Top 20 Solo Games 2017
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My top 20 Solo Games for 2017

First time participating in this but it's been fun putting the list together.
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1. Board Game: 51st State: Master Set [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:254]
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#20

I love a bit of civ building (not that you could tell from this list but mainly in video games) so this scratches that itch.

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2. Board Game: Darkest Night: Necromancer Bundle [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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#19

This may climb to fill Eldritch Horror's slot. Doesn't have quite the variability but the characters play far more uniquely than those in EH.

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3. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:527]
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That little red git hates me I swear.

When the dice isn't just ripping me apart though great little game.
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4. Board Game: Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:1690] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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#17

Fantastic artwork.

Random map layout keeps things different and a decent amount of variability in class/race combos etc.

Looking forward to playing more.
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5. Board Game: Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:356]
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#16

Real shame that this one was cut short.
Great game that ticks a lot of the boxes that something like Space Hulk: Death Angel does.

Dice chucking, character abilities/powers all good fun.
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6. Board Game: Runebound (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:417]
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#15
With the Unbreakable Bonds expansion.

Need to play this more but I've loved what I've played.
Gives me the overarching adventure that a dungeon crawl doesn't.
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7. 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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#14

Probably actually a better game than the Marvel version (which we may see later) but doesn't have the combinations and variability.

I also thing this works better in multiplayer (especially with the facehuggers/chestbursters)
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8. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:347]
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#13

I can see this climbing in future once I get more plays under my belt.

I love the health/hand size mechanic.
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9. Board Game: One Deck Dungeon [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:514] [Average Rating:7.37 Unranked]
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My small box game of choice.

Great to throw in a bag and doesn't take a huge amount of table space.
Fun dice chucking/mitigation (using skills etc) and some character development.
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10. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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One of my first soloable games so will always have a place in my heart.
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11. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
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#10

Love the theme but I'm useless at deckbuilding. Completely useless.

I don't think I'll ever run out of content for this game and I only have the core, the first cycle, the second deluxe box and one of the saga boxes so there's plenty more out there when I'm ready.
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12. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: Second Edition [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:22] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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#9
First Arkham Files game on my list.

The app integration is superb, in fact, probably better than Descent.

The only complaint I have is the minis. Really not very good and I usually don't bother using them (apart from the investigators)
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13. Board Game: Viticulture Essential Edition [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:20]
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#8

My first foray into solo worker placement and it's a perfect summer evening game.

The automa is fantastic and a pleasant change themewise for me.
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14. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:46]
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Sure it's random both from the cards and the dice rolls. But when it clicks it really clicks.
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15. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:76]
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#6

Only picked this up after the app was released, making this my fantasy dungeon crawl of choice.
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16. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:123] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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#5

The Marvel Universe in a box.

In fact there's so much cardboard in my boxes that it's in danger of collapsing in on itself and actually forming its own universe.

Whilst others in the Legendary series may be more effective on a gameplay level there's just so much variety in here that it's my favourite one.
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17. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:18]
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What else can be said about Mage Knight.

I'm under no illusions as to my ability but I always have fun and there are always decisions and plans to make.
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18. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:35]
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#3

There is a caveat to this one...I'm bloody awful at it.
But the stories it generates are so much fun even if they usually involve an untimely death.
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19. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
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#2

This is just a phenomenal game.
Works perfectly solo against the automa (or multiple automa).
Components are great, artwork sublime.

What's not to like.
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20. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:19]
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#1

This game is responsible for knocking LotR down my list.

If there was a fantasy LCG that used similar mechanics to this with regard to storytelling/deckbuilding it'd be right up my street.

I actually prefer the more limited deckbuilding and the character development and love the linked campaigns.

I can see this being high on my list for a long time.
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