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Initiative Cards (Free)

Initiative Cards (Free)

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Winner of two Gen Con EN World RPG Awards for Best Free Product or Web Enhancement!

Initiative Cards have been updated! This new version—Initiative Cards v2.0 (Fantasy)—has had a graphic re-design and now also includes form fields in the PDFs. Now you can print and save your completed cards!

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. After you try them out, please let us know what you think on our message boards.

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.

Initiative Cards: Monster Set 1
Filled-out Initiative Cards for 348 monsters (see the list) including a selection of cards for our free dragons, plus instructions on how to use this ENnie-winning combat tool.
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Initiative Cards: Monster Set 2
328 more monsters cards (see the list) including more of our dragon cards and all of the celestial and fiendish monsters from the summon monster spell table, all on the same award-winning card design.
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Initiative Cards: Free Blank Cards
The freebie that won two ENnies. Download this free file to try out Initiative Cards in your home games. We're sure you'll like them so much you'll come back for the filled out cards above!
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September 16th, 2011
This was a brilliant idea and a must have for any d20 3.X GM. There is also a version for d20 Modern. [...]
Michael T. [Featured Reviewer]
April 27th, 2011
Sometimes it's the simple things that make the best accessories. These initiative cards answer the age old question that's bedeviled gamers for as long as games have existed: Who's turn is it? The cards are much more useful than just determining initia [...]
July 11th, 2010
Fantastic cards! They're roughly system-independent, even though they were designed to work with 3rd Edition OGL. They work with 4th Edition D&D as well, though. In fact, these are easily on par with the cards made by the 4th Edition Character Builder, [...]
Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
June 24th, 2009
Facts: 1 - Everyone needs initiative cards, even if you don't think you do. 2 - These are great initiative cards. 3 - They are free. Conclusion: You are dumb if you don't download these initiative cards. [...]
June 24th, 2009
This item set the standard for our campaign on how to track not only initiative, but also tracking monster information. The only down side was when the monster got it, if you were using the card to track HP, you had to pull it out of the initiative stack [...]
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Initiative Cards (Free)
Initiative Cards (Free)

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This title was added to our catalog on January 19, 2003.
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The Game Mechanics
The Game Mechanics
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