My top 20 Solo games. 2018 Edition
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My first time making a top 20 list of my favorite solo games this year.

My collection of solo games isn't as large as others, so some very light games might have made their way onto my list. It is what it is

Also, keep in mind that I rank them according to how much fun I'm having playing solo. Not how good I think the design is. Highly subjective, in other words
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1. Board Game: Herbaceous [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:915]
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Simple and quick set collection. Fairly luck based, but fun nonetheless.
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2. Board Game: Sunset Over Water [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:2396]
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Another set collection, but with added grid movement. Feels slightly less luck based, but not by much.
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3. Board Game: Battle For Souls [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:2255]
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#18

Fantastic artwork and interesting tug of war mechanisms. Sadly, the tug of war aspect is lost in the solo mode, but it's still fun to grab the souls for victory points.
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4. Board Game: Castellion [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1299]
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#17

I have had mixed experiences with the Oniverse games and this is the only one that made my list. Urbion was close though.

Feels like a mix between connect four and tetris where planning ahead is important.
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5. Board Game: Yggdrasil [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:698]
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I bring this out from time to time. A very interesting design. Although a bit repetitive for my group if I bring it out too often. So nowadays I play it solo whenever I feel the itch.
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6. Board Game: Multiuniversum [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1996]
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A mean set collection when playing multiplayer and the AI is even meaner when playing solo. I will have to bring out the Cthulhu expansion in my next solo session with this.
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7. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:318]
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I have yet to beat this. Quite annoying. But it's a brilliant design. The art is not my favorite, but that doesn't matter when the game is so captivating. Lots of tough decisions in this deck builder.
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8. Board Game: FUSE [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:556]
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Stressful 10 minutes as you try to defuse enough bombs before the timer runs out. If you manage to place your dice correctly and quick enough you might get through the deck before the alarm goes off.

Quite challenging!
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9. Board Game: Tiny Epic Galaxies [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:230]
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#12

Fun little space exploration game. Roll the dice to see which actions you can take. Level up your empire to gain access to more dice and spaceships.

Multiple AI difficulty levels is a big bonus in this one.
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10. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Playable solo with some solo rules uploaded here on BGG.

Quite fun engine building and dice manipulation.
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11. Board Game: The Bloody Inn [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:704]
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Surprisingly fun hand management with a grim theme. A bit too easy to win when playing solo, but I still find it fun to try to beat my own score.
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12. Board Game: Sagrada [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:134]
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#9

Dice drafting at its best (well, almost...). This will have your brain working in no time trying to place the dice in the best possible way.
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13. Board Game: Anachrony [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:63]
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This was my first pure worker placement game in my collection. Since I'm not a big fan of worker placement game, I figured that a game I could play solo would be the best way of getting used to the mechanisms.

I still find worker placement very dry, but the theme of Anachrony coupled with a great AI opponent helped a lot. And it's a gorgeous game!

I will have to play this more solo before I'm comfortable playing with others.
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14. Board Game: Renegade [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:1797]
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A fantastic design! This will be my new Pandemic (which have already left my collection). More puzzly and the random element seems to be balanced.

Not a fan of the rulebook, but the game is great!
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15. Board Game: Planetarium [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:1737]
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I love astronomy and hand management. And this one has both. Yay!

A gorgeous game with a simple and highly enjoyable gameplay simulating the formation of a solar system. Planetary bodies absorbing orbiting matter tokens around the central star.

Can't wait for the expansion!
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16. Board Game: Spirit Island [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:23]
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A very thinky co-op that plays well solo. The brain burning comes from all the open information and trying to use your cards in the most efficient way.

Still needs more table time, but this is so good! The many ways you can customize the experience and difficulty is a huge plus!
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17. Board Game: Roll Player [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:241] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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#4

Here it is! The game that beats Sagrada for me.

By far my favorite dice placement/manipulation/drafting game.

Too bad my group think it's too thinky and prefer Sagrada. But hey, the solo mode is great! With or without the expansion.
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18. Board Game: Nemo's War (second edition) [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:434]
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What a beauty!

A fantastic production! Both in game design and artwork.

A very challenging game with multiple ways of customizing the game.

Scoring differently based on which motive you picked at the start is a brilliant design choice in itself.

A must for fans of solo gaming and/or the book it is based on. This was a no-brainer for me and it made it pretty high on my list.
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19. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:22]
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Sweet baby! So much game in this box! So much to explore!

Add the expansions and you will have so many ways of playing this game you won't be needing much else in your shelf for a while.

Not at all as difficult to learn as some people will have you think. Just use the walkthrough and play the intro scenario a couple of times.

The only reason this didn't make it to the top is because how frustratingly hard it feels the first ten plays or so. I have still not managed to win the first solo scenario consistently on the standard difficulty. But I feel myself improving with every play.
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20. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:4]
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Another science based game that I love. I have mostly played it solo and it's so enjoyable. The cards are all unique and feel very thematic.

Terraforming the planet seemed very difficult at first, but I soon improved and with a few more attempts I was able to win the game and get a decent score as well.

It's sad that this game gets a bad rep because of the poor component quality. I can understand why, but it doesn't stop me from loving it.
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