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GEMulator - Game Master Emulation for Solo Roleplaying Games

Within these pages is a ruleset that allows you to play traditional multiplayer RPGs on your own.

The complete freedom of solo play can be intimidating when it comes to actually playing through an entire campaign. Some sort of structure is needed to guide you along the path and prevent you from getting lost. The GEMulator is exactly that.

Its campaign structure allows you to combine your adventures into an overarching narrative with an evolving cast of characters, locations, and factions.


Let the random tables be your adventure and context your guide. Endless possibilities await!

The Emulator

The GM emulation is split into three distinct phases.

  • The Campaign
  • The Adventure
  • The Campaign Turn

The Campaign

The outermost structure that keeps the overarching narrative together.
The campaign parameters and descriptors help you with the interpretation of oracle results and random events.

You can randomly generate a campaign premise or pick and choose the most relevant entries for the concept you already have in mind.

The Adventure

Adventures are stories that match the overarching goal and theme of the campaign. They vary in length and can be individually tailored to fit the evolving narrative.
You play through every major scene of the story and only focus on the things you find interesting. Solo play is extremely flexible and you should take advantage of that freedom.

The Chronicle

While playing, you'll keep track of relevant Goals, Characters, Factions, and Locations. These lists allow the GEMulator to surprise you with relevant events and scene transitions.
These lists are separated into Active and Background lists so you can have recurring entries relevant to the campaign without having them pop up in adventures where it wouldn't make sense.

The Campaign Turn

Between each adventure, you'll generate a few random events to simulate the world around your player character.
These make fantastic story hooks for future adventures and provide a living backdrop for your campaign.

The Book of Tables

This chapter is filled with random tables to generate entire campaigns and adventures.
You could ignore the entire emulator and simply use these tables for your other games.

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Douglas R January 24, 2024 10:50 pm UTC
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This is what I've been looking for!
I hear a lot of people taking about "a living breathing world" and it was starting to frustrate me. Sure, they've been DM'ing for 30 years, it's easy for them. I have no idea how to do that.
This supplement is the answer to that. The scene transitions bring it to life, and keep the story together. Especially the Campaign turn. Why am I only know discovering the concept of "playing as the world" IN BETWEEN Adventures?
This is the best Solo RPG supplement out there. I downloaded it a second time ago I could give you some money. Thank you for this.
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Moritz R January 25, 2024 6:09 am UTC
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Thank you very much for the kind words and financial support! I'm glad you enjoy it.
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Douglas R January 24, 2024 10:50 pm UTC
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This is what I've been looking for!
I hear a lot of people taking about "a living breathing world" and it was starting to frustrate me. Sure, they've been DM'ing for 30 years, it's easy for them. I have no idea how to do that.
This supplement is the answer to that. The scene transitions bring it to life, and keep the story together. Especially the Campaign turn. Why am I only know discovering the concept of "playing as the world" IN BETWEEN Adventures?
This is the best Solo RPG supplement out there. I downloaded it a second time so that I could give you some money. Thank you for this.
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Maja R September 13, 2023 6:45 am UTC
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I very much respect you sharing this work for free under a permissive license, and using open-source software Scribus to produce it. Thank you!
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MR JOSEPH C June 27, 2023 3:51 pm UTC
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Hi there. I'm just entering the world of solo play. What're the main differences between GEMulator and the GM emulator put out by Mythic (other than that includes an RPG system too). I'm only interested in exploring the emulator parts of both, and have zero experience of either.
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Moritz R June 27, 2023 4:06 pm UTC
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If this is your first time trying out solo play, then I would definitely recommend that you use Mythic instead of the GEMulator. The Second Edition book has a ton of examples, discussions, and Variations that are very helpful for newer players. GEMulator assumes that you already know the basics of oracle-based solo play.

Concrete differences:
GEMulator provides rules for a campaign framework that allows you to chain several adventures together and generate random events for the factions/npcs around your character. Mythic is more focused on individual adventures.

Mythic uses a Chaos Factor that affects the answers of the yes/no oracle. It dynamically changes throughout play and influences how often random events could happen. GEMulator oracles are static and the chances always depend on the context of the story.

You could also just combine both of them and use the campaign structure of the GEMulator, while using Mythic to play through the individual adventures. Another...See more
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Henk M April 09, 2023 3:55 pm UTC
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Great GME, I like it! I have one question on the scene transition modifiers though. Are they meant to be cumulative or does only the modifier due to the last scene count?
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Moritz R April 09, 2023 3:59 pm UTC
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Thank you, the scene transition modifier only counts for the next scene.
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Douglas R January 26, 2024 5:01 pm UTC
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I'm on my third interpretation of how scene modifiers work. I think I got it.

There are two different modifiers.
1. A modifier determined by your previous ADVENTURE's success or failure. (on length table)
2. A modifier determined by your previous SCENE's success or failure. (in rules) *it's always -10/0/+10*

You add these together, and apply it to your roll.
*If you're playing a normal length campaign, these could cancel each other out...
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Douglas R January 26, 2024 5:15 pm UTC
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Interesting. So if I fail my goal of adventure 1, and then proceed to fail the goal of scene 1 in adventure 2.... I'm rolling with a plus 20 modifier!!! (Where all the negative transitions live)

Now that's what I call a Chaos Factor!
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Douglas R January 26, 2024 5:24 pm UTC
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I'm going to play a character that sucks at everything. Let it rain!!!
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Jason M February 15, 2023 5:15 pm UTC
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Excellent resource. Thank you!
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Sean D February 15, 2023 6:42 am UTC
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I don't seem to see the print option available for this title?
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Moritz R February 15, 2023 7:59 am UTC
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The layout was done in Scribus which, according to Drivethrurpg, creates problems with Print on Demand. I would have to redo the entire thing in another desktop publishing software so I'm sorry to say that no Print on Demand option is currently planned.
You have my permission to use other printing services if you want to own a physical copy.
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Sean D February 15, 2023 10:31 pm UTC
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I will look into that.

Thanks.
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