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Rick Teverbaugh
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I haven't seen any threads on this topic, but how does the game play solo?
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Jay K
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Personally, I find this is a great solo game primarily due to the excellent theming. I normally play 3-4 investigators.
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Conor Hickey
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It plays very well, I learned to play it by soloing it, using 3 investigators. There's no hidden information and it's co-operative so it solos well.
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Conan McNamara
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I also enjoy AH solo, and regularly play it alone.

Lately my preference is to play with the four player rules for monster limits, but use only two investigators, giving them two turns each between mythos/upkeep phases. This cuts down on the bookkeeping somewhat but still provides for hordes of monsters to swarm across Arkham.
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nearly all of my 100 games have been played solo, using 4 Investigators, every expansion, except IH and modified rules for Kingsport Rifts, Outskirts, Monsters on the Board, and Rumors. It plays exceptionally well solo.
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Yeah, same here! More or less 200 games under my belt, 70% soloed with a variable number of investigators (from 5 to - in only one case, I still have nightmares of that game - 8). Soloing offers the same adventures as playing as a group, with a big advantage: no one would disagree with the tactics you've just suggested ninja

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Rick Teverbaugh
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How long would you say the game averages with just one or two investigators?
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Henrik Havighorst
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I think this is most definitely one of the best solitaire games around (maybe apart from games that have been designed for 1 Player only such as Carrier). Great theme, surprises, randomness etc.
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I have only played this game solo and it works out great. I play with three investigators and it takes me about 2.5 to 3 hours to play a game. But, it may be shorter if I wasn't distracted by my dogs wanting attention too.
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rickert wrote:
How long would you say the game averages with just one or two investigators?


The more you play, the quicker it gets (less checking of the rulebook, quicker decisions are taken, and so on); after some games, you should be able to have 90 minute games, + setup time
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Evan Gleason
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Pip Count 167 wrote:
I also enjoy AH solo, and regularly play it alone.

Lately my preference is to play with the four player rules for monster limits, but use only two investigators, giving them two turns each between mythos/upkeep phases. This cuts down on the bookkeeping somewhat but still provides for hordes of monsters to swarm across Arkham.


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Jason Sherlock
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About half of my games are solo. When playing alone, I don't like to deal with setup and take down, so I play using Vassal.
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Download the VASSAL module(s) for the games you own. You have all you need to play solo on a desktop/laptop. Automatic setup, save game status, no need to clean the kitchen table afterwards. I even created some standard situations (AH+DH with Bob, Joe and Amanda, for example, or AH+DH with Marie and Harvey) and saved them before the first turn: instant play.

This summer I clocked 20+ games while vacationing in France with my laptop. It is a GREAT way to plat AH solo. You only need to bring with you the item cards of the expansion you own, since their text in VASSAL's module is blank. To my amazement, it worked perfectly even with a "low" 1366x768 resolution. Higher screen resolutions will of course make for a better screen experience - but 1366x768 is just fine (this, if you have good eyesight, makes AH VASSAL perfecly playable even over a Netbook).

And for MP you can always connect to VASSAL servers, even if I didn't try it. Highly recommended for the solo player "on the go".

P.S. the VASSAL conversion makes the AH helper add for iPhone/iPad totally redundant. Don't waste money on it.
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I have only ever played it solo but I love it. I play three investigators for base game or small expansion and four investigators for a big expansion. It works really, really well and is varied enough that you can play a lot of games and it doesn't get old.

I also have Pandemic, LOTR the Card Game, Thunderstone and Death Angel for solo play and I think this one is the best, with Death Angel second.
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Similar to what everyone else said, this game works well solo. I only play with all eight expansions and typically with six investigators; so four for the purposes of calculating outskirts limit, etc. More often than not it takes me 2.5 hours to play not including set up. Things are bit sped up as I have a touch device that I use for encounters.

Set up takes me a while as I am careful to casino-shuffle all my decks ensuring that the cards I draw are completely random; take a hand of cards and make at least three piles dealing cards from the deck evenly and in order to the piles, then stack them randomly.

Finally, I would like to humbly say that I really do not like the Vassal mod. for this game. I am all for saving money, believe me, but I found the mod. a bit too clunky mainly because there is too many things you need to open for my small screen.

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Chris Schafer
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This is my favorite solo game that I own.
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Very good solo. I play 4 adventurers, and most of the expansions mixed in.
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Arkham Horror is a really awesome solo game. I play with 4 investigators. And usually with 2 Expansions. As others pointed out before me, the more you play the quicker it gets.

One thing I can really recommend is this here:http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/27852/arkham-horror-modula... Horror modular rules reference including FAQ and Expansions NEW with rules annotations!

Really awesome work and comes always in handy when I am unsure about some rules again.

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Excellent solo game, it must be one of the best choices if you don't have a gaming group available. I have played it with 1,2,3 investigators. It gets easier with more investigators ("easy" may be the wrong word, maybe you have more probabilities of succes). If I win the game, it takes me 3 hours approx, if I lose, I may be dead before 2 hours.
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Sorry to be a dissenting voice, but i got AH to play solo and ended up trading my copy. Do not underestimate the following:

- set up time/takedown time (10-20 mins)
- Play time: normally 2.5+ hours. even after 10+ plays.
- I found the game overly random (3 bad arkham draws in a row can really screw up the game)
- A lot of bookkeeping (monster movement, money, weather, focus etc. etc.)
- i think you need to LOVE the theme rather than just LIKE the theme
- table space can also be an issue

If you think that you are likely to be put off by 2 or 3 of the above, there are other solo games out there which do not have these issues.

That said, if i had (a lot) more time on my hands, i probably would have kept it.
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While I am huge fan of the game, there are some valid points on the negative side.

Space requirement and the rather long playtime make it a tough game to play as often as I´d like. The problem is that if you do not finish your game in one evening, then you need to keep the giant space it occupies safe from the rest of the family.

On it being too random, I think that is a matter of taste. To me the game tends to stick with its theme so depending on what kind of expansion (or not) I am using with it. Drawing several cruel Mythos cards in a row is to be expected rather then feared (drawing a harmless one is a cause for celebration).

Bookkeeping becomes easier (like the rules), when you organize yourself well.

If you have the time and space, then I consider this to be the best solo game ever invented.

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A friend of mine played it solo and wasn’t really excited about it, that’s what kept me from playing solo. After reading all of your appraisal I’m considering testing it tonight. About the spaceousness of this game, well, I just recently bought a bigger table mostly because of this game after our setup last week I couldn’t imagine how we managed to play it on the smaller table. This game is huge as it is, haven’t played with any of the expansions yet.
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So far this is not going great...

Ithaqua's the one, together with The Great Ritual and three cultists already in play... Help! wow
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A shout of sheer joy! All gates closed, and 5 in my pocket with my fourplayer setup! I've actually won my first game of AH - ever... Noone's ever going to believe me... Therefore a picture of the final result.



I had some troubles at first with the Great Ritual in play, for a long time. But had some "luck" later on, three monster surges after another, also another one sweeping the first monster surge directly from the board, all along three of my investigators were in the Other World. The other one, Drake, was almost losing his mind, not wanting to face those two creatures alone, he stayed put at the Hospital. Whilst the others closed the gates, et voila. Game won! Began setup at 9pm, till now midnight. A nice 2.5hours for one game. And I liked it a lot, at times frustrating, at times luck turned, loved it! I'm so hooked on this game!

PS:All the while this soundtrack was playing. Anyone else got some good music for this game?
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