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Spontaneous casters have strict repertoires. A 6th level Sorcerer knows 4 spells from levels 1, 2 and 3 each. You can replace one of them freely on a level-up, or you can spend 7 days of downtime if you do not want to wait1.

I would like to see the spells that I have right now, the changes I plan to make, and the end result in a way that is understandable at a glance.

For example, as 3rd level spells I have Animal Vision2, Fear, Fireball and Oneiric Mire. Next level I want to replace Fireball with Slow, learn Fireball as a 4th level spell (and make it a signature spell) and of course take 2 more 4th level spells.

I created an Excel sheet for it, the levels are the rows, the each column is a new spell. The leftmost one contains the Bloodline spells, then the other 3 (the signature spell highlighted), and in separate columns the planned retrains. So currently I have two Fireballs in the table, which is very confusing:

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Is there a better way to visualize the data? (current, future, replacements)


  1. Yes, I see the irony
  2. Given by the Bloodline
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  • \$\begingroup\$ I've voted to close as a tool recommendation question, which is what this seems like, although I'm open to being persuaded otherwise. To me, this seems like it's looking for a recommendation for a spell tracker or character builder. \$\endgroup\$
    – ESCE
    Dec 5, 2022 at 18:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ Voting to leave open in review. This seems to me to be exactly the sort of question we like to see instead of a tool recommendation question. It presents a real problem that needs solving: I need an organized method of visualizing my whole spell repertoire at the same time. It then presents an attempt at doing so, that is, it shows the work and research that has gone into the problem before bringing the problem here. This seems like a good question to me. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 5, 2022 at 19:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ESCE, according to this answer on meta, asking a question where the result might be a tool recommendation is fine, if it is just asking for a solution for a legitimate problem \$\endgroup\$
    – András
    Dec 10, 2022 at 8:45

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Don't put your spells on an excel sheet.

Do a regular wordpad file, line by level.

  1. Level 1: Bloodline Spell, Option, Option
  2. Level 2: Option
  3. Level 3: Bloodline Spell, Option, Option
  4. Level 4: Option

Mark your Bloodline Spell with the tag (B). Mark any spell you replace with a strikethrough and an (R#). Mark any Signature spell with an (S). The (B) tag will help you identify which spells you can't swap, the strikethrough(R#) will tell you what level you took a spell, what level you replaced it at(#), and that you no longer have it. (S) Will help you quickly track your current functioning signature spell. You don't have to track when you replace this- just move the tag to the correct spell and confirm time spent to do so with the DM.

If you replace a spell during a level, add the new spell (and its level) to that level's line, and tag with (R-old spell name) which should point you to the spell you've applied a strike-through to for reference.

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