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Friday is a solo-only deckbuilder/euro

Lewis & Clark has solitaire rules
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Three more that come to mind:
Le Havre
At the Gates of Loyang
Cruel Necessity
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Most coop games make good solos

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+1 to Loyang.
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Archipelago has a solo expansion, though I've never tried it so I can't say how good it is.
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K____ wrote:


Snowdonia is one of the few that lends itself to great solo game play. There's a built-in competition in drawing for resources each round. It makes the game challenging, strategic, and different every time. For a pure Euro, it's the best I've found.

Ghost Stories - This one is the most solid hybrid design I've found. Euro mechanics--except for the dice--with a beautiful, horror theme. It's my favorite solo game. A living, breathing puzzle that changes every turn. Great game.
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At the Gates of Loyang
Agricola
Le Havre
Ora et Labora
Snowdonia
Bios: Megafauna (not precisely Euro, but close enough)
Glass Road
Romolo o Remo?
Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
Gem Rush
Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
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I'd even toss in GMT COIN Series (though they're solitaire, not solo..well, you can use the AI flow-charts).

Those are just the ones sitting on my shelf.

I'd recommend Loyang most of them all, as it plays very well solo and has some pretty interesting mechanisms (the card offer stands out for me).

I wouldn't call Friday a Euro game, but it's a great solo game.
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thedacker wrote:
K____ wrote:


Snowdonia is one of the few that lends itself to great solo game play. There's a built-in competition in drawing for resources each round. It makes the game challenging, strategic, and different every time. For a pure Euro, it's the best I've found.


Thanks for elaborating. I just tree a bare name...
I can say that the few times I played (solo) I liked it. I find the euro-ness... tolerable... and that is from the guy that refused to play Sake & samurai because it has wooden cubes and as we all know wooden cubes -> euro.

Following the thoughts about cubes, I remembered this one: Maquis
Another one that I like quite a bit.
Print and play, but for me it has been worth the (small) effort.

thedacker wrote:
Ghost Stories - This one is the most solid hybrid design I've found. Euro mechanics--except for the dice--with a beautiful, horror theme. It's my favorite solo game. A living, breathing puzzle that changes every turn. Great game.


Yes, Ghost Stories too!
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Ginkgopolis can be played solo. Onirim is a solo/co-op game.
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Suburbia offers 2 solo versions... I love it!!!

Also Troyes has a very good solo alternative (suggested by the author)
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My Euro-iest solo games that I really really do like are Walnut Grove (if you can get it), which is pretty fast and quite, what's the word, cute when played solo? And the other one is Atlantis Rising, which is more involved, has you racing against the threat of Atlantis sinking, and ... might be hard to get, too?

Anyway, there's always Agricola, which I am sure will make Zee Garcia's (of Dice Tower fame/notoriety) number one solo game ... whistle

Thanks for asking this question, by the way, I was *dying* to find a place where I could make that guess!
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Another vote for Maquis. It's print-and-play worker placement with theme. If you have a collection that includes eurogames, you may be able to scrounge the cubes and pawns from games you have on-hand. Quick game (20 minutes) with strategy, multiple goals, multiple difficulty levels.
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I'm here to second what has been mentioned above:

Ghost Stories
Friday

And if you like thematic and focused deckbuilders, I've enjoyed:

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
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+1 At the Gates of Loyang. By far the best solo experience of any of the Rosenberg "Harvest" titles. I don't play a lot of solo games, but this one I really like.
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Second (third?) everything above. One other is Wallace's London (first edition). Not a solo game, but makes for one with a very simple variant. Simple: After your turn just discard 4 cards, place 4 new cards on display, then take your turn as normal. Also, limit yourself to only buying 5 Burroughs. Nice little ever changing puzzle.

I will also add that Ghost Stories is incredible. Also, I haven't played enough to fully recommend, but Freedom: The Underground Railroad is a very tense and meaty co-op. Very solo-able.

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It hasn't been mentioned enough yet. At the Gates of Loyang is great solo. It's a great multi-player game, but it's even better solo. The cards that are drawn randomly each turn in the multiplayer game are placed in a tableu and you can see upcoming cards and can plan better. The choice of which card to get also becomes strategic because it impacts what cards will be available later. It's a great game.
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The best kind of solo game! I will just mention a few that I think have been underrepresented. Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy is a euro worker placement with two solitaire modes. The multiplayer game is great, but I haven't decided on the solo. Also, somebody mentioned Archipelago once before. I think the solo expansion is a lot of fun, but you have to love the base game. You won't be satisfied much by shooting for a high score, since luck plays a large role, but I love it because I think Archipelago is a really rich, immersive simulation, and the solo expansion gives me guided play within that sandbox.

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island is another best of the best.
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+1 to Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp, a wonderful solitaire puzzle that does so many things in a small package. Great buy.

Also, after 2 plays I'm a huge fan of Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Finally, thanks for the headsup about the Troyes solitaire variant (by the authors!). I plan on giving that a spin tonight

Oh, and Mage Knight is the best solitaire euro ever made, hands down!
 
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I'd even toss in GMT COIN Series (though they're solitaire, not solo..well, you can use the AI flow-charts).


+1. Don't turn your nose up at them because of their modern-history wargameyness. They have a lot in common with Euros and play excellent solo, solitaire, or multiplayer.
 
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Luna can be played solo.
 
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