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DM Yourself - solo roleplay for 5e, D&D and OSR adventures

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Welcome to DM Yourself – a guide for soloing existing adventures/campaigns written for Fifth Edition (5e), other editions of D&D or OSR. The system enables you to play these adventures with a single character, as close to the way they are written as possible. The aim is to allow players to enjoy these adventures solo with the minimum of preparation, work or additional rules, and maximum immersion. The guide includes:

  • How to Prepare for the Adventure – Increasing the PC’s power without making them invincible, putting in safeguards and rebalancing the action economy for a single PC, setting up default behaviours and choosing a difficulty level.

  • How to Read the Adventure – When to skim-read and when to deep-read, where to start and what to skip (and when to come back to it), how to avoid spoilers (but not get hung up about them), and using flashbacks.

  • How to Play the Adventure – How to act as your own GM, using immersive roleplaying rather than reading-with-dice, dealing with maps and using fog-of-war, making binding decisions and using hindsight to help you deal with secrets, traps and hidden treasure, how to run encounters and a simple AI for enemy behaviour, and interacting with NPCs.

  • …and lots more in the Appendices – a minimal DC Oracle system, pages of extended Immersion Tables and AI Combat Tactics tables, guides to soloing several of the most popular 5e adventures, how to adapt DM Yourself to other systems, and quick reference sheets.

DM Yourself was developed with the support of over 500 backers on Kickstarter, and includes all of the stretch goals from that campaign.

It’s going to be an exciting journey, so let’s get started…


 
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Neva C November 12, 2020 8:57 pm UTC
Will this get a POD version? That is my preferred format for longer texts.
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Tom S November 13, 2020 8:37 pm UTC
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Yes it will. I got the proof yesterday. It looked really good, but I've made a couple of minor changes to the cover, which unfortunately means it's probably going to be another week before it goes live.
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Neva C November 04, 2020 11:28 pm UTC
Would this work with Basic Fantasy or Castles & Crusades?
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Tom S November 05, 2020 9:13 am UTC
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Hi Neva. Yes for Basic Fantasy (it requires a little bit of adaptation, but there's guidance in the Appendix on how to do this). I don't really know Castles & Crusades, but I think it should work for that. As well as the rule system, it also partly depends on the layout of the adventures you want to run - do they have clearly boxed/italicised location descriptions? If they do, that definitely helps when using DM Yourself.
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