JM and I have been playing some play-by-email games using the DBA 2.2+ rules modifications found on the WADBAG site. The play by e-mail board is available on the Fanaticus forums and JM’s blog. It’s intended for use with Inkscape, a free, open-source vector drawing application.
Since each game results in a series of .svg files representing each turn, it’s easy to automatically turn them into an animation. I know that some people don’t prefer to see the turns go by so quickly without being able to pause the animation to look at the details, but I just think they look cool. They also give an overall feel of the pace and flow of a battle, without diving down into the individual combats.
Here are the two animations I’ve done so far. Click on the thumbnails to view the animated full scale versions.
|Georgians (bottom) vs Konstantinian Byzantines (top).
|Tibetans (bottom) vs. Hindu Indian c, other (top).