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New To SoloRPG

Postby Peter R » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:56 am

I am relatively new to solo play using dice systems (as opposed to the fantasy books and such).

What I am struggling with is I seem to find myself asking too many questions of the game engine and my scenes are in danger of becoming roll play not roleplay. I think this may be because I am not a natural writer.

Are there any beginners tips for building good solo gaming habits?
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Re: New To SoloRPG

Postby USSVoyager » Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:32 am

Have you perhaps taken a look at this? It's a thirty day email course designed for beginning solo players. It can help you a bit.

Though a good rule of thumb is to only ask when you're absolutely not sure of the outcome. For example, asking whether or not the bar is open can be done with a regular old roll, but if you don't want to rely too much on it, you can use some common sense. So, assuming that the game is currently in the day, it wouldn't be as open as it would be if it was night. However, figuring if a treasure chest is trapped or not might require that asking of the dice.

What engine are you using and what game are you playing?
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Re: New To SoloRPG

Postby zircher » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:31 am

Another mental trick is to think of your character as if they are in a movie and keep a director's eye for pacing and plot. There is a reason why there are tons of tropes out there, they work for successful and entertaining stories. What you do with the 'GM' dice is throw curve balls into that story instead of letting it dictate the story to you bit by bit. One technique that I have used is that at the beginning of a scene I roll up three random elements. The brain is a wonderful tool for finding patterns and word play that you can use to guide or inspire an encounter.

For rolling random images there are several tools out there. Analog, I suggest Rory's Story Cubes. Digital, there is Mark's Glyph's or my own Zero Dice (both use the same icon library.)
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Re: New To SoloRPG

Postby alea iactanda est » Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:20 pm

USSVoyager asked the exact questions I was going to. In addition, I would ask if it's certain kinds of scenes you're over-relying on the oracle for, or if it's a more general issue?

And I would say check the links on Sophia's page of resources. There might be something you haven't found that will click for what you need.

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Re: New To SoloRPG

Postby Adventure Girl » Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:19 am

Hi Peter R,

Do you use MYTHIC Game Master Emulator? (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/20798/Mythic-Game-Master-Emulator?it=1)
There are some examples of play and tips within it for inspiration and advice. It suggests not relying too heavily on asking a ton of questions, try to ask a maximum of two questions to get the answer you need each time, and use logic to interpret your answer, i.e. the most logical option. Let your imagination run riot!

Have you also tried playing through published adventures? I did this with D&D 3.5e and found I didn't need to ask any questions of MYTHIC. I like Ken Lau's 'The Lone Crusader' blog for great advice to play solo, in particular his: How to Play a Published Adventure on your own is useful (http://thelonecrusader.com/how-to-play-through-a-published-adventure-on-your-own-without-a-dungeon-master), for spotting what to read and what to avoid looking at (whether using a physical book or a PDF ebook), to keep the adventure fresh and exciting and avoid spoilers, and what to do if you do discover spoilers. His blog is aimed at Dungeons and Dragons Solo Play, but I think his advice can easily be applied to any Tabletop Roleplaying Game.

I also like reading through other people's solo plays, reading their mechanics and how they came to their decisions. Ken Lau posts example playthroughs, and I really liked reading some of +BrianMathers Actual Plays on his blog: http://boddynock-te.blogspot.co.uk/

You can also read Actual Plays on the Google+ Lone Wolf Roleplaying Group here:

We can learn so much from each other!
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