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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26. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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Fantastic for solo play. Since it is a cooperative game, you can easily play two hands at once; sometimes that makes it easier, sometimes it makes it harder. Really challenging and very satisfying when you win.
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27. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:441]
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Not many Feld's meet the solo possibility but this one does. I love Luna, now I'm going to have to read up on this.
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28. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:24]
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This one plays very well solo, rules for solo are included in the rule book.
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29. Board Game: Micropul [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2387]
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Fabulous PnP game!
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30. Board Game: Nemo's War [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:3374]
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I don't own this yet, but I am really looking for to it.
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31. Board Game: Onexeno [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:11716]
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As a single player, try to build the largest complete grid, starting off at 3 x 3, once that is complete then move to 4 x 4, etc.

(The largest I completed was 7 x 7, so far).
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32. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1028]
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This is a neat little card game. Very portable, quick, and fun.
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33. Family: Oniverse
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The Oniverse is a group of games by designer Shadi Torbey. All the games within this verse are 1 and 2 player only games. The most known of these is Onirim but others have followed. Might be worth a look to you as the games seem to have a love/hate relationship with most people.
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34. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:332]
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I can run adventures over and over again in this game. I've never played a proper RPG just because none of my friends knew how/wanted to be a dungeon master but this game solves that problem!
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35. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:415]
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I remember being surprised to see this one played solo but then after thinking about it, it makes sense as you can just work to topple Diaz on your own. I read the variant and I'm not sure the AI for Diaz is going to be all that great as it's a die roll to pick what 2 cards he gets/plays that turn but you know what it's at least an unpredictable opponent and I do intend to try it out sometime.
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36. Board Game: Pelican Cove [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1923] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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It plays from 1 to 5. Basically, it is a puzzle solving game, so the game is the same with 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 players. You will only miss the "competitive" part as you solve all the puzzles on your own.
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37. Board Game: Pizza Box Football [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2997]
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Charts, charts and more charts. Strat-o-matic light.
 
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38. Board Game: Prolix [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:4697]
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39. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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This is technically an expansion for Race for the Galaxy that offers a solitaire mode where you play against a robot.

It is quite fun and doesn't feel like pure randomness as the robots moves/decisions change depending on its starting state.

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40. Board Game: Rallyman [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:810]
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Both this game and Rallyman: Dirt can be soloed and is a lot of fun this way. I love the geomorphic boards these game have to create endless numbers of tracks. The game itself is pretty much a multiplayer solitaire game when played with others so running tracks on your own is every bit as entertaining.
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41. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1611]
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A solo attempt to save the sub.
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42. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:322]
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Good 1-player game when no one is around to be an opponent.
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43. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:41]
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I haven't tried it solo, but should be a good one. Friday and the Dog will help you to survive on the island (or not).
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44. Board Game Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
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Pretty much all of his big box games are designed to play in a solo fashion without being a "variant." His games tend to scale for player numbers are well balanced to support the removal of certain cards/actions to make the games feel the same regardless of the number of players. Look into:

Agricola
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Le Havre
At the Gates of Loyang
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45. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:313] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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Another superhero co-op. Normally listed for 3-5 players but can be done solo by a single player running 3-4 heroes, or just two and using a variant (here on BBG I think) that supplies a "support deck".
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46. Board Game: Smokejumpers [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:7914]
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A friend of mine picked this up so I have no idea how it plays...but it did look kind of like a war game with a firefighting theme stuck on.
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47. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:395]
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Much like with Uwe's designs this game scales well to the number of players in the game. I've played all numbers of players but have never done the solo game. Great game and I've enjoyed it with others, I'm thinking it would work well as a solo game too.
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48. Board Game: Spellbound [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:3566]
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Fragor games co-op thingie.
 
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49. Board Game: Star Explorer [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:10012]
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Re-released title from the '80s, the most exploration-oriented Star Trek game I know of.
 
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50. Board Game: Storm the Castle! [Average Rating:4.88 Overall Rank:16561]
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Kind of a war game fantasy based. May be blurring the lines with this one.
 
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