As the DM you’ve got a lot of responsibility. You’re accountable for everything that’s not the Player Characters. It’s a tough job. But today we’re making it a little bit easier by giving you a Condition Tracker.
Wimwick recently shared his experiences as the DM in Be Gentle, It’s My First Time… Being the DM. In this article he expressed his frustration with tracking all the conditions that come up during combat encounters. In the comments following his article, one of our readers suggested creating a conditions tracker. When I read that comment I thought to myself “what a great idea.” So presented below is the Dungeon’s Master Condition Tracker.
- Condition Tracker (PDF)
All of the conditions found in the PHB are listed accross the top along with four additional columns for tracking ongoing damage. Down the left side are spaces where you can enter the names of all the PCs, NPCs and monsters. This can easily double as an initiative tracker.
As PCs and monsters are affected by conditionals, mark the appropriate box. If there is damage associated with the condition, write in the damage dealt each round. If a save will end the condition then check the box. It’s that simple. Try it out and let us know what you think.
I’d like to give a shout out to Louis for giving me this idea in his comment. It seems so simple, yet I hadn’t thought of it before I saw it written on the screen. Thanks.