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Subject: Solo Play x2 rss

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Jeff Ratz

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Usually when my wife works on the weekend, I'll set up a game while she's gone. Then if she's up to it, we'll play after dinner. We've been playing some World's Fair 1893 recently, so I set up a 2player for that. Sadly, she came home with a migraine and went straight to bed.

So I played solo.

I set up for 2p, and added a d10 for my imaginary opponent (let's call him Toby). My rules went like this: on Toby's turn, I'd roll the die, and the number corresponded to the section where he'd place his supporter. Then on subsequent turns, he'd play figure cards (except Bertha--I couldn't figure out a way to make that card's play automatic).

The games were a bit interesting. I won the first game 58-56, and it played similarly to a game with an opponent. We split most of the scoring rounds, had a similar range of exhibitions approved, though I had a few more coins than he did.

Second game I lost 64-56, and it was strange! Toby made some bad "decisions," or so I'd thought. For example, he had very few exhibits approved (like 26 points total at the end), while I had at least one full suit. But because he kept getting figure cards, he easy had the control bonuses. And he snagged a bunch of tickets at the end, which earned him bonuses and rushed the game to completion. Overall I felt like Toby was denying me the sections I wanted at his expense, but it resulted in a W for him.

It's weird: even playing against what amounts to a bot got me ticked. I was taking his rolls personally. And I don't know what it says about the game or my handle on it that I could be beaten so handily that way.
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Mark Beazer
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Considering how poorly I did in my first play, maybe next time I'll roll a dice!
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