I am still finishing the reading of the book, and I haven't played yet the game. So this is a theoretical question.
Since the maximum number of manoeuvres is fixed to 2 per round, is it feasible to reach melee combat in a "classical front charge" in an open ground?
If for example two contenders meet each other at long range, contender A only with melee weapons and contender B with a range weapon.
Supose A has the initiative, he uses the free manoeuvre to move once and he foregoes his action to move once more, he is now at medium from contender B. Now is B's turn, he is at medium range from A and he decides to fire his weapon. Afterwards, he uses his free manoeuvre to move backwards, plus spends two strain to obtain a manoeuvre and move once more. A and B are again back to long distance.
A trys to get close again by moving twice, he is at medium again. During B's turn he fires (uses any rolled advantages to recover strain for example) and moves backwards two range distances again.
And so on and so on.
Ok, I understand in EotE is a bad idea runnig around without any ranged weapon, and it is also a bad idea to engage an opponent in an open field, but from the mechanical point of view, is it correct the situation I propose?
Another "wierd" situation arises if this time contender A ambushes contender B anf they star for example at medium distnace. A uses his free manoeubre to get to close and then spends two strain to engage B. Then he attacks with his remaining action (and uses any advantage to recover strain for example). B wants to flee from the combat so he disengages, then he suffers 2 strain to get to medium and then he fires (and uses any rolled advantage to recover strain). During A's turn, he repeats his previous turn, moves, engages B and attacks. And so on and so on, can't B flee?