Rules: Emergency Pauses
I will have command of the pause button. If you want to try something weird in battle, or in some other situation where you might not have enough time to type it in the chat bar before something happens, type ! or XXX in chat and I will pause the game as soon as I see it.
This is so you have time to type out what you are doing. It is not for if the battle is overwhelming and you want a moment to breathe. If you invoke the emergency pause, I will expect you to have some important statement to make or question to ask. Combat is supposed to be frantic!
I want to try and slice this guy's belt off with my sword.”
Okay, we'll say you succeed if your next attack beats his touch AC.”
This is valid whenever time is of the essence. If you’re just standing around, there’s no need to pause.