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FlexTale Solo Adventuring Toolkit (multisystem: Pathfinder, P2E, 5E, OSR, DCC)

FlexTale Solo Adventuring Toolkit (multisystem: Pathfinder, P2E, 5E, OSR, DCC)

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Hardcover Note

Yes, there will be a hardcover print version of this book, anticipated to be available January 2022 approvals pending.  

Anyone who owns the PDF before that point will receive a discount code making the hardcover version at-cost.

December 2021 Enhancements

In addition to a slew of corrections and tweaks, there's an entire NEW section: Environmental Encounters!  32 pages of detailed and dynamic encounters to take the place of ho-hum wandering monster tables.  Free for all owners.  Enjoy!

November 2021 Enhancements

Also included now for FREE is an Excel-compatible XLS file that contains complete listings of all Rewards and Rules Adjustments from the book for ease of reference; Reward Star to XP conversion tables; an Actor Tracker; and a Quest Tracker.  Enjoy!  :)

Summary

This book aims to be the most complete, most comprehensive, most innovative authority on solo tabletop roleplaying game adventuring ever produced.

After more than 30 years of gaming, both old-school through to today's most popular systems, the Solo Adventuring Toolkit culminates a lifetime's passion for the hobby into a massive volume that can be instantly useful to any gaming group, in any context, using any rules system.

Although superbly complex, the FTEG SAT infinitely flexible, and can be used immediately with zero preparation or exhaustive reading beforehand.  Its hundreds of tables, tools, and techniques can be used in infinite combination, powering the creation of endless solo adventuring content.

Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, you've either dreamt of playing pen-and-paper RPGs solo, have tried to do so and found it frustrating and unsatisfying, or are blessed with an abundance of free time and friends whose schedules sync with yours.

This book will help with all but the latter situation.  :)

What is This Thing?

The FlexTale Solo Adventuring Toolkit (FTEG SAT) is over 580 pages, and contains more than a thousand rules, tools, templates, and other resources that can be used to run ANY pen-and-paper RPG as a solitary individual, without a gaming group.

Will it do everything that a traditional gaming group of 3-8 people, each with their own vision, sense of humor, creativity, and a dedicated Games/Dungeon Master make possible?  

Nope.  But it will help approximate that to such an extent that you might discover that you don't mind!

The FlexTale Solo Adventuring Difference

Unlike some "prepless" tools, the Solo Adventuring Toolkit lets GMs or solo players alike immediately jump into the action, rolling a d20 and generating a dynamic, interesting, and level-appropriate adventure with zero preparation or reading.

The Solo Adventuring Toolkit features the FlexTale approach to gaming design: the content herein supports ANY set of PCs of ANY level, and scales accordingly.  No two adventures or quests are the same.

Although the Solo Adventuring Toolkit was designed first and foremost to help solo adventurers, its powerful content tools are equally useful to help dedicated G/DMs to generate feature-rich, engaging adventures for a traditional tabletop gaming setting with zero preparation.

The majority of the book is system-agnostic, and can be used easily with any TTRPG system.  Some specific tools and elements contain rules language tailored to 5E, Pathfinder, Pathfinder Second Edition (P2E), OSR, and Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC).

What's Included

The Solo Adventuring Toolkit features:

  • Over 660 tables, each designed to make it a simple as rolling a d20 to generate dynamic adventure content.
  • Over 80 FlexTables, each one four tables in one, with different results coding and probabilities based on the circumstances.
  • Over 420 optional Rules Adjustments, from minor tweaks and house rules to game-changing capabilites that make your solo warrior a truly formidable force.  From the straightforward "use a bigger hit die for your HP each level" to rules guiding the distribution of "overkill" damage to multiple enemy targets, each rules adjustment contains a Balance Point Handicap that reflects its utility and helps guide its use in your adventuring party.
  • 28 exhausitvely-detailed Plot Templates, each with pages of custom tables, rules, and guidelines; each one can be used to create an infinite variety of quests.
  • Detailed discussions on party composition and multiclassing, both in the context of a traditional gaming environment as well as specific to a Solo Adventuring setting.
  • Hundreds of content variations recognizing the difficulty difference between OPOC (One Player, One Character) and OPMC (One Player, Multiple Characters) approaches to solo play.
  • Dozens of Generator Tables aimed at making it quick and easy to instantly generate dynamic adventure content.  From a simple Yes/No, to what direction the wind is blowing in, to what sort of environment you discover, to the social attitude of an NPC, these are the sort of generator lists that typically go for $1 apiece as indie RPG tools... but here, you'll find dozens of them bundled and organized together, and linked to the rest of the book's massive trove of content, for a huge value.
  • A complex but easy to use Balance Point / Handicap system, describing the impact of accumulating beneficial Rules Adjustments, and/or upping the challenge for better rewards by imposing Restrictions on your party.
  • Hundreds of Rewards and Penalties, and dozens of tables to drive randomization thereof, to be received or imposed as consequences for success or failure.
  • Dozens of pages of exhaustive Indexes to make finding what you want as quick and simple as possible: these reference Tables, FlexTables, Plot Templates, Rules Adjustments, and much more.
  • Simplified FlexAI rules to drive dynamic and interesting creature behavior in combat and in social interactions.
  • And much, much more!

Innovation

This product incorporates several innovative and creative tools your gaming group can use to use the content for a party of any size, and any level.

Infinium Game Studio has released several free booklets as rules accessories to help GMs understand (or to help prospective buyers experience) these tools:

Quadded Statblocks for Variable Challenge:

Check it out here.

FlexAI Guidebook Free Sample:

Check it out here.

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J. E January 21, 2022 3:14 pm UTC
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Hardcopy update: Content and cover files have been approved, and the proof ordered. Looking like sometime in February for availability for customers to order.

As a reminder, everyone who owns the PDF will get a discount link for an at-cost hardcopy order.
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J. E January 18, 2022 3:45 pm UTC
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Latest version updated and available to download. Following corrections:

Bookmarks were doubled up between the condensed TOC and the full TOC.
Table 27 on page 79 Column D jumped from 11-12 to 18-19 results.
Table 117 on page 176 was missing the 14 result.
Page 455 corrected spelling of "ingoring".
Page 552 table 670 jumped from 1-3 to 6-9 results.
Page 559 table 66 column B the 7 result was repeated: 6-7, 7-8
Page 560 table 67 column B was missing the 13 result.
Page 561 table 68 column B was missing the 5 result.

With the above errors tweaked, I've also resubmitted the content files. I know many of you are eager to order a hardcopy; hang in there!
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David H January 18, 2022 6:15 pm UTC
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Thank you so much! Just want to double check, did you get my email I sent awhile back with my address to send me a hardcopy when available?
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J. E January 18, 2022 7:40 pm UTC
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Hi David—yep, got it! I’ll post an update comment once the proofs are approved, probably early to mid February I would guesstimate. Thanks again!
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John G January 15, 2022 11:35 am UTC
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Cant wait to buy this in book format along with encounters - too many pages to print of myself
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J. E January 18, 2022 2:59 pm UTC
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Submitting the revised content files today... should be available to order next month! Sorry for the delay; I know a LOT of you are eager to order the hardcopy! :)
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John G January 19, 2022 10:23 am UTC
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Many thanks :)
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Wren H January 11, 2022 9:30 pm UTC
Is this a good product for non-combat solo play?
I’m a beginner, but from what I know so far, high number of charts usually translates to a lot of combat (opportunities).

Connected-ly, you describe this as multi-system, but all the example systems seem to be of the same genre (fantasy/dungeon crawl). Will these rules/suggestions still be useful for something like Cyber Systems, Call of Cuthulu or Vaesen?

Thanks for your time.
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J. E January 11, 2022 9:52 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Wren--Good question! First, genre-wise, it's definitely written with fantasy in mind. Within that genre, I'd say 80% of the content is written to be system-neutral, so it should work with 5E, Pathfinder, OSR, DCC, etc.

In terms of non-combat, there's tons of content here that's designed around social encounters: FlexAI for social encounters is written with character discussions and NPCs in mind, for example, and part of the great thing about all of the Rewards and Penalties is that many of them go far beyond the simple "treasure tables" of most systems, focusing additionally on exploration, social and Attitude impacts.

Finally, there's a whole mechanic around Clues that fuels discovery and investigatory questing... but in terms of a CoC style of investigative focus it might or might not fit the bill. I must admit I haven't played or run CoC in decades so I couldn't say for sure.
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mark S January 05, 2022 3:45 am UTC
Will the new enhancements slow the release of the POD?
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J. E January 11, 2022 9:53 pm UTC
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At this point I'm still waiting for approval of the content files. I have some edits and revisions suggested by readers that I'm also hoping to incorporate but I know that a LOT of folks are eager for a hardcopy edition so I'm making that a priority.

More info soon, sorry!
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J. E January 03, 2022 5:52 pm UTC
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Splinterverse posted a really good review / overview of this book. Completely independent though I did send them a free PDF copy so they could take a look and objectively critique it.

Check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnAwoi5ehrs
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J. E January 01, 2022 11:23 pm UTC
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Walkthrough video playlist is now up to eleven videos!

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb_FGVUdpd7dZTnKvSa7oObGQj0I447VT
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J. E December 17, 2021 6:16 pm UTC
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Talking About Games’ ninth (!) walkthrough video has posted!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4SsIJ4auDE
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David H December 17, 2021 5:30 am UTC
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The new file contains both the old and new bookmarks.
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J. E December 14, 2021 7:34 pm UTC
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New version uploaded! Free content update for all owners.

DECEMBER 2021 CONTENT UPDATE

New Content:
Added 32-page Environmental Encounters section to the Appendix section.
Added Complex Question oracle table to Generators section.

Corrections & Tweaks:
Table 425 on page 302 listed 18 and then 18-19 results.
Table 500 on page 383: deleted the period after the 12-15 result.
Table 567 on page 440 was missing the 19 result.
Table 44 page 503 column A was missing the 16 result.
Table 9 page 42 Column C changed the 18-2 result to 18-20.
Page 410 under En Masse at the bottom of the page, changed ingoring to ignoring.
Page 444 under Random Penalties under the third bullet point removed some space and the following text: abcde
Page 466 under Higher Level Debuffs, second paragraph, changed "+1" to "-1".
On page 185 right hand column of page, under Criminal, the 6 result was missing.
Table...See more
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David H December 14, 2021 7:58 pm UTC
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Thanks. You missed these corrections, however:

Table 27 on page 79 Column D jumps from 11-12 to 18-19 results.
Table 117 on page 176 is missing the 14 result.
Page 455 change ingoring to ignoring under En Masse, bottom of page.
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David H December 14, 2021 8:26 pm UTC
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Please note these errors in the new material you published today:

Page 552 table 670 jumps from 1-3 to 6-9 results.
Page 559 table 66 column B the 7 result is repeated: 6-7, 7-8
Page 560 table 67 column B is missing the 13 result.
Page 561 table 68 column B is missing the 5 result.
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J. E January 18, 2022 3:02 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Corrected in latest version posting later this morning; thank you!
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J. E December 12, 2021 1:20 pm UTC
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Talking About Games' series of "how-to" videos is now NINE parts long! Check it out here:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb_FGVUdpd7dZTnKvSa7oObGQj0I447VT
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J. E November 30, 2021 4:13 pm UTC
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We are SO CLOSE to this title becoming PLATINUM. When it does, to celebrate, I'll add a big and useful and often-requested piece of content for FREE for all owners... stay tuned! :)

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and support and great feedback! Onward!
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J. E December 12, 2021 1:16 pm UTC
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FYI, obviously, we've reached Platinum--and thanks very much to all of you who have helped to make that the case!

I'm working on the content update now, and as with everything I do, it's ended up being waaaay bigger than I'd originally planned. The book is well over 600 pages now, even with stripping out several of the redundant blank dungeon map template pages. I'm hoping to publish by the end of the month.

It'll be a free update for everyone who owns the book already; I'll send out an update, but you won't get it if you have opted out of DTRPG comms, so I'll post here as well.

Stay tuned... Onward!
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Badger B November 29, 2021 10:14 pm UTC
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Thank you for keeping up to date with all the amendments
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David H November 29, 2021 9:39 pm UTC
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Table 27 on page 79 Column D jumps from 11-12 to 18-19 results. Table 117 on page 176 is missing the 14 result.
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David H November 29, 2021 9:54 pm UTC
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Table 425 on page 302 lists 18 and then 18-19 results. Table 500 on page 383 delete the period after the 12-15 result.
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David H November 29, 2021 10:06 pm UTC
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Table 567 on page 440 is still missing the 19 result. Table 44 page 503 column A is missing the 16 result
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David H November 29, 2021 10:21 pm UTC
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Table 9 page 42 Column C change the 18-2 result to 18-20.
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David H November 29, 2021 11:07 pm UTC
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I looked over your latest corrections and found new errors and one omission. Please note the above errata to your corrections. Thanks for your support.
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David H November 30, 2021 12:19 am UTC
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Page 410 under En Masse at the bottom of the page, change ingoring to ignoring.
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David H November 30, 2021 12:37 am UTC
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Page 444 under Random Penalties under the third bullet point there is some space and the following text: abcde
Page 455 change ingoring to ignoring under En Masse, bottom of page.
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David H November 30, 2021 12:52 am UTC
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Page 466 under Higher Level Debuffs, second paragraph, change "+1" to "-1".
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David H November 30, 2021 1:24 am UTC
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On page 185 right hand column of page, under Criminal, the 6 result is missing.
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David H November 30, 2021 1:48 am UTC
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Table 416 on page 297 lists 18 and then 16-19 results.
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J. E December 14, 2021 7:33 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi David--These have all been addressed in the version just uploaded today. Thanks as always for your eagle eye!
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J. E November 29, 2021 8:11 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
New version uploaded! Free for all owners naturally.

Multiple changes, corrections, and optimizations, based on feedback here as well as in FB groups and elsewhere, including the following:

Revised bookmarks in PDF files so they only cover the condensed Table of Contents.
Compressed and optimized both the normal and the Mobile-Friendly PDFs so they take up less space and perform better when viewed (the Mobile-Friendly version is now less than HALF the size as in the prior version, for example).
Corrected: Table 24 on page 62 was missing the 16 to 18 results under column A. Table 25 on page 63 repeated the 15 result under column B.
Corrected: On page 48 column A, the 13 result was missing.
Corrected: On page 120 under Dynamic Encounters, the last sentence was incomplete.
Corrected: On page 80 under Wasting Time, deleted “to normally takes” in the first sentence.
Corrected: On page 79 under Using Intentional Astrays, third bullet point, changed...See more
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Robert R November 27, 2021 11:35 pm UTC
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I’m not sure if this has been posted or talked about yet but the bookmarks are all out of order. I have the software to do it but I shouldn’t have to. Fix this please. Then perhaps I could give a good review.
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J. E November 29, 2021 2:53 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Robert--Thanks for the feedback, and naturally, I'll do what I can to fuel a good review. :)

Forgive my ignorance, though, but what do you mean by the bookmarks being out of order? I just opened the file in Acrobat Pro and the bookmarks (though insanely, probably too plentiful) do appear to be in the order in which they appear in the document.

Based on feedback, I'll be optimizing the filesize of the "mobile friendly" version of the PDF, and trimming out at least one level of the bookmark hierarchy, which can only help things.
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J. E November 29, 2021 8:10 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Robert--The bookmarks were a visually-abusive mess, so I condensed them to only consist of the condensed table of contents in the version just uploaded. Hope that helps!
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