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Terry3720 May 2016 5:14 p.m. PST

In case you are not aware, Fanaticus will be closing down forever September 1st. Here is a link to Chris's announcement.


This will be a big hit to the DBX community, and for me personally. I had the pleasure of meeting Chris once and what a fine fellow he is. Thanks Chris, and as sad as it makes me I fully understand.


Mako11 Inactive Member20 May 2016 5:20 p.m. PST

That is sad news…..

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2016 5:30 p.m. PST

So Sad, I often went there for inspiration

Jeigheff Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2016 5:32 p.m. PST

Chris Brantley is a gentleman and a half.

Yesthatphil20 May 2016 6:00 p.m. PST

Fanaticus has been a veritable institution frown

Ancients on the Move

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2016 6:43 p.m. PST

Bummer. I don't even play the rules, but I like to go there and just look around.

NavyVet Inactive Member20 May 2016 8:23 p.m. PST

All good things must come to an end. Thanks to Chris for all the years of service Fanaticus has given us in the DBA universe.

Temporary like Achilles Inactive Member20 May 2016 10:31 p.m. PST

That's a real shame. It's been a very useful resource for me over the years and I don't even really play DBA. It will be a huge loss for those who do.

Best of luck to Chris Brantley in his future endeavours.

Oh Bugger Inactive Member21 May 2016 1:46 a.m. PST

I can only second that – it was an exemplary resource.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2016 7:26 a.m. PST

Thanks for the effort that you put into the website all these years, Chris. You done good!

ashill2 Inactive Member21 May 2016 10:21 a.m. PST

This is very sad news; I visited the site about once a week and have been inspired by much of its content. Chris has done a tremendous service to the DBA community and I entirely understand his reasons for closing this chapter of DBA gaming.

sneakgun21 May 2016 3:39 p.m. PST

Why doesn't someone or someones take it over?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2016 5:49 p.m. PST

Are you volunteering?

mikeygees21 May 2016 5:56 p.m. PST

It is a bummer. I could always count on it being there whenever I would gravity back into the DBX atmosphere…

abelp0122 May 2016 2:27 p.m. PST

Sad. Excellent resource for Ancient era gamers, not just DBx.

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2016 8:00 p.m. PST

It has been a great boon for all those interested in DBA and Hott, where will they be without it?

Cambria562223 May 2016 8:58 a.m. PST

Shame, I was a regular user back in the days when I played DBA. It was a great resource.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2016 10:33 a.m. PST

Useful sites come and go. Fanatics is (and soon was) the best for DBA. There had been and the Electronic Hoplite that have gone. Now we still have the TMP DBx thread, Yahoo, and there is a DBA FaceBook page, and some DBA Google site. Those do not have all the useful sections that are on Fanatics, but still allow for discussion of issues and ideas.

How can all the useful information on Fanatics be saved? I use the army list descriptions every couple of weeks, and likewise the other sections in the Resources section. This will be lacking in any of the discussion options I mentioned.

Skeptic23 May 2016 8:21 p.m. PST

Short of somebody maintaining it as a "live" site, what about keeping it running as a static or frozen site, i.e. no new posting, but the information remains available?

Boomcoach Inactive Member25 May 2016 8:07 p.m. PST

If Chris would give permission, it wouldn't be hard to host a static mirror of the site, without the forums. I don't know how much would be involved in maintaining a static copy of the forum.

I downloaded a copy of the site for my own reference, it runs about 300 MB.

Ammianus26 May 2016 6:05 a.m. PST

Never say die!
Join here:

Thomas Thomas Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2016 12:37 p.m. PST

Big blow to DBX in general. Comes at an odd time as introduction of DBA 3.0 has rekindled interest esp. in historical battles. New Great Battles Book with a whole set of historical battles for DBA 3.0 has done much better than we (the historically biased authors) had dreamed.

Wave of good news re DBX now hits the rock of Fanaticus fading.

Some of us are already discussing creating alternative. Meanwhile of course we always have the DBX section of the Miniature Page.


MajorB28 May 2016 4:22 a.m. PST

How can all the useful information on Fanatics be saved? I use the army list descriptions every couple of weeks, and likewise the other sections in the Resources section. This will be lacking in any of the discussion options I mentioned.

Try looking on the Wayback machine

Personal logo timurilank Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2016 1:34 a.m. PST


The alternative is already up and running since a week.

The site is a "spitting image" with all the familiar subject areas; Gaming, Discussion, Rules, How To and DBA Alternatives.

The former "Resource" section is being compiled in the new DBA Wiki.

The Fanaticus DBA Forum:

The Fanaticus DBA Wiki:


Thomas Thomas Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2016 9:31 a.m. PST

Just checked out new Fanaticus. Great work – all systems go. Made my first post.


Oh Bugger Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 3:42 a.m. PST

Well done its great to see.

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