Another feature of D&D that’s been bugging me is ranged combat. The game really seems to penalize players for wanting to fire a bow. The reduced overall damage is acceptable considering the ability to strike opponents who haven’t reached you yet, but there’s also a hefty feat cost in that you need to buy Point Blank Shot and Precise Shot or else take a -4 penalty to fire at any creature engaged in combat. Even then, an oft-overlooked rule imposes a further -4 “soft cover” penalty for shooting past an ally, carrying the risk of hitting your own man.
I’ve been speculating about a house rule that the Precise Shot feat grants the additional bonus of allowing you to ignore “soft cover”. There’s a feat which offers this, but forcing the player to take fully three feats just to mitigate the risk of friendly fire is very limiting on players who don’t have the feat slots to heavily specialise.