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Frank Feldmann
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Eric's podcast brought me back to my childhood. With my brother and sister being significantly older than me, I played a lot by myself. I became pretty good at Monopoly by doing what Eric suggested in his podcast: trying out different strategies as "players". In this way, I learned that hording money did not win; you have to put your money to work for you. I also knew the rules inside and out of any game I played alone.

However, I do have to disagree with one statement made early in the podcast. Eric stated that chess was hard to play both sides with, because you know what the "other player" is thinking. That really depends on the game. If one is looking at very tactical situations (what is the best move NOW), it can be fun and instructional to play chess this way. Examining the French Defense opening comes to mind.

In my experience, this is true of wargames. Squad level games tend to be more tactical, and can be played solo. It's what allows Ambush! to be programmable. Theatre level games have a more strategic element, and that's where knowing the "other player's" thoughts can present a problem.

Thoughts? Are there other games or types of games with these tendencies?

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I find it VERY easy to play both sides in wargames, especially card-driven ones like Memoir '44, Paths of Glory, Barbarossa to Berlin etc. But also ones like Conflict of Heroes and Tide of Iron, where the games aren't actually driven by the cards,

I find it very easy to look at the position on the board, and play the best card for the currect disposition.

I don't pick a side as MINE. I try to win with both sides, and I don't care which side does. I play purely for an enjoyable experience, winning doesn't enter into it.
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Y'know, I said that but now I realize, I never actually tried to play chess solitaire. Hmmm.

Most of my solitaire play is wargaming, since those are a little harder to get on the table than most of my eurogames.

It's funny, I got ASL Solitaire just so I could play it by myself, but 9 times out of 10 I just play regular ASL as both sides. It just seems more satisfying.

I agree with you 100%.

Thanks for listening.
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Before Erik started doing these segments I thought I'd never played a board game solo before. But broadening my description to include self teaching experiences as solo play I guess I've done quite a bit of that. However I have to much going on in my life, and to many interests to set up board games and play them by myself.

Still I find the idea interesting, and wish I had the time to be filled.
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Re: All Alone 3 - Playing Tactically
I find gaming to be the single best escape (that can be done in mixed company!) for forgetting the day's worries. (Okay, cycling is right up there for me.) If that means playing B-17 QotS, learning new rules for a game, or studying chess, that's fine. Sure, it's a better experience socially, but when I need to put the day aside, I am not going to be that picky!

Game on! (Enough if the response is just an echo...)
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