I'm a veteran dungeon master and professional software engineer who has been running D&D games for over a decade. I built Improved Initiative, a D&D 5th Edition combat tracker, to give back to the community and hone my software development skills.
Improved Initiative is a free web app that's intended for use on a laptop or tablet during an in person game. It's designed not to get between you and your players, by offering an easy way to manage initiative order and hit points. It also shows you full stat blocks right when you need them, and comes ready-to-use with all official OGL creatures from D&D!
Your pledge helps pay for server costs to run the app, and support continued development of Improved Initiative. In return, you'll get useful features like Account Sync and Epic Initiative. Thanks to all of the supporters who helped us get to where we are today!
How do I use the app?
It's so easy! A tutorial will show you how to get started by adding creatures and rolling initiative. There are many features that you don't need to use until you're ready, and you can learn about them by exploring the settings menus.
Is it really free?
All the basic functionality of Improved Initiative will always be free. This means that you'll never have to create an account to build and run encounters. Some features with extra server overhead, such as Account Sync, are granted to our Patreon supporters. The software is also free as in freedom- you can check out the source code and contribute on Github.
Can I suggest a new feature?
I'd love to hear your feature suggestion! Check out our community board to see if your suggestion is already up, and feel free to share it if it's not!
How do I report a bug?
The best way to report a bug is to open an issue directly on Github. If you don't want to create a Github account for that, feel free to email me the details directly.
Why aren't all the D&D monsters built in?
Wizards of the Coast provides only the monsters in the D&D Basic Rules for free use in projects like Improved Initiative, under terms of the Open Game License. You can add other monsters by hand, or you can import your own DnDAppFile data files with statblocks.