I decided at the start of the Tales of the Past campaign to not keep the kind of detailed ‘journal’ of what happens every single week like Sands of Sumalis, since it occurs once a week, runs for a shorter amount of time, and the story has “smaller” stakes (at least initially. The stakes will grow as the characters do). If one of the party members wants to keep a journal and let me post it here I’m totally fine with that *hint hint*. However, I am keeping a daily log that has 1-2 sentence statements of what happened when, using the calendar I created for the world. I figure I’ll make a new page per month. I’m not very happy with the Month names yet, otherwise I’d have stuck that in the page title.
I do really like the two vignettes I’ve done for the world (original Tales of the Past post and A Pirate captain) and would like to keep it up. I think I’ll use those to give a little flesh to the goings on in the world, that the characters may or may not know about. More than likely I’ll have more of what Sibiliss is up to as in-world time goes by, despite her getting further out of reach (and immediate relevance) of the party by the day. Just because I think she’s turned into a fascinating character. I have another one planned for Edriksport, after the culinary cookoff as townsfolk experiment more with rice. I’ve got a lot of ideas.
I’m not extremely happy with the campaign management tools I’ve set up. It’s too messy and difficult to navigate, and I need to actually sit down and work out a good system. Most of it is in Microsoft OneNote, which is surprisingly invaluable. However, I need to get better differentiating between reference material and stuff I actively need for any given specific session. Theoretically, the best possible option would be if I had all the reference material I needed, and could then just link it with a hover over popup view in the session page. Aka, if dndbeyond ever gets their act together and does for campaign management what they did for character creation and character sheets I’d owe them my soul. Kanka.io is extremely close to being able to supplant OneNote for best campaign management tool so far. I think in two or three releases it’ll probably be there. We’ll see. But then I’ll have to transfer aaaall that data over from one system into the other. That’ll be a fun week. Astraltabletop on the other hand, is probably going to replace Roll20. I’m in love with their map builder and cleanliness of their UI. But I will only know for sure when we try to play on it this Sunday.