Babylon 5 Wars (informally known as B5W) is a science fiction tabletop miniature wargame, produced by the gaming company Agents of Gaming. Play centers on miniature figurines based the TV show Babylon 5. In 1999, it was nominated for the Origins Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures Rules. The miniature produced of the Babylon 5 station was also nominated and won the award for "Best Vehicle Miniature of 1999" of the same year.
The second edition was produced less than one year later. In it were several key rules revisions and clarifications. Some players were angry due to the double dipping of rulebooks, but most were happy with a now playable game.
Over the life span of the game many supplements were released. With the supplements many new races and ships came about.
Due to the cancellation of the Babylon 5 television show Agents of Gaming chose not to renew their contract. The game is officially dead and with the new B5-based game being produced by Mongoose Publishing, an official comeback is unlikely.
However, a relatively strong player-base continues to produce new, free content for the game system.
The game is broken down into turns. Each player interacts in a turn at the same time. A die roll with certain bonuses determines movement order. Actions such as drift; power usage, electronic warfare, thrust, and fighter operations must be done every turn. A turn can be very long and complex. Some turns can take up to hours depending on fleet sizes.
Supplied by supplements and rules expansions historic scenarios can also be played out. In a scenario, specific fleet composition is spelled out for each player along with map geography and objectives.
The only current source for B5W miniatures is online auction houses and discount bins at local gaming stores. Mongoose gaming is now producing some of the line of miniatures using, in many cases, the exact same molds that Agents of Gaming used to produce them.
Please also note that there are a large number of races, both canon and non-canon, that have been made and developed unofficially. These include the canon Drakh and Lumati, possible takes on an independent Mars, and many more. Conversions have also been made to bring fleets from other universes into the game, including the TV shows Star Trek and BattleStar Galactica, as well as computer games such as FreeSpace and Star Control. See the external links below for more details.