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Solo Tabletop RPGs?

Discussion in 'The Gazebo' started by pakoito, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. pakoito Arcane

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    I've been running solo boardgames such as Mage Knight, I was wondering if there's any TTRPG with an automatic dungeon system. I've heard IronSworn mentioned?
     
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  2. ProphetSword Arcane

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    I'll point out the obvious one: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1st Edition) has rules in the Dungeon Master's Guide that can be used to generate dungeons to run as a solo adventure.
     
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  3. Angelo85 Prophet

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    IronSworn does not have an automatic dungeon system. It does feature an automatic dungeon master in the form of a bunch of random tables and what boils down to a magic eight-ball. Pretty much the same you find in most solo RPGs. It's alright for coming up with a story, motivations, characters, traveling fluffy stuff. But it's not very useful for straight up dungeon romping.

    As far as solo boardgame/RPG hybrids are concerned, there's an old school solo RPG available for free you could try called Barbarian Prince
     
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  4. Zed Duke of Banville Zo Kath Ra Patron

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    Yes, the rules in the AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide for random dungeon generation (Appendix A) could be used to create a dungeon for solo play, and even had a brief blurb at the end about adapting this system for such use, but Appendix A was based on an article by Gary Gygax appearing in the very first issue of The Strategic Review, TSR's predecessor to Dragon Magazine, which contained tables for randomly generating a dungeon specifically for solo play with the original version of Dungeons & Dragons.

    For non-randomly-generated dungeons, TSR itself published a few adventure modules for solo play: MSOLO1 Blizzard Pass, MSOLO2 Maze of the Riddling Minotaur, XS1 Lathan's Gold (featuring Paco the Parrot :M), and XS2 Thunderdelve Mountain, plus a few adventures appearing in Dungeon Magazine over the years.
     
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  5. nikolokolus Arcane

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    If you want something system neutral, I've found the Mythic Game Master Emulator to be a pretty handy tool (it's useful for generating non-solo stuff as well). There's also a Mythic game system version, but I have no experience with it and can't comment on its merits (or lack thereof).
     
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  7. udm Arcane Patron

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    Just want to add that Mythic GME works very well with generic systems like Savage Worlds.
     
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