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M Hellyer
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Is there such a thing? I've played Puerto Rico solitaire on the computer (very good), and tried the boardgame Agricola alone. What else is there out there I could try?
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Le Havre plays solitaire.
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Snowdonia is one you might want to checkout. It's one of my favorite games to play solitaire right now.
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Most of the games by Uwe Rosenberg work quite well solitaire.

Archipelago has a solitaire expansion that I think is fun, but it's very puzzly.
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Hi Michael. If you enjoy Print n Play games, Maquis is a very good, solo-only worker placement game.

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My experience with Agricola solo is that it doesn't feel like there's much variation from game to game, even using different sets of cards. (I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just pointing it out.) Le Havre feels much more variable to me, not just because of the randomization of the buildings, but because I can choose different paths to victory in each game.

Those are two of my favorite games (solo or otherwise), but everything I've seen of Caverna tells me that it will be a new favorite, and I'll probably like it more than Agricola or Le Havre.
 
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Castaways can be played solo with worker placement, though it's more of a decision-making exercise, thematically.
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andye wrote:
My experience with Agricola solo is that it doesn't feel like there's much variation from game to game, even using different sets of cards. (I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just pointing it out.) Le Havre feels much more variable to me, not just because of the randomization of the buildings, but because I can choose different paths to victory in each game.

Those are two of my favorite games (solo or otherwise), but everything I've seen of Caverna tells me that it will be a new favorite, and I'll probably like it more than Agricola or Le Havre.


Only thing that worries me with Caverna is that there would not be any variability between each game unlike Le Havre or Agricola. Le Havre's speical buildings, and building orders change. Agricola had varying occupation and minor improvement with each game. But Caverna is like Ora et Labora - everything is already set. I guess that you can create a fan variant where you mix up the tiles for each game, but I wouldn't think that it would play great solo.
 
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Only thing that worries me with Caverna is that there would not be any variability between each game unlike Le Havre or Agricola.

I always felt like the variability in Agricola that came from the cards was pretty minimal. Other than certain strong cards or combos, I found that the cards never really changed the path to victory: build a mostly balanced farm, grow your family early, etc.

The impression that I got from watching these two playthroughs is that Caverna has many viable paths to victory and a huge number of choices with every move. I expect the game-to-game variation to be in the form of choosing substantially different paths to victory.

I should add two caveats. The first is that, obviously, I don't actually have Caverna and have never played it. I'm just guessing based on the playthrough videos. Second, despite what I perceive as a lack of game-to-game variability in Agricola, it's still one of my favorite games. So I'm fairly certain that if my impression of Caverna is wrong, I'll still love the game. Your mileage may vary.
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DiceSpec wrote:
Snowdonia is one you might want to checkout. It's one of my favorite games to play solitaire right now.


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There's a competition mechanic that makes this game very fun. You're constantly trying to plan around what the competition will be doing. It's a solo game that feels like a multi-player game.

Really good. So good I was inspired to create a week dedicated to playing and reporting on solo play. Here's the GeekList:

Snowdonia Week: A Collective Solo Experiment!

Enjoy!
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andye wrote:
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But the problem for me is...when played solo, there will be one pathway that will yield the highest score, and you are done with the game. Basically, the game is a puzzle that costs $80 when played by yourself. The game looks incredibly fun to play with others; not sure for single person. That's all As this was the same reason why I did not purchase Ora et Labora.

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Nothing's better than Robinson Crusoe.
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skyzero wrote:
Nothing's better than Robinson Crusoe.


Yeah, I've been wanting that one for a while. Still $140+ on Amazon, $100 plus shipping on BGG (2 on sale, but 1 is reserved for phantasmag), and so on... a bit much for a $79.99 MSRP game.

Oh, look, its finally in transit to Z-man according to their website and should be there in 4-6 weeks. Too bad they don't have a "last updated" timestamp on that posting. Guess it doesn't matter, been wanting this one so long that I've already spend my game budget for the year (in part because I didn't believe it would come out any time soon).
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Another vote for Snowdonia.
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You should certainly take a look at this Geeklist...
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Nobody mentioned Luna yet?
 
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But Luna isn't technically a worker-placement game, right?

The meeples in that game are more like action-allowance and area-control tokens. You don't place them out each round and bring them home like in a true worker placer.
 
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Archipelago with the solo expansion may be your best bet. That is one hell of a game. Check out Shut Up and Sit Down's review of it - though they focus on multiplayer aspects. You can nonetheless get a good sense of how impressive and in-depth it is. I think a solo worker-placement game may necessarily have to be some sort of elaborate puzzle, like Archipelago is.
 
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I don't know if the Agricola nay-sayers ever tried "campaign mode", but as you start with more cards in play each time and have a higher VP goal, the cards do matter. Also, the sense of progress across your solo sessions is nice.
 
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