I generally keep a copy of my system cheat sheets behind my GM screen for quick reference and I also place a half dozen copies in the center of the table for the players to grab as needed. The information included is meant to be as comprehensive as possible; although rulebooks are also available, my goal is to minimize the amount of time people spend referencing the rulebook: Finding something in a few pages of cheat sheet is a much faster process than paging through a rulebook with hundreds of pages. And, once you’ve found it, processing the streamlined information on the cheat sheet will (hopefully) also be quicker.
RPG SYSTEM CHEAT SHEETS
MAKING A GM SCREEN
Personally, I use a four-panel screen and use reverse-duplex printing in order to create sheets that I can tape together and “flip up” to reveal additional information behind them. For example, my Trail of Cthulhu screen currently looks like this:
- Page 1: Basic Mechanics (Credit Rating/Explosives printed on the opposite side, Firearms behind it).
- Page 2: Basic Combat (with Physical Injury/Recovery/Other Danggers behind it).
- Page 3: Stability
- Page 4: Sanity/Tomes/Magic
ON THE USE OF GM SCREENS