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D&D Solo Adventure: The Death Knight's Squire

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5e Solo Gamebooks presents The Death Knight’s Squire by Paul Bimler, a 100+ page solo adventure for D&D Fifth Edition, set in the Forgotten Realms. This adventure has been created for individual play without a dungeon master, and is is a great way to scratch your D&D itch between regular adventures with your DM. Or, it can serve as a way for a player who cannot find a group to get a taste of the game.


“Definitely worth every dollar and more. The amount of work that has been put into this is incredible. You will most assuredly have fun adventuring ‘Solo Style’.”   Josh Lambert

“If, as I did, you cut your teeth on Fighting Fantasy or Lone Wolf gamebooks, you will definitely enjoy playing this solo D&D Adventure!”   David Bond

"Definitely a great substitute for group play."  Travis Dickens

The Death Knight’s Squire is the first in a planned series of solo, DM-less adventures. Unlike standard gamebooks, 5e Solo Gamebooks include a map / token dynamic to make the experience more like full tabletop gaming. Sections of the map are revealed as the PC moves through the adventure, encountering monsters, items and other occurences. The PDF contains clickable links that move you between your choices, keeping you fully immersed. With over 350 separate narrative entries, as well as varied combat encounters, there are innumerable paths your quest could take! Another difference from standard gamebooks is that you roll up your own PC, just like in a normal D&D quest.

You will need access to a printer (preferably colour, although black and white would suffice) in order to print the Maps Booklet for the optimal experience. You may choose to print the adventure booklet too, if you wish, although this could be accessed from laptop or tablet where you will have access to the active links. If you do not have access to a printer, .jpg files of the maps have also been included for you to load into applications like Roll20, where you can place and move tokens digitally. You will also need some small objects (miniatures, game tokens, coins) to function as PC and monster tokens.

The Death Knight’s Squire has been extensively playtested by experienced players of 5e D&D, and includes combat, opportunities for spellcasting, use of diverse class feats / skills and more. The quest should take about 2-4 hours and is designed to be as close to the experience of playing with a DM as possible. (NOTE: It can also easily be played by two players, or run as a full party adventure with a DM and multiple players).

So read the introduction to the Adventure Booklet (do this first), roll up a new Level 2 PC and let’s get playing! And make sure to follow this publisher (5e Solo Gamebooks) to stay informed about future gamebook releases.

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Matthew W July 17, 2018 10:36 pm UTC
First things first, I have really enjoyed this Solo adventure!

I'm looking for advice for an alternate, maybe unique circumstance, ending.

Spoilers Below:

Played through using a WM Sorcerer. Due to a series of fortunate rolls/decisions, stumbled upon and defeated DK without experiencing the majority of the quest book. During the DK fight, WMS table called up necrotic damage that not only provided a killing blow to DK, but technically also defenseless Darek. Since my character was in possession of the Red Tree Staff, but no knowledge of it's importance, and no means to revive Darek, the UNEASYVICTORY seems to be the most fitting end. However, how would his grandparents respond to Darek's death?
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5E Solo G July 18, 2018 12:27 am UTC
CREATOR
Hey Matthew
I really love that you're looking for a unique ending.
I think you're right that UNEASYVICTORY is the correct entry to end it on.
Darek's grandparents would be distraught, obviously. But perhaps you could bring his body back to Orlbar? There might be a mage there who could perform a resurrection of some kind? Also, at least then the grandparents would have his body back, and thus closure.
Lord Brewmont, being the honourable gentleman he is, would still pay your promised reward.
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Pauper J July 16, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
PURCHASER
First, I want to thank you for creating this fantastic adventure. It is wonderful and allows me to play in between my weekly game wit ease. It is terrific fun and has more replayability than I first thought. As a bonus, it allows me to try different classes than I am used to. Worth Every Cent!
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Andrew P July 15, 2018 5:23 am UTC
PURCHASER
Really enjoying this adventure & just wanted to say so. Running it for my wife & daughter at the mo' and doubling up on the number of monsters as you've suggested.
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5E Solo G July 15, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
CREATOR
Awesome Andrew, really glad you're enjoying it!
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Shayne H July 14, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
What solo adventure do you recommend for a level 1 PC as a prequel to this adventure?
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5E Solo G July 15, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
CREATOR
I'd recommend having a look at "Dark Sorceries" by Abel Trotter. Or you could get "Merchant of Breckenwald" from drivethrurpg.com, which is a Pathfinder adventure but so easy to convert to 5e. It contains very standard D&D monsters, you can easily find their stats, and checks convert more or less straight to 5e with very little conversion.
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Frosti G July 08, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
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If I load the individual maps into roll20, should I add the tilemaps together as I go (when I go from tilemap x -> y) building a big map or should I just load one at a time?
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5E Solo G July 08, 2018 10:30 pm UTC
CREATOR
Just one at a time Frosti. No need to complicate things!
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July 02, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Hi Paul, I have a question about an item in the adventure: The Sword of the Goddess's Wrath: against an undead creature, does it do an extra 1d8 and the extra 1d4 fire? I am a bit confused by the wording.
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5E Solo G July 08, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
CREATOR
No, against undead it does the normal 1d8 (or 1d10 if 2-handed) slashing, but it gives the 1d4 fire and gives a +2 bonus to attack rolls. (The +2 bonus is the difference for undead)
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Heidi R June 25, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
PURCHASER
If you want to go paperless, there are apps for maps and minis. I would recommend 3D virtual tabletop. I just used screen captures of the maps provided and found images I liked for the minis. I'm playing without a dm, a tabletop, or a mess.
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Charles C June 21, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
i have read through the adventure and it is pretty damn solid. I like it, a lot !!! I would like to take you up on your offer for the full map, as I would like to run it for my group.
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5E Solo G June 21, 2018 11:34 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hey Charles, have a look down where I reply to Erin B. There's a sendspace.com link where you can download the full map :) Thanks!
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Charles C June 25, 2018 6:06 am UTC
ty for the info.
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Jake H May 12, 2018 2:28 am UTC
PURCHASER
Is this very suitable or could it be run with 1 player and 1 GM? that sort of thing is something I've been looking for for a while
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5E Solo G May 12, 2018 4:07 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Jake. Many people run it as a DM+1 adventure. The DM reads out the entries to the player and runs the combat. Very simple.
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Jake H May 12, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
PURCHASER
That's wonderful! It's exactly what I needed. Thank you. I'll pick this up.
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Erin B May 04, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Would love to get the complete map setup and other needed information, as I do plan to DM this with multiple PCs.
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5E Solo G May 12, 2018 4:29 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Erin - you can find the full map here: https://www.sendspace.com/file/dukxor
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Curtis Y May 31, 2018 1:55 am UTC
PURCHASER
With the full map can I run it on Roll20? ..as a solo? ...or just a DM +1.
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5E Solo G June 02, 2018 5:55 am UTC
CREATOR
If you're running as a solo, I'd recommend loading the individual maps as you encounter them into Roll20. The full map is for GMs to run it, usually with 1 player, but if you doubled monster numbers you could run it with 2. If you are running with 2, increase the final boss's hp by 2 and his HP by 50%
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Titus F June 26, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I’m planning on running this for my wife and son. I’m confused by your statement to raise the final boss’s hp by 2 and his HP by 50%. Do you mean raise his hit points twice?...
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5E Solo G June 27, 2018 2:48 am UTC
CREATOR
Nope. Add half his hp to his hp.
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Titus F June 27, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
PURCHASER
And 2 to his AC then?
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5E Solo G June 27, 2018 9:59 pm UTC
CREATOR
For 2 players, yes.
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Joshua B June 29, 2018 6:04 pm UTC
Cool! :-)
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Michael S April 29, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I loved this adventure. My only big complaint is that it is not offered in print. I don’t like viewing PDF files on my computer. love these games for what they are: old school pen, paper, and page turning adventures. I like these games because they DON’T involve computers and printing your own PDF is just too costly as well as time consuming..if you are going to make your own booklet which is what I did. There are plenty of good “ON DEMAND” services out there like Amazon’s CreateSpace where you could offer printed modules on demand for true old schoolers like myself that want a booklet for their collection and a true page turning experience. I bought the “Fabled Lands” collection which is printed on demand by CreateSpace and the quality is top notch! There just isn’t enough Solo adventures out there and I wish the ones that do exist were offered in print. Other than that, the adventure itself was great!
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5E Solo G May 12, 2018 4:30 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Michael. At present I am working with One Bookshelf to prepare a print version. It's taking me a little while as I'm having to learn a new software package (InDesign), but it is coming.
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Devin B April 09, 2018 12:32 am UTC
PURCHASER
Hopefully this hasn't already been answered but the links don't work on my tablet (Galaxy Tab A). Any help would be great.
Thanks
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5E Solo G April 09, 2018 12:54 am UTC
CREATOR
Are you using Adobe PDF reader? I don't think it will work if you aren't.
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Devin B April 09, 2018 2:14 am UTC
PURCHASER
I was using the pdf viewer. I downloaded acrobat reader snd it seems to be working fine now. Sorry for the trouble
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5E Solo G April 09, 2018 3:52 am UTC
CREATOR
Hey no problem! Glad you got it working :)
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Brian P February 10, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Would these adventures also work with a DM and one PC?

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5E Solo G February 12, 2018 3:42 am UTC
CREATOR
Absolutely, and there are instructions in the intro for doing so.
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Mark S February 05, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Are you planning to design more? Keep it up!
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5E Solo G February 12, 2018 3:43 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Mark, I have one other adventure up on the Guild named "Tyrant of Zhentil Keep" and its sequel is in the making now. I'm also releasing a solo system which will contain 2 solo quests, very soon!
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David B January 11, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Hey I want to DM this as a run with about 4 PC's. I'm also using this format as a trial to see if I want to pursue DMing more. Can you send me the complete map and any other information you think may help. Thanks.
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5E Solo G February 12, 2018 3:43 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi David. What is the best way to get the map to you?
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Henning F December 28, 2017 6:51 am UTC
An expected level range (start/finish) for the playthrough would be nice. I've noticed there is no mention of it in the sequel description either. I'm aware you start at 2nd level, but having an idea if you'll ever get to use a certain class ability would be helpful.
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5E Solo G February 12, 2018 3:44 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Henning. This starts at level 2, then at the successful completion of the quest you level up to 3, which is the tier of the next adventure "Tyrant of Zhentil Keep."
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