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D&D Solo Adventure: The Death Knight's Squire

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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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Corbin T March 23, 2024 5:33 pm UTC
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I'm in the middle of playing this, and so far it's very fun.

Accidentally added a heavy RP moment. Some of the text near the beginning mentioned having a horse, so I swapped out a potion for a pony so it was internally consistent (thought going 55 miles so quickly was a bit unrealistic). Named the pony and everything.

And then, 5 minutes later, an event happened and lost my newly minted pony. My familiar and I mourned for our long-time pony friend.

I didn't know how I would fair playing a solo game, but I really wanted to play a game and had no group. This was a perfect fix.
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Evan S February 09, 2024 3:26 pm UTC
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This was my first time playing any version of D&D and it was great! I wanted to try some type of solo experience to learn the ropes before hopping into a traditional D&D match, and I chose this one.

While I know that the traditional D&D player experience is more expansive, this adventure helped me understand the basics of exploration, combat, and the DM's role a bit better after reading through the 5e PHB. Dying in my first playthrough also pushed me to understand character creation a little better for when I rolled my next PC (who I won with!).

For anyone like me who wants to do a bit of hands-on learning before hopping into a traditional match (with the understanding that you will have to slightly adjust your understanding of the mechanics and rules), or if you think solo gameplay might be your kind of thing, I highly recommend The Death Knight's Squire. I'm excited to continue with this series!
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Donald W February 05, 2024 2:50 pm UTC
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This was So fun! I have played it six times solo as of now, Lost 5 of those times XD
I played it with two PC's and had an absolute blast. I Recommend it! Going to buy the next in the series and continue on!
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Joseph W January 17, 2024 11:46 pm UTC
My son and I need an unbiased opinion (or, I suppose, the creator's would be a biased but correct opinion :)).

At one point, someone can be tossed a "dagger or shortsword". I have a spare handaxe that isn't currently embedded in any opposition... can I toss him that different small bladed weapon?
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Paul B January 21, 2024 11:37 pm UTC
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Absolutely. This is a perfect example of how I want people to approach the adventure - not necessarily taking everything at face value, but using common sense and adapting the adventure as you see fit. I hope you're enjoying it :) Thanks for the support Joseph!
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Vickie B November 26, 2023 5:02 pm UTC
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I am on my second play thru, my first character died. I’m a bit of a novice with DnD. In the NICECAMP entry, (Despite your troubled dreams, you sleep well and may recover one hit die). Does this mean I recover all lost hit points? Or only one die worth of points?
Thank you!
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Kein C October 07, 2023 12:13 am UTC
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I would like to run this as a first time DM for a first time player. I'm hoping to DM many more games in the future.
Can I get this map as a full map please ?
TYIA
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Scoobert D October 01, 2023 4:23 pm UTC
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Where is the d100 chance roll page? I can't find it in the adventure booklet pdf
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Paul B October 03, 2023 11:02 pm UTC
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Hi there. Could you tell me which entry you are referring to? Thanks
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Paul B October 03, 2023 11:02 pm UTC
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Hi there. Could you tell me which entry you are referring to? Thanks
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Jay B September 14, 2023 12:01 pm UTC
Hi! These look fantastic, I'm looking to DM a series of DnD Duet one-shots, do you think these series of books would be suitable for this?
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Nej N July 20, 2023 9:42 pm UTC
Hello Sir
I am looking to DM this, and would much appreciate the complete map if possible, thank you.
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Nej N July 20, 2023 9:44 pm UTC
I bought this in a bundle. I just noticed i don't have the "Purchaser" title. I do own the title though.
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Paul B July 20, 2023 10:38 pm UTC
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Hey Nej
Thanks for the support! Here's the link to the map:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eJ5SU2gZOcjQZxLmfsw1GhGLbdkLKt1B/view?usp=sharing

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Sean M July 19, 2023 1:34 am UTC
Hi, DM here, looking for the complete map if possible. Thanks in advance
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Brandon D July 05, 2023 6:26 pm UTC
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Hi. I purchased this a couple of days ago and am noticing that the links are not working. Do you have an updated version with working links?
Thanks
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Paul B July 20, 2023 10:00 pm UTC
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Hey Brandon. Are you using Adobe Acrobat?
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Brandon D July 05, 2023 6:24 pm UTC
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Kevin V April 05, 2023 10:17 am UTC
I'm looking forward to playing this. I don't suppose there's a miniature list for this module and the 4 subsequent adventures?
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Matt D February 22, 2023 9:30 pm UTC
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Just to confirm, I really only need the Player's Handbook to be able to run this solo, correct?
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Geoff B January 25, 2023 3:32 am UTC
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Hi there, do you happen to have a full write up of the Fairy Plumeria?
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Paul B February 23, 2023 5:25 pm UTC
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As in a stat block? No, she just makes a brief appearance.
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Jessikah C January 02, 2023 1:00 pm UTC
Hello! Just wondering if I can get a copy of the full map please and thanking you in advance
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