Fanaticus is an on-line community promoting ancient and medieval wargaming using the De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) and the DBx-family of rules. Fanaticus is intended to promote DBA and provide resources for DBA players. It is not affiliated with or endorsed by Phil Barker, Sue Laflin Barker, Richard Bodley Scott or any of the folks at Wargames Research Group associated with the publication of this rules set. I hope, however, that it meets with their approval.
You can join Fanaticus (and become a "Fanatici") simply by participating. There is no membership list and no fees or membership requirements. To post in the Fanaticus Forum you are required to register a profile, whic helps keeps out the spammers. Fanatici are encouraged to submit materials, to share information and historical resources, to help newbies master the rules, and to help promote the DBA gaming system.
You can identify yourself as a "Fanatici" by putting the Fanaticus graphic on your own web page, either by copying the image at right, or by cutting and pasting the following HTML code into your website:
Fanaticus operates as an open, self-regulating community, where everyone is welcome to share their views and defend their opinions in an environment of mutual respect and civility. Like a democratic Greek polis, perhaps, but without the hemlock.
Your feedback, as always, is much appreciated.
Fanaticus: A Bit of History
Fanaticus evolved out of the DBA Resource Page, which was launched on May 17, 1998 as an aide to DBA newbies because of my own frustration learning the game without a more experienced gamer to show me how to decipher the rule's rather terse prose.
As the DBA Resource Page grew into an archive of files and information, I had the opportunity to interact with dozens of gamers around the world and began to look for other ways that we could collaborate.
In a search for a free on-line support, I stumbled across Yahoo! Clubs, which seemed like just the solution. The result was De Bellis Fanaticus, the first true iteration of the Fanaticus community, which was launched on 7 December 1998. It offered a bulletin board, a chat room, and places where members could post links and pictures. It was not the best software in the world, and was relegated to inactive status and eventually shut down in Spring 2001. I then experimented with a FrontPage bulletin board extension and finally licensed bulletin board software, launching the Fanticus Forum on 29 June 1999.
During the same period, I was working to expand the DBA Resource Page into a virtual community, dubbed Fanaticus, which was organized into four sections. In addition to the Resource Page and the Fanaticus Forum, I added the De Bellis Bazaar (a directory of miniatures, supplies and resources for the wargamers added on 28 July 2000) and the De Bellis Bookstore (historical and wargaming references available for purchase through an arrangement with Amazon.Com, which opened for business on 7 March 1999). Then I registered the Fanaticus.org URL and created a page to tie them altogether. This is the current configuration of Fanaticus. Looking to the future, my hope is to continue to emphasis the Fanaticus identity and improve integration of the four components of Fanaticus to enhance navigation and the perception of community.
Last Updated: 25 May 2012
Comments, suggested additions, and/or critiques welcome.