A few weeks ago I purchased the Worthington Games boardgame Victoria Cross II. Haven’t really delved too much into it, but I thought I’d share the unboxing of the game, and some of the images of the nicely crafted components within.
I’ve not done any “unboxing” articles before, and I don’t usually read these sort of things, so I might come up short on many aspects – but my main focus is just to show you – not really comment on the quality/durability etc. I haven’t even played the game yet – so can’t even comment on the gameplay!
Anyway, cracking open the box:
The large double-sided map comes in two pieces and folds down the center – on one side is the Battle of Isandlwana, and on the other (as seen above) is the Battle for Rorke’s Drift. Two sets of Counter boards (British and Zulu), combat resolution tables and rules, along with four blue dice. All themed in appealing colours with Fripp’s painting of the Battle providing the main focal point.
The counters themselves are very well presented, colour coded base lines for the individual battles, along with prominent figures of each battle named and posed differently.
The Zulu Counters show the overwhelming numbers involved in the battles, with the actual power printed on the rear of the counters to be turned over as the Fog of War is lifted towards the front lines.
Theres a handy sheet detailing the main tables used in combat resolution for quick look-ups during the game.
The counters are well made die-cut thick card stock, so should be durable for many hours of play. The imagery on the counters is very clear, good contrast, well positioned with an appealing layout. Depicting uniforms and positions adopted by the troops of the time. The real nice touch is having the main characters depicted in their differing uniform and style.
Imagine the hordes of brave Zulu warriors you are about to face, holding the line against spearpoint and overwhelming odds.
I hope to get some time, to delve deep into the game, and perhaps give an AAR of a session on Victoria Cross II. As you can see, its very well put together, and encompasses the two popular battles of the war, both with quite different settings, but still overwhelming last stand affairs.