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magnimar:roll20:initiative [2018/03/30 14:45]
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magnimar:roll20:initiative [2018/04/24 20:00]
sam [Readying Before Combat]
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 In many situations, each side in a combat will be aware of each other at the point that combat begins. In this case everybody rolls initiative normally, and there is no surprise round. In many situations, each side in a combat will be aware of each other at the point that combat begins. In this case everybody rolls initiative normally, and there is no surprise round.
  
-Initiative is rolled at the point combat begins - not whilst preparing or waiting. As soon as it is possible for a combat action to occur, initiative is rolled, and not before.+Initiative is rolled at the point combat begins - not whilst preparing or waiting. As soon as it is possible for a combat action to occur, initiative is rolled, and not before. e.g., if one side is waiting to open a door to charge in and attack the other side, then initiative is rolled when the door is opened. 
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 +=== Surprise === 
 + 
 +If everyone was expecting combat, there is no chance of surprise. 
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 +If combat was unexpected, say two groups walking casually into each other, everyone makes a DC 10 //Perception// check to see if they are surprised. On success, they get to act in the surprise round. 
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 +If combat was really unexpected, say two groups running into each other, then it's a DC 20 //Perception// check to not be surprised.
  
 ==== One Person Begins Combat ==== ==== One Person Begins Combat ====
  
-If there is one person that clearly begins the combat, then they get surprise and also get to take 20 on their initiative check. This doesn't guarantee that they will go first, but greatly increases the likelihood.+If there is one creature that clearly begins the combat, then they get surprise and also get to take 20 on their initiative check. This doesn't guarantee that they will go first, but greatly increases the likelihood. Situations where one creature begins the combat can include: 
 +  * Someone who opens a door ready to fight. 
 +  * Someone who initiates an ambush. 
 +  * Someone who draws a weapon during a conversation.
  
 This is implemented in the scripts by starting combat with a single token. If only one token is added at the start of combat, then that token takes 20 and has surprise. This is implemented in the scripts by starting combat with a single token. If only one token is added at the start of combat, then that token takes 20 and has surprise.
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 Everybody else then gets added to the initiative, with a possibility of either being surprised, or having surprise. Everybody else then gets added to the initiative, with a possibility of either being surprised, or having surprise.
  
 +=== Ambush ===
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 +In an ambush, the initiator makes a //Stealth// check, and anyone who was not aware of them makes a //Perception// check against that. If they succeed, they are not surprised. If they fail (get lower than the //Stealth// roll), then they are surprised. In either case they roll initiative and are added to the combat track.
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 +In an ambush situation, one person on the ambushing team must be designated as the initiator. The rest of the team don't need to make a surprise check - they automatically have surprise and roll initiative.
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 +=== Deception ===
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 +Where everyone is aware of each other, but the initiator surprises people by suddenly starting a fight, then they instead make a //Bluff// check. Everyone else makes a //Sense Motive// check, and on success get to act in the surprise round, otherwise they are surprised.
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 +==== Readying Before Combat ====
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 +It is not possible to //ready// or //delay// an action before combat actually begins. Regardless of whether people were aware of the possibility of combat or not, everyone is //always// flatfooted at the start of combat. If this weren't the case, guards would be 'alert' and //ready// to hit anyone who tries to sneak past all the time.
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 +You can have your weapon out, but creatures always take a moment to start acting once combat actually begins.
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 +In the surprise round, you can //ready// an action, but cannot //delay//. You can select to do nothing if you want to.
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 +=== Example ===
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 +Alice is waiting round a corner for Bob to walk past. Alice is initiating the combat, so as Bob is about to round the corner, she makes a //Stealth// check, and takes 20 on her initiative, automatically gaining surprise. 
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 +Bob makes a //Perception// check, and if he equals or exceeds Alice's stealth then he is //aware// (and gets to act in the surprise round, along with Alice), otherwise he is //surprised//. Bob then rolls his initiative.
  
 +Assuming that Alice beats Bob's initiative, then she can ready an action to hit him as soon as he comes within range.
magnimar/roll20/initiative.txt · Last modified: 2018/04/24 20:01 by sam