Solitaire Science Fiction Wargames
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The title says it all. I think it would be interesting to follow solitaire wargames related to SF.

And when I say solitaire I really mean solo, not games that can be played solo or cooperative games played solo.

Because there are others lists out there focused on SF I would like to focus this one a bit more.

Thanks for you help.
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Good clear rules, 8 scenarios which get progressively harder. I've played through them as a sort of "campaign" twice (i.e. playing each one until I win it, then going on to the next one.)
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A highly enjoyable one.
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A good romp with some tough battles along the way.
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Dark City Games makes these paragraph based "choose your own adventure" style packages. There are currently five in the SF vein, and probably more to come.

They're perfectly fine solo - you just need to manage more characters, which are just three stats each. I usually do them all on on sheet of paper and it's not a problem at all.

If they did a Kickstarter with minis it would hit a million bucks.
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Heavily inspired by the first two Alien films - lead a team of space marines investigating a space station overrun by aliens. Good but a bit fiddly, lots of chrome.
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The Alone Against the Aliens solo expansion is needed but it is a fully developed system. Great sci fi solo wargame fun.
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In a similar vein to the "Final Countdown" scenario of Carrier, here is another mostly historical solitaire wargame, with a science fictional* variant scenario. A carrier task force meets Cthulhu.

*Opinions vary about whether the Cthulhu mythos is science fiction or not.
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A strange old SPI solitaire or group cooperative game about soldiers from the Vietnam War tripping through time, encountering various historical conflicts.
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This is a very good two player game that, at first glance, appears to be decidedly inferior as a solitaire effort. Fortunately, the "Alone Against the Bugs" ruleset by Rick Mathews changes all this, turning this classic into a challenging solitaire exercise! Definitely worth a look if you can find it!






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And edited once more for good measure!
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22. Board Game: Asteroid [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:7344]
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Great solo adventure game. You play team trying to shut down the AI that has taken over the asteroid (and is sending itself to doom the Earth.) You face a variety of robotic opposition. You have different levels of victory (shutting down the computer is the first level), followed by survival with rules for which team members will never leave others behind (the professor will not leave without his daughter, the brothers will never abandon each other, etc.) Then there are bonus victory conditions. For example, Betterment of Humanity: The Professor escapes. Romantic Victory: Both Nicholle and her lover escape... and so on.

The neat thing is you can't bring all the available characters on a single mission, so you can try it out with different teams.

(I haven't actually opened up this game in more than 20 years, so I may be viewing it through rose colored goggles.)
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The first scenario is solitaire and is used to teach the system if memory serves me correctly.
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24. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:444] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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This game and the Close Encounters supplement have solitaire variants that are very challenging.
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25. Board Game: Stellar Conquest [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3771]
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There are at least two solitaire variants in old issues of The General that are available.
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