Conceived and written by JD Wiker. Designed and developed by Marc Schmalz.
Combat, Only Faster!
Keeping track of initiative in games using the d20 System can get complicated. Every GM has a method that he or she favors, but which sometimes lacks in versatility or utility. Initiative Cards provides GMs both with an easy way to keep track of initiative, and a handy reference for all the sorts of information a GM sometimes needs during a game session. Initiative Cards do not replace monster sourcebooks, but they contain all the information needed to track and speed combat.
We've been giving away blank Initiative Cards since early 2002 for both fantasy and modern d20 System games. Now, we're offering pre-filled initiative cards for monsters.
Each planned Monster Set has about half of the monsters from the fantasy System Reference Document (SRD). The SRD, for those of you not intimate with the Open Game License (OGL), is the compilation of all the material that Wizards of the Coast has made available under the OGL, so other publishers can use it.
In addition to monsters actually found in the SRD, each set includes a selection of aged dragons. The staff Mechanics have created one of each true dragon and aged it through all twelve age categories, and we'll be sharing the full dragon stat blocks here as well, as free downloads. Monster Set 2 will also include many of the celestial and infernal creatures from the summoning tables in the PHB.
Initiative Cards: Monster Set 1 is a PDF for GMs containing pre-filled Initiative Cards for 348 monsters, as well as instructions for use and blank cards for characters and monsters. See a complete list of monsters in this set before you buy.
Initiative Cards requires the use of the Dungeons & Dragons®, Third Edition Core Books, published by Wizards of the Coast, Inc. This product utilizes updated material from the v.3.5 revision.
Initiative Cards from The Game Mechanics
In his home games, JD Wiker likes to use 3x5 cards to track combat. The information he keeps on the card also acts as a mini character sheet, holding all the information a GM regularly needs about the characters and monsters to run a game without flipping through the books.