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Re: [D&D 5E] Single Gaming - No DM

Post by Tim Baker » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:32 am

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The Tool Box currently in sale on Drivethru RPGs. 10$ instead of 14.99$ is a darn good price !!!
Between the podcast, the review you shared, and now the sale, you've convinced me. I just downloaded the PDF. :)

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by shesheyan » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:37 pm

Ganesha Games publishes Four Against Darkness. A solitary play system. Its not forD&D but seems like a good ressource.

« Four Against Darkness is a solitaire dungeon-delving game. No miniatures are needed. All you need is the book, a pencil, two six sided dice, and grid paper. You choose four character types from the classic classes (warrior, wizard, rogue, halfling, dwarf, barbarian, cleric, elf), equip them, and start adventuring in dungeons created by dice rolls and by your choices. When you enter a room, you generate its content on a series of random tables. You will meet monsters, fight them, hopefully defeat them (or decide that discretion is the better part of valor!), you'll manage your resources (healing, spells, life points, equipment), grab treasure, dodge traps, find clues, and even accept quests from the monsters you meet. Your characters can level up and become better at what they do, but it will not be easy.

What the game is not: It is NOT a miniature game. You may use miniatures to remember your characters' marching order if you wish, but that's it. It is NOT a roleplaying game. You may run it as a simple cooperative, GM-less game if you want. It is not a game-book or a choose-your-own-adventure book. There is no prose to read or numbered sections to go to, even if we could do something like that in a supplement.»


https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/197 ... t-darkness

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by Tim Baker » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:26 pm

shesheyan wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:37 pm
Ganesha Games publishes Four Against Darkness. A solitary play system. Its not forD&D but seems like a good ressource.
Oddly enough, I was just listening to a podcast this morning that did a review of the system: http://rfipodcast.com/show/2018/12/14/r ... tmas-show/

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by Coronoides » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:56 am

shesheyan wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:37 pm
Ganesha Games publishes Four Against Darkness. A solitary play system. Its not forD&D but seems like a good ressource.

« Four Against Darkness is a solitaire dungeon-delving game. No miniatures are needed. All you need is the book, a pencil, two six sided dice, and grid paper. You choose four character types from the classic classes (warrior, wizard, rogue, halfling, dwarf, barbarian, cleric, elf), equip them, and start adventuring in dungeons created by dice rolls and by your choices. When you enter a room, you generate its content on a series of random tables. You will meet monsters, fight them, hopefully defeat them (or decide that discretion is the better part of valor!), you'll manage your resources (healing, spells, life points, equipment), grab treasure, dodge traps, find clues, and even accept quests from the monsters you meet. Your characters can level up and become better at what they do, but it will not be easy.
...”

»


https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/197 ... t-darkness
So its pretty much exactly the same as the random dungeon generator in the AD&D 1e DMG. ;)
Need to convert races to D&D 5e? mathematical analysis of canon races and design rules: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/232813/ ... rs-Toolkit

Conversion & Review of Council of Wryms with dragon PCs compatible with other 5e settings (at level 5+). DRAFT: Book 1 https://www.dropbox.com/s/fz4zql2yhlyut ... 8.pdf?dl=0 and Book 2 https://www.dropbox.com/s/0n3i5bki6svae ... 0.pdf?dl=0

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by Coronoides » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:00 am

RPG Review Issue 41 Solo Gaming Special is looking for articles. Due date is December 23 though contacting the editor beforehand to suggest an article is recommended. (Lev@rpgreview.net).
Need to convert races to D&D 5e? mathematical analysis of canon races and design rules: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/232813/ ... rs-Toolkit

Conversion & Review of Council of Wryms with dragon PCs compatible with other 5e settings (at level 5+). DRAFT: Book 1 https://www.dropbox.com/s/fz4zql2yhlyut ... 8.pdf?dl=0 and Book 2 https://www.dropbox.com/s/0n3i5bki6svae ... 0.pdf?dl=0

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by shesheyan » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:10 pm

Coronoides wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:56 am
shesheyan wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:37 pm
Ganesha Games publishes Four Against Darkness. A solitary play system. Its not forD&D but seems like a good ressource.

« Four Against Darkness is a solitaire dungeon-delving game. No miniatures are needed. All you need is the book, a pencil, two six sided dice, and grid paper. You choose four character types from the classic classes (warrior, wizard, rogue, halfling, dwarf, barbarian, cleric, elf), equip them, and start adventuring in dungeons created by dice rolls and by your choices. When you enter a room, you generate its content on a series of random tables. You will meet monsters, fight them, hopefully defeat them (or decide that discretion is the better part of valor!), you'll manage your resources (healing, spells, life points, equipment), grab treasure, dodge traps, find clues, and even accept quests from the monsters you meet. Your characters can level up and become better at what they do, but it will not be easy.
...”

»


https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/197 ... t-darkness
So its pretty much exactly the same as the random dungeon generator in the AD&D 1e DMG. ;)
Actually I've read that FAD is directly inspired by Death Maze (SPI). Some say it's a revamped and modernized version. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3625/deathmaze

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by Coronoides » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:31 pm

Issue 41 of RPG Review has just been released and its a solo gaming special.
It has reviews of FF books, and Elminster’s Guide to Solo Gaming and an interview with Paul Bimler the author of D&D 5e game books.
Get it FREE here:
http://rpgreview.net
Need to convert races to D&D 5e? mathematical analysis of canon races and design rules: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/232813/ ... rs-Toolkit

Conversion & Review of Council of Wryms with dragon PCs compatible with other 5e settings (at level 5+). DRAFT: Book 1 https://www.dropbox.com/s/fz4zql2yhlyut ... 8.pdf?dl=0 and Book 2 https://www.dropbox.com/s/0n3i5bki6svae ... 0.pdf?dl=0

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by Tim Baker » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:04 am

Coronoides wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:31 pm
Issue 41 of RPG Review has just been released and its a solo gaming special.
It has reviews of FF books, and Elminster’s Guide to Solo Gaming and an interview with Paul Bimler the author of D&D 5e game books.
Get it FREE here:
http://rpgreview.net
Thanks for the heads up. I'm checking it out.

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by shesheyan » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:32 pm

Coronoides wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:31 pm
Issue 41 of RPG Review has just been released and its a solo gaming special.
It has reviews of FF books, and Elminster’s Guide to Solo Gaming and an interview with Paul Bimler the author of D&D 5e game books.
Get it FREE here:
http://rpgreview.net
Really enjoyed the interview with Paul Bimler. I've been thinking about publishing on the D&D Guild. This may have pushed me to actually do it.

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by shesheyan » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:56 pm

Lone Wilderlands : The Solo Sandbox RPG in a Cardbox

With paper and a pencil, Lone Wilderlands contains in one box everything you’ll need to create a unique realm of open-ended fantasy adventure, a world of varied terrain, settlements, castles, quests, and battles. Guide a character and the list of allies, enemies, and places visited will grow, prompting new stories and twists. Cards and dice drive the obstacles and adventures as would a gamemaster. Change the course of cultures and settlements as you explore wilds and upgrade characters completely on your own or with a group. But don't feel left out, gamemasters. Lone Wilderlands is also a no-prep, impromptu, world-building engine, and it's adaptable to other RPG systems.

I couldn't find any reviews but it sounds promising.

Link : https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/lone-wilderlands

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by Tim Baker » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:29 pm

shesheyan wrote:
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Lone Wilderlands : The Solo Sandbox RPG in a Cardbox

I couldn't find any reviews but it sounds promising.
Sounds interesting. $27 is a bit steep to give something a try that I may not use. Have you come across any reviews? Are you going to buy it?

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by shesheyan » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:11 pm

Tim Baker wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:29 pm
shesheyan wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:56 pm
Lone Wilderlands : The Solo Sandbox RPG in a Cardbox

I couldn't find any reviews but it sounds promising.
Sounds interesting. $27 is a bit steep to give something a try that I may not use. Have you come across any reviews? Are you going to buy it?
As I wrote in the post, I have not found a review. ;)

I don't intend to buy this product. But I do think it would be cool to use both Lone Wilderness (exploration) and Four Against Darkness (crawl) to run a solo RPG game.

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by DWDalton » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:08 am

Hi all,
This is DWDalton, Lone Wilderlands designer. I just found your forum today. I wish there had been a community site like this when I was a teenager. Then again, good distractions can be too good.
I'm waiting on a couple of reviews for Lone Wilderlands, and should have them up in a few weeks.
Price is currently reduced for some conventions I'm attending. Video instructions are in the works also, and will pop up on The Game Crafter site linked above when complete.
Happy gaming.

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

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Re: [D&D] Solo Gaming - No DM

Post by talsine » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:34 pm

DWDalton wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:08 am
Hi all,
This is DWDalton, Lone Wilderlands designer. I just found your forum today. I wish there had been a community site like this when I was a teenager. Then again, good distractions can be too good.
I'm waiting on a couple of reviews for Lone Wilderlands, and should have them up in a few weeks.
Price is currently reduced for some conventions I'm attending. Video instructions are in the works also, and will pop up on The Game Crafter site linked above when complete.
Happy gaming.
Definitely let us know when the reviews are up, i really like the idea behind solo play, but I havn't found anything that does it very well. The closest, for me anyway, are the D&D Adventure Board games, and they are a bit too gamey and lack the progression that i have been looking for.

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