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Monthly Archives: May 2014
Zulus on the Ramparts – background
This is a tactical combat game which takes around 30 minutes and that’s only if you manage to survive that long. Usually it’s earlier because you have experienced defeat the Zulus. This game is part of the so-called State of Siege series where you are defending a central space on the board against the enemy. In this case you take the role of the British Royal Engineers defending the station of Rorke’s Drift on 22-23 January 1879 against the Zulu army.
Just over 150 British and colonial troops successfully defended the garrison against an intense assault by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulus warriors. The Zulu attacks on Rorke’s Drift came very close to defeating the garrison but were ultimately repelled. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours.
Brief gameplay overview
Every turn, the first thing you do is to randomly draw a chit. This can either move the Zulu iButhos (units) or trigger certain events. Then, using cards you have in your hand you can perform a single action (e.g built barricades, extinguish a fire, provide ammo, make heroes available). After your action, play continues with you drawing a single card at the end of the turn from a deck of cards. Among these cards are volley cards used to fire at the Zulu units and also Hero cards. These are individuals who provide you with abilities to do more during your turn e.g perform an extra action for free or draw an additional card.
There are moments in the game where there’s a lot of tension with the Zulus advancing towards your position and you have interesting and difficult decisions to make. Should you sacrifice a Hero to force the armies into retreat thus giving you precious time to set up more barricades or to form a Reserve Platoon? Should i fire my volley card now or wait until they come closer and it can be more effective?
At the end of the day this is a simple game but it keeps you engrossed in what you are doing and that’s the key for me even though this particular battle and subject (theme) was of no real interest to me. I have now played Zulus on the Ramparts 11+ and i’m still enjoying it. It’s a short game which you can easily reset to give it another go once you’ve played it. I think Zulus on the Ramparts is suitable for someone interested in experimenting with solitaire games.
I’m slowly getting back to doing home exercises again and i have found a few more videos which i recommend. I don’t follow the exercises schedule entirely as there are exercises which i can’t do and i simply replace them with others. Here are a few of the currently “hot” for me.
1. Total Body Toning & Functional Strength Training Exercises – I love this one even though lately i have replaced more exercises than i would liked. The Walk Down Push Up is one my favourites.
2. 10 Minute Abs & Obliques Workout – Lean Toned Stomach Workout – This one is the latest abs/obliques exercise I’ve tried and it surprised me with a few new exercises like the Flutterkick Crunch.
3. Chest + Abs MEGA workout “No music version”– An oldie which unfortunately can’t always do on a weekly basis. It’s brutal but worth trying even though i can’t do all the repetitions, particularly the Diamond Push Up (knees)
4. Six Pack Burn Out – Intense Abs Workout– Another newbie for me and currently my favourite abs and obliques exercise video. Love it. Spiderman plank is cool! 🙂
I haven’t mentioned my New Year’s Resolutions for a while now. One resolution which is going extremely well is cooking and I’ve now finally reached the milestone of making a dish that does not involve chicken!
- The first non-chicken dish I’ve tried was broccoli soup and i was really surprised by how well it turned out. I haven’t been able to make it consistently well or the same but that’s more because I’m less methodical than i should. Although i take into consideration the measurements i don’t always have the patience to follow them to the letter. I think this is not only indicative of the way i approach cooking but also my life. I want to be more methodical (and analytical) than i actually am and then i punish myself emotionally when I’m not…
Anyway enough of that and let’s get back to cooking!
- My most recent success is baked salmon and this has now been added to my cooking list. I have tried it both with vegetables and potatoes. Potatoes i keep screwing up and i’m not sure why. Rice might be another option. Baked salmon is ridiculously easy to make and very tasty. I’m surprised that it’s taken me this long to try it but then i remember that I’ve only started eating salmon this year…..
- I’ve also made quasedillas (turkey, brussel sprouts and cheese) which turned out to be way too spicy and salty. The recipe had only 2 jalapenos but i added a 3rd and boy it made a huge difference. I think i can get them right next time. I was not too keen on the tortillas i used though. They tasted like plastic and rubber although i haven’t tasted either one.
I will post photos of the dishes i make from now on, with restrained bias towards the ones that look good.