I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there, folks; you’re in the middle of DMing a session, the party enters a new town or introduces themselves to one of your many NPCs and then….terror creeps in… you have no idea where in the Nine Hells you put those notes.
When it comes to Dungeon Masters and their notes everyone seems to be on the same spectrum that ranges from “I spend a full week planning every single detail and interaction” to what we usually refer to as “improv DMing”.
Now, If you are the latter, there’s no much we can do for you other than envy you for your amazingly developed improvisation skills. But if you’re the sort of Dungeon Master that takes any sort of notes for your sessions, we might have a little something something for you.
Evernote is a name that might sound very familiar to those you still making your way through school. It is a pretty in depth note taking software that you can access online, offline and on multiple devices.
I’ve been using Evernote for a bit over a year now and, as someone currently running three campaigns at the same time, find it immeasurably helpful in keeping my session notes and preparation in order.
But how exactly does it work?
Evernote allows you to create different “notebooks” to sort your different notes into. Personally I like to use them to separate my campaigns and other use bits and bops that I keep handy during session.
Inside each of these notebooks you can create individual notes for all your DM needs. The formatting tools are familiar and simple. Evernote also offers you what is probably the most useful element: a great tagging system.
Keeping track of NPCs and quests and story bits you are currently work on for your players is extremely easy with this software.
We’re not saying you should ditch your DM screen behind, but it might be time to consider an addition to your setup. If you’re still not quite sold on the idea, here’s a couple of pictures from my own notebooks.
Don’t forget to share this with your fellow Dungeon Masters!