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3 Dice (Solo)


Designer’s comment:

Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks are wonderful things.

They contain little paragraphs scattered across the pages in a seemingly chaotic order, each one ending with a set of choices and numbers which take you flicking through the book to the next paragraph in your personal journey through the book.

Which got me thinking.

What happens if you make those numbers actually mean something?
What if they replaced the paragraphs themselves?
And what if you made them random?
What would a solitaire game like that be like?


3 Dice

A CYOA solitaire game using just 3 dice and no gamebook

User comment:

This simple solitaire adventure game with dice was a submission for the RPG Solitaire Challenge.

The game is played by rolling three differently colored six-sided dice. Using a single die 3 characteristics are rolled and recorded to represent your abilities. To begin playing the three dice are rolled and each die is referenced against a three-column table to determine a location, a monster, and a reward.

If a monster exists a die is rolled to determine combat results. If you win the encounter or the room is empty you total the room dice and record the total as your Experience Reward. When 50 points have been gained the adventure is over and abilities are reset to their starting values. Experience can be used to increase an ability by 1 point.


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3 Dice Dungeon (english rules)

Expanded rules to “3 Dice”, written by Brent P. Newhall.

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3 Dice (english rules)

Originally posted at author’s blog as free distribution. I have found it at “Internet Archive” and converted to PDF.

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3 Dice (player sheet)

I’m having so much fun playing this game so I made a very straightforward player sheet to keep track of basics info (alongside a squared space to draw the dungeon).

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3 Dice & 3 Dice Dungeons Booklet

A quick mash up of both 3 Dice and 3 Dice Dungeon in a 8 panel booklet layout

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