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Here at Atlassian, we're constantly impressed and inspired by the creative ways that our tools are used. In particular, Trello's collaboration functionalities make it a useful tool that's frequently used both in professional + personal use cases. Read on to discover one Trello user's first-person account of how he uses Trello's functionality to (quite literally) slay at Dungeons and Dragons:
I am a big fan of Trello in my personal and private life. BIG fan. It's primarily meant to be a collaboration tool, but it is perfect for D&D (Dungeons and Dragons). You can create separate "boards" and on each board, put a "list" and on each list as many "cards" as you want. When you click on a card, you can attach files, write notes, and lots of other stuff. And you can drag and drop cards and lists to move things around.
I decided to try to integrate it into my DMing (Dungeon Mastering), and I'm never going to look back!
Here is a picture of my dashboard showing each of the tabs I keep open, each with a different Trello board:
You can see the tabs along the top. The first board that's shown, Vedvandet, is just a reference board where organize all the information about my homebrew world. It's flexible and fantastic. I don't visit this board much during a game, but it's very handy in case I need to dig up some lore or answer a question and want to remain internally consistent.
The second board, Campaign, is the main board for running the game. Here is the right side of the board, along with a quick glossary of list names:
Paths - Where I keep track of the main themes running through the game so far.
Encounters - A bunch of possible encounters the PCs may have based upon past events.
NPCs - A list of the main NPCs likely to be encountered, and a card that huge list of random names in case I need to make one up on the fly. A master list of all NPCs introduced in the campaign so far is kept on the Vedvandet board.
Villians - Another NPC board, but with stats.
Locations - Specific sites the PCs may stumble across based upon their current location and where I anticipate they may go next.
Enemies - List of things they may have to fight. Each card has the enemies stats for easy access, also:
Music - Each card on the list has a link or two or three to a youtube video song that fits the theme. So I can change the mood at the drop of a hat.
Treasure and Items - Details on the back of each card.
Sample cards are:
The fourth board is my Combat Tracker:
The first list is how I keep track of initiative. I then have 10 premade lists representing the first round ten rounds of combat. More can be added with a couple clicks of the mouse. In each round, I can add a card to denote when something important happens, such as a spell being cast which requires that character to main concentration or bestowing a boon or bane on an NPC or enemy. I also add a card on the list for the round in which that condition or spell wears off. Here is a pic of the right side of the board. Nothing too exciting to look at there, but man alive is it an easy way to track this stuff!