Man, I wish I'd had this last week when I started reading B/X. Not that the books are too bad by any means, but it would've been nice to have it all cleanly organized from the get-go.
So I want to ask: can someone help me understand how combat is supposed to flow in B/X? 'Cause a few things seem unclear to me...
At the top of each round, you roll initiative to see which side will act first that round. But... before this, anyone who wants to do a fighting withdrawal or retreat during the round has to declare their intention, and... spellcasters maybe have to declare if/what they're going to cast that round?
So you determine initiative, and the winning side goes first. Does each member of that side then take a complete turn, one at a time? Or do you do it in phases, like, everybody on that side moves, then everybody on that side who wants to fire missiles does so, etc.?
Either way, once the entire side has acted, the other side gets to do the same. There's no acting out of turn, no "attacks of opportunity"... except I swear in one of the examples, it's specifically mentioned that a PC, with a ranged weapon drawn, being charged by an enemy melee combatant, is allowed to fire on the enemy before melee is engaged...
While we're at it, let me know if there are any other important aspects of the combat rules I might be overlooking. I'm a little unclear on some of this stuff.