|FirstBrigade||12 Jan 2016 12:41 p.m. PST|
Thinking about trying a new rules set, just to see if I am missing anything.
I have Crusades and HYW figures in 15mm and 28mm all based to DBx standard widths.
I really enjoy Armati and DBA 3.0, I have tried FOG and I am not a fan, a bit too fiddly. My first priority is enjoyment, I don't play tournaments.
My options are DBM, DBMM, Art de Guerre or DBA 3.0 Big Battles.
Any advice please?
| Bobgnar ||12 Jan 2016 1:38 p.m. PST|
If you already "enjoy DBA 3" then why try something new. Stick with it in the Big Battle Format.
I have a weakness in picking rules, I always pick the ones I know best. People often tell me that this ancient game or that one is better than DBA 3, but I respond that even if the others are better (in some way) I already know DBA 3 and enjoy it. Why take the trouble to switch ":)
| Dervel ||12 Jan 2016 2:12 p.m. PST|
I also found FOG a little over fiddly / chart intensive for my tastes.
DBA 3.0 is the least fiddly of the ones you mentioned.
I do think ADLG has some interesting concepts, but those do make it slightly more complex than DBA.
My recommendation would be try a demo game or two at a convention, however, you may be hard pressed to find someone presenting DBM or DBMM (other than a tournament). ADLG you should be able to find as a demo because it is very "in" right now.
|leidang||12 Jan 2016 2:15 p.m. PST|
I started out with DBA and DBM then migrated to FOG and Imetus and have finally settled on Hail Ceasar! as my go to Ancients rules.
To me they fall somewhere between DBA and FOG and I really like the activations system and the uncertainty it brings. Also really like the morale system with it's break checks.
The only consistent argument that players usually have with it is getting used to the abstraction of sometimes not getting to activate units on turns. I myself don't mind this since the turns flow quickly.
|MajorB||12 Jan 2016 3:25 p.m. PST|
DBA 3.0 Big Battles without a doubt. Much easier than either DBM or DBMM.
|coopman||12 Jan 2016 4:26 p.m. PST|
Most of the FOG crowd in my area has switched over to ADLG.
| Who asked this joker ||12 Jan 2016 5:57 p.m. PST|
ADLG seems to be the new shiny. Folks seem to like it. I feel like I said that before. FoG maybe?
DBA 3.0 and ADLG are probably your best bets.
|platypus01au||12 Jan 2016 7:24 p.m. PST|
DBA 3 using the Big Battle Rules will certainly give you an ejoyable game and one that is not too fiddly.
I like DBMM, but I can't say it isn't "fiddly". But then I like that. Mind you I didn't like FOG.
Since you are in England, if you were interested in DBMM, you could join the DBMM Yahoo kist and you will beable to find some players close to you. You could also try here;
|maverick2909||12 Jan 2016 7:29 p.m. PST|
The biggest problem with DBMM is there isn't a place to get the rules, so I wouldn't suggest those rules. DBM is free though and it's pretty fun. I haven't played ADLG yet but it does seem to be pretty popular and I might pick it up soon. I didn't really like Big Battle DBA, not enough stands for my liking.
|valerio||13 Jan 2016 12:13 a.m. PST|
If you liked Armati you could try Tactica, which is a kind of hard-core Armati. Or Civitates Bellantes which is easy to find in pdf and fun and realistic. All dbx based
|advocate ||13 Jan 2016 12:23 a.m. PST|
Consider Sword and Spear. Our group really has taken to it.
|FirstBrigade||13 Jan 2016 5:38 a.m. PST|
Brilliant feedback and ideas!
It has really helped me form a plan.
I will download DBM for a read, since its free.
Art de la Guerre looks interesting but it is quite expensive.
I have purchased Sword and Spear which looks like being a good game, well supported as well.
Future games will include DBA big battles, as well as armati but the big goal will be getting enough figures on the table for tactica.
I already own tactica and love the mechanisms, but the forces required were always out of reach. Time to order those mounted knights from front rank!
|Pattus Magnus||13 Jan 2016 8:20 a.m. PST|
Another possibility that I didn't see mentioned above (my apologies if I missed it) is To the Strongest. It diverges a lot from other ancients rules by using a grid for movement and ranges and playing cards rather than dice for randomization, but it is designed for "battle" level games and is quite adaptable. The author also provides free army lists for the period the OP's colection covers. Having armies based to DBx standard isn't an issue, as you can just calibrate the grid to fit the basing you already have.
Tastes in game style vary of course, but I thoroughly enjoyed the games of TtS I've played.
| BigRedBat ||13 Jan 2016 2:31 p.m. PST|
Thanks Pattus, too kind. There is some info about the rules here:
I have recently published Crusades and HYW lists, that can be downloaded for free from here:
|John GrahamLeigh ||13 Jan 2016 4:53 p.m. PST|
FirstBrigade: I see you're in my county, so can't be too far away. I'm a DBM man and always up for a game. Contact me via my DBM web site at jglwargames.com/contact
The site is mainly about competitions but I play lots of campaign and friendly games too, in 15mm and 25mm.
|greenknight4 ||19 Jan 2016 9:23 p.m. PST|
|jwebster ||25 Jan 2016 11:08 a.m. PST|
I enjoy Sword and Spear
You could also try out Basic Impetus for free (haven't tried it myself but others like it)
Just tweak the move distances in the rules to match DBA base sizes (Sword and Spear distances are set by base width, like DBA 3)
Part of the fun is to see the familiar in a different light
Let us know what you think of other rule sets
| Great War Ace ||28 Jan 2016 10:12 a.m. PST|
I don't know what you mean by "too fiddly", but if it centers on not wanting to touch your miniatures, i.e. play "hands on", as it were, then my game isn't for you. If "too fiddly" means too many charts or dice rolls or too many dice types, etc., then The Art of War dispenses with that sort of "fiddly". As much of the factors for modeling ancmed warfare are built into the systems as possible, reducing "plus this, minus that" to a bare bones minimum….