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GMMichael

Guide of Modos
. . . Writing in RPG books is, I suspect, a Grognard thing that's been getting less common as the average quality of RPG books went up.
Makes sense. It's easy to write in a book that already looks like it's printed on a notebook. But the "errata" thing seems pretty common these days, and I would much rather reference just the primary book, with notes, than reference both the book and its errata.

My personal game books are designed as spreadsheets. So if I modify anything, it's the game-specific spreadsheet, not the book/original.
 


CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
I never write in my books, except maybe to put my name inside the cover. Maybe.

If I need to bookmark something for a gaming session, I usually just put a Post-It note in while I'm prepping my materials, and then remove it after the game.

I come by it honest; I worked in a library for 4 years.
 
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Bilharzia

Fish Priest
There are three kinds of book owners.

The first has all the standard sets and best-sellers—unread, untouched. (This deluded individual owns wood-pulp and ink, not books.)

The second has a great many books—a few of them read through, most of them dipped into, but all of them as clean and shiny as the day they were bought. (This person would probably like to make books his own, but is restrained by a false respect for their physical appearance.)

The third has a few books or many—every one of them dog-eared and dilapidated, shaken and loosened by continual use, marked and scribbled in from front to back. (This man owns books.)

HOW TO MARK A BOOK
by Mortimer J. Adler


I have to mark this video NSFW - Not Safe for Whales - in this context whales are rpg book buyers who largely fit into the second category above. The rpg 'industry' relies almost entirely on these people, who make up 90% of the market for rpg books.

The below video includes many potential triggers which make it NSFW - minor offences such as post-it notes give way to more serious practices like written paper notes attached to scraps of paper, multiple marginalia, some filthy video of dog-earing (not sure how that got onto YouTube), then final Full-Page notes, and some very hardcore highlighting often using mixed colours on a single page. If you've watched similar documentaries about a person's descent into depravity and a wasted life, this is one such story. You have been warned.

 



ART!

Hero
I have to, to prioritize the things I know I'm going to wish I had prioritized. I use tabs, highlighters, tiny post-its, underline stuff, and add notes in the margins.

As a kid, I picked up underlining and writing notes/comments in my books from my dad, the very-old-school college professor.
 




delericho

Legend
Not any more. My 2nd Ed DMG has some notes in it, as does, I think "The Complete Fighter's Handbook". But after a failed attempt to mark up "Sword & Fist" with all the required errata, I haven't written in any RPG book.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
I'm fascinated, no, horrified, that people think writing in a book is okay somehow. I can't even bring myself to write in a used paperback.

How could it not be okay? We are writing in our own books. Now if I come to your house and write in your books that'd be rude. :ROFLMAO:
 

This just shows why Session 0 is so important. Some people enjoy a game that allows more controversial aspects like rape, domestic abuse, genocide, or marked books, but some people don't. Always discuss these things before the game starts to learn what might trigger different players, so no one is caught off guard.
 

This just shows why Session 0 is so important. Some people enjoy a game that allows more controversial aspects like rape, domestic abuse, genocide, or marked books, but some people don't. Always discuss these things before the game starts to learn what might trigger different players, so no one is caught off guard.

Interesting choice of related offenses.

I've never bothered to poll players for such things. If they don't like the game as presented, they can leave. I'm more interested in that new players understand their obligations.
 


Retreater

Legend
No way. Unless I can get a writer to autograph it, or if I'm carrying it to many public tables I might put my name in it. Otherwise, it's heresy.
 


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