What my top solo games are at the end of 2017
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I wanted to do this list mainly to share, but also to establish a ranking to see what I play, why, and ultimately, maybe get rid of those games I own but are not in this list.

The list goes from the less played game to the most played, and generally reflect my ability and willingness to pull said game out on the table ; but it doesn't necesseraly indicate a real order of preference, more an indication of what I play most. There are some games that I wouldn't part with, and even though I play them less, I might still indicate them as being part of some sort of TOP# ; I'll indicate them in the list.

Some of the games I play less myself might still be played with my wife and/or usual playgroup, so the game still shines !

Anyway, thanks for coming, reading, and maybe commenting ninja

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Here is the list of the games that I'm currently looking for, with more envy than others ; I hope to get my hands on all of them during 2018, hopefuly most by trading :

Tiny Epic Galaxies
Space Infantry: Resurgence
The Lost Expedition
Chaos Isle Deluxe Survivor's Kit
All Things Zombie: Reloaded
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1. Board Game: N: The Napoleonic Wars [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:6501]
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This has been a game that's been intriguing me for quite some time. I finally got a chance to get it, and I've read the rules, and set it up once, but never actually played ! Time was running out, and strangely enough, I still haven't got to play it.

But I'll put this here, at the end of the list, because I have that feeling that I will enjoy the game ^^ I just have to motivate myself for it. But let's call it a little runner up.
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2. Board Game: Raid on St. Nazaire [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1802]
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This one was also quite a treat to get after a long time of chasing. But it was so much worth it ! This game is brutal. I knew about it, but just playing the game itself is so much more vivid.

I still haven't managed to get far into the game, as I had some trouble getting into the rules, but now it's more streamlined. It's not an easy game to setup and start, so I've only played three times so far, but I feel that once I get to vibe, I'll have pleasure in playing it.
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3. Board Game: Airborne Commander [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:3341]
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I got this game in a trade after I had missed the KS, and I still have to master it somehow. I've never won any play, and I know that I'm missing some key concept, but I still really much enjoy the design, and the gameplay.

I still pick it from time to time, even though I'm wondering if I'm ever going to improve on it...
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4. Board Game: A Week In Hell: The Battle of Hue [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:4747]
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I have been looking for this game for ages, and I got the chance to finally have a copy. I really enjoyed the gameplay and the various little ideas that are thrown here and there to add to the immersion.

I loved the idea for the hits taken by the enemy, loved the convoy mechanics, the leadership and zones of control... I don't regret the efforts I put into getting a hold of it. It might not be the deepest of wargames, but for a magazine game, it is extremely solid, and I rank it high in my list.
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5. Board Game: Nemo's War (second edition) [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:616]
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#might make it into the TOP# later

This game's only been in my collection for a short period of time, but already it is quite high on the list. It really was worth the waiting. The components only are such a treat, but the real narrative plays allowed are just enormous.

As always with those games, so many things to do, so little action points. I haven't explored the game fully yet, but I know that it will stay on the table for many days in a row.
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6. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:302]
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This little game is fast paced, and doesn't take a lot of space. Strangely enough, I don't play it that much, but when I do, it's usually for about ten to fifteen plays in a row !

It is marvelously clever, and easy to get your head around. It's not too high in the list as I always have to force myself a little to play it instead of another game, but it's still a very challenging game, and one I don't see myself parting with.
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7. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:463]
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This started off as a game we played in our playgroup, to something that I grew avidly in love with. The whole design is pretty nifty, and decidedly, I enjoy games with dice. So the mechanics and the various little quirks along with it really make for a nice game.

I own all expansions - apart from all those promos, which I really wish I could get somehow ^^ - and I just love the idea that I have still so many plays ahead of me ! I don't pull it out so often because of the setup, but once it's up, I usually play for several days in a row !
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8. Board Game: D-Day Dice [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:857]
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This game is among the first that I got myself in my quest for solo games, two years ago. It still has a huge place in my heart, but not only because of nostalgia. I thought that the simple mechanic was truly well supported by the theme. It might feel artificial, but it worked with me.

Setup can be a little bit of a hassle sometimes, so that's why I was so enthralled when the KS for the second edition came around. I backup it up to the max, because that's how much I love that game and want it all !
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9. Board Game: Sans Alliés [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:5797]
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This very elegant game is also one that I enjoy to take along when I get out, but less often than Urbion, mostly because its setup is less "crankable" !

But the design is absolutely gorgeous, both visually and mechanically. I wish I could get a mat to make this even more stunning when I play home ^^ The "push and go" feeling is perfect when you manage your army to go further, and the simple little counter for the Infantry perfectly illustrates this.
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10. Board Game: Dungeon Roll [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:1992]
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I played this game for the first time when it came out, in my friendly local gameshop, at a Friday Night Magic that wasn't very crowded. It was a really good filler, and my wife and I enjoyed it very much.

It has become more than a filler, but a true little game that we take out with pleasure ; we got all the extensions, and some more (like the Dragon deck, the Location deck, both findable in the Files section here).

But I also just like to play it on my own ! It has such an easy setup, and a lot of nifty ways to be enhanced for solo use : scenarios, campaigns, score chasing... It's never really far from my desk (I just need to print out a mat or something, now).
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11. Board Game: Dawn of the Zeds (Third edition) [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:1149]
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#2 in TOP#

This game is a ton of fun. The box is heavy, the components are rich and always a pleasure to fiddle with ; the manuals are a treat, the mechanics are divine, and there's a ton of replayability, with the Brainless mode, the Verses mode...

I had the chance to get my hands on the laser-cut counters, and it really adds a lot ^^ Now, waiting for the expansion !
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12. Board Game: In Magnificent Style [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:3129]
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As a game mainly driven by dice, I really loved how it was easy to let the setting and theme overrule the mechanics. I always imagine my little troops advancing despite the terrible carnage that ensues, and the simple rules are a real treat for that.

I found a great fan-designed map that had been posted on BGG some time ago, and had it printed in a large format. It really makes for nice plays ; the poor troops seem so much more vulnerable...
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13. Board Game: Zulus on the Ramparts! [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1416]
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#3 in TOP#

This is one of the very first solo games I got myself. I really fell in love with the clever design, the elegant mechanics, the components and the visual quality of the game.

The setup is rather easy, it's always a game that I enjoy to just have displayed on the table to play with. It has a powerful possibility for narrative plays, and I really think that the States of Siege concept applies so perfectly here. The smalle the scale, the better the Siege. It shines here perfectly so.
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14. Board Game: Urbion [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1809]
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I discovered this little gem quite late, even though I had all the Oniverse games at home. I love the format of the game, allowing me to take it at work easily, and play it out as easily.

It has a challenging design, and it allows for some nice moments. So far, it's the game that I always have in my bag when I get out, mostly out of convenience, but also because it has that little something that make people take a look at it, and I can talk about boargames to people that don't know that there are games beyond Monopoly and Yathzee.
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15. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:526]
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#1 in TOP#

This really is what I could describe as my favorite solo game to pull out whenever I feel in the mood to boardgame. This one doesn't need time, rationale, space, or envy. When I see the box, I usually put the game up laugh I just love the gameplay, the way the cards flow through each game, the objectives, the way you might get totally screwed from turn 2, or save the day on the brink of disaster with just one last Space Marine. Intense plays each time.

I own all expansions ; I haven't played with all of them yet, but I'm glad I have the game to its complete form ^^ This one regularly comes out with my play group as well, so it means double use ! It really deserves its first place in my ranking.
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