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Meat Puppet
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Needs T&P?: Yes
DESIGN: This scenario was designed using RON TaP Scenario Editor, with custom scripting and custom sounds, including Zulu chants and warcries from the movie ZULU, African drums and bugle calls. (Great movies, by the way, ZULU and ZULU DAWN. ZULU DAWN is about the massacre at Isandlwahna and ZULU is about the ensuing siege at Rorke's Drift.)

If you have any problems loading this scenario, please let me know.

IMPORTANT: There are custom sounds in the folder you are downloading. These include chant1.wav, chant3.wav, chant4.wav, bugle.wav, african_drums.wav and dismount.wav. These sound files play vital sounds in this scenario and should be kept in the same folder as the scenario so that they will play during the scenario.

SITUATION: Lord Chelmsford, acting on behalf of the royal government, has launched an invasion of Zululand from Natal Province, South Africa. Searching for the Zulus, he splits his force into three columns. The Zulus fall upon one of these columns, the Third Column, outnumbering its combatants by about 18 to 1, and destroy it. Can you change history by getting support in time and staving off disaster?

Great website about the Anglo-Zulu War with lots of historical detail about the war and the battle:


OPENING: The game opens with your small command facing thousands of Zulu warriors arrayed in the classic "head of the bull" formation--with a rectangle of troops representing the head, one behind representing the body, and two flanks representing the horns. After the Zulus finish their war chant to get revved up, they will charge. After that you must hold off the Zulus, who will swarm over your troops in huge numbers. Your commander, Glynn, will send Melville, an officer, to Chelmsford to try to get support. Other than that, you must play to see!

VICTORY CONDITIONS: Reduce the Zulu Army to less than 100 to win. King Cetshwayo will sue for peace. If your infantry fall below a very low strength, you will lose--your command will be destroyed.


* If you reduce the Impis to a certain strength, they will flee the battlefield.

* See lancers hit the field at the last mintue and begin spearing the Zulus. The Zulus hate and fear British cavalry.

* Use special commands shown on a special toolbar to conduct leapfrog retreats between your 1st and 2nd battalions to try to stay one step ahead of the Zulus.

* Hear the Zulus shout warcries as they launch their massive rolling assault, and sing a salutary song showing their respect for your fight upon your victory or defeat.

* See Melville ride hard across the African Savannah to get help--will he make it?

STRATEGY: The Zulus outnumber you and once they get up close, will spear your men mercilessly. If you try to hold your ground in your original positions, your men may break and run for the river, and then die where they stand. The Zulus are fast, tireless runners and will pursue your men wherever they go.

Your own advantage is your rifles. You can fire a long distance (25 tiles in this scenario), whereas the Zulu asegai (short spear) in this scenario only has a range of 1 tile. So if you can keep some distance between your men and the Zulus, you will shoot them down and deplete their numbers considerably.

You have two commands you can use to leapfrog your troops backward--"1" and "r". These control different sets of troops and tell them to retreat behind their officers (a Hussar and a Heavy Chevalier, who are the commanders of the two battalions of the 24th Foot. These are your line officers. Glynn is also there, represented by the Monarch, but doesn't do anything in the game).

You will notice that not all your troops will retreat, some will stay behind. These include the native levies (Fusiliers), Natal Mounted Police (Dragoons), Natal Mounted Infantry (Carabineers) and some of your 24th Foot infantry. Some will simply have to be left behind to slow down the Zulus and allow you to complete a leapfrog.

Your leapfrogs won't be clean in most cases, they'll be edged with panic, your troops will be everywhere, so you may have to eventually skip the "1" and "r" commands and simply grab groups of men too close to the Zulus and tell them to retreat.

One time, my units completed a very clean leapfrog maneuver twice, and I gunned down the Zulus like you wouldn't believe. But most other times it was a mess--effective, but I bled the whole way.

Overall, it should be a pretty exciting game.

Hold out as long as you can, and wait for Melville to bring reinforcements, then try to take the fight to the Zulu and win.

THANKS FOR PLAYING: Thanks for playing this scenario, I hope you have a good time. If you like this scenario, please come back and give it a review. If you don't like, tell me what you don't like so I can improve it.

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BillyChaka sounds cool MP, you crazy, crazy, scenario maker you...
VladtheImpaler im really wanting to play this, ive never downloaded a scenario before, how exactly do you do it
Meat Puppet
File Author
click "download file" on this page

a "zipped" file will appear, you are asked to either open it or save it - you want to open it - you may need special software like WinZip to be able to open zipped files

tell the file to "open" in your RON scenario folder (on my pc, RON is located on my C drive/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Rise of Nations

click to open the file in that location (the scenario folder)

fire up your game, single-player game, load scenario, scroll down, you should see it there

you need RON Thrones & Patriots expansion to play this scenario

good luck!

(anybody else reading this, if I got anything wrong, please correct or add)
KingRoy1 Awesome map dude! i have to say, that was one of THE best scenarios i have ever played. oh, and FYI, when you hear the Zulus say, "Hoojoom!", it is arabic for, "Attack!"... just a little thing i noticed...
Meat Puppet
File Author
Hey KingRoy, thanks a lot, I appreciate it!
Meat Puppet
File Author
Thanks Iguana I appreciate it! If you like the Zulu war chant, you should watch the movie ZULU with Michael Caine, made decades ago but a war movie classic. It's amazing. Lots of authentic Zulu singing, when they charge your pulse gets racing! The battle itself, the siege of a small supply station at Rorke's Drift, about 110 Brits against 4000 Zulus, is an incredible feat of courage and resistance. It's amazing the British held out as long as they did. Another great movie is ZULU DAWN, where the 1500 men in the Third Column get massacred by 20,000 Zulus.
Meat Puppet
File Author
Walker, the sounds are very hard to find on the web and sometimes take me a few hours to find for each scenario. I suggest you do what I did and google:

movie clip .wav [whatever movie you want]
sound clip .wav [movie title]
sound effect war .wav [or battle, etc.]

I found I could get a few good sound clips from free sound effect sites, a few from RON itself, and a few from movie sound clip sites.

I also have some software that converts MP3 files to .WAV files, and lets me edit the files to get the file sizes down.

Good luck!
Tiger_VIB it's a good level, but it's too short, can you make rourke's drift and have the zulu's come in several waves like in the movie> and can you include the zulu chants and the song Men of Harlech?

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