London and I have been playing D&D again lately. Our table is not huge, and with maps, minis, and rulebooks, it can get a little crowded. Also, we like to be able to take D&D on the road when we go on vacation, without bringing a suitcase of game gear. London had made tiny character sheets for our hirelings using 3×5 index cards, and it got me thinking about the utility of half-size character sheets. I get offers for free stuff from Shutterfly all the time, so when an offer came in for a free 5×7 notepad, I hacked a version of the D&D 5e character sheet to fit. It’s not really enough room to include everything even for a fighter, and definitely not for a magic user, but we’re usually keeping a lot of stuff on the reverse side even when we use full-size character sheets.
The pad just came in and it hasn’t been tested yet, but while it was on the way we printed half-size character sheets on regular printer paper, two per page, and used them for our latest round of chargen (for the new Mythic Odysseys of Theros campaign world, which we are very excited to dive into–more on that in another post, hopefully), and they worked great. If you’re curious, Shutterfly 5×7 notepads are 75 sheets of 80 lb. paper with a chipboard backing. The actual measurement is a bit shy of 5×7: 4.84″ x 6.74″, and 9/16″ thick (0.56″ or 14mm). I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and I’m looking forward to using these little sheets. I’m thinking they’ll not only be useful for travel, but also for quickly bashing out pre-gens for one-shots and introductory adventures. Further bulletins as events warrant.
The other cool thing in the photo is another new arrival: a d30. Inspired by Jeff Rients, I’ve decided to institute the d30 rule, and a big purple die that can sit out on the table and draw eyes and beg to be used seemed like just the ticket (regular-ass d20 for scale). London and I got a little impatient and instituted the d30 rule even before the die came in the mail, using an online dice-roller, and we’re hooked. I’m thinking for the Theros campaign the d30 rule will be tied to some level of note-taking, like writing a one-paragraph summary of the last session gets you access to the d30 for one roll in the next session. If I institute that, I’ll let you know how it turns out.