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My Campaign Notebook Has Arrived

So this finally came in the mail 
Seen here with my well-worn copy of A Red & Pleasant Land
The auto-populated notebook for my AR&PL campaign. So excited to finally have the results of my work in my hands. So how does it look? 

Players in my campaign: Spoilers Ahead! 


Really happy with how this turned out. Entries are pretty easy to read. The lower-cost "B&W Standard" option I selected on Lulu Xpress turned out great for the black text. The gray text isn't as sharp as I'd like (probably the main trade-off for the cheaper option), but is legible. 

Plenty of white space on each page, which is exactly what I wanted. I intend to write lots of notes in this. 

The coil binding is excellent. Very flexible plastic coil, so it should hold up to heavy table use.


The section at the back for Named NPCs turned out nicely as well. 

What could be better?

I'm all about Continual Improvement™, so what changes would I make for v2.0?

  • At 300 pages, this thing is thick! Rather than having a random chance of up to 3 landmarks per hex, might be better to limit that to 1 and have fewer pages in return.
  • As long as we're thinking of making the details for each hex smaller, go all-out and list hex contents right on a gridded map, ala the back endpapers in Frostbitten & Mutilated?
  • I've come to the conclusion that there's other things besides NPCs that would be worth having a listing/index at the back. Maybe follow the model of other hexcrawl products (Wilderlands, Hot Springs Island) and have listings of: Villages, Castles/Towers, Magic Items, Treasures.

Really, though, I expect this to be very useful to me as-is. I won't get a chance to playtest it right away. (My group's game this week will be someone else running Rats in the Walls.) But I intend to write about my experience once I do.

Final Note

I am already working on turning this into an application that everybody can use. So if this instant hexcrawl notebook looks like something you'd use, stay tuned.

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