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Edwin S
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This game is a wargame by 3W, not generally known for the quality of their games. However, this game makes a pleasant exception to this. The main game, simulating Rorke's Drift, is a good skirmish game, representing the heroic defense of the drift by about 150 British soldiers against a huge Zulu force. The second game provides a simulation of the whole Boer War.

The first game is good, with a lot of interaction between the two players, and interesting special rules for things such as kicking down doors and making holes in walls.
The second also works well as a grand strategy game simulating the Boer war with particularly interesting victory conditions.

A definate plus for the first game is the solitaire scenarios which are excellent in helping to teach the rules, and also for practice. The amount of detail is also a plus point, particularly the historical details in the rulebook (names and records of men involved, etc).
The second game is also good, particularly in it's simulation of combat and the fog of war.

The major problem with both games is their lack of replayability - unusually for a wargame, it is in fact possible to solve a major part of the game. This is the only major problem. The game is also rather fiddly, with a large number of counters crammed into a relatively small space on the mapboard, particularly in the Drift's Hospital.

in short, both games provide a good simulation of the conflict, and are a good purchase, particularly fo fans of skirmish games, such as "The Alamo".
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