Wizards in possession of magic powers can cast a fire ball once very other turn. The distance is 24" and the hit is determined by a 6" grid with a 24" burst circle. Any figure under the burst are killed except HEROES or ANTI-HEROES who are saved by a throw of a 5 or a 6. A dragon hit by a fire ball is driven away and will not attack the wizard's side for one turn.Et voilà la formulation de la Fire Ball dans Chainmail (je n'ai que la 3e édition p. 31) :
A Wizard can throw either of two types of missile (select which before play begins). A fire ball, equal in hit area to the large catapult hit area, or a lightning bolt, 3/4" wide by 6" long, with an attack value equal to a heavy field gun, are the two missile types employed. These missiles will destroy any men or creatures which are struck by them, with certain exceptions noted below. Both types of missiles can be thrown up to 24", direct or indirect fire, with range being called before the hit pattern is placed. The center of the fire ball is placed down at the number of inches called. The head of the lightning bolt is placed at the number of inches called, so that its body extends 6" behind it in a straight line from the Wizard who threw it.
Fire Ball: A missile which springs from the finger of the Magic-User. It explodes with a burst radius of 2" (slightly larger than specified in CHAINMAIL). In a confined space the Fire Ball will generally conform to the shape of the space (elongate or whatever). The damage caused by the missile will be in proportion to the level of its user. A 6th level Magic-User throws a 6-die missile, a 7th a 7-die missile, and so on. (Note that Fire Balls from Scrolls (see Volume II) and Wand are 6-die missiles and those from Staves are 8-die missiles. Duration: 1 turn. Range: 24"Ceux qui disent que le fait de lancer du feu est générique ne voit pas les analogies dans la formulation (notamment cette idée de zone d'effet quand elle éclate). Il y a une "sensibilité au sentier" où ces deux petites pages de Patt ont clairement influencé ce sortilège si caractéristique.