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Toolbox Solo Adventure A1: The Dead Don't Sleep


5e Solo Gamebooks presents The Dead Don't Sleep, a Toolbox Solo Adventure for D&D 5th Edition. This adventure is designed for one PC of level 1-20 or 2 PCs of level 1-15 without a DM. However, a DM may find this useful for running an adventure for 1 or 2 PCs if they haven't had time to prepare anything. 

What is a Toolbox Solo Adventure? Well, if you're familiar with our product The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox you'll know that solo adventures can be created using random tables to generate rooms, passages, encounters, dungeon dressing, clues and the like. That's what this is - a collection of quest-specific random tables all designed to provide multiple directions and rich detail to this quest, which takes place in a cemetery. 


Noises from the local graveyard have everyone spooked. In addition to that, graves and tombs have been found emptied, the corpses missing! The mayor asks you to go and investigate. He asks that you do this out of the goodness of your heart - he may have a lead on another quest for you, should you succeed.

This adventure framework is not a fully fleshed-out scenario but rather contains tools to generate multiple paths that the quest could take. As a result no two run-throughs of this adventure can possibly be the same. Choose your quest length, potentially anything up to several hours. A system of clues, discovered throughout the adventure, leads to the uncovering of five possible resolutions to this mystery, with multiple possible final encounters.
This first adventure of our Toolbox Solo Adventures series contains many of the concepts introduced in The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox, but with a bit more detail fleshed out, and personalized for the particular theme of the adventure. All you will need is 1 or 2 PCs of any level, and either some paper to map out your quest or simply your own imagination if you prefer theatre of the mind.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this new system of solo adventuring now!

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

Ghost of Lion Castle 5e Conversion

Menace of the Icy Spire 5e Solo Conversion

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Juan F September 08, 2021 4:44 pm UTC
Can I get to use the monster manual besides this?
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5E Solo G September 12, 2021 9:05 pm UTC
Yes absolutely. The encounters section contains mostly monsters from the Monster Manual, so that its easily usable by someone with only that resource.
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Massimiliano B August 26, 2021 4:14 pm UTC
Hi!! I'm totally new in solo RPG, I've purchased TSAT and Death Knight Squire but I'd like to run a short dungeon with Dead don't sleep to do some practice! :)

Quick question: I generate the first room and the exit, for every exit I check if it's a door that's will lead to a passage or a room... But if an exit doesn't have a door? It's always a passage? 50/50 passage or room? Thanks! :)
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Tim K April 09, 2021 7:43 am UTC
Is there a VTT version available?
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Tim K January 21, 2021 11:14 am UTC
hi, just wondering what table/s you used to generate the adventure hook?

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5E Solo G January 24, 2021 1:12 am UTC
From memory, I used some keywords from my keywords table in Solo Adventurer's Toolbox, then padded it out with some oracle rolls.
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Darin W April 30, 2020 2:01 am UTC
Paul, I'm really digging your stuff and have been diving into solo adventuring using your tools. One question; when your character is at a standstill because you haven't rolled well enough to find the secret door/switch/etc. what do you do? It's seems cheating to keep "coming back" repeatedly to roll again until you get it. On the other hand, it's no fun to sit around staring at a blank map because you can't find the entrance. Thanks.
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5E Solo G May 01, 2020 12:01 pm UTC
Hey Darin, thanks for the kind words. Hmmm. Well, this product is meant as an adventure framework, so there's always an option to move on (roll for) to the next location. Generally speaking, I try not to write situations that dead-end the quest. So you can rest assured that if you keep going, eventually the quest will resolve itself.
Does that help? Keen to help you figure this out.
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Darin W May 02, 2020 1:55 pm UTC
I guess I need to give myself more outs. I found a very cool-looking stone monument that, through the interactive story verbs, obviously had an underground lair. All of my DC 20 perception rolls failed. I just kept looking and, to make it a challenge, added random monster encounters.
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Mark H February 24, 2020 5:12 pm UTC
I haven't played in over 30 years and this idea of solo adventuring and rekindling old D&D caught my attention.
It seems like a lot of material to choose.
Would the Toolbox Solo Adventure A1: The Dead Don't Sleep be a good place to start or just an adventure.
I am starting from scratch and I'm looking for some recommendations on where I should began and what I will need for that, and perhaps to continue. But, let's just start with how I can get started for now
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Kyle Q July 25, 2019 8:09 pm UTC
where would i get the monster manual expanded?
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5E Solo G July 25, 2019 9:39 pm UTC
Hi Kyle, that's on right now (sister site to Drivethrurpg). Currently sitting at #20 on their bestseller list!
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Greg C July 03, 2019 3:52 am UTC
One fairly significant typo I noticed is that the Rooms table says d10 in the column header, but there are 20 rows. I added bookmarks to the top of each table, so it wasn't until I rolled a 10 and had to scroll down to what I expected to be the bottom of the table that I noticed I was missing out on half the possibilities.
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5E Solo G July 03, 2019 4:37 am UTC
Ah ok, thanks for that Greg, will fix immediately.
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5E Solo G July 03, 2019 5:29 am UTC
OK, file fixed. Thanks again for the heads up.
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