Questions tagged [one-on-one]

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Is there a good way to have a party of adventurers with only one player?

My sister expressed interest in playing D&D, and I'm interested in DMing, so I decided to try and run The Caves of Chaos from the D&D Next playtest packet. Reading through the materials, I ...
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1 GM and 1 Player games and game systems? [closed]

I'm eager to hear how other people handle this? I do quite a bit of GM-Less gaming in Mythic and some other fringe systems, but, sometimes it's just better to be playing 'other sides' even if you're ...
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How do you DM differently when it's for only one person?

I've just finished running my first session with only one player, and it felt pretty different from running a session for a group. Could someone with more experience in this talk about what one ...
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Is playing D&D 5e with two people feasible, particularly with the Starter Set adventure?

My girlfriend and I want to get into roleplaying games, we've both been interested in trying out Dungeons and Dragons. She has never played a pen and paper RPG before, I've played the Swedish Drakar ...
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A 2 Player RPG for buddies? [closed]

If myself and an old buddy sit down for a night of roleplaying, what game can we use? I've heard of a couple of romantic games, but they're not really for buddies. Are they? Suggestions please. I'm ...
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As a DM of a 4-player group, would it be appropriate for me to run a private 1-on-1 session so that one PC can act secretly?

I'm currently running a campaign with a fairly typical group of 4 players. Everyone gets along pretty well, however one of my player's Rogue has been struggling to find his niche in the party. To ...
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Is there any guidance on playing DW as a duet?

Dungeon World explicitly assumes the existence of a party: bonds simply don't function without other PCs to play off of. But can DW be played as a duet? Stipulate that I'm already experienced ...
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Examples of Fate mechanics for telling team stories with one player

I want to run a Stargate SG-1 game for a single player in the Fate Core system. Stargate stories are about teams of equally important people, rather than the single protagonist that our "twosie" ...
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How can I make the Observant feat worthwhile, but not boring, in a 1:1 adventure?

I've started DMing a one-on-one D&D 5e adventure. The PC took the Observant feat and as a result, has really high Passive Perception and Investigation (20 and 18 at level 1!). If I use the rules ...
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Easy-to-learn system that supports one-on-one play [closed]

The Situation I'm looking for a system that I would be able to GM and have my wife as my only player. I am experienced with RPGs; she is not. She joined a D&D 4e game with me and my friends ...
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Solo player: best way to mitigate tiny party size? [duplicate]

I'm looking to start a solo DnD adventure with my wife as the only player. She's a total novice. Which is generally the most successful way to handle the single-PC issue in your experience: NPC ...
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Pathfinder CR Calculator Single Player

I'm trying to figure out a good CR rating formula for a single player quest for Pathfinder. I see all the online calculators but those are really meant for 4 players. So, if I had a player that was ...
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Balancing a monk variant with full base attack bonus

I'm gearing up for a 2-person campaign (my wife and myself, with myself as DM). The party will be two characters, with occasional hirelings/NPCs. One of the characters will be a DMPC (we've run one ...
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How to handle a martyred GMPC as a player?

I'm a player in a one-on-one game with a friend, who is the GM. Both of us control several characters each, which should in theory be getting equal use. (Our game uses FATE mechanics, however, the ...
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How can I successfully run one-on-one adventures in D&D 4E?

It seems clear that 4E really wants the party to have at least four PCs, so that all four roles can be covered. The official rules give tips on what to do when you can only have three PCs, but when ...
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How do I season a relatively new solo player?

I've been DMing off and on, mostly off, since AD&D, but in no way claim to be a very experienced DM. Due to schedule constraints, I'm DMing for my daughter in a solo campaign about once a month. ...
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My PCs are getting distracted from the main storyline, focusing on their own ventures instead

Ok, I say PCs... but I actually mean PC. I am running a 1-player D&D 5e game for a friend (let's call her Jane), as a way of introducing them to the game. It was only meant to be a "non-canon", ...
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Best character(s) to complement Elf ranger in a duet Lost Mine of Phandelver [closed]

(Note: this question comes by suggestion from my previous question) I am starting to DM the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign for my girlfriend. She wants to make a Wood elf ranger. She is quite ...
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How do I run Paranoia for just one player?

I have not run a game of Paranoia before, but I would like to try with one of my players. I intend to run what was once referred to as "Paranoia XP" and should be able to handle the general running of ...
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How do I keep me and my player happy in a one-on-one game?

As a GM, my comfort zone is a group with about 3-5 players. I like the diversity of having multiple players. When I only have a single player, I feel I can already predict my player's actions, and we ...
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Character-driven fantasy adventure with infrequent combat? [closed]

I'd like to try one-on-one RPGing with my partner and am looking for an initial high-fantasy adventure to get started with. My original plan was to adapt the Fighting Fantasy gamebook, 'The Warlock ...
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How to balance combat for a duet campaign with non-frontliner classes?

I'm in the process of creating a campaign and in the time leading up to it I've been running a few duets, or one-on-one, campaigns via a play-by-post format. I've been struggling though to create ...
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Suggested house-rules for Pathfinder one-on-one storytelling

I'll introduce myself quickly. Played a lot of RPG in teens; mostly AD&D for fantasy, but also Call of Cthulhu and Cyberpunk for those other settings. I lived kind of remote, so all we played was ...
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Can Apocalypse World be played as a two-player game?

Apocalypse World seems to be designed for a small group of PCs, all interacting fiercely. This is a part of both the hard-and-fast mechanics, like Hx, and the MC techniques, like the emphasis on PC-...
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How to design a GMPC that will not push the story ahead?

I'm going to play a campaign of D&D using the Starter Set. I will be the DM, and it is going to be a 1 on 1 campaign1. The 3rd approach of this answer appeals to me as a way to do this without ...
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How does Dogs in the Vineyard handle solo play?

Looking at how DitV deals with conflict, it seems to me that group conflict involving multiple players is likely to break down really fast unless the players are explicitly opposing each other, ...
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Easing Someone Into RPGs One-on-One

I decided to get back into RPGs after a long hiatus and bought the Pathfinder Core Rulebook. My girlfriend picked it up and started reading it. Somewhat unexpectedly, she got really into it. She ...
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How should I buff a solo PC to survive a Pathfinder Adventure Path?

I'm planning to take a solo PC through the Mummy's Mask Adventure Path. The AP is designed for four characters, however, so I reckon she's going to need some help. The player is interested in ...
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How do I run a single player 4e essentials game for a Drow Hunter?

I am trying to create a set of encounters for my wife. She will be playing a Drow Hunter (controller) from the Essentials line of DnD 4e. I'm looking for advice on how to make encounters (2 levels ...
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Would having a Fate character start at a lower level in a solo game pose problems?

I am planning to run a solo Fate game inspired by videogames (Legend of Zelda in particular, since I've been playing that a lot) and their long progression from a no-name hero to a world saviour. It ...
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Solo or 2 player adventures for 5e [closed]

I'm looking for solo or 2 player adventures for D&D 5e that I can play just with me and my wife. They can be free or paid, and from the publisher or indie. Ideally I'd like to play as well (in ...
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Is two-person D&D feasible for any edition?

Background I was recently involved in a production of a play in which main character finds deceased sister's D&D binder, and takes it to a DM so she can play it. D&D monstering ensues on stage....
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How can I acquire free two-player D&D Basic/Expert adventures?

My girlfriend and I have the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules Set 1, Expert Rule Book, and Game Adventure Book. We're looking for free two-player adventures which we could run by ourselves. We'd ...
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How does one player controlling an entire PC party impact encounter difficulty?

Me and my friend have started a Pathfinder campaign (Second Darkness) where I am DMing and he is playing all 4 PCs. We are using roll20 (it's a great online tool to facilitate games). The reasons for ...
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Collections of two-player free-form adventure ideas? [closed]

I'm planning a short two-person (one PC, one GM) free-form session. Is there a good quality compilation of adventure outlines tuned for one-on-one play somewhere? The theme doesn't matter much, but I'...
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Running a duet campaign and adjusting difficulty [closed]

I am now venturing, for the first time, as a DM and would like to start a campaign for my girlfriend. I have played D&D for several sessions (some 15?), but I am far from being experienced. ...
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How do I make it easier on my player in a one-on-one campaign of Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus?

So I'm running a new campaign on Roll20, going through the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus module that WotC released a few months back. It's my first time running a campaign in several years, so ...
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How do I design a campaign about stealing? [closed]

In the one-on-one campaign I'm running, the player's rogue wants to steal stuff. All the time. His goal is to become the Greatest Thief of All Time. I prefer good stories, but the player seems more ...
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What to do with a fellow player who tries to control NPCs I introduce?

I'm doing a text-based freeform roleplay with just one other person right now and there's couple of things that they do that bothers me. They started controlling an NPC I introduced without even ...
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Converting Pathfinder Adventure Paths/Modules to support One on One play?

I'm trying to ease in to RPG's with my SO (we are both geeks that love videogames and boardgames), and I've already bought the Pathfinder Beginner Box and the Core Rulebook for the game. I've been ...
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Is The One Ring playable with just two people?

Is The One Ring RPG playable with just two people, one as the player and one as the loremaster?
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How to prepare Cthulhu Confidential (Gumshoe One-2-One)?

I'm looking for some practical advice on how to prepare for a session of Cthulhu Confidential. I'm a novice GM with some dozens of sessions of other games under my belt, but this will be my first one-...
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Which is a good system for one-player Dungeon Crawls? [closed]

Well, I'm gonna make a hex grid based campaign with dungeons and such, and my player and I dislike D&D, Pathfinder and the likes for the over the top complexity. We've been using Savage Worlds for ...
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How do I make quests rewarding for my player?

General question: Beside money or items, what else might be the reward of a quest? If the quest itself if supposed to be the reward, how to make the quest itself rewarding? Specific premise: I am a ...
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How do I determine appropriate challenges for a solo PC? [closed]

Two out of three of my 5th level characters quit for finals week. For the one who still wants to play, how do I figure out what monsters can he handle?
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Are there any guidelines on player point rewards for games with a single player?

Under normal circumstances in GURPS. I believe players are supposed to receive between three to five points per session. However, I may be gamemastering a solo GURPS game for someone who wishes to ...
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Is this a fair set of spells for a custom Druid Circle of Fire?

I'm looking to create a custom druid circle - one of fire, as I'm making a solo campaign and they wanted to be able to be a fire druid essentially. These are the spells I've chosen; Druid Circle - ...
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How do I adjust combat encounters for a solo PC?

I am having one of my friends who wanted to join play solo so that I can get him to join the group but I am having trouble adjusting combat. He is an alchemist sorcerer. How can I create an encounter ...
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What can I do when a player gets discouraged by low rolls that cause poor PC performance?

TLDR: What can I do when a player is getting upset by low rolls causing poor PC performance? I'm running a duet gestalt Pathfinder campaign in Roll20 with an Incanter/Conscript (from the Spheres). ...
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What to do next after pulling a punch as the GM? [closed]

TL; DR: I just bailed my player out of a dangerous situation with plausible but still apparently contrived GM intervention. How do I follow that up with an action or situation that will preserve the ...