Tag: Solo Gaming

Holiday List – Alone But Loving Games

Holiday List – Alone But Loving Games

For a lot of people board gaming is a social activity, but 2020 has made that less likely and harder to do at least in bigger groups. For some people with serious medical concerns or just general concerns about Covid, that isn’t an option, or 

MY TOP 100 BOARD GAMES 2020 EDITION – 50 THROUGH 41

MY TOP 100 BOARD GAMES 2020 EDITION – 50 THROUGH 41

We’re onto the top half of my Top 100 games. We’ve seen a number of games drop out of the top 50 so far, that means we’re either going to have new games or games that have rise, you’ll have to find out. You can 

Back or Brick: Railroad Ink Challenge

Back or Brick: Railroad Ink Challenge

Roll and Writes are some of the hottest games out there right now and the number of roll and write games is huge. Some of the big ones are games like Quixx, Welcome To…, or Ganz Schon Clever, but one that’s done quite well for itself is Railroad Ink.

Pros

  • Roll and Write
  • Based off of previous game
  • Previous successful Kickstarters
  • Solo Play
  • Variety of Price Points

Cons

  • Doesn’t seem massively different than previous versions of game
  • $80 all in for a roll and write
  • Not backwards compatible to previous version

The Page

You can tell that they’re a company that has done Kickstarters before, they have everything planned out well. They do a good enough job of explaining the game and how it works and still get you to what you get and shipping costs quickly. They’ve set-up their pledges well so that you can get in at the level that you want.

The disappointing piece of this to me is that the Railroad Ink Challenge core rules aren’t backwards compatible to the previous version. I understand that it probably makes sense because of game play, but it makes me wonder about using them to create a giant game, so multiple copies of the different colors of the game, getting the original and new stuff wouldn’t allow for a big 16 player game.

Back or Brick

For me this is a brick, not because it doesn’t look like a lot of fun, I think that it does. But I can get the Red Box now, and in fact I wrote about it on Monday and not have to wait for 6 months or so to have the game in hand. I think that the challenge also bumps up complexity, and I want to try the simpler version first. I’m hoping, if I like it, that I can get the other boxes later, which seems like it is the case. So it’s not really a knock on the game, more my having not played it previously.

How about for you, is Railroad Ink Challenge a Back or Brick for you?

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Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 3 Playthrough Part 1

Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 3 Playthrough Part 1

It’s been a couple of weeks, but I’m back again with more Tainted Grail. Last time I had said that I was considering playing ahead to the point where I had lost last time, but I decided that I was going to take more time 

Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 2 Part 3

Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 2 Part 3

Join me in the lands of Avalon again, I’m still on Chapter 2 for a little bit longer of Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon. How do I fair this time, do you I keep on getting myself stuff in combats that I shouldn’t? Should 

Back or Brick: Chiseled: A Deck-Sculpting Game

Back or Brick: Chiseled: A Deck-Sculpting Game

Pros:
– I like action selection
– Cheap price point
– Variability in game play depending on actions available
– Solo Play
– Interesting theme

Cons:
– Aesthetically only okay
– Previously failed
– Limited rules description

Thoughts on the Campaign Page:
They’ve only sent it out to one or two people to preview for what basically is a card game. they should have been able to prototype a few more copies and it into more hands. I understand that they probably don’t want to pay for more previews for the game, but that would help.

I also think that it looks okay, but not great aesthetically. It’s more that it’s not just my style, though.

But the big thing for me is the rules. Yes, it has a solo variant and that’s cool. I feel like their description is a little bit simple, I would love to see examples of more cards than they’ve provided, because I think that the concept of the game and the mechanics combined with theme could be really cool, but while I have a general idea of how to play, I don’t have a full picture of some of the mechanics of the game or how some of the different rotating abilities will work.

Verdict:
I hope that this game funds, and I hope that it makes it to retail. I want to get my hands on this game and see how it plays, because the idea for it is cool. If it was a company that I knew more about, I think that I’d be more interested in backing it.

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Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 2 Part 2

Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 2 Part 2

Arev travels further into the world of Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon. I continue my journey into the grim dark fantasy setting that is the land of Avalon and the Wyrdness that is pushing humans off of the land. Can Arev figure out where to 

Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 2 Part 1

Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 2 Part 1

Back with some more Tainted Grail by Awaken Realms. This time, I have a better plan for what I was going to do in the grim dark world of Avalon. Can I keep the Menhir lit and keep the wyrdness at bay, or will I 

Christmas Ideas: Solo Board Games

Christmas Ideas: Solo Board Games

After a busy Thanksgiving with a fair amount of driving, I’m back to posting. We’re onto Cyber Monday, but I don’t have anything that I’m really looking for, so let’s talk about some games that you can give to that solo gamer in your life, or possibly some games you can ask for if you are the solo gamer.

Aeon’s End: War Eternal – This one showed up on the epic list as well, but it works in both spots. I’ve actually only played this one solo, and I had a lot of fun with it. In this game you are playing as one or more breach mages (I’d recommend more as it’s easy to play multiple), who are defending the town of Gravehold from the monsters that are attacking it. It’s a cooperative deck building game with an interesting mechanic where you don’t shuffle your cards, so if you are smart, you can set-up a good turn. I’m not to that point yet.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – While I think that Mansions of Madness can be good solo as well, it’s a big game, so it’s nice to have multiple players for helping track everything. Arkham Horror: The Card Game is a smaller footprint of a game and really plays well solo. In multiplayer, between book keeping and turn down time, it might be a little bit slow, but as a solo game, you can go through the story fast. The story in this game works well, the only downside is that it’s a living card game, which means they are coming out with new story packs often.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger – Hence forth this game will be known as CYOA:HoD. But this is a really fun game and one that you can easily play solo. Now, with solo play, I think you lose some of the laughing around the table, but if you want to get through a game quickly, solo play is going to be great as you make choices going through the story and push your luck rolling the die. This game is really just a CYOA book with a little bit added to it, so you could just check out the book, but it’s a good time and works well in game form.

The Dresden Files: Cooperative Card Game – So many long names of board games to type out, but The Dresden Files is worth putting on the list as it’s a fun and challenging puzzle. This one is definitely for a fan of the series, though I do know of someone who played the game first and then read the series because of the game. It’s challenging to solve enough cases while beating enough bad guys, but if you have to come down to a roll at the end, it is every more tough. A well balanced game that does a good job of setting up different player counts and works well as a solo game.

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Gloomhaven – Now, to be fair, I haven’t played this solo and I’ve loved it at a three player count. But I know of a lot of people who have played it solo and like it. This is a massive story driven dungeon crawl style game that plays a bit like a video game. It’s challenging, it’s grand, and to me, that’s probably the downside of solo. We just started using the app, but I can’t imagine not using the app if you are playing solo. There’s so much set-up and tear down, that without the app, it would be hard to manage everything, with the app, which is free, it shouldn’t be too bad. This is the spendiest game of the list, so just be aware of that if it sounds interesting.

Onirim – After the biggest game on the list, we have the smallest on my list. This game technically can play two, but it’s really a solo game. It’s a fun solitaire puzzle as you are playing down cards trying to find doors in your dreams, while also hoping not to pull a nightmare. If you do get a nightmare, you have a few choices of what to do, but none of them are good. It’s an abstract game, but it’s one that works well and it’s small so it’s easy to play solo in a lot of different settings. The version I got of the same comes with “expansions” as well, though I’d more call them modules that you can either add to your game or take out. They give a few new things that add to the challenge. Definitely a good small one for someone who might be interested in solo gaming.

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Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Now, maybe you have someone who prefers Star Wars or at least Sci-Fi to fantasy, Imperial Assault is the game that they can solo. It’s a bigger game where you take your group of heroes through an app driven story. It’s a good dungeon crawl game, just with a fantasy setting, and it feels like Star Wars. In it, you are playing adjacent to the main storyline of the original trilogy, but it works well that way. What’s nice as well is that the app has a tutorial that gets you up and running also. Overall, it’s a fun dungeon crawl style game and for someone who doesn’t like fantasy, it’s going to be a great option.

Sword and Sorcery – But, maybe they do like fantasy, but Gloomhaven is just too much to jump into. Sword and Sorcery provides a good option for slaying monsters in this story driven dungeon crawl game. It has a good challenge level, though the treasures that you find can swing it to your advantage as time goes on. Definitely has a bit of a video game feel to it, and the death mechanic, in particular, works really well. This game offers a more limited campaign than Gloomhaven does, but at a much lower price, and it has monster minis as compared to cardboard standees like Gloomhaven. Definitely a fun, dice chucking, dungeon crawl game.

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Unlock/Exit/Escape Room Games – I am basically putting a category here, but I believe that all of them can be played solo, I’d just double check on the box. Any of the escape room style games works well, because you are racing against a clock trying to solve a puzzle to escape a room, but instead of it costing $20 per person to go and play in a group in a physical location, you can get the same thing through Unlock or Exit for around $15. The games are challenging and a good time as you try and puzzle through how you can combine items to get what you want. I really like the Unlock games because they are non-destructive, which means that you can pass them on once you are done.

Village Attacks – Those pesky villagers are at it again, attacking you “peaceful” monsters with their pitchforks and torches. It’s your job to drive them back in this cooperative game. I had a lot of fun with this game in a group, but I think it’s going to be strong as a solo game as well, either controlling multiple monsters up against the villagers, since turns are pretty simple, or one monster holding them all off. It’s a bigger game again that requires some set-up, but once you get going, the game moves along nicely and offers a really good challenge.

Welcome To… – It’s hard to create a list without putting a roll and write on it as they generally offer you a chance to hit a certain score total. Welcome To… for me is the best solo play as it offers a good limited time crunch in the game, and forces you to make some tough decisions about what you’re going to do. The game also has more depth to it, which I think a lot of solo players will like as compared to some simpler roll and write games. The theming works in the game, but mainly it’s a fun puzzle to crack as you try and get your houses into order and build your perfect neighborhood.

There are a ton more games out there. Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth, I’ve heard is a good solo experience. I know that Mage Knight is a game that people love to play solo, and I have several others sitting on my shelf that I haven’t gotten to yet, such as Tainted Grail. It’s a good time for solo gaming, and if you have someone who likes to relax and unwind with board games, some of these might be great options for them.

What is a solo game that you like? Are there any that I haven’t played or don’t have on my list that you think I should check out?

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Malts and Meeples – Aeon’s End: War Eternal Playthrough

Malts and Meeples – Aeon’s End: War Eternal Playthrough

I was back against last night with some Malts and Meeples, this time I was actually get to a playthrough of Aeon’s End: War Eternal from Indie Boards & Cards and Action Phase. Aeon’s End: War Eternal is a deck building game where you are