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Hippogryph gamemasters have to track group logistics, house rules, characters, storylines, and metaplots. Whether using an adapted setting or creating your own, it becomes a lot to keep straight. Then there are optional mechanics, new product releases, and possibly upcoming conventions.

Bullet journaling has become something of a phenomenon over the past few years. Combining the calendar functions of a day planner, the utility of to-do lists, and the personal documentation of a diary into a single, easy-to-use notebook is appealing and practical. That approach provides a simple, efficient, and flexible way to organize information. I have used one personally and professionally for several years now. The shelf next to my desk holds journals dedicated to managing complex projects, planning novels, and running tabletop roleplaying campaigns.

The problems encountered with campaign log-type products are the same with most day planners and personal organization systems: one size does not fit all. Sometimes I need more room to track one specific category of thing. The prepackaged pages include fixed headings and topics that might not suit your needs. To fix this, I would modify provided material to the point that it became an unholy mess, next to impossible to find anything, and ultimately easier to make up my own system as I go along.

Which is, when you come down to it, what a bullet journal is. You add what you need as you need it. The creator, Ryder Carroll, describes it as a method rather than a format. Bullet journaling is a way of doing things, which means you can customize it to do what you want. It’s a perfect tool for gamemasters regardless of what system, setting, or genre you run.

This book intends to provide you with tips and suggestions for using a bullet journal in conjunction with organizing and running a Hippogryph campaign. Like roleplaying itself, what you get out of it depends on how much you put into it. Make it your own. Take what works, ignore the rest, and use the basic principles to create whatever you need to make your campaign great.

In these pages you will find:

Journaling Basics: This section covers the methodology of bullet journaling. From selecting a journal to creating spreads and collections to the process of logging information, this is the foundation for building your Hippogryph campaign journal.
Index: The index functions as the table of contents for your journal, pointing you to the locations for information on different topics.
Rapid Logging: This simple note taking methodology balances speed with accuracy. Rapid logging uses symbols to identify different types of information as you write it down.
Future Log: A future log is a collection, broken down by month, where you can record appointments and tasks to perform at a later date.
Monthly Log: A touchstone for the current month, including goals, tasks, and events, collected in a convenient two-page spread.
Session Log: The means to document a single Hippogryph session, keep notes, and capture tasks to follow up on later
Trackers: A tracker is a calendar, grid, or checklist used to monitor a recurring task. Rather than writing it down every time, mark the tracker whenever you perform that task.
Collections: These make up the bulk of a bullet journal and organize information by content. Collections can be logs, lists, trackers, etc. Other popular collections include habit and mood trackers, fitness or diet trackers, a list of books to read, restaurants to try, etc.
Glossary: A collection of bullet journaling and relevant Hippogryph system terminology gathered in one place for ease of reference.

A hippogryph combines the elegance of a giant eagle with the stability of a horse. It is a hybrid of two things that cannot logically go together. Somehow the unlikely remix produces something that elevates both of its antecedents. The Hippogryph system pairs foundational fantasy roleplaying tropes with the creativity and flexibility of story gaming. Its toolkit approach allows you to design characters, worlds, and adventures the way you choose.

Lightspress Media is a tabletop roleplaying company with a lo-fi approach. The utility of content takes precedence over ostentatious production value. Graphic elements should enhance the message of the text, not act as page filler and eye candy. Physical books need to be compact, portable, and sturdy. This minimalist aesthetic results in powerful toolkits that are both useful and affordable. After all, tabletop roleplaying isn’t the book. It’s the creativity and collaboration that takes place around the tabletop. Our mission is to give you as much as you need, then get out of your way.

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