008 - How I do Session Notes
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EP 008 - As Game Master, you are the keeper of the records. You hold the bulk of the story in your hands. Through intentional session notes, you can leverage this responsibility to tell complex stories.

You can find my session Note Template in the show notes here. 

There are 3 core components to effective session notes: 

  1. What choices did the characters make and how did they affect the world? 
  2. How was my performance? What did the players like? What didn’t they like?
  3. What specific actions did each character make and how did it develop their story? 

Focusing my session notes on these three points dramatically improved my Dungeons & Dragons Games. They help me keep the world dynamic and responsive. My craft gets better each week. I also hold onto critical details and actions for each character, helping me weave their story with the overarching narrative. 

Take note of the major choices they make and use it to shape the world into a responsive, living story. 
Keep track of the subliminal feedback your players give you each session. Maximize what they love, minimize what they don’t, and practice the things that didn’t go as expected. 
As you collect your characters’ choices you’ll be able to weave their unique story threads into a richly woven narrative. 

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