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The Gallerist Solo Impressions

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has been asking if and when I'd ever get around to playing #The Gallerist solo. I just gave it a go and wanted to do a little first impressions posts of my thoughts about it. I picked this game up thanks to BGA and their lovely giveaways. I wrote my first impressions awhile back. While I thought it was a good game, I wasn't exactly ready for the heaviness. had given me some excellent advice and videos to watch before giving it another try and I had a much better time the second time around. That all being said, it's been a month since my last play and while I don't think I totally forgot everything, there may have been a few minor things I was doing horribly wrong with my solo playthrough lol. Anyways, here are my thoughts! (PS I didn't use pictures like did in their lovely review of #Maracaibo lol)

Changes from Multiplayer

The setup for #The Gallerist solo is the same as it is for a 2 player game. The main differences lie in the AI player, "Lacerda." Cute name right? ;P Lacerda doesn't collect any contracts or money nor does he take any actions outside of the International Market section so he requires no influence track marker or player board. When Lacerda lands on the International Market location, he places an assistant on a market spot in a specific order as described in the rulebook. The net effect is the elimination of that spot for you to take later on. The way the AI moves is pretty simple. He starts of in the spot directly across from where you first place your pawn. You start as the first player and following your turn, Lacerda moves clockwise around the board. He always leaves an assistant behind for purposes of a time track. Anytime you kick out Lacerda or his assistant from a spot, you have to remove one ticket of the color that has the most tickets remaining in it's stack. The game will end when all of the tickets are gone. You finish out the current round and then the human player takes one more turn at a different location from where they are.

Gameplay/Strategy

For the human player turns, the game plays identically to how it does multiplayer. I won't rehash all of the rules for simplicity sake, but it felt just as tedious if not more so because there was no one there to help remind you to say pull meeples from the bag or give yourself tickets as needed. Those were 100% my own fault lol. Of course with Lacerda's turns being completely predictable, you can plan ahead a few turns which is nice. However, It was a tad boring to move him around because it's not like he really affects the board in a meaningful way other than with regards to the time.

I did very much enjoy the challenge particularly with the time aspect. Towards the end of the game, it took some VERY careful planning (and possible bending of the rules lol) to ensure I could do what I needed to do to at least attempt to win. It seemed the best way to do that was to hit the International Market pretty hard and always ALWAYS leave assistants behind whenever possible. It's definitely a solo mode where you have to plan ahead to where Lacerda is moving and try to make sure you can take additional kick out actions. Particularly the option of taking the location action which requires you to constantly have influence available. Because of the way Lacerda works when it comes to you kicking out his assistants, the game played very quickly. I wrapped up the game in about an hour.

How to Win

This is where a picture would have been great lol. The rulebook lists out 3 levels of winning with increasing difficulty. I was just aiming for the lowest "Apprentice" level which required me to:
1) Achieve at least one of each of your Curator and Art Dealer goals
2) Acquire at least 4 Reputation tiles
3) Acquire at least 1 Masterpiece
4) Have at least 160 money

I wound up completing both 1 and 2 but missed out on a Masterpiece and only managed 155 money.

Getting the highest level of win conditions, "Master Gallerist," seemed completely impossible. That required:
1) Get at least 35 money in total from Curator and Art Dealer goals
2) Acquire at least 5 Reputation tiles
3) Acquire at least 3 Masterpieces

Currently I just don't see there being enough time to be able to complete all that. Maybe when I have a lot more plays under my belt I won't feel that way.

Final Thoughts

I think I prefer The Gallerist just a little more as a multiplayer experience vs the solo mode. I think it moved a little bit too quickly as it was (at least for a noob like me) hard to prevent kicking Lacerda assistants out constantly. That being said, I do want to play it again and see if I can continue to improve. 

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Supporter2 months ago

Hmm... I don't play to  many solo. Has this compared well to your other solo experiences? 

Premium User2 months ago

I haven't played a ton of solo games. But I wouldn't say it was my favorite. That's probably #Teotihuacan: City of Gods for me.

Supporter2 months ago

Ok! Nice 

Supporter2 months ago

Thanks for the second review! I have been wanting a Lacerda for a long time. The one I picked is#On Mars and I should get it for Christmas. Very much looking forward to playing it.  

Premium User2 months ago

Very nice! I'm personally also interested in #Vinhos Deluxe and #Escape Plan. Not sure if I'll get either any time soon as it's hard enough getting this one to the table.

Premium User2 months ago

Thanks for the shoutout!  Your review was helpful as I haven’t played the Galleriet solo. It gave me a good idea of what it is like so thanks for that!

Sounds like it was pretty interesting. Not sure if it is up my alley but I’m always curious to know more. 

Good review!

Premium User2 months ago

Thanks! Have to practice for my big #Suburbia close up lol

Premium User2 months ago

I see now you said it takes an hour. That's pretty good for such a heavy game!

Premium User2 months ago

Absolutely!!

Supporter2 months ago

Wow that is a really quick playtime. 

Premium User2 months ago

Yes indeed. It might have taken longer had I been better at the game/planning in general lol. Couldn't imagine it taking more than 90 min though.

Premium User2 months ago

Thanks for the review!!!  I am still looking forward to this game and love hard puzzly worker placement games.  I think #Paladins of the West Kingdom is a challenge to defeat solo but seems to have a bit more R@D than #The Gallerist.  That is a great write-up and clearly took a lot of time notwithstanding the time to play through.  

I concur with on wondering about the timeframe. 

Premium User2 months ago

You're welcome! If I didn't want to try out my #PARKS: Nightfall Expansion that just arrived, I would absolutely play it again tonight! 

Premium User2 months ago

I'm with you on that!  Mine arrived today as well and I am reading through the instructions now.  Looks pretty easy to add to the base game.  I like that we get to start with a wild token now.

Premium User2 months ago

I got mine I wanna say Monday? I just opened it and read the rules too. Did you happen to notice that it has 26 park cards and not 24 like the rulebook states?

I think we're going to try and get a play of this in tomorrow...means time for MOAR GALLERIST lol

Premium User2 months ago

Excellent!  I Just finished a co-op recording of #Paladins of the West Kingdom and will try to get a runthrough of the #PARKS: Nightfall Expansion to the table today if possible.  I didn't notice the extra parks but that is great.  Love having hidden extras!  

Premium User2 months ago

So as a follow up to this, we played last night and it was pretty great. When I was separating out the expansion parks to put it back in the expansion box, I only counted 24 this time. Either I've completely lost my mind or there are 2 extra cards that don't have the expansion symbol in the corner. Strange enough on one draw, we got the same park two times in a row. Not sure if there are duplicates in the base game but I'm thinking possibly there were 2 cards missing from the original print run? I honestly have no idea just a thought..

Premium User2 months ago

Oh cool! And yes hidden extras are the best!

Supporter2 months ago

Have Fun

Supporter2 months ago

How long did it take you to play one solo game?

Premium User2 months ago

I put in the review...it took about an hour I think. Much shorter than my 2 player game.. I want to say it took us double that time.

Supporter2 months ago

Thanks, that seems very reasonable. And, yes, I missed the time the first time around. Sorry aboutthat.

Premium User2 months ago

No worries!!

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