Recent changes on the Turn Watcher website

This page includes all the recent changes of the Turn Watcher website. If you cannot find what you are looking for, try the menus or the Site Index.

Technical Requirements

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The following are the minimum requirements, although it is likely that Turn Watcher will work on system with older hardware. However, only Windows 2000 and better are supported. And modern (current) Linux distributions.

 

Operating System
Linux (libc.so.6 required)
Microsoft Windows (Win7/8/10)
(And ...

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Keyboard Shortcuts

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You can use keyboard shortcuts to access Turn Watcher's many features, instead of using the menus and toolbar.

The table below is a recap of the available keys. The menus also give you a list of the keyboard shortcuts.

Pewfell City by Check Whelon

 

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—  File  —
Import Ctrl-I
Export Ctrl-E
Preferences

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Player HUD (second monitor support)

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Some Game Masters use a secondary monitor to show their players pictures of NPCs or the setting to add that extra dimension of realism to their campaigns. If you are one of those GMs, Turn Watcher now has a built-in player heads up display (or HUD for short). To activate the player HUD, go to the View menu and make sure Show HUD Window is checked. A new window will appear:

The HUD window showing combatants.

Just drag the window ...

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Ultra Initiative

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Select Ultra Initiative in the Rounds Menu If you're one of those Game Masters that likes to mix up the action between rounds, select Ultra Initiative via the Rounds menu. Ultra Initiative mode causes Turn Watcher to automatically re-roll initiative at the top of each round.

 
Tip: Use Ctrl-U to turn on or off Ultra Initiative at any time while in or out of combat rounds!

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Changing Characters' Initiative Order

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With Turn watcher, you can add or import characters during active combat. The new characters are placed at the end of the initiative order. You may move one or more characters up or down in initiative order by first highlighting the target characters and clicking Move Up or Move Down in the Rounds menu.

Pewfell Giant by Chuck WhelonTip: Use the Control + Up Arrow to move characters up in initiative order. Similarly, ...

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Making Secret Rolls and Custom Columns

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Use Turn Watcher to quickly and secretly make separate die rolls for each character by clicking on one of the colored dice icons on the toolbar. The computer will automatically sort the players and monsters on the appropriate column.

List of dice in the toolbar

The party moves into a new chamber in the dungeon. Doug wants to secretly roll each players' spot check to see if anyone notices a hidden door in a room. He ...

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Delayed and Readied Actions

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When a character chooses to delay his action, click on the Delay button on the toolbar. The character status changes to Delayed. Once the character is ready to jump in, click on the Jump In button. If more than one combat participant is delayed, Turn Watcher will ask you which one is jumping in.

Jump In Dialog

When a character chooses to ready an action, click on the Ready button on the toolbar. The character ...

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Keeping Track of Hit Points

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Were you looking for my post about Hit Points, Temporary Hit Points, Bleeding, and Death instead of this Turn Watcher reference?

Turn Watcher is also a Hit Point Tracker.

When a PC or monster takes damage in combat, highlight the appropriate character and click on the Damage button. Enter the amount of damage and press the Add Damage button. Note that this does not change the initiative order as ...

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Effects Tracking

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When a combatant either creates an effect or is subject to an effect that lasts more than one round, Turn Watcher can track that effect for you. In fact, many effects on multiple combatants may be tracked similarly.

To add an effect, make sure the subject of the effect is highlighted in the main window, then click the "plus" button located on the effects panel:

Effects panel.

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Start Your Combat!

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Now you are ready to actually start using Turn Watcher in your game!

  • Start the application and clear out the list of characters if needed (Clear is in the File menu).
     
  • Select Import from the File menu to load your list of characters for your campaign.
     
  • Select Import again to load your list of opponents for this encounter. Turn Watcher asks you if you want to ...

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