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Zulus on the Ramparts! 2nd Edition

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Joe Miranda
Play Time:
30 minutes or less


Now available in our new VPG Premier Line edition!

Named one of the Top 100 Solitaire Board Games of 2015 by Box of Delights!

Zulus on the Ramparts!, from designer Joseph Miranda, is the battle cry of those defending the Mission Station at Rorke's Drift. It is 22 January 1879, and the British invasion column moving into Zululand was disastrously defeated that morning at nearby Isandlwana. Now, fresh troops from the victorious Zulu iMpi (army) are advancing on your position. With your 140 British soldiers and auxiliaries, you must survive the repeated attacks of 4000+ crack Zulu warriors.

This States of SiegeTM game puts you squarely in command of the desperate defense. As events unfold and heroes emerge, can you build up the barricades and fill the breaches before the camp is overrun? As the Zulus relentlessly charge, wielding their deadly spears and as British rifles overheat, can you keep cool and make the command decisions necessary to hold your position and repel the onrush of fierce braves until the Relief Column arrives?

The Battle of Rorke's Drift saw more Victoria Crosses awarded than any other before or since. Can you write an equally glorious page in history as you confront these Zulus on the Ramparts?

What's In The Box?:

• One full-color Rulebook
• One mounted game map
• 2 countersheets
• 50 Action cards
• Four six-sided dice
• Ten plastic stands


Game Design: Joseph Miranda
Stages of Siege System: Darin Leviloff
Graphic Design, Documentation & Game Development: Alan Emrich
Game Map: Tim Allen
Illustrations: Clark Miller
Playtesting: Dennis Bishop, Jeff Cherpeski, Wes Erni, Lance McMillan, Kim Meints, Stephanie Newland, Richard Pardoe, Petra Schlunk
Proofreading: Bill Barrett, Leigh Toms, Ian Wakeham
Special Thanks: Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield


Zulus on the Ramparts! 2nd Edition by Gameruman
It does not feel like a great military battle, it feels more of a tooth and nail fight for survival. Zulus on the Ramparts! is a tense, tight game that fits into a very short time (I've finished games in under 25 minutes) and it can leave you feeling like you've played something far above its weight category. If you like tactical games and wargames/crisis management then I think you will love this.
Zulus on the Ramparts! 2nd Edition by Alexander (The Player's Aid)
I really, really like this game. The theme is great, and this little package encapsulates it well. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you draw that next chit with the Zulus bearing down on you, and believe me they will. ... The historical text on the cards are a great reference and help you to get immersed in the game and characters [something that is in almost all VPG games and is extremely well received on my part]. I’m now looking at other games in the series because this one was such a blast and VPG covers some other great topics in this particular line.
Top 100 Solitaire Games of 2015 by Ricky Royal (Box of Delights)
[In Zulus on the Ramparts] we’re defending the famous Mission Station at Rorke’s Drift, from the siege of the Zulu tribes. For the simulation of an historic battle, the scale and flavour of this one is unbeatable. The designer and developer team (Joseph Miranda & Alan Emrich) did a really great job putting this one together. ... The relentless onslaught of the Zulus echos the desperation of the situation, and you can almost feel the tentativeness of the iButhu as they slowly emerge over the horizon, and then their tenacity as they rally to rush your walls, before retreating back to cover. Gallantry will be rewarded and heroes will be made. Win or lose, you will feel like you have achieved greatness.
A Great Game Gets a Great Facelift by Tracy Baker (The Lonely Meeple)
This one really took me by surprise. On the surface it looked simple to the point of being simplistic. ... There is much more game here, however, and one highly evocative of its theme. The interplay among the cards works brilliantly, and it's nice to see so many variants included in the package without being nickel-and-dimed for them in an expansion.

Zulus On The Ramparts provides further evidence that you can have a game that’s low in complexity but rich in theme and deep in gameplay. I’m so glad it got the component upgrade it so richly deserved, and can’t wait to see some of VPG’s other terrific designs benefit from a similar facelift.
Tense Solitaire Play by Giant Fire Breathing Robot
If I’m playing solo (because I’m on a business trip, for example), then this is my go-to game. It is portable, it is short, and it provides excellent, tense engagement. There are often a number of threats and several goals that need to be prioritized. And the die rolls can cause you to either hunker down or give you some breathing room. As far as Solitaire goes, it’s hard to find something better. (3.5/5)
Besieged by Farmer Lenny (iSlaytheDragon)
Zulus on the Ramparts is very good for what it is: a solitaire war game. It won’t be for every gamer, but it does what it sets out to do very well. It recreates the intensity and impossible feeling of a battle siege, yet gives the player resources to ensure that his or her decisions matter. The game is full of immersive historical information, and the gameplay ... is straightforward once learned. The components are serviceable and sturdy. And all of this fits into a small box, which makes it perfect for gamers who have to travel (and leave their gaming groups) often. Zulus on the Ramparts doesn’t supplant the multiplayer gaming experience for me, but it is a good option if I don’t have company and still want the challenge of a game.

2 Reviews

  • 5
    Zulus on the ramparts game

    Posted by Mark Chadwick on Feb 26th 2019

    Excellent game. Well thought out and really enjoyable to play

  • 5
    Zulus on the Ramparts! 2nd Edition

    Posted by C.H. Hansen on Nov 13th 2018

    Zulus on the Ramparts, 2nd Edition, is an excellent solitaire game on a battle that when most people hear about it think is pure Hollywood fiction; how can around 100 British soldiers fight off an onslaught of 3000 Zulu warriors? But it historically happened, and this game captures the tense and seemingly impossible task in an exciting fashion. The components are even more beautiful in the 2nd Edition with standee figures for the approaching Zulu hordes and a fine mounted map board. The cards that help drive the game are also greatly improved and are now of playing card quality. An interesting option included in the game are the optional inclusion of cards that allow the player to recreate scenes from the awesome movie on the subject, Zulu. A nice little extra bit of chrome that I appreciated since the movie is how I, like many others, first became acquainted with the battle. Another great feature is the playing time at 25-30 minutes a game once you are familiar with the system allows you to try again to save the British from annihilation, or to better a previous score quickly. The game is such that one can easily play the game during a lunch break if desired. All in all an excellent little game much improved by the 2nd Edition printing. Strongly recommended for those interested in a tight, fast playing solo game on a seemingly hopeless situation. So if you haven't already, give the movie Zulu a watch. And by all means get this game on your table and see if you too can save the beleaguered British at the Battle of Rorke's Drift.