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Solo Adventurer's Guide - D&D Solo Engine

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Have you ever imagined being able to play in a unique D&D world that is capable of changing or expanding on its own? Let this guide expand the boundaries of your imagination and discover that it's possible to play "the most popular roleplaying game in the world" without a Dungeon Master. Open your mind and be a "masterplayer". Are you brave enough to face the fate that the dice have in store for you?


by Guilherme Bento


Have you been kicked out of your weekly D&D group because your barbarian with Intelligence = 6 accidentally hit a member of the group? Did your DM cancel the session due to connection problems? Or are you under the influence of the "Lack of Time" spell from the "School of Reality" cast using a spell slot of 4th Level?

And you're still itching to create a character, go into a dungeon, and kick some monster ass? Then Solo D&D might be for you.

It's not fake. You should be thinking, "Man, there's no such thing. A tabletop roleplaying game is a party game..." But ... why not? "Because you need a DM - duh." But what if you didn't need that...?

At the core of the RPG, the Dungeon Master is a player like the others, but with some other duties like controlling and creating the world and everything beyond the players' characters. The DM is the one who defines and describes the scene, then waits for the players' actions, and then reacts to them (or lack of them). But what if this could be simulated, as in single-player electronic RPGs?

This guide introduces a dungeon master emulator that simulates the reactions a DM would give players in a traditional tabletop game and sparks your creativity as if it were a springboard for your imagination, allowing you to create stories, scenarios, and non-player characters (NPCs) in fun, random, and unpredictable ways.

The Solo Adventurer's Guide is everything a player needs to play epic D&D adventures without the presence of a Dungeon Master.

Tags: Solo D&D; Solo Dnd; GMless; DMless; Solo RPG; D&D5e; Dungeons and Dragons; Fifth edition; Solo system; Solo roleplaying; D&D Solo Engine.

Thanks for reading!

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Elena S February 29, 2024 11:04 am UTC
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Hello,
would this book work for solo adventures with a party?

I use DnD as writing tool, and I love writing about characters interactions. So instead of playing a single character, I always come up with 3-4 adventurers. I've tried playing pre-written adventures like Lost Cave of Phandelver with a party of 4, reading the adventure as I go, but I find myself struggling to go on and follow the story, so I was wondering if more of a freeform type of adventure is maybe better for me.

Your book seems exactly like what I need (a way to push an adventure in the direction I want, but keeping the fun of unexpected turns given from tables and random things happening), but most solo tools I've seen are focused on a single character and not parties. And I'm not very good at balancing encounters and levels.

[EDIT] Also, would I need other solo tools to use this? Like for rolling monsters or things like that?
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Guilherme B March 01, 2024 2:38 am UTC
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Hello Elena, thank you for your interest!
You are completely correct, this guide has exactly this function of helping a solo player organize the adventure into scenes and then mix things up, adding (or subtracting) elements and random events, making the game both cohesive and unpredictable.
This material can be used both for those who want to play with just one character and for those who want to play with more than one character.
In my experience, playing ready-made adventures solo is a big challenge, as you tend to end up following a predetermined flow and when you get off track it seems like you're lost. Now, with a spontaneous adventure creation, scene by scene, using elements of randomness, you will always have surprises and you will be actively writing your characters' story, without scripting it.
Regarding the requirements to play, you will need the basic D&D books. If you want more practicality, you can use encounter generators, NPC generators, tavern generators, dungeon generators,...See more
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Patrick O September 04, 2022 1:17 pm UTC
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How well does this work for adventures based more on intrigue and npcs? I kinda wanna play out a game as like an assassin trying to overthrow a government or something like that.
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Guilherme B September 06, 2022 7:20 pm UTC
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Hello, Patrick O. Thank you for your interest!
I'm totally frank when I tell you that I'm not an expert in this genre, but I believe you can use most of the tips contained in the book for your solo RPG sessions with a few small modifications that I suggest below:
1) Neutral and ambiguous events should be more frequent, so whenever you roll 7 or 13 on Oracle Check there is a 4-in-6 chance (or 70% if you prefer to roll 1d100) that a neutral/positive event will occur. (the opposite result means negative event).
2) The distribution of the "Neutral/Positive Event Focus" table would be as follows: 1-3; 4-6; 7-8; 9-12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17-20 keeping the same order of results, just changing their probabilities of occurring.
3) Whenever you roll the "Combat" result, replace it with "A secret is revealed". This is a way to shake up your story without necessarily involving a fight.

In addition to these modifications, I would also suggest that you check out...See more
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Guilherme B April 06, 2022 12:34 pm UTC
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New update. Correction of some odd word choices and typos. Thanks to Sir(Meat/Sinew)
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Neil A March 21, 2022 4:27 pm UTC
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Just started using this. 1st die roll and scene 1 had to be altered. 2nd die roll caused a negative event to happen - which came up as combat. Said combat lasted 3 A4 pages until it was completed. All of this and only 2 die rolls into my solo adventure, yes I'd say this is worth the money.
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Guilherme B March 21, 2022 5:34 pm UTC
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That's great to know!
Thanks for the feedback and I hope your heroes have overcome the combat :)
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keigan W March 01, 2022 12:44 am UTC
Hey! Couldn't help noticing the Spanish version of this product is free, while the English one is 3 dollars. Any reason why that is?
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Guilherme B March 01, 2022 3:48 am UTC
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Hello, keigan W, thank you for your interest!
Actually the other version of this material is avaliable under pay what you want and it's is in Portuguese, which is my native language. The difference in price is due to my difficulty with the English language, I had to spend several hours trying to translate the guide and this was a solo job too. ;)
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Jason W January 27, 2022 7:11 pm UTC
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I’m looking to return to DnD after years away. Can these rules be adopted to the early 80’s AD&D?
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Guilherme B January 28, 2022 3:28 am UTC
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Hello, Jason W. Thank you for your interest!
The Solo Adventurer's Guide was designed and written for D&D5e, but it is perfectly possible to use it with other versions. If you decide to try it, please tell us about your experience with it.
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Jason W January 28, 2022 10:13 am UTC
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Thanks for the response and I will keep you posted.
-Jason
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MAXIM B July 25, 2021 2:24 pm UTC
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Hi! Im new to DnD and want to find a way to play it alone. I have a question. Can i apply this system to play official dnd adventures and play them solo? Or is it more suitable as some sort of guidlines for creating your own worlds and adventures?
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Guilherme B July 26, 2021 11:42 am UTC
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Hi MAXIM B! Thanks for your interest!
First of all, I'm glad to hear that you are learning about DnD and also how to play alone and that you somehow arrived on this page. The Solo Adventurer's Guide does not propose to explain about the DnD rules, but how to use them to play alone, creating improvised adventures, scene by scene. On the official adventures, there are many ways to deal with this, but simply, I believe you will need to make a decision between two options:
1) read the entire adventure beforehand to know the whole story and all the secrets and plot twists
- pros: experience similar to a DM, improvising scenes in response to the characters' actions, which in most cases are beyond what is expected in the books.
-Cons: The riddles, mysteries and traps will become just rolls of dice to see whether or not the characters can overcome them.
2) read the book as you play the story.
-pros: similar to a player experience, dealing with each new description of the book as if...See more
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MAXIM B July 26, 2021 1:17 pm UTC
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Thank you for your answer and for making this guide! I'm currently in the process of reading the essential 5e things - Player's Handbook, DM's Guide and Monster Manual, etc. Once I read them all and digest a bit, I will try to apply Solo Adventurer's Guide approach to playing the adventures solo. I understand that its not a standard way to play DnD, but in my current situation I am not able to play it with others, so I'm very grateful to you for making this Solo Engine. Once I am done with the research and try to play a bit I will get back at you here in the comments if I have any questions regarding the implementation of the system you provided or with my personal experience using it. Once again, thank you very much!
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Guilherme B June 18, 2021 11:32 am UTC
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New update. Correction of some grammatical errors and typos.
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Nilton C P June 17, 2021 9:48 pm UTC
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Hi, with this book i´ll be able to play the 5e adventures and campaigns books? in exemplo "Out of the Abyss".
Tks
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Guilherme B June 17, 2021 10:13 pm UTC
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Hello, Nilton. Thank you for your interest!
Where are you from? I had the impression that you are Brazilian, like me, because you wrote "in exemplo".
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Nilton C P June 18, 2021 8:04 pm UTC
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Rsrsrsrs...sim sou brasileiro....desculpe, ainda me pergunto pq escrevi em inglês, tendo a versão em português, e vi suas respostas a perguntas em português.
Moro em São Paulo.
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Guilherme B June 18, 2021 8:12 pm UTC
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Kkk acontece. Eu ia sugerir para você ver a versão em PT-BR que está em sistema de "pague quanto quiser". Agora sobre a sua questão, sim esse guia deve te ajudar principalmente com algumas dicas. O oráXXX apresentado aqui também pode ser utilizado para improvisação, mas isso vai depender de quanto você pretende estar preso à trilha da aventura oficial. Há ainda um suplemento que escrevi para criação de um herói lendário, que você poderia utilizar para substituir uma party de 4 personagens, caso você não pretenda ter várias fichas para administrar.
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Nilton C P June 18, 2021 8:54 pm UTC
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Obrigado Guilherme. Peguei o suplemento tbm, li este, já peguei tbm as regras básicas no site da Wizard, vou ler as regras e voltar a ler este, fiquei um pouco perdido lendo o seu primeiro, mais devido a não entender os modificadores, nunca joguei DnD.
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Jeffrey S October 14, 2020 1:39 pm UTC
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Request: Add bookmarks for easy digital navigation.
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Guilherme B October 20, 2020 4:33 am UTC
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Accepted request. Thank you for your interest.
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Jeffrey S May 29, 2021 3:34 am UTC
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Thank you :)
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James G May 26, 2020 10:56 pm UTC
Is this the same guy who wrote the Mythic Game Master Emulator?
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Guilherme B May 27, 2020 9:43 am UTC
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Hello James G. Thank you for your interest!
First of all, thank you very much, it is an honor to be confused with the author of Mythic. Second, it wasn't actually a guy who wrote Mythic, it was a girl. The Solo Adventurer's Guide was based entirely on Mythic, but has significant changes, the main one being the conversion from d100 to "d20 + modifier", as is common in DnD5e.
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Michael S May 20, 2020 6:26 pm UTC
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I like the physical look of the guide but will there be a more printer-friendly version made available in the future?
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Guilherme B May 21, 2020 12:30 pm UTC
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Hello, Michael S. Thank you for your comment!
Good idea! I will start working on it.
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Guilherme B October 20, 2020 4:33 am UTC
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Accepted request. Thank you for your interest.
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Michael S October 21, 2020 6:17 pm UTC
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Excellent. Already downloaded and printed it. Thanks.
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charles B May 13, 2020 6:48 am UTC
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Can you use this with d&d basic?
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Guilherme B May 13, 2020 11:15 am UTC
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Hello, charles B. Thank you for your interest!
The Solo Adventurer's Guide was designed and written for D&D5e, but it is perfectly possible to use it with other versions. If you decide to try it, please tell us about your experience with it.
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charles B May 20, 2020 1:44 am UTC
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Will do.
Thank you
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Patrick D March 07, 2020 5:07 pm UTC
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Which of the two "Solo Adventurers Guide" is the newest? Both are copyrighted 2019 on the back cover (which is page 2 in the PDF). The only major difference I found is on (actual) page 3, with the itemization of the scenes (in bulleted format, rather than sentence text). I'm guessing the bulleted one is newest. Or now that I look closer, it looks like the third file "1658296-Solo_Adventurers_Guide_complete_Jan2020" is the newest. If so, why include the other two? Thx
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Guilherme B March 08, 2020 11:07 am UTC
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Thanks for your comment! An error occurred on the platform and so previous versions were visible to customers. I requested a change in this, I hope soon more is appearing only one downloadable version (the last one)
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Anthony G February 11, 2020 2:19 am UTC
Is this strictly D&D or can it be used for other fantasy systems?
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Guilherme B February 11, 2020 11:03 am UTC
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Hello, Anthony G! Thank you for your interest!
The Solo Adventurer's Guide was designed and written for D&D5e, but it is perfectly possible to use it with other systems. However, I believe it works best on medieval fantasy systems.
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Jeffrey S February 01, 2020 2:22 pm UTC
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Are there any video examples of gameplay?

Having read through the book, it seems to be written for experienced players who only need tools and a little direction for solo play.
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Guilherme B February 02, 2020 1:30 am UTC
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Hello, Jeff S! Thank you for your interest!
The guide does not really provide much information for those who still do not know the rules of D&D and may never have played RPG. Unfortunately there is still no video teaching how to use this guide in practice. Well, at least not exactly as it is in the book. You can take a look at this video from a very experienced player using some mechanics from this guide to create RPG stories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zhTYnBj0Xo

Or if you want, you can watch this video from a Brazilian guy who made a small demonstration of how to use this guide with the Pocket Fantasy system. The audio of the video is in Portuguese, but you can activate automatic subtitles and I believe you will be able to assimilate some interesting ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEnLy6q8-Mo
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