How do you GM's prefer to handle your combat? I'll be in 4th Ed.
Originally Posted by Sajes
I would prefer to use a third party VT, which I already run a live game with.
Thank you in advance.
as efficiently as possible.
I typically run 2E. I roll initiative for all -- PCs, NPCs and monsters; then list the order. It will usually be individual initiative although there may be times that call for group initiative.
Players post, then I resolve all actions by initiative order. It doesn't matter when they post, because the init order determines sequence of events. One round usually equals 24 hours; sometimes more if someone is on a tight schedule.
If I were running 3.x, I would be the one who moves miniatures around on the virtual battlemap. That way, I don't have to rely on someone holding up the action.
I make it clear up front that if someone takes too long, I reserve the right to skip their turn or act in their stead in a way that would make the most sense. I don't like doing that, but if I have to, I will.
Other DMs have different rules but this is the system that works best for me.
I don't know 4E at all; that being said, you may have ideas on how to handle combat so that everything moves along at the pace you set. Hopefully this gives you some inspiration.