Combat Round Phases:
- Attack, ranged weapons only
- Attack, melee or ranged weapons
- Cast spells and other actions
In initiative order all sides complete each phase before anyone goes onto next phase.
Each character may act in only one phase. In other words a character can do one thing and one thing only per round. "Thing" being move or attack or cast spell or something else such as use wand, drink potion, flip table over and use as cover, etc.
Ranged Attacks: Option to "fire" in phase 1 thus pin-cushioning the silly knights before they charge. Or to hold fire until phase 3, a sort of "opportunity fire". Waiting to see who's threating who or what targets are left standing.
Movement: Standard move distance is 30'. Charge, rather than provide to hit/damage bonus is an exception to "act in only one phase". Charging allows move in move phase and melee attack in same rounds attack phase. Initiative order is preserved so if you win initiative you might be able to whack charger before their attack.
Seems fast and fluid. Compatible with group or individual initiative. Fewer "moving parts" and "do only one thing" should make player turns shorter and thus reduce how long each player sits waiting until it's there time to do something. Getting things done with "we go / they go" and ability to do only one thing will require strategery. Rather than just running up and bopping wizard on head, will have to combine initiative with encircling/chasing down spell boy. At least I think it will be like that. Jonesing to try this out!