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I was surfing various boardgame links and I stumbled across a

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To me, the concept of board gaming is more about the socail aspect than anything else. However, I did come up with a pretty good solo German-styled themed game. And given the popularity of games like solitaire, I think there is a market for solo games. I think the trick of it is balancing the game so that the player will hardly ever

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Hmm… I have never given much thought to solo board games. Of course, I am home-schooled with six siblings, so I rarely have few enough players for a two-player game! (We play a lot of five-player Puerto Rico and six player The Settlers of Catan around here!) I find that my favorite part of board games is the player interaction. (And if you think that Puerto Rico is a multiplayer solitaire, you have only played it once!) In addition, if for some abnormal reason I had no one to play with, I would much prefer to play against a computer opponent than to play by myself. However, I suppose some people might like it.

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I too, find my brain pleasantly stimulated by the idea of a solo board game. It sounds like a doozy of a problem to tackle. I too find myself alone in many of my gaming activities (it

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1. Have any of you played a solo game in the past? (e.g. Chainsaw Warrior)

I just so happened across a

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I incorporated a one player game into "Sunda to Sahul", but like most single player games it really is, at heart, a puzzle. In this case I justify calling it a game by the fact that you can score the result and try to improve upon your score. Because the result is always different, it is not like solving a logic puzzle or a word puzzle or a jigsaw (even though it looks like a jigsaw). It has a quite high replayability quotient. For people who enjoy puzzles this can be almost as much fun as a multiplayer game (minus the social aspect). One big advantage is you can take as long as you like on a move and you can take your moves back if you wish!

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...Well, come to think of it, you COULD play a Solo game of

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Seems to me that following the "model" of video games

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I

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I dunno about solo board games. I suppose solo card games work fairly well though. Usually when I really want to play a board game and I

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One problem I

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Quote: 30-04-2003 at 08:41, hpox wrote:
One problem I

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Found a solo game somewhere on the web once, which I tried out right away, because well yeah of course Im like WOW , now I can always play something! ... But I have to say, I was an horrible experience. TOtal randomness!. You were some flight force, attacking something or whatever. Which in its turn took random shots over the board, if you got hit, one of your fighters was down. It just didnt work. everything was random. Even the the type of shot that you fired at the thingy in the center of the board were random.
SO for me that meant overkill. No more solo games.

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I've tried a few solo board games and they do occasionally work. I haven't tried to design one yet, but I share Mario's frustration with getting a gaming jones on with nobody to play against. Here are some of my faves:

Ambush!
This game is a lot of fun, especially for a WWII buff. It is a tactical wargame in which you run a squad of American soldiers through different missions on different hex map boards. Each mission is run by a series of paragraphs for events that are looked up on a chart, sort of a wargaming equivelant of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book. You can keep any surviving soldiers from mission to mission and they can gain experience as they progress. It is a LOT of counters, as expected from a SPI/Victory Games game.

Last Frontier: the Vesuvius Incident
I had this for the longest time before playing it. It's a solo microgame in which you run a unit of space marines out to rescue crew members on board a space ship that has been overrun by aliens. The game plays out like a good horror movie and the randomness of the events sometimes interact in odd but amusing ways. For example, part of my squad were escorting a crew member and went into the sick bay. There was an alien inside, so they retreated back to the corridor. I drew some encounter chits and found another crew member and another alien. I determined their locations and the crew member was a few spaces away and the alien was RIGHT ON TOP OF HIM. The crewman was turned to goo right away. This terrified the crew member we were escorting and she fled. My heavy weapons marine stepped up to the plate to fire his big plasma gun for the first time. Well, it jammed at that exact moment. The only other marine I had in the area was a hacker with a damaged space suit. All this made for a very tense situation that I wasn't sure I would survive. It was a string of bad luck, but it was so entertaining that I was having a blast!

Now, I must mention that a friend of mine was one of the designers on Last Frontier. However, it truly was a fun game and I recommend it. The rules take some playing with to get your head wrapped around them, but it plays very well and pretty fast once you get it down.

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Solo board games?

I think solo board games have outlived their usefulness with the rise of the popularity of computer games. As a point, how many people do you know who learned solitaire on the computer? A good solitaire board game may be possible, but I think that the very same game could be done, and done better, as a computer game. Solo games are just missing the human interaction we all crave so much. Even souped up choose your own adventure games (noteworthy is Steve Jackson's Sorcery series from the 80s) are only fun a few times...

Just my $.02

-Darke

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Hawklord said:

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Ambush!
This game is a lot of fun, especially for a WWII buff. It is a tactical wargame in which you run a squad of American soldiers through different missions on different hex map boards. Each mission is run by a series of paragraphs for events that are looked up on a chart, sort of a wargaming equivelant of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book. You can keep any surviving soldiers from mission to mission and they can gain experience as they progress. It is a LOT of counters, as expected from a SPI/Victory Games game.

In addition to AMBUSH, which I've enjoyed a few times on lonely Canadian winter nights, Avalon Hill's "MAGIC REALM" takes what could be called a decent shot at solo play. The system they've developed isn't meant for solitaire play per se, but it certainly can be used as such. It's worth note, however, that I've yet to run across a more cumbersome set-up in all my years of searching. There's, I don't know, 500 tokens or some such to set up before play starts. Fundamentally, the idea is sound, but the reality of the logistics is a bit of a nightmare.

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I'd imagine that the future of solo board games would be one-player versions of cooperative games.

Funny... I just ordered The Vesuvius Incident last week.

Also, a friend at a gaming group brought a new game from WBC this weekend called Vanished Planet, which is a cooperative game that can also be played by a single player. I didn't get a chance to play it, but it went over very well.

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I'm fascinated by solo games even though I never played them except solitaire, micropul and thoses "you are the hero books" (when I was younger).

I thought I could snatch this (what looks to be a gem) game.

Barbarian Prince - Dwarfstar Games Solo RPG - Item #3141674244

Final price: US $81.00
Your maximum bid: US $40.88
End date: 18-Aug-03 12:42 EDT

:evil:

Here's the link on the bgg : http://www.boardgamegeek.com/viewitem.php3?gameid=1631

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