Solo Board Games: Examples and Tips
Pandemic, isolation, playing games — these are all ingredients that drive us into solo play. Which ones are the best? Is it really cool? Find out in this newest review!Edit Article
“Rather alone than badly accompanied”
meant to be playedas solo and games that
allowsyou to play solo. I will discuss the 2 types, later I will mention my favorite list of solos and then the pedagogical advantages of solo play.
Games meant to be played solo
FridayFriday is the best copy in this category, it is the first one that appears in the list of both Ludopedia and BGG. It is based on the story of Robinson Crusoe and his island adventures, you will be the native “Friday” to help him. It's a very challenging deck building; I think the images are a bit rough, but the game itself is great! Get a copy of Friday in Noble Knight.
Fields of FireFields of Fire has the distinction of being based on three real campaigns experienced by units of the US 9th Infantry Regiment in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. That alone is worth the game. It's a very nice game where you build the place, simulating the unknown terrain and also the actions according to what you have to face. No wonder it won the award for best historical simulation. Find the board game here.
Deep Space D-6In Deep Space D-6 you are patrolling the Auborne system with your ship, and you receive a distress call, but it's a trap. So you need to survive the threats until the rescue fleet appears. It's frantic as you'll roll dice for crew and allocate them to stations, planning ahead for taking care of internal and external threats is paramount. Click here to get this game.
Games that allows you to play solo
GloomhavenWell, Gloomhaven is a game for up to 4 players, but you can play alone. The cool thing about Gloomhaven is that the scenarios have prerequisites and your mission is to get by to accomplish the mission in this tactical combat game. It's as good as playing in a group. Worth every minute invested! We recommend the 2nd printing.
Gaia ProjectHere's another strong representative which allows you to play solo: Gaia Project. The idea is the same as the game with up to 4 players, but obviously with less space sectors. The basic idea remains: develop, grow, and terraform neighboring planets into the form your faction can live on. It's very challenging! Gaia Project can be found here.
Terraforming MarsTerraforming Mars is a great game and even in solo mode it doesn't disappoint. The lore is the same, Planet Earth is overpopulated, and it's time to terraform Mars. A bit of adaptation and you'll have the same adventure. Terraforming Mars board game here.
My Favorite Games to play Solo
FridayI won't repeat the photos, you've seen them before. Friday made me fight, agonize, and die several times before winning a single match, that's right, a single match only I managed to defeat the 2 pirates in the end, the rest was pure suffering. But did that discourage me? By no means, the closer I got (and lost), the more eager to play again I became, the levels of difficulty go up and that's the maximum, this feeling is wonderful when playing Friday, you gain experience during the game at the same time your character ages, and that's awesome.
Peg SolitaireI know, you must be wondering: With so many cool games, he chose Peg Solitaire? Yes, I like it a lot! I grew up playing it, I felt challenged, drawing up new strategies until I managed to leave only 1 piece on the board. I grew up and bought a new version for myself, and I obviously have a mobile version. The idea is to capture pieces until only one is left, and it's a challenging brain exercise!
The Solo Pedagogy
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