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5e Solo Gamebooks presents The Death Knight’s Squire by Paul Bimler, a 100+ page solo adventure for D&D Fifth Edition, set in the Forgotten Realms. This adventure has been created for individual play without a dungeon master, and is is a great way to scratch your D&D itch between regular adventures with your DM. Or, it can serve as a way for a player who cannot find a group to get a taste of the game.

“Definitely worth every dollar and more. The amount of work that has been put into this is incredible. You will most assuredly have fun adventuring ‘Solo Style’.”   Josh Lambert

“If, as I did, you cut your teeth on Fighting Fantasy or Lone Wolf gamebooks, you will definitely enjoy playing this solo D&D Adventure!”   David Bond

"Definitely a great substitute for group play."  Travis Dickens

The Death Knight’s Squire is the first in a planned series of solo, DM-less adventures. Unlike standard gamebooks, 5e Solo Gamebooks include a map / token dynamic to make the experience more like full tabletop gaming. Sections of the map are revealed as the PC moves through the adventure, encountering monsters, items and other occurences. The PDF contains clickable links that move you between your choices, keeping you fully immersed. With over 350 separate narrative entries, as well as varied combat encounters, there are innumerable paths your quest could take! Another difference from standard gamebooks is that you roll up your own PC, just like in a normal D&D quest.

You will need access to a printer (preferably colour, although black and white would suffice) in order to print the Maps Booklet for the optimal experience. You may choose to print the adventure booklet too, if you wish, although this could be accessed from laptop or tablet where you will have access to the active links. If you do not have access to a printer, .jpg files of the maps have also been included for you to load into applications like Roll20, where you can place and move tokens digitally. You will also need some small objects (miniatures, game tokens, coins) to function as PC and monster tokens.

The Death Knight’s Squire has been extensively playtested by experienced players of 5e D&D, and includes combat, opportunities for spellcasting, use of diverse class feats / skills and more. The quest should take about 2-4 hours and is designed to be as close to the experience of playing with a DM as possible. (NOTE: It can also easily be played by two players, or run as a full party adventure with a DM and multiple players).

So read the introduction to the Adventure Booklet (do this first), roll up a new Level 2 PC and let’s get playing! And when you're done, be sure to check out the other books in the series, as listed below. The sequel to Death Knight's Squire is Tyrant of Zhentil Keep.  

Please check out our full range of solo adventure titles:

Tyrant of Zhentil Keep

Citadel of the Raven

The Tortured Land

Drums at Daggerford

The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox

Solo Adventure Bundle 1 (First 4 solo adventures)

Eberron Solo Adventure: The Saviour of Sharn

Tables of Doom: 5E Solo Adventuring

Adventurers Wanted!: The Dread Vault of Tgozur

Adventurers Wanted: Labyrinth of Lies

Menace of the Icy Spire - 5e Solo Conversion

Rage of the Rakasta 5e Solo Conversion

Ghost of Lion Castle 5e Conversion

Toolbox Solo Adventure A1: The Dead Don't Sleep

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Baden W October 31, 2020 8:53 pm UTC
Is this part of a bundle in the sense that if I have bought one of the adventures a discount will be applied to the remaining ones?
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Ann I July 22, 2020 11:13 am UTC
Hello! I have no experience with the Forgotten Realms setting. Is that a problem for this adventure? Should I study up on it first or is it not needed?
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5E Solo G July 26, 2020 7:09 pm UTC
No, it's not needed. There's no lore that you will need to know in order to participate in this adventure.
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Wesley B June 30, 2020 5:02 pm UTC
Here There Be Spoilers (sort of).

I ran this with a friend recently, and we both enjoyed it; now I'm preparing to run it for another friend, so I'm going through it to see what he might run into that I missed. I had seen that Tilepages 13 & 14 appeared to form a maze/loop of some sort (13 fits in the same place as 12 and goes back to 11, forward to a nonexistent(?) 15, or to the right into 14. 14 goes back to 13 or south to 12.), and I assumed we had just missed/avoided it, but now I'm searching the .pdf and the comments and can't find a single reference to these pages! Are they used for something and I'm just not seeing it, were they included accidentally, or were they perhaps made for a part of the adventure that didn't make the final cut?

Both of these pages have green dots to investigate, but neither of them are part of the full map. What am I missing?
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Jeff S June 15, 2020 11:41 am UTC
***Contains Spoilers***

Does the fairy's expertise blessing make your weapon a static +1 or single use?
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Christopher F June 06, 2020 3:11 am UTC
Quick question about the Sword of the Goddess's Wrath and the damage it deals.

It's normal damage is 1d8 plus 1d4 fire.
Against undead attack is +2 but the damage stays the same at 1d8 plus 1d4 fire? Or is the damage to undead in addition to the normal damage, so effectively doubled?

Entry number is 056.00 Darkquest

Thanks, and I'm really enjoying this so far.

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Matt C June 02, 2020 4:41 pm UTC
Hi there, we'd love to chat with you for inclusion in Dragon+. I've connected on Facebook and Twitter so you can reply there if that's easier? Thanks, Matt
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Sage F May 29, 2020 7:02 pm UTC

I'm so excited to play this adventure and I'm so impressed so far but I was wondering if you could offer some advice? I know if you play with two players you can just double the # of monsters, however, I was curious as to whether you had advice on how to scale with 3 players?

Thank you so much,
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Ricardo M May 19, 2020 10:49 pm UTC

My wife's been trying to play this adventure (a good oportunity to get acquainted with D&D), but she got stuck on page 24: "Go to tilepage 1 (Maps Booklet) and
then click this link to go to the entry."
This internal link doesn't seem to be there.

Any help? She's tried it from her Android tablet (Xodo app) and PC (Acrobat Pro XI).

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5E Solo G May 20, 2020 8:26 am UTC
Yeah, Maps Booklet Ricardo but it looks like you got it sorted :)
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jose D May 14, 2020 1:44 am UTC
hola buenas noches, un amigo me introdujo a tu libro y me encanto la idea de poder jugar en solitario y mas por el asunto de la pandemia, el problema es que no se me da bien el ingles y lo juego con traductor (lo siento por eso).

Recién lo e comenzado pero me atore en la pag. 24 en la entrada DEADNELLY. Me pide que valla al mapa 1 y que haga clik en un link para ir a la entrada, pero el documento no tiene ningún link. YA No se que hacer, me podrias ayudar :)
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5E Solo G May 20, 2020 8:28 am UTC
Oye José, sí, la razón es porque el mapa que estás buscando está en el "Libro de mapas" que está disponible como una descarga separada con el producto. Deberías tener acceso a ella. No hay ningún enlace en el pdf, pero podrás encontrar fácilmente el mapa dentro del pdf.
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Justin R April 28, 2020 3:49 pm UTC
So is their a way to know what miniatures I should have on hand if i wanted to get this? I want to make sure I have what i might need or a viable proxy without reading through it and spoiling anything.
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5E Solo G May 20, 2020 8:33 am UTC
Go and look at the combat sheets. It's all pretty standard D&D monsters. Goblins, giant spiders, a big evil undead guy, giant scorpion, some rogues... Actually, aside from this adventure I'd recommend you look at Pathfinder Pawns Bestiary Box Set, that is easily the best monster solution on the market. Sturdy carboard pawns, excellent art, great bases (plastic). Cheaper than minis but high quality.
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Travis W April 27, 2020 11:08 pm UTC
Really enjoyed running this solo adventure. I'm a DM and it was fantastic to get to play a PC! Well worth the money. I had to play through it twice because my first character ... didn't make it
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5E Solo G May 20, 2020 8:33 am UTC
Nice to hear Travis!
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Robert P April 25, 2020 10:37 pm UTC
Good afternoon...I downloaded this adventure and I would like to run it as the DM with my 2 sons. Would I be able to get the full maps? Thank you
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5E Solo G April 26, 2020 1:13 am UTC
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Robert P May 16, 2020 4:30 pm UTC
Thank you very much
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Brittany B April 25, 2020 7:22 am UTC
I enjoyed this game very much. I used a level 2 fallen aasamir rouge and got the death knight to fear me after I turned into a narcotic shroud, which I enjoyed a lot. I can't wait to play your other games and find where this story goes after this one.
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5E Solo G April 25, 2020 1:05 pm UTC
Glad to hear you enjoyed it Brittany.
But I don't think you'll survive past episode 2.
Let me know if you do
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Stefano C April 23, 2020 11:21 pm UTC
hi, I play with two other players, we are 3 in all. I have seen all the types of single player books exhibited by you. Which one do you recommend taking? This series of 4 books, Toolbox Solo Adventure, Tables of Doom, Toolbox Solo adventure A1 or Lybirinth of Lies. We are 3 Player.
Thank you!
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5E Solo G April 25, 2020 12:06 am UTC
It depends what type of game you're looking for. If you want to have a hand in creating the story yourself, then go with Solo Adventurer's Toolbox. If you like your game a little more "fleshed out" then go with one of the others.
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Joshua F April 21, 2020 11:41 pm UTC
This was really well done. It took me about 45 minutes but I did not find all the nooks and crannies before confronting the BBG. I used a Half-Orc Ranger with the Goodberry spell and it played very balanced. I managed to crit in the final fight which made it easier than it should have been.
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Darrin O April 19, 2020 2:00 pm UTC
Found your product via a Facebook post. Immediately purchased it. I told one of my players in my DnD group and they are buying it and we want to DUO the adventure via Roll20. Reaching out as it said in the introduction of the adventure guide. I want to setup Roll20 for us to both go though it together.
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5E Solo G April 21, 2020 1:16 am UTC
Here's the map Darrin!
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