Thematic Solitaires for the Spare Time Challenged

Do you enjoy thematic board games, but due to family, work or other obligations have trouble finding the time for a gaming group? If so then this blog is for you. Here you’ll find reviews and information about thematic solitaire board games for those with too little spare time, accompanied by interviews and design articles. The focus is games that can be setup in a few minutes and played in less than an hour.

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The Gaia Project solo mode gets a full article on ZManGames.com

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I hope this short post doesn’t come off as honking my own horn, but something has happened a couple of days ago that I think is important not only to us at Automa Factory, but also for solo gaming in general.
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Fast Forward: Flee – early impressions of a very interesting game

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I picked the latest solo playable Friedemann Friese game, Fast Forward: FLEE at Essen last week and it’s a pretty interesting game, but it’s also a game with flaws.
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The People’s Choice Top 100 Solo Games Meta-Contest

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The most expensive event in the solo community is upon us: The 2017 People’s Choice Top 100. As in previous years, I’ll host a meta-contest, where the winner gets to go home with the world famous No Prize™ award (if the winner is already at home she or he is allowed to stay there without doing any going).

This year I’ve decided to shake things up – I mean, what are traditions for if not breaking?
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The day after Essen – or why German transportation can go eff itself

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Essen ended three hours ago, but for me it ended yesterday and this morning I went home – or rather I tried to go home, since it turned out that it was easier said than done and unfortunately it also turned out that German transportation sucks big time.
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On the third day of Essen: The star moment

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OK, I’m officially crashed. Essen is intense and it’s hard on body, mind, and soul . But it’s a ton of fun.
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On the second day of Essen...

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The second day of Essen 2017 is over and it’s been a long one 04:00 till 23:25 and counting .

Lots of meetings today, some business, some pleasure, some interviews. Lots of great times, lots of walking, lots of meeting new people.
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The day before Essen

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The day before Essen

Today I was in a plane where probably 80-90% of the passengers were Scandinavian board gamers.

No, it wasn’t a freak statistical outlier, it’s a board gaming force of nature that caused it to happen: Tomorrow is Essen time .
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Afraid of putting your labor of love out there? – dealing with feedback and criticism

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If you want to get a game published, do interviews, do podcasts or in other ways put your gaming self out there, you’ll need to be ready for feedback and criticism. How you deal with that will either make or break you.
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Afraid of putting your labor of love out there? – handling the tenacious nervousness

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Afraid of putting your labor of love out there? – handling the tenacious nervousness

In my previous post (reading it is not required for this post), I talked about how I worked to deal a critical hit to the severe nervousness I used to suffer from when showing off my creations or putting myself out there in other ways.

While getting in that critical hit, turned things around for me the nervousness is still lurking when I do interviews or other public speaking, leading to unpleasant symptoms that telegraphs my nervousness and take up a sizable chunk of mental bandwidth.
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Afraid of putting your labor of love out there? – or banging your head against the wall until you learn to enjoy it

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Are you reluctant about showing your creations or yourself in public? Do you fear that people won’t like your labor of love? Do you fear that people will think you’re stupid? Have you been afraid of going to the blackboard in class? Have you been scared sh*tless before taking a test?

If so you’re most definitely not alone and for half of my life I felt the same way.

But that changed.
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