Mrmagpieman's Top 20 Solo Games 2017
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Here it is, then. My inaugural solo top 20 list for 2017. It has certainly been a good exercise creating this list, as it made me ask questions about my gameplay habits.

The 'house' rule I had when putting this list together was that I actually have to have played it this year. If I had not played it, then it doesn't make the list, which means some games that I have quite enjoyed over the years did not get on.

I hope that I have some of your favourites here, along with a few surprises!

Making this list has certainly made me think about my game collection, the games that did not get played and the ones that should have been played more. But it's also made me think twice before buying a new game - will it be good enough to make the list, and if it won't is it worth buying?
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1. Board Game: PAX [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1969]
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Sneaking in to the number 20 spot is this set collecting card set in Ancient Rome. It's quick to set up, and features an opponent in the guise of the Empire itself.
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2. Board Game: Helionox: The Last Sunset [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:3731] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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This tiny box fits a lot of game in. To get the best out of this you need to use the excellent 'shadow returns' variant which pits you against an opponent. I would have played it more, and placed it higher up the list, but I have been holding back for the deluxe edition, so expect this game to be higher next year.
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3. Board Game: Space Infantry [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:3157]
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Long out of print, and taking preorders for it's new edition. The joy of this game was it's modularity, giving the game a lot of options. I still have yet to get to the real meat of this game, so there's plenty of material to keep me going for a long while yet.
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4. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:843] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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This game is the cuboid equivalent to Magic the Gathering. Gather forces, and bash each other into submission. And there's extra fun in opening those little silvery packets of gaming crack...
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5. Board Game: One Deck Dungeon [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:514] [Average Rating:7.37 Unranked]
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Another dice chucker. Might be higher if I could win a game...
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6. Board Game: Port Royal [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:407] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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This game is a push your luck card game. The expansion adds contacts that you have to fulfill. Probably the lightest game on the list, but sometimes that's what you want to play.
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7. Board Game: Viticulture Essential Edition [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:19]
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I really need to play this more often. Gives a really tight game where victory feels earned.
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8. Board Game: Samurai Spirit [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:979]
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Small box game which always provides a challenge.
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9. Board Game: Dice Stars [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:2194]
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The game's setup is as easy as it gets - pull the bag and scorecard out of the box and you're ready to go. If you use the box lid as a dice tray, you don't even need a table! Nice to play if you only have ten minutes to spare.
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10. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:18]
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Only number eleven on the list. I have had a couple of games where the design shines through, but I have still yet to properly 'grok' the game. I'm only one game in to the Dunwich Legacy so maybe time will tell...
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11. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:259]
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More dice chucking. Easy setup, and enjoyable fun, although I have found the game to be a little easy.
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12. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
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My go to game of previous years has slipped a bit. Sometimes the game can just be a bit too epic, and you don't want to put yourself through the grinder again for a while. Must play more.
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13. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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A true classic. The bot is a nasty piece of cardboard, designed to humiliate players who think they know what they are doing. I've played many a game against the 'Keldon AI', and even won a few, but the card bot beats me every time.
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14. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:555]
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Excellent little tableau builder. Plays well solo, is cheap and comes in a tiny box. Only down sides is that the small cards are a little fiddly, but despite that the game takes a lot of space!
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15. Board Game: La Granja: No Siesta [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1227]
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Roll and write dice game, but there is a nice amount of strategy in this one.
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16. Board Game: Peloponnes Card Game [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:3143]
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Another inexpensive game in a tiny box. Official solo rules don't come in the box, but are easily found on the files page. Nice game which involves balancing your civ build in the face of disasters.
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17. Board Game: Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:641] [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked]
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You need to play both sides, but you can play sides actions based on the objectives that need to be achieved, so achieves an AI of sorts. It's an uncomplicated dice chucker with cards ploys and lovely miniatures.
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18. Board Game: Oh My Goods! [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:620]
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You need the expansion to get the best from this, but it's pretty much a multiplayer solo, so just play the requisite numbers of rounds and score. With the expansion, you have goals to achieve in order to progress the story. I can't say how good the story is as I am still playing chapter two!
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19. Board Game: Mint Works [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:659]
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It's tiny, cheap, and comes with four solo opponents in the tin. What's not to like? You wouldn't expect it to be the deepest game, but it provides enough play to keep you happy for the 15 minutes in which it plays.
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20. Board Game: Shadowrun: Crossfire [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:610]
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Here is my number one. Always plays a tense game, where you never seem to be winning, only fighting against losing. But it's this that makes a win feel well deserved.
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