I think that given recent threads by folks who cannot seem to get past the "paralysis by analysis" phase, this video series is highly informative, extremely useful for newbies, and shows the practicalities of the game in action. I think this is a critical and valuable antidote to the dry, mostly purely theoretical discussions of edge-case "what ifs" that rarely present themselves in live play.
While DBx rule-dissection is a fine pursuit for those who have perhaps burned themselves out doing software engineering, fighting corporate case law, or proving theorems, for the rest of us practical gamers, we seem to get along just fine. And the edge cases such as do occur, rarely, if ever, cause a problem that cannot be reasonably solved by two reasonable gamers.
DBA 3 is a fine set of rules. I have seen heated debates on the meaning and intent of all manner of rulesets, even those written in so-called "plain English" (whatever the hell that means). DBA could be clearer. This is true. But at some point the law of diminishing returns sets in.
Seems to me like we may be approaching that point. Would DBA ever be the perfect set of rules? For the long, lonely struggle of two guys who spent a hell of a lot of time searching for that perfect set, see Shauns Wargaming, and Prufrockian Gleanings.
No military commander ever has exactly what he needs for the job at hand. No manager ever has the budget or exactly the team needed. At some point, we pays our money, takes our chances, and we just get on with it.
So Tony, your videos are delightful, fun, have given me deployment, terrain and camp ideas, and are a total hit with my 5 year old son!
Nothing was actually skipped. Lighthorse group contacted the single element. Then following the rule for conforming, the individual element lined up edge to edge corner to corner with the front light horse. "A single element contacted by a group conforms to it unless itself entirely in bad and/or rough going in which case the group conforms."
conforming is not a two-stage process. There is contact and then the Element that must conform does so. Your first and third diagrams illustrate this perfectly.
Post by Michael Demko on Dec 18, 2017 18:17:55 GMT
I can be somewhat lawyerly myself, but I do respect someone's request not to be drawn into that. Tony's videos are great, and I don't think we should be directly or by implication holding him and his friends responsible for resolving every point of confusion that the greater DBA community has about the rules.
I asked a question on one of his videos about rules, but I will refrain from doing so going forward. I enjoy the videos greatly, and would hate to be part of the reason they stopped.
There is a section of this forum for discussing rules, and we should probably keep the rule lawyering to that section of the forum, where people can choose to participate or not.
One of the really nice things about your videos (please don't stop) it that it lets you see many other armies in action. I own relatively few armies and certainly no Early Armenian, Pergamene or Kappadokian.....so it was really good to see them in action and then look at where figures may be sourced from etc. I do like the Xyston Kappadokians.....Hmmmm.
I would not be that bothered about rule questions when they arise. I learn far more about DBA 3.0 from playing other people and learning how they play. Your videos are another way of learning and playing the game vicariously. So as long as it is pleasant, constructive and friendly I think it helps. So please keep them coming!