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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

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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Brian H February 27, 2020 12:14 am UTC
Just curious if this is XP based leveling or milestone? Thank you. I am looking forward to my first ever D&D experience with this product.
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Maryalicia V January 11, 2020 2:27 am UTC
My husband and I tried playing this, and there is only one active go to the players handbook. I tried to see if we could download to to hubby's laptop, and it appears you can only download once, as i kept getting a fail error. Anyways , we were able to scroll to the areas until we hit 'go to tilepage one and click this link' and we couldnt go any further.

I would post photos if i could. This seems like a fun and engaging story so far, however my cell phone shows no links. I am so sad, our game tonight came to a sudden halt because we could not 'click link' nor figure out where to go.

I will change rating if able to figure it out, and/or creator is able to help guide me.

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5E Solo G January 13, 2020 9:24 am UTC
Hi Maryalicia
So, you're trying to play off your phone? And from what I can tell, the main problem is that the links to navigate between entries aren't working.
As far as I know, the links work best when accessed from Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is free software.
I think you'll have better luck accessing it from a laptop, if you have one. But I'm pretty sure Acrobat Reader is available for Android and iPhone as an app. Perhaps you could try that and let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes
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Adam H December 23, 2019 4:09 pm UTC
Hi there, I'd like to run this as a 1on1 adventure with my father. Can you please supply me with the complete map so I can DM for him? Thank you!
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5E Solo G December 27, 2019 7:22 am UTC
Here you go Adam. Enjoy!
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Jon C December 10, 2019 12:52 am UTC
Hi, can adapt this to 3 players? Without DM ?
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5E Solo G December 27, 2019 7:29 am UTC
Three level 1 players will be a bit of a cruise. I would say, triple the monsters if you want a real challenge. The end BBEG, at a guess I would say add 3 to his AC and double his HP. Just off the top of my head. That should give you a decent challenge
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Brad B November 27, 2019 12:52 am UTC
A wonderful adventure for a DM that rarely is able to play... I ran with 2 1st level characters (Wizard & Mystic) instead of the recommendation of running just a 2nd level character... this made for a delightfully challenging adventure with minimal adjustments required while minimizing the possibility of a horrible PC death and dismemberment.

I had to run it twice in order to successfully complete the adventure and increase from 1st level to 2nd level, but left a chunk of the adventure area unexplored due to there being no challenge with 2 PCs at 2nd level.
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Xavier C October 17, 2019 4:16 pm UTC
Anyway I could get the full maps to run this? I pln on DzMing a version of it.
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Tim B October 10, 2019 2:26 pm UTC
I really want to get started on this but I don't want to use a screen, how can I print the PDF?
I wanted to print it out at my moms office, but the printer won't let me.
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5E Solo G October 10, 2019 9:31 pm UTC
I guess go to your local print shop and see if they can do it?
Otherwise there is a print on demand option available.
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Joey F September 29, 2019 12:14 am UTC
Fantastic, ran it with my buddy! We were impressed with the level of depth and intricacy. Will certainly buy the rest of the books in the adventure.
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Eric F August 06, 2019 9:19 pm UTC
I really loved running through this adventure. I don't have anyone to play D&D with in person, so I tried out this pdf as a taste, and I loved it. I ran through as a Monk, and there were moments where I held my breath over the outcome. Very fun and engaging, and a great tool that helped me lear the game.
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Justin S August 04, 2019 12:40 am UTC
Where is the awesome character sheet in the pdf's? I cannot find it. I have it in my printed book. Looks great and want to use it!
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5E Solo G August 04, 2019 3:44 am UTC
Hi Justin
You can find it right here in this free product!
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Gary F July 31, 2019 3:01 am UTC
Would be very interested in the full map, as I will be DMing this game for my grandson and friends.
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Kyle Q July 17, 2019 3:20 pm UTC
will you be releasing printer friendly versions (like text only) of your solo gamebooks? it'd be cool if i had a physical copy so i could place it next to my other d&d campaign books
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Joseph M June 17, 2019 3:07 am UTC
"Man, I really want to play DnD but I'm a forever DM and I don't have anyone to DM for me. I wonder if these solo gamebooks are any fun in that regard?"

If you're like me, you thought that line (or something similar) and came across this page. For me, it seemed like a dream come true. I loved CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure) games and books as a kid and I still love them now as an adult. That being said, I never really got to be a player when I started playing DnD about four years ago. I have an itch that must be scratched so I decided - with some trepidation - to give this book a shot.

Overall 4/5 Stars. Not perfect, but definitely worth my time. Allow me to explain.

- Well written. The author makes a point of providing you with a typical DnD narrative. It's nothing that's going to make you think about morality or contemplate life as a (insert edgy 5e race here) but it is enough to throw you into the DnD mindset. Throw on some good ambiance in the...See more
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Jacob D June 01, 2019 5:20 am UTC
This was great! Thanks very much for making this type of content.
I have a, maybe basic question. I'm trying to understand the intention with resting and healing. The introduction mentions to follow the normal rules for resting and recovering hit die but I'm a bit confused about whether the short and long rest concepts exist. An example from the text is:

NIGHTCRITTERS - "Recover half a hit die". Is this a long rest that was interrupted? So do I roll a hit die and divide by 2? Or just take half of the value of the die? (i.e 4 if HD is d8).
NICECAMP - "May recover one hit die". So not a long rest? Assuming that I would deduct one hit die from my available pool but wouldn't automatically regain all hitpoints and 50% of hit dice etc?

And a very small piece of errata. In the Sub-Map 4 entry it says "When you are finished ... move to the edge of the map and onto the adjoining tilepage (sub-map 4)." Which is probably meant to read (sub-map 5).
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Ben B May 09, 2019 3:08 am UTC
I paid for the pdf thinking I could print it off so I could play anywhere, so far (1 hour) I am wrong I can print off random pages... certain page will not print as of right now I could get the cover and pages 2,3,4,6,11,13,14 to print. I stopped at 14 also its worth saying the only way to get those to print was by printing those pages one at a time on their own. I don't know if it my printer or computer or this pdf but its worth letting every one know. I do love the idea of running a camp by myself tho, and I haven't reviewed this yet in the hopes that I can either figure it out or it gets resolved one way or another. thanks for any input
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5E Solo G May 09, 2019 3:56 am UTC
Hi Ben. I've printed this pdf multiple times from many different setups without any problems. Are you printing from Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, or a different application?
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Ben B May 09, 2019 9:26 pm UTC
as far as I know its just a regular pdf, but it appeared to be the web browser that I was using. I opened it in google chrome and its printing everything so far just fine. thanks for trying to help and caring about your costumers
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5E Solo G May 09, 2019 9:59 pm UTC
My pleasure Ben. Hope you enjoy the quest :) Paul
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Michael R May 07, 2019 3:37 am UTC
I loved running through this story. I play 2nd edition and had to stubble through it as me and my brother played through it. Does anyone know a good way to convert to 2nd edition. The mobs didn't list HD for the mobs so I had to do my best with that.
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