I read the solitaire rules but it still seems clunky and ad hoc. I very much want to get this game but from reading all of the rules it just does not appear to be solitaire friendly. Are the concealment and decoy units needed to play the game or can it be played without them and little to no impact on game play? Maybe I am just too fixated on these counters. thanks
I don't think the decoy markers are a big deal and that you could play without them. Concealment is not an issue really. I often just set up the sides with decoys and randomize them for the "other side". Adds a level of surprise, but may not be the ideal strategically for that side. I think this really boils down to what you enjoy as far as solo play. If you only like games with dedicated AI or games with mechanisms that add to randomness (chit pull, card draw), then BoB may fall flat for you. If, however, you can enjoy playing both sides then the game is enjoyable. I would compare it to ASLSK from a solo experience perspective. You have to like soloing games with open information and low activation randomness. I have enjoyed it, but I also appreciate soling games with some level of activation randomness, like Combat Commander (based on card draws) and chit pull games.