This month we're releasing a feature with real crunch for GMs. It will provide the practical tools needed to not only track basic session metrics, but also make notes and communicate with the group, all within the Game Manager.
Keeping session logs is essential for any GM. It allows them to remember events that happened, decisions made, NPCs met, dates, and other important details. Johnn Four, a well-known RPG blogger, even came up with a technique called "loopy planning," which involves reviewing previous session logs to get inspiration for future games. Session logs are also a valuable source of world-building inspiration that can help GMs create a cohesive and immersive game world.
The new feature allows GMs to track the key metrics of each session, including the session title, date and time, and status. The status can be set to indicate whether the session is is draft, active, completed, canceled, or postponed. Additionally, the GM can add a description of the session, providing a brief summary of what happened.
The session logs feature allows GMs to take notes, so they can refer back to important details. GM logs are private notes made by the GM, for the GM. This allows the GM to keep track of plot points, character motivations, and other details that may be important for future sessions. There is also an option to publish the GM log to the game card, which can be useful for players who want to catch up on previous sessions.
The player logs feature allows GMs to keep track of each player's attendance, play rating (which is private to the GM), experience points, treasure, and notes. Attendance is a crucial metric for GMs, as it helps them plan for future sessions. The rating feature allows GMs to keep track of player behavior and participation, which can be useful for improving the overall gameplay experience. The experience points and treasure features are standard RPG metrics, but the notes feature allows players to keep track of important details, such as character development or plot points.
The session posts feature is useful for a wide range of communications, both in-game and between games. Players can use this feature to post updates on their character's progress, share information with other players, or communicate with the GM. The posts can be tagged as private or open, making it easy to share information with specific players or the entire group.
In conclusion, the new session log feature in Nexus3 is a valuable addition that will make it easier for GMs to manage their campaigns and keep track of important details. The key features, including session details, session logs, player logs, and session posts, provide a comprehensive toolset that will benefit both GMs and players. Whether you're a seasoned GM or a new player, the session log feature in Nexus3 is sure to enhance your gaming experience.