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D&D Solo Adventure: Drums at Daggerford

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5e Solo Gamebooks presents Drums at Daggerford, the fifth in our continual series of solo adventures set in the Forgotten Realms. This quest enables you to experience D&D without a dungeon master! Simply roll up a level 5 PC and get playing.

Fantasy Grounds version available here.

Drums at Daggerford is the way you must experience solo adventuring. Players and DMs beware, a new standard has been set.

This solo adventure continues the story arc first begun in Death Knight’s Squire, developed further in Tyrant of Zhentil Keep & Citadel of the Raven, and left in The Tortured Land. Drums at Daggerford’s ability to echo a Tolkien spirit reverberates throughout the narrative no matter which path you may choose. But choose wisely because a razor’s edge separates peril from glory. 

David La Boon

Over a year in the writing, this latest instalment in our solo adventure series is a mini sandbox campaign that will give you anywhere up to 8 hours of solo adventuring enjoyment. Completionists and those who like to replay these adventures will get even more gametime. There are mysteries to be uncovered, items and sidekicks to be gained, codewords to unlock and villains to conquer!

With lots of exploration, meaningful decisions, hard fights, and a variety of rewards and stories, Drums at Daggerford will continue to resonate with you long after solving the big mystery behind Krond Vikkurk’s malevolent plans. 

Jessica Laurent

A great adventure playable either as a stand-alone or as part of an ongoing saga with the same hero, Drums at Daggerford is long enough to give you great value for money while being exciting enough to keep you engaged. Sure to scratch the itch for solo players and always-DMs alike

Dantonius Jones

Your story begins in Ilinvur, where you meet a mage, Malthuveus, who sets you on a quest. The town of Daggerford has been taken hostage by a marauding orc known as Krond Vikkurk! Krond, with the aid of an army of orcs, goblins, hobgoblins, gnolls and other creatures, has kidnapped the population of Daggerford and moved them to an unknown location. Krond demands one hundred thousand gold pieces for their safe return. For his efforts, the orc now has a bounty on his head: a reward of one thousand gold pieces has been promised to anyone who can discover the whereabouts of the hostages, and defeat the infamous orc. 

As usual, the document contains hyperlinks that navigate you between entries, removing the need to scroll. Also, rather than the more linear narratives of our previous adventures, Drums at Daggerford can take any route you wish as you visit locations in any order you desire, much as a party would in a standard module. Interactive maps allow you to click on locations and visit them for exploration. A system of progress points allows you to measure the passage of time to keep track of resting and travel. But don’t worry - unlike previous quests where progress points have been utilised, there is no time limit on this adventure! Time is the least of your concerns - keeping your character alive is!

Well-written and highly detailed, the world opens up before you where every street corner and forest hollow beckons the brave explorer. Don’t pass it by, there’s a surprising adventure at every turn. I had a blast exploring Daggerford and this is what you need to solo your way through a Dungeons & Dragons adventure.

Christopher Zirk

Playable with any level 5 PC, this adventure is designed to provide you with many hours of DM-less enjoyment. Perfect for those situations where you can’t meet up with your group but have an insatiable craving to roll some dice! 

Had lots of fun with this adventure. The story is beautifully written and combat is challenging yet satisfying!

Fitzgerald Limisella

Typical Area Map


Daggerford Landing Page

Location entries

Typical Combat Sheet

Backstory

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Jesse S May 29, 2022 6:54 am UTC
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Checking in to see if there's an update on the release of Caught in a wizards web?
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5E Solo G June 01, 2022 8:38 pm UTC
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Indeed - it is now released!
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/398467/DD-Solo-Adventure-Caught-In-A-Wizards-Web?src=hottest_in_dmg&filters=45469
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M A B April 15, 2022 5:51 pm UTC
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The Progress Points continue to be a problem. In this case, the need to complete 24 points before taking a long rest nearly killed my party more than once. This is particularly nonsensical in Daggerford - there are plenty of places to hole up and rest, and trying to make it through 24 points of encounters means either a lot of wasteful wandering around (and/or returning to cleared out areas), or waaay more encounters than you have resources for. After my party (of two plus a sidekick) was nearly TPK by a goblin ambush, I had them hole up and rest the several hours I needed to get one party member back to 1 HP so they could benefit from the subsequent long rest. I strongly encourage players to take a long rest whenever they feel like it, and just make it longer than 8 hours.

As an aside, it's remarkable how many of the creatures encountered have DEX 14+ and some mechanism (beyond the standard flanking) to gain advantage on every attack. The turbo goblins were just one example.

OTOH,...See more
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M A B April 18, 2022 7:47 pm UTC
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32, not 24. I knew that looked wrong.
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Lap T January 25, 2022 5:47 pm UTC
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Kids and I are really enjoying going thru these books. Love how these bring back memories of playing thru Final Fantasy books when I was a child. Can't wait for more.

I'd wanted to try DnD with my kids, but the idea of GM'ing fully was a bit daunting. Using these books as guides, I was able to introduce them to DnD. We are basically treating them like play throughs of Folkore: The Affliction board game. Bits of narrative, with bits of decision making and skill checks, interspersed with some tactical combat.

Appreciate:
- how for the big combat encounters, you lay out the first few steps for the enemies.
- the replayability of later titles, with all the choices not taken on the first playthrough
- the skill checks and applicability of traits and non-combat spells

Is there a mailing list we can sign up for updates on when new titles are released?
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5E Solo G January 26, 2022 9:00 pm UTC
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Hey there Lap, thanks so much for the support! Glad you and your kids are enjoying, and basically how you describe it is exactly how I intended them to be played and appreciated :) Thank you for the kind words.
In terms of a mailing list, I don't really have one, but if you go and find my Facebook page Paul Bimler Fantasy Author, I post all my new releases on there so that will keep you updated. :) My new book, Caught in a Wizard's Web, is about to enter playtesting so shouldn't be too far off.
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Moritz H December 16, 2021 10:30 am UTC
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First: I really enjoy this series and played through all titles now and will continue to do so. I think this is amazing work. Thanks Paul!
Non the less: part 5 made me think.
Looking back I must say that I'am not sure if I like the changes to the approch of how to navigate through the adventure. I totally get that the new map system opens up a much broader scape, but - at least for me - it somehow breaks immersion.
I try to explain:
In the previous titles one entry led to another and decisions you made prevented you from taking other routes. I knew I was not seeing everything but that was part of the attracion because in the end I found my unique way. My decisions shaped the story.
With the new open map approach I repeatedly found myself tempted to check of all options, which led to a game play that was much more "power gaming" or "min/maxing" than "story focused" ...
Has anyone experienced something similar? I'd be interested in how you feel...See more
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Vinod N December 04, 2021 8:10 pm UTC
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I’m just about to finish the Tortured Land and start this one. How’s the sequel progressing?
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5E Solo G December 07, 2021 12:50 am UTC
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Very well, I'm about 75% done and am about to go on extended leave from my job so will have a lot more time to complete the writing. I should have the first draft completed before end of year. Then it will enter playtesting. I'm anticipating it being ready by mid January!
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Scott R December 09, 2021 3:02 am UTC
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That's awesome! I've finished all 5 on my own, I'm playing back through them with my 13 year old daughter and we're loving these! Nice work, thanks for creating these! Can't wait for the next one!
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Michael N September 29, 2021 10:23 am UTC
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These are absolutely fantastic! Love your work. Is there any update on how "Caught In A Mage's Web" is coming along??
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5E Solo G September 30, 2021 11:03 pm UTC
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It's coming! I'm about 70% done with the first draft, then it will need to enter playtesting.
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Jason R November 28, 2021 5:52 am UTC
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Just wanted to offer my humble services if you’re needing any additional help with the play test portion! Looking forward to the next segment of the journey!
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Jonathan D April 16, 2021 4:00 pm UTC
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I found your adventures recently and I'm a huge fan. I'm really looking forward to Caught in a Wizard's Web!
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5E Solo G July 17, 2021 9:50 am UTC
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Thanks Jonathan, that means a lot! I'm hard at work on it right now. Nearing the halfway mark in terms of writing the first draft.
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Jesse S February 17, 2021 8:11 pm UTC
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Craving the next installment. Any updates? Hopefully you and yours are well :)
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5E Solo G February 23, 2021 11:29 pm UTC
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Hi Jesse! Yes, I am days away from completing The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox Part 2, and will be starting work on Caught in a Wizard's Web either this week or next. I'm planning on getting my head down and getting it completed in record time! Many thanks for the support and interest :) Warm regards, Paul B
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Wolfram V February 02, 2021 1:16 pm UTC
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Me and my brother have been playing the same characters since your first campaign was released. I just wanted to say thank you from the both of us. Looking forward to the next adventure! Also I was wondering if there will be some references to previous campaigns? For example after completing the Citadel of the Raven me and my brother were knighted, but we haven't had any use for this title in the adventures that followed. All the best! Oscar Icebeard and Assatur the Dragonborn
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Antonio W December 26, 2020 7:12 pm UTC
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Absolutely love this product. Best solo adventure I have ever played. Some inspiring work indeed. I do have a comment though, I like to print it out and play it lake the old tsr solo modules. I would love to have numbered pages and an index. A 2 page campaign map inside the pdf would also be realty nice for a print version with white background. Well, maybe for the next installment? ;)
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Colin D September 14, 2020 10:05 pm UTC
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I'm enjoying this so far.

One note: I don't understand what happened from entry 199 to 146 to 407 to 92, from where I end up in entries anchored around 198. Looking now, it seems that all of the other paths from 146 don't have the same problem.
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Jason D August 23, 2020 3:31 am UTC
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When is Caught in a Wizard's Web coming out, very eager to play!!!!!
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5E Solo G August 23, 2020 7:35 pm UTC
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A little while yet, I am currently writing a product called The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox 2: Supplemental Materials. But once I've finished that I'll be turning my attention 100% towards Caught in a Wizard's Web. Thanks for the support Jason!
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Shawn O December 03, 2020 3:18 am UTC
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hi, do you have a time frame of when "caught in a wizard's web will be done?
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5E Solo G December 05, 2020 1:45 am UTC
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I am aiming for early 2021. It's a long process, as you can imagine, and I'm currently deep in the writing of Solo Adventurer's Toolbox Part 2. But it will be some time before mid next year.
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Kevin M December 29, 2020 12:22 am UTC
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please take you're time, I've loved all the adventures so far and don't want you to rush the next one :0)
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5E Solo G January 11, 2021 1:22 am UTC
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Thanks Kevin! Yeah I do like to take my time and try to get it right.
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Walter D June 19, 2020 2:31 pm UTC
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I have played through all the books as a Rogue and as a Barbarian. You have made an impressive product. I was always a fan of Game-Books and you brought a new twist to it.
I wanted to ask, when do you believe you will publish the Level 6 follow-up, "Caught in a Wizard’s Web"?

Good Luck for the Future.
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5E Solo G January 11, 2021 1:22 am UTC
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Aiming for somewhere around May 2021. Currently finishing "The Solo Adventurer's Toolbox Part 2"
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Jonathon L June 12, 2020 4:13 am UTC
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I've been really enjoying this series and this particular adventure was my favourite so far. It's awesome and I'm looking forward to the next!

I loved how freeform it was, even compared with Tyrant of Zhentil Keep (in which I got a bit frustrated at the lack of option to tell quest-givers "Actually, I already said I'd do something else at that time, how about I help right now? Or... tomorrow?"). It felt fantastic finally being in control of when to try taking a short rest, and having the option to explore as much as I wanted with the risk and resource cost I was willing to accept.

I also liked the sidekicks and hope there'll be more in future.

Combat felt more of a reasonable challenge in this one, after a very harsh previous adventure. That said, I had more trouble with grunts than with boss fights this time. Throwing out 3rd level spells really makes a difference!

If I may make one request: As a wizard meeting other wizards and visiting magic shops...See more
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5E Solo G June 19, 2020 1:20 am UTC
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Good point. Thanks Jonathon, I will try and include more wizardly stuff in future!
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Leo S May 28, 2020 8:07 am UTC
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Holy crap thank you for the pile of work you clearly put into this fantastic adventure.
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5E Solo G May 29, 2020 12:42 pm UTC
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Why thank you sir
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Travis W May 24, 2020 10:51 pm UTC
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I really enjoyed this adventure. I've played through the campaign starting with Death Knight's Squire, and I would say that Drums of Daggerford was my favourite by far. Thanks for all the great work you are doing!
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5E Solo G May 29, 2020 12:43 pm UTC
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Thanks Travis! That was the intention. I'm always trying to improve. Although... the next one might be a little more straight ahead, tighter and more contained.
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