Index cards — a GM’s best friend, and something of a Treasure Tables obsession. This RPGnet column by Chris Gunning offers up another way to use index cards in your game: to organize all of your game notes.

Chris sums up his thinking like so: “Using notecards forces the GM to keep information short, pithy and bite-sized- exactly what is useful at a gaming table.”

He also points out that “As physical objects they give the GM a good benchmark to see how much preparation they have.” If you tend to over- or under-prep, this might be a useful technique for you.

Using index cards as an organizational tool isn’t a new idea, but I’ve never seen this specific approach — essentially, writing your adventure on them — outlined before.

Have you ever tried something like this?