2016 People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games (+)
Kevin Erskine
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For the last two years the 1-Player Guild has run the People's Choice Top 100 Solo games, inspired of course by the Dice Tower's People's Choice list. It has been a lot of fun to vote and discover the list together. So we're back again.

We apologize right up front for any damage to your wallets because of this list.

People submitted up to 20 games ranked from 1-20. #1 gets 20 points, #2=19 ... The only restriction we made was that the game had to be a physical game you enjoyed playing solo. It could be a true solo game, a co-op game, a multi-player game where you played multiple sides, print and play, official and unofficial variants ... You get the idea. Anything except strictly electronic variants like ios solo implementations that allow you to play the game in a way the physical game wouldn't honestly get played solo. (e.g. if they provide an AI).

We had 85 people participate the first year, then 205 and this year it has swelled to 364! year, producing a list of 726 unique games way up from last year's 520 games. There were a total of 6028 votes (not everyone had 20 games).

We treated every standalone game as a single entry. The only exception to this is that I put all entries for a game under the latest version. So for example, all votes for Runebound (2nd or 3rd Ed.) were just called Runebound regardless of the version.

The bottom line to all of this is that we wanted to do it simply for the fun of it. Hopefully you find it interesting.

Please check back or subscribe while I update this over the next couple of weeks to count down from 100 down to 1. I'll also add some extras at the end, so expect a bit more after we get to #1.

I highly encourage people to add comments to the games as they're revealed. I'm sure we'd all like to know what makes it one of your top games. It also serves as a great resource for people looking to get into solo play. Many of us refer people to the list all year.

There were ties along the way. The tie breakers this year went to Lowest Average Vote, # of votes, Highest Rank, Most #1 Votes then I just broke the tie and noted it.

One last point. I'd strongly encourage everyone interested in solo gaming to visit and join the 1-player Guild. It's a fantastic group of friendly people, easily one of the most positive group of people I've ever had the pleasure of associating with on the internet.

I'll release the entire list in a spreadsheet at the end. And if I made mistakes along the way, go back to the initial goal of all of this (to have fun) and forgive me.

Morten Monrad Pedersen does a fun, trash talking contest to go along with the reveal, feel free to join in. The voting has started for the 2016 People's Choice top 100 Solo Games - and a silly prizeless contest To support his contest, I'll hold off revealing the # of voters this year until we hit the #42 spot.

So is this the year Mage Knight is dethroned as King? Let's find out!

Here is a link to a spreadsheet with all the rankings and a second tab with all the user choices:
http://erskweb.com/BGG_Solo_2016.xlsx
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1. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-25 06:23:16
2. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-25 06:22:35
3. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island added by kerskine on 2016-12-24 06:22:37
4. Board Game: Friday added by kerskine on 2016-12-24 06:22:15
5. Board Game: Viticulture added by kerskine on 2016-12-23 14:19:27
6. Board Game: Scythe added by kerskine on 2016-12-23 06:22:17
7. Board Game: Onirim added by kerskine on 2016-12-23 06:21:58
8. Board Game: Pandemic added by kerskine on 2016-12-23 06:21:41
9. Board Game: Eldritch Horror added by kerskine on 2016-12-23 06:21:23
10. Board Game: Shadowrun: Crossfire added by kerskine on 2016-12-23 06:21:02
11. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy added by kerskine on 2016-12-22 06:25:12
12. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang added by kerskine on 2016-12-22 06:23:08
13. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-22 06:22:50
14. Board Game: Arkham Horror added by kerskine on 2016-12-22 06:22:26
15. Board Game: Elder Sign added by kerskine on 2016-12-22 06:22:08
16. Board Game: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-21 06:05:41
17. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-21 06:05:11
18. Board Game: Dawn of the Zeds (Third Edition) added by kerskine on 2016-12-21 06:04:36
19. Board Game: Imperial Settlers added by kerskine on 2016-12-21 06:03:55
20. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse added by kerskine on 2016-12-21 06:03:31
21. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:54:28
22. Board Game: Snowdonia added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:54:02
23. Board Game: Terraforming Mars added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:53:38
24. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:53:08
25. Board Game: Agricola added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:52:52
26. Board Game: Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:52:18
27. Board Game: Hostage Negotiator added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:51:47
28. Board Game: Baseball Highlights: 2045 added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:51:23
29. Board Game: Glass Road added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:50:56
30. Board Game: Ghost Stories added by kerskine on 2016-12-20 05:50:32
31. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) added by kerskine on 2016-12-19 07:00:28
32. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-19 07:00:06
33. Board Game: Fields of Arle added by kerskine on 2016-12-19 06:59:47
35. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure added by kerskine on 2016-12-19 06:59:09
36. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: Second Edition added by kerskine on 2016-12-19 06:58:54
37. Board Game: Navajo Wars added by kerskine on 2016-12-19 06:58:38
38. Board Game: Sylvion added by kerskine on 2016-12-19 06:58:23
39. Board Game: Tiny Epic Galaxies added by kerskine on 2016-12-19 06:58:07
40. Board Game: Leaving Earth added by kerskine on 2016-12-19 06:57:51
41. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 12:30:48
42. Board Game: Kingdom Death: Monster added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 12:30:11
43. Board Game: Deep Space D-6 added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 05:11:40
44. Board Game: A Feast for Odin added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 05:11:09
45. Board Game: Thunderbolt Apache Leader added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 05:10:52
46. Board Game: Runebound (Third Edition) added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 05:10:32
47. Board Game: Star Realms added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 05:09:50
48. Board Game: La Granja added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 05:09:28
49. Board Game: Lewis & Clark: The Expedition added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 05:09:09
50. Board Game: Forbidden Island added by kerskine on 2016-12-18 05:08:49
51. Board Game: Mistfall added by kerskine on 2016-12-17 15:04:07
52. Board Game: Castellion added by kerskine on 2016-12-17 15:03:43
54. Board Game: Legends of Andor added by kerskine on 2016-12-17 15:02:18
55. Board Game: Forbidden Desert added by kerskine on 2016-12-17 15:01:13
56. Board Game: Cruel Necessity: The English Civil Wars 1640-1653 added by kerskine on 2016-12-17 15:00:53
57. Board Game: Darkest Night added by kerskine on 2016-12-17 15:00:32
58. Board Game: Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients added by kerskine on 2016-12-17 14:59:43
59. Board Game: Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-17 14:59:03
60. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 added by kerskine on 2016-12-17 14:58:32
61. Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 06:02:48
62. Board Game: Field Commander: Napoleon added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 06:02:28
63. Board Game: Nations added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 06:02:11
64. Board Game: Burgle Bros. added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 06:01:56
65. Board Game: Zombicide: Black Plague added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 06:01:40
66. Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 06:01:18
67. Board Game: Cuba Libre added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 06:00:58
68. Board Game: Ottoman Sunset: The Great War in the Near East added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 06:00:38
69. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 06:00:18
70. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders added by kerskine on 2016-12-16 05:59:29
71. Board Game: Assault on Doomrock added by kerskine on 2016-12-15 06:27:00
72. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers added by kerskine on 2016-12-15 06:26:36
74. Board Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar added by kerskine on 2016-12-15 06:25:44
75. Board Game: D-Day Dice added by kerskine on 2016-12-15 06:25:12
76. Board Game: Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp added by kerskine on 2016-12-15 06:24:37
77. Board Game: Mice and Mystics added by kerskine on 2016-12-15 06:23:59
78. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X added by kerskine on 2016-12-15 06:23:37
79. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-15 06:23:13
80. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm added by kerskine on 2016-12-15 06:22:47
82. Board Game: Suburbia added by kerskine on 2016-12-14 06:03:02
83. Board Game: Neanderthal added by kerskine on 2016-12-14 06:02:08
84. Board Game: The Gallerist added by kerskine on 2016-12-14 06:01:44
85. Board Game: Le Havre added by kerskine on 2016-12-14 06:01:25
86. Board Game: FUSE added by kerskine on 2016-12-14 06:01:09
87. Board Game: Rallyman added by kerskine on 2016-12-14 06:00:54
88. Board Game: Orléans added by kerskine on 2016-12-14 06:00:34
89. Board Game: Firefly: The Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-14 06:00:16
90. Board Game: Apex Theropod Deck-Building Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-14 05:59:48
91. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-13 05:59:12
92. Board Game: Castle Panic added by kerskine on 2016-12-13 05:58:54
93. Board Game: Forge War added by kerskine on 2016-12-13 05:58:34
94. Board Game: Limes added by kerskine on 2016-12-13 05:58:15
95. Board Game: Enemy Action: Ardennes added by kerskine on 2016-12-13 05:57:55
96. Board Game: Roads & Boats added by kerskine on 2016-12-13 05:57:33
97. Board Game: Space Alert added by kerskine on 2016-12-13 05:57:11
98. Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game added by kerskine on 2016-12-13 05:55:46
99. Board Game: Myth added by kerskine on 2016-12-06 07:58:05
100. Board Game: Star Trek: Frontiers added by kerskine on 2016-12-13 05:55:05
101. Board Game: Zombicide added by kerskine on 2016-12-25 12:28:41
102. Board Game: Hoplomachus: Origins added by kerskine on 2016-12-25 12:36:39
103. Board Game: Ambush! added by kerskine on 2016-12-25 12:39:09