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Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters, Revised


The PDF version has been revised to include photographic examples. 

Bullet journaling has become something of a phenomena over the past few years. The ability to combine the calendar functions of a day planner, the utility of to-do lists, and the personal documentation of a diary into a single, easy-to-use notebook is appealing and practical. It’s a simple, efficient, and flexible means of organizing a lot of information. I’ve used one for a few years now both personally and professionally. I have created special bullet journals specifically from managing major projects, planning a novel, and yes, running a tabletop roleplaying campaign.

Gamemasters have a lot to keep track of. On one hand there’s the logistics of the game group, which all things considered is probably the easiest part. On the other there’s everything within your campaign. You need to track rulings and house rules, player and non-player characters, and individual storylines, campaign arcs, and metaplots. Whether using a published setting or creating your own, there’s an abundance of worldbuilding information to keep straight. Then there are maps, ideas that strike you out of the blue, and events like new product releases and upcoming conventions.

The problems I’ve encountered with “campaign log”-type products are chiefly the same I’ve had with most day planners and personal organization systems: one size does not fit all. Sometimes I need more room to track one specific category of thing. The prepackaged pages include heading that I don’t need, and lack topics and categories that I do. To fix this I end up modifying what they’ve provided to the point that it’s an unholy mess, next to impossible to find anything, and ultimately easier to just make up my own system as I go along.

Which is, when you come down to it, what a bullet journal is. You make up what you need as you need it. The creator, Ryder Carroll, describes it as a method rather than a format, because that’s exactly what it is. Bullet journaling is a way of doing things, which means you can customize it to do precisely what you want. This makes it a perfect tool for gamemasters, no matter what system, setting, or genre you’re running. 

The intention of this book is to provide you with tips and suggestions for using a bullet journal in conjunction with organizing and running a tabletop roleplaying campaign. Like roleplaying itself, what you get out of it is largely a function of how much you put into it. Make it your own. Take what works, ignore the rest, and use the basic principles to create whatever you need to make your game great.

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Cody S September 21, 2020 9:47 pm UTC
Amazing. I have ADHD, so storytelling is difficult for me to keep track of. This is the perfect solution.

Additionally, I've always had trouble with bullet journaling. Coming at the problem with a particular interest in mind really helped. Incidentally, also a way of focusing people with ADHD.

You should include that in your marketing!

That being said, I second Chris P. The PDF needs images of examples, at least. A Youtube video would also be immensely useful. That was my only struggle. Otherwise great!
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Lazar S November 30, 2019 12:50 am UTC
The epub file won't open on my Mac. Apple Books says the file is corrupted.
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Berin K December 01, 2019 11:21 am UTC
I just opened it in iBooks and it worked just fine. I downloaded it again, opened it in iBooks, and it worked just fine. I deleted it from the DriveThru server and re-uploaded it in case there was some back end issue, downloaded it again, opened it in iBooks, and it worked just fine. I don't know what to tell you other than trying to download it again.
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Chris P November 22, 2019 1:57 am UTC
Book could *really* use some photographs of how you set up some of your rpg journals.
Without the photos, it will be difficult to follow, and you will likely need to use other websites/google searches to understand the layout.
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Andrew R November 27, 2019 9:24 pm UTC
Agreed. I was hoping for more examples, layouts, samples.
While useful to people who haven't Bullet Journal'ed before, I was expecting more.
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Berin K December 02, 2019 7:44 am UTC
Based on feedback, there will be a revised PDF pushed in the coming week that will include photographs of key concepts and spreads.
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rob S December 09, 2019 10:41 am UTC
Is this up yet?
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Mark G December 09, 2019 7:21 pm UTC
Bought this just now. It has not yet been updated.
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Cameron D December 22, 2019 11:44 pm UTC
Has this been updated yet? I'm waiting to buy it until it is.
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Raven C December 27, 2019 9:54 pm UTC
I'm seconding this. I've been waiting since the original comment of needing photographs and there being an updated version, that I was extremely interested. Always wanted a streamlined way of journaling a solo way for solo campaigns, but didn't want to write out every little thing. Please let us know. I'm on the edge of my seat.
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Chris P January 10, 2020 3:19 am UTC
Any ETA on the updated file?
Thank you.
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Logan L January 12, 2020 5:47 pm UTC
Also waiting to purchase until the file is updated with photos and/or examples
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Mark M February 10, 2020 7:07 pm UTC
Took one for the team and bought it to see if it has been updated with photos. As of 2/10/2020, it has not.
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February 16, 2020 6:24 am UTC
Today is 2/15. I bought this earlier this month. Looks like the author just uploaded a revised Version 2.0 yesterday, which does contain photographic examples, and is available for download if you check your library.
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