BilboAtBagEnd's 2014 Thanksgiving Solo-Con
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Hello all. BGG.CON 2014 was very fun, and I need to complete that GeekList, but right now I'm facing something that I do every year, multiple times: PTSD.

My PTSD centers around holidays. My parents were extremely abusive physically, emotionally, and verbally. Their abuse continues to shadow me even over a decade later.

Because my PTSD is complex PTSD and can involve blackouts, I tend to not socialize anymore during holidays. Life is very lonely as a result; it was only recently that I could start going to BGG.CON again, which I am ever-grateful for.

This GeekList is going to concentrate on solo games and some games I play both sides of. I'm hoping to keep adding to it through Monday. Right now I have some games I'm planning to play.

The dark is closing in, and I can hear the screaming sometimes. I guess it's time for games.
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1. Board Game: Onirim (second edition) [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:459]
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I played the base game to familiarize myself with the Onirim system again. Yup, still hard! I think I might use the Littlest Incubus to stave off a nightmare and try again. I should think, though, that the Littlest Incubus can still help in certain expanded games...
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2. Board Game: Cubist [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2338]
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An entertaining medium filler that's relaxing, and peaceful, and HEY YOU JUST TOOK THAT INSTALLATION CARD I SPENT FIVE TURNS WORKING ON AND

Works well solo as-is if you play two competing sides.
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3. Board Game: For the Crown (Second edition) [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:3046]
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I just received the Shock & Awe expansion and am excited to try all the combinations! For the Crown was the surprise hit for me of BGG.CON.

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One play with the Shock & Awe expansion. And definitely a heavy game.
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4. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:365]
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I have a bunch of heroes now. I think I may solo with four heroes, one from the base game, and one from each hero expansion pack!

I haven't yet played with the new minions I got from BGG.CON. I may just use the minis (since the base minion pawns are so... bland) and the base rules.

And yes, I have the Dragon expansion. I'm ... gonna hold off on that for a while.

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On normal mode, got into the second half of the middle war before the last taint crystal came out and doomed us all.

I think this game is easier with more heroes; I only played with two.

Very very very fun, and even though there is dice rolling a-plenty, I'm fond of it. I didn't have the minions from the kickstarter sets nor the other hero expansion packs; they are being shipped to me from Dallas. I forgot about that entirely. Oh well.

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Ok. With the High Council, Legends, new Quests, and Global Effects (3 good, 2 bad), plus the added atmosphere of the new minion minis (did NOT go for Advanced/Elite Minion rules), I managed to lose not as badly. A ton of fun, and I'm glad I got the expansions for it. I don't want to get the full Global Effects expansion (I've got like... 15 each of good and bad so it seems to work out alright, and you only use a few per game).

However, I am missing an Elite undead minion. Will email Eagle/Gryphon games.
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5. Board Game: Lagoon: Land of Druids [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2263]
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I really want to try the solo option so that I can play this multiplayer without getting schooled too horribly.
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6. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:140] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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There's a fan-made solo/co-op variant here:

http://forum.arcanewonders.com/index.php?topic=12983

I have the basic four spellbooks, four more basic books, and am looking at how I can possibly build the books for four more mages. Probably going to need to start looking into printing proxies.

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Played TheDude's solo version. It's definitely fast and loose, but challenging. I beat it only because it was on way way easy mode and because once the wizard was able to stun the warlock reliably, it was lightning bolt lightning bolt lightning bolt.

There need to be rules about how to translate for Upkeep, as well as the fact that you don't need to reserve mana dice or mana tokens; those can be tracked on another player board. Although if you're playing a full house, another board might not be possible.

I had to substitue cards since I'm not yet ready to use proxies, but I will next time. (Just now I am, but it took a while for the printer ink to get here.) Rookie mistakes kept me flagging behind. Sleep really needs to be saved for the level 4 critter in the AI mage's deck.
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7. Board Game: Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2145] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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Folks. FOLKS. FOLKS. This game will, once it has Nightmist, effectively end the card game for me. I just like that it's more streamlined in so many ways, and the extra dimension of positioning and movement bring back Heroscape memories. Except now with more powers.
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8. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1587]
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Not the game, but I'm listening to Queen when the game doesn't have a soundtrack that fits it.
 
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9. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:305]
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This is also a good solo game.
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10. Board Game: Buccaneer Bones [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5469]
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You can play this one solo too.
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11. Board Game: A Fistful of Penguins [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3517]
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Another lighter dice game you can play solo. Try to get the best score you can.
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I am also working on my game room, little by little. Progress being tracked here.
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13. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
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There's a solo variant!

Lords of Waterdeep Solo

I'm gonna try it!
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