I really like the "off the map and hidden from players" concept even as it is (and I run games with a multiple monitor setup), but I also would really like to have pop-out windows for things like character sheets that I could move to another monitor (if you do that today, a lot of weirdness ensues in terms of functionality). And I think (for some of us) it would be useful to have that scratchpad area also be something we could pop out. or tile within the VTT window (eg., if the party is on the left side of a big map on the VTT, I want my scratchpad on the left, if they're on the right, I'd want it on the right. So maybe free-form tileable frames for the main map, a map-like scratchpad, the chat log, etc you can position as you like, within a window (for those who easily lose separate windows behind the main one) or as separate pop-out windows (for us multi-monitor folks). As a player, I'm not sure how I'd use such a scratchpad space, but I'm sure I'd find something. However, as a DM with a bunch of mostly-casual players, I spend a lot of time helping them fix problems. I actually like that I can see their sheet as they update it (and they can see my changes) as it makes talking them through things easier. I'm concerned that a scratchpad visible only to the player would end up being something where they have questions and I can't see what they're asking about. Making these scratchpads an object rather than a potion of the map, and making them DM-visible (maybe from a right-click menu on their avatar and/or token) could solve that. You could even give them player-editable permissions, so two players could share a scratchpad for planning, or whatever. This is beginning to sound a lot like multiple invidivual maps on one VTT, which could be useful in a host of other ways (2nd floor of a house, etc). Hey, if I'm going to dream, I'll dream big. Don't just think outside the box, erase the box! @Adam Caramon's idea about anchor points so you can quickly find the correct area of the sidebar (or popped-out scratchpad) from the map also sounds very useful. Pan anywhere - oh, how useful that would be. More as a player than a DM (I like to keep my sheet on the right side of the vtt and the active portion of the map on the left, and that doesn't work today when the action is on the right side of the map). I am looking forward to kicking the tires on Jumpgate when the beta comes out.