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10/31/13 5:10 P

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I have not really thought of rewarding for taking notes, but my husband has given XP for writing backstories.

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8/29/11 5:54 P

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WHen I GM Star Trek type games, I reward players with an extra Fudge point if they have "log entries" for the previous session.

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8/12/10 5:21 P

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Funny thing, the GM in my mutants & masterminds game was listening to a podcast about 'rewarding' players who take notes. His response, 'um, rewards? Uh oh.' I've been keeping notes for most of the 7 years we'd been playing and the only reward that I'd gotten, other than knowing what's going on, was a 'thanks.'

For the upcoming game, he plans to find a way to reward me for my note-taking. It won't be extra experience or anything, it will have to be something less..material.

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8/10/10 11:57 A

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I have the same problem as others when it comes to notes. I'll jot them down shorthand, and then a week later have no idea what they meant.

I think we all have thoughts of converting some of our favorite campaigns into the next Annotated Chronicles.

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7/2/10 4:41 P

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I have a really bad memory so I started taking notes for my bard character so I could have good song titles.

Then I just started taking notes. Reams and reams of notes. Now, I'm the official chronicler/note-taker for both home games that I'm in. I send the notes to the GM after the game. If it's not in my notes, it's unlikely that anyone will remember it.

Not to long ago, I discovered Obsidian Portal (website). Oh man, I love it. If I could convince my GMs to use it to host the game details, I'd be ecstatic. I'm putting the notes from one game on there, gradually. It does help me keep track of NPC names, instead of flipping through file after file on my laptop, trying to remember -when- we ran into so&so.

As it is, I'm using it for the intermittent game that I run at local conventions.

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3/28/10 11:19 P

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I'm bad at remembering to take notes during my games. I usually ST(storytell) for the table top games I get involved with. Luckily, I have a very good chronicler in my game. I think having a game log, journal or, whatever you wish to call it is a great idea. Live Journal and the like would be good for this I think.

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5/9/08 2:23 P

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I take notes in game, mainly because I like to turn our campaigns into book/story format on the computer. emoticon That, and it always helps to have someone who took notes in case we miss one (or two) weeks of gaming and can't remember where we left off! LOL

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5/9/08 1:54 P

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I think a lot of DMs would give you some sort of credit for it.

It could help them write the story. I know that I'm often surprised by how the characters act in my game, but if I had a better idea of what they would do, I could spend my time better when I plan the story. As it is, I have to look at every possible choice they could make.

Also, it would lead to better role-play, since you have a better idea of your character's "voice", you're more likely to make choices based on what he/she would do, rather than what you would do.

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5/9/08 1:01 P

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I started journaling my current character. It's actually an in game thing that she does. And the cool thing is that when I post my journal entries to the DM's forum I get bonus XP!
That was neat when I discovered it. Bonus XP JUST for exploring my own character's inner workings. Wonder if I can pull it off with other DMs...

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3/4/08 2:44 A

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My journal method involves note taking during game. I dedicate a notebook to one character and then use it to "think" and remember. I jot down facts, and bits and pieces, I will copy maps drawn on the whiteboard playing surface, I will sketch critters and artifacts encountered... amongst all that you will find hastily scribbled questions and exclamations as my character is ruminating over the puzzles before her.

THEN. When it's quiet, and I'm busy with the mundane chores of the day I let my character think out loud inside my head. Once I've got it figured I sit down and write a journal entry. I try to space the entries to coincide with lulls in activity when a person would naturally have a few minutes to write their thoughts down in a journal. I use my game notes to fill in details or remind of things she was thinking or worrying about.

The best part of this whole process is I have recorded my fantastic adventures for posterity... the journals are like a scrapbook that I can open and use to re-live the grand adventures I had.

I currently have a character that is illiterate. I'm stumped. Not sure if I SHOULD journal. Her race has a verbal history, not a written one. I was thinking that instead of journaling I should take notes for myself and then write ballads about the individual encounters or adventures as they complete, then she can tell her stories in game and in character... what do you think?

On a side note... my husband the GM takes those journals as existing in the game world and my character has lost some to water and fire damage. My spy, Remie, has to guard her journal from theft... stupid spy... never write anything down, eh?But it's a fun resource to have!

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3/3/08 1:57 P

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I like to have a character journal. I am usually faced with the following challenges though...

1) If I try to do paper/pen route, I either get haphazard account of mostly facts and a random quote or two(4 orc, 5 goblins killed... so-so almost died, etc)... or I'm so involved in writing that the spontaneous play and character interaction is degraded. Which I'm playing a rogue in two different campaigns... and so that's very bad.

2) I have a digital voice recorder which I can record the sessions. Biggest obstacle to this is procrastination. I've got many game sessions left to transcribe now, and no time to do it in. Especially when I think that each session is usually several hours of recording that needs to be listened through again to get the details.

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2/25/08 5:08 P

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::laughs:: I've been guilty of that as well... pull out a character... lots of cryptic little notes in the margins... noooo clue as to what they point to!

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I'm terrible at keeping notes, even as a GM. The worst part is that when I do write something down, I usually only take time to write a word or two. Then, when I look back at it a few weeks later, I have no idea what it meant. :-)

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2/23/08 1:42 A

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"when I look at old character sheets I find my player notes which has short things written that bring the whole situation back into mind like it was yesterday"

Oooh I know how that goes! The character sheets almost look like scrapbooks to me when I go back and thumb through them... notes in the margins, stains, rips, cryptic notes tucked into the plastic sleeve, sketches and maps doodled in the back... A chronicle of many hours of enjoyment and escape!

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2/23/08 1:39 A

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::laughs:: wake up and roll! That would wake me from a sound sleep as well! Too funny!

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2/22/08 8:17 P

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when I look at old character sheets I find my player notes which has short things written that bring the whole situation back into mind like it was yesterday. On one I have wrote down ' a piece of Relic maybe!??'

Relic was a senile old man who decided to take up the magic arts and joined our party. We were attacked by Gryphons after the horses. relic did not have riding and we all had to make riding checks he failed miserably. His horse bolted from the group and the gryphon tore him and his horse into unidentifiable pieces. We searched and my character found a bone she thought might be a hand bone cast preserve on it and put it away till they could get a regeneration and raise dead cast.

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I don't really have much of a choice with online PBP... there is automatically a record generated but man oh man going back over pages of stuff... yeah no. I started keeping a game timeline which is a HIGHLY summarized journal thingy of the game only. I make private notes so bonus xp will be awarded at the end of a challenge.

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In my one group we have a chronicler. he has answered for years to his real name and his character name and we lovingly called him a ranger scribe. he took the notes in shorthand so he had to read things back. My other memory was that he would doze off for a few hour from 11 to 1 am and we would poke him and to wake up when he needed to make his rolls. One time being unable to awaken him I looked at him and said "Steve! wake up! Roll dice you are about to die!" He jolts out of sound sleep and to this day we want someone to pay attention we say wake up and roll you are about to die.'

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In one of our old campaigns we had a girl who would cartoon our adventures, and originally we were going to publish it as a webcomic... but that never took off. Occaisionally she still sends me her comics, and I absolutely adore them. I've asked her to write one where my current character (Lexi) meets our old party in a bar, and I can't wait to see it.

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2/22/08 1:37 P

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My hubby started recording game sessions a while back to help me with the conversation part of writing up my story... always had my character's point of view but remembering what exactly was said is hard... the recording helps alot! Especially when Remie just starts orating and diplomaticking and I don't know what will come out of her mouth until it does!

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2/22/08 1:34 P

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My wife journals her characters. I used to offer additional xp reward to encourage this because I am one of those sad DMs who doesn't reissue the information himself because I'm constantly developing what's coming next and stuff that might or might not actually appear in the campaign in the future. But, I discovered that it didn't change players' incentive to chronicle their characters' exploits. The same people did so kept doing so and hte same people who never did so continued not doing so.

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I don't journal my characters personally. However, I was once the official chronicler for a game a friend was running. Until he pissed me off and I quit. Then I just started playing in the game instead. He had put a lot of work into this campaign, and was kinda hoping to have the story published...

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Hey out there! I am a copious note taker. My GM is horrible about not re-issuing information... if you don't make a note, you might not remember! That note taking has evolved over the years into game journals, most of which are written in the voice and hand of the character involved. I have a shelf in the library dedicated to journals from past games, they look like the motley collection that they are because once they are done I tend to bind them up to look like said journal (okay... I'm kinda sad and farty, I know)

Does anyone else journal their characters? Anyone interested in sharing? Drop me a line! I'd love to hear about it!

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