I always like take notes when playing Tabletop Role Playing Games, however moving into the digital world I have found it tricker to do.
If course I can use a pen and paper or one of the numerous erasable notebooks. The paper solution is kind of wasteful, but when the games run on for years it can be difficult to find the right note book/pages or you may have destroyed the notes in that time.
So I’m sold on writing and keeping them digitally, there are a number of solutions that take your notes and digitise them but that again suffers from the difficulty in searching through them.
I have tried to use a note on Roll20 to keep track of them however as I have my windows pop-out of the main window, which when it goes into edit mode, re-attaches itself to the main window, vrenders it frustrating as it’s in the way of the scene.
So for the last month I’ve been testing out CherryTree which as the name suggests makes use of a tree structure to allow you to build a hierarchical structure for your notes.
The application has a huge list of features that I won’t begin to list but I’ll pick the most useful for me and my TTRPG note taking my requirements which are fairly straightforward.
- Customisable Colours and Fonts
I want a dark scheme but not always black or grey, I need to able to read it comfortably.
An editor that allows me to highlight words and even cut and paste
- Link between Nodes for cross referencing
To help referencing information between different areas
- Ability to search
Straightforward I know but I want to be able to find data as and when I need to refer back to it.
So far I’m very happy with the application and I can even export nodes into PDF if I want to share anything with other team members.