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The deck of initiative

The deck of initiative


The deck of initiative is a print and play, card based initiative tracker. Includes fully illustrated cards for each of the 12 basic 5E classes depicted as goblins. 

How to use:
These cards are ment to be used in a very intuitive way following just 3 steps:

  1. Assign a card to each player according to their characters classes
  2. Roll for initiative and stack the cards in ascending order.
  3. The highest initiative score should be at the top. Whenever that character ends it's turn place that card at the bottom of the stack, revealing the next turn.

All the classes plus the boss card got duplicates, for those groups that play with 2 characters of the same class, or those rare occasions were they get involved in battle with 2 bosses at the same time. In these cases each character is assigned with it's  corresponding class card with a different number on it.

Helen and Jack are both playing fighter characters. So in order to differentiate these 2 players, Helen is going to get the Number I fighter card, and Jack is going to get the Number II fighter card 

Table of content:

  • PDF file with 9 cards per page carefully aligned with their back side, ready to be printed with a Duplex printer
  • PDF with instructions on how to use the deck
  • ZIP file containing every card as PNG files at high resolution (4296x6000) Ready to be printed using any online card printer service

Complete card list:


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File Last Updated:
April 07, 2021
This title was added to our catalog on April 07, 2021.