I had to take a picture of this.

This is a section of my notes that I am taking whilst I am playing Rome at War: Hannibal at Bay. My wife walked past and saw it. This is how the conversation went

Wife: "What on earth is all that gibberish?"

Me: "These are my notes, so I know what I am doing,so when I stop playing, I can pick up again straight away!"

Wife: "And you will remember what all this means? "

Me: "Absolutely"

Wife: "None of it makes any sense"

Me: " Well, this is what I do every turn....." As I start to explain what it is all about,

Wife: "Pffft....nothing but gibberish....night...I am off to bed"

Me: "Good night" fist in the air (once she is out of sight) "YES!!!....peace"....but under my breath....lol

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Comment by Roger Morley on June 24, 2013 at 8:45am

Taking notes, whether they are detailed or not, is in some ways a necessity for me as I will play even the smallest of games over several nights, and they are never consecutive nights either, so the notes are a handy diary of the battle and it helps me to keep track of what has happened and where all the counters should be. In games with bigger maps and larger counter quantities, I take pictures before ending the nights session, so if anything gets moved by the time I pick it up again, I have an instant record of it.

Comment by Kev on June 24, 2013 at 8:30am

as my game of DAK2 has gone OOOONNNNN... the note taking becomes Spartan, Sparse or non existant.

I need to get back on my checklist xls for the turns.

Comment by Roger Morley on June 24, 2013 at 2:12am

I do have a system with the different colours. It is an additional aid, and is helpful when back-tracking on a turn/move/activation.

Comment by Kev on June 23, 2013 at 11:05pm

PErfect!! Love it.

Nice use of colors.

I would not be disciplined enuff to use the same color for the same thing twice.

Comment by Roger Morley on June 19, 2013 at 8:49am

Anthony, our wives do think the same. I do get that frowning looked when another game gets delivered...the look of "Another game?"

Comment by Anthony Hicks on June 19, 2013 at 8:38am

Your wife has about the same understanding (and affection) for wargames that my wife has. She's happy that I like it and glad that she knows where I am but not interested at all herself. 

Comment by Roger Morley on June 18, 2013 at 2:12am

It is not too bad when there are few counters on the map, but when there are a lot of counters, I tend to take pictures and add descriptive detail to the photo, or have notes written down but refer it to the filename of the photo taken.

Even games which I do not log the exact movements of counters, I still take notes on every game I play, and the note book almost acts as a diary/log book of the games I have played, and how I went about logging and recording game turns etc.

In time, in will prove invaluable as I return back to games i have played and can re-use some of the information.

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