Hi, Not technically DBA rules, but the pre-DBA ruleset known as DBSA from 1989.
I have a scan of these from long ago, which is quite untidy and difficult to read, so I set about 'restoring' them by retyping and resetting them. I have done my best to match the original font, size, and leading. I haven't gone as far as adjusting the kerning between each word/letter, as that seemed like overkill. I have set it out on traditional 'letter-sized' paper rather than A4, as that appears to be the size it was originally typed on, and I sense that is probably right for Phil back in 1989, but if anyone knows better, feel free to correct me.
I hope I am not breaking any copyright issues by posting these, but the text of these rules are hosted elsewhere on the internet, also Phil has made DBA 1 freely available. (Mods feel free to remove the post if it causes any issues.)
A fascinating document and it is remarkable how this ruleset has evolved from this basic iteration. I find it interesting how many of the central tenets have been retained and how, for instance, combat values have ebbed and flowed over the editions. Wb a +3 against everything... 😁
The fact that rivers were ‘defined’ as not being good or bad going tickled me, after all the debates that have raged on this topic 😉🤣
I always took these to be a one-off ruleset for a specific event which were well-received and later grew, but thinking about it, and reading the paragraph at the botton of the first page, it's pretty clear that development of DBA was well underway. Far more likely that this was a stripped back version to simplify things as no-one had ever played it before, and it was to test the basic mechanisms in an actual tournament. No doubt feedback from this event influenced the actual release just months later, but I think it's safe to say this DBSA version also served as an advert, or free sample to let everyone know what DBA was like.
I ran a few wargaming sessions at my son's primary school a couple of years ago using DBA 3. In hindsight, I think I would have preferred to run it using this set as a bare-bones starter,with enough of the game there, but without all the special clauses and detail from the full game.