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Solo Board Gaming vs Solo Activities

I have recently been playing more solo board games. In fact, I have even brought games with the purpose of playing them solo. For the most part, they have been good. However, I do enjoy solo gaming, and one of the key features of this is a win/loss condition.

Solo activities, on the other hand, I find boring quickly. Some games I have tried recently (such as La Granja and Feast for Odin) were definitely more on the activity side. I have no interest in constantly trying to better my score, instead wanting a clear goal and some antagonistic AI to fight against.

On the other hand, games that give an AI to play against, good choices and clear win/loss conditions have been very fun to play. In particular, games such as Adventuria. I also like a game that you can set-up and pack-up in a short time by yourself, as it highlights one of the strengths of solo play (low downtime and faster pace, normally).

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10×10 Board Game Challenge

So this year I have decided to do a 10×10 board game challenge. I set the rules for myself that the game has to have been played 3 or less times and it is at least 30 minutes in length. I also thought it felt like cheating if I put games on that I know I will play 10 times (Gloomhaven, Kingdom Death Monster, etc.) as I think this list should encourage me to play games that I have struggled to get to the table.

The games I have decided to put on the list are as follows:

  1. Vikings Gone Wild- A deckbuilder that mixes a fixed market with a sliding market as well as including attacking that is only beneficial for you (unless your opponent also hoards resources). It is also has a solo-able mode which should make it easy to play if it doesn’t get to the table.
  2. Order of the Gilded Compass- It is like if Las Vegas got some worker-placement mechanics. Only played this once but really enjoyed it. Have also taken it to game nights constantly but never makes it to the table, so it might be tough.
  3. Vengeance- A new game about a revenge-flick that is dice drafting and tactical movement. It also has a solo variant which is meant to be quite good.
  4. Flatline! A Fuse Aftershock Game- A timed dice allocation game. I played this once at the end of 2017 solo and it was really fun (although it just makes the 30 minute time allocation). I am hoping it is a hit at games nights.
  5. Asking for Trobils- Another game that I have yet to play a full game at and seems to have trouble getting out at game nights. It has recieved high accolades and it is easy to understand so it should be easy to push.
  6. Seasons- One of my grail games that I finally got. Now I just have to relearn the rules and get it to the table.
  7. Islebound- A Red Raven game that seems simple. Picked it up at a good price but never had a chance to play it. It has also recieved high accolades.
  8. Mistfall- A game I plan on playing mostly solo, especially with the expansions (as they change the game allot). I really like the hand management aspect but it is always so long between plays I always have to relearn the rules.
  9. Cry Havoc- A game that just fit in to my play limit. I am also getting the expansion soon so am looking forward to some of the changed. Narrowly beat out Kemet and Cyclades for this spot.
  10. Millenium Blades (for now)- It narrowly beat out Exodus as I already have a NSKN game on it. The expansion is solo-able, which helps. This may be beaten out by some incoming Kickstarters, though (Kitchen Rush, Legendary Creatures, Empires of the Void 2). However, it is also more unique than any of those games. And knowing Kickstarters, they may come late enough to be for next years list.


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MOST PLAYED BOARD GAMES (2017)

So with the end of the year rolling around, I thought I would quickly list my most played board games for the year:

10 Days in Asia- A nice small filler game with interesting decisions. Very luck dependent but the trick comes down to how to mitigate your luck.

Scythe- A game that keeps on giving. Best described as an economic game with a side of combat and posturing, it has good table presence and its forgiving nature means you are in the game until the end (for the most part).

Magic Maze- A bit of a flash in the pan in the game group. Was played consistently for a few weeks and now it has sort-of petered out. Still a fun game although I have not played consistently enough to get to the higher scenarios.

Codenames- A favorite starter game. It also got a shot in the arm with Duet, which I prefer allot more than regular Codenames.

Mansions of Madness Second Edition- A great game. Removal of the Overlord means it is purely co-operative and very easy to get to the table.

7th Continent- Probably my game of the year (I haven’t played Gloomhaven yet). A great exploration game that nailed exactly what it set out to do- a choose your own adventure in an open world.

This has been a very good year for games, with some great games coming out, old favorites coming back in print and available, and allot of favorites hitting the table. 2018 has allot to live up to.


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CHRISTMAS BOARD GAMES: SELF PRESENTS

With some of the recent end-of-year sales going on, I thought I would give a quick rundown on some of the games that have been brought into my collections:

SEASONS: A dice-drafting game that I have had my eye on for awhile, I am really looking forward to this. This and Level 7: Omega Protocol are sort-of grail games for me (with Ginkgopolis being purchased last year).

FLATLINE- A FUSE AFTERSHOCK GAME: A real-time game where you are disaster managing. It reminds me of a dice version of X-Com. For the sale price, it was worth a try and you can solo it.

KINGSPORT FESTIVAL: A dice placement game. I have consigned myself that most games I play are 3+ players or solo, so the lack of 2 player isn’t really a turn-off. Also, for the price, it was too good a game to pass by.

SUMMONER WARS: I got two starter sets of this to muck around with (and so I can also play more than 2 player). Seemed like a good option and will see how good it is. I would’ve liked a master set but it wasn’t on sale.

A Bunch of Expansions: Cry Havoc, Mystic Vale, Clank! all had there expansions. I also grabbed one of the next Unlock! games.

Plenty of different games in there to cut my teeth on. There are also gaps in my shelves from games that have been sold off (which will probably be a separate post another time) so this is likely to keep my shelf nice and full.


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2018 10×10 Challenge (Board Games)

I have decided to make an official 10×10 challenge for 2018 board games with 10×10. This is 10 games I want to play 10 times over the course of the year. This is to hopefully get a bit more depth into the games I really like.

Games I have already played >10 times won’t count. This means Scythe, Mansions of Madness, 7 Wonders, Star Realms, Codenames, Stone Age and Kingdom Death Monster are games that are out (amongst others). My limiting factor are games that I have played a maximum of 3 times.

I also plan on updating my music list and detailing the songs that have made it in (at least temporarily) and perhaps some more thoughts on food. When some more interesting things hit Kickstarter I may look into a few more projects.

 


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Board Games on the Too Play List

The following games are games that I hope to get to the table over the next week:

7th Continent- I have a game of this scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully we have a win. 

Scythe- I am scheduled to have a 7 player game of this soon. I have never played this above 5 so am concerned about game time. 

Photosynthesis- A game that I wasn’t interested in until I saw the trees and table prescense. I haven’t played this yet but am looking forward to it. 

Elysium- a simple bidding type game with a push-pull between points and abilities. Once again, only played with 2 so super keen to try with more. 

Ethnos- Haven’t played this for awhile. A bit of a coin flip between this and Royals so will see what happens. 

Other games I want to try but unlikely to get out- TMNT shadows of the past, Lords of Xidit, Assault of Giants, Tyrants of the Underdark, Aliend Artifacts. 


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Board Games on the Too Play List

The following games are games that I hope to get to the table over the next week:

7th Continent- I have a game of this scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully we have a win. 

Scythe- I am scheduled to have a 7 player game of this soon. I have never played this above 5 so am concerned about game time. 

Photosynthesis- A game that I wasn’t interested in until I saw the trees and table prescense. I haven’t played this yet but am looking forward to it. 

Elysium- a simple bidding type game with a push-pull between points and abilities. Once again, only played with 2 so super keen to try with more. 

Ethnos- Haven’t played this for awhile. A bit of a coin flip between this and Royals so will see what happens. 

Other games I want to try but unlikely to get out- TMNT shadows of the past, Lords of Xidit, Assault of Giants, Tyrants of the Underdark, Aliend Artifacts.