Please choose which option you would like to add to your cart.
Advanced Search

DM Yourself - solo roleplay for 5e, D&D and OSR adventures
Quick Preview
Full‑size Preview

DM Yourself - solo roleplay for 5e, D&D and OSR adventures

Selected Option:
Softcover, B&W Book
PDF + Softcover, B&W Book

Welcome to DM Yourself – a guide for soloing existing adventures/campaigns written for Fifth Edition (5e), other editions of D&D or OSR. The system enables you to play these adventures with a single character, as close to the way they are written as possible. The aim is to allow players to enjoy these adventures solo with the minimum of preparation, work or additional rules, and maximum immersion. The guide includes:

  • How to Prepare for the Adventure – Increasing the PC’s power without making them invincible, putting in safeguards and rebalancing the action economy for a single PC, setting up default behaviours and choosing a difficulty level.

  • How to Read the Adventure – When to skim-read and when to deep-read, where to start and what to skip (and when to come back to it), how to avoid spoilers (but not get hung up about them), and using flashbacks.

  • How to Play the Adventure – How to act as your own GM, using immersive roleplaying rather than reading-with-dice, dealing with maps and using fog-of-war, making binding decisions and using hindsight to help you deal with secrets, traps and hidden treasure, how to run encounters and a simple AI for enemy behaviour, and interacting with NPCs.

  • …and lots more in the Appendices – a minimal DC Oracle system, pages of extended Immersion Tables and AI Combat Tactics tables, guides to soloing several of the most popular 5e adventures, how to adapt DM Yourself to other systems, and quick reference sheets.

DM Yourself was developed with the support of over 500 backers on Kickstarter, and includes all of the stretch goals from that campaign.

It’s going to be an exciting journey, so let’s get started…

 Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased
Reviews (4)
Discussions (6)
Customer avatar
Robert W April 03, 2021 5:29 pm UTC
I had a question with number or characters.
How does this work for a person who uses 2 or 3 generated characters?
Do you use the same charts for each character or is this a true generated character??
Thanks in advance.
Customer avatar
Tom S April 03, 2021 7:42 pm UTC
Hey Robert,
The recommendation in DM Yourself is that you use 1 PC and 1 Sidekick. Two reasons for this: firstly, it's more immersive to be playing a single PC that's your character, just like in non-solo D&D; secondly, as PCs get to higher level there can be the issue of "analysis paralysis" as you try to work out the optimal combo of moves/abilities/spells that 2 higher level PCs are capable of....the good thing about a Sidekick only having a (relatively) small set of things they can do, is that their choice of action is usually pretty straightforward. I found even with 2 PCs, combat could take a *long* time as I tried to work out the best moves.
BUT...that's just my personal preference. DM Yourself has rules for how to balance adventures for 1 PC & 1 Sidekick, but if you want to take a whole party in, then just ignore the rules about rebalancing for a smaller party. If you'd rather do 2 PCs instead, then maybe keep the balance rules, but play on Hard difficulty. DM Yourself is...See more
Customer avatar
DWDalton Adventures L January 21, 2021 3:13 pm UTC
For some reason I'm not allowed to write reviews, so I'll put it here.

Tom Scutt's "DM Yourself" is intended to be a solo RPG tool, and it's a most excellent one. But his real intent is deeper and more subtle. Dare I say nefarious? He's secretly training you to be an author.

Five stars.
Customer avatar
Joanne L February 23, 2021 11:46 am UTC
I could not agree more with this, even if I wanted to.
Customer avatar
Tom S February 23, 2021 1:52 pm UTC
Thank you both so much :) Comments like this really make it worthwhile.
Customer avatar
Chad F December 03, 2020 1:30 am UTC
Customer avatar
Antonio W December 01, 2020 2:37 pm UTC
I’m so happy to know there will be a POD. Absolutely the best resource for soloing published adventures. Just went through the Ruined Tower of Zenopus with it. IMHO it beats all other methods I’ve tried. And unlike many others, this one in well written.
Customer avatar
Tom S December 16, 2020 10:35 am UTC
Thank you, Antonio! Really glad to hear that you're enjoying DM Yourself :) POD is now available (and it's turned out very nicely!)
Customer avatar
Neva C November 12, 2020 8:57 pm UTC
Will this get a POD version? That is my preferred format for longer texts.
Customer avatar
Tom S November 13, 2020 8:37 pm UTC
Yes it will. I got the proof yesterday. It looked really good, but I've made a couple of minor changes to the cover, which unfortunately means it's probably going to be another week before it goes live.
Customer avatar
Neva C December 12, 2020 5:57 am UTC
Any updates on this? I was hoping to add it onto an order I've been building to save on shipping.
Customer avatar
Tom S December 12, 2020 11:11 am UTC
Hi Neva. Sorry for the delay. The 2nd proof has been printed and I'm waiting for it to arrive. As soon as it does I should be able to make the POD version available.
Customer avatar
Neva C November 04, 2020 11:28 pm UTC
Would this work with Basic Fantasy or Castles & Crusades?
Customer avatar
Tom S November 05, 2020 9:13 am UTC
Hi Neva. Yes for Basic Fantasy (it requires a little bit of adaptation, but there's guidance in the Appendix on how to do this). I don't really know Castles & Crusades, but I think it should work for that. As well as the rule system, it also partly depends on the layout of the adventures you want to run - do they have clearly boxed/italicised location descriptions? If they do, that definitely helps when using DM Yourself.
Narrow Results
Post-Apocalypse Sale
 Follow Your Favorites!
NotificationsSign in to get custom notifications of new products!

Product Information
Platinum seller
File Size:
5.43 MB
Original electronic
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Last Updated:
December 21, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on November 03, 2020.
Tom Scutt
Publisher Average Rating