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 authored by Phil and Sue Barker and Richard
Bodley Scott and published by the Wargames Research Group. A
pre-publication or test set of rules, dubbed De Bellis
Societatis Antiquorum was authored by Barker in 1989. The current edition (DBA 2.2) was released in January 2004. (more
Where Can I Buy the Rules?
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.
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, which is dubbed
DBA 2.2+ and available as a
The Barkers are currently engaged in developing DBA 3.0, which is expected to
be released in 2013, to be followed later by an introductory book entitled
"Start Ancients Wargaming", which will include a full set of the DBA 3.0 rules.
Playtest versions of 3.0 have been regularly posted to the
DBA Yahoo Group files.
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
DBA Mentors are also available to help
answer questions. Or contact Chris Brantley at IamFanaticus@gmail.com.
Questions About the Rules and Rules Interpretations
For questions involving interpretation of the rules, the
best sources are currently the Fanaticus
Questions Forum (use the Search function), WADBAG's
Unofficial Guide to DBA
and Bob Beattie's
on DBA 2.2.
Rules questions are welcome and can be submitted either in the Fanaticus
Rules Questions forum or by email to Chris Brantley at IamFanaticus@gmail.com.
Questions About DBA Army
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