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The Unofficial Guide to DBA

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The Unofficial Guide to DBA (edition 2.2)  has two main goals. First, the authors hope that newcomers to DBA will find it a bit easier to jump in. While there is no substitute for sitting down and playing a game with an experienced player, having an accessible explanation available can only serve to broaden the reach of DBA.

Second, we also hope to capture what we see as the mainstream of how DBA is actually played. It is written by a group of active players and written with the community of active players in mind. If it makes it a little easier for gamers with different backgrounds to play with a common understanding of the rules, then we have been successful in our aim.

Current Version: February 2006

The Unofficial Guide to DBA -- Formatted for single-sided printing.

The Unofficial Guide to DBA -- Formatted for double-sided printing.

Spanish Translation - Courtesy of La Armada

Unofficial FAQ

How often will the guide be updated?

We don't anticipate making many changes to the guide. If necessary, we'll update it to correct any errors or omissions that may be found. Or if any sections turn out to be less clear than we've hoped they would be. Other than that, we expect the guide to stay in its current form.

What about all the things that weren't covered?

There were many quirky situations that we couldn't cover in the guide and still keep it to a reasonable length. And there will certainly be new questions that come up over time. To address these questions we'll soon be putting together The Great Big Book of DBA Examples. The Big Book will provide a boatload of examples, each with a diagram and a detailed explanation. Unlike the guide, it's intended to be a work-in-progress, growing to cover more and more over time. We anticipate making the Big Book available both as a pdf and on-line.

I've found something that's wrong. Or missing. Or unclear. How do I let you know?

We welcome input on the guide. Please pass along anything you think is wrong or missing or unclear. Or if you just have a suggestion. You can contact us at

Can I make a copy of the guide, or pass it along to someone else?

You can copy and distribute the guide however you like, as long as you're not doing it for commercial purposes.

Is the guide available in a printed version?

Not at this point. However, it's easy to have it printed. In the United States, Kinko's will print a double-sided, coil-bound copy of the guide for about $15.

Last Updated: 12 August 2006