Turn Tracker

The Roll20 Turn Tracker provides a method to aid in turn-based games or with initiative by presenting an interactive list to the group. This feature is intentionally not automated, so that more game types are able to use it.

To open the Turn Tracker, click on the Turn Tracker button on the Toolbox. Note that while only the GM can open the Turn Tracker, once it is open it will be visible to all players as well.


Adding Turns

To add a turn to the tracker, right click on a token on the tabletop, and choose "Add Turn" from the menu that appears. Note that you can add multiple turns for the same token if desired.

After the token turn has been added, the token's image and name (if set) will appear in the turn list. If the token is on the GM Layer, the name will be greyed to indicate that the turn is not being shown to players.

Additionally, selecting a token and rolling for initiative with the &{tracker} at the end of the roll will automatically set the token into the turn order. For example /roll 1d20 + 5 &{tracker}.

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Some character sheets also have an option to allow you to roll for initiative directly from the sheet. To do this, you will want to make sure you have your token selected (the light blue "selected" border) before you click the initiative roll.

The animation above shows an example of how this works from the D&D 5E by Roll20 character sheet.

Adding Values

The Turn Tracker allows you to add a value next to each token. You can use this spot to keep track of initiative or any other stat that you want to note about the turn. There are several ways to add token values, all of which can be accomplished by both the GM and players.

The easiest method is to simply click on the number next to the Token and type in a new number. Press Return/Enter after typing and the new value will be saved.

Alternatively, you can drag the result of a roll from the chat box to the Turn Tracker and drop it in the numerical field.

Values can also be added or subtracted from chat using the + or - flags with the &{tracker}command like so: 
/roll 1d20 + 5 &{tracker:+}
/roll 1 &{tracker:-}
[[10 &{tracker:-}]]
If the selected token isn't already in the turn tracker, then it is added with the value that was rolled and the additional flag is ignored.

Turn Order

To re-order the turns, you can simply click and drag on a turn and then move it up or down in the list.

If you press the blue Turn Order Settings Button, you can reorder and sort the current list either numerically or alphabetically.

Advancing Turns

To advance to the next turn in the tracker, simply press the arrow button, and the current turn at the top of the list will be moved to the bottom.

Turn Order Settings

Clicking on the blue gear button at the bottom of the Turn Tracker will bring up the Turn Order Settings. Here you can choose between a series of sorting methods: numerically, alphabetically, and by card suit.

Adding a Custom Item

You can also add character/creatures/objects to the turn order that aren't already associated with an existing token by using the "Add Custom Item" field. Just fill out the name of the item and click the Add button to include it in the tracker.

Optionally you can add a Round Calculation to custom items. These calculations are completed every time the custom item reaches the top of the Turn Tracker. This is particularly useful for setting up a "Round Count" object that increases by one every rotation, or setting depreciating buffs that decrease every round. For example, entering "+1" will increase the value at the start of every turn, while "-1" will decrease the value by 1 at the start of every turn (useful for tracking things like buffs or other temporary conditions).

You can even reference these values the same way you would Attributes by using the syntax:@{tracker|Item Name}. This can be used to simulate systems that use an Escalation Die mechanic or fetch the value of a token's turn order.


Removing Turns

To remove a turn, simply mouseover the turn in the list, and then click on the red trash can icon that appears over the token image.

If you want to clear all turns at once, you can press the blue Turn Order Setting Button, and click the red “Remove All Turns” (Clear List) button to completely reset the Turn Tracker.

Turn Tracker Visibility

The GM controls the turn tracker. It shows on player's screens when the GM opens it, and closes for all players when the GM closes it.

Turn Tracker on Multiple Pages

Turn Tracker can track tokens from any combination of pages, and there’s no need to close it when switching between pages. The GM sees all items in the list, but players will only see the items that are located on their current page.

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