Darla's Top 20 Solo playable games 2017
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This is my first year that I've had enough solo playable games to submit a substantive list to the People's Choice Top 100 Solo games

So here's my current Top 20 Solo playable games in 2017. (I'll be interested to see how this changes in 2018).

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1. Board Game: Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:357]
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WQ:ACG is a dungeon crawl game with just cards. WQ:ACG reminds me of the Lord of the Rings LCG but without the deck construction. I couldn't get into the deck construction. So WQ:ACG gives me that adventuring feel without loads of preparation beforehand.

I find the gameplay REALLY tough. I'm not someone who enjoys getting beaten to a pulp, but I enjoy this game from time to time. It feels nicely thematic and I love that despite you only having 4 actions to choose from, it provides surprisingly deep gameplay.
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2. Board Game: Zulus on the Ramparts! [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1418]
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I researched this game as a good jumping off point for wargaming. I've definitely found it to be a good starting point. I'm keen to get into wargaming more but I'm still learning what I may or may not like about wargames.

Zulus presents good challenging decisions each turn but I don't like that a couple of bad chit draws can lose you the game in the first 5 minutes!
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3. Board Game: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:290]
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I LOVE Harry Potter and the theme is rich with this game.
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4. Board Game: Invaders from Dimension X! [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:7151]
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Another dip of my toe into wargaming. I enjoy the pulpy, camp alien theme.
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5. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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Such a fab "whodunnit" game. I love the way this game plays with you studying maps, reading newspapers and interviewing suspects.

Best enjoyed if you indulge a whole evening to solving a case.
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6. Board Game: Godforsaken Scavengers [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:6165]
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Another thematic dungeon crawl using only cards.

I enjoy the push-your-luck aspect of this game and the creepy, thematic artwork. Tough gameplay but it plays quick and I want another game straight away.
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7. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:580]
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I really do feel like a merchant flying around space delivering weird and wonderful goods to distant planets. Great fun!
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8. Board Game: Clans of Caledonia [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:61]
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I love the area control element of this game. There's also tonnes of challenging decisions to make to get the most of your turns.

There's a lot of replayability in CoC so I think I'll be enjoying it for a long time to come.
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9. Board Game: Card City XL [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:3820]
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I love the spatial, puzzle challenge of this game.
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10. Board Game: Galaxy Defenders [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:869]
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The Alien AI plays great with different Aliens moving and attacking differently.

GD can be a little fiddly and some of the rules are a bit vague, but I the love the theme of GD and it's bags of fun.
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11. Board Game: Hero Realms [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:188]
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I enjoy playing this fantasy-themed deck-builder solo and co-op. I love the different factions and I especially love the artwork of the Necros faction.
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12. Board Game: Sub Terra [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:1399]
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I love the theme of cavers trapped underground with unknown horrors hiding in the darkness...

You have to play 4 characters, but it works great because each character only has 2 actions each turn. So the turns are really quick.

But like any good co-op, the game fights back with cave-ins, floods and horrors spawning in the cave.
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13. Board Game: Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:4972]
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Fun, quick, roll and write, dice chucking game with challenging decisions to be made about which action dice to choose to guide your ships through mine-infested tracks through space.

The custom dice are nice and chunky.

I'm finding this game quite addictive. The solo AI is challenging to beat but requires minimal effort to run.
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14. Board Game: Burgle Bros. [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:201]
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Another co-op tile-laying game like Sub Terra but with a completely different theme.

Burgle Bros is a fun, co-operative heist game. I find it immersive and I enjoy the theme. It's a fairly light, puzzle game but with lots of replayability. The variable powers make each character interesting. The Guard AI works pretty well.
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15. Board Game: Runebound (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:418]
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I really enjoy this fantasy adventure game. I love exploring Terrinoth interacting with Combat, Exploration and Social adventures.

The hero development is fun with different skills that can be learnt and weapons and equipment and other goodies that can be bought from the cities in Terrinoth.

I love the enemy combat AI that the Unbreakable Bonds expansion adds.
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16. Board Game: Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:1692] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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I think BGG's very own Tristan Hall has achieved his aim of creating a role-playing board game that's playable in one evening. My favourite thing about GoK is the great narrative story I can tell in my head as I'm playing.

I want to keep exploring Kilforth forever, but the Night deck provides a challenging timer counting down to your defeat or victory.

And I LOVE the gothic, horror artwork.
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17. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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It's Pandemic. It's a classic.

It's a great gateway game, but I love that you can make the game harder to keep the game challenging even after playing it loads of times.

I also love Pandemic Iberia and Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu.
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18. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
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I love Scythe. I love the engine-building and territory control wrapped up in an immersive alternate 1920s Eastern European history with incredible artwork and beautiful game components.
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19. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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It's complex. It's long. It's tough. But I LOVE this beast.

I love thematic games and Arkham Horror has this in spades. This game sure does create a fantastic immersive narrative.
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20. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:17]
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The bee's knees. The cat's whiskers. It isn't Number 1 on the People's Choice Top 100 Solo games for nothing.

You have to set aside a lot of time to play Mage Knight, but each time I play it I'm reminded how amazing this game is.

Will it still be 2017's Number 1??

I think Gloomhaven or Terraforming Mars might give MK a challenge for the Number 1 spot this year...
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