Last time, I introduced Notion as a D&D organizational tool. I plan to introduce a series of articles about how I use it for planning my D&D campaigns. That will include some basics about the components of the application, and how we use them for D&D. I also plan to show some case studies on how I put my Notion system together.

If you follow along, you will have a D&D organizational system that will keep your information accessible and and fully integrated with itself. Before we can get to that, I have to assume you are starting your journey from zero. Notion is a fantastic tool, but it does require a little bit of education and training to maximize its full potential.

Notion Basics

I’m not going to teach you the basic structures of Notion. The internet has already made guides out there. They do a wonderful job. So I will point you in their direction instead! I’ve included both video and web page guides so you can select which ones you learn best from.

“New to Notion?” (YouTube Videos)Notion has put out their own introductory video series about the application. The videos are fairly short but provide a good beginner’s tutorial.
Danny Hatcher – Tutorial for Beginners (YouTube Video)A good walk through the layout and the general features that are in the application.
How to Use Notion – Nira (Webpage)This gives a much a good break down on the application’s basic functionalities.
Notion Tutorial – RadReads (Webpage)Thirteen Steps to Using Notion.

Advanced Tips & Tricks

Once you have the basics down, you can take a look at the more advanced topics. You’ll find that they really aren’t too difficult but they are well worth your while.

Database Relations – Danny Hatcher (YouTube Video)A good introduction to making relational databases. This is a key feature of setting up your D&D campaign management system!
47 Spectacular Notion Tips for Productivity – Curious Refuge (YouTube Video)A wide range of good tips for the application. Not all will be useful for D&D.
Notion Web Clipper Explained – Keep Productive (YouTube)Walkthrough of the web clipper. A very useful tool for saving your D&D links in a single database for future reference.
Pro Tips – Notion VIP (Webpage)A series of articles that cover advanced topics to up your game.

So there you have it. That is plenty of sources to get you started on your learning journey. Now that you are up to speed with the functionality of the tool, we are going to apply it to organizing our D&D campaigns. To start, we are going to take a look at tables (or databases). Which will become the backbone of our entire system.

Art Credit: Ede László