So, the other day, I found myself at the local Wal-Mart, where back-to-school sales were in full swing. Yeah, I know that it’s July, but we homeschool anyways, so I’m out of sync with the regular school calendar. All I know is that office supplies were on sale!
I really geek out about office supplies and posterboard. There’s this hovering presence of possibility around all that paper. Like, I should do something with all of it.
I managed to escape having only bought some pens, mechanical pencils, index cards, and three composition notebooks. I want to talk about those composition notebooks. The rest makes sense if you’re a roleplayer. I mean, just add dice and you can play just about any game on the market. Sure, I’d be curious to see a Burning Empires character written up on index cards, too, but it could be done.
But those notebooks….
I have various spiral notebooks floating around. They contain my scratch paper. When I need paper, that’s where I go. They have also contained design notes for games that I’m working on. Invariably, the notebook gets lost or raided for scratch paper. So, I’m going to try working with these composition notebooks. Each draft game I’m working on will get a notebook. (Yes, do the math….) Then, when I have an idea, I’ll scrawl it in the notebook. This way, I’m actually using manual means (instead of Google Docs or the like) to capture my thoughts, and it will serve as a consolidated design diary of sorts.
Also, I’ll be able to put the title on the front cover. That’ll help give some focus to the use of the book, I think.
At least, that’s the theory. I’ll let you know how it goes.