Every group of players has books, a pile of papers, and a bag of dice. The dice to them, and most likely you, is to a gamer the way ammo is to a soldier or an instrument to a musician. Vital gear without which the player simply cannot function as a gamer. The dice never leave the player’s possession if that play is a tried and true gamer. Books are much the same. They are the precious tomes of knowledge that the players entrust the lives of their characters for sources of the three Ls; lore, luggage, and leveling up. The books are heavily guarded by the players and are to be respected lest one lose a limb.
The papers, however, are often an entirely different story. There are a myriad of various methods used by the players to keep up with (or not) their character sheets. It’s a most interesting phenomenon in which the player makes all their preparation for the character and then leaves it lying around wherever. I’ve seen so many players just leave their character sheets behind when finished with a session, it’s really amazing to see. My policy for players in my campaigns is to either take their characters with them, or put them in my special campaign folder where they will be safe. The whole point is to have the players do something with their characters they’ll remember and be able to pull them out at the next session. Nothing is more annoying to me as a DM as a player that comes to the game and can’t find their character. There are a lot of players who take perfectly good care of their piles o’ papers, but those few who do not are a major irritant to the rest of us.
Author: Dr. Jeff Goins is the Founder and CEO of Dwarven Tavernwww.dwarventavern.net. He writes lots of tombs, carves articles of stones, and publishes a wealth of knowledge. His latest books include Dwarven Tavern Short Hooks and Quick Start Story Ideas, Growing Up Haunted: The Tollgate, and Life In The Shadows.