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Improved Initiative for Android

By Colin Howes Free

Developer's Description

Improved Initiative is a simple and intuitive initiative manager for table-top RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

Combat Tracker

When combat is initiated, characters are ordered by initiative score. Once combat starts, characters will not be reordered by initiative until "New Encounter" is selected from the Character Manager Screen. Instead, the Dungeon Master is free to reorder characters by dragging and dropping. This allows for easier handling of held or readied actions, and for inserting new characters into combat once combat has been initiated.

On pressing "Next Turn" or "Previous Turn", the turn order will advance or step backwards appropriately, maintaining the current initative order. Combat state is saved whenever the user leaves this screen.

Characters can be added on the fly from the character management screen, and can be removed from combat by swiping left on the Combat screen (be careful here, swiping left on the Character Manager screen will delete your character).

The "plus" and "minus" buttons increment and decrement health, respectively.

Character Manager

The Character Manager allows the Dungeon Master to manage characters that may or may not be involved in combat. Pressing a character toggles whether the character is part of the current encounter. Characters may also be removed from combat from the Combat Screen by swiping left (again, not that swiping left on the Character Manager screen will delete your character).

The Character Editor screen can be opened by pressing "Create Character", to create a new character, or swiping right on an existing character to edit this character's attributes.

The die on the right side of the top menu can be used to roll initiative for all existing characters.

Combat can be started by pressing "Resume Combat", which returns to an existing encounter without changing the turn order (even if initiative scores have been modified or new characters have been added), or by pressing "New Encounter", which will order all active combatants by initiative score (you can resolve ties by dragging and dropping once you get to the combat screen).

Character Editor

The character editor either creates a new character or edits an existing one.

The fields should be fairly self explanatory. A "color" option was included to disambiguate generic enemies, because running encounters with large numbers of goblins can be frustrating. I suggest buying small coloured stickers for your miniature bases to match the colour options here.

You can roll initiative for the current character by pressing the "Roll Initiative" button (obviously).

Bugs and Feature Requests

Post bugs and feature requests on the "issues" page.


The Improved Initiative logo is based on a free font called Barbarian by Anthony Robinson. Check it out here: http://www.dafont.com/barbarian-ns.font

The quill saved icon was created Freepik from flaticon: http://www.flaticon.com/authors/freepik

Full Specifications

What's new in version phantasm


Release September 3, 2020
Date Added September 3, 2020
Version phantasm

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements Requires Android 4.0.3 and up


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