Per the request of Erin in the comments, here are some examples of the kind of the marginal minimaps and annotations I was making in my prep to run Deep Carbon Observatory.
Also, you should use Claytonian’s version of the dungeon map, which I unfortunately didn’t have access to at the time: http://killitwithfirerpg.blogspot.com/2017/07/deep-carbon-observatory-map-fan-map.html.
Deep Carbon Observatory is a great module, but it’s missing an important component. The content is fresh and interesting and not the same “there’s a cult and you have to stop it” thing you always see in WotC’s stuff. It’s got it’s own thing going. It treats you like an adult.
20170711 Update: added pictures of minimaps and annotations. Linked to Claytonian’s version of the dungeon map.
The UX needs work. (But, really, that’s unremarkable. Most modules suffer from the same flaw and require the same work to deal with.)
I’m going to talk about how I prepped for running DCO, but this should be applicable to running pretty much any other module that’s not engineered to be run on the first read. Continue reading