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Do you modify/write-in your game books?

Emirikol

Adventurer
I write in my books and tear out pages to hand to the players. My Curse of Strahd is a mess.
I use an extra soft pencil for making notes bc I oftentimes erase and give the books away to the younger kids at my son's game days (back before the end of the world).
 

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Esau Cairn

Villager
There is an entire field of academic research which involves studying the marginalia of what authors have written in the books they read and research. Personally, I find such notes and notations of some authors to be far more fascinating than the fiction they produce.

Through more than half my life, I never even stamped an intaglio in any of my books; I was furious when my mother wrote my name in a couple of books she sent to me when I was a freshman in boarding school. Then I read Nabokov and was compelled by the words to begin marking the most glorious sentences in the history of English language literature, along with notes and references and allusions to other works.

After that, marking my rpg books was not only inevitable, but became worth hours saved during game play. Those with pages that could be marked. Sticking tabs on glossy pages is about as far as the medium effectively allows.

Of course, in recent decades, using pdfs provides the best of both world; perfect copies and the ability to mark them up with notes and tabs, etc. But pdfs aren't a well-thumbed book nor can they ever be.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I used to write my name inside the cover of my books, but one day I realized that every other player at the table religiously wrote theirs inside their books, so I stopped. Now everyone knows that the ones with no name are mine and I get to keep my books nice and clean. :p
 


Arilyn

Hero
The librarian thing is interesting. They've hammered into us not to write in books, but casually, even cruelly stamp "discard" into old unloved books, and toss them on to the "free books" heap. Nothing sadder than that. They end up in their forever homes at my house.
 

jasper

Rotten DM
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.
AND LOW THE HERETIC REVEALS THEMSELVES. Smug them. Wipe chocolate melted bunny juice on them. Dog ear them.

To the tune of "it is my party"
It's my book, and I'll write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
You would write in too, if if you were smart

….

It's my book, and I'll write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
You would write in too, if if you were smart



I've got reason to smile

It's my book, and I'll write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
You would write in too, if if you were smart

…..

It's my book, and I'll write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
You would write in too, if if you were smart

Oh, it's my book, and I'll write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
Write in if I want to
You would write in too, if if you were smart
It's my book, and I'll write in if I want to
 



Dyson Logos

Adventurer
What kind of monster would write in a book?
 

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S'mon

Legend
So tell me, do you modify your rule books at all? Write in them? Cross stuff out? Stick in inserts? Do you maybe purposefully print out PDFs so you can write on them without "defacing" the actual book? Do you treat them like slabbed comics? :ROFLMAO:
Yes, but only in pencil (+ sticky notes). No pen! :)
 

Mumbly-mumbly something about lies in the eye of the beholder (which is not at all the same as a Beholder's eye).

I see beauty in the many lives of each dog-ear'd page.
I see beauty in perfect highlighting and the ability to be stored without shelves.I still have far too many physical books, but at least they fit on the shelves now.
 


Retreater

Legend
The librarian thing is interesting. They've hammered into us not to write in books, but casually, even cruelly stamp "discard" into old unloved books, and toss them on to the "free books" heap. Nothing sadder than that. They end up in their forever homes at my house.
I don't know...
As a professional librarian for decades, I can say we are pretty rough on books that circulate. We stamp them, label them, reinforce jackets and spines, repair torn pages with tape, etc.
And when it is time to stamp them with "no longer property of" we donate them to children's groups, put them in Little Free Libraries, or sell them to buy new books.
A book is never unloved. We just release them to find someone else to love them.
 

When I worked in Interlibrary Loan, we used to joke about forming a brute squad to go after people that didn't return books. In our case, it was especially dire because someone not returning a book loaned from another institution could jeopardize our entire relationship with them.

There needs to be a movie about a librarian who, when someone does that, turns out to be a retired assassin who goes all John Wick on them.
 


smcc360

Explorer
Write in a book?! If I or my filth-fingered players have been eating pizza or nachos, nobody can even TOUCH the book. Maybe I'll throw a stickynote in there, if I'm feeling daffy.
 



This needs context .:ROFLMAO:
OK so kick me off the board if you must, I had some marijuana the one night and I was writing my players next adventure, I was flipping through the MM. I just flipped through saw the skeletal carcas of the thought eater and "thought", go talk to some fish. So thereinlies the Aqaman blast, I just wrote it there. I remember that night, remembering all the great monsters. Funniest part about is I was looking something up for the COMMAND thread and saw that page in my book, reminded me of this thread. Its not a great zsory...but if yo were there.
 

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