The Initiative Tool is a moveable pop-up window that allows you to track the initiative order of various objects (normally tokens).
The Initiative Tool is not accessible via the toolbar on the lower right of the user interface.
Instead, it is accessed via context-menus.
By right-clicking anywhere on the map, you can always choose to
Show Initiative in the context-menu, activating the tool.
Also, the context-menu of objects (shapes, assets or tokens) shows the
Show Initiative option, if the object is already entered into the initiative list.
If the object in question is not (yet) listed in the initiative list, the context-menu will show
Add Initiative (
Add all to Initiative, if multiple objects are selected), opening the Initiative Tool and entering the object into the list, at the same time.
The Initiative Tool opens a moveable pop-up window that can be closed by clicking on the in the above-right corner.
It contains the initiative list that can contain several individual entries and, below, a bar with several functions.
The Initiative List is, in essence, a table with six columns and a row for every object that is added to the Initiative List. The active row/entry is highlighted by a green background, indicating that it's this object's turn.
Hovering over an entry will show the entered shape's name and also highlight the associated object on the map with a red rectangle around it. This is particularly useful if there are several objects on the map illustrated with the same asset (i.e. similar monsters etc.).
At the most left of each row, there is the designator of the shape added to initiative. If the object is an asset, the designator will be a miniaturised version of the asset. If the object is a Basic Token, the designator will be the text shown on the token. If the object is another shape, the designator will be the shape's name as entered in the properties when the object is added to initiative.
Initiative Value & Sorting
The designator is followed by the initiative value, which can be any number. Players can only modify the initiative value of objects they are granted access to. The DM can modify the initiative value of all objects in the list.
The entries will be automatically sorted by this value, putting the highest values at the top and the lowest values at the bottom of the list. Hovering an entry will highlight it with a border showing a notch on the lower right corner. Any item can be dragged by clicking and holding on this notch, superseding the automated sort.
The next column shows a , followed by a number (default 0). This column shows how many Timed Effects (see below) are assigned to the object. This function can be used to easily track buffs and/or effects (e.g. spells) dealing damage over time.
Timed Effects are free-form entries that are assigned to an entry into the Initiative list that are valid only for a limited time, i.e. rounds. Left-clicking on the -icon will add a new Timed Effect associated with the respective entry. Hovering over an entry will expand the list of Timed Effects below, connected to the highlighting border. The list of Timed Effects of the active entry is always expanded.
Timed Effects can be added at any time. The DM can add Effects to any entry, Players only to entries they have been granted access to.
Each Timed Effect has two values, the descriptor and the duration.
The descriptor is shown on the left (default on creation:
New Effect) and can be any text.
The duration is shown on the right (default:
10) and should be a number and describes the duration of the effect in upcoming rounds.
Any time an entry gets to be active, the duration decreases by one, until reaching
After the duration has reached
0, the next time the entry gets to be active, instead of changing from
-1, the Timed Effect vanishes.
It can be deleted by clicking the trash button next to it.
The next column shows an that toggles visibility of the entry. If the appears grey, an object is invisible, i.e. only the DM can see the respective row. A Player-added object will be visible by default, while objects added to initiative by the DM are invisible by default.
The second to the right column shows a -icon. Clicking the icon toggles individual/group initiative.
When an entry is marked as group initiative, it cannot be deleted (see below), neither by clicking the trash symbol nor by removing the associated object. It will still highlight the associated token on mouseover; at this moment, there is no functionality to highlight multiple objects at once.
The most right column, depicting a , is to delete the entry from the list. The DM can delete any entry from the initiative list. Players can only delete entries they are granted access to.
Deleting a token that is added to initiative, or moving it to another location, will also delete the associated entry in the Initiative Tool.
Entries that are added to Group Initiative (see above) cannot be deleted.
The functions bar is a single row containing the
Round-indicator showing the current round of action/combat on the left, and four buttons to the right of these indicator.
toggles vision auto-lock. This function is useful for players who own more than one token. If active, every time action is assigned to another object (see [next turn](/docs/tools/initiative/#next-turn) below), the vision of only this object will be shown. This can be toggled on/of individually by each player. Vision auto-lock will only display vision of objects the players have proper access to. Vision Auto-Lock
Vision Auto-Lock triggers the Vision tool to reconfigure. Use that tool to configure what lines of sight you want to see, out of initiative.
The button has no function for DMs as they always see everything.
The toggles camera auto-lock. When camera auto-lock is active, every time action is assigned to another object (see below), the viewport is centered on the now active object. This can be toggled on/off individually by each player. Camera auto-lock will only center the viewport on objects the players are able to control. Thus, for the DM, the center of the viewport will change virtually with every click on Next. The Players' viewport will only change when a token they control is now active according to the Initiative Tracker.
The -button resets rounds and turns. Rounds will be reset to Round 0, action will be assigned to the object at the top of the list. Note that neither the initiative values nor Timed Effects are reset. This function is only available for DMs.
The -button (Next) assigns the next player in the initiative order as active (see above). This function is only available for DMs.