Card Driven Solitaire games
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I've noticed that there are a lot of card driven solitaire games out now. In this type of game, a player cycles through a deck of cards which determines what happens each turn. Often, the cards are used for other actions such as randomizers for specific actions or events.

To the best of my knowledge the 1st game in this style is Pocket Civ.

I find these games very fun. The random card draw works quite well for solitaire games.

I'm probably missing some games. Please add any you know about and please feel free to add any details that I have left out.
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1. Board Game: Pocket Civ [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:3432]
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As far as I know, this is the father of all these games. The card is used to determine what happens each turn. It's also used to determine how much gold can be found and does a few other things which I don't recall.

This is a pretty long game. It lasts 8 rounds and there are a lot of counters to move on the board (or drawing & erasing in the basic version).
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2. Board Game: Zombie in my Pocket [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2885]
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Not only does Zombie in My Pocket us the same card draw mechanic, but it has random tiles that get laid on the board.

The cards have one section per round and a random item.
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3. Board Game: Free Trader [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:8122]
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Free Trader was created by the host of the Print and Play podcast. If I recall correctly, he has said he was inspired by Zombie in My Pocket, but I may be wrong.

The game has planet cards that are played on the board and event cards that are cycled through to control market costs, events during space flight, and combat.
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4. Board Game: Israeli Independence: The First Arab-Israeli War, 1948-1949 [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:6671]
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I've not played or seen this game yet, but it seems to share the event card mechanism. This is the first commercial game on the list.

The cards are used to control enemy movement towards Israel and looks like it contains other information.

The 1st Victory Point Games product using the "State of Siege" engine.
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5. Board Game: Soviet Dawn: The Russian Civil War, 1918-1921 [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:2974]
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The 2nd "State of Siege" game by Victory Point Games.
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6. Board Game: Zulus on the Ramparts! [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:1670]
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This game has become disqualified. I read through the rules last night and realized it's actually a chit-pull game. I the other 2 in the series, however, are card driven.


Yet a 3rd "State of Siege" game. This one looks the most interesting to me.
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7. Board Game: Bindle Rails [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:11994]
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I 1st heard of this game during the recent BGG upgrade. I still haven't tried this at all, but am hoping to soon.
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8. Board Game: Island Of D 2: The Shadow of Dawn [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:6763]
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only cards in this one. Fantasy themed, quite tough to beat like all solitaire games should be...


(this is my own graphic redesign, so this is shameless self-promotion!devildevil )
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9. Board Game: Hornet Leader [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:3280]
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Early GMT solitaire CDGs.
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10. Board Game: Thunderbolt/Apache Leader [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:3909]
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Its follow-up.
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11. Board Game: Corsair Leader [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:4674]
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Hornet Leader in WWII...think Pappy Boyington and Black Sheep Squadron.
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12. Board Game: RAF [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:2127]
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Excellent game!
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13. Board Game: Mosby's Raiders [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:4075]
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Really tense.
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14. Board Game: Fields of Fire [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:1232]
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Although controversial, promises to outdo the previous forerunners.
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15. Board Game: Maria Theresa [Average Rating:5.54 Unranked]
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It uses cards to resolve most of the game actions.
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16. Board Game: Delve the Card Game [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:11998]
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solo fantasy game. Make it alive through the deck with your Hero, surviving traps and monsters, using weapons and magic artifacts...



 
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17. Board Game: Mission ZO/MBie [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Free print-and-play. Not a deep strategical game. Much more like patience game under topic of zombie for one player.
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18. Board Game: Airborne in my Pocket [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:4973]
 
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This free print-n-play game started as a variant of Zombie in my Pocket, already on this list, but became different enough to warrant its own entry.

You are a paratrooper sent to Normandy to prepare the Allied invasion. You start outside, on the Drop Zone, and work your way inside a bunker, where you must sabotage German guns. When your explosive charges are in place, Red Alert is declared, and you must evade the Bunker before the guns explode and all hell breaks loose.



You draw an Event Card every turn, and read the appropriate section (outside, inside or Red Alert). The cards can also serve to determine the Item you draw and the name of a location (when the "shelling" rules are in effect, or to learn the location of your secondary objective). The colored numbers (top right) have an effect in some scenarios, and the colors themselves are used in conjunction with weapon jamming rules.

The first expansion of the game consists of 40 new Event cards (4 new sets of 10 cards), to give the game more variety. The next expansion will introduce new Event cards for the German scenarios (where enemies are Allied soldiers).

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19. Board Game: Title Bout [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:5024]
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(1979) Probably the best boxing game out there. Driven by an action deck - I'd LOVE to see this updated!!

 
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20. Board Game: Chainsaw Warrior [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:6713]
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This I suspect may now be the oldest title on the list (Games Workshop, 1987). Cards are rooms and/or monsters, each representing one or more minutes. When 60 minutes have passed, the game is over and catastrophe strikes New York!
 
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21. Board Game: Founding Fathers: Offices & Statesmen [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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This one might fit your description. Topic is the early governance of the United States, up to the Civil War.
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