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8BitNinja
2016-03-23, 06:52 PM
Hello everyone, this is a question I've had for a while, it there a TRPG you can play by yourself? Books count.

I can already feel you guys typing a reference to a comic that shall not be named.

NOTE: Results may or may not involve fighting the zombie

Mark Hall
2016-03-23, 06:57 PM
Skyrim?

I mean, there were the old Fighting Fantasy books, and oD&D had adventures you could run through solo, but you're not doing a ton of role-playing in this... they're adventure games.

8BitNinja
2016-03-23, 09:54 PM
Skyrim?

I get Skyrim, or any video game RPG, I've put about 125 hours into Skyrim. I was wondering if there was a series of books where there were different roles and they did affect the story, or a solitary card game that involved role-playing mechanics.

I play/have played many video game RPGs, I even designed my first Tabletop Role-playing Game after NES JRPGs such as Final Fantasy

Grinner
2016-03-23, 10:01 PM
There are (unofficial) solo adventures for D&D. And the aforementioned Fighting Fantasy books also fit the bill.

...Think Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, but with stats.

lacco36
2016-03-24, 03:14 AM
Not really an RPG, but check the old "Lone Wolf" books.

Mutazoia
2016-03-24, 03:38 AM
I think this is what you may be looking for. (http://www.cyoa.com/) Or this...the more adult versions. (http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/18733.Adult_Choose_Your_Own_Adventure_Books) Back in the 80's there was even a few D&D versions of this. Steve Jackson Games had a few as well. Sadly both the D&D and SJG books have been long out of print and are hard to come by, though you may be able to find some of the Endless Quest books (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endless_Quest) used

JohanOfKitten
2016-03-24, 04:17 AM
If you're (really) patient, there is The 7th Continent.

It's a survival board game, playable alone or with friends, inspired by and built as a "book where you are the hero".
A french company work on it for 2 or 3 years now and they made a kickstarter about it to edit the game (both in french and in english). They will send the game to the pledger this autumn, so I think it will be in specialized stores shortly after.

Thrawn4
2016-03-24, 05:09 AM
Not really an RPG, but check the old "Lone Wolf" books.
Playable for free at Projet Aeon (https://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Home)

Also, you can play Arkham Horror by yourself.

Lastly, there is Choice of Games (https://www.choiceofgames.com/). Some of them are free as well.

Vinyadan
2016-03-24, 05:26 AM
Lone Wolf is a blast. They also made an acclaimed game recently, but I haven't tried it yet.

Otherwise, try the Middle Earth Quests. They weren't very good in comparison, but they did allow you to choose among different backgrounds.

Sa5mmeh
2016-03-24, 05:56 AM
The website - RPG Solo - is is pretty much what you're looking for. Yeah, a lot of the storytelling and mechanics kind of have to be put in by you, but it's probably the best way to play an RPG solo online. Hope it helps.

8BitNinja
2016-03-24, 03:03 PM
The website - RPG Solo - is is pretty much what you're looking for. Yeah, a lot of the storytelling and mechanics kind of have to be put in by you, but it's probably the best way to play an RPG solo online. Hope it helps.

This seems like a pretty cool website, thanks

Vinyadan
2016-03-24, 03:28 PM
The setting is smoke-filled barracks involving excellent proximity alarm and hard-to-reach dome. Your quest is to purchase the old mass grave at the shimmering volcano. Trying to stop you is the officer skilled in archery. You are currently at the parking garage.

...what? :smallbiggrin:

Thrawn4
2016-03-24, 03:58 PM
Lone Wolf is a blast. They also made an acclaimed game recently

They did? Do you refer to the mobile app that kind of let's you replay the first books?

Vinyadan
2016-03-24, 04:02 PM
They did? Do you refer to the mobile app that kind of let's you replay the first books?

This (http://lonewolfthegame.com/). I have heard good things, but I don't know what it actually does. It is mobile, however.

8BitNinja
2016-03-25, 12:02 AM
@Vindiyan: I unholster my block and fire.it.at the orc wizard. I jump onto a kangaroo and ride towards the Starship at the end of the cave

Actana
2016-03-25, 03:56 AM
There was an RPG made explicitly for this purpose: Quill (http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/170400/Quill-A-LetterWriting-Roleplaying-Game-for-a-Single-Player). I haven't played it myself, but it's on a pay-what-you-want method of sale, so it might be worth checking out.

Lord Torath
2016-03-25, 08:08 AM
Dragonlance had a module for single-person play. I think it was Gnomes:100, Dragons:0. You played as a human testing out gnomish weapons and armor.

2D8HP
2016-03-29, 10:51 AM
Tunnels and Trolls had solitary adventures

Douche
2016-03-29, 01:41 PM
There's a Pathfinder card game. Someone was telling me about it last week, I know basically nothing about it... But from googling it, it is indeed possible to play single player.

obryn
2016-03-29, 02:13 PM
This was a major trend in the 80's.

Tunnels & Trolls had a whole line of solo-play adventures, and may be best remembered for them. Some earlier D&D modules hopped on the bandwagon, too, sometimes with a "ghost pen" to reveal text. Look for Ghost of Lion Castle as one example.

8BitNinja
2016-03-29, 02:34 PM
This was a major trend in the 80's.

Tunnels & Trolls had a whole line of solo-play adventures, and may be best remembered for them. Some earlier D&D modules hopped on the bandwagon, too, sometimes with a "ghost pen" to reveal text. Look for Ghost of Lion Castle as one example.

I never knew about this

also, why do 50% of TRPGs involve an alliteration for a name?

TheIronGolem
2016-03-29, 02:48 PM
I never knew about this

also, why do 50% of TRPGs involve an alliteration for a name?

It was mainly just the first wave of me-too games that sprung up in D&D's wake that did this. I expect the idea was that the name "X and something that starts with the same letter as X" instantly communicates the idea that this game is kinda like D&D - a necessity at a time when "roleplaying game" was not yet part of the common vocabulary.

Also, Americans adore alliteration. Allegedly, anyway.

8BitNinja
2016-03-30, 12:00 AM
It was mainly just the first wave of me-too games that sprung up in D&D's wake that did this. I expect the idea was that the name "X and something that starts with the same letter as X" instantly communicates the idea that this game is kinda like D&D - a necessity at a time when "roleplaying game" was not yet part of the common vocabulary.

Also, Americans adore alliteration. Allegedly, anyway.

Oh, that makes sense