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Hello fellow gamers,

not unlike many players here, I love to play solo boardgames.
But, with some games, there are dice involved. As the title suggests, they are not my favorite component.

That got me wondering, do you guys know solo board games which don't heavily rely on dice rolling?
Or maybe some with no dice at all?

And before you mention them, I played:

- Mage Knight
- Friday
- LotR: The Card Game

Thanks for your time!
 
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All the legendary games.
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
Legendary: Villains – A Marvel Deck Building Game

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Onirim (second edition)
Lewis & Clark
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Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
Archipelago: Solo Expansion

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Nations - some dice rolling for the AI, but it doesn't seem very intrusive to me.
Imperial Settlers
Cities

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Bremerhaven
Le Havre
At the Gates of Loyang
Glass Road
Snowdonia
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+1 on Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
 
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Baseball Highlights: 2045
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Test
Nations
Caverna
Agricola

All have solo variants. Of the 3, I prefer Nations.
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+1 Agricola
+1 Imperial Settlers

Both excellent games, with excellent solo variants.
If I had to pick the best, I would say the latter.
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Friday

Also, there are any number of Co-op boardgames that can easily be soloed and involve no dice.
 
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Space Infantry uses an alternative randomization method, where chits are removed from a bag.
 
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If you are interested in wargames, The Barbarossa Campaign is an excellent solitaire wargame with no dice rolling, just random card and chit draws.
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Josh Sauer wrote:


First one I thought of. And a really good game!
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Woah, woah, WOAH!

I did not expect so many replies in such short time!
May I thank each and every one of you?
I'll be off to check some (if not all) of your recommendations....

On a side note, did anyone play Cruel Necessity?
I thought this one had dice, but in a very minor role....
 
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Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island does use some dice, but not a whole lot. They are only used for "uncertain" actions, and to determine weather effects. You can always choose to make actions certain (higher cost) or uncertain (higher risk).

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If wargames are an option then you should definitely check out D-Day at Omaha Beach. Everything is handled with one deck of cards and while it looks intimidating, it is surprisingly easy to play. Just set up and follow the rules. Great game!

Freedom: The Underground Railroad lets you roll two dice at the beginning of each turn to determine which slave catcher moves (or not). So the impact of the die rolls is limited. It's an amazing game, with a strong historical theme which handles its subject matter very respectfully.
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russ wrote:
If you are interested in wargames, The Barbarossa Campaign is an excellent solitaire wargame with no dice rolling, just random card and chit draws.


I was thinking along those lines too. Perhaps D-Day at Tarawa.

Or one of the GMT COIN Series. (It really depends on your definition of 'heavily'.)
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+1 Gates of Loyang

Check out the 2014 People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games
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+1 Archipelago: Solo Expansion
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camidon wrote:


This is a great list!

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As long as card games are ok

Dungeon Crawler

Mage Tower: A Tower Defense Card Game

and there are loads of PnP if you dont mind the diy

I think all the games on my wishlist are solo, and don't forget

1 Player guild
 
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Thunderstone Advance can be played solo
Tiny Epic Defenders

No dice at all in those

 
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Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island (yes, it has dice and I am not a fan of them either, but the game is great!)

+ most games from Uwe Rosemberg (Caverna, Agricola, Loyang, etc)

 
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Bruiser419 wrote:


I guess I need this game. NEED.

 
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RabarberBarbaar RabarberBarbaar
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You guys are right, the one player guild looks awesome.
And though the top 100 is great too, it wasn't easy to see if these games had dice in it or not.
That is why I created this thread.

I praise everyone once again for their input.

Further replies are always welcome, but I am going to bed, so I will not be checking/posting for a while now.

Once again, thanks all!
 
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RabarberBarbaar wrote:
Woah, woah, WOAH!

I did not expect so many replies in such short time!
May I thank each and every one of you?
I'll be off to check some (if not all) of your recommendations....

On a side note, did anyone play Cruel Necessity?
I thought this one had dice, but in a very minor role....



Cruel Necessity involves alot of dice rolling.
 
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Pandemic, Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert all work really well solo - you just have to play several characters, which is absolutely no problem and not at all fiddly in these games.

They are set up really quick and are fast to play, compared to other great solo games.

+ 1 for Lewis & Clark. I think it works really well solo.

I also want to add Yggdrasil, although it contains 1 die.
 
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