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Patrick Rael
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What are the greatest games that were designed primarily as two- or multi-player games, but which have a great solitaire version?
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Once you get past the initial learning curve, Magic Realm is a really excellent solitaire game in the fantasy RPG vein, particularly when you allow the RealmSpeak computer program to handle the bookkeeping for you.
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Agricola
Le Havre

All great for solitaire and multi-player. All belong in any serious gamer's library anyway.

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Star Fleet Battles has several fun and challenging solitaire scenarios, although it is mainly a 2 player and up game.
 
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You can play around with the games in this list. I think Stone Age has a very good solo variant.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/40188
 
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My current favorite is Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm. I tend to prefer solo games where you have a demonstrable object or goal--as in, a tangible opponent to beat. The Race solo game does that.
Then there are coop games that you can play solo with *no* rules changes, of which my favorites are Warhammer Quest and Ghost Stories. Other games force you to play multiple hands of cards for solo play, which I prefer not having to do.
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I'd have to go with Pandemic since Agricola has already been mentioned. I've gotten a few dozen plays solo out of it, and if it weren't for Agricola dethroning it as my go-to solo game, I'd probably still be playing it.

I will be again as soon as my copy of On The Brink arrives. Should be tomorrow, but FedEx tracking is useless...
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I agree with the recommendations of Agricola, Le Havre, Race for the Galaxy, and Magic Realm. Magic Realm has a free computer version you could try out.

I would also recommend Arkham Horror.

I know you mentioned multiplayer games that are good solitaire, but I really like Bindle Rails and Pocket Civ. Both are print and play solitaire games.

For wargames I've found Commands & Colors: Ancients to be surprisingly good solitaire. I've heard the Great Battles of History series is good solitaire and I've got Chandragupta, but I haven't gotten it to the table. There are a lot of solitaire session reports for the Panzer Grenadier series and I'm planning on trying Panzer Grenadier: Eastern Front soon.
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Ingenious is my favorite solo game.
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greyareabeyond wrote:
Pocket Civ. Both are print and play solitaire games.

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And now that we're at it: Airborne in my Pocket is PnP, is designed for solo play and can be played multiplayer and is A LOT OF FUN to play!
 
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Thanks for all the excellent suggestions!
 
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Ghost Stories
Lord of the Rings

I tend to think most coops work better as solo games.
 
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Arkham Horror - This is my go to game for solitaire play. I love the setting, the play mechanics are perfect for solo play and it's puts up a nice challenge. I find that I can play a solo game anywhere from 45min - 120 min. The base game has so much to see that you can play the heck out of it and still not need any expansions either. Great game.

Runebound (Second Edition) - If you prefer more of fantasy themed games than this one is a great recommendation. You need to use either the doom track varient or Mr. Skeltor's solo variant (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/122763). This one doesn't get me quite as much as Arkham Horror, but it's still a super fun game to play.

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~ Bones
 
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I tend to think the opposite atleast in Pandemic, Arkham Horror, and A Touch of Evil's case. Its probably because I find it to be a hassle to go through all the general upkeep steps by myself. Even stuff like Agricola, is just to much for me to bother setting up. Anyway thats probably something to keep in mind when trying to find a good solitaire game, do you mind doing all the upkeep by yourself. That is one of the reasons I play Race for the Galaxy so much solitaire
 
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