Solo list after 3 years of solo gaming.
James Petersen
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I wanted to play board games when I was a teen and bought a few Avalon Hill war games but I never knew anyone to play with.

30 years later I started reading posts here and found a lot of solo games I could try and, BAM, probably bought close to 100 games in the past 3 years and have 6 more coming from kickstarter and on and on.

These are my thoughts on some of the games I've tried to help others find another solo game to take a shot at.
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1. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:238]
James Petersen
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This is a very nice worker placement game. Good variety in choices, some good/bad variability in the card draws. Played this 3 times so far and have not scored above 16 but it's a nice relaxing game that I willl pull out again to try and get a little higher on the scoreboard.
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2. Board Game: A Feast for Odin [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:31]
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I really like this game solo. There are many ways to play it, many strategies to try. Played 2 times so far and have not scored too well but have not explored yet so that will be up next. Takes a lot of space and there are lots of parts and pieces so this will only come out occasionally but I will keep it for a long time as it's pretty amazing.
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3. Board Game: Summit: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:3151]
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Just got this game a few days ago. Played once so far. Decent game, I won easily with a special wing suit that I could fly from the summit to base camp. Cool events, decent parts and pieces. I was actually going to try and create a mountain climbing game but now this comes out and I may have to try something else. Need to play a few more times to see how I feel about it.
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4. Board Game: Nemo's War (second edition) [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:617]
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This is an interesting game. Many decisions to make, different ways to set up the paths to victory. Played only once but really enjoyed it and look forward to getting it out again. Nice board, nice components, very good game.
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5. Board Game: The Lost Expedition [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:866]
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Fun little card game. Very quick and easy to set up. Takes some thinking about card placement in a day phase and night phase. Most cards are bad as they would be on an expedition to the amazon. Played 4 times, won once. Will play again for sure....good for vacations.
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6. Board Game: Hostage Negotiator [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:793] [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked]
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Really enjoy this game. Played 2 different bad guys twice...outcomes all over the board. Won once. Has a lot of variability. Quick playing..good travel game.
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7. Board Game: Hoplomachus: The Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:2211] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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I've played all 3 hoplo games and just wish they were harder. And had more scenarios. The two bigger games I like more than origins because of more space to move but went through the cities and titans and did not have too much challenge. If they just released more titans for Rome and more variability in lost cities, think they'd be great. Origins is nice with the 20 challenges but the play areas are just too small. Wishing for more!
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8. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:259]
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Played regular Pandemic and this one. Like this one a lot more. Quicker to play, lots of dice, which I get in the mood for sometimes...to me, a bit harder to win. Like this version quite a lot.
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9. Board Game: Shadowrun: Crossfire [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:611]
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This game is tough. But I keep playing it, figuring I will get enough Karma to upgrade and then maybe win a few times. Fun mechanics, cool cards, quick to set up. Good card game for sure.
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10. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:138]
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Played this once so far....lost. Not sure how I like it. Will pull it out again sometime but have other games I like a lot more after my first play through. Might enjoy this against my kid, if he ever starts playing board games!
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11. Board Game: Mound Builders [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:4256]
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Out of all the state of siege games, this one I've enjoyed the most. Good game, inter sting choices. Played twice, lost both times, but it was a fairly relaxing game and look forward to bringing it out again.
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12. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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Really enjoy this game. like the randomness of the fires and trying different fire fighters. Enjoy this a lot more than pandemic.
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13. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:304]
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Great game. Tough subject. Very hard. Played 3 times, have not wn on the easy level. I get enough people to Canada but never get enough support tokens...will keep trying though. Great job with the components and subject matter....good history lesson.
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14. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:18]
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Started this game and the Star Trek version a few times. Never finished a game though. Good games, long and involved. Hard to take the time to set up, remember the rules,find the time to play....BUT, I will keep them both and play them again someday as they are very interesting and take a lot of thought.
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15. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:19]
James Petersen
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Played this twice....with different detectives. Enjoyed it quite a bit but need to find time to play again.....re learn all the rules, etc. bought some extra scenarios and the first expansion. Good challenging game.
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16. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:263]
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Played this and the island game. Not easy. A lot of moving the tiles around. Fun little game but ended up only playing this with my kid so for solo, only play the app. Good game though.
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17. Board Game: Spirit Island [Average Rating:8.49 Overall Rank:53]
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Got this a week ago and played 4 games, finally winning my 4th solo one spirit game with the lightning spirit. Tough playing one spirit if you play the defensive spirits or the support spirits but I'm moving up to a 2 spirit solo game next time and also have the expansion for some more variety. Really good game, lots of thinking in this one. Can see playing this quite a bit.
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18. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:5]
James Petersen
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Stanwood
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Love this game....mostly because of the huge number of cards. Played 3 games, won 2. Would love to play this with others but will pull this out every once in awhile to do solo. Will not get rid of this game.
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19. Board Game: Leaving Earth [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:634]
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This is an interesting game. Need a pad of paper for calculations. Played it twice and won once because I drew some simple mission cards to complete. Bought the expansion but will play the bad game some more before adding it. Good game for sure but you need some math skills.
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20. Board Game: Viticulture [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:120]
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Played this once...enjoyed it. I have played other worker placement games since that I enjoy more but I bought the Tuscany expansi N and will play this again. Good game.
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21. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:343]
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Interesting game. Played it once, did not do too well, then sold it. I enjoyed it but enjoy a lot of other worker placement games better. But, it's a good game for sure.
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22. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:302]
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What solo gamer has not played this? First solo game I bought 3 years ago. Played it 4 times, still have not won it. Will keep it forever. Good travel game. Decent game.
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23. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:123] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
James Petersen
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Was hoping to like this but just never did. Played two games, sold it after that. I can see why people like it but I just don't like deckbuilding games that much myself. Wish I did!
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24. Board Game: Zombicide: Black Plague [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:110] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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Wanted to love this. Played it a few times with 4 survivors using the extra scenarios you can find online. Don't like playing a bunch of characters in my solo games, two at the most. Since most of the scenarios require 6 I just decided to sell it. Fun game, just controlling too many characters solo for my taste.
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25. Board Game: Dawn of the Zeds (Third edition) [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:1147]
James Petersen
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I played this once and really enjoyed it. But a few weeks later started to set it up to play a more advanced game and I just did not like the set up time. Too many cars and things to sort out. I like quicker setups. I will probably buy this again someday as I really enjoyed my 1 play through.
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