I'm trying to understand the flow of combat, and one thing bugs me (this may just be because I come from a highly explicit/tactical game like pathfinder):
The first orc bandit chooses to attack Arbosh as his
action. His attack is successful.
The third orc chooses movement for his action in
order to get within attack distance of Geron (see
Determine Attack Distance, page 230) to engage him in
close combat in the next round.
Distances we never explicitly declared, I assume Geron and Arbosh approached the clearing side by side and found the orcs side by side. The first orc is able to make an attack, implying he is starting within 2 meters. Why does the third orc have to close the distance?
Movement is listed as a possible free action, couldn't it have moved and then attacked (p. 228)?
Edit: more rules quotes, typos
In each combat round, every
combatant can perform one action, one or more defenses,
and one free action.