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Brian P Lewis
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So I love boardgames, but I usually have to play solo, which is ok.
Been playing Gears of War a fair bit, Thunderstone, Arkham Horror.

Prefably I would like to play an actualy minis game like flames of war, but without knwoing other players, I would have to buy, paint and play both sides, now I have been playing Memoir 44 solo, just playing both sides using normal rules, are there any solo rules?

But I would love a wargame that is designed for solo play, but I am not a huge fan of chits, i prefer minis or figures.

So are there any wargames with minis for solo play?
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"Gears of War" can be played solo. Although it's a sci-fi game, it has tactical ground-combat elements including ranged fire and the use of "cover."

According to the rules the solo game simply uses one character/soldier vs. the AI, but I see no reason not to use more than one since it's cooperative on the "Human" side. And it has nice bits.

I also like playing "Fortress America" solo; there are no special AI rules but there is enough randomness along with the decision making to keep things interesting. And it has nice bits.

"Axis & Allies War at Sea" can easily be soloed, playing both sides. And it has nice bits.

"Battle Cry" can be played more easily solo than is generally credited; simply don't look at the card drawn at the end of a side's turn until it's the next turn for that side, and play both sides as effectively as possible. I've probably played 300 games of BC this way. And it has nice bits.

Worthington's "Clash for a Continent/Hold the Line" plays well solo, running both sides in turn, and can be easily "miniaturized" using RISK "tricorne" figures, in which case it will have nice bits.

Their Napoleonic games based on the HtL system are also easily soloed, and they have nice bits.

As a "true" miniatures game, "The Sword and the Flame" miniatures rules are very easy to learn and play, and Native forces' presence can be randomized by die rolls among concealing terrain if playing solo. You'd have to procure sixty to a hundred British figures and three times that in Zulus for an 1879 theme, but then you'd have some really nice bits (and if you aren't a painter, spray 'em red and dark brown and play that way; it's just a game, and nobody's grading you on components!).

If you Google "Free Miniature Wargame Rules" you'll find some sites with a number of downloadable rules sets, some of which are solo-playable. "Plastic Soldier Review" is a remarkable site, providing tons of information on plastic 20mm soldiers available for nearly every era of history, from which you can assemble inexpensive miniatures armies armies to go with those free rules.

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Thanks will check them out.

Already play gears solo, wanted more army v army type game.
 
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Many of the games from Two Hour Wargames (THW Game Design) have solo rules built in, and typically don't require very many miniatures to paint up; give some of them a look.
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tqboz wrote:
wanted more army v army type game.

While there aren't any designed-for-solitaire rules I know of, you might want to take a look at De Bellis Antiquitatis and Hordes of the Things. Rules for the latter are now free--check the BGG page.

These are army-vs-army games, but they're very small, as miniatures games go. So, you wouldn't have to paint up nearly as many figures as you normally would (and of course you don't have to paint figures; you can use solid-colored figures or other substitutes, depending on your taste).

These games are time-tested and very popular. They're pretty satisfying to play.
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alfredhw wrote:
Many of the games from Two Hour Wargames (THW Game Design) have solo rules built in, and typically don't require very many miniatures to paint up; give some of them a look.

What he said.

My son and I have had some fun with this system because of the co-op aspect. There are also rules sets for a few different eras. Also, the base rules are FREE and online!
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
tqboz wrote:
wanted more army v army type game.

While there aren't any designed-for-solitaire rules I know of, you might want to take a look at De Bellis Antiquitatis and Hordes of the Things. Rules for the latter are now free--check the BGG page.

These are army-vs-army games, but they're very small, as miniatures games go. So, you wouldn't have to paint up nearly as many figures as you normally would (and of course you don't have to paint figures; you can use solid-colored figures or other substitutes, depending on your taste).

These games are time-tested and very popular. They're pretty satisfying to play.
I find playing sieges are easy solo. Where one side is defending a BUA or camp and all their activations will best be served lobbing artillery, shooting, enscorcelling (in HOTT), or moving elements around to block breach attempts.
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you might look into Duel in the Dark. a light wargame - really cool to look at! solo & 2 player option.
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tqboz wrote:
I have been playing Memoir 44 solo, just playing both sides using normal rules, are there any solo rules?


I would imagine someone has figured out a way to solo M44, but since I don't have the game I haven't read up on it. In that vein though is Marasaurio's BattleLore Method:

Your opponent has no command cards. Instead you draw TWO command cards at the beginning of his turn, and you play both of them, at the same time (you order all the units from both cards, in the opponent's army of course). You cannot order the same unit twice in a turn.

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oldbrownsfan wrote:
you might look into Duel in the Dark. a light wargame - really cool to look at! solo & 2 player option.


Agreed. Some of the Wings of War boxes have solo rules as well.
 
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I just purchased "Nuts" from Two Hour Wargames. I am using the minis from Memoir 44(my first game purchase) and using the terrain tiles as well. I have just played the introductory scenario, but it seems like a lot of fun.
The designer support is amazing and the yahoo support group very active.
Most importantly for you and me is that the games are specifically designed for solo, cooperative and face to face so no compromise or house rules are necessary.
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tqboz wrote:
So I love boardgames, but I usually have to play solo, which is ok.
Been playing Gears of War a fair bit, Thunderstone, Arkham Horror.

Prefably I would like to play an actualy minis game like flames of war, but without knwoing other players, I would have to buy, paint and play both sides, now I have been playing Memoir 44 solo, just playing both sides using normal rules, are there any solo rules?

But I would love a wargame that is designed for solo play, but I am not a huge fan of chits, i prefer minis or figures.

So are there any wargames with minis for solo play?


If you want actual opponents try M44 online. Friendly folk and no set-up time. Plus a whole host of scenarios. And your first few games are totally free.
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Re: Solo game with minis
Force on Force is a very good asymmetrical skirmish game, so you wouldn't need many minis that solos pretty well by Ambush Alley. They have free demo quick start rule on their website

http://ambushalleygames.com/images/pdfs/fof_qs_rules.pdf
 
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Nuts! from Two Hour wargames as has been mentioned above is great ww2 game. The original version of Force on Force called Ambush Alley is good for the very modern and asymetrical warfare.
 
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I also recommend the rules from Two Hour Wargames. You can download the core rules for free at their website. Which is good enough for a WWII skirmish game. The rules are fun for solo play because they are unpredictable which makes each game repalyable. The reaction rules along with the NPC rules can easily be adapted to any non-solo game.
 
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Late to the discussion but I'd also recommend NUTS! by Two Hour Wargames. Skirmish level (up to a platoon, I wouldn't want to play more myself) and eminently soloable.
 
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