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As part of my 2015 resolution to game more as well as my new participation on the SGOYT (that's "Solitaire Games on Your Table") lists I am commandeering the dining room table sporadically to play one game as much as I can reasonably fit into a week, my Game of the Week. This won't be a weekly thing, alas, but maybe every other week or so.

I am going to be choosing games from my collection that are solo-able, either through the rules as published or variants. I have quite a few games that will work, between co-op games, my stuff from Victory Point Games, games with variants here on BGG, and some other things.
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1. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:259]
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Week of Jan 26th

This was a Christmas acquisition and instantly became a big hit, since Pandemic is one of our favorite games. Leaving this one set up on the table made it a no-brainer to get one or two plays in at lunch. According to stats, I played eight times in five days, but that seems low since it's so easy to reset and play a second time. Like the potato chips, you can't play just once!

I assume people have already seen reviews of it, but here's a quick synopsis: like Pandemic, you're a team of researchers trying to cure several diseases that are spreading throughout the globe. Unlike that game, however, it uses dice and only has six regions instead of all the cities in the original game. It changes enough from the original game that it feels like it's worth keeping both and it streamlines a lot so that I see this as being much easier to teach.

Anyway, this is a great game and one that plays well with others as well as solo (I played it two and three roles and I much preferred three). I can see playing this one solo quite a but as time goes on. A total keeper!

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2. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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Week of Feb 2

I've had Flash Point for a while and thought it deserved a re-visit. I like it as a co-op (I like co-ops in general though) but never got into it as much as I would have liked. This hasn't kept me from getting all the numerous expansions to the game though (yes, I'm a bit of an expansion addict, I admit).

My first game was a bit awkward as I struggled to keep up with all the rules. There's just a bunch of maintenance to keep up: hot spots, flashovers, explosions, hazmat, POI refreshing, etc. I think that learning curve is what kept me away for a while, despite really liking the theme. Naturally, I lost when the building fell down but keeping everything on the table let me re-set everything for another play.

Played again on Tuesday night, did better at remembering upkeep stuff (except those darn POI markers -- I always forget to refresh them). Won the game with the driver, the captain, and the rescue dog on recruit level.

Two more games on Wednesday: note to self -- don't be afraid to change roles as necessary. Also, don't leave two hazmat markers in one room until they blow up. Oops.

thumbsupI like this game quite a bit. It's not going to replace Pandemic as my favorite co-op, but it's a very good time.
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3. Board Game: Battles of Westeros [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:592]
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Week of Feb 15

(I got a late start on this GOTW because we spent the Valentine's Day weekend in Estes Park CO and the beautiful rocky Mountain National Park. There was tons of gaming as well, but that's another story.)

Anyway, Battles of Westeros is an offshoot of the Commands and Colors system that is based on the Game of Thrones books. It's more comples than the other C&C games I've played (Battle Cry. Memoir 44, and Battlelore -- C&C:Ancients is still sitting on my shelf, mocking me) but not impossibly so. Unlike the others, BoW disposes of the left/right/center paradigm and uses a system of green/blue/red tokens to command individual units and a second system of leaders to use cards for "bigger" moves like we're accustomed to in more conventional C&C games. It's a significant branching off of the system into more wargame territory, but I like it.

As with most C&C games, the setup and teardown on this game is a bit of a drag so using this as a game of the week (where it just sat on my kitchen table all week) was a definite plus. Npt bad as a solo because the cards and command tokens give you limits as to what you can do. Unlike, say, Battlelore, there's no Lore deck where you can spring some huge surprise on the other guy. As a bonus, my second game was over Facetime so my wife could watch and she was pretty sold on it.

thumbsup There's a lot more to keep track of than the average C&C game but I really like it and the theme is a total winner.
 
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4. Board Game: Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:1883]
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Week of March 9

Haven't had a GotY in a little bit now so I'm picking this Victory Point game. I bought it a little while back but haven't had an opportunity to play it until now. (I seem to have quite a few games about diseases now.)

First impressions are very good. I enjoy puzzle-style games and this is a good one. My first play was a little rough but I re-read the rules and figured out what I was doing wrong so I'm going to give it another shot. (You know, it's funny that when I misread rules in co-op and solitaire games, the mistake is always in my favor... whistle )
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