In this whimsically 135th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns chat about a number of single-player pen-and-paper map-drawing/journal-making role-playing games - or ‘Solo RPGs’, for short. We’ll be digging deep into Delve, thinking back to Field Guide To Memory, and shooting upwards to be Alone Among The Stars, each game a new designer and a new direction.
Have a lovely weekend, everybody!
02:05 - Delve
15:34 - Field Guide To Memory
26:13 - Alone Among The Stars
I haven’t listened yet, and I also haven’t played any solo RPGs, but it’s something I’m becoming increasingly interested in. I find regular RPGs extremely stressful, but I wonder whether I could enjoy them without other people!
Often when people say “solo RPG” they mean “dungeon bash”, but I’m more interested in the story- and character-building than in the resource management. There are clearly lots of games now that support that – great! On the other hand the more creativity they ask for (e.g. Thousand Year Old Vampire) the more I want to use that (plus effort) to write a short story or an RPG scenario instead.
the best version of Diggy Diggy Hole
Unexpected Yogscast! (I still haven’t listened to the episode)
I was literally about to reply “#UnexpectedYogscast” before I got distracted by that video
I’ll be interested to listen to this. From what I can see of the games (none of which I had heard of previously) it might well run into the old “what is an RPG anyway?” question.
I’ve listened to the episode now and immediately downloaded Alone Among the Stars. I’m thinking of using the prompts for sketching rather than writing.