Drainout's Top 20 Solo Games as of November 2017
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Here is my personal top 20 games to play solo. Some of the games that made the list might be higher on my all time game list but this list is revolved around how much I enjoy playing it solo. For example Eldritch Horror is one of my top all time games and I do like playing it solo but I lean towards playing with other folks as a preference. Another game series of interest is the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases games which I love playing in small groups but whenever I try it solo I get bored with myself.

Anyway here is a slice in time of my interests.
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1. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:302]
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#20

One of the things that makes this game shine is how quickly it is to set up. It can be rather frustrating until you get your first victory and then it gets about easier but still be y difficult.
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2. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:80]
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This is a solid solo game but takes a bit long to set up for how quickly it is over.
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3. Board Game: Caverna: Cave vs Cave [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:640]
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The newest game on my list. We will see how it goes over time.
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4. Board Game: Hostage Negotiator [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:793] [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked]
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Quick and easy, love playing this while waiting for loads of laundry to be done.
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5. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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My first love of solo gaming. I really don't mind games with sometimes bizarre or complex mechanics and usually enjoy them more when I don't have to continuously re-explain strange rules to other players.

Plus the theme is so strong and sometimes downright weird.
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6. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:19]
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The second newest game to my list. I am a sucker for campaigns.
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7. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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I seem to go back and forth each year trying to decide if I like this more solo or co-op.
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8. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:263]
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#13 Forbidden Desert

File in the category of 'games I play on the floor while watching tv and can walk away from for any period of time and still continue to play'
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9. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:46]
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#12

Like is solo, like it with 12-16 total but love it with 3-4 total.
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10. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
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Ever since Matt Leacock put the alternate island layouts on BGG I go through and play a solo game on each every 6-9 months. Super fun and easy to get going.
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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I have literally had to take a break to calm my nerves while getting to the last few rounds of solo games of Agricola.
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12. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:92]
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Every now and again this hits the spot so much that I only want to play it for a week or so.
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13. 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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#8

I do like playing this with a group but have grown more and more to like it solo and I think it's so that I can only blame myself for the multitude of bad decisions there are to be made.
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14. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:463]
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#7

Here is a game I was super into, got rid of for a number of years and then one day realized I wanted to play again. I doubt I'll ever play this with another human being again but it's a-ok solo.
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15. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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#6

In multiplayer I like Legacy better but solo I love setting this up and playing three or four times in a row. I have a simple system: if I win I make it harder the following game, if I lose I play the same way again until I get it.
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16. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:936]
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Fast setup, fast play, fast to lose.
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17. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:238]
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Just ok multiplayer but great and sometimes headache inducing solo.
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18. Board Game: Viticulture Essential Edition [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:20]
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#3

The automa campaign for this is excellent and very challenging.
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19. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:210]
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#2

So good solo, never enough moves, so many things you want to get done and I don't think I have ever only played it once in a row.
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20. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:35]
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I love, love, love setting this up and getting completely lost in the multitude of choices and options you have in front of you. Strong theme, great gameplay, I dig it.
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