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You know the usual trail. Old time gamer discovers 1-Player Guild and love of gaming re-kindles. I went into a frenzy of board game acquisitions in 2017 and played some great games mostly solo. Since 2017 People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games are fast approaching, I would like to document my choices.

First 20 games are submitted for 2017 Top Solo Games poll. I included all my solo plays of 77 games in 2017 to document the selection pool. As you can see, I am missing many important titles so it is important to note.

I hope you will enjoy my first list.
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1. Board Game: Shadowrun: Crossfire [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:611]
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I have the expansion High Caliber Ops too. I don't find the game thematic at all (Edit: On second thought maybe I do given my last two sentences below). However, it is a deep and difficult deck-builder. To the point that many think the game is actually broken. It gives me the same feeling of playing chess with my favorite engine. AI in chess always wins nowadays. It is even more broken there. At least, I can still squeeze a win with this game. When it happens it is priceless.

It feels like 1000 eyes are watching your every decision and you run for your life. As a Shadowrunner under Crossfire.
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2. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:17]
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It is like several cold dishes as appetizers. A little bit of everything on the table. It is a beast to set-up, play and tear-down therefore number of plays cannot be too high but whenever it gets played it is a heavy-weight opponent for sure. I love the deck-building and modular aspect of the board. It feels like original Warcraft PC game which I loved in the 90s.
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3. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:5]
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I got this game to play with my son first and we quickly realised it is a really really long game even for 2. We enjoyed it a lot though. It shines solo. It skyrocketed to number 3 solo spot for me. Easily the game of the year. Wonderful thematic euro and engine builder that speaks to the scientist inside.
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4. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:35]
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This Robinson's island is really cursed! It is a very difficult game of survival but wonderfully thematic too. A great coop that is a solo star as well for good reason.
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5. Board Game: This War of Mine: The Board Game [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:184]
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Everyone should play this one for the experience. It is like a visit of a friend in an hospital. Depressing but necessary.
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6. Board Game: Aeon's End: War Eternal [Average Rating:8.64 Overall Rank:610] [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked]
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An excellent deck-builder with nice art to boost. What else do I need to play?
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7. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
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A Euro which looks like an Ameritrash war game with amazing art work. Replayability seems endless with an excellent automa. One of my favorites.
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8. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:9]
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I always wondered how it must be a cowboy like in the good old Westerns. This game simulates the same feelings.
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9. Board Game: A Feast for Odin [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:31]
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A feast for the gamer indeed. Uwe designed a second popular game Patchwork out of this one. There are 60 different places to place your worker on this game. I am enjoying this one very much so far.
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10. Board Game: Anachrony [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:78]
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I saw the huge box first in my FLGS. It was tucked in the corner and I took it out and started to read the back of the box. It was so interesting I ended up buying it. I am glad that I did now. It was the last copy apparently. It is not simple to set-up and a bit fiddly on the table but the game play is wonderful. It gives me a good brain workout.
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11. Board Game: Fireteam Zero [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1311]
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I searched for the holy grail game "Gears of War the Board Game" with no avail. Later on, while reading the guild entries I saw that this is very similar to Gears of War and tracked it down through my FLGS. I also managed to get the rare Europe cycle expansion. I love the complex hand management aspect of the game.
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12. Board Game: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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Another love at first sight. A big improvement upon Legendary system, Legendary Encounters bring new mechanics and key words to the table. Hidden threat cards in the spaceship vent are very thematic. You can also mix and match with other Legendary or Legendary Encounters games such as Firefly, Predator or Marvel.
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13. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:238]
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It is simply efficient, tight, strategic and fun.
Quick to set-up , play and tear-down.

There is some luck involved in the shape of available cards and you always start by planting 1 of the 3 vegetables available but

the middle game is rich enough to mitigate the samey opening phase and luck by presenting lots of options to strategize.

The end game is fantastic where you reach an efficient engine and try to push your score marker one more step.
It is a beat your own high score game.
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14. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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I did not really think that my old multiplayer fav game is also a solo classic.
Great efficient AI. It really feels like a two player game. Ahead of its time in design.
Great for tactical combos and overall strategy setting.
AI's behaviour is variable depending on the starting world. There is a ton of replayability there.
Very small foot-print even with the expansion.
Fast set-up, play and tear-down.
It takes a while to get used to the icons but I never found it difficult myself.
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15. Board Game: Ottoman Sunset [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1725] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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This is favorite SoS game. It is wonderfully thematic and can be combined with Hapsburg Eclipse too for a full scale WWI dice festival.
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16. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: Second Edition [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:22] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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I like the hybrid nature of this game with the app. It draws me in every time for a full thematic experience.
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17. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:46]
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More streamlined than Arkham Horror. I am happy to go with this one for now until I graduate to the streets of Arkham.
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18. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:67]
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My worker placement choice nowadays. German Railroads expansion adds different player boards and coal resource to the game.
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19. Board Game: Flamme Rouge [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:319]
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Tour de France simulation in a box! What else do I need to compete with Lance Armstrong and his US postal team on the table? Wonderfully thematic. Expansion is an auto buy for me.
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20. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:191]
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Difficult game again but I enjoy it immensely. Fighting ghosts in Far East can only be fun. The games below represents my review pool in 2017 for solo plays. I am merely listing them without commentary for reference.
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21. Board Game: Comanchería: The Rise and Fall of the Comanche Empire [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:1940]
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22. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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23. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:209]
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24. Board Game: Viticulture Essential Edition [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:20]
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25. Board Game: Apex Theropod Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:2073]
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