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Leftblank24 Jun 2022 2:34 p.m. PST

I'm doing structured reviews with the same Mons Graupius scenario (Romans vs Celts). Second is DBA 3.0, after Age of Hannibal. AdlG, M&G and Hail Caesar will be next. Link to blog here.
Conclusion in short: good, complete ruleset, relatively abstract, writing style below average, not a true beginner's game, better than AoH.

McWong7324 Jun 2022 3:21 p.m. PST

Hats off, that was comprehensive.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2022 3:40 p.m. PST

Well done. Thank you.

lkmjbc324 Jun 2022 7:58 p.m. PST

Good review…
Thanks for the shout out for Great Battles of History for DBA 3…

Though I will remind everyone it is also available for purchase from several fine retailers!

and also directly from

Joe Collins

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jun 2022 2:25 a.m. PST

I found the review very informative.

Thank you


Whirlwind25 Jun 2022 8:03 a.m. PST

Good review

JMcCarroll25 Jun 2022 1:36 p.m. PST

"writing style below average, not a true beginner's game"
Understatement for sure!

Erzherzog Johann27 Jun 2022 4:27 p.m. PST

I've never played DBA3. I've had a few games of an earlier version of DBA (2.something?) which were quite fun and tense (except when my Galatians faced a Knight and Elephant based Indian army . . .)

I never really warmed to the 12 elements a side thing. Reading the Great Battles summary of Cannae, which only worked with equal elements by pretending the Roman elements represent far more than the Carthaginians, it felt wrong. In my view, a set of rules should be able to reenact an historical battle with a reasonable chance of an historical result (even if some special rules are required) without such a wholesale fudge as that.

But plenty of people have great fun playing it. I always enjoy reading the accounts posted here and if I was offered a game I'd play it.

There will never be a perfect rule set and there will never be unanimity. The main thing is that we find games that we can enjoy. For me the preferred set is DBMM. I know the writing makes DBA3's "writing style below average, not a true beginner's game" pale by comparison, and there are things I don't like about it. But it works for me and when I have to play ADLG instead, I will, and I'll still enjoy it, even though there re thing I really dislike about it. I know a guy who still prefers FoG, and people who play the online version, but I don't think I have the time to spread myself that thin.


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