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FG 5e Solo

The video uploaded to Youtube today gives a demo of the solo rules being used, the two different approaches to outputting the oracle rolls.

During the video it suddenly occurred to me that I would be solo role playing in front of an audience and everything I had planned went straight out of my head! Sorry.

Below is a bit of a more coherent example of the solo tool being used. Look in the chat window, for a hint at Kellan’s adventure.

In this example I remembered to actually load the PC, Kellan is my go to example PC. He has been a New York Private Eye, a Miami Vice Cop, and numerous fantasy thieves and rogues over the years.

With the PC loaded I can use the two buttons in the bottom left marked GM and Kellan to swap voices. Then using the chat I can describe the scenes and interpret answers as the GM. The roleplay as Kellan.

Using the dual role of GM and Player makes for a Journal that reads much more like a regular game. I personally do not write everything into the chat. I can play that out in my head. Having the GM descriptions of scenes in the chat does help me stay focused on the last question and answer pairs were and the scene.

The chat log is saved to your Campaign Folder for you to examine or do whatever you want with at a later time.

By the end of today I hope to have the last game mechanics into the module and have all of that working.

What remains is to polish the text in the Story panels. Make sure they reflect the automated tools, in place of the PDF tables, and then playtest the module.

I am tempted to make a follow on video for this when it is finally complete which would double up as a solo roleplay howto: but with the way that I do it, which is of course as unique as there are solo roleplayers.

It certainly bears thinking about.

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Fantasy Grounds 5e Progress Report

I have an update on my 5e Solo Adventure module. You can see instantly that it is much more attractive than what you saw yesterday.

The content broadly follows the content of the PDF ‘book’, but with the automated tables and tools built into the page.

Clicking each numbered Chapter opens that chapter and you can read the advice and guidance if you want but here are also links directly to the individual tables.

You then get a choice to have the oracles output directly into the chat window and become part of your journal, or have then add themselves into the story window where you can decide to use them or not.

Each ‘Red Dragon Head’ icon is a link and they will open the right table and from there is it one click to roll on the table and send the result where you want them.

This is what Chapter 3 looks like with its supporting content and you can see the two output options.

The text below those options is going to be edited tomorrow to better reflect this interactive version. Right now that is the text from the the 5e Solo Adventures book. There will be no dice mentioned as that is all done for you.

Moving Forward

Tomorrow I will finish building the main oracles built. Open questions are done, it is just the closed question one to do. Ironically, that is the oracle that I showed you yesterday. I started afresh this morning, but I am building back better with what I know now.

Keeping Up Appearances

There are no inline images in FG stories, in fact, I don’t think you can do them anywhere. The lay out options are very limited. Making the module attractive to use is obviously secondary to pure functionality. I guess that is not a problem as it means that all the modules will look the same. Even the dragon head icon is part of the theme I am using here.

More Updates?

I will continue to work on this tomorrow. It should be fully functional ‘under the hood’ by then. What I want to work on is getting the best possible output. That is the bit that you, the player are going to be using in your games.

If there is no blog update, I will definitely cover this on Wednesday’s video.

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5e Solo Fantasy Grounds Output Options

Yesterday I was talking about the different options for how to work the oracle. I started playing with building the tables today, whatever happens, I will need the random tables.

This table here is the basic 3d6 oracle. It looks particularly boring as there is no nice theme applied to it, its a bit grey, but it is functional.

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Where I was talking about showing the table and allowing you to roll it, effectively manually, you would be clicking the white/pale d20 icon.

What happens when you click it would be that the roll is added to the chat window. You can see it in the image below.

What you are looking at is the chat with the table that was rolled on [QandA], the individual die rolls 2, 4, 3, the total 9 and then the answer you rolled. In the first case No, because…

Each time I rolled on the table I get a full record.

In practice, you can use the chat window as your journal and roll on the table as you need to ask your questions.

In this example, you can see my question to the oracle “Is the corridor lit by torches?” which could be important if I need to fight something only effected by fire.

Then we get the oracle output, 2,6,5 = 13 and the answer of Yes, but… they are nearly burnt down and starting to gutter.

At this point we have a working oracle and journal, but there is another approach. That would look something like this.

You still get the question I asked but this time all the rolls and clutter is tucked away.

In this example I asked the question assuming 50/50 and the answer was a straight Yes.

The big difference is in the formatting of the output and how you will you operate the oracle.

This is where I am at the moment, trying to evaluate how to best generate the answers. Generating them is easy, and I can build them over this week. The big issue is always going to be making the oracle easy to use. That is where all my effort is going.

In tomorrow’s update I will hope to be able to demonstrate using the oracle with likelihood modifiers and complex questions.

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5e Solo Rules Fantasy Grounds pt 1

Fantasy Grounds and Virtual TableTop Content – DMs Guild Support Site

This week is all about getting my 5e solo rules working as an interactive Fantasy Grounds [FG] module.

I intentionally avoided the d20 when I made these rules. D&D is about so mucn more than just the d20.

  • 3d6 for the yes-no oracle
  • 1d6 for NPC reactions
  • 1d12 + 1d100 for open questions.
  • Modifiers are typically -3 to +3

The only thing I think is a shame is that I could not work a 1d8 table into the mix. What I was thinking was that part of the fun of D&D is using the full range of the dice. Am I old fashioned still thinking of them as Dragon dice?

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These rules are quite old now, well if you count in books released. Every book I have written has been a little bit more sophisticated than the ones that have gone before. This means that I can build in a few extra features and treat this as an opportunity to upgrade the rules.

Soloing on Fantasy Grounds

What do you gain from using Fantasy Grounds for your solo games? Quite a bit, if you already own the software. FG comes with D&D already installed. This means that you access everything in the DMG, PHB and MM books with just a few clicks. In addition, you can set up encounters and maps and then play them almost instantly.

What this means practically is that you could go through a module you wanted to solo, set up each encounter, scaling down to your solo hero as you went. You can do the same for treasures, just to keep things balanced. The same is true for NPCs. Now as you play through the adventure all of the prep is done for you. FG is good at handling the combat side of things and that is a bonus as fights can slow things down.

The bit I like the most is that everything you type into the chat window is saved into chatlog.html in your campaign folder. I am suggesting that you type everything you would normally journal directly into FG’s chat and let it save it all for you.

With that in mind, the oracles I am building will roll the dice at a click of a button, construct your answers and then insert them directly into the chat window, so they are in your journal.

My skill level at the moment is that I can build all of this. What is not missing as such but still undecided is how to present it.

One option is to try and hide everything, all the tables and dice rolls. I would then just present a Story Template and when you click a button it does everything under the hood and inserts the text into the chat.

The second option is a Story as a kind of Control Panel, with the different oracles listed as links. You can then open an oracle with a click and roll the dice. It would mean that you could see the tables, and to me, it feels that I am playing something that is dice, pen and paper, rather than it all being hidden away like in a video game.

With this option you can close tables you are not using but they are only ever a click away.

I can use the Story window to provide advice, the same text and examples that are in the PDF without cluttering up the screen.

The only down side to this second approach is that FG tables are not pretty.

You cannot format them, and they can end up with some scary looking code and acronyms in them.

You can see the dice, and parameters in square brackets and then references to sub-tables.

But, can you also see on the right edge a Notes tab? It is faded out on this image as there are no notes provided. What I could do is put supporting notes for each oracle on that Notes tab. It rarely hurts to give people several ways to get the right answers to their questions.

The more I look at this, the more it looks to me like the FG module will add real value to solo playing D&D. As long as the module is more functional than the PDF, meaning it makes you life easier and your games more fun, I think this should be worthwhile.

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5e Solo on Fantasy Grounds

I spend today working on building my first Fantasy Grounds module.

What I am building is an interactive version of my 5th Edition D&D Solo Rules.

I tend not to do a lot of Pay What You Want, and I don’t do a lot of D&D 5e. There are too many other games that are doing really interesting things to sit in the mainstream.

This time is different.

I want to go PWYW because I am not confident that my first interactive module will be up to standard. I would like to get some positive feedback before I decide how much it is worth.

Doing 5e first makes the most sense as I have more chance of finding people prepared to take a chance drawing from a very large pool, than I have drawing from a small pool of solo enthusiasts.

On Monday, I am releasing my Mothership solo rules. After that my desk is pretty clear to try and get the 5e Fantasy Grounds solo module going. I will blog a lot about these, using Fantasy Grounds to run a solo module and I will try and have enough to demo it on Wednesday during my video blog.

This is one of those “Watch This Space” blogs!

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