I am a brand new player and have a couple of questions with regards to tackle zones and assists, I would be grateful for some help.
If I am within a tackle zone or a few due to the opponent moving into me on their turn etc, on my turn if I move within the tackle zone do I make a Dodge roll? From what I can fathom, I could potentially circle an oppenent players 8 squares without rolling for Dodge, but as soon as I leave the tackle zone(s) I will have to roll? Is that correct understanding?
Yes, you only make a Dodge roll when you are moving from a square which is in a tackle zone. The square you move to will affect if there are any modifiers to that roll.
But if you are just moving from a safe square into a square with a tackle zone, you don't make a Dodge roll for that. However, moving from a tackle zone square to another tackle zone square - you still need to make a Dodge roll.
My second question relates to assists. If I am blitzing or blocking an enemy player, who has a player directly in the square behind them so they then affect my strength modifier? Or does the assisting player need to be within line of sight to assist?
In order to assist a tackle, the player must not be in anyone else's tackle zone (of opposing team) and must be adjacent to the opposing team's player making the block. So standing directly behind a teammate would not help them assuming the block was coming from straight on. But standing next to them would.