On this page you will find links to DBM resources on the web, information on DBM at the DGG and the DGG DBM player rankings. Click on the links below to go straight to the desired section.

17-Jan -2002: This page has moved to iworg.com and this version will no longer be updated.

[What is DBM?] [DBM Resources on the Web] [DBM Resources here] [DBM at DGG]
[DBM Swiss Chess Tournaments] [WEST Download] [DGG DBM Player Rankings]
[DGG DBM Competitions Page] [Gallery of DGG Player's DBM Armies]

See the Middle Earth Madness Competition Report

What is DBM?

DBM stands for De Bellis Multitudinis, a set of wargame rules for the "Ancients" period 3000BC-1500AD. It is published by WRG (Wargames Research Group) who have developed the most popular rules for Ancients since the early 70's. WRG also publishes a number of other rulesets related to DBM: DBA (fast-play ancients), DBR (renaissance), Hordes of the Things (fast-play fantasy) and DBF (fantasy). Collectively these rules are known as the DBx family. All of these rulesets use similar mechanics which are based on six-sided dice, no record keeping and quick-flowing game play that models a large battle (10-30,000 men a side). Although the fundamentals of DBM are easily grasped, the game is difficult to master and it rewards practice, tactical skill and good luck!

DBM Resources on the Web

There are lots of sites with DBM material, figure reviews, historical background, etc. I've just included a few here, you can use the links on these sites (particularly the DBA Resource Page and Society of Ancients Pages)

DBM Resources Here

Most of these handy things have been found somewhere on the web. Apologies to anyone not credited or incorrectly credited (mail me and I will make any corrections).

DBM at DGG

DBM is relatively new at DGG but fortunately we have a core of experienced players and a number of DBM events are happening/planned.

DBM Swiss Chess Tournaments

How do you use swiss chess to run a tournament? What is it anyway? These questions and more answered. Coming soon....

WEST (a Wargamer's Easy Swiss-chess Tool)

WEST now has its own homepage. See it at http://www.iworg.com/west

DGG DBM Player Ratings

This section contains the results of our DGG DBM league. Rather than running a traditional league we are just playing pickup games down at the club with whatever opponents are available. The results from these games are fed into David Young's DBM rating software to evaluate our relative positions. This allows flexability as no specific games need to be scheduled.

The rating system used is David Young's Glicko DBM Rating system. This is a derivation of the statistical system used internationally to rate chess players. It is already in use in Australia to rank DBM players. See the Australian DBM Ratings Page for more info.

Each player has a numerical rating value which starts at 2000 for unrated players. In addition an alphabetic rating reliability category (from A = most reliable to E = least reliable) is recorded. As more games are played the reliability value increases. We may eventually exclude the ratings of players whose reliability is too low (just until they've played enough games to be included). Finally some stats on the player are also included for fun!

Standing data follows for players that have a DGG DBM Glicko rating (in rating order). All standings are as at : 17 Jan 2002

Name Rating Reliability Category Number of Games Wins Losses Ties Win Percentage Points For Points Against Average Points
Terry Trench 2309 E 7 5 2 0 71 49 21 7.0
Rob Brennan 2201 C 20 11 5 4 55 125 75 6.2
Alex Moran 2178 E 7 2 2 3 29 34 36 4.9
Tony Walsh 2175 D 13 6 2 5 46 87 43 6.7
Alec McTurk 2170 E 5 3 2 0 60 29 21 5.8
Donal Coghlan 2131 D 9 5 2 2 56 57 33 6.3
Paul Dalton 2121 C 22 12 7 3 55 129 91 5.9
Phil Sherlock 2052 C 17 7 5 5 41 95 75 5.6
Padraig Bracken 2019 C 17 3 9 5 18 62 108 3.6
Eric Nolan 1996 C 23 8 11 4 35 103 127 4.5
Eamon Honan 1962 E 2 0 1 1 0 7 13 3.5
Cian Merne 1951 E 7 2 5 0 29 23 47 3.3
Maithieu Bentot 1899 E 7 2 4 1 29 23 47 3.3
Peter Rush 1888 E 3 0 1 2 0 11 19 3.7
JP Chapleau 1871 E 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 0.0
Didier Nicolle 1864 E 2 0 1 1 0 5 15 2.5
Mark Roache 1811 E 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 0.0
Vinnie Carpenter 1786 E 3 0 3 0 0 1 29 0.3
Dara Cullen 1705 E 2 0 2 0 0 0 20 0.0

David Young's Glicko Rating system is now being used to rate all Irish DBM players, see the Irish DBM Ratings Page for more information.

You can email either the DGG president, Dave Clifford (dave.clifford@searchalot.com) or webmaster Rob Brennan (brennanr@iworg.com).

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