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Posted Sun 24 January 2021

Solo TTRPG

I have not had a great gaming experience over the pandemic.

The biggest problem is, I'm old, and I don't have a very good computer: playing over Zoom or whatever just wasn't working for me.

So I got sort of down about it, but I discovered the "Solo RPG": play an RPG alone!

I'm trying to get into it, and it's going ... weird.

I started with the most-recommended source, Mythic Game Master Emulator.

Here's how Solo Roleplaying works. You start with characters and a setting/premise, like any regular RPG.

Then you ... I'm still not sure. You then "play", which is not unlike writing a novel, using a combination of your regular game mechanics and the GME random tables to stand in for players and the GM. You mostly ask a lot of yes/no questions about circumstances ("Are the guards paying attention? Is the merchant willing to haggle?" and so on) and there's some rules frosting for degrees of success and "chaos level".

Presumably you write it all down as you go along; since it's just you, you also need to have a better record of everything since you aren't playing along with a pre-written module (usually - it's an option, though) and you can't just ask someone what happened last week.

I'm having a little trouble getting started, because my usual storytelling method involves some collaboration with the players (in the case of an experienced group) or just having a pretty solid story to get things going enough for them to "take over" and drive the action, and I have neither right now.

As I mentioned above, there are options for playing regular 5E/etc modules but I haven't tried them. I may, I'm not sure.

So, I'm not sold yet. I'm going to keep playing with it, though, if only to see what sorts of interesting story ideas I can come up with for when TTRPG is a thing again.

Some resources:

Solo RPG with a Virtual Game Master

How to play tabletop RPGs by yourself: A beginner's guide to solo roleplaying | Dicebreaker

Solo RPG Resources | dieheart

Solo Role Playing Games | Inkwell Ideas

Category: RPG
Tags: rpg