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A.T. Selvaggio
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I play many two player war-games solo by playing both sides. I realize that one of attraction of block games is fog of war. I could see playing this game solo in two ways: 1. Blocks up and switching sides of the board as you alternate turns, thus preserving some of the fog of war aspects (particularly if you have a bad short term memory!) OR 2. Play with blocks face up.

Solo players - which do you find most satisfactory and fun?
 
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3.The Fog of War & Solo doesn't really work,most Solo Play methods
for Card driven Games like JC do it by limiting the Card choice.
(ie: draw 1 Card & play or draw x # choose 1 & play discard rest).

Face down Blocks just pose too many problems,Cav & Naval
movement,replacement pips for Blocks,New Blocks can only
be placed in certain areas.

So Blocks Up

OD
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Good idea on card play. I should have been clearer in my post, but just to make sure I understand you - when you say blocks up are you saying face up, flat on the board or standing up with info concealed? I assume the former.
 
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I played Julius Caesar solo once with Vassal. And surprisingly this was quite satisfactory and played pretty quick.

The essence is that you do what you would do and do not think what choice you already have made for the other side.
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I enjoy Columbia games solo with only backs of blocks facing me. It's easy to forget what you've done an hour or two earlier.
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(q="AnimalMother"]I enjoy Columbia games solo with only backs of blocks facing me. It's easy to forget what you've done an hour or two earlier. [/q]

Do you swap sides of the table to play each side or turn the board? Also, how do draw cards?

I really like playing block games solo. Just got Crusader Rex and Wizard Kings!
 
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Julius Caesar » Forums » General
Re: Solo Play - Blocks Up or Down?
I play with all blocks up and facing me, deal the 5 cards for each side for every year face down, and then draw the top ones each turn and play from there. The one change is to allow a one-card "mini-Mulligan" (can draw another card from the leftovers to replace one drawn normally) for each side once per year.

You do lose the "fog of war" component, of course, and so the game does play somewhat differently -- but still quite well. And it's worth noting that at least some other similar wargames (e.g., Battlelore; also most of the older "miniatures" games which I used to play quite a bit) normally play with such information "out in the open" anyway -- so although the "fog of war" component is indeed very cool, it is not absolutely necessary, even in 2-player mode. And it makes my brain hurt just to imagine how much of a brain-twister it must be to try to maintain it in solo play!

I also enjoy playing Richard III: War of the Roses solo along similar lines, and have also just ordered Wizard Kings. What a delight to have discovered, after all these years, that wargames (which I was always intrigued by but found way too unwieldy and too much "work") have gradually evolved so as to utilize such relatively simple and elegant systems which still maintain the tactical and strategic depth which always appealed to me even from "behind" the "off-putting" unwieldiness which kept me away from them up until now. And to finally be experiencing the pleasures that these games (in addition to the adventure games and euro-games comprising the bulk of my gaming experience in recent years) offer...!

Sorry about rambling a bit there. Just had to share my joy in discovering this "new generation" of wargames, I guess! And to express my appreciation for this wonderful BGG site, which has helped to rekindle and facilitate my love for board games in all their forms -- thank you so much!

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