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Larry Schneider
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I basically play board games by myself. Favorites include Robinson Crusoe (LOVE IT!) and Mage Knight Board Game (really like it).

While I've read a lot about the huge amount of content in this game, no one has yet spent much time talking about the solo version (Battlequest, I think it's called).

So for someone who only plays solo, is this a good investment?

Thanks.
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schnel wrote:
I basically play board games by myself. Favorites include Robinson Crusoe (LOVE IT!) and Mage Knight Board Game (really like it).

While I've read a lot about the huge amount of content in this game, no one has yet spent much time talking about the solo version (Battlequest, I think it's called).

So for someone who only plays solo, is this a good investment?

Thanks.


I am an avid solo gamer:
Mage Knight, Pandemic, Galaxy Defenders, Sentinels of the Multiverse, 12 Realms, Gears of War, Last Frontier - Vesuvius Incident, Hidden Intruder, Level 7 [Escape], Lord of the Rings LCG, and more.

I *would not* buy BattleCON for the solo mode alone. Don't get me wrong, the solo mode is fun and I am glad to have it, but there are much better solo games to spend that amount of money on. If you even occasionally have a second player, the 1v1 mode is where this game really shines. The solo, 2v1, 2v2, boss, etc modes are great, but they are really icing on the cake. 1v1 is the cake.
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Larry Schneider
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cgrater wrote:
schnel wrote:
I basically play board games by myself. Favorites include Robinson Crusoe (LOVE IT!) and Mage Knight Board Game (really like it).

While I've read a lot about the huge amount of content in this game, no one has yet spent much time talking about the solo version (Battlequest, I think it's called).

So for someone who only plays solo, is this a good investment?

Thanks.


I am an avid solo gamer:
Mage Knight, Pandemic, Galaxy Defenders, Sentinels of the Multiverse, 12 Realms, Gears of War, Last Frontier - Vesuvius Incident, Hidden Intruder, Level 7 [Escape], Lord of the Rings LCG, and more.

I *would not* buy BattleCON for the solo mode alone. Don't get me wrong, the solo mode is fun and I am glad to have it, but there are much better solo games to spend that amount of money on. If you even occasionally have a second player, the 1v1 mode is where this game really shines. The solo, 2v1, 2v2, boss, etc modes are great, but they are really icing on the cake. 1v1 is the cake.


That's what I thought. Oh well...looks amazingly awesome.
Not to go off on a tangent, what are your favorite solo games? I gather that the Galaxy Defenders copy you have is Kickstarter since I don't think it's gone retail yet.
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Jared Voshall
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Strictly for solo play? I would say no. You would still get a lot of game for your purchase - 30 characters to choose from, with all the various dungeons to run, with all the upgrades to play with if you have the Extended Edition - but not enough to justify a purchase over a game designed for Solo or Coop play.

Besides, just playing solo cuts out so much of the game you get that it feels almost criminal - you miss out on the 1v1 (the game's bread and butter), 1v2, 2v2, 3v1, and Boss Scenarios, which is a staggering amount of game to leave sitting on the side.
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Kyle Currie
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Agreed. Avid solo player, but can't recommend buying this strictly for the solo mode. It's fun, nice to have, and I look forward to possibly expanding upon it (officially or unofficially) but it's really meant (and plays best as) a multiplayer game.

My favorite solo games:
- Darkest Night (First edition) (my current coop/solo favorite)
- Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm (fantastic solo AI)
- Ghost Stories & Yggdrasil (they are fairly similar, so I usually list them side by side)
- Friday
- Flash Point: Fire Rescue
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Oh, wow... Probably not, but even if there was I'd feel sad knowing there was a copy of BattleCON out there being played by no more than one person at a time...
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Have to agree that I would not recommend the game based solely on solo play potential. If you ever find yourself with opportunities to make use of the various multi-player modes, however, then definitely go for it. Very fun game.

As far as solo player games go, you guys owe it to yourself to check out Navajo Wars. I'm not even a solo board game enthusiast. I picked it up mainly for the semi-cooperative mode. But the solo game (which is what it's designed for first and foremost) is awesome, imho.

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Larry Schneider
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Papa Khann wrote:
Have to agree that I would not recommend the game based solely on solo play potential. If you ever find yourself with opportunities to make use of the various multi-player modes, however, then definitely go for it. Very fun game.

As far as solo player games go, you guys owe it to yourself to check out Navajo Wars. I'm not even a solo board game enthusiast. I picked it up mainly for the semi-cooperative mode. But the solo game (which is what it's designed for first and foremost) is awesome, imho.

Papa


I'll check out Navajo Wars. Thanks for the tip! I never heard of it.

Sad to discover that I won't be able to take advantage of Battlecon. Oh well... First world problem indeed. :)

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I'll echo the comments that it's not worth it for solitaire play alone, but only because the two-player version is so much better. DungeonQuest is a solid, fun, and imaginative variant, but there are much better games if you want to play solo.

If you want to learn more about solitaire games I highly recommend joining the 1 Player guild and looking at the Solitaire Games On Your Table threads. They are amazing resources: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/986303/solitaire-games-on-yo...
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