from Kobold Press
Hello duet-ing friends!
You may remember a series of posts that Jonathan and I wrote for the wonderful team at Kobold Press. But whether you do or not, I’m so excited to share the compilation of those posts into this amazing guide for playing D&D one-on-one!
about the guide
I’ll borrow the team’s description first:
To play the world’s most popular RPG one-on-one, all you need is another person and a free block of time. And the one-on-one play style is an absolutely an amazing way to introduce a partner, friend, or family member to the game! Written by one-on-one designers and veterans Beth Ball and Jonathan Ball, this guide provides you with the tips and techniques derived from years of experience to maximize your one-on-one game:
- Quick preparation and in-game tips,
- Making PC adjustments and useful rules variants,
- Using GMPCs effectively in one-on-one play,
- How to scale combat,
- Creating a campaign arc around the player,
- Running one-on-one within a group game,
- How to adapt published adventures to one-on-one games,
- And much more!
At a full 21 pages, Playing One-on-One brings you everything you need to run a truly amazing game—in totally optimized one-on-one style!
Some of my favorite posts in the guide involve adapting and personalizing rules and mechanics to fit your table. Personalization is important at any D&D table, but I would say it’s especially crucial to ensure both the GM and the player are having fun at the 5e table!
Jonathan and I wrote a series of twelve blog posts over the course of a year to accompany the one-on-one adventure we created for them, “Lost and Found,” Warlock Lair 45.
about Kobold Press
Kobold Press is one of our favorite publishers in the D&D space. We are huge fans of their books of creatures—I always know when I see one of those books come out that my PC and I are in for a difficult combat! And we are constantly amazed by the detail and adventure hooks in Midguard!
Our favorite monster books are:
We had so much fun writing these posts, and I hope that comes through in the guide! Our special thanks to Wolfgang, Scott, and the Kobold Press team for putting this guide together!
If you like what you’re reading, please consider supporting the blog by purchasing our adventures and supplements in our shop or on DMsGuild or sponsoring us on Patreon. We’d also love for you to follow us on Twitter and Instagram. We appreciate you so much! Thank you for reading. – Beth and Jonathan