I'd be curious to hear what about anyone's experience with the solo and 2-player variants for Founding Fathers. Are the mechanics similar to those for Republic of Rome, which inspired the base game? Somewhat. The solitaire version creates a two-party and hence two-player situation with the human player taking on a virtual player. Kyle Seely authored some comments about this version at
http://goo.gl/kNbgzI (GameBox site)
I am intrigued by FF but it's the sort of game I will struggle to get to the table with 3+ players (once every 2 years seems optimistic!) so the quality of the 2-player and solo variants are important to me. I would like to use the 2-player version to help sell other players on the regular game -- how does it seem from that point of view? The two-player version is pretty much the same game as the multi-player except of course they cooperate a lot less, maybe only when the Republic itself is endangered.