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Donna Geer
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Our family has recently been expanding our games and my 11 year old says he would like some games he can play by himself.

He loves carcassone, blink, iliad, memoir 44, tally ho etc , to give you some ideas. I tried to search for 1 player games & got an incredibly broad list. Thanks for your help.
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If he can handle Memoir '44 he could probably play the family version of Agricola solo. My son is ten and likes both of those (and Carcassonne too). I think it gets pretty good ratings here on BGG.
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Many of the Co-op games solo well. I have played Pandemic that way and found it fun and challenging. I think Red November would be a good choice as well. Zombie in My Pocket is print and play and is a solo game with many variants. If he really wants a challenge, you could go old school with Chainsaw Warrior....maybe the toughest solo out there.

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I love playing Race for the Galaxy solo with the expansion. Plays in an hour and feels like i'm playing against a live opponent. If your son can get the icons this is a great solo game.
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Those sound great! :) Any quicky, smaller dollar, filler games would be appreciated too.
 
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gfam wrote:
Those sound great! Any quicky, smaller dollar, filler games would be appreciated too.

There are some free print and play games described in this contest, many of which would clearly work solo ...
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Here are a few I've enjoyed:

Black Box - A deduction game about figuring out where 4 balls are placed in a grid by firing "lasers" (imaginary, not real lasers) into the grid and observing their behavior. It comes with 80 set-ups to play solo. I don't think it's in print, but you can pick up a used copy pretty cheap.

Micropul - A tile-laying game, which may be especially good for him since he likes Carcassonne. This one is actually free. You can get the files on the game page and print off a copy.

Ebbe & Flut - A game of trying to get your cards across the playing area while the game tries to sweep them off to the side. Costs about $10.

Oceania - a game of exploring an uncharted area for new islands. You try to create a few big islands instead of many small ones, but if your island is too big you may not be able to finish it at all. Costs ~$15.

Al Cabohne - A game about planting and selling beans, while working against the bean mafia (no violence or anything inappropriate for an 11 y.o.). ~$15

Bowling Solitaire - Scored just like a regular game of bowling over 10 frames. This is played with a standard deck of cards, so basically it's free. It is much more fun than standard solitare, and you can actually see your scores go up as you get better at it. You can find the rules in the links section at the bottom of the game page.

I hope some of that helps.
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Free Trader is great!
 
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I can't imagine an 11-year old boy not loving Zombie in my Pocket. In fact, most 11yos I know would love making it, as well as playing it!
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Dominion, Ingenious and Ghost Stories are the more expensive items here, but definitely worth a look. The others, I think, can be bought pretty inexpensively! We have tried ourselves to get Al Cabohne (looks pretty good), but I think it's out of print.
How about these games:
1.Dominion $28
2.IGOR: The Monster Making Game $10
3.San Juan(With the solitaire rules available here (read the posts especially by Steve Oliver and Chris Dorrell)http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/29904
$18
4.Zombie in my Pocket (I agree with others on this print and play)!
5.Bananagrams $15
6.Ingenious $27
7.Ghost Stories $32
8.Catan Dice Game $10

Also, I agree with others on Agricola and Pandemic!
In fact, for an 11 year old boy I would say you couldn't go wrong with Pandemic for $22 and Zombie in my pocket (free)!
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Donna Geer
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I just downloaded the computer micropul game to see how he likes it & when I get a new color cart . I print off zimp. I check out the others too more closely.
All the ideas are great! Keep em coming. :)
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Here is a list of Print & Play games (mainly free) which points out which have a solo option:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/34664

Heres a list of the best games for 1 player (mainly not free!):
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/32390
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Donna Geer
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Thank you for the ideas.

We made up micropul with 1 inch ceramic tiles. He loves it!! Zombie in the pocket he played once & hasn't touched again. He found it too tedious to learn & didn't like the aspect that you had to have a pad & pencil to keep track of the scoring.

Thanks for the other ideas. We'll keep checking them out.

 
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