2014 People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games
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After seeing the Dice Tower's People's Choice Top 100 of 2014, the 1-Player Guild decided that we should do this as well. So for the month of November we asked for people's top 20 games to play solo. #1 would get 20 points, #2 gets 19 ...

The only restriction we made was that the game had to be a physical game you enjoyed playing solo. It could be a true solo game, a co-op game, a multi-player game where you played multiple sides, print and play, official and unofficial variants ... You get the idea. Anything except strictly electronic variants (like ios solo implementations).

For anyone who didn't find out about this until voting was closed, we apologize. We didn't advertise it outside the 1-Player Guild because we didn't want the results skewed by fans of games that honestly rarely get played solo.

So having said that, we understand that the number of voters is far lower than what the Dice Tower received for their poll. (Which was fine with us since we had to do ours manually).

We had 85 people participate and a surprising 389 games mentioned.

In some cases we combined votes like the D&D games (Castle Revenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon ...) and others we didn't. I asked when I wasn't sure and took recommendations.

The bottom line to all of this is that we wanted to do it out of curiosity and simply for the fun of it. Hopefully you find it interesting.

Please check back or subscribe while I update this list all week to count down from 100 down to 1.

Feel free to add comments to the games as they're posted. The comments you see listed were included by some of the people voting.

There were ties along the way, I decided to break ties by whichever game had more votes. If still tied, I went to whichever game had the higher vote. If still tied, I broke the tie and noted it.

When I've shown the whole list, I'll go over some stats on the votes.

One last point. I'd strongly encourage everyone interested in solo gaming to visit and join the 1-player Guild. It's a fantastic group of friendly people.

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In case anyone cares whistle The 1-Player podcast has the final 20 games in it. I'm going to listen then post the next 10 and then the final 10 later for those who want the slow reveal still.

http://fractaloon.podbean.com/e/1p-069-pandemic-the-cure/

Please be respectful and wait to comment until games are shown here.
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I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. I'll release everything tomorrow in some kind of format. I could do it tonight, but having that to do tomorrow will help with the withdrawals.

Until we get hundreds of votes, I'll be glad to do this again next year. If anyone has any suggestions to make this better, I'm all for it. I loved the suggestion for the single geeklist, slow reveal. Thank you! I really think that added to the fun.

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1. Board Game: We Must Tell the Emperor: The Great Pacific War, 1941 to 1945 [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:3468]
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#100 (32 Points - 4 Votes)

4 way tie for 99. Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game and History Maker Baseball just missed the cut because of less votes
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2. Board Game: Utopia Engine [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2954]
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#99 (32 Points - 4 Votes)
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3. Board Game: Castaways [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1270]
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#98 (33 Points - 2 Votes)
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4. Board Game: Merkator [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:920]
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#97 (33 Points - 2 Votes)

"This can play very quickly solitaire with a lot of interesting decisions, though it loses quite a bit from the multiplayer version since you can't hitch a ride when other players travel."
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5. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:308]
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#96 (34 Points - 3 Votes)
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6. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:795]
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#95 (34 Points - 4 Votes)
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7. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:79] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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#94 (34 Points - 4 Votes)

"Can be epic and very immersive"
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8. Board Game: D-Day at Tarawa [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:2481]
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#93 (35 Points - 2 Votes)
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9. Board Game: Hoplomachus: The Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:2164] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
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#92 (35 Points - 3 Votes)

(Or Hoplomachus: Rise of Rome)

"One of the best "feeling" games around. Beautiful components and great gameplay too!
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10. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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#91 (35 Points - 3 Votes)

"Simple one player variant for a nice and relaxing game"
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11. Board Game: Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:814]
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#90 (36 Points - 3 Votes)
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12. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:252] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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#89 (37 Points - 4 Votes)
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13. Board Game: Urbion [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:2086]
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#88 (37 Points - 11 Votes)

"Quick, fun card game."
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14. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:89]
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#87 (38 Points - 3 Votes)

Note: This could be the first controversy. I didn't combine this with 1st Edition. I don't know the game and someone told me they were very different. For the fans of this had they been combined it would have been #56. The first Edition version ended up at #106. Before you start throwing rotten fruit at me, remember the point about this being for fun
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15. Board Game: Hostage Negotiator [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:894] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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#86 (38 Points - 3 Votes)
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16. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:365]
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#85 (39 Points - 4 Votes)

"A hugely impressive experience that works as well using the dedicated solo variant as it can in a group; it's dependence on narrative rather than competitive engagement grounds it with the feel of a choose-your-own-adventure novel. Utterly charming and entertaining."
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17. Board Game: In Magnificent Style [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:3510]
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#84 (40 Points - 6 Votes)
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18. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:254]
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#83 (41 Points - 3 Votes)
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19. Board Game: Ottoman Sunset: The Great War in the Near East 1914-1918 [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:2025] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
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#82 (41 Points - 3 Votes)

"VPG game, set in WW1, which is a lovely States of Siege game that is portable and plays in under an hour, so multiple plays in a session are possible."
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20. Board Game: Run, Fight, or Die! [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1368]
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#81 (41 Points - 4 Votes)
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21. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:500]
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#80 (43 Points - 3 Votes)
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"Very enjoyable racing game with a great theme."
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22. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:804]
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#79 (44 Points - 3 Votes)

"The solitaire variant included in the rules flows flawlessly from the multiplayer rules. I've never played such a short game with so many interesting, tough decisions."

"Awesome game with one or many."
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23. Board Game: Phantom Leader Deluxe [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:2244]
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#78 (44 Points - 4 Votes)

"PL game is very similar to Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations which I almost listed (but of a different time period and locales), but IMHO, it is better because of the Political Track which must be taken into consideration when choosing targets."
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24. Board Game: Myth [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2196]
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#77 (45 Points - 5 Votes)

"A true co-op which is playable solo by controlling 2 or more characters. I like the story-telling aspects and the ability to easily create adventures of my choosing. The original rulebook was confusing, but with the stuff downloadable from Megacongames.com, including new content, it is a lot of fun, especially solitaire."
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25. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:341] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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#76 (45 Points - 7 Votes)

"Euro combined with fantasy adventure. Wish the expansions would be produced in English."
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