Since I’ve got a box of Rory’s Story Cubes I’ve started to look into solo tabletop RPGs, and wow, there’s a lot of really great stuff to explore. I might attempt to make my own system at some point. RP like it’s 1999.

@ice I really enjoyed both quill and alone among the stars.

Psst, I also just released my own solo journal writing game.

@big_chip Ah yes, I remember seeing that post of yours, I’ll need to check it out. I’ve been on a tabletop hiatus for nearly two decades, I have a lot to catch up :)

@ice I have come back into the fold of tabletop games in the last few years. I was getting far too much screen time in by working in IT and the playing computer games in the evening. When i discovered there were solo board games I fell straight down the rabbit hole and i'm not sure i will ever get out.

@big_chip Seems like we have similar stories then :) I had no idea solo was a thing either, it’s crazy how tabletop evolved, probably thanks to CRPGs popularity and the growth of the web.

I’m also very interested in playing solo as a writing/worldbuilding tool, I intend to use it to expand a universe I’ve been slowly working on over the years. Ironically, it started as a RPG...


@ice yeah tabletop games have changed so much in recent years. We really are living in a golden age of boardgames and ttrpg at the moment.

I think a lot of it is driven also by people my age who grew up playing computer games on the couch passing a controller around. We all sort of migrated to playing online and I think as we have gotten older and priorities shifted its seems more important to actually make the effort to get together now and them as online began to feel more meaninglessness.

@ice we craved interactions with each other so we made all these amazing games to play. Then we realised we didn’t have the time to play or the kids were ill or we were working late so we caved in and made solo rules.

@big_chip Yeah, kids and "adult life" definitely play a big role here, I see what you mean. Board games and related hobbies are much easier to merge with family activities. Also I guess spending most of your youth in video games escapism slowly makes you reach a point where you realize the real world and the real people in it may matter, after all.

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