A few podcast recommendations for learning about solo play and enjoying the exploits of other games.
[Cover image is from Errant Adventures]
Solo Actual Play Podcasts
In the last few months I've grown to appreciate Solo games for using random tables and tools and learning how to use them better.
As a podcast listener this is the format I've been attracted to and what I'm comfortable making recommendations for.
I've covered a few in my Guide to Generators for Solo RPGs.
Use the podcasts to
- See how others use random tables and tools in their games
- Discover new sources of random tables.
- Get exposed to a variety of rpgs without having to play them.
- Discover tools such as GM Emulators and spark tables.
Sub-Class Act With James Sral
I recently did an interview with James.
You never really know where a session of Sub-Class Act is going to lead you, which is part of the appeal.
James switches up systems regularly, from OSR games to Savage Worlds and D&D 5E to Warlock! There is also plenty of different oracles, emulators and random tables to be found.
There are several one-shots and 3 seasons to date
Season one is a genre hopping wild ride from the basics of solo. Season 2 is a more consistent feel in a fantasy world of eternal night.
Season 3 looks to be more sci-fi fantasy, starting with Traveller.
Find Sub-Class Act on Anchor or search in your player of choice.
Errant Adventures with Steve Morrison
The first season uses Starforged (an RPG built specifically for Solo Play), across the galaxy with use of tables from this game.
I've been impressed by the storytelling, following Tarquin across the galaxy. The pace and tone are consistent and there is tension in every episode.
The second season is Fantasy, using the Sword, the Crown and the Unspeakable Power. and Mythic Emulator. I look forward to listening to it.
Find out more about Errant Adventures here. Or search in your player of choice.
Me, Myself and Die by Trevor Devall
Trevor has clearly done lots of voice work as each character we encounter has distinctive voice and mannerisms.
Mostly known as a You Tube channel, I also found it in my Podcast player which is how I listen. You can hopefully find in your podcast player of choice.
The action moves fast, the characters well described and each step in the solo process is well explained. Season 1 is using Savage Worlds, which is also my favourite rpg system.
Later seasons use Ironsworn, Dominion and there are also standalone episodes such as one on how to use Perilous Wilds random tables in your game.
Die Alone: A Solo RPG Podcast
A little different to the others, each episode covers a different Solo Game, starting with Long Haul and the Wretched, onto Delve, Four against Darkness and Apawthecaria.
The episodes are relatively short and a good way to find out about a few different games if you'd like to expand your solo rpg horizons.
Find out more about Die Alone. Or search in Player of Choice.
- Tale of the Manticore with Jon
- Party of One Podcast (on my list to try)
- Starforged: Tabula Rasa by Redstone Archender (on my list to try)
I may come back to update the list or make another one in the future.
Any more solo actual play podcast recommendations welcome!