Two weeks ago, I read Arnold K’s blog post about party sheets and have been enamored with the idea ever since. I made a party sheet for my players to use in our next session shown in PDF format below:
This a sheet for the players to share at the table to keep track of important information that should be accessible to all of them.
I put all of the character names at the top because it’s easy to forget other character’s names and easy to slip into the habit of calling each other by player names even when you don’t mean to.
Ship – Since this game is set in the Pirate Isles, the players will almost always have a ship of some kind. Letting them keep track of the ship’s vital statistics gives me fewer things to do and will make them feel more in control of their ship.
Hirelings – As with ship statistics, I think it’s helpful to be transparent about hireling statistics and let the players keep track of hireling health and equipment. I may consider adding a morale system in the future.
Shared Inventory – How often do you give your players potions, scrolls, and magical trinkets only to never see them again? This should help players keep track of useful things that aren’t tied to a specific character and otherwise would have gone unused.
Places Been – This is a section to help stir the group’s memories of past sessions and to make it easier to recall places they may want to revisit.
Graveyard – This is inspired by the tally that qpop keeps on his blog of our Lamentations of the Flame Princess game – a record of dead PCs. Ours is empty right now because my players have been remarkably careful and smart. And this is also an embedded reminder for them to continue playing careful and smart!
Blessings – This is my favorite idea stolen from Arnold K’s post – a divine reward to the party for certain deeds done that anyone in the party can use as an action. In my party’s example, they spent a lot of effort for no monetary reward freeing the spirits of a crew of sailors who had become ghosts. For this, I am giving them a blessing from One-Eyed Pete, the pirate god, which will let them spend an action to add the benefits of a healing potion to an alcoholic drink twice per day. This essentially gives them a shared pool of divine spellcasting that anyone in the party can draw from. I found this idea just in time to help out the party for the next session where our Priest player will not be present, and the same idea could be used to play a campaign without one person in a dedicated healer role.
Curses – The opposite of blessings! In this case, the party has not gained any supernatural curses, but it’s important to remember that a powerful pirate captain and her agents are actively looking to kill them.
It’s quite likely that you’re better at formatting documents than I am, but if you want to use the party sheet template I made, I’m including a blank one as a PDF and in Open Document text format below. Enjoy!
Party Sheet Template – PDF
Party Sheet Template – Open Document text format (like a free Microsoft Word, I dunno)