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I'm looking for a solo game with a small blueprint to play on a long haul flight. I've had a search through the forums but haven't seen anything that appeals yet so am looking to see what else is recommended.

As a nervous flyer, I am hoping this will distract me from the many hours of anxiety I usually experience while on a flight.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Peter Harrison
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Have you considered taking a tablet (iPad) instead, there are lots of board games with single player variants or reasonable AIs that work quite well, with much less chance of dropping pieces.
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I have, I'm just worried about battery life and sometimes working with actual cards has a better feel than an electronic device.
 
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Many airlines have USB outlets on each seat now, so if you have a cable you can charge during the flight.

What sort of games do you like? There are some good pen, paper and dice games (Utopia Engine, Delve: The Dice Game) – you can roll in a box lid, or use a dice roller on your phone. [ETA: useful search for pen and paper games ... Advanced Search: +Category=Print-&-Play +Mechanic=Paper-and-Pencil]

Onirim can be played in a fairly small area, Zombie in my Pocket is light and fun, Elevenses for One can be kept reasonably compact, and Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden is a delight, and would still be playable with half-size cards.
 
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Something like this might help provide a range of games to play:

My Big Book of (Solitaire) Madness

I created something like this for a recent cross-country trip. Selecting games that you'd enjoy would be necessary. As for dice, I used a free phone app to save rolling space and to minimize noise and the chance of losing dice.
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Tiny Epic Galaxies won't use as much table space as the other TE games will, so that one might be worth it, but you have a lot of pieces that will slide around. So I wouldn't suggest playing this if there's turbulence.

The Grizzled doesn't take much space, either, but the cards can be really slick if you haven't sleeved them.

Flip City is a fun deckbuilder. You need space to set up your piles, and to play your cards, but not much else.

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I found a picture of someone playing Onirim (second edition) solo on a flight, that could work, and I enjoy the iPad version as well
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Without knowing what appeals to you I'm shotgunning random solo games. I like free, easy to craft PNP, so:
Utopia Engine (but you need a few dice or a dice app or rng for less airplane noise) It will take up 2 sheets of paper worth of space, IIRC. It helps to laminate them, then you could move 1 sheet to your lap along with the instructions.

Mini Rogue, the original is 9 cards IIRC. You'll need a couple of dice or dice app.

1672: The Lost Crew, 1 page laminated, plus a few tokens and dice. There is also a 1572, with a slightly different theme.

One of the ...In My Pocket games, will need a bit of cutting with siscors, but you can pick among several themes. Fairy Tale in my Pocket

Ladybug... I've posted about it semi recently in a couple of geeklists. It is a Firefly-like game with just cards. So 4 cards for the map, 1 for the tracking with 4 or so tokens, and then 1 deck + discard space. https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/224940/item/5385280#item5...

30 Rails, 1 page laminated, and 2 d6 of different colors, or again a dice app.

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Friday is a cheapish deckbuilder, but it may spread out a bit by the end.

Star Realms has a solo mode, and several solo challenges. But I've not played it yet so I don't know how much it spreads out.

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Oh! Grab the Fabled Lands Java app from sourceforge. You can play through 6 choose your own adventure style gamebooks. Highly recommended. You pick the quests you want, trade, and travel among 6 books worth of maps! So good.
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Does anyone know how much space Flip City would take? Saw it when checking out for some of the suggestions above and it seems to have promise.
 
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The Game


Smallest footprint


My preferred way to play on the plane


Larger Footprint but good for smaller hands than mine.


 
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There is a great geeklist, Ultra-Portable Easy-Print Dry-Erase Paper-Games, by a fellow bgg member and airline pilot:

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