We're a group of four players new to Pen & Paper with a seasoned game master. Up to now we haven't had any active contact with magic skills during combats. Due to a mixture of bad tactical decisions on our end and dice rolls in favour of NPCs, another player and I died twice in four sessions. My new character is a warrior mage (not exactly sure on the translation, since our rules are in German), so now magic comes into the fray. The idea is to play as a ranged fighter with ideally two attacks per turn.

My question

Using a compound bow, "quicken" spells and maybe damage spells, how am I most useful to my companions while surviving the next battles? How should I position myself, which distance should I keep, which targets should I pick, etc.

I know that this is more of a strategy question and might be a bit hard to answer.

I am trying to optimize combat effectiveness and survival.

If I remember right my new character knows the following tables:

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you a warrior that bought spells? Or are you a ranger, possibly a dabbler? That will make a difference in possible answers. And yes, including the knowledge your character already has will help. \$\endgroup\$ – JohnP Jul 3 '19 at 15:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ No, warrior mage is an actual profession introduced in Companion II. Tables incoming. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik Jul 3 '19 at 20:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'll take a look. I don't think we used that in our campaign, but I have played Rolemaster with one of the original authors as a GM. (Appeal to authority :p) \$\endgroup\$ – JohnP Jul 3 '19 at 20:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BlackSpike: That seems like it should be an answer rather than a comment. As such, I have deleted. See this meta: Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Jul 4 '19 at 0:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ My edit was mostly for format, and I think I have captured the focus of this question in the order that I placed what you are trying to optimize for. Did I understand that correctly? \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jul 10 '19 at 12:25