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D&D Solo Adventure: Tyrant of Zhentil Keep

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5e Solo Gamebooks presents Tyrant of Zhentil Keep by Paul Bimler, a 160+ page solo adventure for Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition. This adventure is designed for one 3rd-level PC of any race or class, without a DM. Tyrant of Zhentil Keep continues the narrative of The Death Knight’s Squire (the first solo adventure in this series) but can be played as a standalone also. It follows the story of your PC as they continue their journey across Faerun, a lone adventurer wandering wherever the wind takes them. Eventually, it takes them to Zhentil Keep in the Moonsea Region, a strange city, full of secrets. There they begin a quest which takes place over two books, this being the first one, part 2 being Citadel of the Raven.

Tyrant of Zhentil Keep is a mini-sandbox in gamebook form, with multiple sidequests and locations to explore. Everything leads towards a central story arc that becomes clearer as the book progresses. Where Death Knight’s Squire had a clear-cut mission at its core, this adventure is pure exploration at first, similar to how a game with a Dungeon Master might commence. The nature of your quest becomes clearer as you advance, collecting snippets of information and encountering various NPCs and locations. The adventure builds upon The Death Knight's Squire in several ways, introducing new combat sheets, sidequests and even audio sound FX embedded in the PDF!

You have two ways to approach playing this adventure. You could print out the maps booklet and use actual tokens or miniatures (you’ll need access to a printer for this), or you can load individual .png files of the maps (included) into Roll20 or similar applications and place and move tokens on your device. 

Gamebook News called The Death Knight’s Squire “An exciting new interactive format for lovers of fantasy gamebooks and roleplaying.”

PRAISE FOR 5E SOLO GAMEBOOKS:

I ran through this last night… it was a ton of fun!

Allen D.

The writing (superb), maps, and overall presentation are excellent… for me, any future chapters / modules will be an automatic buy.

Tim C.

It was challenging at points, which as a player of D&D I was looking for… its replayability is great though.

Matthew M.

PRAISE FOR TYRANT OF ZHENTIL KEEP:

Tyrant of Zhentil Keep is a fun choose-your-own 5e adventure with tons of variety. As soon as I was finished, I wanted to go through it again to see what I’d missed.

Kristina Chun

There’s something here for everyone. Every class, every playstyle. And you literally can’t do it all in one go. This book provides so many thrilling encounters and intriguing stories that it demands that you replay again and again.

Shayne Rodrigues


Tyrant of Zhentil Keep is part one of a two-part quest, however it is playable as a stand-alone adventure. It can be played as DM + 1, DM +2, dual PC scenario without a DM, and there are rules included for running it as such, and ideas for converting it to a full campaign.

At just under 500 entries, the adventure has numerous possible routes, ensuring high replayability. This is something that has come back repeatedly during playtesting. There are multiple sidequests and encounters throughout the adventure. There are even audio files embedded in the pdf which provide sound fx and ambient backgrounds relevant to the area you are adventuring through!

(NOTE: In order to play audio, you need Adobe Acrobat 10.0 with the latest version of Flash installed. More info HERE).

What really sets this module apart, however, is that it only needs the addition of you, the player, for fun to commence. So what are you waiting for? Pick this badboy up and get D&Ding now!

The sequel to Tyrant of Zhentil Keep is Citadel of the Raven, now available here

Please check out our full range of solo adventure titles:

Death Knight's Squire

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

Rage of the Rakasta 5e Solo Conversion

Menace of the Icy Spire 5e Solo Conversion

Ghost of Lion Castle 5e Conversion

Toolbox Solo Adventure A1: The Dead Don't Sleep



 
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Allen S May 05, 2020 12:28 am UTC
Really enjoyed playing this through with my daughter as a two-character adventure (halfling paladin and halfling assassin). The stormstone is a neat little monster that I'd like to bring into my own adventures. Does its stat block exist anywhere?
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Brittany B May 03, 2020 6:06 am UTC
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Another title I have enjoyed and will keep playing with the next one. I didn't die in this one, but I was glad that I was challenged like I was in Death Knight's Squire. I'm going to be playing the next one and can't wait what's in store for me, because I really love these adventures so much
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5E Solo G May 04, 2020 6:11 am UTC
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Many thanks Brittany! I write them for players just such as yourself :) Glad you're enjoying them.
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Robert D April 25, 2020 6:26 pm UTC
The goblins Zlug and Slug both have Goblin Quickness as an Immediate reaction when missed by a melee attack. However, it doesn't say what the reaction is? Does anyone know what it is supposed to be?
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Robert D April 30, 2020 11:59 pm UTC
I purchased the 4 adventure bundle so it doesn't show I"m a purchaser here. Is it better if I ask my question under the 4-bundle product so it shows I bought it?
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5E Solo G May 01, 2020 1:39 am UTC
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Hey Robert
I'll go and correct this soon. Their reaction is that they get a free attack.
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Joshua F April 23, 2020 8:44 pm UTC
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Another great production, although the combat encounters seems to dramatically favor armor/weapon builds over casters. A few encounters had me baffled how I would have succeeded as a squishy class.
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Marius M April 06, 2020 9:06 pm UTC
I bought the Solo Adventure Bundle as well as Table of Doom and while I have not finished all of it, I am really impressed thus far. Tyrant of Zhentil Keep brought up a balancing issue for me, though. If you play this as a stand-alone, the introduction grants you 300 GP on top of your starting equipment. Having played through The Death Knight's Squire and Table of Doom, however, I reached Zhentil Keep (among other things) with two magic weapons and several thousand GP, or at least treasure worth thousands of GP. The Keep's magic shop made sure I had a place to spend my fortune, too. I know it's a minor point, but if you don't mind me asking, is this sort of a reward for "loyal customers" and their valiant PCs or am I doing something wrong here?
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5E Solo G April 26, 2020 10:30 pm UTC
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Hi Marius
That 300 starting gold is if you are just starting with this book, and haven't journeyed through Death Knight's Squire.
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David L December 07, 2019 9:22 pm UTC
I'd like to buy a a color softcover or hardcover of this . Can you make it available please? Thank you
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June 17, 2019 8:38 pm UTC
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I noticed that the first solo adventure was available for print as a color softcover book but none of the others are. Will anymore be made that way? I really prefer getting the printed version. These look like fun looking forward to diving in! Thanks.
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Joseph M June 17, 2019 3:24 am UTC
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So coming fresh off the heels of the Death Knight's Squire (I left a review there as well) I hopped into the Tyrant of Zhentil Keep with some measure of excitement. I was now much more familiar with the system and I could run it a bit better. Do I recommend this gamebook? Yes. Skip Death Knight's Squire and start here, then go back if you like this one. See below for explanations.

Score: 4.75/5.0

Pros:
- This is once more a "DnD" adventure. You explore a city and learn more about its inhabitants. Curiosity is rewarded when pursued and I more than once found myself asking "What would my character do?" to respond to a situation. You really can't go wrong with this adventure in my opinion. It more than doubles the length of Death Knight's Squire and introduces an element of player freedom not seen in the previous title. It's so free in fact, I at one point sat in my chair and thought to myself "This sounds like a DM just asked me 'What would you like to do?'...See more
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james B April 30, 2019 4:34 am UTC
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I really enjoyed this adventure, question though, will we get the chance to go back and complete any of the other side quests. My character is a paladin and it makes me sad that we agree to help these people but we can only pick one quest to do, i feel like my paladin would not abandon people. Thanks.
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5E Solo G April 30, 2019 9:36 pm UTC
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After you complete pt 2 of the adventure James, you could roleplay returning to Zhentil Keep and helping those people if you want.
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C. G September 25, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
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Great adventure! I got into D&D recently, and I am learning the mechanics, still. I moved to Japan some years ago and now that I am ready to play, I can't find a group to do it with. I would've never been able to go exploring and adventuring if not for these books. Really well designed and planned. You can see there's a lot of work behind this stories. Really looking forward to the sequels, I want to get my character to upper levels.
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Daniel W September 11, 2018 11:45 pm UTC
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Not sure if i missed it, but is there a stat block for zlug and slug?

Great work btw
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5E Solo G September 12, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
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Thanks Daniel, yep check out pp.164-165
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Rilee P July 25, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
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Heya! Not sure if there's something I'm missing but I am unable to interact with the sound effects, is it a different file type, or am I doing something wrong? Thanks for making this btw, super cool and it tides me over until my next session with the gang.
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Alejandro R July 11, 2018 9:26 am UTC
Hi! It seems to be a great work. Congratulations!. What about the Timeline and the political situation whithin the Moonsea, the city rulers and official NPCs? Suppose I am playing Tyranny of Dragons Campaign. Does this Adventure (and Citadel of the Raven one) fit with the official WOTC material? Thanks!
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5E Solo G July 11, 2018 10:39 am UTC
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Alejandro, my timeline of adventures is set in the Forgotten Realms approximately 140 years before the current WOTC timeline. I take advantage of existing lore and twist it to my own purposes, which is totally acceptable practice.
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dino B June 14, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
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There's a flaw at map 12 it says 98 i don't know what the right number is but that's not the right number it sends me to the house in the ruins
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5E Solo G June 16, 2018 12:51 pm UTC
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Dino, thanks for alerting me to this mate. I'm on it. New map will be uploaded soon. You're dead right, the entry should be 487 not 98.
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Joshua F April 23, 2020 8:44 pm UTC
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Just as a follow up, this typo is still there in 2020.
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5E Solo G April 25, 2020 12:30 am UTC
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OK. It took me way longer than it should have, but its fixed now. Uploading new file.
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Benjamin A June 08, 2018 8:03 pm UTC
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Immediately after finishing The Death Knight's Squire I had to get this! Playing through both were very enjoyable! Great story lines and good writing! My only qualms were: 1) No XP for fights? There was in DKS but not this one? 2) Several times it seemed as though some side quest were developing--Helpwendal, Moonsong--but then nothing came of them. Did I miss something or will these play out in the next installment? Thanks!
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5E Solo G June 10, 2018 3:19 am UTC
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Hey Benjamin
Yes, several codewords are revisited in the next book (which is currently in playtesting and will be released within the month) but some are concealed within Tyrant of Zhentil Keep as well.
The codeword "Helpwendal"is activated at 182, an entry which everyone playing the adventure encounters. Perhaps you had another codeword (eg wandquest / specterquest / dockrescue) and chose to activate that instead? As the entry states, there is only time to activate one of these.
The reason I decided to ditch XP for monsters was that, if progressing through these books (which I plan on continuing up to Level 20) I need to know exactly what CR to set the adventures at. That becomes difficult when XP can be accumulated at different rates (by taking different paths through the adventure). XP by milestone makes things a bit more manageable for me as "DM" of these adventures! Hope that makes sense.
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Benjamin A June 14, 2018 7:45 pm UTC
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Wonderful! Thank you so much for the clarification and making these adventures! I look forward to the next installment.
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Rene M April 26, 2020 3:43 am UTC
Question regarding the milestones. I just played through the FantasyGrounds version and was never awarded XP. Are there no milestones in this module? I completed many side quests as well. Don't want to list as it may give spoilers. What did I miss?
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5E Solo G April 26, 2020 10:28 pm UTC
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Hi Rene
Tyrant of Zhentil Keep is a bit unique in that its part 1 of a 2 part story (the second part being "Citadel of the Raven"). When you get to the end of the second book, that's when you advance your PC to level 4.
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May 16, 2018 3:37 pm UTC
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Did Citadel of Raven ever get released? I see 2 dates for it March 2018 and April 2018.
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5E Solo G May 17, 2018 4:40 am UTC
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Its just about to enter the playtesting phase. It's taken me a little longer than anticipated! But rest assured, it's not too far off.
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5E Solo G July 11, 2018 10:42 am UTC
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Citadel of the Raven has been released now. http://www.dmsguild.com/product/245542/DD-Solo-Adventure-Citadel-of-the-Raven?src=hottest_filtered&filters=45469
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