The Digital GM

If you are in any way a fan of digital tools at your tabletop, or when you’re deep into your prep then you need to pay attention.

Get Onenote.

It’s packaged in with MS Office 2007 and frankly, it’s worth the price of admission on it’s own. I’ve only scratched the surface of it’s capabilities and it’s spurring me on to create more gaming goodness than I really have time for.

Any tips or tricks you know of?

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3 responses to “The Digital GM

  1. What exactly do you use it for? What kind of features are handy for a GM?

    • Hi,

      You know how useful Word, Excel and Powerpoint are for GMing right? Well, you know how you often need elements of each of those, but all on the same page, in a format where you can intuitively flick between them? That’s what Onenote does.
      Imagine a ringbinder with tabbed sections and pages within each section. That’s what it looks like without any content. You fill it in almost freehand, you can add text to any part of the page, not just where the next line would be. You can grab pieces of webpage, parts or all of an image, soundclips and video. There are tag icons for just about everything. It’s all hyperlinked….
      I could go on.

      For the GM, I think it comes into its own in prep. When I’m getting an adventure ready I usually call on a whole bunch of sources. With Onenote I can literally put them all on the same page. The rule books, the characters, the images, DDI stuff, compendium, monster builder, minis, soundtracks, links to Wikipedia.

      When it’s done, the entire notebook can be exported to pdf.

      It’s genius.

      Does that help?

  2. Granger44

    OneNote 2007 supports hyperlinking between notebook pages. So you could create your module within OneNote and put hyperlinks in to link the various encounters. You can also create a reference page for your PC’s stats and a table of contents to make it easier to navigate.

    My Digital DM setup on my tablet PC is: OneNote for note taking and reference, InitTool for initiative, and Asmor’s DiceChucker for rolling dice.

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