Diego Rossi wrote:You're still unaware of other combatants though, meaning you can be surprised by them.ShieldLawrence wrote:Being aware of even 1 opponent allow you to act in the surprise round.
It gets pretty confusing when both sides have different degrees of awareness.
Technically, in this example, the NPCs are aware of the Wizard but still unaware of the party. So by the rules, they still cannot act in the surprise round, but since the Wizard is fully aware he can still act even though he failed to stealth.
How we've been running it in my area is that those characters that are hidden from their enemies get the surprise round. In this example, The party gets a surprise round, the wizard does not, the NPCs do not.
Sure. But you act so you aren't flat footed after you have acted.
Your dexterity is negated against the enemies you haven't detected, but that is a different thing. (I am not saying that you mean that, simply that plenty of people use flat footed, surprised and having your dexterity negated as they were the same thing.)
If everyone has heard the wizard there is no surprise round in the above scenario.