[RPG] What’s a party-tracking sheet for


I found this picture on some D&D blogs:

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I thought it was a nice way for DMs to set some NPCs basic stats and abilities (like soldiers that the PCs could recruit or something). Then I realized this was on a Party-Tracking subject, there are some status conditions, some order zones, and some circles I don't get the point.

So, firstly, what are the order squares and the cirdle on the top right, and the 3 sets of 3 connected circles on the bottom left?

Second, what is this used for? Who tracks the party? The DM? Players? What is the point of this?

Best Answer

Marching order is the order that the characters will travel in when in narrow areas (such as a corridor in a dungeon).

Combat order is called initiative in recent editions of D&D (some older editions make the distinction as initiative being the order that set of groups (e.g. PCs and Monsters) go in and Combat Order being the order within that group.

I haven't a clue what the author of the sheet intended the unlabeled circles to be used for. You can use them for whatever you like (e.g. tracking effects that last for a number of rounds).

The sheet is designed to be used by a DM. It contains a summary of the most important information on the players' character sheets so they can get the information quickly. The DM doesn't have to ask who's turn it is next, or make the players remember what they said their marching order was when they are attacked from behind, etc.