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I've been wondering for a while if there are any portable solo games around.
The idea is to be a game good enough for some solo entertainment and that can both fit and be played in a confined space, for instance, a game that can fit your glove compartment and that you can play in your car while waiting for someone or that you could play on a train trip where you don't always get as room as you would like.

I know it's a very specific idea, but any thoughts are welcome. I'd love to have an alternative to picking up the smartphone and playing some dumb game.
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Altought I haven't played it, this does seem like a game fitting in this geeklist. It's portable, and it's made for soloing.
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I guess more portable than this is hard to get.
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From what I've read, this one might be a good choice. The box is bulky but not necessary, so it becomes portable if you carry the contents only.
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This game is extremely portable (comes in a ziplock bag) and is a lot of fun solo.
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Definitely fits both criteria.
 
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This also seems like a very decent solo portable experience. I'm very curious about this one.
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Card games always take very little room to store, which is a plus. The problem is many of them take a lot of room to play.
I'm not sure on this one roomwise. As a game, it seems to be a good one.
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Fast-playing game in a small box.
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Smaller, lighter version of Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons. Solo play is quick.
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Roll dice, erect buildings. Solo game can be finished in just a few minutes.
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Again, with the clarification...this whole series would work. I can't tell you how many games I've played of this...and each in the series has a very different feel, based on application of time/theme/objectives...
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After LotR, Shephy is second on my list of go to solo right now. After the first few games I thought that you couldn't win, but eventually, you can. If you are wearing a shirt with a pocket to hold the sheep library in, you could probably get this game to a really small footprint.

The more I play it, the more I like it...though I am starting to wonder how long that will last. Nice replayability, but there are some moves you need to make, that if not given the opportunity, it pretty much shuts the game down.
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The hex board for this is really small (like fit on an airplane food tray small I'd think). There are counters that could be kept in a plastic bag along with a couple dice. The largest component would be the rules sheet which lists all the time settings but that could be printed on 1 or 2 sheets and folded.

About as portable a made-for-solitaire hex and counter "wargame" as there is.
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After some thought, I decided to open this geeklist to RPG items.
Although I'm not an RPG gamer, there are plenty of games out there that fit this geeklist's criteria.

I introduced this gamebook because, from a non RPGer perspective, it is the most "boardgame like" Fighting Fantasy gamebook out there in the sense that you can go back and forth as many times as you'd like.

In my humble opinion there are a lot of excellent game books in this series (Deathtrap Dungeon, City of Thieves, House of Hell) but most of them are memorable more from the environment and "sense of foreboding" than from the actual game value.
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This is a neat little game that generates a dungeon and back story. I've really enjoyed this.
 
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Make a version as small as you want. My travel version had one-inch-square tiles (you need 40). Oh, and I made a scoring track too.
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Another very playable pnp solo tile game.
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Played this a lot on a plane ride across country.
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19. Board Game: Hyperminer [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Last pnp suggestion. I've been playing this on a lap desk. Just cards and 5 cubes or coins in 4 colours.
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Aaron Edwards
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This game is very inexpensive (like $8-10) and playable solo. The box says 2 player minimum, but there's no reason you can't use the solo rules from the big-box Ascension sets. I've done it; it works at least as well as the bigger sets. The box it comes in is not designed to be permanent, but I can fit all the cards and tokens (in a baggie) into an UltraPro deck box. It also has relatively small play-space required (about 7 cards wide and a little space to set your deck and discard pile.

Personally, I dislike Ascension. I'm a huge Dominion fan and Ascension just feels flat in comparison, but I know a lot of people love Ascension, so I thought it worth including here.
 
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An entry from the 2011 Solitaire Print and Play Contest. Requires a deck of cards, a play mat, and some counters if I recall correctly.
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Another entry from Solitaire Print and Play Contest. My favorite game from that contest (took 1st place). A fun little mystery game. You need enough room to lay out the tiles that make the house so it depends on how big you make the tiles.


edit: my bad, was first place. Fast read of the thread thought the first place winner would be listed at the top of the list.
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My entry for the 2011 Quick Print and Play Design Challenge - Entry Thread was designed to be able to be played without a table, just holding the deck of cards in you hand along with the sliding score tracker.
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Space Hulk: Death Angel fits into a very small box. Once laid out, it takes more room than you may desire. The game can be a very hectic and enjoyable experience, though fairly re-playable.
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25. Board Game: Zombie in my Pocket [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2425]
Tyler Hudak
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Definitely this game. I have the print and play version in my backpack so I can play it anywhere.
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