Initative in PBP

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Thorpocalypse
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Initative in PBP

Post by Thorpocalypse » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:17 am

Hello everyone!

I'm getting ready to run a game at the Gaming Table and I have a question. The last time I ran a PBP game on the old ATT and the last time I played in a game at RPG.net, Initiative during combat became an issue. Once the order was established, it was hard to get everyone to actually post in order so we had people going out of order all the time or we had to wait until the next person in line actually posted, which could have been days and really drug things down.

Anyone have any tips or tricks for keeping combat moving? I know technically everything happens in the round "at the time same time" but I've never really had in work that way in my 30+ years of gaming and I'd like to keep things moving this time around.

Thanks!
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Re: Initative in PBP

Post by Tattooedman.2 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:50 am

First off, congrats on getting a new game going Thorp!

Secondly, and I hate to say this, but getting people to post quickly in PbP is challenging. Back when I was running games on a much tighter schedule (you know....before my work hours increased and left me with much less free time) I used a "2 day rule" which basically came down to this - if the player that you're waiting on hasn't posted then they get "skipped" in the round.

I realize it is a bit harsh but I've found it to be the best way to go personally. Hope it helps.

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Re: Initative in PBP

Post by MacynSnow » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:06 am

I myself am more laid-back about it.As you've probably read from my Dragon Age game,i "Order" the Post's by their Initiative numbers.Of course,i tend to run smaller groups,so it's easier on my end.Still,i hope it helps! :D

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Re: Initative in PBP

Post by Nunya B » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:38 am

There's three main ways.

Strict Initiative: Everyone takes their turn on their initiative count. Simple, rules-as-written, and tends to bog things down because you have to wait for everyone.

Team Initiative: All the PCs go, then all the NPCs go, then all the PCs go, then yadda yadda. Fast since you're only waiting for the slowest PC, but tends to make battles swingy and screws with the value of initiative.

Flexible Initiative: Everyone takes their turn on a turn belonging to their team. That is, everyone rolls initiative but PCs can trade turns without asking. Works out to be faster than Strict while retaining the value of initiative, but isn't as fast as Team.

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Re: Initative in PBP

Post by Thorpocalypse » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:28 pm

Thanks guys. I think a combination of the team initiative and the 2 day rule will work. Appreciate the schooling! 8-)
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Re: Initative in PBP

Post by Ghost of Krypton » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:00 pm

I've been thinking about this as well as I gear up to start a PbP of my own on these boards, and my own take would be to use the Team Initiative Option posted by Nunya B. However, I was concerned this would skew the value of an Initiative modifier, as such I think I would inform my players that at various times Initiative Checks would be required to react to something unexpected, or quickly.

An example, a Gunman grabs Aunt May & puts a gun to her head, "Back off web head or the old hag get's it!" Spidey, incensed at the criminal endangering his Aunt attacks trusting his Spidey Reflexes to carry the day ... so he rolls contested Initiative against the Gunmen to determine whose action beats whose in the ensuing conflict.

At least that's how I plan to carry through on it!

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Re: Initative in PBP

Post by MacynSnow » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:59 pm

I tend to like the thought of using the PC's Initiative number's for who goes first in Non-combat actions(though i use their base Dex number for that)...

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Re: Initative in PBP

Post by Spectrum » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:47 pm

It's a little more tricky, but you can also group characters together by side.

Example: if three players have higher initiative than the next mook, have them go together ignoring where they are within that set
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