Thursday, January 14, 2010

Off to Chicago...



...for Hordes of the Things (H.O.T.T.)! I'll be meeting Michael Shorten (Chgowiz) for a game at Games Plus. I've owned a copy for years but haven't played yet! It should be fun!

7 comments:

mikemonaco said...

Have fun!

HOTT is a great rules set. Love the description of orcs, and barbarians ("enjoy old fashioned sports like headhunting and world conquest").

I played more DBA than HOTT, but enough to really prefer them to any other fantasy rules, and I've tried many of them. (Battlesystem, Fantasy Warriors, Warhammer 2nd-5th ed., etc.)

Atom Kid said...

This'll be my first time trying it, but it looks really simple and fun! I need to try out DBA sometime.

What's the difference between DBA and the other DB games?

mikemonaco said...

DBA and HOTT are MUCH simpler, from what I've seen. (DBA is actually even simpler than HOTT in some respects, as it has no magic and points costs, all armies are 12 elements (or 24 or 36 ... if you play a variant with 1 army = 1 command).

DBM adds troop quality (regular/irregular, superior/inferior/exception) thus making a much large variety of troop types, and more special case rules. It is designed for large armies with 100s rather than dozens of miniatures too. I have not actually tried those rules, but I did buy them to make sense of some a Middle Earth DBM variant I found online. More recently DBM has been revised into DBMM which I have not, alas, had a chance to see at all, but I understand it is a little simpler in some ways. DBR is for Renaissance and includes guns and cannons but is similar to DBM, I think.

Atom Kid said...

Thanks Mike, that clarifies things a bit. I was at my local game store and they didn't have DBA but they did have DBM and the other variants. I'll just have to order DBA.

By the way, have you tried Armati? I've got the orifinal rules and haven't played that either. So many games, so little time. :)

mikemonaco said...

No, haven't tried Armati. I've heard good things about it though. I with you on the preference for really simple rules, though, and HOTT are probably the simplest mass-battle set there is. (There are probably even simpler skirmish-level rules but I'd just use D&D for fantasy). I'd like to give the original Chainmail rules a go some time too but I understand the fantasy supplement is really more skirmish/1:1.

mikemonaco said...

So, how did it go?

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