I’ve been delving deeper into solo gaming the past few years, including solo role-play, which falls into two categories.
Category one is programmed adventures for systems like GURPS, RuneQuest, etc., and lesser known RPGs such as Risus. You may know these as “pick-a-path,” “which way,” or “choose your own adventure” books. I have quite a few of those adventure books on my shelves, unplayed, because who wants to refamiliarize themselves with a different RPG just to use them?
The solution has been to play them with on-the-fly conversion to a flexible system I’m familiar with: my D6xD6 RPG.
Category two is oracle-based adventuring, using a card deck, a set of dice tables, or other randomizers. There are plenty of great oracle systems out there, usable with pretty much any RPG you like, some of them with their own rules built in.
But for this, I’ve been using my Bookmark
HP RPG, because the 1-10 scale is intuitive and character design is quick and easy, supporting storytelling without getting in the way.
And I’ve started a YouTube series exploring both categories, most recently the adventures of an Old West bounty hunter named Julia Baily, guided by the ghosts of murder victims. Check out the various videos for an introduction to the various programmed adventure settings and oracle systems, some musings about role-playing in general, and of course a bit of demo of my RPG rules in action.
Let me know what you think, with comments there or here. And thanks!