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DnD 5E Character Journal
Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the DnD 5E Character Journal?
    The DnD 5E Character Journal is a set of files that you can print at home to create stylish, custom Journals for your DnD 5E characters. You can find videos of the process of creating a Journal here. You can find videos of example Journals here.
  • What information does the Journal store?
    The Journal stores all information you’d expect to find in a character sheet and more, including character appearance, personality, attributes, proficiencies, skills, attacks, inventory, class and subclass abilities. It lets you store information you wouldn't find in a character sheet such as familiar statistics and magic item descriptions. Check out an example Journal here.
  • Which classes does the Journal support?
    The Journal supports all 12 of the core DnD classes; Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Monk, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
  • How does the Journal support multiclass characters?
    All class and subclass information is recorded in a separate section within the Journal called a Class Insert. If you want to add another class to a Journal, you just need to print off a Class Insert for the new class and add it to your Journal.
  • How does the Journal help me streamline play?
    The Character Journal is designed to streamline play, bringing some of the quality of life features of modern online tools to tabletop play. Here are just a few ways that the Journal helps streamline play: The Journal is full of rules reminders and infographics to help you understand the general game rules and your character’s abilities. Availability circles make it easy to track the abilities that are available to you, and the level that you get character abilities including individual spell slots is clearly marked. When each ability available to you should be refreshed (such as after a long rest or long or short rest) is clearly marked. By grouping relevant information into the same sections, the Journal makes it easy to find the information you need at a glance. For example, most of the time, if you need to update anything during an opponent’s turn in combat, you should be on the Defenses & Hit Points | Defensive Abilities spread. The Journal includes references to the core DnD books where you may want to read more about specific rules such as Spellcasting.
  • Which parts of my Journal can I update?
    The Journal comes as a set of digital files that include images for each Journal page. Some images include pre-filled text for things that never need to change such as Skill and Attribute names, class names, and page titles. For everything else, you can either use the included PDF fields to fill text digitally before printing a page, or print the page off and fill it by hand using a pen or pencil. As it's your choice whether you fill pages using PDF fields, pen or pencil, it's your choice how updatable you make your Journal. The Journal includes detailed usage guides covering each page, and these recommend which fields you may want to not fill using PDF fields. This includes things such as attribute and skill values and spell names for some classes. You may want to use a mix of PDF fill and pencil in some cases, for example for attack profiles. If your character is likely to have access to a dagger through their whole campaign, their proficiency bonus and Dexterity modifier may be likely to increase, so you can fill the item name, base damage and damage type using a PDF field, and leave space to add attack bonus and bonus damage in pencil so you can update this as your character's journeys continue.
  • What does a completed Journal look like?
    You can find videos of example Journals here.
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