DBA Schedule for
Congress of Gamers organized by

The Washington Area DBA Gamers (WADBAG)

Highlights of DBV2008

De Bellis
Polos and T-Shirts

How to Get There

DBV was held at the Bauer Drive Community Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, in the Aspen Hill community of Rockville, Maryland.

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Doug Austin (DBV/Nile)
Chris Brantley (Nile)
David Kuijt (DBV/Nile)
David Schlanger (DBV/Nile)
Frank Popecki (DBV/Nile)
Rob Torres (DBV/Nile)
Jan Spoor (DBV/Nile)
Spencer Grinder (DBV/Nile)
Christine Ginder (DBV/Nile)
Marc Lauterbach (DBV/Nile)
Mike Byrne (DBV/Nile)
Gyula Pauer (DBV)
Jack Sheriff (DBV)
Peter Sheriff (DBV)
Gordon Stewart (DBV/Nile)


2009 DBA Open Tournament

The 5th annual "Wars of Washington, DC" DBA tournament was held on Saturday, 26 Sept. 2009 in conjunction with the Congress of Gamers gaming convention, at the Bauer Drive Community Center in Rockville, MD. 

Twelve contestants fought their way through four rounds of head-to-head play.  A number of atypical tournament armies were fielded and did quite well, including Bosporans, Trojans and Tarascans.

It was a wide-open field going into the final round...with no undefeated players.  The two points leaders David Schlanger (with Tarascans) and Jack Sheriff (with Trojans) squared off in a deciding match-up...but ran afoul of the clock and ended up with no decision.  David Schlanger earned enough points in the draw to tie with Spencer Ginder, and took overall honors based on his head-to-head win against Spencer in a previous round.  Spencer Ginder took second place honors.  With the results, both David and Spencer qualified for the NASAMW Invitational Tournament Championship next July at Historicon.  Gordon Stewart was the best DBV "first-timer" and Christine Ginder took the "Butcher's Award" with 25 elements of mayhem in four rounds of play. Full results and pictures coming soon, along with results of the Rulers of the Nile tournament fought that evening.

DBV Pictoral Highlights

Spencer Ginder (R) ponders his
next move against David Kuijt

Gordon Stewart (L) faces off
against Jack Sheriff

Jack Sheriff (L) takes on David Schlanger

Mike Bryne takes on Christine Ginder

Jan Spoor faces Gyula Pauer

David Schlanger (L) versus Rob Torres

The whole gamg, with David Kuijt facing Doug Austin in the foreground.

Prizes awarded:  David Schlanger took home a Corvus Belli Numidian army box, along with his DBV Champion polo.  Spencer Ginder got a matching pair of TerrainGuys DBA boards.  Christine Ginder took home a skull tower ZOC marker.  And as our "Junior" champ, Peter Sheriff took home a scratch-built Dark Ages BUA with working gate.

Congratulations to all the gamers and hope you had a good time.  De Bellis Vasingtonium will return in 2010.  Keep your eyes on the WADBAG website for details.


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon DBA Tutorial - Learn to play the Game

Here's your chance to learn more about the DBA (ancient wargaming) rules for fast, friendly gaming with miniatures. There will be ready to play games for beginners with armies deployed  for action, as well as help provided by experienced DBA gamers (The Two Davids).  Armies and Terrain will be provided (or bring your own for pick-up play). No DBA experience necessary!  Take your knowledge from the Tutorial and participate in the DBV Tourney and the Ruler of the Nile event.
Spend all day playing DBA!

Gamemasters: David Kuijt and David Schlanger

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. De Bellis Vasingtonium
DBA Open Tournament

5th Annual Washignton DC-area DBA Open Tournament and qualifier for the NASAMW's Invitational Championship Tournament at Historicon 2010.  Players may field 15mm scale armies from any DBA book. Initial pairings will be historical match-ups or contemporaneous armies where possible. Standard DBA rules, modified for 30 inch game boards and a special dismounting rule (Dismounting elements may only dismount in the first bound).  Newbies are welcome, but encouraged to participate in the DBA tutorial.  Prizes to 1st and 2nd place, Best DBV first-timer, and the "Jack the Butcher" prize for most mayhem. 

Gamemaster:  Chris Brantley

6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Ruler of the Nile
DBA Special Theme Tournament

10 player limit. Armies and terrain will be provided.
5 players will play as Egyptian (Chosen of Ra). 5 players will play as enemies of Egypt (Despoilers).
Players will rotate through 5 historical DBA battles with terrain and deployment preset.

Battle 1 - The Third Cataract 2003BC
Battle 2 - Quadesh 1300BC
Battle 3 - Battle for the Ark 1227BC
Battle 4 - The Fields of Per-yer 1231BC
Battle 5 - Sea Peoples Invasion of the Nile 1189BC

There will be an Egyptian winner, as well as a Despoiler winner.  Standard DBA rules. Some DBA Experience Required.

Gamemasters: David Kuijt and David Schlanger (WADBAG)

P.S. see highlights of a previous version of this tournament, run in 2005 at Historicon.

WADBAG events are designed to be Newbie-friendly...so if you have an interest in ancient/medieval wargaming, want to learn more about DBA, or just want to try something different, plan to stop on by. 

Last Updated: 14 December 2009

Contact: Chris Brantley, brant@erols.com.