Methods for Calculating Initiative in Combat

Things to Remember

  • Players may find it useful to pre-calculate the initiative modifiers for the weapons/spells they use most often.

  • When throwing "bulk" enemies at the party (such as zombies or giant rats), the Game Master need not roll Dexterity modifiers for all same-type monsters; just roll once for the Dexterity modifier and apply it to all same-type monsters.

  • Alcohol and drugs can also affect initiative (and usually not in a positive way). A sneak attack on the adventurers after an evening of carousing might not go so well for the characters.