Saturday, April 25, 2009

Running a solo game

Over the past few months, I've been running a (mostly) solo campaign with my wife. This started back in November of 2008 and the campaign is still ongoing. Below you'll find links to pages that highlight lessons learned and some of the joys I've discovered in running a solo game. I think you'll find these posts useful if you're considering a solo game.

Starting Out
Although a couple of these posts ended up a bit long, they highlighted some of the techniques I used to get my wife involved in the game - simple rules, focusing on things she would find enjoyable, teaching her "the basics" of "old school" play.
Things that come up
Sometimes things happen, players get frustrated, or things get difficult. In a solo game, you (the DM) are the NPCs, the backup and the advice giver - there are no other players to help. I wrote about some of these situations.
Expanding your campaign
Sometimes you might decide to expand things, or make the world bigger, or even open up the solo game to other people. In my case, my solo game has become somewhat of a family campaign.

And finally


ze bulette said...

Thank you for these links to your earlier posts - My wife and an eight year old relative are going to be playing for the first time in a Labyrinth Lord campaign I'm setting up for them. Your insights are very appreciated.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

You're welcome! I hope you write about your experiences with your family. I really like having a "family only" private campaign.

Jimwise said...

This link compilation is a treasure trove of good advice. Thanks of taking the time to organize it all! As someone who is looking at a similar situation in the near future, I really appreciate all the help I can get!

trollsmyth said...

Oddysey and I have both discovered independently that solo play is a great way to introduce new folks to the hobby. Maybe not the most efficient way, mind you, but...

Thanks for gathering all these great links together.

Mikey Y said...

I ran a solo campaign with your wife once too. But it was YEARS ago, before you guys knew each other.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@trollsmyth - you're welcome! I will keep writing more solo game writeups.

@mikeyY - I wasn't sure if this was humor or a case of mistaken identity... my wife hasn't played D&D since high school. If it's humor, well... we could go that route. ;)