Sole Survivor – Apocthulhu

Today I published Sole Survivor for Apocthulhu. The funny thing is, I cannot actually remember who mentioned the system to me. The past two weeks have been a bit of a blur!

One of the blog followers has said that the DriveThuRPG link is giving them an error. I have checked what is happening on DTRPG and it is definitely working for some people as I can see the sales in the report. Only people going via this blog or my emails get the 40% off discount.

If the link in the email does not work for you, try this version. I have copied it afresh from DTRPG.

Last weekend I started with just the Quickstart and loved it. I grabbed the SRD, [System Reference Document] as a tool when I knew I was going to play this, and then I got the full game.

Most of the time I play the game first, then decide that I am going to publish the solo rules for it. When I am doing things ‘to order’ a little bit of me wants to make back the money I spend on buying games I don’t know.

Apocthulhu doesn’t leave me feeling out of pocket. I was a little wary at first, the core rules and the QS were only Silver best sellers, meaning less than 251 paid copies sold. That is not a massive number, and the proportion of people who play solo would be a tiny percentage of those that have the rules.

I didn’t feel out of pocket because I loved the game. I probably could have written the rules just of the QS and SRD, but I wanted the whole game. I was a little disappointed that there was no bestiary included, so I then went and got the OpenCthulhu document as well.

This is now my Cthulhu game of choice.

Refresher Time

In the past 12 months I have played a lot of games. Some of them I got to play for a few weeks and then moving on to the next. I wanted to spend some time playing some of the games I enjoyed the most.

The game at the top of that list is Dungeon World.

Normally, I end up playing so much fantasy, because these are the most popular games, that I bolt back to science fiction just to get my fix of big guns and high explosives. For DW to be at the top of my ‘want to play’ list means that it must have something that struck a chord.

It will also be a bit of a palette cleanser after the harsh world of the post-apocalypse.

I am not sure how much I will play, number two on my list is Judge Dredd. I never got to play that game, but I was a big 2000AD fan while growing up.

I don’t even own the full game. All I have the Quickstart, and I haven’t read that yet either.

I just know that I want to patrol MegaCity One on a Lawmaster.

If you have never tried solo play, this is exactly the kind of freedom that solo play gives you. Don’t just collect games, more games than you will ever play, but play them, try them out and decide if you want to bring them to your game table.

5 thoughts on “Sole Survivor – Apocthulhu”

  1. I’m going to claim first recommendation for Apocthulhu, shortly after the SRD went live at the beginning of December. It’s still a game I want to pick up.

  2. The new Judge Dredd game is pretty fun. It uses the W.O.I.N. (What’s Old Is New) system from Russ Morrissey (EN World), a d6 dice pool. They’ve also got other 2000AD titles out for it already like Strontium Dog and Rogue Trooper.

  3. Also, the DTRPG link problems seems to be that the URL prepends “https://www.ppmgames.co.uk” onto it. I just removed that part from the front and it worked.

    • Ah, that would explain it! The newsletter software prefills the site name in the URL field, I normally delete and replace. It must have been a miss click and ended up pasting before the default address rather than replacing it.


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