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Improved Round Table Initiative

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The purpose of the improved round table initiative method is to speed up combat while making sure Dexterity scores, Alert feat and other game features relevant to initiative remain meaningful when determining the order of creatures' turns in combat.

With the round table initiative method, the DM doesn't need to write anything down or keep track of turns. Players always know who goes next, which is a huge time saving benefit for a D&D combat.

Once the players are familiar with the method, determining order of play before combat becomes extremely easy. As with the default rolling initiative method, characters with high Dexterity scores and initiative modifiers are privileged while characters with low modifiers are penalized when it comes to acting fast in a round of combat.

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Change Log: 2017-07-15  v.2.0 : text easier to understand; clarifications, extra variants, and minor corrections

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Pablo G November 22, 2018 12:26 am UTC
"Over-simplification" works best for me so I might go ahead and use these rules' Basic Round Table Initiative. However as a suggestion you could tweak it a bit (again...) to be not quite as "basic" w/o losing all that simplicity: see who rolls both highest and second-highest. Hi-Roller starts, then go around either clockwise or counterclockwise depending on which would reach Second-Highest sooner.
May help avoid confusion if the DM wins while using 2-plus monster types.
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Ben M November 26, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
That certainly would be a good variant. Thanks for the feedback!
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Pablo G November 27, 2018 2:46 am UTC
Cool that you like it! I guess a way to see it would be: 1st place, 2nd place, and everyone else tied at 3rd (then following "mostly" that order).
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Adela D July 18, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Great !
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