Frequently Asked Questions
What is DBA?
De Bellis Antiquitatis ("The Wars of Antiquity") or DBA
is a set of fast-play rules for ancient and medieval wargaming using
miniature figures. The rules are originally authored by Phil and Sue Barker and Richard Bodley Scott and published by the Wargames Research Group.
The current edition (3.0) was released in late 2014 and is authored by Phil
Barker and Sue Laflin-Barker.
pre-publication or test set of rules, dubbed De Bellis
Societatis Antiquorum was authored by Phil Barker in 1989 and is the
precourser to DBA.
Out-of-print editions of DBA include 1.0 (1990), 1.1
(1995), and 2.0 (2001). Edition 2.2 (2004) is available as a
print-on-demand reprint. There were also non-print versions released by
the authors as amendment sheets (v1.2 in 1998; v1.22 in 1999; and v2.1 in 2003).
Where Can I Buy the Rules?
The DBA 3.0 rules are available globally
Amazon.co.uk and from
Military Matters (North American Customers), as well as from selected
miniature companies (e.g. Black Hat) and local gaming stores.
Sue Laflin-Barker has also published an introductory book Start Ancient
Wargaming With DBA 3.0, which includes the full rules and approximately 100
army lists (done as matched pairs). Published as part of
History of Wargaming Project, START is also available print on demand from
Lulu, and stocked by various wargaming webstores and selected sources such
Military Matters. It can also be purchased from
The DBA Version 2.2 rules have been republished by John Curry's
Wargaming Project and are available for purchase as a bound soft cover
print-on-demand from Lulu.Com in both a [6x9]
A group of DBA tournament organizers from around the world joined together to
modify and update DBA 2.2 with a set of line-edits, the result of which is dubbed
v2.2+, which is available as a
free download as a unofficial supplement to the DBA 2.2 rules.
Fanaticus does not sell the DBA rules.
Questions About Getting Started in DBA
Start by browsing the DBA
Tips and Guides section for essays on choosing your first DBA army, where to
find figures, painting and basing, etc.
The WADBAG group has published the
"Unofficial" Guide to DBA
2.2 and an Update
Get advice from experienced DBA'ers on how to get started, army advice, etc.
in the Fanaticus Forum.
Questions About the Rules and Rules Interpretations
Rules questions are welcome and can be submitted
either to the
DBA 3.0 Rules Forums, depending on which version you are playing.
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