How to Play Dungeons and Dragons by Yourself

  • By: Richard
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Dungeons and Dragons can be a lot of fun, but it’s even more fun when you have friends to play with. What do you do if you don’t have friends who want to play D&D? You can still enjoy the game by playing alone!

The Best Types of Adventure for Solo Players

There are many types of D&D adventures, but not all are well suited for solo play. Here are a few adventure types that we think work well for solo players:

  • One-on-one encounters: These adventures pit the player against a single powerful opponent, such as a dragon or a beholder.
  • Misdirection adventures: In these adventures, the player is given false information or is led to believe something else is happening.
  • Rescue missions: These adventures involve the player rescuing someone or something from peril.
  • Treasure hunts: These adventures revolve around the player searching for a specific item or cache of treasure.

Of course, you can adapt any adventure to work for solo play. Remember that some types of experiences work better than others when you play alone.

Plenty of solo D&D adventure modules are available online and in in-game stores, if you’re looking for ideas. Search for “solo D&D,” and you’ll find tons of results.

Useful Apps for Solo Players

There are a few apps out there that can significantly help those playing Dungeons and Dragons by themselves. Here are a few of the most useful ones:

  • D&D Beyond: This app is essential for anyone playing D&D, whether you’re doing it alone or with a group. It has everything you need in one place, from character creation to keeping track of your campaign.
  • Dungeon World: This app is great for solo players who want to create their own dungeons and adventures. You can generate random encounters and loot, and there’s even an option to play through pre-made adventures.
  • Roll20: Another great app for solo players or groups, Roll20 allows you to play online with friends or strangers. It has all the bells and whistles you need, including character creation, maps, and dice rolling.

With these apps, you’ll be able to create a rich and satisfying Dungeons, and Dragons experience yourself. So don’t be afraid to give it a try! You might just find that you enjoy it more than you thought.

Solo Adventurer’s Guide to Dungeons and Dragons

You’ve read all the books, watched all the shows, and played all the video games. You know everything there is to know about fantasy worlds and adventurers. So, it’s only natural that you want to try your hand at playing Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). But there’s one problem: you don’t have anyone to play with.

Never fear! With some imagination and creativity, you can quickly learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons by yourself.

Here’s what you need to do:

Pick Your Character

The first step is to choose your character. You can be any race or class you want, from a human fighter to an elven wizard. Once you’ve decided on your personality, it’s time to create your backstory.

How did they grow up? What are their motivations? Why do they want to go on adventures? Write down as much or as little as you want, but make sure you understand who your character is before you start playing.

Get ahold of the Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide.

The next step is to get a copy of the Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide. These books contain all the rules and information you need to play the game.

If you don’t have access to these books, don’t worry. Many online resources can help you out, like this Solo Adventurer’s Guide to D&D.

Create Your Own Adventure

Now it’s time to create your own adventure. You can use one of the pre-made adventures from the Dungeon Master’s Guide or make up your own. If you decide to go with the latter option, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

First, figure out what kind of story you want to tell. Do you want a classic dungeon crawling adventure? Or something more open-ended, like exploring a wilderness area? Once you know what type of story you want to tell, start planning out your experience.

Map out the area your adventurers will be exploring, and create encounters and puzzles for them to overcome. Again, plenty of resources online help you with this step.

Start Playing!

Now that you’ve prepared everything, it’s time to start playing! Sit down with your books and character sheet, and imagine yourself in the world you’ve created. Have fun, and don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild.


Can you play D&D without buying it?

The short answer is no. You need to purchase the Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks to play the game. However, there are ways that you can get started without breaking the bank. There are several free online resources available that will help you create your character and learn the basic rules of the game. Once you have a handle on how to play, you can then start investing in additional books and materials.

Hi! I'm Richard Baker, a miniature painter who has been painting for about ten years. My website is packed with great advice that I've learned from both books and personal experience on building and painting miniatures.

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