There needs to be a turn order or initiative system.
As it stands it's often unclear who has the ability to progress the game. Especially if some people aren't present when others are. It would also be neat if the system could email you when it's your turn (or any other sort of social media update)
AdminDerek (Manager, 10x10 Room) commented
During combat, the game displays icons that indicate whether a character has acted or not. If you see an empty circle in the upper right of a character's roster box, the character hasn't taken any action for the round; a single sword means the character has taken his or her minor action; and crossed swords means the character has taken both minor and major actions and is done for the round. We'll try to make this clearer in the next update we make to the UI.
In the future we also plan to show whether players are online or not, which should make it easier to coordinate. We don't plan to introduce a strict turn order, however. We experimented with that approach early on and found that it bogged down the game too much.
When you're in a party (i.e. not soloing), the game does email you when a new round or challenge begins. If you're not receiving those emails, please let us know on our Issues forum at forums.10x10room.com.