Starting my journey with my first notebook


#1

I know you’ll think this is odd, but I find it strangely exhilarating not knowing what’s coming next.
-Raymond E. Feist

I grew up in a fundamentalist home where my parents lived in the 80s fear brought down by evangelicals of the time that games like D&D led to the occult and suicide. Now in my 40s I have the opportunity to take on table top RPG for the first time. I aspire to be a game master and bought a notebook to compile my thoughts and inspiration.

Drawing a quote from my favorite fantasy writer of all time, Raymond E. Feist who led me on this journey with the Magician novels when I was in 7th grade.

Looking for any advice you might have on what to include in this book - beit practical advice or flashes of inspiration.

As an apprentice game master I will henceforth be known as Arennas, the name of my elf Druid from my WoW days.

Looking forward to many adventures.


#2

Welcome and may your journey be exciting!


#3

Scribble all over that book. Give yourself permission to really make a mess of it. And include everything. Anytime you have a thought about anything hobby related, draw it, write it, scribble, doodle, map it, cross out, write again, draw arrows, smear stuff, and draw again.

I promise that one day you will look back at your work with such overwhelming fondness, you’ll wonder why you never started sooner.


#4

That thing should look like a scatter brained explorer’s field guide when you’re done with it!


#5

Write, write, and write.

Know that this journal is the first of many.

You’ll probably dabble with lots of different ways to record, organize, and cross-reference your notes. BulletJournal is a popular mechanism, and worth exploring, but don’t let its prescriptions be too prescriptive: use what makes sense to you, and keep writing.

It’ll be an exciting journey!


#6

I’m going to use a loose form of bullet journaling, :blush:


#7

Arennas. Your journey has begun. It will never end. It is an endless search for knowledge of the esoteric. Welcome, Ser, to the Fold. There is no turning back now.


#8

Yes! The excitement and power is contagious!

Wreck that thing. Put all your ideas in there, don’t worry about chronology, setting, or anything: have a notebook that is expressly for wrecking. I have a journal like this one, and others I keep game notes in, and you can do the same so don’t treat this notebook as a frail, dainty thing. This notebook is steel you’re heating and hammering into the foundation of worlds and universes!

Hammer hard.


#9

Spent some time tonight filling out the start of the first few pages. Story ideas, bits of inspiration, a glossary for me to record new ideas…jotted down a few bits from bed time stories I’ve made up for my kiddos…looked at box art for old adventure games I played as a kid…just relaxed, having fun dreaming and remembering


#10

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