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Does 5e large scale battle exist in spreadsheet form, or is it more ethereal like making strategic and creative decisions and inspiring the DM in roleplay?

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There are no 'Official' rules published on managing mass combat for D&D 5E. However, Wizards of the Coast has published Unearthed Arcana (unofficial/playtest) material for handling mass combat

https://media.wizards.com/2017/dnd/downloads/2017_UAMassCombat_MCUA_v1.pdf

Bear in mind that this is playtest material and may not be well balanced. The ruleset is simulation-based where units of soldiers/creatures/etc. are abstracted as 'Units' of varying size and strength. You then run battle between these units.

I have not personally used these rules, and cannot speak to how well they work.

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