Something else I've thought about: you really can, if you want to, play stories that revolve around one character.
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A Monster Appears
I'm Black and Blue how 'bout you?
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First off I want to thank you for creating "Solitaire D&D". It has helped me actually get a few sessions in with the guidance and organization that you have laid out in your document.
I wanted to ask any of those who do have a go at solitaire D&D as their regular RPG gametime, what you all use for Initiative/PC cards/Power cards/other DM helpful tidbits to make the whole process smoother.
What is your setup? What does your D&D table look like?
Do you use a laptop?
I'm asking to merely streamline my solitaire experience.
I know you touched upon using a laptop for putting down dialogue
between PC and NPCs...
Cheers and Thanks!
Great post. I am DDS'ing Keep of Shadowfell at the moment. I like the idea of using excel and what not for the characters as right now i am just using the plain char sheets. It is hard to organize without much room (as my computer takes half the table and the battle mat the other half)
For me, setting up the mat is pretty easy ahead of time. I can map the whole area and just use LOS or perception checks. I use the glass chess pieces for cover, walls, or big rocks or what not. And 2 colored beads for diif terrain, or if i ran out of wall pieces, as walls.
Also a good idea i am using is is using Heroquest pieces. They have an assortment of minis (great for minions, same color and/or diff look), furniture, tile cards(traps, stairs, etc) and comes with a board.
I do use the Character builder ... but i can only view one person at a time. Is there a way to see multiple characters like in a different window?
That's probably one of the biggest shortcomings of Solitaire. I'm actually trying to craft a Solitaire "Whodunit", in which the PC(s) gets framed for the murder of a beloved duke. My sticking point is how to fall prey to things like false leads or developing actions "on a hunch". I don't want to have it where I crafted the solution ahead of time and hid the thing so I'd forget. I also don't want to reduce it to completely relying on random rolls. Is that what you were trying to build? A mystery?
This ought to be stickied.
I never have anyone to play with.