My Solo Experience - The 10 Most Important Games So Far
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
300 
 Thumb up
19.00
 tip
 Hide
Hi,

I got back in to gaming in October last year and when I did I knew it would be a mostly solo affair.

I have had a great time since then and now own more games than I said I would ever need.

Rather than do a top 10 of my favourite solo games (you can see that on my profile page if you are interested but remember that's changing all the time) I have decided to talk about the 10 I have found most important on my solo journey so far. Some of these I don't play or own anymore but they have been a vital part of my experience.

They aren't in order of importance, they are in the order that I first played them.

They have helped me hone my gaming choices so that I now have a better idea of what I like and what I don't like (although I still sometimes take a punt on an unknown quantity).

I'm sure you all have important games (solo or otherwise) and I hope this list sparks some of those memories for you.

Read, enjoy, criticise, or whatever else you want to do.

Banter and discussion is encouraged.

Also, please check out the 1 Player Guild for lots of things related to solo gaming.

Here's the link: 1 Player Guild
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: Solo [+] [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:107]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
This was my first game in nearly 20 years. I bought it because of the theme and because it is designed to be played solo.

It is a tough game to beat but I managed to get the hang of it thanks to perseverance and support on BGG.

I really enjoyed it and played it a lot but soon realised that to get the best out of it I would have to buy more cards (not great but not bad either) and I would have to spend time between games creating decks, testing them, then tweaking them, etc.

This just wasn’t me. I just wanted to pick up the game and play. I was never going to do it so I sold it.

However, it was so good that I bought it again after a couple of months. This time I only took a short while to realise that the same issue still existed and I sold it again.

It makes me a little sad inside when I go to pick a game and realise it’s not there but I have so many great games to choose from now that I soon get a smile back on my face.

Why it is important:

My first solo game.

What it taught me:

I like heavily themed games.

I don’t mind losing (a lot) if the gameplay is right.

That solo games had come a long way whilst I was doing other things.

That I will never like building decks between games.
75 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:277] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I was really buzzed to get this. The reviews were good and the theme was right up my alley. I hadn’t watched a playthrough or done much research in to it though.

Played it about a dozen times and it never clicked.

My brain just couldn’t keep track of everything (even with tokens, apps, etc). It meant I was concentrating on that rather than enjoying the game and getting immersed in the theme.

I was massively disappointed but probably mostly with myself.

There is so much greatness in this game, I just couldn't enjoy it because of my brain. I found someone who would love it easily enough though.

Why it is important:

My first truly bad experience with a solo game.

What it taught me:

Theme isn’t everything.

That I can’t keep track of a lot of modifiers in my head.

That some solo playable games might work better with other players involved.

That it’s ok to not like a game as there is almost certainly someone else who will and they will take it off your hands.

That I need to do more research before buying a game (although I sometimes find it hard to keep to this rule).
42 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:293]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Bought this as a replacement for LOTR LCG and although they are very different it has done exactly that.

I don’t have to build decks between games (well not ones I have to spend ages thinking about anyway), my characters get to level up, characters dying is actually bad, it has a fantasy theme with all the usual protagonists.

It isn’t as hard as LOTR and the game play can be a bit repetitive at times. However, I have found the levelling up and the campaign aspects of the game are what keep me coming back time after time.

I am taking all 11 characters through the game and it’s going to take me another couple of years at the current rate of a game per week but I don’t care. This is really fun and I don’t want it to end any time soon.

Why it is important:

I’m going to being playing it for years.

What it taught me:

That I like levelling up characters and taking them on a massive adventure that lasts a really long time. Actually, scratch that. I don’t like it, I love it.

That game play and toughness can be secondary to other aspects of the game.

That I’m a sucker for Halflings and gnomes.
65 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
4. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:953]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
This is one of those rare solo games mentioned by the Dice Tower. Zee Garcia mentioned this on a best co-op list and the others said it was a solo game (it can be played 2 player though).

I thought that it might be nice to have a quick game with a small footprint to play on lunch breaks or when I travel.

I bought a copy of the German version (cheapest available at the time) in a tin.

I was expecting it to be ok but I have found it to be a truly great game, with more strategy (not loads though) than I first expected.
I have played this game more than anything else (partly due to how quick it plays) and that will probably always be the case. This is going nowhere.

Actually that’s a lie, it goes everywhere – the tin means it is still in mint condition (a cardboard box would have started to fall apart by now).

Of all the quick to set up and play games this is still probably the best, although I’ve recently picked up Friday and that’s is brilliant too.

Why it is important:

I’ve played it more than anything else.

What it taught me:

That good games can come in small packages too.

That I like having a range of quick playing games to compliment the longer ones.

That a small game in a tin really can go anywhere.

All small games should come in a tin.
54 
 Thumb up
0.01
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
5. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:381]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I got this just before Christmas and after my first play I thought it was amazing.

Unfortunately, with every passing play of it I seemed to like it a little less.

I came to realise that it was because it suffered from something I am going to call ‘same old same old’ syndrome. Basically, it’s the exact same objective over and over again. Keep the same 4 generals out of Monarch City.

This is on the list because this is the first game I bought that suffers from this and the one that took the longest for me to admit it to myself (I really loved it...)

Now, all the games that have suffered from this that I have gotten rid of have not been bad games. In fact a couple of them have been a lot of fun and would probably have stayed if I wasn’t playing solo.

I have found that unless there is a real variety of objectives, scenarios, villains, enemies, heroes, event cards, etc I will lose interest, unless it is a very quick to set up and play game (e.g. Onirim).

I compare it to reading a book or watching a movie. I like to do both but even when I really enjoy one I rarely want to read or watch it again and even if I do it won’t be that often. I don’t have the time or space to have games in my collection not being played and so I will be avoiding these in future (unless they seem totally awesome and then I might just have to buy it anyway. I must remember to put caveats on all my statements).

Why it is important:

It is the game that finally made me realise I need to look long and hard at replayability before buying a game for solo play.

What it taught me:

That some games can go from feeling brilliant to not feeling brilliant.

That I need different scenarios, villains, enemies, heroes, cards, etc to get longevity out of a solo game.
28 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
6. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:20]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Got this even though I thought it was going to be beyond me in terms of rules and complexity.

It has a learning curve but not as bad as I thought.

Time flies when I’m playing this but it isn’t a quick game. I’m not sure how anyone plays this with more than one player.

A simply great game and the expansions just improve the experience.

Simply awesome.

Why it is important:

It’s the best solo game out there.

What it taught me:

That solo games can be truly amazing.

That some games are better solo than multiplayer.

That playing a game for over 3 hours isn’t a problem when the game is right.

That fiddly set up is ok with me if the game is right.
96 
 Thumb up
0.10
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
7. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:38]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I hated the theme, the board looked fiddly to set up and I assumed the gameplay would be very dull.

Watched a playthrough and decided to give it a whirl.

Wasn’t expecting much but after one game I was hooked. This is pushing Mage Knight and Pathfinder for my number 1 spot.

I love the variety of scenarios, how decisions early in the game can come back and hurt you, that strategy is important but the game can still flip you on your head, that you can never get all you want done in one turn, etc, etc.

This game has made me buy other games that I wouldn’t normally have looked at and I’m glad as I now have Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp and Zulus on the Ramparts! because of it.

Why it is important:

It opened my eyes to the full range of games available for solo play.

What it taught me:

That even I don’t know what’s good for me and I need to be open to lots of different games.

Theme is only important in some circumstances.

That game play is really what it’s all about.

That I don’t have to have lots of fighting in all my games.
59 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
8. Board Game: Dungeon Crawler [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:6064]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I decided to try this game as it appeared on a couple of list of solo games (not on BGG) that I had read.

It seemed like it didn’t have much love but it’s a fantasy solo game and that is a bit of me.

I played it straight out of the box (I had read the rulebook and other support stuff online) and when I finished I wanted to play it again, and then again, and then again, and then....well you get the picture.

I immediately bought an expansion and then another 4. I fell for this game straight away. Love at first play? You betcha.

I love the mental challenge of solving each encounter, it’s really easy to vary the difficultly level and I love the artwork. It’s also quick to set up and it’s very portable.

It doesn’t have the best rulebook though and there were no player aids for it to help people play the game and overcome the rulebook issues (like I said, it hasn’t got much love), so I made some and uploaded them to BGG. I really liked that and it’s something I thought I would never do.

Why it is important:

It is the first game that made me feel like doing something more than simply playing it.

What it taught me:

That it’s alright to love a game that isn’t loved by others.

That I can try and help make a game better for others and will enjoy it.
30 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
9. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:127] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I was not interested in deck builders. They hadn’t been around when I had been gaming 20 years ago.

They seemed overly simplistic and the fact that when you played cards you didn’t lose them for the rest of the game seemed like a game for young children.

These were my opinions before I had ever seen one in action, let alone played one myself.

After seeing this appear in the Box of Delights top 5 solo games I decided to check it out as I must be missing something. I watched a couple of playthroughs and decided I might have been a little harsh.

Deck building looked fun so I bought it. Then I played it. Guess what? Deck building is fun.

Now I have all the expansions for this and 3 other deck building games with at least 1 more on my ‘buy it right now’ list.

Building up a powerful deck, thinning out the rubbish, maximising card combos and then laying the smack down on a big baddy is fun.

Did I just say ‘smack down’? Sorry, got carried away by my love of the genre.

Why it is important:

It showed me that I might just like any game mechanic so be open to them all before making a decision.

What it taught me:

That I really love building decks within a game, even though doing it between games bores me.

Just like theme, my opinions on gameplay mechanics should not close me off to trying out different types of games.

That deck building games are brilliant.
46 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
10. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:208]
Not the only Euro Guy
United Kingdom
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
flag msg tools
badge
I secretly play games multiplayer...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I had circled around economic games for a while, the theme of most of them was not appealing but they looked fun.

I finally decided to take a punt on this one. I had enjoyed a playthrough of it and it seemed to play quite quickly and didn’t have a lot of resources to keep moving around like other games.

I was right, it was fun. I really enjoyed my first game. Optimising resource gathering and then building things was great.

Then I played it a few more times and although the game remained fun during it there was no sense of accomplishment at the end. I didn’t win or lose, I just stopped after 7 rounds.

I tried to ignore it and simply enjoy playing the game but after a few more plays I had lost interest.

I don’t want to beat a high score, I want to win or lose. If there is some scoring done after that to see how good a win or (as is usually the case) how bad a loss was then that’s ok but I can’t just score.

Sadly, it had to go.

Why it is important:

My first ‘economic’ game.

What it taught me:

That I really love how ‘economic’ games’ play.

That I don’t want to just beat a previous high score, I need a win condition.

That most economic games are going to be like this solo and so I won’t be playing them.

Although I love gaming solo, there are some games I would love to play multiplayer.
25 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.