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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:12 pm    Post subject: Using One Note for Gaming Reply with quote

A friend of mine introduced me to a program I had over looked for years called One Note. I am sure a lot of you may be familiar with it. I have been using it for my games now and it is awesome. I was wondering if anyone else had used it for gaming?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you please explain what one note is and how you use it in your game.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

griff wrote:
Can you please explain what one note is and how you use it in your game.


One Note is a Microsoft program. It allows you to put together notebooks with sub sections and pages that can be easily tabbed though as the game goes on. You can quickly update notes and add pictures, music and other things for quick reference during the game. Here is a screenshot of a break down of the Darknon Station adventure outline I did from Platt's Starports.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SzftboU5BZlWfi22ineKAgLaFE30Qojh

It is really cool. You can break down a lot of stuff for quick reference.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is very cool.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

griff wrote:
That is very cool.


That was what I thought. I have a couple of notebooks that were shared with me. Pathfinder and 5E DnD. But the rest are things I am compiling myself.

I ran a game the other night and used my laptop to track everything. I was able to place things in the notebook as I was describing them so the players could see them pop up on their tablet or phone as we were going.

It made it extremely easy to keep track of npc's and their stats without having to shuffle papers constantly. The different races I could just copy a Wookipedia link into the notebook and all for easy referencing. I was able to put floor plans and ship along with their stats in the game easy. I have a ton of pictures saved from across the web (and Pinterest) so when I needed an npc I just dropped the picture in the notebook so they could see what I was describing.

It was the first time I had actually ran a game in a while (been playing mostly) and it seriously helped out tremendously. I didn't have to break my back lugging 10 or 12 books with me too. So that helped.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ReverendKeaton wrote:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SzftboU5BZlWfi22ineKAgLaFE30Qojh

It is really cool. You can break down a lot of stuff for quick reference.

That looks awesome. My stuff is so unorganized. I already use Word and Excel for Mac and they had a DL of this for Mac so I got it. Thanks for sharing this!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can one note import info from other office products?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whill wrote:
ReverendKeaton wrote:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SzftboU5BZlWfi22ineKAgLaFE30Qojh

It is really cool. You can break down a lot of stuff for quick reference.

That looks awesome. My stuff is so unorganized. I already use Word and Excel for Mac and they had a DL of this for Mac so I got it. Thanks for sharing this!
You are welcome!!! I thought it was great enough that everyone should take a look. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

garhkal wrote:
Can one note import info from other office products?


As far as I know it can. I know a lot of the stuff I use integrates well with it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ctdiHXxfiOVu1TA1J1MYX9U95eKtG1uU/view?usp=sharing

Since a lot of my players don't have the hard copy of the rules and hate thumbing through pdf's I put this notebook together to break down the rules for them. This program has helped me organize a ton of stuff without wearing out my printer.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been setting up a database for the last month or so after I learned OneNote was a thing. Finding pictures to correspond with weapons, NPCs, planets, etc. has been eating most of my time, but it's looking pretty great.

I almost paid $50 for RealmWorks until I read one of the comments suggesting OneNote. I was shocked when I found out it had been on my computer this whole time...d'oh! I also like that it can be accessed anywhere online, so I can work on it on my phone or on break at work.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RyanDarkstar wrote:
I've been setting up a database for the last month or so after I learned OneNote was a thing. Finding pictures to correspond with weapons, NPCs, planets, etc. has been eating most of my time, but it's looking pretty great.

I almost paid $50 for RealmWorks until I read one of the comments suggesting OneNote. I was shocked when I found out it had been on my computer this whole time...d'oh! I also like that it can be accessed anywhere online, so I can work on it on my phone or on break at work.


I love it. I have it on my laptop of course. It is on my tablet and my phone. I love be able to access it anywhere I go. And I have spent hours surfing the web looking for pictures and stuff just to put into notebooks for future projects.

Now I not familiar with Ever Note but the say it is similar to One Note.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a video recently where someone suggested using OneNote to organise game stuff.
I have it on my computer, but when I opened it I could not understand how it was supposed to work.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Urban Spaceman wrote:
I saw a video recently where someone suggested using OneNote to organise game stuff.
I have it on my computer, but when I opened it I could not understand how it was supposed to work.


This was the video I watched to get me started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COScoRiI1fM. I just substituted Star Wars for D&D. Also, the edition of OneNote I have is different than the one in the video (my tabs are on the left, not on top).
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might have to give it a watch..
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