The Last King of Scotland

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Part of the African Wars game system, The Last King of Scotland simulates the Uganda-Tanzania War of 1978.

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The modern wars in Africa provide a rich arena of different and unique gaming situations beyond WWII in North Africa (where most wargames have concentrated their examination of the wars in Africa). Some of these wars were short affairs of a few months, while others raged for twenty years or more. Each of these modern African wars shaped the political and military future of the continent and they are still finding their way into today's headlines.

The Last King of Scotland, by designer Dennis Bishop, simulates the Uganda-Tanzania War of 1978-1979 that ousted Uganda's President for Life, Idi Amin Dada. With a seeming fascination for all things Scottish, Idi Amin referred to himself as the "uncrowned king of Scotland." When Amin fled Uganda, in a sense he truly became "The Last King of Scotland."

What's In The Box?:


•   One 16-page, full-color Standard Rules booklet (Exclusive Rules included)
•   One 11" x 17" cardstock game map
•   85 thick, two-sided, multi-shaped game pieces
•   Three red and four black six-sided dice
•   One 11" x 17" mounted, jigsaw-cut game map
•   One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
•   One beautiful box cover sleeve
•   One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
•   One charcoal desiccant packet

Credits:


Game Design: Dennis Bishop
Documentation and Development: Bryan Armor and Alan Emrich
Art: Tim Allen
Playtesting: Wulf Corbett, Gary Cope, Steve Darell, Keith Mageau, Andy Nicoll, James Nolan, Scott Peth, Duncan Rice, Doug Southwell, Norm Stewart, John Stryker, Ian Wakeham
Proofreading: Bill Barrett, Ian Wakeham

Game Resources

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Game Data

Number of Players 1-2
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 90 minutes
Difficulty 4
Solitaire Suitability 7
Designer Dennis Bishop
Developer Bryan Armor

Reviews

No Mere Brush War by Nate Owens (Fortress Ameritrash)
If you’ve always been a little curious about what this wargame thing is all about, The Last King of Scotland is a great place to begin. It’s intuitive, clean, and brisk, and looks a good sight better than most wargames. And, perhaps most interestingly, I now have some fascinating historical insight about a little-known war. I may never end up being a dedicated wargamer, but this game shows me the appeal of stacks of counters on a little map.