Telecanter, who appears to have a bag of 1001 ideas, had the idea of creating one for D&D play, so that what a player is holding and what role they have in combat is clear both to the DM, and probably just as important, to other players at the table. While this may seem unnecessary to veteran players, for new or more casual players, this sort of thing is pretty useful. Many times, a character sheet seems to get in the way of role play, as players are looking down at their sheet, and away from each other and the DM.
Then we had a baby arrive, and I did not have the time to develop the idea further until now.
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Facing the DM and other players we have right hand/left hand, combat role, player character name, and a light indicator. Facing the player, we have an injury track, the reduced character sheet, and a d30 reminder. I also have a "ready equipment" list and a spells list. This should be everything that a player needs to get going during an encounter. To make it a "tent" it folds on the dotted line, and then again in between the name/Role line, and the damage track/reduced character sheet line.
The Injury track is supposed to be a way to show other players how your character is doing with a sort of slider, just like in real life you can see if your buddy is bleeding or injured with a glance. You might use something like these Post-it flags, or just a paperclip.
Obviously your 1hp magic user is not going to be able to use the injury tracking the same way that a fighter might.
Thoughts? Would this help in your games?