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Too lazy - I mean busy, yeah, busy - to look this up myself right now

Pole arms with reach. Longspears, guisarmes, etc. Can you attack someone on the far side of an occupied square or hex? For example. I am A, armed with a longspear. My paladin buddy is B. My target is Goblin G.

X-X-X
A-B-G
X-X-X

X-X-G
X-B-X
A-X-X

X-X-G
X-B-X
X-A-X

Can I attack Goblin G in any of those circumstances? Does Goblin G gain cover against my attack? Would the situation change if B was another goblin and not friendly to me? Would the situation change if B was a bulky inanimate object such as a tree or a pillar of rock?

I've been allowing it with no penalty, mostly for simplicity's sake, in my game. I feel like standing behind your heavily armored buddy with a pike should be an effective tactic in D&D, since it was such an effective tactic in ancient Earth. But I'm starting to feel like the target should get a cover bonus. Anyone have any comments?

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