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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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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
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
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
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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Sasha-marie M December 16, 2022 4:45 pm UTC
Hiya! I was hoping to DM this and was hoping that you would be willing to send me the full map? Thank you so much!
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Jessica B December 15, 2022 11:20 pm UTC
Hi! I'm looking to DM this adventure, would you be able to send me the complete map? Thank you!
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Robert T November 02, 2022 9:22 pm UTC
Hi I am a DM and I am trying to get the map to line up but it just doesn't seem to be working, can someone help me. It looks like I have two maps going to map page 11,
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Antonia D October 05, 2022 11:24 pm UTC
Hi, checking back in regarding my comment below requesting maps please.
"Hello, I'm a DM looking to get full maps be put into Foundry VTT, if possible? Thanks!"
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Antonia D September 18, 2022 11:55 pm UTC
Hello, I'm a DM looking to get full maps be put into Foundry VTT, if possible? Thanks!
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Conner H September 13, 2022 1:12 am UTC
Hello, I'm a DM if I can get access to the full map
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Britton K September 08, 2022 10:16 am UTC
Do you need the Solo Adventurer's Toolbox to play this? Or is it standalone as far as the rules/mechanics go?
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Shaun S December 24, 2022 9:04 am UTC
You really just need a player's handbook for this series, the book generates the world for you and tells you what to roll for random encounters and things. It's basically doing it's best to act as a DM in a choose your own adventure/fighting fantasy style of narration. Though you do have more freedom to make your own choices, and some other character creation books are allowed if you want, but those are optional.

I'd call it somewhere in between a Fighting Fantasy book, and a Solo Adventure in complexity and style.
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Bryan S August 23, 2022 11:13 pm UTC
Hi, DM here, looking for the complete map if possible. Thanks in advance.
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William R July 23, 2022 6:18 pm UTC
Hi What guidance do you offer for printing the maps? I want to print the maps, is each map on a separate page? Will each map fit onto a an A4 size, landscape? Thanks.
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William R July 23, 2022 6:22 pm UTC
Are they 300dpi?
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Joe M July 13, 2022 2:29 pm UTC
I purchased this module and all subsequent modules that were available at the start of the pandemic. I had fun when I started but didn't finish. I just recently started again and noticed the internal links aren't working/present. I'm using Acrobat Pro DC. At first I figured I'd be ok just searching the keyword (eg. ADVENTUREBEGINS), but there are some places that don't list a keyword so I have nothing to search.

Do the PDF versions change over time to break the links? Is there some way to update?
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Paul B July 15, 2022 9:07 am UTC
Hey Joe
As a previous purchaser you should be able to just download a fresh copy, in which the links should hopefully be working! Hope that's helpful. Can you tell me which links specifically aren't working?
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Connor S July 11, 2022 6:21 am UTC
So i have a question on Tile Page 1, it references Chance rolls where would i find a table for them in this book or are they in another book?
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Brian G June 19, 2022 3:51 am UTC
I am having trouble enjoying this, for 3 reasons.

1. Even if i created backgrounds for my character's, I didn't feel like my characters had any personal tie-in to the story and thus really had no reason to be there.
2. There were a lot of scenes where I felt that I was just reading a story being told and had no way for my characters to interact with the NPCs. This led me to feeling detached from the story instead of feeling like i was a part of it.
3. The first battle you face in the adventure is a 'deadly encounter' and almost killed my first character, and absouletly killed the other characers i sent through. I don't mind a final encounter in an adventure to be deadly, but most encounters should be difficult, not deadly.
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Jayme A August 02, 2022 4:51 pm UTC
These really aren't RPG's per se. just choose your own adventure so don't go in expecting to be immersed. For that you need a more solo RPG game
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