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Alex Body
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I've always loved wargames but never really been able to play them since nobody I KNOW loves them!

I'm new to boardgame geek and it seems like a great site so I was wondering if you guys could suggest to me some excellent wargames that are playable as single player.

I'm particularly interested in 20th century conflicts and especially aviation.

I look forward to your responses!

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If you mean solitaire, these are some of my favorites off the top of my head:
Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic
Carrier
D-Day at Omaha Beach
Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations
Phantom Leader Deluxe
RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940
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B-17 and B-29, and the "State of Seige" (some aren't war-themed, such as Dawn of the Zeds") series games offered by Victory Point games.
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I find the purpose designed solitaire games to be a mixed bag. But you can play most 2 player wargames by yourself, simply doing your best for both sides. One I'm enjoying right now is Tigers in the Mist, on the battle of the Bulge.
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catosulla wrote:
My favorite.
And it checks all of your boxes:
Truly solitaire? (not just playing both sides) Check.
Aircraft? Check.
20th century missions? Check.

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fightcitymayor wrote:
catosulla wrote:
My favorite.
And it checks all of your boxes:
Truly solitaire? (not just playing both sides) Check.
Aircraft? Check.
20th century missions? Check.



Looks great.

How does it compare to "Phantom Leader"?
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Raid on St Nazaire.

Out of print, but available second hand for reasonable prices.

RoSN is not for the faint hearted for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the rules are Avalon Hill-1980s level of complexity. Secondly, it's brutal. Many of your boats will be sunk and commando teams lost before they reach land.

Elegant opponent AI give RoSN excellent replayability; it also has one of the most beautiful maps in wargaming history.

No aviation though.
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A couple of other options are those games where the other side does not have much choice

Things like the Fall of France (for example Case Yellow, 1940: The German Blitzkrieg in the West or the 1944 drive the opposite direction - ala Liberty Roads.

In both these cases, the defender is trying to stem the bleeding and while there are significant decisions, they tend to be "boring" and fairly obvious - limiting the fun factor for someone in the defender seat.

Dont get me wrong - both are wonderful games and I thoroughly enjoy playing them.
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MiG_Eater wrote:
fightcitymayor wrote:
catosulla wrote:
My favorite.
And it checks all of your boxes:
Truly solitaire? (not just playing both sides) Check.
Aircraft? Check.
20th century missions? Check.



Looks great.

How does it compare to "Phantom Leader"?


They are both based in the same basic design by DVG games. If you like one, chances are you;ll like the other. IMO, there are different missions, weapons, and random events but the basic play format is easilt transferable from one game to the other.
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I found another wargamer in Ipswich that you could send a geekmail. Maybe he would be interested to play face to face with you and introduce you to other local wargamers.

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I was in the same boat as you a couple of years ago. I contacted a few fellow wargamers thru BGG, and now I have more people to play wargames with then I have time to
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Thunderbolt Apache Leader is another great game in the Leader series, but it has a different map set up, which is somewhat randomly generated, making for a lot of replayability. It is a real development of the leader series.

For older historical times, Field Commander: Napoleon is a great game with a number of battles and a great campaign.

It is well worth checking out some of the videos of these games, there are a lot of great videos, showing how the games work.
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MiG_Eater wrote:
I've always loved wargames but never really been able to play them since nobody I KNOW loves them!

I'm new to boardgame geek and it seems like a great site so I was wondering if you guys could suggest to me some excellent wargames that are playable as single player.

I'm particularly interested in 20th century conflicts and especially aviation.

I look forward to your responses!

Alex


If you want opponents, there is a great way to play wargames through the computer. It is an interface called Vassal and has your board, pieces, cards, etc. on it. It is all free. All that is required from copywrite laws is that one of the players actually owns the game.

If you send me a Geekmail with your e-mail address in it, I'll e-mail you a document I created on how to use it and the document is full of screenshots, so it walks you right through it.

It will change your life.

In the meantime, for solitaire:

B-17: Queen of the Skies
Ambush!
D-Day at Omaha Beach
Field Commander: Rommel (or Alexander or Napoleon if you prefer them)
Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations

Any game from the Victory Point Games States of Siege Series.
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Silent War is a solitaire game that has been very well received.
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The solitaire wargame I'm enjoying the most these days is The Barbarossa Campaign.
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The Kaiser's Pirates is an oft overlooked, but very good solitaire game, that can also be played with 2-4 players. I also find that games with chit-pull activation work really well solitaire, even though they're not necessarily designed to be played that way. Some examples would be : Chariots of Fire, Gringo!, Glory III, and Roads to Leningrad. The Battles of the American Revolution series are also designed with solitaire rules.
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Welcome to the Geek!

Lots of good advice here already. Now can we get this new wargamer an avatar? I made a start.
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blockhead wrote:
I find the purpose designed solitaire games to be a mixed bag.


I find them to be almost all pretty boring. Personal taste, but I'd
rather not be spending effort learning rules to manage the AI.

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But you can play most 2 player wargames by yourself, simply doing your best for both sides.



Yep. And most non-wargames and multi-player stuff too. Different things
are issues for different players - but you learn to devise little tricks
to help you over even stuff that seems impossible.

The big point is that wargames (and other simulations) are very good
at giving a rich story - the game doesn't have to be all about the
competition.
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I find the Field Commander series quite good:

Field Commander: Napoleon
Field Commander: Rommel
Field Commander: Alexander

They are all designed for solo play and plays quite well. That said, I think most of the "normal" 2 player plays very well as solo games.
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I know it doesn't fit either the modern or aviation but don't ignore Navajo Wars.

Also I consider Fields of Fire to be one of the best war gaming experiences available.
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Luftschiff is very different, deals with aviation, and purely 1-person.
And it has a tongue-twisting sequel!
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I was sorely distracted from my med school studies by the Ambush series:
Ambush! (1983)
Ambush! Move Out! (1984)
Ambush! Purple Heart (1985)
Ambush! Silver Star (1987) [sorry, I don't know how to make the links]

Yes, they're old, but I found the ancient moving box that they hid in for the last 20+ years and they are still fun to play!

And I second oldsin... we need to get this aviator an avatar.
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Wow. I'm amazed at the massive response, thanks!

I can't see the wood for the trees...

I saw a game called "Duel in the Dark" which seems to be fairly well liked. What does everyone think of that?

Leaning towards getting a copy of Phantom Leader. It looks like it should keep me entertained for a good while.
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MiG_Eater wrote:


I saw a game called "Duel in the Dark" which seems to be fairly well liked. What does everyone think of that?


Stumbled into a copy recently. Looks more like AT than what wargamers
usually go for. Haven't gotten around to playing it. All the little toys
might make it more acceptable to my wife, but the glossy rules full of
pictures are sure to make me curse a blue streak.
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GMT's Nightfighter was designed for 2 players (one playing and one refereeing for the player), but very good unofficial rules exist to make it playable purely solo.

GMT also has 2 games on their P500 that you may be interested in. Unfortunately that means they aren't available yet:
Cactus Air Force
Enemy Coast Ahead: The Dambuster Raid

http://www.gmtgames.com/s-2-p500.aspx
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