My friend Kirby from the Necropolis discord server publishes TTRPGs under the name Disaster Tourism. They posted a message asking if anyone would be interested in play testing their new extremely minimal rules light cyber punk themed game. It's like a hack of one of their other games they released recently.
Since my deployment I've really enjoyed playing TTRPGs solo. This game was just released today so I wanted to share my play through.
I made it pretty detailed so you can maybe get inspired to try playing your own solo games and see how I run my own oracle (a way to emulate a game master for solo play).
Also here is the kickass music I was listening to.
You can get the game here! (There's free community copies still)
Wired Solo Test Play 1
(I’ll be listening to the dark synth AMV radio - brutal 80s beats on YouTube that streams 247 during this play through unless otherwise stated).
I’m using a method for an oracle where you grab a book and roll for a random page number followed by rolls for paragon and sentence.
The book I will use is Psycho Nymph Exile.
The adventure I will be playing for this test play is the one included in the back of the new Cy-Borg TTRPG.
Chip Slots: 7
Gear: Fire Katana 1d3 2 slots. Medium sized.
Hack: Bypass 2 slots. 1d6.
Firewall: None. +2 bonus hack effect.
Armor: Leather shirt. 1 mod. 1 port. 2 slots. +1 small gear dmg
Street Red: 0
Xleo (my character is a woman in her early 30s. She has a buzz cut but her hair is aqua blue with white cheetah print and she’s heavy on her make-up and she really wants a new recursive synthesizer but for now REVENGE will have to do. She reeks of lighter fluid due to her fire katana).
Let’s roll for weather using Cy-Borg to get the scene started. 1d12. 11 Blinding fog.
Now to the adventure…
To erase the debt of of Charlie Sand at the Casino.
Let’s just open the scene with Xleo playing slots and a doom punk band playing on the stage. Roll for random encounter.
A nearby guest screams. She just won jackpot on slot! Other guests approach her.
Xleo looks over and sees a guest is trying to pickpocket some of the coins.
“Hey he’s taking your coins!”
4 guards head over.
Perfect distraction Xleo thinks and heads to the staff door she’s been eyeing the last 45 minutes.
The door is unlocked but let’s ask the oracle if anyone is inside at the moment.
Roll 1d188 for page number then d6 for paragraph and d4 for sentence.
Pg. 64 paragraph 5. Sentence 1. “Stray lasers slam into the corpse mountain, knocking showers of blood from the roof of the flesh-tunnel.”
I’ll interpret that as the room is dead and empty. Lucky Xleo.
Lockers line the walls but there’s an elevator in the corner. Xleo gets in and press the down button.
The doors open and there’s 5 staffers watching cameras in the room. It’s a Sec Office. Fuck. There’s also an AI here. Book says they want no trouble though so maybe this is good for Xleo. Obviously they will notice her coming off the elevator so let’s ask the oracle how they react.
Pg. 55 paragraph 2. Sentence 4. “Like those healthy ones who have everything, but hunger for those who have nothing.”
Ok seems like they want a fight actually~!
We’ll say the 5 staff are basic enemies and the AI is rough.
Vitality dmg taken
Staffer 1 5 -1=4
Staffer 2 8 -2=6
Staffer 3 6 -2=4
Staffer 4 8 -2=6
Staffer 5 6 -3=3
Xleo rolls for an attack with her flame katana against the first staffer. 1d6-skill+armor for Xleo that’s 2-2+1=1
The Staffer has an enemy hd of 1d6 and rolled 3. SICK! Xleo goes first and hits Staffer with her Flame Katana (1d3) for 1dmg gashing the side of his face. His ear hits the floor.
Let’s roll again for combat against the next Staffer that charges her. Xleo got a 2. Staffer 2 got 4. Xleo slices him for 2dmg.
This time for combat Xleo rolls 4. Staffer 3 got 5. Xleo claps his cheeks for 2dmg. Let’s GO!
Xleo rolls 5 for combat. Staffer 4 got 6 (PHEW!) and takes 2 dmg.
Xleo rolls 0 combat against the last staffer. Course she will hit! 3 dm!
Xleo changes her stance as the AI approaches. Xleo got 1. AI got 1 and spin kicks Xleo across her face for 7dmg.
Xleo’s neck snaps. The AI carries her limp body into the elevator and rides it up exiting in the staff room.
They take Xleo’s katana and walk out the back door to the alley. The AI tosses Cleo’s body into the dumpster.