Blows per Round

The number of blows struck per melee round is a fascinating and crucial topic for D&D combat. CHAINMAIL’s Man-to-Man Combat rules and the infamous re-rendering of the same in Holmes Basic D&D immediately come to mind. Although the Holmes version is more accessible, it is also more fraught. As published, the Holmes Basic D&D rulebook… Continue reading Blows per Round

Movement in Combat

Holmes’ second combat example is one of the few detailed explanations of early D&D combat. That it was also edited by Gygax lends it a certain gravitas, but there are two main difficulties with this example, which are: Movement rates, The rate of bow fire. In this post, I’ll discuss movement rates. In a follow-up… Continue reading Movement in Combat