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I recently received Downsize as a result of a Kickstarter Pledge. I haven’t played it properly yet so cannot review it, but it is all nicely produced.
However I was surprised to find a solo variant in the back of the rule book. It’s a bit of a dice fest, but to be fair to the designer Lewis he didn’t promise a solo version, so I am happy to accept it as an added extra!
However having played it through solo (not a bad way to learn the game BTW) I felt a few of the specialist cards could do with a tweak, so here are my suggestions
HEADHUNTER – Look at the top 5 cards in the draw pile, select as many as you want (but at least one). Put the ones you don’t take at the BOTTOM (important) of the discard deck
MARKETING – Your opponent misses a go (in other words they don’t throw the dice)
All other specialist cards play fine solo as is.
I wont pretend that these small changes make this a deep and challenging solo game, but its enjoyable on a simple level, a bit like playing patience with a deck of cards.