Critical Hit (2018)
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Desperation Morale has not examined this product and cannot confirm claims of its contents. This product seems to include 6 unmounted 11" x 16" geoboards (G8-G13), 10 pages rules, 2 countersheets with 368 die-cut counters, 1 page charts, and 8 scenarios (MG73-1 to MG73-8).
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.
Magach 73 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.
Ownership of Genesis III is required. ALSO required are the Critical Hit “HELO” (helicopter) rules, which Magach 73 rules inform the purchaser are available as a “stand-alone set and in CH Annual Issue 1,” recommending the stand-alone set “as the most recent edition.” Where are these stand-alone HELO rules? They are only available for separate purchase for an additional $29.95. However, it does appear that an updated set of HELO rules also shows up in CH Annual Issue 5. Given the high price of this module ($99.95 as of this writing), it seems Critical Hit easily could have included the helicopter materials herein.
Magach (this word is the name of a series of Israeli tanks) 73 provides additional rules (10 pages), two more countersheets, a new QRDC chart, and 8 scenarios. It also adds 6 more unmounted 11″ x 16″ geoboards to the series.
All 8 of the scenarios are Israeli-Egyptian scenarios. Neither Syria nor minor combatants appear here.
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 Magach 73 each doubled in size.