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Doctor Who Solitaire Story Game – A Danish doctor starts

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”I do find myself imagining the game session as a TV episode as I play.
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I am in awe of the labor Simon and company have put into this game.”


This was written by a poster here on The Geek about Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game, as a recommendation that fit the criteria of my blog (thematic questlike solitaires). In another thread where I asked for recommendations, one of the recommendations was a confident statement of fact:

”You're looking for Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game.”


It seemed that this game was quite something. I furthermore got a geekmail from the designer of the game Simon Cogan encouraging me to do a review, and I really like when game designers interact with the community.
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Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:34 am
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A solitary madman - The Thematic Solitarist reviews Nemo’s War

Morten Monrad Pedersen
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My first thematic solitaire review for this blog has been approved by the moderators . In order to integrate properly into the BGG framework, I won’t post the text of my reviews directly here on the blog, but will instead post them to the proper subforums of the reviewed games and then simply link to the reviews from the blog.

My first review review is of Nemo’s War from Victory Point Games.

Any comments about the review or suggestions for improving my review format will be appreciated.
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In this blog post, I’ll explain how I review games and when that is done I’ll stop boring you with minutiae and get on with the reviews themselves.

Since this blog is for the spare time challenged I’ll start each review with an Executive Summary where a few bullet points will quickly tell you about the game and my opinion of it, so that you won’t have to read the full review, though you might also want to read the short “Verdict” section at the end of each review.
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Thematic Solitaires for the Spare Time Challenged

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I’ve been playing board games for more than 30 years, but after my son was born in 2009 I found it harder to find the time, and I more or less stopped playing board games. About a year ago I started thinking that perhaps short solitaire games would allow me to return to board gaming. I had previously scoffed at the idea of solitaires, but I gave Lord of the Rings LCG a shot and to my big surprise I really enjoyed it.

I started to look for other thematic solo games that could give me the same sense of going on an adventure and started a thread here on The Geek to ask for recommendations.
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