One of the primary features of our campaign notebooks is the front index. Borrowing from the bullet journal (bujo, for short) model, it eliminates the need to divide your notebook into sections and allows you to just use the next available page to take your notes. Here are some tips that will help you get the most our of your front index.
Add symbols in the margin
Remember, the index list is not alphabetical. You enter information in it as you go along. So, if have a few entries that you want to be able to pick out immediately without having to read through the whole index list, make sure to highlight those with a symbol in the left-hand margin. You'll be able to find them at a glace. Stuff like your list of XP, contacts list, or treasures list would be good for this, depending on the system you're using to play and what is important for you to track.
Got some index tips and tricks of your own? Drop them in the comments below!
The Silverwing Armoury notebooks were born out of necessity. Influenced by the bullet journal (bujo) method, our creator and designer, Veronica, hands out some quick tips on how you can simplify your in-game notetaking, whether you're playing in one campaign or more. For a more in-depth look on how to maximize the use of your campaign notebook, check out our HOW TO Series.
Use the next available page
Try a page layout
Page layouts have been a saviour for me, both as a player and a GM. They've allowed me to ensure that I capture the really important bits that occur within a session, while still leaving room for random notes. I will usually tailor them to what is important for me to remember from each session; however, there are always some things that I will write down, regardless of what system I am playing in. Things like - who was at the table, a quick list of NPCs we encountered, whether we got XP (or whether I gave XP), any major encounters, and where we left off at the end of the session. I will usually show up to the next session with my layout already done up, but they're super quick to make, so it shouldn't be a huge deal to whip it up just before gaming begins.
Lists, but make them purposeful
What has helped you in simplifying the way you take notes?
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