Solo RPGs on Your Table - April 2016
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Solo RPGs on Your Table - April 2016


Many thanks to Andreas for hosting last month - it makes a big difference not to leading this on my own (in fact I'm already doing much less than I thought I would, which is great). Anyone who fancies dipping their toe in the water, just GM me or post to the comments.

This month is all about encouraging cross-posting. This list was inspired by our hugely successful big brothers, the SGOYT (Solitaire Games on Your Table) monthly geeklists. They get a crazy amount of traffic, which I often find a bit overwhelming. This list was conceived as a kind of filter, definitely not a replacement and my suspicion that there is a place for a list more focused on roleplaying games for those who don't really want to plough through all the other genres. There is definitely more than a little crossover and I thoroughly encourage you to post your exploits to both lists (assuming they enable RPGs this month). Hopefully, we'll get a bit of Solo RPG traffic in return from SGOYT RPGers who don't know we exist, especially as "RPG" is rather a fuzzy category. Quite a few items that aren't strictly RPGs (i.e. they're not listed on the RPGG database) have ended up here over the past few months, from gamebooks to miniature games. The bottom line is this: if you think it belongs here then it absolutely does. Go ahead and post it!

My vague resolution to try to do more solo rpg gaming in 2016 seems to be keeping to about one session a month. With a little holiday this week I'll try to do more, if only to take some interesting rpg systems for a spin and try out my ever-growing library of solo engines. I've also had my eyes opened to the gamebook genre, although I've been carrying around Lone Wolf 2 all year and not really done anyting with it yet. I'm learning it's all about having the time...

TIPS donated to the list will be distributed for contributions.
I'm not sure that it's worth explaining whatever half-cooked system I think I might be running, but I'll try to be fair - whatever that might mean. As usual, anything that makes me laugh will get tipped too.

TL;DR Rules
1. Play an RPG solo.
2. Post an entry/entries on this geeklist and tell us about it.
3. Be kind, but most of all have fun.

Long Rules
1. Play an RPG solo.
It might be a paragraph chooser (Choose Your Adventure - CYA) or some other bespoke solo roleplaying experience, or you may be emulating the GM somehow. Alternatively you might be emulating characters or even players and you are the GM. It could be physically on paper, on a map with standees, a full-blown miniature set-up with modelled terrain or on a tablet, phone or a computer. If you consider it to be a solo RPG then it really is. If your mind is constructing a narrative and or characters around your play experience, however abstract, then it counts. There is no wrong way to play and if you think it belongs here, it totally does. There is a time and place for discussing what might or might not constitute an RPG, but this is not it. I will be very grateful to anyone who feels they'd like to contribute to this list and I'm not about excluding anyone.

2. Post an entry/entries on this geeklist and tell us about it.
The RPGG database is a thing of beauty, especially given the relative complexity of RPGs. My best hope for this geeklist (and its future siblings) is that it both builds community and improves the database.

There are a number of ways we can help. Firstly, each user should add an item to this list for each RPG item they are using in their gaming. Multiple entries of the same RPG gauges popularity. Multiple entries from a user is not boastful, it gives a little bit of data-love to each of the RPG items you use; the database automatically links the geeklist item on the item's page, possibly alerting authors, publishers and fans of the item. A lot of solo RPG games will need multiple entries anyway and this is desirable too for exactly the same reasons. For instance, I might use Mythic as a GM emulator to run a RISUS game and I would add both to the geeklist. I'm thinking you probably want to be adding RPGs to this list rather than RPG items, but it's ultimately your call.

What you say about each item is entirely up to you. Feel free to summarise what happened, or even just what you enjoyed/what worked and what didn't, link out to a "script" in a blog (BGG or external) or post the script in-situ (for now at least and the list becoming unwieldy would be a lovely problem to have).

Lastly, if the RPG you are using is not on the database, please consider adding it. As I've already said, the database is complex and adding things can require a bit more effort than on BGG. Modern RPGs can use tens of artists and/or a large production team. Before you can do anything, these people need to be added first. Then you need to create the RPG as a system before you can add an actual item like a rule book. It took me the best part of a morning to add the recently released Cypher System Core Rulebook. However, mention that you added something in your description and you'll get an extra gg tip.

If you really can't face/don't have the time to go adding the item yourself, mention it at the bottom of the post and I or some Blessed Data-Angel(TM) will endeavour to add it for you.

3. Be kind, but most of all have fun.
Every person fights a hard battle you know nothing about and life is short. For some reason, "You're wrong. In fact [body of opinion]" causes way more upset than "I disagree. I think [body of opinion]". Although they're functionally interchangeable, the latter owns the subjectivity of the opinion and does not invite an endless exchange of defence and counter attack. If a person opines that Fate is better than Savage Worlds (whatever that might mean), feel free to add a counter opinion to the contrary for the benefit of the audience; just don't expect to change the OP's mind. As for Ad Hominem attacks, I always feel a bit embarrassed on behalf of the attacker. Name calling? Really? I know it's never pleasant being the target, but perhaps this frame will help let it slide past; there is a very real sense in which the less someone knows you, the less weight of veracity their opinion has. If my close family think I'm a fool it might be time for a long, hard look in the mirror. On the other hand, if someone I don't know thinks I'm an idiot, why should I care about their opinion? If you see something that annoys you, click that [X] and stay on the moral high ground. Apologies if that was a bit preachy.

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1. RPG Item: Book 1: The War-Torn Kingdom [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:586]
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Another Dave Morris one for me this month. Sticking with what I've enjoyed.

Interested to see how these open world books differs from his Critical If ones.
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2. RPG Item: U, Robot [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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This is the third book by Matt Youngmark of Choosomatic Games.

I've enjoyed his other three (Thrusts Of Justice, Time Travel Dinosaur & Zombocalypse Now) and this one is no different!

I was a nanorobot and eventually self-replicated like the spiders in StarGate and became sentient!

Only £1 / 1$ on Amazon, it's awesome to have on your Kindle devices, be that phone/tablet/pc/kindle - If you are bored and have 5 mins spare you can play any of his solo rpgs. They are basically "Choose your own adventure" but with multiple choices.
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3. RPG Item: U, Robot [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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First play, decided to be a humanoid robot in denial. Scored F.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
Always well in denying my true nature until my apartment block was carpet bombed during a surprise robo rebellion.


Second play, a humble droid with aspirations to become a mighty battle bot. Became a champion battle bot while it lasted. But battle bots have a short reign. B- score.
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4. RPG Item: U, Robot [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Welcome to the U,Robot geeklist...

I played the part of a nanobot... my mission to take over the human race.
First I started to reproduce brain cells...
Then I made my human host post on BGG the location of out main nanobot cloud... U, Robot
By pricing said nanocloud at a bargain price we found a way to infiltrate the week humans technological devices via kindle interface...

Played a few games now. The book is not pretty but it's fun and quick.
Well worth the money..

My favourite so far is being a nanobot having a thing against humans... escaping into the open world only to have issues with humanoid robots who are also going to take out humanity...

Cheers again for bringing this to my attention.... bzzzz what's that you say.... there are more items to buy.... bzzzz.... noo nooo get out of my head.....
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5. Series: Dungeon Crawl
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There is a new light RPG dungeon crawl made for solo play by Ganesha games - 4 against darkness.

Here is the link to the game
http://www.ganeshagames.net/product_info.php?cPath=1_55&prod...


And here is the link to my write up.
http://battreps.blogspot.rs/2016/04/4-against-darkness.html
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6. Board Game: Four Against Darkness [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1883]
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As above, a really nice solo pen and paper solitaire dungwon crawl.

Just reading though but I'll come back and post a session when I'm done.
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7. RPG: Everway [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:398]
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I have been playing a pared down version of Everway combined with the Mythic GME to make it solo-able. Everway is great in the amount of usable artwork; it comes with about 90 art cards and I have bought an expansion pack making about 180 in total. The Tarot-like deck is also evocative and makes a nice combination with the ‘generation’ tables of the Mythic system.
I had been writing down my progress with the adventure being generated for my own enjoyment anyway, but I was inspired by a couple of entries in last month's 'Solo RPGs OYT' to make that a feature of playing this particular combo. This also has the advantages of enriching the narrative, bringing it to life, making it easier to put down and pick up over a length of time, and also is hopefully more interesting to anyone reading about it.
So here goes:
I selected a pre-generated character Shadowblade for myself.




There is a really nice piece of flavour-text setting out his background and where he finds himself at the start of the adventure, but basically he is a spy/assassin with unique powers (but no magic).
Generating a random event with the Mythic GME,
I rolled for the event focus:
63 = Player Character - negative event
Action = 40 = Postpone
Subject = Prison
Fortune = Stagnation
I then randomly drew a Vision card from the Everway set; I drew this Prisoners picture: (I found this co-incidence quite eerie!)




Taking these themes I developed the following back story:
After having being freed from his obligation to his nobles due to an exceptionally dangerous and distasteful task he completed for them, he finds himself imprisoned in its aftermath. His lord and Lady feel obliged to try and secure his release and speak to the Sheriff of the Jurisdiction he is under. They disclose that his past as a spy and assassin could be very useful to the Sheriff, if he were to offer shadow his freedom in return.
Because of the serious nature of his crime, the Sheriff only agrees to this if Shadow swears allegiance to him for ten years. Shadow in turn agrees to this, if the Sheriff allows Yori TrackFollower, a dog-headed biped, who shared the cell with Shadow and eight others, to come with him as an aide, having struck up a friendship with him, in the days of his imprisonment. (You can just about see Yori's head in the image above.)
I determined the First quest by drawing randomly the following Vision cards:



The Great Alchemist, who now rules Renaissance City, and lives in Renaissance Hall, essentially a Castle, is believed by the Sheriff to have discovered an Elixir of Life. He based his research into this on the Totem people's Shaman's Rites of Nature. However, trying to obtain this Elixir from the Great Alchemist is a perilous task. Those who have tried before have been executed by beheading, their skulls have been left in the City Square for the City Guard Dogs to gnaw upon, as a warning to all (but is there some other reason too?). Some believe it is because the Elixir could return to life a recently slain person in certain circumstances, but not if they have been beheaded, for instance.

Divination for this quest also produced this new theme:
His fate is Creativity: he must balance his search for truth and life's mysteries, with his need to blindly obey his master, the Sheriff. He will find out much about beauty, love, friendship, sorrow, worship and awe.
The cards drawn for this were Inspiration (Creativity), Knowledge (Truth) and The Soldier (reversed = Blind Obedience) (see below):





Playing the first scene: Setting out on the quest
They have a strong horse they can both ride upon, and a pack mule with all their gear. Before going to the City they plan to explore the plains around it where the Totem people live. Shadow wants to find out about the Rites of Nature and Shamanism, as well as any intelligence he may gather about the City and the Alchemist.
Skirting, but not entering the totem field, for it is sacred to the people, they arrive at the first village they see.
A villager carrying a load stops and greets us. 'Hail friends, can I guide you? Do you seek food and shelter?'
'Yes we do.'
'Fine, follow this road half a mile, on the right of the road you will see a lodge. They have food and beds.'
'Thank you, friend.'
Upon reaching the lodge, we tie our animals and enter therein. A man greets us: 'How can I help you?'
'We seek food and lodging.'
The man asks Yori: 'Do you require anything special, my Lord?'
We are both taken aback, Yori has met nothing but disdain and insult in lands not his own.
'I need nothing out of the ordinary, good sir', he replies, still bemused.
'As you wish, my Lord', the man replies.
He brings us meat and drink; it is like a banquet after having been on travelling rations for five days. We stay and converse with him and the drinkers who arrive later. They are really friendly and everyone asks lots of questions of Yori; they are worshippers of Nature, and appear to honour him as a being with close connection to Nature. They have heard of his people, but have never met one and it becomes more and more obvious they are awed by his presence. They ask him how the earth smells and the air, what does a man smell of, can he tell where someone has been or who they have been with? Many questions, much laughter and even more wonder.
Eventually as they open up about how things are for them, they disclose that the 'Alchemist' has cordoned off their sacred mountain, Leighvain, for on its slopes grows the healing herb, Leighflower. (Leigh is their word for healing.) Because of this many people are staying sick longer, some are still sick and a few have died before their time. The Alchemist has put guards and patrols on the mountain, and anyone caught trying to access it are taken and imprisoned. One man, who was caught with a portion of Leighflower on him, was executed.
The son of the Village Elder seems particularly affected by the telling of this story as his mother was one of the unfortunate untimely deaths. I ask him how easy it is to get into the Alchemist's castle. He says it is very easy if you go to work there, but the security is intense, everyone working there is from one of the villages, and the village will pay the price for any breach of security.
Over the course of the evening we hear much that should be useful.
Yori and I retire to our bedchamber and discuss whether the village will help us in our quest?
They have motive, but will they trust mere strangers with the safety of their village?

At this point I pause my sessions. Next I need to formulate possible scenarios going forward and consult the GME tables.

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8. RPG: Happy Birthday, Robot! [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
Albert Hernandez
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Gonna play a quick session of the solo rules before bed...


Happy Birthday Robot!

Robot is telling a really funny joke and Robot smiles, but then he forgets the punchline.
Robot never forgot jokes before and this is confusing to him, but he wants to finish his joke.
Then Robot laughs and he remembers the punchline , but all the kids decided to play.
Robot tells his joke again and a few kids smile, but mostly, the room is completely silent.
Robot decides next birthday he'll dance and not tell jokes, but isn't sure how to dance.
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9. RPG Item: Book 1: The War-Torn Kingdom [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:586]
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After seeing this gamebook series in this list I decided to buy the first 4 books.

I posted "The Adventures of Raiett" on the Solo games on your table geeklist. It is item number 471 I believe. I'm not sure how to link back to it from here. If you go there you will see the actual adventure in the comments.

I hope you enjoy....I certainly did.

Ed
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10. Board Game: Four Against Darkness [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1883]
George Buss
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I gave this one a go last night after purchasing it on Saturday.

This is a fun pencil and paper. It's still working through revisions, so expect changes to the game. Since you can download the game up to 15 times, I think that shouldn't be a problem.

I got through a a full dungeon last night. I was doing decently until Medusa snuck up behind me and turned half of my party to stone. The other half killed her, but it was time to leave.

Overall, the $8 is worth trying it out. It's a step down from a paragraph based system, but not much. The base game has 17 charts, a spell list, and an equipment list for pre and post adventures for campaign settings.

(I'm working on a way to make it highly compact and travel sized.)

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