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FlexTale Solo Image Oracle Omnibus (system-neutral)

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Summary

The FlexTale Solo Image Oracle is an innovative creative tool for solo adventurers to generate dynamic, intriguing answers to questions about your campaign and the adventures that take place within it.

A simple roll of 3d6 is all you need to generate over 5,400 answers and pieces of creative content for any campaign setting, any situation, and any level of skill as a G/DM.

Omnibus

This book is the Omnibus edition of the Solo Image Oracle.  It assembles the contents of the previously-published six individual volumes.  Each of those Volumes contains 36 images; this Omnibus contains all 216 images.

Free Sample Edition

Unsure, but curious?  Grab the FREE Sample Edition.  It contains 16 images instead of 216, and lacks the section on rules system harmonization, but is otherwise exactly the same content and massive utility as this full version.

Digital Resource Companion

You also get a Microsoft Excel file containing all 5,400 creative elements for all 216 images.  This is the same content that's presented in the book, just in a format that some might enjoy using more than a PDF.  You are welcome to extend, amend, or otherwise use this tool for your own personal gaming experience.

Immediately Useful

Download this book, open it up to a random page, and pick any part of that page.  This book was designed so that whatever you end up pointing at, you should be able to use it in your campaign, whether you're a veteran DM of 30+ years running a published campaign for a dozen players, or a brand-new player giving solo play a try.

What is This Thing?

An Oracle is a tool to provide an answer.  Usually, this is in the context of a solo adventure, where you as the adventurer need to rely upon some external source of truth to keep things unpredictable and interesting.  Solo Oracle tools abound, and are quite popular--it's probably safe to say that nearly every single solo adventurer uses at least one Oracle tool.

The Solo Image Oracle takes this a step further.  (It wouldn't be a FlexTale book if it didn't take things an order of magnitude further!)

Three dice is all it takes: Roll one six-sided die to pick which image palette you use.  Then, roll 2d6, and pick an image randomly from that grid of 36 abstract icons.  You can use that simple image as a point of inspiration on its own; this approach is very similar to Rory's Story Cubes, another popular resource for solo gamers.

A Step Further in Creative Inspiration

But the FlexTale difference amplifies the utility and power of this book as an Oracle: each of those images gets its own full page.

Each of those 216 images gets over 25 different elements: specific answers to questions, creative directions, entire quest snippets, magic items, random encounters, and much, much more.

All in all, two simple dice can drive over 5,400 dynamic and creative sources of inspiration for any campaign setting.

System-Neutral, Zero-Prep

This is a common objective in FlexTale books, and I'm thrilled to say that this book was designed from the start to satisfy these as requirements, even moreso than any other book before it in the FlexTale line.

The Solo Image Oracle provides visual and text inspiration.  As a result, it's system neutral, and can be easily used in any tabletop roleplaying game, though the particular answers in many cases are fantasy-oriented.  For those who use 5E, Pathfinder, Pathfinder Second Edition, OSR, or DCC systems, there is an extensive 9-page description of how to use specific rules language across those systems.

The whole point of this book is that it requires no preparation to use.  You can, quite literally, flip to a page completely at random, and point to a place on that page, and derive inspiration for your solo adventure cotntent.

Any Gaming Table

Although the Solo Image Oracle was designed from the ground up to be a tool to empower solo gamers, it's also an immensely powerful tool for a traditional gaming table.  A time-pressed or creatively stymied G/DM can use this book exactly like a solo gamer would, and find creative drivers just as naturally and quickly.

What's Included

The Solo Image Oracle features:

  • 216 abstract image silhouettes
  • 5,400 total creative elements
  • 216 unique items and Rewards for PCs who complete quests
  • 216 creative Penalties for PCs who fail quests :)
  • 216 random encounters and drivers
  • 216 interesting NPC behaviors, backgrounds, or characteristics
  • 216 Quest snippets, ready to use immediately, or flesh out and make your own
  • 216 twists and spins on enemy behavior to make every combat memorable and interesting
  • Full and easy integration with other FlexTale books, in particular the FlexAI Guidebook, the Solo Adventuring Toolkit, and the Hexcrawl Toolkit
  • And much, much more!

Creative Elements

Each of the 216 images gets a full page's worth of content, with 25 creative Elements to help drive game content and decisions.  These include the following, color-coded for ease and speed of reference:

General

  • Noun
  • Verb
  • Adjective
  • Adverb
  • Question
  • Detailed Answer

Social

  • NPC Description
  • Role
  • Context
  • Choice
  • Result

Combat

  • Combat Description
  • Random Encounter
  • Action Outcome
  • Enemy Targeting
  • Combat Role
  • Combat Role Size
  • Combat Stance

Quest & Encounter

  • New Quest Snippet
  • Quest Development
  • Reward
  • Penalty
  • Quest Archetype
  • Quest Sub-Archetype

Origins & Development

The author is a veteran DM who cut his teeth on the BECMI boxes back in middle school.  The approach taken with this book was pretty simple, but drives from decades of experience and talent: 

  1. Pick an image.
  2. Consider that image in the context of each of the 25 creative elements defined.
  3. Create adventure content inspired by that combination (of image + element) and write it down.
In essence, it's somewhat like playing a game run by the author, using the book as a source of inspiration.  :)

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James M June 17, 2024 4:15 am UTC
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I love this product, 5/5 stars. But I noticed one tiny typo, which is that the last two pages of Oracle 6 have the wrong picture on the page. The text is correct, and it looks right in the grid, but on the individual description page it has the wrong symbol.
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Vincent A May 31, 2024 9:19 am UTC
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I have the PDF of this system. Am I hurting my chances of using the system to its fullest if I print the PDF out in grayscale? That is to say, is the loss of the color coding gong to affect my use of the system?

Vince
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Patrick B March 05, 2024 3:26 pm UTC
I would like to get this since I already have the solo kit, the omnibus adventure kit, and the hexcrawling kit. But that means I've already sunk a considerable amount of money into this system and this says the product is supposed to be on sale for GM's Day but the price is still full retail.
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J. E March 05, 2024 3:33 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks so much for pointing that out! DTRPG is supposed to automatically discount titles for GM's Day; this one doesn't appear to have been tagged.

I've manually tweaked the price down by 40%... enjoy! And so glad that you're enjoying the other books in the line!

Onward!
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John B February 28, 2024 7:41 pm UTC
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Perhaps you're looking at the sale today, trying to decide whether or not to buy this book? I posted a review just now. I'm not sure if it will get online before the end of the sale. 5 stars.

This is not JUST a solo RPG tool; it is far more. This is a tool that could help game masters run sandbox adventures on the fly with zero prep. This tool is for creative writers looking for random inspiration to mold into their creative fiction. This is just a super useful tool for getting creative juices flowing. In the back are several pages of content that would help a GM convert 5e content to Pathfinder or between a pair of the other supported systems (PF1, PF2, 5e DCC, and OSR). It even includes an Excel spreadsheet with all the tables so you can take snippets of the content and paste them into your online games.
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J. E January 10, 2024 8:53 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Please note, the hardcopy version of this book is now available to order in either Softcover or Hardcover editions.

Emails have been sent to those who already own the PDF version of this title with discount codes to reflect their existing investment.

Thanks for your patience. Onward!
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J. E January 07, 2024 2:33 am UTC
PUBLISHER
To address the many emailed questions: the hardcopy proof for this book has printed and has shipped. I'll email out to customers, and post a comment here, when this listing has been updated to enable ordering a hardcopy.

As a reminder, anyone who owns this book in PDF form at that time will be sent a discount code to reflect your existing investment (if you've opted in to such comms on DTRPG).

Onward!
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Hauke F December 15, 2023 7:35 pm UTC
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thank you SOOOO much for the excel file.
I transfered it directly into my "rpg database thingy" and it's ready to use in my next solo adventure ...
it's now for me just a click of a button and I have the next image with all the information.
I just have to thank you again :D
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J. E January 01, 2024 7:45 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
That's absolutely fantastic to hear! I'd love to hear more about your RPG database; I've heard (and myself have evolved) many such home-brewed tools and resources.
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J. E December 14, 2023 1:02 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Talking About Games has a review up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ogo62bmcA0
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mark S December 14, 2023 3:51 am UTC
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POD?
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J. E December 14, 2023 12:51 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Print files have been submitted… will definitely be available in January. Anyone who owns a PDF version of this book will get a link to order the hardcopy, and either softcover or hardcover, as they choose, at cost once the print version is available.
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Ronald W December 13, 2023 4:53 pm UTC
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If we already own the original books will we receive this for a discount or free?
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Joe P December 13, 2023 5:26 pm UTC
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Popping in to second this inquiry...this particular title doesn't discount based on the elements I already own (the first 5).
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Cora M December 13, 2023 6:58 pm UTC
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Seconded
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Kent B December 13, 2023 9:37 pm UTC
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Thirded. It would be nice to receive the Microsoft Excel file for those of us who bought the separate books as they came out.
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Steven S December 14, 2023 7:38 am UTC
The free version + 5 bucks for book six will get everything if that extra 15 is going to keep people from paying rent. /s
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J. E December 14, 2023 12:52 pm UTC
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Great question! Anyone who owns one or more of the original volumes should have received a discount link via email to reflect their existing investment. If you opted out of communications from DTRPG, reach out to me at infiniumGameStudios at gmail and I’ll sort it out.
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J. E December 14, 2023 4:13 pm UTC
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See above comment RE: discount links, but I've also updated the Bundle so you can pick this up that way as well.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/460912/FlexTale-Solo-Image-Oracles-BUNDLE
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