Tips and Tricks for your D&D Campaign Tracker's Wiki

Perhaps it goes without saying that your Wiki is one of the most important pieces of your D&D campaign tracker. Here lie the dusty old tomes that contain your world’s mysteries. Except you get to skip all the dust and don’t have to worry about passing a charisma check to get past that cranky librarian. So, how do you make sure your Wiki is as comprehensive and helpful as possible? We have some tips to get started:

1.) Figure Out Your Content:

The first and most important question to ask yourself is: who is going to use this wiki and what do they want out of it? Is this meant for the party alone, or do you hope to share your game with a wider audience? Your wiki could be a place where you and your party store all your campaign’s lore, accessible to anyone who wants to learn about it. Wiki’s can also be used to hit the highlights or provide snapshots of information relevant to your party’s current adventure. Consider if you want your wiki to be in character to sustain immersion, or if you’d like to add some out of character support in a section about gameplay rules or character-building guidelines. It’s best to have a good understanding of what you want to build before jumping in.

2.) Figure Out Your Layout

Once you have an idea of what your wiki’s purpose is, it’s time to start considering your layout. The whole point of a wiki is to be able to access relevant information quickly, without being bogged down in unnecessary details. You want your wiki to be intuitive and easy to navigate, for players both new and old. Creating a table of contents goes a long way in reducing the amount of time it takes you to locate a specific piece of information. In addition to the table of contents, you might also want to consider using headings and subheadings to organize your information. This makes it easier for readers to find what they’re looking for and helps keep your wiki from becoming too cluttered.

3.) Crosslink

One of the big perks of creating a wiki is that they allow for easy linking between pages, allowing you to create a unique web-like network of related information. This is helpful in creating a table of contents, which will link to your identified sub-categories. It is also helpful in providing quick links to relevant information, without having to return to the table of contents. Obsidian Portal makes it incredibly easy to link pages on the fly. Simply click on the “wiki-link’ button on the right-hand side of the wiki page you are currently editing to bring up a list of your existing pages, which you can then insert. Obsidian Portal also allows you to create new pages on the fly simply by typing the name of the new page and surrounding it with double square brackets.

4.) Use Tags

When it comes to quick and easy navigation, tags are your best friend. Tags are searchable keywords you can attach to wiki pages. When a keyword is searched, your wiki will list every page that you have attached the keyword to. For example, if you wanted to quickly find all information related to Orcs, you could create a tag called “Orcs” to attach to any pages that have relevant information. Alternatively, tags are shown on individual wiki pages, meaning you can simply click the tag to bring up the list of pages. When creating a tag, it is important to keep it simple and straightforward by using just a word or two. This keeps your wiki from looking too cluttered or becoming too difficult to navigate.

5.) GM Section and Secrets

Your wiki doesn’t have to be just for your players. There’s often a lot of information that GMs need to keep track of, but don’t necessarily want to disclose to the party. Obsidian Portal offers two methods of managing information you may not want your players to see yet. The first option is to make wiki pages GM only, which you can toggle by checking or unchecking the “GM Only” box. This is best for information you are holding onto to reveal at just the right moment. Perhaps you have a wondrous magical item the party has yet to discover. Sometimes, however, there’s information GM’s want to have handy, but don’t necessarily want to share with the party. Obsidian Portal’s wiki, adventure log and character pages all have a secret section labeled “GM only” where GMs can safely store any notes. Obsidian Portal’s Ascendant membership offers even more options by adding a ‘Player Secrets” section where GMs can share information with select players of their choosing.

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