Would you solo if you didn't have to?

I am not going to lie, a lot of the discussion this week has certainly tempted me to try playing solo games more seriously: there seem to be a fair number of advantages and a tonne of joy to be found in solo gaming. This is especially true in the middle of a global pandemic where gathering a group of people together is generally considered a bad idea.

However, there also seems to be a number of very circumstantial reasons that make solo-gaming appealing:

  • Lack of people nearby who are interested in board games.
  • More flexibility in terms of time, you can fit it into your schedule more easily.
  • Ability to play the games you want to play.

So I was wondering if those that solo regularly would significantly reduce the amount of solo gaming, or stop all togther, if they had a group of enthusiastic individuals living nearby, with plenty of flexibility to play games and tastes similar to your own?

My own current interest in playing solo games is somewhat driven by the current lack of those things, I get in games with my partner and semi-regular gaming via online platforms but I miss the tactility of games. I also know that most of my solo experiences have been with mobile apps of board games, which tend to be played very circumstanially; when I am on a journey alone or have a 10 minute wait for a bus etc.

I know there are a huge number of other reasons that people game solo, but I guess I am wondering if multi-player board games were always and option any time you would normally break out a solo game, which would you chose?



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Supporter3 months ago

YES and go play Root all the time!

Probably not actually haha.... There's a time and a place for everything and while I'd spend the majority of that opportunity playing 2p with my wife, there will be situations when I just want to relax on my own and get in a solo session. For this exact same need though, if we're talking before my son was born, then I would've gone for a video/PC game.

3 months ago

Nice, have you gotten to try root out at 2P with multiple Automa?

3 months ago

I definitely did the occasional solo game prior to the pandemic. My first was Terraforming Mars when I still had the game, now I have transitioned to #Gaia Project for the fix. It is not my first choice, but sometimes you gotta scratch the itch any way you can!

3 months ago

Too true!

Supporter3 months ago

Yes. I like all kinds of board gaming. Solo and otherwise. 

3 months ago

Haha, can't say I am surpirsed by that

Supporter3 months ago

I definately would. I do find that solo gaming to be a type of gaming. It is neither equal to or less than multiplayer gaming. there are benefits to solo gaming that one cannot find in multiplayer game. In the same way, there are benefits of multiplayer gaming that one cannot find in solo gaming. 

3 months ago

Fair, makes sense

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