It’s quite possible to play Pathfinder or D&D alone. In fact, for some, the only choice at getting into D&D or Pathfinder might be to play solo. For others that have friends that play but don’t have friends that want to DM, there’s no need to go without. There are even ways to DM without all of the hard work that can go into creating maps.
So how do you get started?
Endless RPG was created to allow the flexibility to play without a dedicated DM by having an iPhone, iPad and Android device present a random adventure in a player-friendly manner. Most random dungeon generators are designed for DMs, and as such, they spill all the goods. Endless RPG plays like a turn-based role-playing game with a fog of war that you must uncover as you explore and hidden encounters, treasures, traps and other secrets. The only difference: Endless RPG tells you what you find but all of the dice rolling is up to you.
- Download Endless RPG for iPhone/iPad from the App Store.
- Download Endless RPG on Android devices from the Google Play store.
It’s best if you already know the basic rules of D&D or Pathfinder, but even if you are just getting started, Endless RPG can be a solid way to learn the rules. The key ingredients are the books, the dice, the app and a healthy dose of imagination. If you are the type that likes to talk to themselves, even better because you can roll up multiple characters!
How to DM Yourself in D&D and Pathfinder
Endless RPG gives you the feeling of exploring and not knowing exactly what may come next, but when it comes to rolling combat, you will have to DM yourself. After all, you are in charge of both the monsters and your character (or even a whole group of characters!).
The Battle Map provided with the app can help with tactics, but it can also be fun to use miniatures on a table. Before beginning combat, try to come up with a basic strategy for how the party is going to handles the creates. But instead of jumping right into the dice rolls, do the same thing for the other side. How would they fight your party? If its a bunch of goblins, they’ll probably just charge right in with the most basic tactics, gnolls might be more clever, demons might be exceedingly clever, etc.
Remember, the threat of death is what makes the game so good, so be fair. Also, don’t be afraid to use the dice for more than just standard dice rolls. If you are fighting a spell caster, come up with a percentage chance of them casting a spell or roll a dice to see which spell they cast. Is that goblin taking a beat down? Roll to see if they decide to flee! The fun part is coming up with some basic rules, such as cowardly creatures running on a roll of 6 or less on a d10 if they are badly injured while more courageous (or stupid!) creatures only run on a roll of 2 or less.
Also keep in mind that Endless RPG cannot take into account every situation. If you cast a spell that should have detected a trap that you subsequently stumbled over and failed a perception roll, feel free to alter events to fit that initial spell!
How to Play D&D/Pathfinder In A Small Group Without a DM
This is where Endless RPG can really shine. Simply take turns on who is the DM from one encounter to the next. This is a great way of keeping everyone fair and spreading out the work.
Everything said above applies, but you can do more strategizing for the encounter. Let your character step back and be more of a DM’s NPC — aiding combat, but not leading it. And then see what kind of ass-whooping you can do to the party!
It’s a good idea to use dice to see what party members are targeted by specific creatures in the encounter. This can help curb any arguments about a certain character getting targeted too much. But play within the tactics of the encounter: ogres are dumb, drow elves are smart, etc.
Use Random Generators to Round Out the Adventure
Whether you are playing solo or simply without a dedicated DM, random generators are a great way to introduce story and surprise into the equation. Here are a few good websites with different random generators:
The Random Adventure Generator on Donjon is a good way to kickstart a story and all of the websites have random goodness that can add to the adventure.
How to DM Pathfinder or D&D Without Putting In as Much Work!
Do you want to DM but just don’t have the time? You aren’t alone. There are plenty of people who love to tell a great story but don’t really love drawing out detailed maps.
Endless RPG can provide a backbone of content that lets you tell your story. You can game master the campaign, control what happens in town and with NPCs, and when you need a tower full of orcs or a ruin with skeletons, Endless RPG can provide it. Because the app lets you choose a monster group as well as a setting and a challenge rating, you can tailor the adventure to your story.
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of the monster groups available as enemies by going to the Custom screen in the adventure map and tapping through the challenge ratings. The available enemy groups will change with specific CR, so once you hit 20th, you’ll have a good idea what you can throw at the party.
- You can download Endless RPG for iPhone/iPad from the App Store.
- Endless RPG is also available on Android devices from the Google Play store.
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