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Subject: Glass road - review of solo play rss

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Kelly Lees
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I love to play board games. One of the reasons I like to play is that it brings people together around the table to socialize and have fun. Sometimes there is no one around to play with. Unlike with video games where you can find people to play with you online at any time of day or night, with board games it is much harder to arrange as you need to be face to face. This is where solo board gaming comes in. The hard part for me is finding a board game that is just as engaging solo as it is with other players.

Glass Road by Uwe Rosenburg does this beautifully.

In Glass Road you collect resources and turn them into other resources in order to build buildings which will give you victory points at the end of the game.

There are three types of buildings:

Processing buildings allow you to gather and convert resources
Immediate buildings give you a one time benefit
Bonus buildings give you victory points at the end of the game
Each player has their own production wheel where they keep track of their resources and where glass and bricks are automatically made.

Each player also has the same hand of 15 specialist cards. These cards depict different helpers with two actions per card.

The solo game is played over 7 rounds. Each round you choose a certain number of specialist cards to play. You have to choose wisely as you do not know the order in which you will be playing your cards and only the last card played will allow you to use both actions.

You can try to plan out a strategy based on what buildings you would like to buy, but you also have to be flexible as the cards you need may not be drawn at the right time. I find this to be quite challenging and a lot of fun! In the rulebook it says that a score of 30 is considered a remarkable score. On my first play I scored 11. I have improved since then but have yet to reach 30. You never get the same layout of buildings each game so it is great fun to try to figure out how to get the most points out of what you are given.

All in all Glass Road is a great solo game that is challenging and interesting to play. I highly recommend it. Oh, and it also plays great with other people when you happen to find some

Happy Gaming!

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Bob Hansen
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Of all of the Uwe Rosenberg games with solitaire rules out there, Glass Road is my second favorite for solo play, closely behind At the Gates of Loyang. With the random building draw and not knowing the order in which your chosen actions will come up make each game different and challenging. It is great for replay-ability.
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I haven't tried At the Gates of Loyang for solo play... I'll have to give it a go as I really enjoy it with 2 players.
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Loyang uses a matrix of cards that you choose from each card round with each row being more expensive in coins than the one before it. Again, the cards you get are fairly random, meaning each play is going to be different than other plays, which is what I like about the Glass Road solo rules. Loyang, IMHO, however, is a better game overall than Glass Road, so thus it is better solo as well. Still, I really enjoy Glass Road solo. The actual game, multiplayer, feels a bit short for me, which makes the solo version that much better as it has more rounds.
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chris leko
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I agree. Glass Road is a great solo game, but Loyang edges it out slightly. Primarily because the card matrix is really innovative, while not changing the way the game plays. It shifts it into a more puzzle like experience, but the core of the game (selling veggies to peeps) is still there, and works wonderfully. Because of the random nature of it, I've never had two games play the same either!
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Would love to see some solo scores!

I did my first solo game tonight and got 12!

Only built three buildings!

Also as a solo game its super quick!
 
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