De Bellis Solitarius is a simple, deceptively elegant (and free!) variant of the DBA ruleset designed to provide straightforward solo battles for the ancient/medieval wargamer. It revolves around the concept of a ‘non-player general’ (NPG), and incorporates a deployment engine and a simple tactical engine which governs the conduct of the NPG’s troops during the course of the battle. It can be used ‘straight’, or adapted for different scenarios and periods. I find it particularly useful for those times when all I want is a quick, easy game with straightforward set-up and a ‘virtual’ opponent who is capable of responding to the changing fortunes of battle – as in the Norse landing-party scenario pictured above.
De Bellis Solitarius provides a ‘bare bones’ tactical engine which has great potential for further development, and for adaptation to other rulesets. Hordes of the Things is an obvious candidate for the DBS treatment!
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