I picked up a KS copy of this game at the inaugural San Diego FleaCon this past weekend. I bought it due to a fellow solo player's entries on BGG. I've played 3 times now, and I'm wondering whether it is a compelling game for solo, or not.
I don't have much experience with deckbuilders, with Legendary Encounters: Predator the only one I own (I have Aliens also, but haven't played it yet). I like that game, as it gives you specific tasks to achieve, all whilst trying to manage the wave of enemies coming towards you. At times, it is quite tense.
But having played the first Battle set up, I'm not having the same feelings here. My first game was a disaster, 12pts. I got too eager to spend my defenders, when I didn't draw enough money to buy a card. So Terror got me quickly. My second game was an improvement, 21pts, as I managed the Terror timer better. My third game last night was a win, 28pts. And to be honest, I think I could equal or better that every time now. Just buy a Golem, and avoid picking up more than 1 Terror in your deck. You then get plenty of time to buy cards, pick up whatever campaigns you want, and defeat enemy. I could see how having other players would alter that pace, as they race to pick up points as well, take campaigns you want, and possibly give you Terror. But in solo, that disappears. It was almost sedate.
So, are the other Battle set ups more conducive to solo play? Is it the Golem that is the issue? I also feel that the number of cards that aren't really applicable to solo play is too high. Maybe I just need to randomize the set up, avoiding useless card sets.
There is no doubt on the quality of the game. The box is great, nice to have the dividers, I like the card art. But I just don't feel any tension to the game, and unless that picks up, I can't see myself keeping it for long. Is it just that I don't like deckbuilders? Do other solo players like it? Did I just play a bad/boring set up?
Jonathan Jeffrey Lai
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It is true that the solo mode does not apply perfectly to the Battle Modes, since some cards only affect "other players". Since it is a deck-builder, many configurations will allow for new and unique challenges. The fact that you improved you score over several games is good news. You learn how to manipulate the setups. Have you progressed through all the Battle Stages?