Adventure Log guide

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Session Log Creation Guide


  • The campaign is broken up into individual adventures. The session log should be named “Adventure Name, Session #,” with “#,” of course, replaced by the session number within that adventure. Your DM has this info, if you don’t know it.
  • The “Post Time” of the log should be the date (and time) of the session, not the date on which you post the log. Sometimes, the DM will create the log post in advance of the session. Use that one, and change the date and time if necessary.
  • List all characters present, along with who played them, at the session at the beginning of the log. This is how the DM determines who gets XP for the session. There’s a handy pre-formatted table in the log template.
  • The Adventure Log section is for session logs only. Anything else should go on a wiki page. Feel free to create one (and link to it in the adventure log) if you need to.
  • If the session ended in the middle of a combat, the normal practice is to take a picture of the battlemap so we’ll know where everyone was for next time. Please post any such pictures in the Log post. There’s a Pictures button (Picture 1) in the Editing toolbar for uploading and inserting images into your post. (If you have uploaded an image but don’t see it listed, save the post, then re-edit it.)
  • Use paragraphs. The pretty way to do this is with <div> tags, as explained in Tips & Suggestions below, but putting a blank line between paragraphs works too.
  • By default, the entire adventure log is visible on the Adventure Log tab. This gets unnecessarily long and unwieldy. Insert

after the first paragraph to break it up into manageable sections.

  • Edit your posts. This is for posterity; look it over to ensure that it looks good and says what you want it to say. On that note, any player can edit these, so if you see a grammatical, spelling or other error, please correct it.
  • Sign your posts. It’s important to me to know who wrote what, at least initially, so until Obsidian Portal provides some way to tell this, I would greatly appreciate it if session log posters would put their name at the bottom of the log.

Bloodsand Arena, Session 1 is an example of what a properly-done log looks like. Also, there is a log template available.

Tips & Suggestions

  • In the “Tagline” section of the log, enter the campaign date (and time, if known) that the session began on. For now, you’ll probably have to ask the DM what that is or figure it out from context, but eventually I intend to create a wiki page describing how to calculate Athasian dates. The DM will fill this in if you do not.
  • The Wiki Page Name should read “2-#”, with “#” being one number higher than the previous session. The “2” represents the fact that this is the second campaign in the SyDarkSun game world, and “#” represents how many sessions have transpired in this campaign. The DM will change this if you leave it as the default.
  • All players (not just the log keeper) should feel free—and in fact are strongly enouraged—to add any information that other characters don’t know as a “Player Secret” to the session log. You can choose which players can and can’t see anything in a “Player Secret.”
  • At the bottom of the log, it would be a good idea to put whatever rewards (money, magic items, etc.) the characters earned during the session. This may prove valuable in the future. All players who were present can participate in inputting this information.
  • To make indented paragraphs (preferred), enclose your text in the following code:

<div style="text-indent:20px;">Your paragraph here...</div>

  • Instead of typing in character names, you can just pull them down from the menu (Picture 2) in the editing toolbar.
  • Wiki pages and adventure logs can be linked to as well. There are, for instance, wiki pages for various places in the campaign. Use the Wiki menu (Picture 4) to insert a link to any Wiki page or Adventure Log post.
  • To insert a horizontal line to separate sections, just put --- (three dashes) after a blank line. (Thanks to madrius for demonstrating this better way to me.)
  • Further formatting help is available on the Help page.

Adventure Log guide

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