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Jeff White
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Any recommendations on a wargame that plays well solo? My preferred themes are Medieval or ACW, and I'm currently looking at Warriors of God.
does it play well solo?

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Jack Hooligan wrote:
Any recommendations on a wargame that plays well solo? My preferred themes are Medieval or ACW, and I'm currently looking at Warriors of God.
does it play well solo?

I don't have Warriors of God (yet...), but for solo ACW have you tried Mosby's Raiders?
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Men of Iron lends itself very well to solo play. It is set in the 14th and 15th century and has a unique activation system that makes for interesting gameplay.
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Jeffrey D Myers
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Following on with Mike's pick, check out Kulikovo 1380: The Golden Horde. Pretty balanced battle, and the game creates great narrative.
 
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Across 5 Aprils is out of print, yet it plays very well, in a tense way, several battles...all in April 1861-1865.

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Good suggestion, Will! Designer is purportedly working on a follow up set of battles....
 
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I played Warriors solo and it played well for me. A House Divided and Victory Games The Civil War (if you want more complexity) play well solo. I like to play For The People solitare.
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Men of Iron sounds like it was made for solo.

Anyone have experience with this and Warriors of god to compare? Men of Iron might win out...
 
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Warriors of God works very well solo.
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My favorite medieval series is the "Crossbow and Cannon" games by Rob Markham. While they're out of print, the show up on eBay all the time.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/34463/

The game plays reasonably well solo for a couple of reasons:

1) Each command is given an order and units under that command must follow orders until the commander changes it. It gives you a good feeling of being a supreme command handing out orders to subordinates who may well not implement your orders for a turn or two.

2) Combat is very uncertain. You have to declare all units that are taking place in each melee. Each unit must then be able to pass a morale check to fight in melee, otherwise, their combat factors don't count. So, even if you get your units into the fray, will they be able to fight.

3) Low number of units. Each scenario typically has about 30 or so units, so it's not overwhelming to play.
 
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kentreuber wrote:
My favorite medieval series is the "Crossbow and Cannon" games by Rob Markham. While they're out of print, the show up on eBay all the time.

Agreed on these. I rediscovered a whole pile of these recently, mostly unpunched, and I'm working through them. The Battle of Hastings is currently awaiting me from Age of Chivalry...
 
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ACW Solitaire seems like a natural fit.
 
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I would add a third vote for Across 5 Aprils. But I would also point out that the Battle of Bentonville actually took place in March, not April.
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Here is a left field recommendation for a Civil War solo game: Blue vs. Gray. Wait, you might say, that's a card driven game! Ok, it's cards, but it is not much of a hand-management/surprise-your-opponent kind of game like Twilight Struggle.

Being a solo gamer, I know that I look for heavy doses of theme in order to make up for the missing FTF excitement. This game just oozes theme. If you like the Civil War and are something of an OB freak, this is the one.
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