It was Sunday morning and I had the house to myself. I didn’t want to watch TV and I was not in the mood to paint some models so I thought I’d have a game and try my hand at another write up. Zulus on the Ramparts was getting a lot of attention on the Solo Wargames group recently and that made be keen to play it again.
Scythe (pronounced “scy” the “the” is silent) is a farming tool that was never really popular in South Africa. We always had the Panga. It’s also a weapon, we have no shortage of those (see Panga). In this instance it’s a board game about farming and fighting, only your scythes are actually giant steam punk styled mecha from the 1920’s.
1879 saw the start of the Anglo-Zulu war in South Africa. The Battle of Rourke’s Drift is by far the most famous battle of the war. This battle saw approx 140 defenders of Rourke’s Drift fight through the night against an army of +- 4000. It’s one of the greatest “stands” in military history.
Memoir ’44 is a 2 player wargame, set during WWII. It’s very popular due to it’s easy to learn but very rewarding gameplay. I really wish I could get to play it more often but I’m a few hundred Km away from the nearest club that I know of.
World War II was a terrible time to be alive. Although it has given us a lot in terms of entertainment; books, movie and games. Lots and lots of games. Memoir ’44 is one of these. It’s a tactical game that pits players against each other during different battles of the war.