Path of War Tracking Sheet Form PDF


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Greetings!

I am an enthusiast for Path of War. I started down this path with The Book of Nine Swords. I love the way it gives melee classes a lot more versatility. With that said I always found tracking to be somewhat a pain. Especially if you are sharing one book with multiple people or someone forgets their book and so on. So I created a tracking sheet for it. I talked to Jeremy Smith, at Dreamscarred Press, about the sheets I made up and received permission to place them online as a free resource. They were created in Indesign and made editable in Acrobat. I would like some feedback, if possible, on how to better improve them. The links are below.

Thanks!

Maneuver & Stances Known General Tracking Sheet

Maneuver Tacking Sheet

Stance Tracking Sheet


Simple and to the point. I like it, I do have one criticism though. Since individual maneuvers are prepared, lost and regained it makes things easier if the maneuver list had '[prepared]/[used]' boxes rather than have a tally line for maneuvers prepared and maneuvers used. Basically the sheets feel like they make the assumption that maneuvers behave like spontaneous spell slots than prepared spell slots.


Malwing wrote:
Simple and to the point. I like it, I do have one criticism though. Since individual maneuvers are prepared, lost and regained it makes things easier if the maneuver list had '[prepared]/[used]' boxes rather than have a tally line for maneuvers prepared and maneuvers used. Basically the sheets feel like they make the assumption that maneuvers behave like spontaneous spell slots than prepared spell slots.

Thanks for the criticism. I can see why it would make it appear like a spontaneous caster. I had considered taking those out and/or thinking of a better way of doing it. The reason I kept them in is I had a friend just start playing the Stalker class and he started at level 8. So keeping track of the maneuvers and their numbers was made a little easier by this. If I remember correctly, it was starting at 4th level and every even level after, they are able to change a past maneuver for a new one.


Tharialas wrote:
Malwing wrote:
Simple and to the point. I like it, I do have one criticism though. Since individual maneuvers are prepared, lost and regained it makes things easier if the maneuver list had '[prepared]/[used]' boxes rather than have a tally line for maneuvers prepared and maneuvers used. Basically the sheets feel like they make the assumption that maneuvers behave like spontaneous spell slots than prepared spell slots.

What if I removed the used and just had the "Known & Readied"? This way it is more about tracking at each level than expenditures during combat. The link below is not editable and just provides an example with a header for clarification.

Known & Readied(Not Editable PDF) sample.

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Tharialas wrote:
With that said I always found tracking to be somewhat a pain.

None of my players have tried out a PoW class yet, but I did use a Harbinger level 4 as a boss once.

I had his powers listed on a paper sheet, below his stats, and kept making little check marks on their side when they got used, and erased them after something got renewed by Dark Claim. Soon enough the erased marks were too much visible and it become sort of a mess – luckily the players didn't realize my confusion, but the boss probably got some extra maneuvers in that he didn't deserve.

Thinking back to that encounter, and recently having read Interjection Games' The Cartomancer, it strikes me how nicer that combat would've been with some powers cards. Put all your maneuvers on the table, straight, leaving the stance card a little farther away. Use a maneuver, turn the card sideways, recover a maneuver, turn it straight again. All the info printed right there on the card, easy to consult – as a GM, I might have to keep them on my hand instead (turning them upside down after used?), but a player wouldn't have such concern.

Would be specially useful with the Mystic and her random maneuver availability – just shuffle the cards!
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About the sheets: you don't really need to write down the pre-requisites for a maneuver, they are only of concern when you are first picking them up. Save and Save DC could be joined into one single space. Replace pre-req with the single Save and the Target space and you shave off a whole line from each entry.

Likewise, Source and Page # serve similar purpose, and you could easily write PoW 49 or PoWE 11 in a tiny space instead of the whole name of the book in each entry. It would look a little weird, but Disciplines could fit in the half of the last line on Mechanics, thus saving you your second line.

Now you can squeeze a sixth maneuver entry in the same page.


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The Ragi wrote:
Tharialas wrote:
With that said I always found tracking to be somewhat a pain.

About the sheets: you don't really need to write down the pre-requisites for a maneuver, they are only of concern when you are first picking them up. Save and Save DC could be joined into one single space. Replace pre-req with the single Save and the Target space and you shave off a whole line from each entry.

Likewise, Source and Page # serve similar purpose, and you could easily write PoW 49 or PoWE 11 in a tiny space instead of the whole name of the book in each entry. It would look a little weird, but Disciplines could fit in the half of the last line on Mechanics, thus saving you your second line.

Now you can squeeze a sixth maneuver entry in the same page.

Here is a 6 card version. Not editable yet. Once it is hammered out some more I will take care of that. Here is the link to the new example.

Example 2.


Tharialas wrote:
The Ragi wrote:
Tharialas wrote:
With that said I always found tracking to be somewhat a pain.

About the sheets: you don't really need to write down the pre-requisites for a maneuver, they are only of concern when you are first picking them up. Save and Save DC could be joined into one single space. Replace pre-req with the single Save and the Target space and you shave off a whole line from each entry.

Likewise, Source and Page # serve similar purpose, and you could easily write PoW 49 or PoWE 11 in a tiny space instead of the whole name of the book in each entry. It would look a little weird, but Disciplines could fit in the half of the last line on Mechanics, thus saving you your second line.

Now you can squeeze a sixth maneuver entry in the same page.

Here is a 6 card version. Not editable yet. Once it is hammered out some more I will take care of that. Here is the link to the new example.

Example 2.

Not going to lie, when you said "6 card version" I was expecting an actual card format (2 column x 3 rows). What you have is more like a list with each item boxed.


Skylancer4 wrote:
Not going to lie, when you said "6 card version" I was expecting an actual card format (2 column x 3 rows). What you have is more like a list with each item boxed.

Hah, I second that. And please leave some room between cards to cut them properly (no round corners!), maybe different colored borders for each type of maneuver?

Once again, being influenced by the cartomancer material. xD


My playgroup has decided to get 3"x 5" notecards for all spells/maneuvers. What if your character is muted for some reason and you need to know which spells have verbal components? What if your hands are full and you need them for somatic components? Is that enemy in range? All that stuff's on the notecard.

This is doubly nice for the mystic, because you can record what bonuses spending animus points provides for each maneuver.


The Ragi wrote:
Skylancer4 wrote:
Not going to lie, when you said "6 card version" I was expecting an actual card format (2 column x 3 rows). What you have is more like a list with each item boxed.

Hah, I second that. And please leave some room between cards to cut them properly (no round corners!), maybe different colored borders for each type of maneuver?

Once again, being influenced by the cartomancer material. xD

Been busy over the holidays. I will be getting back into it shortly. I misinterpreted the card format you were desiring. As the you were talking about squeezing 1 more underneath. I will rearrange it and post a "proof". Once we have it set I will make it editable.


The Ragi wrote:
Skylancer4 wrote:
Not going to lie, when you said "6 card version" I was expecting an actual card format (2 column x 3 rows). What you have is more like a list with each item boxed.

Hah, I second that. And please leave some room between cards to cut them properly (no round corners!), maybe different colored borders for each type of maneuver?

Once again, being influenced by the cartomancer material. xD

I would like to thank you all thus far for your suggestions. Below is the card version. I put the dimensions at 2.5" X 5". I didn't take it up to the 3" because 6 wouldn't have fit on on a single 8.5" x 11".

I will add some color later. I could do just a border, color the text, or a colored background and texture as a transparency so it wouldn't drown out the text(Text would remain black with colored background & texture).

My thoughts, for color, are as follows:

Boost:Green
Stance:Black(If as colored textured it would be gray-scale background. Likely about 20-40% Black.)
Strike:Red
Counter:Blue

Maneuver and Stance Card Format.


While color coding is nice, I think you should leave it out of the card itself. It is definitely one of those things that seems like it should be a good idea, but ends up being horrible once pushed past the drawing board into implementation.

Reason being, you end up printing out a bunch of colors you don't need no matter how you organize it. Either a color of each on a sheet, so some end up being empty on each sheet. Or a full sheet of each color, so some are empty. Keeping track of 4-5 partial sheets of paper because you can't use them all at the time of printing is pretty annoying and wasteful.

If you want to color code, it is significantly more effective to just print the card out and use a high lighter to color it after.


Here are the editable PDF versions of the Stances and Maneuvers Cards.

Maneuver Cards.

Stance Cards.


Good to see some fan-made free stuff for 3pp. ;)


First off, thank you for taking the time to do this. Second, I agree with Malwing's criticism concerning the tracking sheet, but the cards are friggin amazing and will be used at my table. Great job!


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Cranky McDuff wrote:
First off, thank you for taking the time to do this. Second, I agree with Malwing's criticism concerning the tracking sheet, but the cards are friggin amazing and will be used at my table. Great job!

Thanks for the compliment on the cards. I will take the time to alter the other page soon(hopefully this week). I wanted to nail down the cards first. This is mainly because they are used more often and because I have some characters in my campaign that are using the Path of War and I remember what it was like to play a Book of 9 Swords and Path of War character. Anything to help organize it immediately helps speed up game play for everyone.


Thank you so much for this! I've been wanting something like this for forever - and now, with me joining a new game starting up as a Warlord (and trying to convince others that playing initiators isn't any more complicated than spellcasters), having these cards will help show how easy it can be.


Sorry for the necro but just wanted to say thanks for the cards. I've been looking for a solution for keeping track of maneuvers and this is great.


I am glad this got a necro, because now i know this exists!


Are these still in existence anywhere? The links are dead. D:


That Kind Of Orc wrote:
Are these still in existence anywhere? The links are dead. D:

I don't have the tracking sheets but I did save a copy of the cards.

Maneuvers.
Stances.


Sorry to dig this up, but since this is one of the top google results for PoW maneuver cards I thought it would be the right place to post my freshly made cards.

The cards are approximately magic card size, so that you could put them in a card sleeve (together with a trading card for stability when you use normal paper) for durability and use.
My idea was to use them like MTG cards. Put all your readied maneuvers in front of you and whenever you use them, you “tap “(turn it sideways) the card and “untap” it when you regain them. The excel sheet has four separate pages, each for one type of maneuver and one for stances. The different types are colored: red for strikes, green for boosts, blue for counters and gray for stances. The layout relevant cells are locked but can be unlocked without a password. You can either finish your needed cards directly in excel or by handwriting. One page contains eight cards (printing border 1cm or smaller). The stance cards are pretty empty and I decided to use them sideways and maybe add an appropriate picture for flavor reasons.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hkibbfyj8dukop7/PF-PoW-Cards.xlsx?dl=0

Have fun.

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