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Want to travel in a world where the fall of the dice can make things appear randomly? Get completely lost in this book with multiple quests and worlds of your choosing, without a DM. This book could even help you worldbuild for your very own campaign.

Scott Niedjela


Sick of not being able to find a game? Have a burning passion for D&D and everything it represents, but no way to indulge that passion in actual gameplay?

5e Solo Gamebooks presents The Solo Adventurer’s Toolbox. This book is the result of many months’ work and represents a complete system for generating on-the-fly, detailed, immersive solo adventures.  And by solo, we mean true solo, without a dungeon master.

Using this system, paired with 5e mechanics, you can guide your PC or PCs solo through any adventure environment, creating meaningful adventures for them as they journey in the Forgotten Realms (or a campaign setting of your choice).

The Solo Adventurer’s Toolbox covers a variety of topics including quest generation, random encounter generation, random dungeon generation, random wilderness exploration, discovering settlements, merchants and shopping, downtime activities, random NPC generation, and systems for generating infinite monster encounters all tailored towards the solo PC.

In addition to being a go-to for solo D&D gamers, it also happens to be an excellent tool for DMs as well. The breadth of tables makes it an invaluable tool for brainstorming adventure ideas. This book, paired with your creativity, will enable you to create endless adventures for your weekly game, possibly as you guide your own PC or PCs through them. This is a one-of-a-kind product.


LIST OF CHAPTERS

Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview of Chapters

Chapter 2: We examine the Question / Answer Mechanic that I have created for use with the resources in this book. This simple system allows you to gain answers to any question in the same way as a system like Mythic GM Emulator, but far more stripped down.

Chapter 3: Deals with travel, modes of travel, weather, camping, unmarked settlements and the like. A more detailed system for wilderness exploration is outlined in Chapter 9.

Chapter 4: Wilderness encounters. In this chapter, you will find a d100 table of random wilderness encounters, all with an open-ended nature so that they can be interpreted differently every time. You can use these, or you may choose to use the encounter generation tools in Chapter 14.

Chapter 5: The same as above, but for urban settings.

Chapter 6: The same as above, but for dungeon settings.

Chapter 7: Contains tools for generating quests for your solo PC or PCs.

Chapter 8: Contains tables for the random generation of dungeons and their contents.

Chapter 9: Contains tables for the random generation of wilderness terrain and its contents.

Chapter 10: Contains guidance on merchants and shopping while in settlements.

Chapter 11: Contains guidance on downtime activities for your solo PC.

Chapter 12: Contains some ideas about roleplay in the solo format.

Chapter 13: Tables for the random generation of any number of NPCs you might meet on your travels.

Chapter 14: A collection of tables designed to generate an infinite number of random encounters in any environment, and also answer detailed questions framed by the player.

Chapter 15: A slightly experimental chapter dealing with monster tactics.

Chapter 16: Contains tables to generate monster encounters, with difficulty adjusted for the solo PC. Tables are arranged by environment type and CR.

Chapter 17: Loot tables, Individual and Hoard, arranged by CR.

Chapter 18: An example of solo gameplay using this system.


The biggest plus is having all the tools you need to solo in one place. I've used a lot of system-agnostic GM-less tools and they tend to require a fair amount of additional supplementation to cover all the bases… The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox provides a complete system for playing 5e without a DM and a powerful tool for generating encounters, quests, NPC's and places of interest. Easily customisable to fit your game-world and level of desired complexity, with a consistent format that makes modifying the tables to fit your personal preference a breeze. This toolbox is an all-in-one gift to Solo Players!

Jay Davies

The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox contains a plethora of resources to create adventures, worlds, and random encounters and events to fill your D&D sessions. It's a great resource for solo adventurers, but it's also a wonderful inspiration for DMs to create interesting and unique adventures for their players.

Kristina Chun

Imaginative and wide-reaching... I had problems taking breaks from solo-ing to play with friends!

John Todsen

I couldn't wait to get started on my personal campaign. I'm using a journal to keep myself honest and to keep for worldbuilding notes.

Josh Law from StrMod

Nice for a player. A must for a DM.

Patrick Higingbotham, NonZero Sum Games

What impressed me the most was seeing the question I had answered come to life. In solo play we can reach a level of detail that is very intuitive, rivalling even a group setting.

Timothy Arthur



This book is a living document and will be constantly updated and tweaked based on user suggestions. Once purchased, the player is encouraged to return here regularly to check for updates.

All in all, this book is a must-have for those looking to explore the concept of solo play with D&D, within any campaign setting.

Please check out our other titles by clicking on 5e Solo Gamebooks at the top of this page.

 
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Reviews (6)
Discussions (8)
Customer avatar
Jason S November 11, 2018 3:00 am UTC
PURCHASER
Is it required to have any of the handbooks to use this product? I currently only have the player's handbook.
Customer avatar
5E Solo G November 11, 2018 7:13 am UTC
CREATOR
Nope, you'll be fine with just the PHB. Monster stats you can find on D&D Beyond
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Jason S November 13, 2018 1:52 am UTC
PURCHASER
Excellent to hear! Thank you very much!
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Ian H November 10, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
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Sat down with this on an evening to myself and once I got the hang of it, wow - it all just flowed together. There a few typos that I'll hopefully catalogue later, but for now - any recommendations of other content on dmsguild that synchronize well with this toolbox?
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5E Solo G November 11, 2018 1:44 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Ian! Thanks for that, glad you're enjoying it. In terms of other material, one book I quite enjoy using is the Tome of Adventure Design, which is full of all sorts of tables. Great resource for DMs but can be used for soloing too. Available on DriveThruRPG.
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Eric C October 22, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Would this work for three PCs to sit down and play without a DM? I always DM and would love the chance to play with my buddies.
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5E Solo G October 22, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Eric
Absolutely it would work, for any number of PCs. The only thing you'll need to calculate is the XP thresholds for your party so you can generate monster encounters. Check out p.82 of the DMG for guidance on how to do this. Alternately, you could use a site like donjon to generate your encounters. But everything else can be generated by the Toolbox.
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Casey C October 19, 2018 9:20 pm UTC
PURCHASER
This is an awesome book. I just printed it off and put it all in a binder for use at the table. I've been looking for something like this since I got into D&D and realized how hard and inconvenient it is to put together a group. Now I can play when I want, on my own terms, at my own pace. You are a godsend.
Customer avatar
5E Solo G October 20, 2018 2:05 am UTC
CREATOR
Thanks Casey! I appreciate that. Glad to hear you're enjoying it :)
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Paul M October 09, 2018 10:44 pm UTC
So when will a print version be available? I am hesitant to purchase the pdf version, then missing out on a discounted print+pdf version later.
Customer avatar
5E Solo G October 10, 2018 11:58 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Paul
At this stage, there are no plans for a print release.
Customer avatar
Paul M October 17, 2018 12:44 pm UTC
Thank you for the quick response.
Customer avatar
Graham C September 20, 2018 6:01 am UTC
PURCHASER
Customer service were quick with their reply. I now have my copy to read.
Customer avatar
Graham C September 20, 2018 3:34 am UTC
PURCHASER
I have submitted a tech request as I also purchased this and have nothing to download.
Customer avatar
5E Solo G September 20, 2018 4:14 am UTC
CREATOR
Hey Graham, was in the middle of uploading a new version of this file, it should be fine now! Very sorry for the inconvenience.
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Graham C September 20, 2018 6:03 am UTC
PURCHASER
Just saw your reply after I posted my statement above. Thanks for posting a reply. I look forward to playing this.
Customer avatar
5E Solo G September 20, 2018 9:28 am UTC
CREATOR
Glad to hear it. Hope you enjoy the Toolbox!
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September 20, 2018 2:23 am UTC
PURCHASER
Bought this and I can't download it, there is no file. All my other files work through this site.
Customer avatar
5E Solo G September 20, 2018 4:15 am UTC
CREATOR
I can't apologise enough - I was in the middle of uploading a new version. Thought it had uploaded but obviously not! If you check again now it should be fine.
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