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Jeroen 3h
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I'm looking for a great multi player game with solo option. Co-op games would work (I own Pandemic and Forbidden Desert, both of which I've played solo) but I'm looking for something with a stronger theme.

But I don't always play solo so the game would need to support a 4-5 player option. Any suggestions?
 
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Maybe Legends of Andor?

Another thought: anything Cthulhu (Arkham Horror, Eldrith Horror, Elder Sign ...)

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Eldritch Horror or Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

Both are very thematic - if you enjoy the theme!
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Eldritch Horror is something I've been looking at, nice theme and it might even be something my wife would play for 3 hours
 
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Aeon's End when it's out (either play multiple characters, or only play one and cry)

Sentinels of the Multiverse. Just play multiple characters and control everything.

Dark Dealings is fun as a multiplayer game, and very puzzly as a solo game. Just be sure to check it's BGG page for the official solo variant, which is a lot less luck-driven.

The theme is quite strong with all these three, and they are all challenging both a multiplayer and solo games.
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Race for the Galaxy + The Gathering Storm plays 1-5 players. I enjoy it solo (though haven't played it solo much) and I think it has a strong theme, though some people on BGG disagree. It's not the game to get if you (or your group) are going to play it occasionally though as it takes most people a couple of games to get the hang of the rules etc and a few more to start having a clue how to win.

Star Realms supports up to 6 players with an extra copy of the base game or Colony Wars for every 2 players. Officially for 4p you are supposed to use all the cards from both but I've always just used the starter cards from the second set and use whichever of the two trade decks we feel like using which give more variety between games. It has two official solo challenges "Nemesis Beast" and "Pirates of the Dark Star" which were included in Star Realms: Gambit Set but you can find the rules on line. There are also various fan created Star Realms Solo Challenges. I've only played it 2p & 4p though I did play the Pirates of the Dark Star challenge on the app.
 
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Take a look at K2
 
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anijunk wrote:
Take a look at K2


Hmm player elimination? Probably a no go since I'm playing with eurogamers who like to play the entire game.

Have been looking at Five Tribes and Imperial Settlers both of which have a solo variant but haven't played them yet.
 
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Viticulture Essential Edition plays 1-6, scales nicely to those player counts and should certainly appeal to your euro friends.

 
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jeroen3h wrote:
anijunk wrote:
Take a look at K2
Have been looking at Five Tribes and Imperial Settlers both of which have a solo variant but haven't played them yet.

I like the Five Tribes solo variant. It's quite tricky just to survive and if you do, to do well. That's because just surviving forces you do make some moves that might be at odds with a strategy oriented purely at a high score.

I have heard some people criticise the variant because it is not really like playing a human opponent but show me the board game with a solo variant that actually manages to pull that off?
 
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I've been playing Rokoko (Rococo) with the Master Lewis solo variation and it's very fun solo. Also can play up to 5 although I can not personally tell you how well, I don't see any reason it would not be even more fun.
 
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jeroen3h wrote:
anijunk wrote:
Take a look at K2


Hmm player elimination? Probably a no go since I'm playing with eurogamers who like to play the entire game.

Have been looking at Five Tribes and Imperial Settlers both of which have a solo variant but haven't played them yet.


I wouldn't worry about the player elimination element in K2. There's a non-player elimination variant that works just as well as the regular rules. It has almost no impact..
 
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I highly recommend Mansions of Madness: Second Edition. Played this for the first time this past weekend and found it highly entertaining.. Its a very good storytelling game.. I will warn you that it requires the use of a free Tablet App (We used an IPAD 3). So, if that sort of thing turns you off, you won't enjoy Mansions of Madness. I think they did a great job with the App, so it didn't bother me at all.

 
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Agricola is a good multiplayer with somewhat decent solo play.
 
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Firefly: The Game is pretty fun if you like bouncing around the galaxy, completing jobs of varying levels of legality. 1-4 players, with different scenarios. Not sure if the game officially supports more players with the ship expansions. You don't have to be too familiar with the show, but it helps. ("What the hell is a Crybaby?")
 
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Snowdonia is a terrific worker placement game that scales well from 1 to 5 players with the solo option feeling very natural.

Lewis & Clark is a really terrific game that has a nice puzzly solo option and technically plays 5 but can be long at that count.

Glass Road only plays up to 4 but has a very satisfying solo option.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue is an excellent co-op that plays up to six and feels less abstract than Pandemic
 
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Descent 2 with road to legend app. totally different from the 2 games that you've mentioned;
if you want more of the same Defenders of the realm or Thunderbirds
 
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Terraforming Mars!

It's a fantastic game with a great theme and the solo play is really fun!
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Tetrarchia can be played by 1 to 4 players with exactly the same rules. It has several variants and many difficulty challenges.

It's a coop about the time when 4 Emperors tried to save Rome from the fate that all their enemies where pushing her to. You can get a feeling of the gameplay with this review.
 
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rosie_187 wrote:
Viticulture Essential Edition plays 1-6, scales nicely to those player counts and should certainly appeal to your euro friends.



Plus one to this.
 
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Jeroen 3h
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rosie_187 wrote:
Viticulture Essential Edition plays 1-6, scales nicely to those player counts and should certainly appeal to your euro friends.



Looks like fun but seems to be a bit difficult (or expensive) to get over here.
 
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Scythe has a solo mode, but is probably too expensive for what you're looking for...
So pretty though!
 
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Are you looking for games that have official solo rules, or games that can be played solo? For the latter, here's a geeklist of solo variants for multiplayer games.
 
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BeloW06 wrote:
Are you looking for games that have official solo rules, or games that can be played solo? For the latter, here's a geeklist of solo variants for multiplayer games.


Doesn't really matter, Pandemic for example doesn't have a solo variant but can be played solo.
 
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My top two suggestions would be:

Snowdonia - fantastic worker placement game which scales well from 1 to 5 and offers great replayability. The solo game is so much more than the 'beat your last score' that the rules make it sound like.

Secrets of the Lost Tomb - by far my favourite dungeon crawler. Plays 1 - 6 with a great choice of characters (including a buffed one specifically for solo play) plus companions that can be added if needed. Very little downtime even with high player counts. Massively thematic with a good selection of Indiana Jones style scenarios, adventure cards that trigger when you explore rooms and a decent amount of treasure, monsters and status effects.
 
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