Lonely Tables Games

Solo table-top roleplaying by a wanker with no friends

Session 0: The Isle of Xavius

Session 0 Over on my blog,I announced I was starting a solo TTRPG campaign to give me a creative outlet while I develop a new web app that’s taken all of my writing time. I’m going to set the campaign on an unpleasant, festering little island somewhere in the archipelago of Alashiya. The plan is to dive in and out of sessions as I have the time. Thus begins my session 0, wherein I outline the rules, create a character or two, generate a backstory, and an opening scene....

23 November, 2022 · 8 min

Elements of Solo Play

As I embark on my solo TTRPG journey, I got thinking about the core elements needed to run a game. I want my process to be as lean as possible, and I don’t want any impediments to playing a game. If I only have ten minutes to play, I need to marshal my resources as quickly and efficiently as possible. And besides, the more complicated a system is, the more that can go wrong....

8 October, 2022 · 6 min

Paper vs Digital

Last weekend, I started writing an article about building a soloist’s toolkit, when it occurred to me that I hadn’t decided if I was going to pursue this hobby on pen and paper, digitally, or a combination of both. Traditionally, a TTRPG is played out as a pen-and-paper game with dice, assorted reference material, and other accoutrement aimed at aiding the passage of play or immersion into the world and characters....

1 October, 2022 · 4 min

Wanking with dice

Let’s get all the sniggering jokes about playing with myself (aka, wanking in some of the more civilised dialects of English) done and dusted before I launch the blog. I could have been subtle and titled this post Coming soon, but that would be rude, and disingenuous since I know not when my first session will commence. Yes, I confess, I wank with dice – or in other words I enjoy playing solo table-top roleplaying games....

17 September, 2022 · 2 min