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Bernard Hopkins
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I’ve only ever played one solo game and that is the solo version of Dungeon Twister 2: Prison which I think is awesome. It has different difficulty levels and I can’t see me beating the top level anytime soon. It was a little fiddly for me at first and it takes a decent size table to set it up and lay all the cards and tokens out.

What I’d like is another solo game that is really hard to beat where wins are very few and far between. I’m looking for something that is going to take a huge amount of plays and experience for a win to be even remotely possible. Also and this is the key - I’d like something with a small footprint, short set up time and not a huge amount of pieces. I don’t mind at all what the theme is, as long as it’s enjoyable.

I’ve looked at Ottoman Sunset and Soviet Dawn closely so far, but while they don’t seem easy - it doesn’t seem like they’ll take too long to master. I could foresee a win being very likely within 5/6 games and more common thereafter. I think once I beat the game my interest in it would crumble that is the problem.

Any ideas would be great,

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Barbarian Prince looks like it might fit your criteria.

http://dwarfstar.brainiac.com/ds_barbarianprince.html
 
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Ghost Stories might be something you'd want as well. It has a 50% ish win rate on beginner level, and gets drastically worse the higher you go. As a note, it's harder when you play with 4 than when you play with 1. It's co-op, so you can easily solo it.

Setup time ~3 minutes laugh

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I was looking at The Isle of Doctor Necreux which might work for you. I don't think it's particularly complex, and supposedly quite high difficulty but I'm not sure how much skill is involved.
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All of the Field Commander Games from DVG have a small footprint, and are tough. I think Rommel is harder than Alexander.

I haven't played Napoleon yet.
 
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Obscure and hard you say?

The Adventure of Hayabusa, the final scenario, should be basically unbeatable.
 
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I second Barbarian Prince. Very hard to beat but with great adventure flavour that changes from game to game plus it's free to download.
 
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MajorOracle wrote:



+1 I think this fits your description. I can't win
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Orangemoose wrote:
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+1 I think this fits your description. I can't win


+1 I haven't won yet and I think this game fits your discretion quite well. It comes in a small box and is basically a set of cards, a die, and some "support" tokens.
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4th vote for Space Hulk: Death Angel.
Slightly more table space, but it is just cards, is my current favorite solo game . . . Lord of the Rings TCG.

Larger foot print, but I've heard good things about solo, is At the Gates of Loyang. I got it for the solo, but I haven't played it yet.
Ghost Stories is another good one, but it does not have what I consider a small foot print.
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tar heel wrote:
4th vote for Space Hulk: Death Angel.
Slightly more table space, but it is just cards, is my current favorite solo game . . . Lord of the Rings TCG.

Larger foot print, but I've heard good things about solo, is At the Gates of Loyang. I got it for the solo, but I haven't played it yet.
Ghost Stories is another good one, but it does not have what I consider a small foot print.

I agree Ghost Stories does not have a small footprint, but Lord of the Rings and At the Gates of Loyang are really just as bad.

I'd give Ghost Stories a slight edge for literal footprint, as it's all in one square of area. LotR sprawls a bit more but may be easier to set up and tear down as it's all cards.

Loyang is the worst of the three, in terms of area usage and setup time.
 
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Onirim, all in, played with the higher discard spell requirements.
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There are also Patience games that fit your requirements. Can't think of any names offhand, but if you get past Klondike, you can find some tough ones. Spider is a possibility.
 
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The three best for adjustable difficulty that can be nightmarish and a small footprint (once you ditch the extra stuff and space wasting boxes, are:

Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Onirim

All are relatively new games and tons of fun.
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If solo and foot print size trump everything else, including price, buy an iPad. As more games are released it will stay the same size. TTR, Small World, Carcassone, Tichu, Chicago Express, etc. and lots of dexterity-ish games (Angry Birds and Tiny Wings) are available now and don't require a second player.
 
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