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I have always loved playing games, but being Introduced to Settlers and Carcassonne has really peaked my interest. The problem? My husband won't play! If I had only known about the awesome games around, my husband's huge dislike of games would have been a deal breaker. I would honestly cancel my tv service and play games every night. However, I made a vow to stick with this guy (who is awesome in all other ways) and I totally need to get my game fix elsewhere or through great solo player games.

So I need recommendations for great board games to play online and solo games I can purchase.

Fortunately my last child goes to school full time next year and I will have my days open to create a SAHM boardgamers group.

And before you mention playing with my kids, I do, but beating them 9 times out of 10 kind of sucks the joy out of it.
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A lot of great games are available to play online for free.

So, that is definitely an option. For games that play solo on the table-top, Agricola and Race for the Galaxy spring to mind.
 
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I love games of video for solo play sessions.
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There's an excellent computer version of Race for the Galaxy by Keldon. You can play against the AI or online versus other real players.

Also, you might check out this geeklist: Sebastian Sohn's SoftBoard Games: Free, Commercial, and Abandoned Computer Version of Board, Card and Role-Playing Games with Computer AI (Artificial Intelligence) Opponents with Screen Shots

EDIT: What's the reason given by your husband for why he won't play games? Is it any game he won't play or just specific ones?
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Days of Wonder's online version of Ticket To Ride is top-notch. I recommend that and the free beta of Memoir '44 as well.
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Welcome to the BGG!

Without really knowing what kind of themes you like I will chance a few suggestions;

Ghost Stories
Arkham Horror
Runebound (Second Edition)
Lord of the Rings
A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game
DungeonQuest (third edition)
Struggle for the Galactic Empire
Space Alert
Defenders of the Realm

Hope these will get you started. Just click on the game title to go to the game page to find out more specific information such as reviews, photos, etc.

Here's a flash game that is an almost perfect remake of the board game Aliens, it's one of my favorites to play online.

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/408816
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What you need to do is to register at http://www.brettspielwelt.de/ and learn Caylus. I've just recently learned the game and it is really simple once you know the rules. There is always someone there willing to play but beware, a lot aren't keen on playing beginners. I've logged close to 200 plays now, it is by far the best boardgame I've played since joining this site.
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www.yucata.de is a great and friendly online boardgaming site. They have plenty of modern boardgames, including a few abstracts. The online interface is easy to understand.
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shutterbugtn wrote:
So I need recommendations for great board games to play online and solo games I can purchase.

Here is a good GeekList of solitaire games: Always alone... the definitive list of single player games.

A lot of the games on that list are out of print and some of them are no longer in the database. Many of them are wargames or thematic games too, so if you've only played euros (you mentioned Settlers and Carc, for example), you may want to consider whether these other styles suit you before you spend a whole lot of money.

Look for cooperative games as well. Most pure cooperative games, like Pandemic, work very well solo with no changes to the rules--you simply set up a multiple-player game but control each of the "players" yourself.

For computer games, another poster recommended Race for the Galaxy with mrkeldon's AI. You can find the program on Keldon's Website. This is a fantastic implementation of a fantastic game (and all three of its expansions!). It is free and distributed with permission from the game's designer and publisher. If you get a physical copy of RftG, there is also a solitaire mode included in the game's first expansion.
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gkikola wrote:

Here is a good GeekList of solitaire games: Always alone... the definitive list of single player games.

Here's another GeekList of solitaire games--a more recent one.

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Try doing a search for geeklists with words like "solo", "solitaire", and "alone" in the title. There are many games that can be played solo, and many others that have unofficial solo variants.

And in the forums, there are even some ideas for playing Settlers of Catan solo:
Solitaire: Race Against The Destroyer.
Catan for 2 or even 1??

I can't say if those are any good or not.
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I'll toss in a recommendation for the Java version of Clippers, which I find endlessly replayable in spite of some AI issues.
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Mezmorki wrote:
There's an excellent computer version of Race for the Galaxy by Keldon. You can play against the AI or online versus other real players.

Also, you might check out this geeklist: Sebastian Sohn's SoftBoard Games: Free, Commercial, and Abandoned Computer Version of Board, Card and Role-Playing Games with Computer AI (Artificial Intelligence) Opponents with Screen Shots

EDIT: What's the reason given by your husband for why he won't play games? Is it any game he won't play or just specific ones?


My husband does not like how he acts when he wins and when he loses. I personally think he just doesn't want to lose to a girl, jk.

I might be able to convince his to play one or two nights a year, but with so little gameplay he doesn't get to develop good strategy. Plus those nights would cost me big time, lol.
 
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Wow, you all are awesome.

I have only played Carc, Settlers, Bohnanza, and Ticket to Ride. I don't know what other types of games I would enjoy so I am willing to give them all a try.

Thank you so much for the recommendations. I did try doing several searches before I posted, so I really appreciate the links to the threads I somehow missed.

I look forward to giving all these a try.

I hope my daughter learns from this and makes sure she marries a guy who loves to play games as much as she does.

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Space Hulk: Death Angel, Pandemic.
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Welcome and enjoy your board gaming

When I was a student I spent many an hour - after completing homework - playing Ambush, Chainsaw Warrior and Dungeon Quest. Sport Replay games were also popular especially Metric Mile and Long Distance Double.

Enjoy your time.
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I've seen a lot of praise for Onirim as a solo game, but I haven't played it myself yet.
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No possibility at all to find games your husband might like?
Sports? Combat? (Insert other-stereotypical-male-themes here)?
There are many, many types of games out there.
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Rallyman I'm having alot of funb with this one as a solo game at the moment.
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Having just discovered the co-op games today, I did ask my dh just now if he would play something like that and he said 'Maybe' which is close enough to yes for me. I think I am going to order Pandemic. Is that easy enough to catch on to and a good starter co-op game?

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+1 to all of these recommendations.

Add Red November to your list. Just be sure to play four gnomes at once or it's too easy.
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shutterbugtn wrote:
Having just discovered the co-op games today, I did ask my dh just now if he would play something like that and he said 'Maybe' which is close enough to yes for me. I think I am going to order Pandemic. Is that easy enough to catch on to and a good starter co-op game?



I guess Forbidden Island might be a better choice before Pandemic.
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tesuji wrote:
I've seen a lot of praise for Onirim as a solo game, but I haven't played it myself yet.


I got this for Christmas, it's a great solo game! And includes 3 variants as well, so lots of variety.

I haven't tried it yet but I also got Micropul which looks a lot of fun.

As for online, I use yucata.de which is great.
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shutterbugtn wrote:
Having just discovered the co-op games today, I did ask my dh just now if he would play something like that and he said 'Maybe' which is close enough to yes for me. I think I am going to order Pandemic. Is that easy enough to catch on to and a good starter co-op game?


As soon as you explained the situation with him, I was going to strongly suggest cooperative games. I think Pandemic would be a fine choice, but I agree that Forbidden Island might be a better first choice. It's a bit easier, and the theme has a bit wider appeal.

Whichever you get, if it goes well with hubby, there are a bunch more cooperative games you could try, with themes all over the map. Lord of the Rings, Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game, and Defenders of the Realm are in the fantasy realm; Flash Point, Wok Star, and Pandemic have real-world themes; Onirim (and probably others) are in the abstract/vague realm; there are several Zombie games; and others.

There are also several variants on BGG that convert normal games into co-ops.

Here is my attempt at a comprehensive list: PeakHope's comprehensive list of purely cooperative games
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I have Onirim and Forbidden Island in my cart.

I have also purchase Medici, Ra, and Tichu for my iPhone. You all are bad for my wallet.

I have joined Mr. Jack (started a game, just need someone to join in. Anyone want to help a beginner?) and am exploring the other online games. Hopefully try a new one each week to get to know the kind of games I like.

I should mention that my husband does play Clue with our kids and might like similar style games.
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