Solitary games (that aren't war games)
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I have been looking for new games that can be played by one person. They don't have to be only for a single player. Games that are originally for 2 or more people but have a cool variant are welcome, but please explain the variant.

Please add some of your fav (non war) games!
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1. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:314]
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Archipelago plus the solitary expansion. A superb puzzle solo experience. Each of the scenarios is weel thought and difficult enough to win and make a good score. One of my avs when I have space in my table. If I have not, i play Dawn of the Zeds.
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2. Board Game: Bios: Megafauna [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1995] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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Phil Eklund's streamlined version of his own American Megafauna is a game I've not played but been looking at for a long time now...well since it came out in 2011 at least. It's a "try before I buy" title and well...never tried it. I know it's suppose to have a solo play option but I'm assuming it would be a variant with a dummy player of some sort. Still this game looks good could be worth looking into what the solo players have said if it strikes your interest.
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3. Board Game: Castle Keep [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:9552]
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Thought I originally posted the solo variant here... I posted it to the game's forum instead. Whoops! Here is an abridged version of the variant.



Deal yourself 4 tiles. Then turn over another tile from the draw pile to start your castle. Draw one tile at the beginning of every turn, then play tiles from your hand as in the standard game, discarding down to 4. At the end of each turn, turn over 2 tiles from the draw piles. if either matches any tile currently in your castle (including the keep), matching tiles are destroyed along with any adjacent same-colored walls or towers. Win if you are able to build a complete castle before the draw pile runs out. Lose if at any time your castle has no tiles.
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4. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:870]
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This is basically just a tower defense game so it could easily be a solo game. I wasn't knocked out by this game but I know a lot of people love it. It's got a load of expansions so it must be doing well not to mention a whole new implementation that should be coming out soon...a zombie themed game but I don't recall the title of the new game.
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5. Board Game: Chrononauts [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2125] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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Not tried it solo but I like the game.
 
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6. Board Game: Circus Train (Second edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:3223] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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When Circus Train (First Edition) first came out it was actually only a 1 or 2 player game. The expansion is what added other players to the table. This second edition has the expansion built in but that means the game does go down to a solo play game. VPG made a game here that is a euro style non-wargame!
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7. Board Game: Cities [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2466]
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A very well thought of game. Going to be re-released soon under new theme/name of Limes.
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8. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:607]
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One of the big buzz games of last year. I recall seeing it said it played solo but man I've not played this one nor can I imagine what goes on to make this play solo without changing how it's played. Could dig around and see what people say about it I guess.
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9. Board Game: D-Day Dice [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:973]
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War themed but not a wargame. More a game of "Try to reach the top before you die". Dice rolling, it fell flat with me fairly quickly but a lot of people enjoy it. Excellent production, it reawakened my desire for solitaire gaming and I've bought some greats because of this one.

For multiplayer, I'd say the Overlord expansion is a must buy
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10. Board Game: Dark Horse [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:4122]
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This one has a solo variant to it as well. Dice/worker placement game.
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11. Board Game: Dawn of the Zeds (Second edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:1401]
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Does this count? It's based on the States of Siege series and every other game in that is wargame-ish. This one is one of the best designs and provides a great narrative. Many call it very difficult to win but I disagree. Difficult means superior skill will achieve victory; in this game, a lot of the time it comes down to a very punishing system. The whole game is one step forward, 3 steps back (on a good turn).

Nonetheless, many enjoy it and I still haven't sold it, so that says something.
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12. Board Game: Dizios [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:12760]
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Has single player variants:

-Try to get the highest total score.

-Build a large vortex of a single color.

-Try to get an 8 x 8 grid (hard, might take a while).
 
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13. Board Game: Dungeon Roll [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2186]
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It's not much of a game really and the solo game plays well...exactly like you were playing with someone else only you roll the bad guys dice for yourself.
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14. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:669] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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This whole live of D&D Dungeon crawlers plays very well as a solo game. The way the incorporated each player triggering monster movements on their turns means this game plays smooth and engages well.
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15. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:489]
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Lots of Cthulhu games seem to be able to be solo'ed. Again I've not played my copy with one player but I keep meaning to try it out.
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16. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:279]
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17. Board Game: Footy Manager [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:6937]
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It's print and play....and it's my game....but it's also a solo game!

You can play it with multiple players but it's set up to run just as well for one player. It's free, you just need to print of the files on the game page!
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18. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:338]
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I might be playing this game wrong, but this game is hard!!

I tried to play three games today. I lost all before going into the red light phase!
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19. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:215]
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1-4 player coop. Rules for solo variant included which *is* running a single Taoist as compared to using 2-3 and playing all of them yourself.
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20. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:352]
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I read the rules for this as solo game and it didn't seem like I personally would enjoy it. I don't really recall what turned me off on it now but it's a wonderful game with lots of players.
 
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21. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:359]
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Sometimes abstracts like this can play out fine as you put together your best score.
 
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22. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:600]
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In my looking into this game I see it plays solo as well.
 
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23. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Plays with 1-5 with different setup rules dependent on the number of players.
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24. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:332] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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OH yeah I remember when learning this one that it plays solo as well and would work just perfectly fine for that purpose. The way each "Legend" unfolds would keep the game paced well.
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25. Board Game: Limes [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1837]
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Retheme/name/implementation of the game Cities.
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