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#1 SSB_Shadow

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:51 AM

I am about ready to almost start my very first gaming session of Anima. But before that, I would like to prepare myself with more lore reading as well as a way to tackle the problem of Initiative. I do not look forward to it if I can't deal with this.

So I am asking the community here if somebody has made either a own program or maybe an excel file that can handle initiative counters for each player/NPCs, be able to re-roll initiative every round, and just keep track.

 

Does anyone know any good softwares such as this?



#2 NekoShogun

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:05 PM

You've just actually just given me a really good Idea, and I might look into making something like this soon. I'll keep everyone here posted.



#3 arthurfallz

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 04:53 AM

This is a system I use for initiative tracking in almost all games I play. Buy a small collection of coloured pegs from a hobby supply store, or raid your various board games for the pegs. Think of the coloured pegs that come with Clue, Snakes and Ladders and the like. Assign each colour to each player character and NPCs, so you want a nice collection and variety (and possibly multiple shapes).

When rolling initiative, and in fact most rolls in this system, a couple of things help to speed up the roll & tally process.

  1. Make people use percentile dice. This means people can roll and just read off the number. It saves a second here and there.
  2. Encourgae people to roll quick and dirty. This means no elabourate hand shaking, dice blowing, chatting while rattling dice nonsense. In fact, this is a good rule for most RPGs, also known as "R.T.G.D.D." ; Roll The Gosh Darn Dice! While people are doing silly things with the dice in their hands, they aren't tallying up their totals and they are slowing game down for no benefit to themselves or others.
  3. For people who suck at arithmetic, have calculators on hand to do the math.
  4. All players should have scratch pads to write down their results. Have them roll, tally and write it down. This way you don't have a table full of people barking numbers between -300 and positive 300 that you have to memorize. It also means when you need to get the info from them again, they have the numbers available ("what was that iniative total again" or "what was that attack tally").
  5. For blocks of NPCs, have several matching sets of percentile dice so you can grab a handful and roll them all at once.

Roll up and tally your own NPC initiatives, then arrange the NPCs pegs from lowest to highest. Grab the PCs and put them in the order too, and now you have Initiative worked out and easy to read. The pegs are handy because they're visual and can be moved around easily to make the initiative order.

Example;

There are four PCs, Paul, John, George and Ringo, with initiatives of 45, 25, 10 and 0 respectively. They are fighting four goons called Davey, Micky, Peter and Michael, with identical intiatives (45, 25, 10 and 0). Paul is a blue peg, John a green, George orange and Ringo red. Davey is black, Micky is pink, Peter is white, and Michael is brown.

The players roll up their initiatives as do the NPCs, ending up like this; Paul 77, John 42, George 133, Ringo 17, Davey 44, Micky 69, Peter 37, and Michael 90. The pegs are set up in this order then; Orange (George), Brown (Michael), Blue (Paul), Pink (Micky), Black (Davey), Green (John), White (Peter) and last Red (Ringo).



#4 SSB_Shadow

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 05:25 AM

Just to let people know, I found a program. I went to ask in the spanish community of Anima (luckily, I know spanish. =D )

And for those who want, I can share my knowledge with you. There is a java program called Anima-Narrador which is exactly what I wanted. It also not hard to figure out if you don't know spanish, so I strongly recommend it. However, if you are eager to make english versions of whatever, I know many would appreciate it, even me.

Here is the link to download it:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XCBBSEH3



#5 ChaosLegionaire

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 08:07 AM

Hello,

 

This program sounds like something that I could really use. However I don't seem to be able to install the program correctly or something. What files do I unpack and where should I put them in order to make this run.

 

Thanks for the help.  ^^



#6 ChaosLegionaire

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 09:27 AM

Sorry for the double post. 

However I figured it out. I needed to install Java. I didn't have it installed so it just kept opening with Win RAR



#7 Rudeboygraves

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:37 PM

Could you send the initiative program to me, megaupload was siezed by the government.



#8 Maru hatsune

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:36 PM

I have a homebrewed program I used that's been coded in C#. it's alright so far. but the randomizer is kind lame It sometimes follows some messed up pattern for some reason. but if anyone is interested in testing it out. I can send it to you.



#9 Rudeboygraves

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:02 AM

I would like to try it out if you don't mind.



#10 Maru hatsune

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

okay. can I have your email real quick? I'll see what I can do for compressing and such!



#11 Rudeboygraves

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

Sorry for the late supply, I was moving. But my email is gravesmarcusa@gmail.com



#12 Maru hatsune

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:52 AM

it has been set

 



#13 Rudeboygraves

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:49 AM

The program didn't work on my computer

 






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