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#1 MadHalfling

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 11:51 PM

A short while ago there was an interview with Mike Mason where solo adventures for 7e were mentioned. Alone Against The Flames is out, I've got it, were there any more ones currently out or are they still to be released?

 

Also, whilst I was looking into this I came across the old solo adventures and was sure I recognised the Alone Against The Dark cover - looking in my (very - 2nd ed) old CoC box I found I not only had that, but also Alone Against The Wendigo - jolly ho!.  How easy/possible is it to play these with the 7e rules - either the quickstart or (I think I may get it) the full new rules?  Or will I need to use the old 2e ones?

 

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#2 nclarke

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 08:58 AM

Some of the skill names would be different but obviously you can easily update those to the ones on a 7e sheet and the QS would suffice I believe.



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 06:39 PM

You can also navigate Internet for amateur game-books, Fighting-Fantasy style. I stumbled upon one site once and was pretty much amazed at how many of them can be found. Most are fantasy of course, but there were several horror ones as well and not the worst ones!



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 07:44 PM

I believe that Chaosium are developing a significantly updated version of Alone Against The Dark, but have no clue about any others.

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 10:35 PM

As I recall, there were a total of five "solo" adventures actually published "officially."  They were, in no particular order:

 

Alone Against the Dark (Chaosium)

Alone Against the Wendigo (Chaosium)

Grimrock Isle (Triad Entertainment)

Alone on Halloween (Pagan Publishing)

and, most recently, Alone Against the Flames (Chaosium)

 

Of the three I've played, I always considered Grimrock Isle the "toughest;" I lost more player characters in that adventure...  Fortunately it was set up so that your new character could pick up the threads in a "in-game" way that didn't disrupt the play.  It actually played like an HPL novella -- layers of the onion, and all that.  It's also the largest of the five.  Of the others, I haven't yet played Alone Against the Flames, or Alone on Halloween, but the original two were excellent and a lot of fun.  And, of course, Grimrock was superb.

 

I don't believe there were any more published solos out there; but I do remember hearing that there were one or two others that were never published -- it was back in the mid- to late-'80's when Fighting Fantasy and other programmed adventures were hitting big...

 

All of them should be fairly easy to convert to 7th Ed; frankly, 7th Edition is cleverly enough designed that converting or back-converting (if you prefer an earlier edition) is not very difficult.


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 12:44 AM

There is also one magazine published solo scenarion, The Thing in the Darkness (Steve Jackson Games), this appeared in their "Fantasy Gamer" magazine (Issue 3) and Chaosium had some input on the scenario (Sandy Petersen was one of the playtesters.)


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 03:37 AM

How odd that I missed that one -- particularly since I recently acquired the PDFs from SJGs for The Fantasy Gamer!  Thanks for the tip, and I'll definitely look it up.  Have you played it?  Can you say anything about how it stacks up against, say, Alone Against the Wendigo?



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 12:43 PM

How odd that I missed that one -- particularly since I recently acquired the PDFs from SJGs for The Fantasy Gamer!  Thanks for the tip, and I'll definitely look it up.  Have you played it?  Can you say anything about how it stacks up against, say, Alone Against the Wendigo?

 

I've not tried to play it yet, I actually have a copy of the original magazine and I open it as little as possible to avoid damaging it.


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 07:20 PM

I've not tried to play it yet, I actually have a copy of the original magazine and I open it as little as possible to avoid damaging it.

 

Ah.  Well, if you're interested, SJG's Warehouse 23 sells the pdf for each of the Fantasy Gamers for a couple of bucks apiece.  Just if you want to have a copy you can read!  ;-)



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 10:08 PM

Thank you, all - I shall have a poke round for those others and keep an eye on Chaosium's news for any forthcoming ones



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Posted Yesterday, 09:05 AM

I don't know if it is what you're looking for, but I came across this last week :

 

Monophobia, a collection of three adventures for lone investigator.

 

Link : http://www.unboundbook.org/?p=82



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Posted Yesterday, 07:04 PM

It's not precisely "solitaire" but it DOES answer a crying need for one-on-one investigations for those times when only one of your players actually shows!



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Posted Yesterday, 08:30 PM

Monophobia is excellent, but you still need a Keeper. I've been wanting to write programmed solo versions of those scenarios where you don't need a Keeper, but I haven't had time. I did write a short solo adventure, though it's purely choices and doesn't use the CoC rules called The End of It All: http://www.callofcth...hp?f=142&t=1749

 

I also recall a solo adventure in one of the old Protodimension Magazine issues that are free online. I think it might have been #9, but I'm not sure.


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#14 MadHalfling

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Posted Yesterday, 09:56 PM

Cheers, I'm aware of those but not sure about them at the moment.  I'm really not a good DM/Keeper, myself, and the other person who I could probably rope in has never RPGed before.  I might be able to collar a mate who is in the US via Skype though - if so I may revisit them.