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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

Now released: The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox Part Two: The Toolbox Expanded!

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 contains a complete system for generating detailed, immersive solo 5e Dungeons & Dragon adventures.  And by solo, we mean true solo, without a dungeon master. There is no shortage of solo RPG tools out there, and many of them have a system-agnostic focus. The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox focuses solely on 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons.

The Fantasy Grounds version is now available here!

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. 

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

Essential for any DM, even if you have no interest in solo adventuring whatsoever! The breadth of tables and ideas presented in this document warrant the price of admission alone!

Aaron F.

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

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.

Check out this great video of Ginny Di demonstrating some of the tools from this book, and from Part 2 as well.

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

Caught In A Wizard's Web

Solo Adventure Bundle 1 (First 4 solo adventures)

Solo Skirmish: The Cult of Mol'goroz

Solo Skirmish: Stone, Wood & Thunder

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 Solo Conversion

Toolbox Solo Adventure A1: The Dead Don't Sleep



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Carlos T November 29, 2022 4:42 am UTC
Is there any chance of translating this adventure? My english is not that good and would be nice to play it in portuguese.
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Tim K October 03, 2022 1:59 am UTC
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My physical copy was shipped a month ago to Australia. It hasn't arrived yet. Is this a normal time frame? Lettermail Priority Packet shipping.
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Jeffrey S October 03, 2022 6:45 am UTC
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As a fellow Aussie, yes, that is normal. In my experience, it can take anywhere from 1.5-3 months.
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Tim K October 03, 2022 7:08 am UTC
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Thanks
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Tim V September 14, 2022 7:57 pm UTC
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Is there a discount for the physical books if we already have the PDF's?
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5E Solo G September 21, 2022 11:08 pm UTC
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Unfortunately not, sorry Tim. I've tried to keep physical prices down, however, in comparison to other DM's Guild titles. The margins are pretty thin on my end.
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Tim V September 22, 2022 8:27 am UTC
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No worries. I still plan on buying them. I like physical books much more than digital.
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5E Solo G October 03, 2022 7:51 pm UTC
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Yeah... me too!
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Jan C September 08, 2022 3:08 pm UTC
Can this tool box be used with existing dnd modules like ghosts of saltmarsh or curse of strahd?
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5E Solo G September 10, 2022 9:57 pm UTC
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It can be used to add detail to existing modules, but it is mainly designed for generation of freeform adventures.
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Jan C September 08, 2022 3:08 pm UTC
Can this tool box be used with existing dnd modules like ghosts of saltmarsh or curse of strahd?
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Jason U September 08, 2022 1:52 am UTC
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A minor error in the Quality of Merchant table on page 83--The Metrop. column lists values as Atrocious 1-2; Poor 3-5; Medium 9-12; Good 13-17; and Excellent 15-20. There is both a gap (no value for 6-8) and an overlap (15-17 are both Good and Excellent).
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Cynthia S September 08, 2022 5:42 am UTC
If you shift Medium to 6-9 and Good to 10-14, that resolves both issues.
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Cynthia S September 07, 2022 9:01 am UTC
I have been thinking about designing a campaign for myself and just bought this book as well as part two. I have two issues that I can't find tables to accommodate. One - I already have designed three characters for myself and my friend wants to create one or more characters and join my campaign, but I can only find rules for creating encounters for one or two character parties. Two - A good portion of the campaign I want to play is set in the feywild and I only see tables for the material plane.
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Cynthia S September 09, 2022 11:41 pm UTC
I know it doesn't say "Purchaser" under my name. Technically, I didn't buy them myself. My husband bought them and gave them to me as gift.
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Paul K August 15, 2022 8:51 pm UTC
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Perusing the PDF while waiting for my paper copy and I think I found a minor glitch - the Situations Table (Verb List) on pages 107-111 have a d10 roll to determine the hundreds place and a d100 to determine the tens and ones places, which will yield a range of 500 numbers (000-499), but the table of verbs only has 499 entries. There is no entry for a roll of 000.
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Shane M August 15, 2022 4:19 pm UTC
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Could two people plays this as two players with no DM?
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Jeffrey S August 18, 2022 12:57 am UTC
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Yes. Without any issue and likely enhanced with multiple sources if inspiration.
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August 14, 2022 3:34 pm UTC
how many pages are the PDFs?
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5E Solo G August 14, 2022 10:57 pm UTC
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Page count on DM's Guild products is always displayed on the product page, this particular pdf is 167 pages long.
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Michael S August 14, 2022 1:43 am UTC
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I am new, but more interested in OSR-how easy it is to convert this to use with an OSR system? If I need to use 5E what are the minimal 5E resources that I need to be able to access all of the content?
Thanks, and have a great day!
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5E Solo G August 14, 2022 11:00 pm UTC
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Shouldn't be too hard if you have familiarity with both your OSR system and 5e D&D. Most mechanics in the Toolbox are based on difficulty (monster encounters, tiers, DCs for skill checks etc) so if you know what the different levels of difficulty are for those various elements in both systems, then you should be good. And then many of the tools don't involve any mechanics at all and are there to provide flavour and story inspiration.
Minimum 5e resources required would be the 5e basic rules or SRD, both downloadable free from the WOTC website.
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Michael S August 14, 2022 11:53 pm UTC
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SRD?? don't need monster manual or DM book?
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5E Solo G August 15, 2022 12:00 am UTC
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The SRD contains a bunch of monsters of most CRs... the monster tables in the Toolbox give you encounters based on CR (eg: 1 CR 1 Monster + 3 CR 1/4 monsters) and then monster tables by CR based on environment. Every one of those monster tables should have at least one monster that's in the SRD, usually more. So if the SRD is all you've got, you go with whatever monsters are on that table instead of rolling for them.
Dungeon Master's Guide is nice to have (contains great solo tools), but not essential.
The SRD contains a lot of material from the PHB and DMG, including classes and the rest. You can run a full game just from the SRD. And the SRD with the Toolbox will allow you to run a full solo game. Hope that helps, thanks for the support Michael!
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Darallex T August 12, 2022 5:33 pm UTC
Would the info in these books be compatible with pathfinder2e.
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5E Solo G August 13, 2022 3:16 am UTC
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It is written for Fifth Edition D&D, but can be converted to any system really. It would just require a bit of conversion for things like skill checks, monster encounters etc.
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Beth N August 11, 2022 11:56 pm UTC
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Hi. The link to the bundle with both versions is broken. How can I buy the bundle?
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5E Solo G August 12, 2022 2:10 am UTC
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https://www.dmsguild.com/product/392406/The-Solo-Adventurers-Ultimate-Toolbox-BUNDLE?src=by_author_of_product&filters=45469
Try that one Beth!
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Bryce G August 13, 2022 12:45 am UTC
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This still isn't working
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5E Solo G August 13, 2022 3:12 am UTC
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I just did a trial click through and add to cart and it worked... what device are you accessing the site on? Perhaps its a phone issue?
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5E Solo G August 13, 2022 3:14 am UTC
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Alternately, if you go to the DM's Guild home page and type in "Ultimate Toolbox" it should come up.
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Lachlan S March 13, 2022 3:46 pm UTC
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Found a reoccurring error in the pdf version on encounter tables where if frequently references CR 0 monsters. Not sure if im missing context
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5E Solo G August 12, 2022 2:13 am UTC
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CR 0 monsters are definitely a thing. Check out the Awakened Shrub, Bats, Cats, Crawling Claw and many others.
For a list of CR 0 creatures in the Monster Manual, check out this pdf:
https://media.wizards.com/2014/downloads/dnd/MM_MonstersCR.pdf
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Gregory T March 08, 2022 12:57 am UTC
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Fantastic resource. Really a whole new way to approach RPGs. Have you considered starting a Discord server? Would love to find a community oriented around this style of play.
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5E Solo G August 15, 2022 12:04 am UTC
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I wouldn't mind someone else starting one... but every bit of my spare time is occupied with writing!
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DWDalton Adventures L February 05, 2022 5:07 pm UTC
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I've used this for a year in PDF version. Now I have the softcover! Love it.
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