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Lich Bard wrote:We know, but it's when the DM/GM can't be arsed to give a reason/explanation.
Being flat-footed means you are unprepared for the attack, like with a feint. Being surprised in combat means that you weren't expecting combat, whether the attacker is a chaotic neutral PC or you were counting sheep.
You may not react properly to an attack because of reflexes (samurai movie), feinting (which, as a side note, I think it would be better if feinting was based off of sleight of hand, requiring dexterity, rather than charisma) or concealment (such as backstabbing). If you have the reflexes, it wouldn't matter if you were expecting combat or not, because you can dodge/block/chop to pieces while asleep.
Used to be a dc 20 sense motive check to act on the surprise round if you weren't the instigator. Then if you won initiative you could pull a Bruce Lee.