I don’t know why it took me so long to find it, but I stumbled across John Fiore’s Solo Nexus blog a few days ago and it is quite the rabbit hole for a solo gamer. There are posts on just about every aspect of the hobby, and the ones on playing tabletop role-playing games solo gave me all kinds of ideas.
I’ve been playing Pathfinder and a few other systems with my kids lately, and had wondered if trying to play those kinds of games solo would be worth a shot. It’s impossible to solo most of the greatest published campaigns because there are no surprises for someone playing and GMing. This made me think that there has to be a way to engage in the storytelling aspects of RPGs without devolving into procedural tables, and I went on a tear looking for systems designed for that. After much research I found many tools that I plan to highlight in an upcoming Solo RPG series, and I wouldn’t have even started down this road if it hadn’t been for Fiore’s excellent articles on the subject.
If you have any interest in this whatsoever, head over to Solo Nexus and grab Fiore’s free 9Qs solo RPG engine. I’ll discuss it and other tools later, but for now much testing lay ahead. Looking over all the RPG systems that have emerged since the last time I played (back when TSR was still in business), I can’t wait.