I'm over-the-moon excited that I won the giveaway!
Except now I have a gigantic list of games that I'm interested in and I need some help picking my prize!
My main criteria: I'm looking for a game that I can play solo but also in a group, so it MUST have a solo mode. If I get too many games that need a group to play I will have a hard time getting it to the table.
Here are some of the games that I am currently considering, along with why I'm considering the game. I'll list the Amazon price for reference because I'm not actually sure how Phil orders the games. These are in no particular order:
A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians Expansion ($33.30) - I have the core game and many people say that the expansion takes the game to the next level and balances more strategies. I also suffer from FOMO and feel like I'd be missing something each time I play the base game.
Architects of the West Kingdom ($36.38) - This game has an intriguing theme, interesting art style, and sounds really fun. To be honest, I don't know much about the solo mode in this one. Perhaps someone else can help me decide if it is any good solo?
Spirit Island ($53.99) - 3MBG (one of my most highly respected board game reviewers) lists this as his #1 game. Co-op game, so makes sense that a solo game would still be really deep and interesting.
Everdell ($54.94) - Beautiful looking game with a cool engine-building worker placement type gameplay. Seems like it would be good solo or with a group. The most expensive option I'm considering.
Imperial Settlers ($33.04) - card driven engine building game. Has intrigued me for a long time. I like the sound of the unique factions and the ability to expand the game with new cards and factions. Multiple reviewers mention that it has a great solo mode. Would be appealing to my board game group as well.
Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North ($42.18) - card driven engine building game with more. Sounds like a cool update to the original game. Not sure if I would go straight for the newest game or check out the original first.
Viticulture: EE ($44.50) - multiple people (including Phil, who I trust greatly) say that this is an excellent game. Has the automa AI for solo play, which works great in Scythe. I'm not as keen on the theme of this one but I am craving an engine building game.
Lord of the Rings LCG ($31.46) - After Star Wars, LOTR is my next favorite IP. Ranked highly on many solo players lists. My wife loves LOTR so she could eventually be interested in playing with me. From FFG so there are tons of expansions available too. Not sure about the replay value for this one.
Arkham Horror: The Card game ($29.00) - Ranked higher than LOTR by many for solo play but I don't know much about Lovecraft. Seems like it tells cool stories and also has tons of expansions.Not sure about the replay value for this one.
Aeon's End ($36.81) - deckbuilding game with a unique "No Shuffle" mechanic. Seems really thematic and also has tons of content available. Not sure about the replay value for this one.
One Deck Dungeon ($19.66) - opposite of some of the deckbuilders I just listed, "Roguelike" game with tons of replay value.
Tiny Epic Galaxies ($22.90) and expansion ($20.84) - I love the theme of this one and Ben rates this one highly. Seems like it would be awesome solo or with a group.
I think that is all I'm considering for now. Help me decide!