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Zee Garcia
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I oftentimes can't gather a willing group of gamers to share some 'round-the-table' time with me. Even a single other player can be difficult to find (with my and my friends' schedules)! I'm looking for games a single player can play and that are worth looking into - preferrably not puzzles or very abstract games. Please add your recommendations and comments. Thanks!
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1. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:247] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Zee Garcia
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I understand this can be played solo. I've never tried it, though. Do you think it is worth getting for the solo campaign? Is it any good?
 
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2. Board Game: Princess Ryan's Star Marines [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:15228]
Karl Benisch
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Stockholm
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I didn't like it so I got rid of mine but Aldie rates it as an 8.
 
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3. Board Game: Barbarian Prince [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3842]
Brad Harmer-Barnes
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Solo, and a free download to boot.
 
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4. Board Game: Island Of D 2: The Shadow of Dawn [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:5742]
Jack Darwid
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Try my newest game
"A FREE ONE player Fantasy Adventure Card Game
No bookkeeping, NO DICE, just you and the cards and a token and an adventure !!"
 
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5. Board Game: The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3208]
Pablo Klinkisch
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Sorry for listing an Avalon Hill out-of-print game, but I really think this one is a must if you are looking for solitaire play. It is in fact a solitaire game with optional rules for more players!
Basically, you change sides each turn (there are two: Sparta and Athens) and get the one who's losing (So if you have a series of big victories, say, as Athens but don't win the war, you'll be in a reeeally bad situation in your next turn).
The non-phasing player has a couple of standard orders in a little matrix, but you are in fact playing against yourself... and for the game system
 
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6. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:344]
Jen Kuipers
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Woodbridge
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Not the most exciting solitaire game, but it can be interesting trying to get the most points.
 
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7. Board Game: Oceania [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:5552]
Gláucio Reis
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Rio de Janeiro
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Basically a very simplified version of "Entdecker" for two, it includes rules for solo play. Create big islands and fill up the board to score more points. Probably not as exciting as some of the others, but it's cheap, plays fast and you can try it on-line at Spielwiese (http://www.spielwiese.klausteuber.de).
 
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8. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1758] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Alan Kaiser
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Aurora
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There is a solo version of this game. It probably plays fairly well solo since there is very little player interaction in a multiplayer game. This probably also applies to similar games like Runebound. I don't own Runebound so I'm not sure.
 
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9. Board Game: Damocles Mission [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:10507]
Alan Kaiser
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This is a solitaire game that is quite interesting from the old Ares magazine. The components are pretty basic (the game came in a magazine after all!) but it is fun and offers a challenge.
 
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10. Board Game: The Wreck of the B.S.M. Pandora [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:6123]
Alan Kaiser
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Another Ares magazine solitaire game.
 
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11. Board Game: Voyage of the B.S.M. Pandora [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:4095]
Alan Kaiser
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Another Ares magazine game. The three I've listed are just a few of the games in this series but they are the better ones in my opinion.
 
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12. Board Game: Intruder [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:4812]
Alan Kaiser
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This can be played solitaire or with more players. It's essentially a game version of the movie Alien.
 
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13. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:711]
Alan Kaiser
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This is the best solitiare game I have played but it is very much a standard hex and counter wargame and does have a learning curve if you are not familiar with that sort of game. Still, if you can get past that and this type of game appeals to you this is a absolutely great solitiare system. There were 3 expanions made to the base game as well as another similar game dealing with the war in the Pacific called Battle Hymn. That game also had one expansion. The same system was transfered to a 2 player game called Shell Shock as well. Most of these can be fairly easily picked up on eBay for not a lot of money although some of the expansions can be difficult to find.
 
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14. Board Game: Star Smuggler [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:7796]
David Heldt
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Even though some silly things can happen this is IMHO the best solo RP game ever.
 
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15. Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1236]
David Heldt
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Ah, the acute paranoia that can only be inspired by massive waves of German fighters!
 
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16. Board Game: Patton's Best [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2890]
David Heldt
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Not just B-17 with something less airworthy. Lots of fun if you picture yourself as Oddball from "Kelly's Heroes".
 
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17. Board Game: RAF [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1832]
David Heldt
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Still my favorite Battle of Britain game.
 
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18. Board Game: Wolfpack [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:8167]
David Heldt
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For those with naval interests.
 
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19. Board Game: Operation Olympic [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:8521]
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Hypothetical invasion of Japan in lieu of the atomic bomb. Probably the original solitare wargame, though I never liked it that much.
 
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20. Board Game: Smokejumpers [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:7547]
David Heldt
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Battle raging forest fires in the Rocky Mountains! Designed (I believe) by an actual Canadian firefighter.
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21. Board Game: Star Wars: Battle for Endor [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:7632]
David Heldt
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Nice solo adaptation of the system featured in Assault on Hoth.
 
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22. Board Game: Safe Return Doubtful [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:11770]
David Heldt
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Arctic exploration: You start on your ship in open water at 70 North and go as far north as you dare.
 
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23. Board Game: Luftschiff [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:6882]
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World War One strategic bombing with zeppelins(and rickety bombers in the expansion).
 
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24. Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:1962]
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This one is not out yet but it looks pretty cool.
 
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25. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:336]
 
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There are several fine solitare variants for Citadels! I play them often actually. =)
 
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