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I normally play games with my wife, the kids or friends. But since 2 years I have a few nights a week on my own so I thought about going solo. It became clear very fast that there are some restrictions:

Time (Setup+Play): I like to keep things under an hour.
Rules: With a job and 3 kids I lack the energy to go through large rulebooks
Theme: I need a good theme
I like a good abstract game but when it comes to playing solo not that much.
I like to play a wargame but I'm not sure about it solo, a lot them feel abstract and exceed my timelimit.
Difficulty: I like a game to be adjustable. I also like the idea that I have a chance. I don't need to win but let me come close. So no Ghost Stories for me
Price: This is my 2nd attempt and it's going more smoothly this time but I will never be a huge soloplayer I think. So I don't buy expensive games unless I'm sure I can play them with my family ass well.


Thanks to the following for inspiration

Thematic Solitaires for the Spare Time Challenged

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1. Board Game: Solo Dungeon Crawl [Average Rating:6.27 Unranked]
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True solo games

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2. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:308]
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Nature: Deckbuilding elements

Plays: 3

Do I (still) own this?: YES

Why: This is what I look for in a solo game. I really like this one. Good rules, short playtime, adjustable level, nice artwork, integrated theme.

Future: Looking good.


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3. Board Game: Battle For Souls [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2154]
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Nature: 2-player with included solorules (Deckbuilding element)

Plays: 2

Do I (still) own this?: YES

Why: Lovely theme, great artwork and interessting mechanic. The poker element is very nice.

Future: Looking good. I had this game send from Canada but it was worth it.
 
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4. Board Game: Goblins vs Zombies [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:6537]
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Nature: Mixed bag 1-3 players and co-op mode

Plays: 3

Do I (still) own this?: YES

Why: Kickstarted this one because of the lovely artwork and my hope that this might be the first zombiegame my wife likes.

Solorules are not that different and easy to understand.

Future: Not sure.

It can get though right away and the instructions on the cards aren't always that easy. I need to get more into this one.
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5. Board Game: Hostage Negotiator [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:791] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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Nature:

Plays: 1

Do I (still) own this?: YES

Why: Kickstarted this one because of the theme. It looks so interessting. I liked the first game. Gameplay is not difficult and pretty tense. Only made it at the last card.

Future: Looking good.
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6. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:457]
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Nature:

Plays: solo none so far but played a 2-player game with my wife. Tense game

Do I (still) own this?: YES, bought this for the family but noticed you can play it solo as well.

Why: Seems challenging

Future: Looks promosing.
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7. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:422]
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Nature: Dice all the way

Plays: none solo, only as a co-op

Do I (still) own this?: YES as a good family game. Solo? Let's see

Why:

Future: Let's see if the solo-experience gives the same excitement


Apparently you can play this the same way as the normal game
 
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8. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:814]
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and Castle Panic: The Wizard's Tower

Nature: Tower defense

Plays: none solo, only as a co-op

Do I (still) own this?: YES, good family game. Solo? Let's see.

Why:

Future: Let's see if the solo-experience gives the same excitement
 
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9. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:529]
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Nature: Sci-Fi

Plays: none

Do I (still) own this?: NO

Why: I took me forever to get through the rulebook. Not that is poorly written but I just couldn't get into it. I know it's a small size rulebook but it was too long. It made me realize that I should start with shorter rulesbooks. Friday comfirmed this.

Future: I still think this looks interessting but just not now. Maybe later when I have gained more expierence.
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10. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:943]
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Nature: Deckbuilding elements

Plays: 2

Do I (still) own this?: NO

Why: I felt like the only thing I was doing was shuffeling. shake
The theme didn't grab me either.

Future: No, only the past. Won't be back either.
 
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11. Board Game: Skeletons in the Closet [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
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Games I own that can be played solo
 
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I seem to own quit a few on this list:

San Juan
Ticket to Ride: Europe
Thurn and Taxis
Carcassonne
Stone Age
Dominion
El Grande
Alhambra: Big Box
The Princes of Florence
Small World
Hansa Teutonica
Tikal
TransAmerica
Morels

Some look easier to grasp then others and time will also exclude some
 
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Co-op Games:

We own quite a few of those. These are the ones that don't mention soloplaying on the box. You can play them playing different characters or ...

I'll need to find out if I like this. But I want to give it a try.

Lord of the Rings
Pandemic
Forbidden Island
Flash Point: Fire Rescue
 
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14. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:709]
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We like this game a lot so I might give this a try

Solo Fleet
 
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15. Board Game: Hmm... [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Color me interessted
 
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16. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:275] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Nature: Co-op game

Interestlevel: Medium

Why: I've been looking for a comic game for some time. Marvel and this one stand the most chance. The co-op element makes this one interessting to play with the family.

Future: Need to have a closer look. Not sure about the gametime though. Think this might take to long to play solo.
 
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17. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:507] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Nature: Deckbuilding elements

Interestlevel: High

Why: I have this on my phone and I like it.

Future: Need to look at how this plays solo in real life and which version to buy.
 
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18. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:468]
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Nature: Horror

Interestlevel: Medium

Why: One of the shorter horror games. I like the vibe of the game.

Future: Need to look at some video's too see if this is more then just rolling dice. Might take too long.
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19. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Nature: Deckbuilding elements

Interestlevel: Medium

Why: I want a comic game. Sentinels and this one look interessting.

Future: Need to look at some video's off this.
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20. Board Game: Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:1917]
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Nature: Puzzle elements

Interestlevel: Medium

Why: I was really interessted in this one when it was released. But i feared it was a bit to abstract.

Future: Need to look at some video's off this.
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21. Board Game: Inception: Solo card game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:6698]
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These come recommended:

If you feel I should check a game out, add it here.

The header should tell you what direction too look for
 
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