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

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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 May 18, 2024 11:25 am UTC
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Everyone who owns this should have received a discount code to grab the newly-released FlexTale Adventure Generator: Dungeons for a discount... these two products have been designed to work together to provide the best, most complete solo adventuring experience ever. :)

Enjoy!

https://legacy.drivethrurpg.com/product/481319/FlexTale-Adventure-Generator-Dungeons
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Mark V January 29, 2024 3:58 am UTC
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I have a question about the Intentional Astrays table on page 79. It says you only roll on this table when entering a chamber or hallway that does NOT contain a known secret. So what does the Missed Opportunity result refer to? There's nothing to miss, is there? Unless I'm misunderstanding the table's usage.
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J. E November 24, 2023 2:32 pm UTC
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Talking About Games has an extensive video up describing solo play with the FlexAI Guidebook and the FlexTale Solo Adventuring Toolkit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEmm5xOQu4Q
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J. E November 16, 2023 4:39 pm UTC
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This book is featured in two more video reviews:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=heZ06Q3tmTE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_gt8pBpTII
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Gerald T November 15, 2023 11:53 pm UTC
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As a Backer of this book on Kickstarter back in November of 2018. I still have not received my Hard Cover Copies of FTEG SAT and FTEG Core Books. Backer #505. It would be nice if some day, even if it is 5+ years later I could get my copies...
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J. E October 12, 2023 2:22 pm UTC
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Holy cow! Talking About Games has added a THIRTY-EIGHTH entry to his extensive coverage of how he's been using this book in his solo gaming.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb_FGVUdpd7dZTnKvSa7oObGQj0I447VT
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Luna B August 24, 2023 2:04 am UTC
Hi. I'm trying to figure out how to adjust monsters from the BECIM (D&D) system for use with solo gaming in a way that makes play stay smooth. Does this book touch on how I might go about doing that?
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J. E August 24, 2023 2:55 am UTC
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Hiya--Converting adventure content from one system to another is beyond the scope of this book (or this kind of book). The majority of useful approaches and tools in it, however, are designed from a system-neutral point of view.

Fortunately, too, the following book is close to what you're looking for. It was written primarily from the perspective of taking Pathfinder first edition content and converting it to a number of other modern systems, but I know of several DMs who have had great success converting other ways around. Hope this helps!

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/338296/Content-Conversion-Guide-Pathfinder---5E---P2E---OSR---DCC---d20-35
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Dean K June 04, 2023 3:16 pm UTC
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With such a massive tome, having the pdf properly hyperlinked would be vey beneficial. But for the price of the pdf it is still a great value.
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J. E August 24, 2023 2:53 am UTC
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Hi Dean--The cross-references and table of contents should indeed have hyperlinks within the document?
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Dean K August 31, 2023 10:32 am UTC
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True, it is book marked and the index in the back is hyper linked. I was mistaken. I purchased the hard book as well and use it more often.
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J. E May 06, 2023 2:26 am UTC
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Jacob L April 29, 2023 8:36 am UTC
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The 'Full-Size Preview' link up top is turning up a 'Not Found' error.
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Tim K April 13, 2023 11:14 am UTC
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Is there a discount available for the print version if you have purchased the pdf?
thanks
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Tim K April 28, 2023 1:52 pm UTC
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Is the lack of response a "no"?
Thanks
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J. E April 28, 2023 5:42 pm UTC
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hi Tim—apologies; this hadn’t hit my attention first time so thanks for following up. I’ve periodically sent out discounts for ppl who have the pdf who may want the hardcover; the best I can do systemically from what dtrpg makes available is to have the pdf be free with hardcopies (which is how I structure all my books since I’m a firm believer that digital should be free with hardcopy).

I’ll be sending another discount link out later this weekend, so be sure you’ve opted into dtrpg emails Thanks!

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Tim K April 29, 2023 2:18 pm UTC
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Thanks J.E, I'll keep an eye out
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Sergei Z February 03, 2023 6:24 pm UTC
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Hi
is this compatible with the D&D 5e Monster Manual?
is there a table/s that leads to the monsters from this book?
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J. E February 03, 2023 6:42 pm UTC
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Hi Sergei—There’s a ton to find in this book, but not a huge amount of monster tables. Those are a dime a dozen and easily available in a number of places. So yes,
It’s compatible in the sense that you can use monsters and encounter tables from any rules system or book.

Check out the table of contents in the preview to get a sense of things.

Onward!
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Thomas B January 31, 2023 8:52 am UTC
Pity you don't have a modern+scifi version.
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J. E January 31, 2023 11:55 am UTC
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Hi Thomas--That would be incredibly useful :)

I would suggest though that the majority of the content is probably still very useful for any setting or context or genre. E.g., Deliver Quests exist in the far future as well as the medieval past.
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Eric M January 23, 2023 2:56 am UTC
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Just curious... why is the 'mobile friendly' still a 2-page spread? Shouldn't it be single pages so one has to only scroll up/down to see all the pages?
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J. E January 23, 2023 3:08 am UTC
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Hi Eric--You get to choose how you prefer to view this, and any other, PDF, in your PDF viewer application. Default is two-up in the file but there's nothing to say you can't just click View > Page Display > Single Page View, for example (in Acrobat Reader). Totally your call!

This, and every other IGS book, is offered in a "Mobile Friendly" or "Printer Friendly" version for versatility and by customer request; the main differences are A) removes the parchment background on every page, and B) compresses/resizes embedded images down to a lower DPI.

Hope that helps!
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Eric M January 25, 2023 5:39 pm UTC
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Yes- just needed to refresh my memory (mine!) on Acrobat settings... :)
Thanks!
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Lesley N November 03, 2022 11:42 pm UTC
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OMG brutally thorough :)

I'd jump on getting the hardcover if not for one thing, so much of it might be of use, so much maybe not. As a pdf, I can make custom assortments.

If you go for the hardcover I suggest getting the table of contents printed out, you'll appreciate it not being physically attached to the book.

But it is an incredible collection.
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David H August 28, 2022 6:02 pm UTC
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In the quickstart rules, I assume you're supposed to roll on the encounter table each time you reveal a new hallway or chamber? The rules never state that, they only say you roll if you backtrack (every 4 rooms) or if you rest in an existing room. If you are supposed to roll when you reveal a new room or hallway, do you still roll if Table 1 (quickstart map generator) reveals a trap, encounter or treasure?
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