I've been doing it this way for years and years. Everyone rolls a d20, adds, their dexterity and any initiative bonus modifiers they might have, tells me their number, I record it in order and go down the line. After every action, I have to look back at my notes to read the next name on the list. This happens every combat. And it must stop!
From now on, I've decided to go a different way. Instead of initiative rolls, we're just going to go in order of seats. Moving clockwise, whoever is sitting to my immediate left will go first until we get to the person sitting to my immediate right.
So, where do the monsters go? They'll either go first if surprising the PCs or last if they don't.
Too simplistic? Possibly for some, but I think minimizing the hassles of rolling for initiative and keeping track of it is worth the over-simplification. We'll see how it goes. I'll be playtesting it in Saturday's D&D game.
How about you... what do you think? Comment below!
Authored by Venger Satanis