The following originated as a comment on Comments on 2008-01-13 Belflin Goes To Arcadia and was inspired by Monte Cook’s ideas regarding running combat without miniatures.
How to run a D&D 3.5 fight without a battlemap?
- Split the fight up into little groups, usually such that it’s a n:1 situation unless people are fighting back-to-back.
- No attacks of opportunity against spell casters and archers unless you’re in difficult terrain or fighting foes with reach. You can always do a five foot step into safety.
- Moving to another group provokes attacks of opportunity from the guys you’re leaving.
- If you stick to your group, you can do full attacks.
- If you’re alone in your group against two or more, you’re flanked.
- You only get covers from ranged attacks if you’re flanked.
- Don’t ignore “into melee” for ranged attacks.
- Ignore movement speed unless you’re chasing fugitives.
You can still use sketches. They will inevitably end up looking similar to this one:
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