Gaming to me is a very cathartic experience, friends, family, thinking and strategizing all bring me joy. With solo gaming you eliminate the friends and family and it is just you and the game…I find myself being more picky when I am in the scenario! Here are the things that have frustrated me or made it difficult to play some Solo Games.
1. Randomness – This is a gripe I have with Coop games as well, but often times solo games can really too heavily on randomness and it feels like you are being beat into the ground! It can be exhausting, especially playing alone. I find this more bearable when I am playing with someone and we can have that shared experience.
2. Set Up time – My biggest mental hurdle is determining if I am down to set up the dang game…the biggest culprit is Gaia Project I love this game with everything in me, even the solo, but the set up of the game is tedious even with an insert. There are a lot of components and organizing to work through here. Brass is similar but not QUITE as much going on. I need to be in the right head space to be open to making that commitment.
3. Time – this might be own fault, the solo games I have are either really quick games or really long games, I have no games that are right in the middle, so currently that is a hurdle for me as well.
4. Not interactive – I am an introvert and my job requires me to be “on” and pretty chipper, so when I get home I more often than not will choose a video game or a show to do by myself if I am in that scenario. If my wife is around I will typically choose to spend time with her as well, whether with a game or just chatting. Solo Gaming can be isolating so I need to plan out my interaction with people in my life if I am to dive into a game by myself for a couple hours!
What are some of the most difficult aspects of Solo gaming for you?