2019-03-29 Mass Combat Alternatives

There are always alternatives, of course. I’ve always wondered about using DBA (De Bellis Antiquitatis) or HOTT (Hordes of the Things). I picked them up but ended up never playing them. I heard Michael “Chicago Wiz” talk about it in his podcast (Part 1, Part 2).

Recently, @awinter had some very different recommendations for me: He recommended Morschauser and Gerard De Gre! You’ll find them in Jon Peterson’s Playing at the World, of course.

Morschauser’s Ancients War Game and Humanizing the Roster System contain material from 1966 and 1967, talking about a “roster system” used to play a wargame and how one might use it to actually run individual soldiers. A very early predecessor to D&D!

Duelling in the Sandpit – Lunge, Cut and Stop Thrust talks about Gerard De Gre’s simple system suitable for use “in the bedroom.” (I don’t know about that...)

I’m not sure what to make of it. I still think I want those recognisable D&D elements in my mass combat rules which is what I liked about Greywulf’s Mass Combat Made Easy rules, which I had started using pretty quickly. I just discussed my current iteration yesterday. See 2019-03-28 Mass Combat. I talked about the other systems I’ve used on this blog back in 2016. See 2016-09-01 Mass Combat.

Yes, I think mass combat is important! 😀



Worth mentioning also is By this Axe by Chris Koutalik.

Anders H 2019-03-30 13:46 UTC

Is this not the one I mentioned in the 2016 post? The name is different, though. Back then I wrote: “By this Poleaxe by the Hydra Cooperative for “small-scale battles or skirmishes involving 15-120 combatants on each side”... I’d be interested to hear comparisons!” Have you used it? Do you have a report or some examples on a blog sonewhere that I could check out? I am I nterested, but I want to know more before buying and reading it all.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-03-30 20:31 UTC

Jeremy Friesen of Take on Rules writes about Daniel Collin's “Book of War”.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-03-31 09:28 UTC

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