Some ideas from some other games that I found helpful.
- A separate Combat Tracker thread, that is used to summarize each round. Everyone seems to really like it, as it is easy to see who has not yet acted as well as a quick glance to review what all has transpired so far in the encounter, since encounters in PbP can stretch out over days. No need to scroll back through posts and try to figure piece things together.
- * Allow any players that beat the monster initiative to post their actions first (but in any order). The the DM posts the monster's actions. At this point, all players can just post their actions in any order. After all players post, then DM posts the narrative and finished with the monster's next action to set the stage for the next round of postings. This continues until the encounter ends.
Lets say the following Initiatives are rolled.
Auren : 19
Horvik : 17
ENEMY : 15
Mah 9 : 12
Everan : 6
Auren & Horvik post their actions first, then the DM posts the monsters actions. After that, all players post their actions in any order, and the DM can then build the narrative, finishing with the monsters action. Repeat until encounter is over.
In tandem, there is a combat tracker here in OOC to summarize each round.
Encounter #1 : Heroes vs ENEMY
Auren : Hit w/ Dagger (5 dmg)
Horvik : Miss w/ Axe
ENEMY : Critical Hit on Horvik (12 dmg)
Mah 9 : Throws hand axe (4 dmg)
Everan : Casts Sleep
Auren : Scolds Everan
Horvik : Sleeping
ENEMY : Sleeping
Mah 9 : Kicks Horvik to wake him
Everan : Laughs Maniacally
Now that I've typed this all out I realize I am not sure this works if multiple enemies with different Initiatives, but I typed so I posted it...