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Feb 08 2006
By: thebaldduelist~ Treasure Hunter 6975 posts
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RPG Note Taking?

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This is just a simple, little discussion topic for a change. When you play an RPG, what kinds of notes do you take? How extensive? Maybe  you are blessed enough to remember everything and don't need to write down anything? Do you jot stuff down in detail, just random thoughts, carefully, quickly, can you read what you have written afterwards?
 
My notebook is always at my side when I play any RPG. I tend to write down lots of things, depending on what I am thinking at the time. Sometimes I will write down where I need to go if I know I won't get to it for awhile. I always make myself a to do list. Like go raise this many levels, then shop for this, take this person there and make sure they do/get that, etc. All things I know I intend to do but will forget if left to my own devices.
 
I write down stuff I will need to go back to as well. Like a blocked passage or a chest that can't be opened now, stuff like that. I also keep tracks of points of interest. (for example if I find a particularly good spot for raising, I'll jot it down) Sometimes if I feel like it, I'll keep lists of where I got stuff (like I did with DQ8' mini medals, but I did that in case someone I know ever plays or anyone on here asked, for example) or where I fought certain monsters. (like if I need to go back to analyze them if the game has a bestiary to fill in) Sometimes I'll try to solve a puzzle on paper, or draw a makeshift map of an area if I keep getting lost. (although that rarely works as I can't draw a straight line with a ruler lol)
 
I tend to not write neatly so sometimes I can't make out what I wrote. Then I get steamed at myself. lol I wouldn't say I keep extensive notes purposely, i just write down what I feel is necessary at the time.

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Treasure Hunter
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Feb 8, 2006

It depends upon the game of course.  For some games I will hardly take any notes.  For others I will practically write a book.  Right now I am actually halfway through the process of re-writing a walk-through for the original Wild Arms since it can be difficult at certain points.  I originally wrote it for my own use, but when I'm done with the re-write I'm going to give it to a friend who wants to play the game.

 

 

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Fender Bender
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Feb 8, 2006

Thank god I remember.

I never thought of a hand-written map...

I alwaysget lost somewhere...

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Feb 8, 2006
Interesting topic TBD!  As always you keep my brain working!  As for your topic, I don't usually write anything down but will right down some puzzles so I can figure them out by hand.
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Feb 8, 2006
I've never taken notes down on anything in an RPG.  I always just play it out and have fun with it.  I do have to remember things though.
 
One thing that comes to my mind that really put my brain to work was the secret dungeon in the Thunder Plains of FFX-2.  Anyone else been there?  You had to solve several math equations (some of which could get fairly complicated), in order to progress.  I went through the whole dungeon on my first try without taking any notes, but boy, the math section of my brain got one *HECK* of a workout. :smileytongue:

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Feb 8, 2006

Great question.  I don't but I should.  I just got a magic key in DQ8 but I don't remember exactly where all the chests my thiefs key wouldn't open are.

Grrrrrr . . .

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Feb 8, 2006
I rarely take notes when playing RPGs. The only time I'll write things down is when there's a puzzle involoving numbers, or when I'm looking for a specific list of things. I have a post-it on my monitor right now with a list of items I need for the ultimate weapons in FF8. That is the extent of my note-taking when gaming.
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Feb 8, 2006

I usually don't write things down. Things get stored in the vault and I don't even realize it until it's time to access them :smileyvery-happy: Even when replaying a game. I'm currently working through Wild ARMs Alter Code: F and I'm noticing some of the small differences in the stories/dungeons as well as some of the similarities.

Sometimes I'll write down a quote I think is funny or if some super big hint involving numbers and/or letters just came up and I'm too tired to keep playing or have to go somewhere.

I've also been known to work things out on a piece of paper. The first example I can think of is from Parasite Eve 2. There was a puzzle involving a computer virus and alphabetical order. I saved myself a headache by writing it down I also used to write thing down for one of the casino games in DQVII. If I recall correctly, it was some form of the game "memory" where you try to match two cards that are the same. I won several times and got a whole host of extra items.

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Feb 8, 2006
I usually dont take any notes unless theres a tough puzzle I can solve on paper. I usually save whatever notes for my next playthrough.

I know in Morrowind on Xbox theres is an in-game journal that keeps track of everything you do. It's really handy, especially if you don't play for a while, and you forget what you were supposed to do.
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Feb 8, 2006
The only things I write down are the clues to beat the dungeon or area I was in then continue on.lol
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