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The following page collects "unofficial" variant rules for DBA games, campaigns and tournaments. Variant rules are offered to add variety to the game and/or to allow players to integrate what they believe are appropriate tactics and "historical" army capabilities not currently provided for in the official DBA rules. They are labeled "unofficial" because they are not in the published DBA rules or sanctioned by an official DBA-related body. Therefore, players should not expect to use them when playing in DBA convention tournaments or other organized competitions unless provided for by the tournament umpire. Similarly, players should also agree in advance on what special rules variants are applicable before beginning a friendly one-on-one game or campaign.

Lest you think that any of these are ever likely to receive the official blessing of DBA's authors, here is what Phil Barker has to say on the subject of variant rules:

Local amendments to the rules have proved disastrous in the past and should be avoided. Good rule writing requires fine balance and attention to detail, and even small changes can have large unexpected results.
DBA 3.0 Specific Variants
Solo DBA
Army Composition
Troop Types and Formations

Nationality-Based Troop/Formation Variants

Set-Up and Deployment
Initiative/Sequence of Play
Command and Control
Tactical Movement
Distance Shooting
Close Combat
Combat Outcomes and Outcome Movements
Victory Conditions
Big Battle/Huge Battle DBA

Big Battle DBA (Pre-DBA 2.0)

Miscellaneous Variants

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Last Updated:  18 August 2015

Comments, suggested additions, and/or critiques welcome.
Direct them to Chris Brantley at IamFanaticus@gmail.com.