- Case 1: the attackers that are in melee with him <- resolved below
- Case 2: another target while he is engaged in melee
Case 2 I ruled as option one, but we discussed that there are possibilities to be able to fire at distant target with penalties while evading attacks (since you have no penalties on Defense rolls).Projectile weapons in close combat. Clarification: a projectile weapon can't be fired in close combat. The archer either has to choose to Break Combat (p. 161 (Note, probably swedish version)) or change weapons (a movement action for most weapons, albeit not for weapons with the Short quality as they are drawn as a free action). Defense is not affected by having a projectile weapon in your hands while in close combat.
Did you have such case, how you rules out?