Anyone who’s spent time in the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is very familiar with Arthur’s journal, where he keeps his thoughts and beautiful animal drawings. Red Dead Online doesn’t have this functionality, which is mostly good, because if it did, my character would be carrying around a binder that lovingly detailed all the times that she hog-tied people, put them on her horse, and carried them to St. Denis to be eaten by crocodiles. One Red Dead Online fan, however, has taken it into his own hands to create a custom journal for his character’s adventures.
The journal truly depicts the wild west of Red Dead Online, with the first entry reading: “So today, I got shot in the face while picking herbs ... I lost my hat but somehow I survived. I spent 2 hours hunting down xXpussyslayer14Xx.”
“I’ve been playing since the first week [Red Dead Online] launched,” explained ps4noob92. “I like to keep to myself online but I’ll gladly accept all friend requests I get.”
Another entry, centered around fishing, reads, “I love fishing. Nothing calms me like the sound of water, and being one with nature. it’s therapy. Now imagine my surprise when I found out I was the one being fished.”
The world of Red Dead Online isn’t as full as the single-player campaign; it’s a game mode still in beta, with more content to come. Therefore, the bulk of interactions players have are with their horse and with other players. It’s these interactions that ps4noob92 chronicles, providing a stark — but hilarious — alternative to Arthur Morgan’s thoughtful musings.
While Arthur Morgan is the main inspiration for the journal, ps4noob92 explained that the Red Dead Online subreddit is filled with field reports and background stories by other users that ignited his imagination. “I like that we get a chance to make our own characters and their own stories,” he told me via Reddit chat.
“I was absolutely blown away by how well received my first journal post was. I never imagined I’d get such a positive feedback. Those comments made my week, truly. And the feedback was what made this into something more. I only planned on that one post, but I quickly realised I needed to make more.”
While the most recent patch started a community controversy, ps4noob notes that he’s not too worried about it. “I agree with some of the negative feedback but also some of the positive feedback. I’m patient though, so I’ll just hang back and see how it all turns out.”
In Red Dead Online, some of the smallest additions can be the biggest quality of life improvements. He notes that he did get a new favorite hat out of the patch. Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.