THE LION OF KHARTOUM: Gordon's Last Stand

If you would like to separately order the 12 NEW Event Cards (see sample card below) and the 4-page NEW printed game supplement booklet that includes a new scenario (The Beginning of the End), use the drop down menu below. Note that the 12 additional Event cards and the game supplement booklet are now included with all new purchases of the game.

THE LION OF KHARTOUM, Gordon’s Last Stand, designed by Jacques Rabier,  is a solitaire, card-driven board game of strategy and resource management about the siege of Khartoum from February 1884 to January 1885. The Player assumes the role of Major-General Charles “Chinese” Gordon, Governor and self-appointed defender of Khartoum, besieged by the Mahdi's Dervish rebel forces. As the Player, you will have to use your few military units and meager resources skillfully to hold out long enough for British relief forces to come to the rescue…or gloriously die like Gordon himself did. 

The game is not intended to be a totally accurate simulation of the siege of Khartoum but is meant to create an interactive narrative and gaming experience in which the Player is required to make crucial decisions to have any chance of protecting the city and its inhabitants from the wrath of the Dervishes. The Player must improve the city’s fortifications, build makeshift Gunboats, mount daring raids and sorties, and tactically respond with military units and leaders to prevent the Mahdi's army from capturing key city defensive locations and, ultimately, the Governor’s Palace. All the while, you must manage to keep up the city’s morale in the face of adverse events and the continuing effects of the siege. 

Are you up to the challenge, Gordon Pasha?

The game includes the following components:

  • One 17 x 11-inch Game Map

  • 32 Event Cards (includes 12 NEW cards)

  • 12 Banner Activation Cards

  • 64 Counters and Markers

  • Player Aids (Resource Card and Action Outcome Cards)

  • One 12-Page Rules Book

  • One 8-Page Play Book 

  • One 4-Page NEW Game Supplement Book (includes the NEW Game Scenario)


Select format and destination from the drop down menu above. Formats are boxed or folio (plastic bag) or print-and-play. Domestic is a USA destination. Shipping and handling are included in the price. The Vassal module of the game is available with purchase upon request.

One of the 12 new cards (right) and a photo of the components of the original game (below).

Player Outcome Cards Revised

Designer Notes (left, English) and Game Description (French) 




Errata and Clarifications




The second paragraph of rule 6.7 (page 8) should read:

 'Place up to 4 infantry units (Egyptian, Sudanese, Bashi Bazouks or Levies) per Area from the Available Troops Box. Non-Professional Troops (Levies) cannot be placed alone in a Area. They must be placed with at least one Professional Unit.'

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