FirstJohn318

What is your favorite solo board game?

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BoardWithRules 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

Mage Knight.  No question, I love the ability to sit there and think through a turn to solve the puzzle.  When playing with other people in Mage Knight I feel pressure to move faster and I don't feel like it is as optimized.

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

Nice. I’ll look into it.

BoardWithRules 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

If you want a good idea on how the game feels and plays, I would highly recommend the Rahdo videos on Mage Knight.  Rahdo Runs Through Mage Knight

jasondeutsch 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I always see this listed as the best solo game, but never a full explanation of why. Is it just more manageable as a solo compared to other games that require you to play two-handed or control an enemy?

BoardWithRules 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

No, Mage Knight is actually pretty heavy on the things you need to manage.  Ill try to give you my best reasons for liking the game:

  1. Its got a great theme.  I enjoy games that I can tell a story with while playing.  As I play Mage Knight I feel a story develop.
  2. From start to end, there is a TON of progression.  I feel like I am a God among men at the end of a game of Mage Knight due to my new abilities, my units helping me in the field, and options that have opened up.
  3. Its a tactical puzzle game.  Basically you have a limited number of actions you can do each turn and its fun to sit there an puzzle out the best actions (this is also much better solo than with other people.)  Every card can be used in multiple ways, and its fun to see if you can find ways that do what you want.
  4. Every game is different.  I can't walk in and have the same strategy I did last time I played.  Each turn is different, card options are different, and you can play different characters.  Making the game very re-playable. 
  5. The expansion adds a good enemy (I would heavily recommend getting the expansion if you plan on playing solo)

If those things sound like things you would enjoy then I recommend getting it.  But I see where it isn't for everyone.  Its not a fast paced game and the rules are obtuse before you can internalize them.  Easily one of my favorite games though.

Hope that helps!

jasondeutsch 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

That's really helpful and sounds like a game I would be into, but I guess I'm still curious what makes this game stand out at 1 player over anything else. Is it just because you can take as long as you want on your "turns"?

I love the idea of playing games solo but I always end up less engaged that I am when playing with other people. I'm trying to figure out if that's just my personality or if Mage Knight is different than some of these other games I've tried. 

BoardWithRules 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

Mage Knight definitely has some differences to other games in that I don't think MK is like any other game.  To me the thing that helps me stay engaged is the fact that I feel like I am in the middle of an epic story where a character is going from place to place trying to build power to eliminate the major threat that is approaching (or to take out the major threat to the East.)  

Its possible solo games are just not something you enjoy though, and that is okay too!  

jasondeutsch 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I know :/ I really want to enjoy playing solo so I can get more game time in, but I just don't think it is for me haha. 

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I love solo games but if I am alone I think I would rather watch tv or play a video game lol

BoardWithRules 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

That is more or less how I operate.  Usually I will play a video game if I am alone, but sometimes its fun to just sit down in front of something that isn't a screen and play games that way.

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah but for me one of the things that makes board games fun is getting together with people and playing in person.

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah but for me what makes board games fun is getting together with people and playing in person.

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

Same. I find myself sometimes rushing if I am alone.

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

Thanks for the info.

Leona Manning 4 months ago | 1 point[-]

I adore the game Jenga...The wooden tower where you add pieces on top until it topples over. This game is very easy and you don't spent a lot of time for understanding the rules of game. It is perfect for party. 

Jenda have a lor of types and sizes (like for adults and children). Full list of types Jenga here https://jenga-game.com/reviews/best-jenga-for-kids/

Beard 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

Mage Knigh. Sure. It's my 2nd favorite game after Polysphere that I got from apknite

R0land1199 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I don't do a lot of solo gaming but sometimes when I don't feel like video games I'll pull out a board game.

When I am in that mood I have been enjoying Terraforming Mars quite a bit solo.  Spirit Island has also joined it as a quality solo game.

Scythe with the Scythekick app is very good as well.  I don't play it as often as it has a lot of setup time required.  I did play through the Scythe: The Rise of Fenris campaign solo and thoroughly enjoyed it!

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I’ve played TM a couple of times solo...I like that.

fiddly_bits 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

Actual solo games: Sprawlopolis and Limes

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

How are they?

fiddly_bits 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

They're both tile-laying games.  Sprawlopolis has variable scoring conditions for the final layout, solely based on the tiles, which can overlap.  Limes always uses the same scoring conditions (though there are expansions and variants that change them and allow a single overlap), but your meeple placements in the course of the game determine the score, kind of like in Fjords (an OOP 2p tile-laying game).  Sprawlopolis is currently in print; Limes is not, but you can play it online.

trentellingsen 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

The only one I have that can be played solo is Railroad Ink: Blazing Red right now. I'm hoping to get Spirit Island one day though since I've heard good things.

BoardWithRules 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

I played Railroad ink with a friend a little while ago.  Seemed like a great game and was easy to pick up and play.  

Spirit Island is a game I am interested in as well.  Didn't know it could be played single player. 

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

Who knew right!!!

FirstJohn318 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

Didn’t realize spirit was a 1p