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Battles Before Time is a prehistoric fantasy miniatures skirmish game for 28mm figures (as well as plastic dinosaurs & giant mammals that more or less fit with 28mm cavemen). The game is set in an alternate prehistory where our Human ancestors – the Early Modern Humans, or Emohs for short – rub elbows with Neanderthals, Dino sapiens (dinosaur men), Florz (small Emohs), & other species. Dinosaurs, huge mammals, & monsters also roam the Earth, & shamans can use powerful magic.

The game consists of two parts. Part One is 24 pages long; it contains the rules (the core rules are only seven pages long) as well as a guide to the cavemen & creatures that will make up your warband. Warbands include cavemen or dinosaur men who can purchase special abilities, weapons, armor, cavepunk items, & spells. Warbands can also include heroes, dinosaurs, mammals, prehistoric “birds”, aquatic beasts, & prehistoric monsters.

Part One begins with an Introduction & Game Overview. Next, scale, items needed to play, & information on setting up the game are presented. The rules themselves have the following sections: Game Turns & Actions, Actions When Activated, Darwinian Measurement, Movement, Going Prone, Language (or the Lack Thereof), Stones & Stone Draws, Contests, Combat, Doing Damage, Area Effect Attacks, Panic, & End of the Game/Victory!

Next, Part One covers how to make your warband. There's information about units & unit types (mostly Packs of Grunts), crew & riders, & heroes. After that, you'll find out about how to use beast masters to control the huge variety of prehistoric beasts included.

To defend your cavemen against these creatures, you'll find lots of prehistoric weapons, armor, cavepunk technology, standards, torches, & watercraft. You can also include shamans, who cast magic spells.

Part Two contains detailed instructions on how to create your warband. Players can use one of the pre-made warbands provided, or can create their own balanced warbands using a simple point build system. Part Two is 63 pages long & includes templates, more than 100 unit cards, all the tokens you’ll need (though it is strongly recommended that you purchase cheap glass beads for the simple “stone draw” system that’s used to resolve actions), a terrain placement guide, & measuring sticks. You supply the cavemen, dinosaurs, & other prehistoric figures, & we'll give you a fun excuse to play with them on a tabletop!

So, stop shaving! Stop bathing! Grab a club, and let’s rock & roll!

Note: a printed version is now available from The Game Crafter ( for $8.99.

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Robert L December 23, 2019 9:28 am UTC
Hi Martin, the "@" symbol means "each", so that's the cost for 1 figure of that type. The "+" symbol means that the figure's base cost is listed, so you will need to spend more points to add equipment, abilities, etc. Please let me know if you have any other questions, and I hope you enjoy them!
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Martin G December 23, 2019 2:34 am UTC
What do the “@“ and “+” symbols mean on the cost chart in part 1?

These look like a lot of fun. I will hopefully get to run a game soon.
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Michael T June 10, 2016 9:40 pm UTC
Will there be a print edition?
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Robert L June 10, 2016 9:59 pm UTC
Thanks for asking, Michael! Yes, Part One will definitely be printed soon - I'm waiting for a revised proof, and if that looks good it will be available within a couple weeks (initially on Game Crafter, but I'm looking at other options too, so I welcome recommendations). It will be $9.99 on Game Crafter - that's the cheapest price they allow for a "jumbo booklet" this size.

I'm not planning to print Part Two, since most players (at least those I've heard from) would rather just print the material they need rather than pay for a book that size. I'd be happy to do a POD if there is enough interest, but the cost will be more than 2x the cost of Part One due to the page count.

Rob "Lug" Lusk
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Robert L June 20, 2016 11:38 pm UTC
The proofs look great, so the print version just went up for sale on The Game Crafter at Price is $8.99 (I was able to lower the price a bit by cutting out the point costs, which are still in the PDFs). Both PDFs are included with the purchase.
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Michael T June 22, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
Sounds good! What distinguishes this from the Savage Worlds version? In fact, why did you do both?
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Robert L June 23, 2016 6:00 am UTC
Again, thanks for asking! For those who may not be familiar with it, the first version of the Sticks & Stones game that I coauthored was a miniatures game published by Jeff Valent Studios a number of years ago. It used the Savage Worlds Showdown! skirmish engine. When Jeff closed this business the rules were no longer available. While Jade Tower subsequently published the Sticks & Stones RPG using the Savage Worlds role playing system, I decided to redo the minis game using a completely new action/combat resolution system (the Showdown! system had subsequently been revised, so the rules would have needed a number of revisions anyhow).While many of the characters and creatures were taken from Sticks & Stones, they were updated/modified based on years of playtesting, and streamlined to fit the simpler "stone draw" system used to resolve actions in Battles Before Time. I also added a number of new Dinos and prehistoric mammals.

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