Playing Tabletop RPGs solo

A while ago I read a post on reddit of a guy commenting on his characters for a solo tabletop RPG campaign. At the time I looked down at the idea playing tabletop RPGs solo. Choose your own adventure games, sure, that is cool. But playing a regular tabletop RPG by your lonesome just felt silly to me.

Then I thought about it a bit more and realized there were several good reasons to play it solo. More importantly than that I remembered something that should have been in my mind from the beginning: the way people spend their own free time is their own business and none of mine. I shouldn’t judge it as doing so is just plain wrong.

I still kept thinking about it though, to the point where I realized there were a few situations where it could be interesting to me too. These are the one that I can think of, right now:

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Games I’ve been playing – March 2021

Moriarty saying this will be a tale of regret

Although I haven’t quite gotten out of the “Play all the games!” mindset yet, it has abated quite considerably. Part of the reason is because my passion for the games I was playing has cooled considerably for now. The other part is because I’ve been immersing myself a lot into tabletop RPG. It isn’t even because of the campaigns I am playing, it is just my usual madness taking over.

Anyway, March has brought some interesting new incursions in gaming as well as some retreats. Yet my mind still desires to finish a bunch of half- or almost-finished games, but my heart just wasn’t in there. Maybe in April it will be different.

Regardless of all that, here is what I have been up to.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 13 – Late Night TV Courtroom Drama

Since last session I was curious to see how Tiberus’ court martial was going to go. There were certain ways I was expecting it to finish but definitely didn’t expect the consequences we actually got. In retrospect I should have expected at least one of those given certain events.

Before we get into the meat of it though, I will try to insert a bit more of the fluffy RP we go through into these posts. In the past I cut them out from the write-up because they are already big as is and they don’t add anything to the main story. However they give a glimpse to each character’s personality and that might be interesting to some readers.

If I feel it is making these posts unmanageably big then I will get back to cutting them out.

Alright, with all that said here is my usual disclaimer:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 12 – Zero Persuasion

It’s been 4 weeks since our last Mass Effect session. I didn’t even realize that until our GM commented on that.

Despite the long pause I think it was the best for us because I, at least, came back re-energized and excited to get back into the campaign.

The only bummer was that Lylid and Linu’s players had to stop playing with us due to real life commitments. Besides losing cool people to play with this also altered our party dynamics and we won’t know the full effects of that until a few sessions down the line.

With any luck though they may be able to play with us again soon.

Alright. Now let me put my usual disclaimer here and let’s get on with the show.

Disclaimer: English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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Games I’ve been playing – February 2021

Some random guy bowing down to my character in a cutscene

This was one of those months where I got the urge to “PLAY ALL THE GAMES!!!!1!!!one!!!eleven!!!”. But as usual when I get that kind of feeling my ambitions end up being greater than what I can actually play.

It didn’t help that my sleep has been extra bad this month so there were some days where I didn’t have the energy or the desire to play anything. Instead I chose to just lay on the bed and watch something as it required less effort.

The other reason is that I spent a good chunk of time preparing to DM a D&D one-shot for some of my group. This I consider time well spent. We all had a blast and I gained some confidence in my abilities to DM a game… as long as I have a written adventure, that is. XD

I will still have to prove to myself that I can make a whole adventure from scratch but that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Anyway, this is what I’ve been up to in gameland:

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 11 – The Big Yeet

This session our mission in the Hades Initiative finally ended. Or least the part of it in the station. Like I said before, the mission doesn’t end until we are back in HQ, reporting to Yulaya.

Anyway, what I am trying to say with this intro is that it ended exactly the way we deserved, given all the shenanigans we did.

Before we continue though, my usual disclaimer:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 10 – Stealth is optional for this mission

Every time I think we reached rock-bottom in this mission we end up doing something to prove me wrong and show that, yes, we can still make this whole affair even more chaotic. Truly we are the worst spies in the whole galaxy.

First let me do a correction from my last write-up: Turns out we never took Lt. Ramirez for this mission. I probably got confused because he was suggested as a pick but then we decided to take Chanka Vox instead. So, please, ignore anything I said about Lt. Ramirez on the previous post! Sorry!

Also, my usual disclaimer:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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Games I’ve been playing – January 2021

For some reason for me January felt like it was all over the place. Looking at the games I’ve actually played (as opposed to the ones I thought about playing) there wasn’t all that much variation.

I am guessing the sensation comes mostly from real life events which certainly felt like there were quite a few.

To top it all off I have been sick for the last three days. Don’t worry it wasn’t anything serious and I am almost back at 100% health. But it does mean I am starting February with low energy and a lot more introspection than usual.

Anyway, this is what I have been up to during in January, gaming-wise:

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 9 – A Hitman mission gone wrong

I thought our plan in the last session was kind of ridiculous (but fun!) . I found out I can do a lot worse with the right mix of inspiration and desperation. I am not sure how to feel about it.

But before we continue let me just put the usual disclaimer here:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 8 – Solving problems through bar fights

You can accuse our game group of many things but one thing we can’t be accused of is that our plans are boring. Or sane. Or both.

Anyway, this session has been a perfect example of that.

As always let me put my usual disclaimer here before we continue:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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