This is a list of resources for solo role-playing.
I was looking for a list of solo engines and resources some years ago. Unfortunately, I found none.
That’s why I started this list at the G+ Lone Wolf community and completed it with the help of others.
If you know of a resource that is not listed yet, you can shoot me an email.
Want to know how to get started with solo role-playing? I wrote a short blogpost that covers the essentials. John Yorio has an excellent in-depth guide in several blogposts. I recommend this for a better understanding of solo role-playing.
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#CannotEverCry (FREE) an Instagame RPG: complete, playable RPG as an Instagram-sized 1080px by 1080px image.#WritingWithDice: Reframing Solo Roleplaying blog post here2 Hour Dungeon Crawl dungeon-crawler, playable solo3 Stone Stories (FREE) a lightweight story engine by Rodney SloanA Basic System 12 (ABS12) (FREE) by Ken WickhamAdventurer: The Solo Roleplaying Game (FREE) an attempt to write a full Solo RPG by Shane Garvey and Stuart LloydALONe: A Solo Game Engine BETA (PWYW) a standalone solo engine (beta)Ancient Odysseys: More Treasure Awaits! the supplement for Ancient Odysseys with wilderness adventures and more classesAncient Odysseys: Treasure Awaits an introductory dungeon-crawling game which allows you to play solitaire or with a groupAvalon Quests: Pathfinder solo gaming (the price point of USD $14.99 is a bit steep)Beholden (FREE) "Beholden" is a game based on "Beloved". It basically switches the roles, and adds another twist: You're a deity.Beloved (FREE) a story game by Ben LehmanBivius Solo RPG (FREE) simple solo system by Lino PangChapter System (FREE) a simple solo system by RoryB BracebuckleChronicles of Arax (FREE) a solo swords and sorcery RPG set in the world of AraxChronicles of Blood (FREE) a solo wargame in the world of Arax (see Chronicles of Arax)CRGE (PWYW) a complete GM Emulator by the guy who made UNE and BOLD (see below)EPIC (FREE) solo engine by RoryB BracebuckleFour Against Darkness solo dungeon-crawler solo dungeon-crawler, additional adventure Caves of the Kobold Slave-Masters availableFree Will (FREE) addon for Mythic GME (so-called "driver"): more about that here and hereGrey Flowers (FREE) web-based Choose Your Own AdventureHigh Stakes – Free Storytelling and Adventure Rules (FREE)IN-RADIC (FREE) solo wargaming system, but can be used for RPGs, tooLegend of Wayfarer 1st ed. (FREE) by Stuart Llyod, some free adventure gamebooks are here (scroll down to Wayfarer)Lone Blade Solo Rules for (Advanced) Song of Blades and Heroes (FREE) solo rules for ASBH by Aleksandar BattrepsMicroscope world-building/epic history game: while not strictly a solo game, it can be used as great solo engine, as explained on the Risus Monkey blog hereMiso RPG (FREE) minimal freeform solo framework; epub, mobi and PDF package hereMystic Punks a zine-only RPG, more information hereMythic GME the classic amongst the solo systems, requires a bit bookkeeping and playing it can feel a bit scattered, nonetheless the most “complete” GM emulatorNine Steps And A Bloody Heart (FREE) investigative systemOculus v1 (FREE) Geoff Osterberg’s versionOculus v2 (FREE) Konrad Zielinski’s versionOf the Woods: Lonely Games of Imagination a collection of six single-player lonely games - a lonely game is a game of questions to tell haunting, introspective, and quiet storiesPenguinComics.com Random Solo Adventures solo gamebooks, some books are on Lulu, too, and the guys behind these also run http://www.gamebooknews.com/Perilous Intersections (FREE) one of my favorite story frameworks, again by RoryB BracebucklePythia Oracle Python framework for solo gaming/sandbox content creationQADD: Solotastic! a four level dungeon of solo adventuring action for the QADD: Quick And Dirty Dungeons RPGQuill: A Letter-Writing Roleplaying Game for a Single Player (PWYW) living documentQuill: Coal & Parchment (PWYW) supplementQuill: Love Letters (PWYW) supplementRewind by Todd Zircher (PWYW) a framework and light role playing game for solo or single player game playScarlet Heroes one of the BEST systems for solo-ing with an OSR ruleset, great D&D-like system + solo engineScarlet Heroes Quickstart (FREE) a free quickstart version of Scarlet Heroes without the solo engine and the tablesSCRAWL (FREE) by Stuart Llyod, short for Solo CRAWL, involves wandering around a world, killing monsters and stealing their stuff (murder-hobos), free adventure Dungeon of the Orc Bossso1um, WIP (FREE) simple solo system inspired by Tiny Solitary SoldiersSolo - Zozer Games solo add-on for TravellerSolo engine by Tiny Solitary Soldiers (FREE) based on Free Universal Role Playing Game (FU)Solo Gaming Rules a stand-alone solo rpgSolo Grail (FREE) by Evandro NovelSolo-HACK-tastic! a four level dungeon of solo adventuring action, requires "The Black Hack" core rulesSoloist RPG (FREE) by Chris Atthestudy, WIPSoloist RPG Draft (FREE) by Chris AtthestudyStar Smuggler a classic game from 1982. It’s a lot like Traveller, but for one person and a little simpler.Storium a new play by post RPG platform, although it’s primarily played by a narrator and players, you can play it solo by being both the player and the narratorSwords and Savagery another dungeon crawling game that you can play solo, this one has a"dungeon deck"The 9 Questions (FREE) a story framework by John FioreThe Covetous Poet’s Adventure Creator and Solo GM Book lots of tables, classic Three-Story-Arc structure; I was pretty disappointed, but others enjoy it very muchThe Doctor Who Solitaire Storytelling Game (FREE) solo game by Simon Cogan with over two-dozen expansions, playable onlineThe Gamemaster’s Apprentice a card-based idea generator & solo engineThe Trouble with Rose (FREE)
TTwR is a parlor story telling game. Like Microscope, it can take on the role of a framework tool for solo RPGs when used solo. TTwR can be used as a tool to set up (not so hidden) agendas and set up scenes which are driven by character aspects.Wayfarer (FREE) by Stuart Lloyd, your character explores a quasi-medieval world full of ancient ruins and strange creaturesWicked Blades of the Blood Forest (FREE)a #200WordRPG solo game by Ivan VaghiZATHRUM (free) a simple d20 solo engine by Riccardo Fregi
Adopted by Mentor Apocalypse World 2ealea iactanda est blog with elaborate session reportsAlone Amongst Many has a great series about old school gaming with Scarlet HeroesBattreps solo role-playing and wargamingbob loblaw's solo log blog Mike Overbo's development blog for his solo web appChimerical Realm Vampire the Masquerade blogDan's Gaming Blogdie heart solo the solo section of this blog 🙂FiveMeninNormandy by Ivan SorensenGaming While Driving by James Carrmaulpodtoddcast - solo rpg actual play solo rpg podcast and youtube channelMetamorphosis Zeta Scarlet Heroes solo play and moreMoonSylver's blogMythic RPG Youtube series videologNights Of Solitude Karl Hendricks' page on Obsidian PortalNo One to Play With RoryB made several small solo engines (I like Perilous Intersections, see above) and also writes interesting session reportsNoels 15mm SciFi and Fantasy 15mm SciFi wargaming blog solo role-playing and wargaming, the link goes to the 4AD tagOne Player, Many Stages solo actual plays and other collaborative effortsPlundergrounds Hangout #1 (With Yours Truly) G+ Hangouts discussion about solo role-playing, especially with Dungeon WorldRolling Dice and Writing Words solo rpg and writingSolo Heroes by Steven LincolnSolo Roleplayer a general resource for solo gamingSolo Rpg Gamer some general thoughts about solo rpgsSolo Rpg Voyages interesting break-down for different role-playing gamesSolo un mondo di carta the author constantly tries out new tools with cool sketches, very interestingsolospelunking mostly actual plays with different systems (Star Wars FFG, 13th Age, FU etc.)Tabletop Diversions excellent solo musings by John Yorio, check out his tutorial on how to play solo rpgs on the right side of the pageThe Bwogosphere short snippets of actual play reports which are easy to readThe Gnomish Embassy old-school and new schoolThe Lone Crusader solo D&D role-playingUbiquitousRat.net classic fantasy games (RuneQuest, Traveller etc.) soloWorld of the Fifth Sun solo RPG blog by Kern Wickham, also develops his own solo system