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Jesse Carrasco
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Are there any good solo games out there? I'm looking for something fun I can play before bed to unwind after the day. Not really sure if there are any solo games but thought I'd ask. Thanks.
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I haven't played it, but Friday has been getting some good buzz.
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Airborne in my Pocket
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Onirim

There are a lot of games out there. I'd go ahead and do an advanced search, and filter on 'one player'.
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+1 Friday - Especially for winding down, it's easy to set up and plays rather quickly.

For a grander experience, my favorite solo game is Ghost Stories. As a bonus, you can play it co-op with up to 4 players. It has a bit of a learning curve, but once you get it, it's very addicting. Set-up and take-down go quicker with experience too.
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Jeremiah_Lee wrote:
Airborne in my PocketThere are a lot of games out there. I'd go ahead and do an advanced search, and filter on 'one player'.


I agree with Jeremiah. A search will be a great start. Also search for GL with solo or solitaire for more suggestions.

If you check the 1 Player guild, you may find a few more hints.

Oh, and if you give us an idea what sort of games you like we may be able to recommend more.
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Gamopolis just did a session report on Phantom Leader in their podcast #20.5
Show #20.5 Session Report: Phantom Leader

It sounds interesting.
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After looking over your collection if 7 games, I notice you are relatively new to the hobby (assuming you've got your collection updated). So based on that, take a look at this option:

For Sale is a great little multi-player game that plays quickly and is a lot of fun for gamers and non-gamers alike.

It also has a little solo variant created by a user here:

For $olitaire

Just providing you with what I think might be very helpful for you and your situation.
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Check out my GeekList: Solo Games Recommended by SHIGADEYO

SUMMARY OF ITEMS (in alphabetical order)
Castles of Burgundy
For Sale
Friday
New World Colony
Equilibrion (Urbion)
Onirim
PAX
Race for the Galaxy
Rallytaire
Red November
Utopia Engine

SOLO GAMES I PLAN TO TRY
Dice of the Living Dead (free print and play)
Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Rolling Thunder (free print and play)
Troyes (variant info)
Twenty One Turn Hero Minigame (free print and play)
Walnut Grove
Wheels of Time (free print and play)
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Victory Point Games produce some fine soliataire games. The Hero of Weehawken is one of my favourites - quick, dripping in theme, and lots of replayability.

Disaster on Everest and Nemo's War are also well worth checking out.
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Onirim is the thing. Quick and relatively strategic for what amounts to a deck of cards (which makes it highly portable too with minimum set-up). Comes with two expansions in the box which ramp up the difficulty once you're used to the base game.

Its successor, Urbion, is just as good (if not better) but is presently only released in Canada and Europe under the name "Equilibrion". I believe that it is presently set to be released in the US in September.
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Friday, Onirim and Urbion (Equilibrion) are all excellent choices.

Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age can be played solo and is a good one as well.

It may be a bit longer than you want, but I enjoy playing Red November solo.

 
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Thanks for the recommendations everyone!

Yes, I relatively new the gaming hobby so I don't really own a lot of games yet. I also only get the chance to play with my niece, nephew and family whenever I see them (a few times a year) so I was hoping there would be some good solo games to play during the times I don't get to play with them. I will definitely have to check these games and see what catches my eye.
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thedacker wrote:
After looking over your collection if 7 games, I notice you are relatively new to the hobby (assuming you've got your collection updated). So based on that, take a look at this option:

For Sale is a great little multi-player game that plays quickly and is a lot of fun for gamers and non-gamers alike.

It also has a little solo variant created by a user here:

For $olitaire

Just providing you with what I think might be very helpful for you and your situation.


I've played this variant, and it's a pretty good solo game!
 
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+1 for Thunderbolt Apache Leader
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I have been enjoying Castle Panic solo. Just the right level of challenge, and only about 30 minutes of play.
 
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There are GREAT solo games out there.

My favorite currently are in no particular order.

Mage Knight Board Game
Dungeon Twister 2: Prison
Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
Gears of War: The Board Game

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Selurevad wrote:
There are GREAT solo games out there.

My favorite currently are in no particular order.

Mage Knight Board Game
Dungeon Twister 2: Prison
Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
Gears of War: The Board Game



I approve these games! All great games!
 
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So many games...

I've found this to be a really useful list: Always alone... the definitive list of single player games.*

My personal favourite is Pandemic, playing as if 2-player. Friday & Onirim are my most frequent quick/small games though.

*someone more useful than me will be able to give you a working link to that.
 
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I love playing solo games. If you want one you can wrap up before bed, then I'd look at these two in particular. Both were made to be played well solo and both fit your criteria of being satisfying without being overwhelming in playtime, rules difficulty or in the weight of gaming decisions.

Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game - This is my favorite solo game. It plays quickly, is very challenging and even manages to be thematic. It justifiably gets a lot of love on this site. Considering how inexpensive it is, I don't think you could go wrong with this purchase.

Elder Sign - It won't blow anyone away with its depth or difficulty but it is very light and diverting. Think "Cthulhu yahtzee." Many people love it; I like it for what it is - it fills a particular niche. You could have a couple of beers, get into your jammies and still defeat Nyarlathotep.

Have fun!
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As far as a short game before bed...
I've been enjoying Kingdom Builder. Fun, fast, very puzzle-like.
And it has the advantage that you can play multiplayer with your family when you want.
 
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Helixx wrote:
I've found this to be a really useful list: Always alone... the definitive list of single player games.*

*someone more useful than me will be able to give you a working link to that.

Always alone... the definitive list of single player games.

(Find the geeklist, look at its number in the URL, and enter than in the Insert Geek Link/Geeklist dialog)

Other geeklists you might look at:

SoloPlay Variants Posted on the Geek
Shacky's Solo Variants
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Brother Jim wrote:


Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game - This is my favorite solo game. It plays quickly, is very challenging and even manages to be thematic. It justifiably gets a lot of love on this site. Considering how inexpensive it is, I don't think you could go wrong with this purchase.


+1 for Space Hulk: Death Angel.

This game has been my intro into solo gaming and it has been a lot of fun. However, it is pretty tense at times- it might key you up before bed! I also just played it as a 2-player the other night and that too was awesome.
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Here are some of my favorite solitaire games (cross posted from another post on an identical topic I just made):

d10-1 Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations - Fly campaigns of varying lengths against enemy nations. Build your squadron and watch as they gain experience and improve over time (or get show down!). Choose targets, all of which are different and pose different challenges, penalties, and rewards. My favorite game ever, solitaire or otherwise. The game can easily be broken down and the results recorded in case you can't finish a campaign at one sitting. Individual missions are playable in 30-60 minutes.

d10-2 Thunderbolt Apache Leader - Similar to above. It's very new and I haven't played it so much yet. More details than HL:CAO, with more options and different pressures as well. Similar, but also very different than HL:CAO. Highly recommended as well.

d10-3 Race for the Galaxy with Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm expansion. The expansion has the solitaire rules/pieces. Games play in 45 minutes or less. It's tough and you won't win each game. The solitaire game and the multiplayer (standard) game play differently from each other. I really enjoy this.

d10-4 I think Arkham Horror is a blast to play solitaire. I used to play it frequently but real life has gotten in the way recently. Some consider it fiddly but I don't look at the game that way. With so many characters, enemies, and random events, no game plays the same. It has tremendous variability. I highly recommend it for a thematic gaming experience. It can take a while and it also takes up a big footprint. So if you don't have a lot of space or can't finish it in one setting it may not be the best option. Great components, though!

d10-5 Defenders of the Realm seems to have a lot of potential, though I've only played it solitaire once. It has different characters, the AI plays off a card deck, so the enemies move unpredictably, a rich fantasy theme (I think), and great components. Once I have some more time on my hands I know this will see some more play time.

d10-6 Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game has a sci-fi crawler theme to it. I find it very fun, although it is a very non-traditional game. It's quite tough and tense. Pulling off a win is satisfying. It can be had pretty cheap, but it does have an impressive footprint for being a card game in such a small box.

Hope that helps!
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love the suggestions, Thanks..I will check these out..
 
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