I love using journals for tabletop games and Role Playing Games. I recently backed a project on Kickstarter for an RPG character journal, which I think is a pretty neat idea, but I’ve been using a variety of journals and notebooks to keep track of my gaming thoughts for many years now.
My Top 5 Journals for Tabletop Games
My favorite journal for RPGs is a 5 x 8.25 inch Cahier journal from Moleskine. I usually buy them in a pack of three and I like to get them with a kraft brown cardboard cover so that I can draw and doodle on them. I prefer the squared layout because it makes it easier to draw maps. The size of the page is perfect for taking notes or jotting down ideas when you need enough space to show relationships between concepts or you need to make a list.
I also like the 3.5 x 5 inch Classic Notebook from Moleskin, which you can get with a hard cover. It has a nice feel when you hold it in your hand, and I like the elastic band and the utility pocket in the back. This is the only journal of the five listed that is lined. All of the others have squares or dots. You do need a pen with a fine nib; otherwise, it gets pretty messy.
The Adventure Log from Bradley Mountain comes in the same 3.5 x 5 inch format. This is similar to the popular Field Notes series of notebooks, which are also really nice, but the Adventure Log has a format that features sections on each page to describe things like location and companions. I’m still playing around with how best to use this one, but I know that I like it. It fits in your back pocket and it just looks cool.
The A4 Large Size Side-Stapled Notebook from Rhodia is what I use to keep track of campaign notes and thoughts for any RPG that I may be running. The quality of the paper is excellent and since I’ve recently developed an interest in fountain pens, this makes writing with them a real pleasure. I know that it would be easier to just use some online utility to keep track of campaign notes, but there is something special about pen-and-paper RPGs and well, pen and paper.
I use my Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover notebook multiple times a day. I’ve kept a bullet journal for the last few years, using the Leuchtturm, and it’s a real workhorse. It stands up to daily use without ever showing much wear and tear, and the dotted pages open flat without breaking down the spine. I have a section in the back of the journal where I keep a running log of all of the games that I play in a year.
Those are my favorite journals for tabletop games. If you have some favorites that you would like to share, please do so in the comment section below. I keep trying to make it easier for readers to comment, so let me know that you can access the interface by sharing your thoughts about how you like to keep track of your games and campaign notes.