Hard Times in Sol Rasa
Standard D&D encumbrance has been a blight on the player and DM base for years. Let’s try this simplified system.
The following slot system was adapted to 5e from the politically incorrect OSR darling Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Tracking sheet and conversion for 5th Edition created by Reddit user DesignBot.
I would like to use it for big items: armor, weapons, and heavy items. Small hand-sized items can be put in a container (bag, pouch, backpack) and just count a single slot. A kit would be a slot. A quiver would be a slot. Carrying away a large piece of art work that will sell well to your fence is two slots (two hands). Just a good way to figure out basic encumbrance when needed. For example the rooftop chase to get away with the priceless art piece. Or figuring out how much gold can you get out of his place in one trip safely.
“I was inspired by Lamentations of the Flame Princess’s encumbrance system that just requires you to count items. I wanted to hew as closely to the official 5e rules as possible, though, so different types of armor occupy different numbers of slots, based on their weight. You can carry a number of items equal to your Strength score before becoming encumbered. Similar small items can be grouped in one slot, and two-handed items take two slots.
I’ve also included trackers for torches, oil flasks, rations, water, ammunition, and currency (with conversion rates, durations, and requirements). This will work best if you keep track of time, old-school style."