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Personal logo Artorius Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2010 1:14 p.m. PST

After intending to do so for several years, I've finally played a game of Phil Barker's never-published "De Bellis Velitum" ancients skirmish rules. They're really quite enjoyable. I wish he'd pursued developing them further and published them.

I've published our experience with our first games on my blog at link

Personal logo Artorius Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2010 1:15 p.m. PST

Oops. The link is link

Cyrus the Great26 Jun 2010 1:53 p.m. PST

I found this interesting and informative. Keep up the good work!

Jay Arnold26 Jun 2010 3:05 p.m. PST

Re: The zone of control complaint, it makes sense to me. If you see a galloping horse to your near front, are you likely to move in its immediate path? I think not.

I might give these rules a go some time.

Dale Hurtt26 Jun 2010 3:22 p.m. PST

Did you find it a problem tracking who fired at whom last turn?

Song of Blades and Heroes is actually pretty similar in many mechanics, especially the opposed die rolls.

Personal logo Artorius Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2010 3:29 p.m. PST

Did you find it a problem tracking who fired at whom last turn?

We didn't have much trouble tracking who shot whom last bound, but I could see where it might get fussy. Nevertheless, I rather like the rule because it keeps you from shooting about wildly.

Acharnement28 Jun 2010 1:56 a.m. PST

On the whole I enjoyed playing with DBV but found the different effects in losing- like shying for mounted models etc. a little too much to keep track of. Pretty good system overall though.

hwarang29 Jun 2010 2:23 a.m. PST

Thank you for that insightful posting.

I played the rules a few years ago (in my wild youth…) and hated them. In the meantime I have come to appreciate PB's style more and possibly should try the rules again.

Awesome cats, btw. I think there is another case of Felis silvestris catus extremis (which possibly might be something more like human megalomania than a subspecies) that I am familiar with. Love that critter.

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