Why do you solo RPG?
Why do we solo rpg? 

So, I was eating lunch two weeks ago with some friends, and one of my table-top buddies who I used to play regularly maybe fifteen years ago ago tried to get me to come join a new campaign he's starting up via Zoom. But for some reason, getting back into a regular game just didn't appeal all that much. Maybe because I'm too much of an introvert...

I tried to explain about solo role-playing. 

He didn't get it and gave me a sort of blank look.

"You probably think that's weird," I said.

"Yeah I do," he chuckled, and then added, slightly mocking. "Do you argue with the game master?"

As I reflected on it, I admit that on the surface it can seem a strange thing, this hobby of gaming single-player in a genre that traditionally involves other people. But what's been your experience when you bring up solo RPGing with traditional RPGers? And what's your take? Why do you do it?

Is it because you're an introvert like me?
Is it that you can't find a traditional game or don't have time for one but still love the hobby?
Is it that we can't get enough tabletop or virtual RPGing and want to fill the gaps?
Is it that you have many games and ideas that you want to explore on your own?
Is it that you want to share your stories with others?
Or something else?

For me, it's a bit of all of the above... but also there's a certain freedom to it that you don't get gaming with others. I can move at my own pace and explore options and rules as I please, plus I can share writing and stories in a non-stressful way. Doing it here on this site, is a creative outlet for me. I also enjoy being surprised by my own stories when it shifts and changes. I don't get that random surprise factor when plotting out a novel...

Anyway, what moves you to solo rpg?
I could go on and on answering this, but I'll try to be short and keep it to the main points.

The primary reason I PLAY solo is simple -- I don't have a role playing group, either locally or virtually. I know if I put in the effort to I could find a group either at the game store or in an online community, but then there is still the issue of time. With solo I can play when I am able and for how long I have available. Another benefit of playing solo is that it gives me the opportunity explore several different game systems and tools, something that would rarely happen in a live game.

The reason I POST my gameplay is because I like to create and share with others. I've blogged, podcasted, and wrote in many different nooks and crannies of the internet over the years and it's something I enjoy, even though I've never had a big following. Posting these narratives gives me that opportunity. A lot of my campaign write-ups have nothing to do with the game rules but are simply me imagining the story. Soloing is a great storytelling medium for me because it is constantly providing prompts and cues to move the tale along, something that has bogged me down in the past when I write purely from my own thoughts.

Another creative outlet solo roleplay offers me is image manipulation (often referred to as Photo-shopping). I have been doing this for fun for years and once I saw other solo players include images in their posts I knew that was something I wanted to add to my own. Many times the images I use require little more than some cropping or basic enhancement. But every now and then I need to create an image that simply doesn't exist, such as Sylralei and Kristopher's Shadow Creatures or Vyncent's "Lucky Charm."

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