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1 player games?

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1 player games?

Postby Dan True » Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:03 am

Hi.

I've been thinking about introducing my fiancée to roleplaying games at some point, through a personal game. Probably either something Dan Brown-ish modern or something-something mythical fantasy.
We have a 10 month old son, so the game would probably consist of fairly short sessions. Something we can quickly pick up and put down again an evening over a glass of wine.

Google hasn't turned up much, but this forum has people who've been gaming longer than I've been alive, so I was wondering if anyone here had any tips & tricks to running a game for only one player?

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Re: 1 player games?

Postby nclarke » Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:20 am

You might want to take a look at Chaosium's Alone against series of scenarios and also to the brand new Cthulhu Confidential from Pelgrane as that has a lot of specific advice for running a one-on-one game.
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Re: 1 player games?

Postby raleel » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:12 am

This question comes up rather regularly on forum.rpg.net. You might try checking over there in the open tabletop forum.

There was one that came out of Kickstarter a while back that was functionally two Japanese warriors doing competitive haiku. I forget the name though.

A Gumshoe system one might work. It normally has all of the investigative abilities spread between multiple players but no reason that I can think of where they can't be in one player.

Edit: check out https://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?77 ... -Solo-Play or google "one on one tabletop rpg".

Edit 2: http://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php ... one-2-one/ I knew there had to be something here. PDF available.
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Re: 1 player games?

Postby Matt_E » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:46 pm

Yes, Dan, Mythras works well with one-on-one play. I have commented on this, a long time ago. I don't know that there's a particular trick to running such a game. You'll probably find it easier than handling a crowd, though the dynamic is different--nicer in some ways, not as cool as a group in others.

If you can wait months, I have a campaign designed for a single, new player that I intend to publish, but I have to get it into shape. You may not want to wait...but, eventually, it will be available. :-)
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Re: 1 player games?

Postby Dan True » Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:41 am

nclarke wrote:You might want to take a look at Chaosium's Alone against series of scenarios and also to the brand new Cthulhu Confidential from Pelgrane as that has a lot of specific advice for running a one-on-one game.


Thanks. I will take a look! Might be suited for the Dan Brown-ish avenue.

raleel wrote:This question comes up rather regularly on forum.rpg.net. You might try checking over there in the open tabletop forum.

There was one that came out of Kickstarter a while back that was functionally two Japanese warriors doing competitive haiku. I forget the name though.

A Gumshoe system one might work. It normally has all of the investigative abilities spread between multiple players but no reason that I can think of where they can't be in one player.

Edit: check out https://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?77 ... -Solo-Play or google "one on one tabletop rpg".

Edit 2: http://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php ... one-2-one/ I knew there had to be something here. PDF available.


Thanks. I don't often hang on forum.rpg.net, but will check it out. My google-fu may have been insufficient.

I plan on using Mythras regardless, and I don't think anything as exotic as making haiku will go well as a starter :) Gumshoe may have some good advice.

Matt_E wrote:Yes, Dan, Mythras works well with one-on-one play. I have commented on this, a long time ago. I don't know that there's a particular trick to running such a game. You'll probably find it easier than handling a crowd, though the dynamic is different--nicer in some ways, not as cool as a group in others.

If you can wait months, I have a campaign designed for a single, new player that I intend to publish, but I have to get it into shape. You may not want to wait...but, eventually, it will be available. :-)


I may wait that long anyway, so I will look forward to it. It sounds intriguing :)

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Re: 1 player games?

Postby Matt_E » Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:27 pm

Aw, thanks. Since it's for the young/new, it features a lot of classic tropes, though hopefully I bring something fresh to the telling. One of its chief themes is loyalty. It was fun to play, anyhow.

Since I know there is some interest, this project just moved up a bit in the queue. :-)
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