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Initiative in Dungeons & Dragons 5e

Introduction

D&D Player's Handbook Cover picture--a female magicien is casting a spell against a fire giant; giant which takes most of the space on the coverDungeons & Dragons 5e is yet another big change.

The main one is the Return to the Source. Especially, it walked away from D&D 4e which transformed how spells and feats (Powers) worked. Being of the old school, I think this was the best move that Wizards of the Coast could have done with Dungeons & Dragons. Actually, maybe 4e should be called something else than ...

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Initiative in Dungeons & Dragons 4e

Introduction

Cover of Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook by Wizard of the CoastThe Fourth Edition of Dungeons & Dragons came out in 2007-2008 (various books came out one after another, the first of the Players' Hand, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual were released in June 2008).

It was 8 years after the introduction of Third Edition, so probably about time for a new release and additional corrections (although they already published a ...

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Initiative in Chainmail

Introduction

Before Dungeons & Dragons was created, Gary Gygax, with Jeff Perren, created a rule book named «Chainmail, rules for medieval miniatures» that they started selling in 1971.

This was a concept that was born from wargames in a setting that was in medieval time with fantasy creatures such as trolls and goblins.

The game actually has many wargame like features in its ...

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Initiative in Dungeons & Dragons 3e and 3.5e

Introduction

The first version of Dungeons & Dragons created by Wizards of the Coast after they purchased Tactical Studies Rules (TSR) on April 10, 1997, 18 years after Gagy Gygax left the company. TSR was failing financially at the time.

TSR was the company that Gary Gygax and his friend Don Kaye founded in 1973. The company produced Chainmail, a wargame, and The Strategic Review, which ...

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Initiative and Bonuses, an important aspect of combat

Original Version (1974)

In the very version of Dungeons & Dragons (1974), initiative would be rolled with 1d6 and you would add your Dexterity bonus which was limited to +1 when you had an ability score of 13 or more. There is the Dexterity bonus table:

Dexterity
Score
Missile
to Hit
Bonus
3-8 -1
...

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Rogue Initiative in 5e

In Dungeons & Dragons version 5e, the Rogue obtains a new feat when reaching level 17 called Thief's Reflexes.

This feat gives the Rogue the equivalent of two full turns on the first round.

This means the Rogue is able to have two full actions, bonus actions, movements, etc. within the first round.

If you have a Rogue that can cast spells, that's where you would be able to use ...

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Initiative in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2e

Introduction

The Combat sequence in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons version 2e was very much streamlined compared to the previous two versions.

First of all, the new designers, led by David Zeb Cook, introduced a clear definition of what an Action is, with a list of things that you can accomplish during a combat round, such as an attack or casting a spell. They also introduced a small list of ...

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Initiative in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (a.k.a. 1e)

Introduction

Gary Gygax reorganized and enhanced the first version of Dungeons & Dragons of 1974 and published three new books: the Monster Manual (1977), the Player's Handbook (1978), and the Dungeons Master's Guide (1979). Later, more would come out such as Arcana (1985) and Oriential Adventures (1985).

Notice how they first published the Monster Manual that could be used with ...

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