The original tracker, though, is in color, and it's not completely optimal, so I've been wanting to redo it. I see two main possibilities:
- Do index-card-sized individual sheets. You use one sheet/card per character. It would have space to write the character's name, and perhaps some additional spots for quick reference for the GM, if the GM is handling damage. The downside is that the sheet gets discarded when the character dies.
- Do a letter-sized sheet for multiple characters. When tracking damage, multiple paper clips are used to attach little square tokens with character names or initials. This version is easy to reuse, but the little squares of paper become a nuisance when a character's name is removed (because the character dies or is completely healed.)
Either way, I think the format would be to put the numbers 1 through 10 along the long side of the card or sheet, with some multiples of 10 along one of the short sides.
There's also the matter of tracking those so-called status effects. Some people think these imply too much bookkeeping, but they become greatly simplified if you use the paper clip approach. I think the sanest route here would be to list the most common effects along one of the remaining sides of the card or sheet, each in its own box, so that you can mark the appropriate effect with a paper clip (plus a token with the character's name, if using option #2.) Double up the paper clips to indicate a very bad effect; a tripled effect means a permanent loss, so that gets written on the character sheet itself.
So, which option do people think would be the most useful?