One of the advantages of DBA is the ability to play a series of games in a short amount of time. With each game typically lasting an hour evening games in an otherwise busy week, or perhaps a small gaming events in an afternoon at a club among a number of players, become very pleasant and relaxing exercises. Other situations for DBA games also exist, such as this afternoon where my son and I had four very enjoyable games on a hot summer’s afternoon.
Our first two games involved my recently painted Polybian Romans engaged against his Gallic host. These Romans are true veterans, dating back to version DBA 1.0 and with many games of DBA and then DBM under their belt. However, with the release of DBA 3.0 they have been repainted and over recent weeks have engaged a number of opponents.
Alas, their commanders are of indifferent skill, suffering defeat in equal quantity to victory. Indeed, in today’s games they won and then lost a battle in succession suggesting that the senate must appoint another consul before they can take the field again. At least the manpower of Rome supports the occasional defeat!
Above, the second game where the Romans have massed their cavalry on their left flank and attempt to break the Gallic right flank. The triarii are shown in reserve before they advanced. These games were followed by two Successor encounters. This time between my Asiatic Successor army (Demetrius Poliorcetes) and my son’s Lysmachid Successor. The first engagement found Demetrius reacting to an Lysmachid invasion.
After an initial stand-off, where Lysmachus (right) refused to attack a well-defended enemy, waited until Demetrius (left) was forced to abandon his position and attack. No doubt to stop Lysmachus’ troops from ravaging the province and disrupting the harvest! Unfortuntely Demetrius was soundly defeated for his troubles.
However, in the following campaign season, or in DBA terms the following game, Demetrius assembled a new army and counter-attacked gaining a stunning victory. These two Successors will clearly be continuing their struggles, though other Successors, such as Seleucids, are also known to be preparing armies. Such are the strengths of DBA…