Battles Before Time is a prehistoric fantasy miniatures skirmish game for 28mm figures (as well as plastic dinosaurs & giant mammals). 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 the printed book you'll receive. It's 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. Downloadable PDFs of both Part One & Part Two are included with your purchase of the rulebook (Part One).
Players can use one of the pre-made warbands provided in Part Two, 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 “stone draw” system that’s used to resolve actions).
So, stop shaving! Stop bathing! Grab a club, and let’s rock & roll!