Buy De Bellis Antiquitatis Version 1st by Phil Barker and Sue Laflin-Barker ( ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. DE BELLIS ANTIQUITATIS. INTRODUCTION. These rules derive from an experimental set for battles between Romans and Celts demonstrated by Phil. DBA was the first game in the DBx series, which now includes DBM (a more complex version of DBA), HOTT (a fantasy version), and DBR (a renaissance.

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To resolve combat, each bellus throws one dice and adds modifiers for both troop type and battlefield situation such as being outflanked or up hill. The current version involved many players giving the author advice to improve the format and readability.

Scott Johnson lynnescott stlnet. I have not understood it well. We can get games done in a typical gaming session – including the normal badinage between and during games. Not having a point system, some armies frankly are better and will generally win. Any suggestions would be helpful. October Learn how and when to remove this template message. This provides interesting reading to both new and veteran gamers. Due to the nature of DBA’s combat system, DBA is often criticized as being over-“geometric”, as elements are matched up in precise ways, and base widths must match up with some precision.


Larger moves to encourage more dynamic play. Antiquitatks, umm about yrs to go until done.

De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) Historical Miniatures Rules

This short description will, I hope, explain a few aspects of the rule book and be useful antiquitatjs those that are new to DBA or those familiar with earlier versions. Other elements represent up to 25 elephants or 50 chariots, war wagons or catapults and early cannon. This useful feature will greatly assist players looking to build armies. Armies were affordable and games would typically last around an hour due to the simple mechanics.

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Deployment changes to encourage historical troop deployment. In addition to these 12 elements a camp is required.

Many lists are further divided into sub lists with all having a brief, but clear, antiquitatiw of the troops forming the army. DBA is about fighting battles, not skirmishes; it just uses fewer miniatures to achieve this.

The antiquitattis also includes a campaign system, and over army lists. Unfortunately, the online version of the game has not been upgraded to fit newer versions of Windows.

Many of the improvements in the various editions of DBA have been to address geometric concerns and “millimetrics”.

Now in 3rd edition. Rules to remove geometrical ploys. I am interested in this list: December 28 at 2: The rule mechanisms were [in ] then entirely new. If you would like to add your opinion to this webpage, use the following form or send email to the editor.


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The width of the base depends upon the scale of figures being used; the depth depends upon both figure scale and type. So, dd taken me a year to complete the 15 armies I have today albeit with a lot of morphs reducing the number of unique figures.

Achieving a roll twice as high as your opponent generally destroys that opponent, with lesser successes merely pushing the opponent back out of the line of battle.

On a scale of bad to goodI rate DBA an 8. I can teach a newbie the game in about minutes. belli

I have 5 in unpainted state and have just counted that it’s 32 more to go. Don Cooper 15 hrs.

Many gamers perceived that this increased complexity came at a cost in playability. What is this latest version about and what will it deliver? Angiquitatis Pain December 29 at 1: