Best Quick Set-up Solo Games (I have played)

One of the biggest barriers for me in playing solo games, as mentioned in my other post is set up time. I am making this post to highlight the games that have served me well for a quick fix and a delightful experience.

1. #Sprawlopolis - By far my favorite game to travel with, super easy and convenient to set up too, just a deck of cards, shuffle them up, pull out three of them for end game scoring and the rest are used to build out your city. I have played at coffee shops, restaurants, hotel rooms, all of the above. It helps that it is a real challenge and you can only blame yourself if you do not do well in it!

2. #Welcome to...Similar to Sprawlopolis, the most time consuming aspect of the set up is shuffling! Add in the solo card and get your scoring cards going and you can roll into this! One of my favorite quick games at home if I am sick of technology.

 

3. #PARKS - This one is really aided by the game insert. It is mostly just making sure all the cards are separated into the correct decks and making sure that they are in the right spaces and pulling out the lovely piece organizers!

4. #Deep Space D-6 - This one I actually not longer own, sent it over to  in a trade, but it treated me well when I had it. Just pick a ship you want to play, get the cubes and dice out and you are ready to start chucking those dice!

 

What are some solo games that are super easy to set up and get playing right away?? I realized after my first solo game post that if I can find quicker set up and mid-length games, I might solo games more! I would imagine Pax Pamir will surprisingly end up on this list once that Kickstarter fulfils!

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3 months ago

#Aerion is a good quick setup game. Take some cards out, shuffle 6 small piles, 3 small tokens, roll the dice and you're into your first turn already. 

My wife has also enjoyed solo games of #PARKS

3 months ago

I have played some Oniverse games and was not wild about them, a lot of randomness that got me frustrated. How is Aerion with that?

3 months ago

I've only played the Onirim app with the glyphs expansion (almost 200 games) and then the Aerion physical game with all the expansions.  Because Onirim is a deck of cards, it can frustrate me with its randomness of when the nightmare cards come out and when the cards I need don't come up.  It feels more like a random experience than the dice manipulation in Aerion. 

Aerion still uses dice ultimately, but the main decision making in Aerion has more to do with card efficiency when managing the piles of cards of what you build each turn.  The first expansion in Aerion also gives you some ways to increase the options of how you can manipulate the dice, so it always seems most fun to me to play with that one and add any of the others.  I definitely enjoy Aerion; it's not my favorite kind of game, but it's good for a quick setup, teardown, and play through.  It's still you against randomness of the card order and the dice.  You've got 3 bail-outs with the pixies though, so you can space out when you say NO to the dice roll and pick what you want over the course of the game.

3 months ago

Interesting, ya Onirim was frustrating even on the app side of things!

Aerion does appeal to me a little bit though, I have played a good amount of Castellion and that game frustrates the heck outta me! There is just not much ability to manipulate the game state up to a certain point!

3 months ago

I actually have a PnP of Sprawlopolis that I just haven't tried yet...it's the perfect time to try it out!

3 months ago

For sure the perfect time! It can be played in like 15-20 minutes depending on how analytical you get!

3 months ago

Maybe I'll bring it to work...other than that I'm not sure when I'll have time this week!

3 months ago

Oh! Are you back in the office?

3 months ago

Yeah, but only like 10% of us are lol. I was finding it difficult to stay focused at home so I got cleared to come into the office when I wanted to

3 months ago

I feel that, I got work done at home but not as efficiently.

3 months ago

Yep same. I still stay home once or twice a week but it's easier to work in the office

Premium User3 months ago

Love Sprawlopolis! Can't wai to try #Food Chain Island

3 months ago

I had never seen this! I think it looks pretty clever!

Owner3 months ago

#Architects of the West Kingdom has a relatively quick setup. And if you have any sort of organizers/trays you can use to store the resources, it's a very quick setup with rewarding gameplay. I also like the small box size because it adds to the feel of being accessible :)

And I agree with you that #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) is also a pretty quick setup in comparison to the rich experience. Most of the setup time involves preparing the deck for the "market"

3 months ago

I am currently watching a playthrough of #Paladins of the West Kingdom and it seems interesting, there is just a TON going on. Is Architects less busy? So far Raiders has appealed to me the most (probably because I have actually played it lol)

I am so looking forward to Pamir...I just watched the solo playthrough with Ricky Royal and it got me pumped for the game. It just seems so tactile and tactical!!

Owner3 months ago

Way less busy! It's a type of game that gives you little to no pressure when you think about soloing it. The amount of setup and game complexity is similar to something like #Viticulture: Essential Edition (Architects is slightly simpler).

I'm looking forward to seeing my metal coins arrive for #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) :)

3 months ago

Interesting, I may need to watch a teach and play through of it. I have tried multiple times but was never in the right mood!

Heck yea! Metal coins make everything better lol. 

3 months ago

I really want to try PARKS. It looks very good. Sprawlopolis is also a favorite of mine.

#Fuse is a great game for quick setup. So is #Proving Grounds.

3 months ago

Parks is a nicely designed game, not gonna blow you away but it is nice. 

I played Fuse once early in the morning and was not all there, I should give it another go!

Premium User3 months ago

Another  great solo game with a short setup time is #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale.

#Villagers is pretty good too!

3 months ago

Cartographers is one that is for sure on my watchlist, how comprable is it to #Welcome to...?

Premium User3 months ago

I haven't played Welcome To a ton and it's been a while since I played it but I think the overall games are a fair bit different.  Cartographers is a lot more free flowing vs welcome to.  The scoring is also quite different as well. 

So Welcome to has more constrained play but a trickier puzzle but Cartographers allows you a lot more freedom where making the best of that freedom is the puzzle.

3 months ago

That makes sense, Welcome to is more rigid and Cartographers is more like an open world game and it up to you to maximize your resources! I can see that working well in solo play. 

Premium User3 months ago

Add to that the fact that I LOVE maps and it's a real winner. :)

3 months ago

Really?? What got you into maps? I have heard that that is a decently common interest!

Premium User3 months ago

I think I've enjoyed them since I was young.  There was a map of the world up on the wall from National Geographic.  Maps in D&D back in the day.  Greyhawk boxed set.  Wargames, all kinds of stuff.

Maps really tell a story and allow your brain to fill them in with the people and adventures that happened there.  

Just something really clicks for me.

3 months ago

That is neat! It really gets your imagination going!

Premium User3 months ago

Yeah exactly.  They are almost magical things to me at least when it comes to imagination.

3 months ago

I bet! Considering the love started with DnD, I loved looking over the maps in LOTR, like how does someone IMAGINE that into being...

Premium User3 months ago

For sure D&D was huge but even the map on the wall as a kid helped.  You see things in the news and can look and see where it happened.  And of course pre-internet there was areas on the map where you could only wonder what things were like.