Can you play RPGs Solo? Part 1

Buying RPG books and resources has become a bit of a problem for me. Don't get me wrong, I love them, but they are starting to pile up, many have never been played.

For a long time, I have ignored this fact and fluttered from one shiny RPG to the next. Curse you Kickstarter!!!

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I reassured myself that one day I would get round to playing them all. Now the challenge has always been trying to find people to give them a go with you. My poor kids have been put through many an adventure but there are only so many times you can cackle at your kids while their character is burned alive by a dragon.

Along came Covid-19 and all chances of finding victims, I mean fellow players, disappeared like a toilet roll off a supermarket shelf.

That's not quite true. The online RPG scene is thriving like never before. We are living in truly amazing times where a plethora of platforms, communities, and Virtual Tabletops (VTTs) are available to find players and like-minded people from around the world. I have been playing Dungeons & Dragons online with Americans for about three years now (I'm UK based).

However, this particular blog post is about playing with yourself! Wait no not that, get your mind out of the gutter. I mean playing RPGs solo.

I discovered Solo Rpg's thanks to my brother who encouraged me to take a look at a game called 'The Wretched' by Chris Bissett. This was during the first lockdown and couldn't have come at a better time. The Wretched is loosely based on Ridley Scotts Alien. You are the lone survivor of the space ship The Wretched. All other crew members have been massacred by an Alien that made its way onto your craft.

Each day you record a ship's log/distress signal. You can find my first episode below:

In the next part, I will explore how this one game catapulted me on a solo RPG odyssey that even led me to publish not one but seven Tabletop RPGs

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