Pretty heavy for it's size, finish is well made, wouldn't scratch when i rubbed the edge on any of the faces.
Notebook was super good quality and I'm surprised at variety of notes that I could take! Each with more than enough pages for a few campaigns!
I have a pretty good grip on conditions, so when I showed these to my partner after they arrived as part of a bundle, I wasn't expecting much of a reaction. She, however, swooped on them like seagulls on snacks! She loves them! It gives her a real sense of security at the table to know that if she gets the poisoned condition, or exhaustion, then she has a handy reference she can pop in her dice tray to help her track it.
And maybe, just maybe I look at them too from time to time. Not to remind myself of anything - no! To, uh, make sure they are printed correctly! Do yourself a favor - get a pack. They are dirt cheap. They are a handy way to have a quick reference at hand and we ALL know a player that would see these and be very appreciative of having them close by as an aid.
Sometimes, the simple things are what stand out. This seems so simple, but what a brilliant idea! I wish I had $1 for every time a player has asked our DM if they could get the specifics on an item that had been awarded. Then another $1 for every time the DM had to ask to see the card because they had forgotten what they gave!
Absolutely brilliant. 10 stars!
I ordered two of these, one for me and one for my partner. As fantastic as all the digital toolsets are, there was the temptation for me to disengage from the game by using them. It became a lot less of the D&D I remember from the early 80's when I started and a lot more like Monopoly. Sure, all the counters and cards and board are printed and ready to go. And you only need to think about whether or not to buy something you land on. But this carried over to D&D for me and I began to feel I had lost something by abstracting myself from all the facets of the game.
That's where the book came in. It's a fantastic product and elicited jealous looks from everyone at the game table. The quality is good - not perfect. Some pages are a little roughly cut. It would be amazing if the character pages were able to be written on. In feedback to the creator, they acknowledged this is a common request and is not their preferred vision for the book either - but sometimes things happen in production and that seems to be the case.
I LOVE the division of the book into sections for NPCs, Locations, Factions, pre-printed Reference Material, and so on. The session note pages are a great touch. I will say that you MUST do yourself a favor and get the pdf the seller has. Knowing I can print extra pages, even if I can't bind them into the book itself, is a huge relief for me. If this was ever released as a 6 ring A5 binder option, I would never look at another notebook again. Hint Hint.
While I'm hinting, it seems to me that an opportunity has been missed by not including a fauna/flora section so all of us crafter/explorer types can record the plants and beasts magical and mundane we come across.
But these are minor wishlist items for me. This is unquestionably the closest to a perfect D&D journal I have ever come across. Thoughtfully laid out, reference section included, the ability to index on the section header pages, all of it just works. And it works at the table where it really matters. I tabbed the sections so I could quickly flip and I realized that catching all the notes in the session log and then following up after if a person or place needed further development worked better than trying to flip to the right section and take notes on something or someone not fully fleshed out yet. Session notes are the unsung hero of the journal. I would even push for a two-page spread option - but as it is, they are great for easily breaking out important parts of the session on the fly.
I found the erasable insert less useful than the session cards that are sold separately. Wizards sold class kits a while back and I picked up the one for fighter. It has an erasable board for the usual HP, weapon bonuses etc, and also has small tokens for status effects, noting inspiration and so on. The inset in the book seemed more appropriate for DM play as it carried a lot of information that covered multiple players, and the player focused stuff seemed unnecessary. In all, I didn't find much value in that.
But should these things deter you from getting this? In a word, NO. I'm planning to get more and hoard them just in case they sell out. If you want to reengage with D&D as a hobby and not just as a game, I can't recommend these books highly enough. Get one. Get two. You'll be glad you did.
I've looked all over the internet for cool Inspiration coins for my awesome husband's growing collection of D&D physreps. These are the nicest, *coolest* metal coins I've found. I just grabbed 4 more to boost his collection as we prep to return to live games and I'm so happy all over again! Thank you for making quality stuff like this to enhance our play experience! <3
I purchased several of these coins and gifted them to the members of my gaming group - they were an immediate hit! Sometimes it's hard to remember as a GM to provide Inspiration, and as a player you sometimes forget you have it! We used them in our 5e game and, with these coins in full view, we all were more aware of RPing to gain Inspiration. It was a noticeable difference!
Super handy -I've never played a bard for a longer campaign and love this handy cheat sheet!
Sturdy little card to keep your players in line! Erase perfectly and fit in a little pocket until next time.
This is seriously the best thing I have ever purchased for DND. I am old school and prefer physical notes over typing them. I also love the idea of when the campaign is over, you will have essentially written a book about your hero. Coming back to DND after a long hiatus, this has helped me stay organized as well as have tons of useful information to refer back to. I absolutely love this!
Wonderful to keep me organized! Love these books!
Is very well made item good solid, quality material.
The GM planner that I purchased has been a great asset for keeping track of all kinds of things.
Bought these as a supplement for my players. Can't wait to drop them at the table.