the scenarios feature OBA, three also feature Air Support. Given the focus on the Suez Canal, it is perhaps not surprising that 6 of the 8 scenarios feature boats and/or amphibious vehicles.
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 Fort L each doubled in size.