Gaming Advice: How to Use Evernote as a Player

For me, Evernote is perhaps the greatest all-purpose gamer aid ever developed. As an electronic notebook, it’s unparalleled.

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I previously talked about how great Evernote is and how for me it’s an indispensable organisational tool. Being organised is one of the characteristics of a great gamers. As a player, you can achieve so much in Evernote.

The first thing you should do is create a new tag for the adventure or campaign you are playing. Using that tag with everything I list below makes it easy to find what you are looking for quickly and easily.

Store Your Character

Forgot your character sheet? No problem, it’s in Evernote! You can store your character in several different ways. You can:

  • Take a photo of your character sheet and store it in a note
  • Store a PDF of your character sheet in a note
  • You can type your character’s basic details into a note
  • Keep your character’s background information, personality and so on
  • Store your character’s shopping list

Store Session Information

Are you always trying to keep track of various bits of paper in your character folder? Do you always misplace stuff? Instead, simple store all the information in Evernote. You can:

  • Keep a list of important NPCs
  • Note the details (and reward) of the quest you are on
  • Keep a list of found/liberated loot

Store Commonly Used Rule Items

Referencing things in Evernote is often quicker than looking through a bulky rulebook. You can store:

  • Descriptions of spells, skills and feats your character uses frequently
  • Descriptions of magic item your character possesses
  • Write-ups or cheat sheets for lesser known rules (for example, Mounted Combat or grapple) you or the group use frequently

Store GM Friendly Stuff

Sometimes, storing stuff in Evernote helps your GM out. Even better, with just a couple of clicks you can share the relevant note(s) with your GM. You can:

  • Take a photo of the battle matt and initiative board at the end of the session (particularly if you finish mid-combat)
  • Write up a session summary

Help Your Fellow Evernote Users

As a player, do you use Evernote in other ways? If you do, share them in the comments below and help us all get more out of Evernote.

Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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4 thoughts on “Gaming Advice: How to Use Evernote as a Player

  1. I have made several Notebooks to organize my 5e RAVENLOFT CAMPAIGN
    Campaign Inspirational Notebook
    Campaign Mechanics Notebook
    Monsters Notebook
    Player Characters Notebook
    NPC Villain Notebook
    Current Adventurers Notebook
    Magic Items / Spellbook / Splendor