Solitaire Games on Your Table - April 2020
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April 2020


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Welcome to another month of solo gaming. So good to see you here! This is the 1 Player Guild's Solitaire Games on Your Table (SGOYT) geeklist for April. Please share what is on your table this month, or give some feedback and comments on others' plays.

Guidelines

1 Play a solo game, a solo variant, or a multiplayer game solo.
2 Add an entry to this GeekList and tell us about it. Get the most out of the SGOYT Aggregator by using at least one of the following tags:
1 Add the <summary></summary> tag to include a short overview. All summaries are recorded, as on my user overview page.
2 Add the <rating></rating> tag to rate a game on a scale of 0.5 to 5.0. Only the most recent rating for a game is recorded, as on my ratings page.
3 Be nice and have fun!
4 See something you like? Give it a thumb.
5 See something interesting? Tell them so in a comment.
6 See something amazing? Hand out some bag

It's extremely helpful (but not mandatory) to include some thumbsup, thumbsdown describing the pros and cons of the game you played. They're great visual aids to summarize your post.

Need a little help with formatting? Check out the Forum Formatting Guide and Tricks of the Geek.

About me

My name is Theo Peters and I live just outside of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. I've been an elementary school teacher for 9 years (currently teaching grade four) and have also been married to my beautiful wife Sharayah for 9 years. We have two daughters: Ardyn (6) and Winnie (4). For my birthday last year, my wife dressed them up like hobbits and took pictures of them. I have a copy of these on my desk at school and a giant version framed on the wall of my board game nook.
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Growing up my family was always into games: Cranium, Risk, Home Alone, Monopoly (many boards were flipped), and eventually Settlers of Catan. As a young newlywed couple we discovered Bohnanza with our friends. It was in March of 2015, however, when this occasional pastime became a straight up, borderline-obsessive hobby.

What was the game that flipped the switch for me? Gears of War: The Board Game. I picked it up for half price right before it went out of print. This game had everything I wanted. It was cooperative so it didn't cause me to flip the table on anyone and I could play it solo so I didn't need video games anymore. From there my love grew, particularly for cooperative and solo games.

Currently, I am trying to play as many solo games as possible while also designing my own game and posting on my (mostly solo related) board game blog, Crashin' the Boards. I have a really great friend group and support system in the physical world, but I love the connections I've made in the digital world of the 1 Player Guild. You are all so kind, helpful, and hilarious. I regularly show my wife jokes/memes/things I've seen on here (which she mostly doesn't get, but she thinks you're great too).

This month's theme:

Rebirth

April happens to my birth-day (34 this year), but instead of focusing on that, I wanted to focus on the theme of re-birth during this season. Spring is all about rebirth: Easter, flowers, baby animals, and a young man's fancy turns to...well, you get the idea.

So this month, tell me about YOUR rebirth. When were you baptized into the board gaming hobby? What was the game that caused you to dive into solo gaming? Tell us about it! Better yet, pull that game out and give it a play! Anyone who shares their story of rebirth will get a geekgold tip from yours truly.

If your part of the world is anything like mine right now, there might be a lot more time for solo gaming. I'm teaching from home right now and my grade one daughter is home as well. Obviously the whole COVID-19 thing is the elephant in the room and there are many ramifications for people and their families, but let's try and make this a place where we can take a break from all of that and enjoy ourselves. That being said, the 1PG is a great place to share your feelings and struggles. Reach out if you need to.

Stay healthy and happy gaming!

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1 Player Guild - The home base for everything related to solo games
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SGOYT Monthly GeekList Subscription - SGOYT Geeklists [subscription thread]
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1 Player Guild / SGOYT 2020 Solitaire Goals - A place to set and track personal solo game goals for 2020
2020 Solo Challenges Geeklist - A subscription list of every past and current 2020 solo challenge for specific games
MetaList for GeekList Challenges - Gaming challenges and goals for this year or even more long term

2019 People's Choice Top 200 Solo Games - An extensive list of the top 100 solo games as voted by solo gamers
The Consolidated Top 250 Solo Games 2014 - 2019 - Ranking the solo games of all People's Choice yearly lists so far
Solo Gaming Awards - A list of links to various 1 Player Guild and solo game awards
Solitaire Recommendations for Your Table - A list of solo recommendations broken down by genre

1 Player Guild Trading Post - A place to buy, sell, and trade games with members of the 1 Player Guild
The Solo Games Chain of Generosity - A place to pay it forward with other members of the 1 Player Guild
Solitaire Games - Fair Trade It Forward 2 - A place to pay it forward with solo games
1 Player Guild Hot Deals Thread - A listing of current deals and discounts on solo games
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A short abstract strategy game for 1 or 2 players, designed in Japan by Charles Ward from EX1ST GAMES, with artwork by Andres Agostini.

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STORY
During the Sengoku period (1467 -1615) many Japanese clans controlled territories by military force, alliances and treachery. Smaller clans became absorbed by larger ones, until eventually Japan was unified, and governed by a new Shogun.

One of these small clans was the Sanada Clan, whose leaders proved to be great warriors and strategists. The most famous and fierce of which was Sanada Yukimura (1567-1615). See cover image.

This game outlines the history of the Sanada Clan in 5 acts. Each act offers a simple variant on the 2 Player Game and the Solitaire Game is explained in the Epilogue. Please enjoy this carefully crafted and historically accurate rule book.

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It reminds me of tic-tac-toe in its simplicity, but aslo Tak because you can cover and move pieces, and Shogi in that you can play pieces after they have been defeated. It's simple, but not easy. You actions are Place, Move, Fight, Surprise. The last one has you reconfigure the board to try to get a win. You win by getting 3 in a Row, 3 in a Stack, or by Submission.

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CARDS: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ld_6MNM5Guyy2n1ldvurbMuJjxw...
RULES: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X87AFPc7r120n0O95O9z7svfh1Q...

It is published as a Forever Free Print and Play Game for the 2020 - 9 Card Game Print and Play Design Contest.

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2. Board Game: Rallyman: GT [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1115] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Rallyman: GT
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Rallyman GT is fun and quite a relaxing game for me. There is just enough tactical thought put into each time and just the right amount of push your luck. I am also grateful for the "Driverless Cars AI" system that has been developed so I can play this game solo outside of the monthly challenges.

Race about to begin...

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Here is my opening turn...a flat out roll of 7 dice that was successful and catapulted me into the early lead.

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About 1/2 way through the race, there was a crash and an unforeseen weather change. The AI cars had to pit.

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It was a back and forth race between myself (yellow) and the red car the entire race. Ultimately it was a minor loss of control that did me in and I finished second.

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Rallyman GT is just awesome and I have so much fun with it every time I play. It is more than the sum of its parts as the presentation is so perfect with amazing graphic design and "theme." My only small complaint is setup and tear down as putting together tracks can take a while and putting tiles away in order also adds to the teardown.

It's a minor quibble as I love Rallyman GT....a lot!
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3. Board Game: Maquis [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1418]
Board Game: Maquis
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The game that got me started on solo games? Probably regular old playing cards solitaire (Klondike, I think). My grandma taught me how to play around 33 years ago, when I was 7 or so. Sometimes we'd even play DOUBLE or TRIPLE solitaire (which isn't really solitaire anymore, though you use the same rules). But I'm sure that's probably not the answer you were looking for!

Anyways, I've been playing a TON of Maquis lately. Deck building and worker placement are my favorite genres, so this one really shines as a solo, compact worker placement game. (I also enjoy Architects of the West Kingdom and Nusfjord, but they are a bit of a labor to set up). At the moment, I actually have Maquis out and ready to play, but I wanted to check email and BGG first.

So here are my two cents! I wish had some cool pictures to share here, but I still have a hard time (even after 5 years or so) remembering what does what on BGG. I do have several photos that BGG approved and are on the Maquis images section, so you could check there if you want.

So far I've played 12 games in the past week or so. I've only won twice (possibly a third time, but it was a little ambiguous...), with my first 5 games all losses. I think I've started to improve a bit, however, getting a better idea at when to avoid a few of the 5 hotspots and play it safe on a given turn. I think I've also gotten a better idea which spare rooms to go for depending on which two missions I draw (usually randomly).

I'm not sure if I'll tire of this game or not anytime soon. So far, I love busting it out and playing a couple games in under an hour. I splurged one day and even played it thrice in a row! And since Maquis is relatively short, compact, and thought provoking, it's a winner in my book. Really glad I backed it on KS for a mere $20.
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4. Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:146]
Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System
Kevin Eastwood
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Windham
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It's been ages since I gave this game any time on the table, but tonight I was a saavy space trader with a rusty bucket ship moving cargo around. I managed to pull out a win against the AI, but it was a close end 20 to 18.

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5. Board Game: Dual Powers: Revolution 1917 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:2151]
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This is my first play of this, playing two handed as I usually do to 1) learn the game in its "native" form, and 2) get up the learning curve quicker by playing 2 games at once basically.

This game was gifted to me through the Solo Games Chain of Generosity by:
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So, first of all, a big thank you to Frankie and Ron for their generosity. It is much appreciated.


This seems to be a very cool 1-2 player area control game. It fits in the time and size gap between some of my smaller games like Pocket Landship and Helionix: Last Sunset and Aerion, and the big ones like Scythe and Terraforming Mars.

After my first two-handed play, I think I can say that I have never played a game quite like this. I am sure they are out there, but for me, this is refreshing.

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For the last round, both sides chose the same region to focus on and it was quite the battle.
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I think after watching the play through video on Kickstarter and playing this one 2-handed game, I should be ready to try the solo game next.


As for gaming re-birth...

1) I think how I got this game is a great example of a re-birth: one person willing to give a game away for free to someone else.

2) "Modern boardgames", I can probably attribute that re-birth to my adult son, who about 5 years ago was helping a friend re-hab an old building downtown to open a game store. Our son introduced us to games like: One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Carcassonne, etc.

3) As for solo game re-birth, or birth...I suppose WIP threads of solo PnP games, then BGG contests, playtesting others' games. I do remember that my FIRST PnP game was Todd Sanders' A Wanderer in the Forest of Wyr. The first "P" involved printing a 1 page game board, I figured I could do that.
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Still a game I enjoy playing.


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6. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:169]
Board Game: Go
Greetings, soloists.

Like Theo, I am an educator. A month ago global circumstances led me to hurriedly rebuild my game hovel into a home office. (My institution has since decided I'll be teaching remotely until June 1st.) The stack of books & game boxes got cleaned up off my table, but then it was so...empty.

My father-in-law is a bus driver, in Seoul. Drivers there used to live in dorms, working 4 days, then going home for 3 off. 45 years of driving buses meant a lot of gaming during downtime. As a result he's pretty much an ace Go player: 4 dan. Whenever we get together he schools me for a few days.

Now my table is clean, with a workspace at one end, and a Go ban at the other. There's also a book of Go lessons my FIL recommended, and I aim to do a couple exercises every week. Wish me luck!

Oh, and a pic I took years ago of some Go stones, in a parking lot in Korea.
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I titled this one "Went:"


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7. Board Game: Clinic: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:1140]
Board Game: Clinic: Deluxe Edition
Gustavo Ruiz Santicchio
Argentina
Buenos Aires
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Tonight I played a rematch to the yesterday game here Item for Geeklist "Solitaire Games on Your Table - March 2020" .

So, same setup against the Automa, same solo goal but this time with Urban Designs module from The Extension. I choose one Orange card to build my Clinic on a side in my 3x3 grid and reach to the last floor.

It was really nice game, I took a different approach, I don't need this time the ICU unit and achieve the solo goal #3 spending only 12 moves over the 6 rounds of the game.

This was my final Clinic:
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The final score and the Automa board at the end:
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Really close WIN 91PP to 86PP. Completed the Urban Design card of 8PP give the victory at the end! cool
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8. Board Game: Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.59 Overall Rank:6017]
Board Game: Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game (Second Edition)
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I'm returning to an old friend for the next few months....

I'm back working on something that will hopefully please DWSSG fans and will be released sometime in Summer 2020. As we all know, solo games are now even more valuable to our imaginations and mental health, so I am creating something that may, even if only a very small way, help with that.

I would like to urge all DWSSG fans to help spread some kindness and thought to people who have been affected by the international situation, the vulnerable or lonely whilst we beat the virus.

As the 12th Doctor said: 'Run fast, laugh hard and be kind'

Thanks and stay safe everyone!

Board Game: Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game (Second Edition)


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9. Board Game: Spirit Island [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:13]
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Dave Matthew
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So I ended yesterday (end of March) with this game, so I am not letting go of this moment of "being smart" to pass. Another challenge again with Shadow.

and I won, more confident to claim that now than yesterday.

Others claimed that the game can be anti-thematic, the sudden victory right after resolving the fear card, that's what happened here. I was on level 3 and there are no more cities.
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Another thing I'd like to share is the awesome insert by Folded Space, this is the perfect insert for the game. I am not paid to write this, I'm just happy that I got this for organization, that is one-less puzzle to think about.
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10. Board Game: Street Masters [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:1064] [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked]
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William McCurdy
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I have just gotten my Aftershock Kickstarter and holy heck was organizing everything a pain. But after much debate I decided to play through Island Getaway from the base game with Raven as my character. I am using her story deck as well. With some of her attacks she can heal herself so losing health to complete the objective on her story didn't seem like a bad trade off. After blazing through her objective I then decided it was time to focus on the boss who has built up a scary amount of defense tokens. I have been poking Dimitri to keep objectives out of his hands just enough to keep the game going so I wouldn't lose. But it came close due to his rpg-7. Having won in the end I get to move on to part 2a of the island Getaway and part 2 of ravens story.
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11. Board Game: Hostage Negotiator [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1028] [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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Daniel King
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Franklin
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I wanted to pull out a smaller solo game that I could play at the table while my son and I play one of his games in the morning and this caught my eye. I bought this game at a local convention directly from the publisher and I admittedly wasn't a big fan at first. You know there is going to be luck when it comes to a game involving dice, but my biggest complaint was that when you are mostly rolling two dice, the variance is too high compared to something like One Deck Dungeon where you are often rolling 7 or 8 dice. However, as I stuck with the game I realized that mitigation is the whole point. When you are playing Hostage Negotiator you have to expect and prepare for the worst while capitalizing on those moments of good luck. This is one of the games that I own the digital version for and as such have not played my physical copy for some time.

This morning I had a convincing win against Arkayne. My favorite part of Hostage Negotiator are the demands. You can often concede demands for an immediate benefit, but some serious negative consequences in the long run. But this means that you can set up these huge turns. You might spend 3 or 4 turns preparing for one big turn where you can concede some demands and make a huge play to win. This is what I attempted to do in my second game against Donna. However, in this game I did my best to mitigate bad rolls, but I unfortunately had too many bad rolls in a row for my big turn and it cost me the win.

The more you play this game the more it really opens up. I only own the base game, but have a few expansions for the digital version. I highly recommend this one if you are looking for a short game that is chock full of decision points.
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12. Board Game: Aetherium [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:10687]
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Just another day in the quantum.

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The forces of order, Axiom...

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...squared off against the rag-tag bands of Nanomei.

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Meanwhile, a bystander had this important message:

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More details on this very cool miniatures/boardgame hybrid here:


https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/271064/item/7616973#item7...
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13. Board Game: D-Day Dice (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:2306] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Played Chateau de Vaumicel as a Canadian Unit. I played "Sgt. Tommy Prince's Action" as a Special Mission and used the War Hero Scout, Tommy Prince. He's a Canadian, but he fought on his own, in a US Unit, UK units and in a Canadian unit. He even helped out a French unit. He has an impressive war history.

WW2 History
Serving as a reconnaissance expert in the Devil's Brigade, Tommy Prince posed as a local farmer to repair a severed communications wire in full view of enemy troops - he tied the wire together while pretending to tie his shoe. He is one of Canada's most decorated Indigenous soldiers. He earned medals from the USA and from King George VI in Buckingham Palace. He was recommended for a French medal, but the recommendation got lost when the courier was killed.

Tommy Prince received intense instruction in stealth tactics, hand-to-hand combat, the use of explosives for demolition, amphibious warfare, rock climbing and mountain fighting and as ski troops. Prince became a "Reconnaissance Sergeant"—or, in the Force table of organization, a "Scout"—responsible for moving into forward positions and reporting on the movements of the enemy.

Prince and a private were sent forward through the German lines to scout their positions near L'Escarène and came across an encampment area of an enemy reserve battalion. On the way back to report, Prince and the private came upon a battle between some Germans and a squad of French partisans. They started sniping the Germans, who eventually withdrew. When Prince made contact with the French leader, he asked Prince where his company was located, when Prince pointed to the private and said "Here," the French commander exclaimed that he thought there were 50 of them.

Prince returned to his unit and brought them to the Germans he had been sniping. , which resulted in the capture of the entire German battalion, about 1000 men. From start to end Prince had been without food, water or sleep for 72 hours and had walked over 70 km across rugged, mountainous terrain.

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The first game, I forgot to bother to keep any Courage for the first three rolls... and couldn't move out of the first sector! LOL. Loss. 29 points.

The second game, I completed the Special Mission and defeated the bunker for 312 points!

Some Concluding Thoughts
I love the inclusion of Special Missions in the second edition of this game. I love the War Heroes - and I especially like it when a Special Mission involves a War Hero. It's even better when a Legendary Unit fits in (which it did not in this particular case). I hope to see more Special Missions, War Heroes, and Legendary Units.

The Special Missions and War Heroes used in this play can be found in Way to Hell, if you'd like to play the adventures of Tommy Prince. He didn't storm the beaches (he was already fighting in France, having helped liberate Rome earlier), so I recommend one of the inland maps. He fought alongside so many different units, you could play him with the US RWB board, the UK board, the Canadian board, or the Free French board.
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14. Board Game: Hoplomachus: The Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:2158] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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Played Xanadu with Gurak at the FaMel Ruins. I had to defeat Vannesh the Unseen first. A really lucky flurry took him out fast! Then came Molhegen the Dragon Lizard. He was tougher. He took half my Champion's life, but we defeated him. Next up, Trebonius the Fearsome entered the arena. A strong group effort and a heck of a shot from a fully activated Flagged Archer took him out at the end.

I should play at the FaMel Ruins more often. This was only my second time. I love the Flagged Archer.
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15. Board Game: Arkham Noir: Case #1 – The Witch Cult Murders [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:2396] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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The ANoir games provide a nice puzzle to play with. The subject matter and artwork definitely draw me to them. I'll probably continue with the Witch Cult for a few more tries at least and then work my way through the series.
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16. Board Game: Freezing Death: Finnish Winter War [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:8871]
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Another game of fairly short duration and with rules rules that can be learned quickly.
1918: Brother Against Brother is a good game, so I was happy to pick this one up.

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17. Board Game: The Magnificent [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:974]
Board Game: The Magnificent
Stefan Schneider
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You are a ringmaster, trying to perform the most magnificent show, enticing more and more people to come watch your shows. It's a nice theme and it always looks amazing:

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The rulebook is only three or four pages and, apart from very quickly checking the setup section, I never have to look anything up again, which is great.

Admittedly, maybe because the rules are fairly simple. Take a die of a color and use it for an action. Buy tiles, travel with the wagon to gain gems and posters or perform.

The game only lasts three rounds. Yes, it doesn't sound like much and it isn't. At least not enough time for me to break the 200 point barrier that is considered a win. But I was so, so close today! I managed 196 points. Which, to be honest, actually surprised me quite a bit, but my magicians for endgame scoring gave me a lot of points, nearly all of them close to the maximum amount possible. I guess if I'd have performed better, I would've won.

But what a great, tightly designed game. Simple rules, easy to understand, plays in 60 minutes or less and is challenging and fun.

Another one that will make my top20 list this year for sure. I think I like this better than Santa Maria.
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18. Board Game: Marvel Champions: The Card Game [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:52]
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My second play with Thor and wow, has this been very different from my previous 10 plays with Captain America. I was plowing through the bad guys with Captain America on every level, including the expert cards and even some of the fan made content to make the game harder.

Playing with Thor, I can't even get past easy Rhino. I'm not sure if I like this variety or not and whether this is just a product of playing solo. It just feels off that two characters can play so different where one feels almost way too easy and the other feels almost too hard.

I have played with Black Panther previously for most of my plays and as a character, he felt pretty balanced and somewhere in the middle.

I will continue to accept the challenge with Thor as I really don't love the other characters in the base game box. I enjoy playing with characters I like but I'm pretty sure I will try tweaking the Thor deck before trying again.

Still such a wonderful game and the "tick down" dice are a great addition to this game reducing the footprint and making health and threat more visible.

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19. Board Game: 30 Rails [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:4014]
Board Game: 30 Rails
Kevin Shaud
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First ever play of this game for me as part of the Game'pril Fools 2020 Solo QuarantineCon. I was really impressed by this game. It is very clever and I found it quite challenging. My score was not good: 21 modest but I'll excuse that as being due to just learning the game. whistle

I will definitely be playing this one again. Fun game.
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20. Board Game: Explorers of the North Sea [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1003] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
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At the end of April two years ago I tested the grounds of 1PG and solo playing. But it wasn`t really till I played this gem that my solo life kicked into high gear. After that my solo collection has been growing like a weed.

And I make new records for myself all the time!

Of course this had to be my first play of this month with the theme set for it. I have dabbled in a bit of two handed and three handed plays over the years, but there came a time where I thought maybe I should quit the whole hobby. cry

That was because I couldn`t get my games to the table, and I wasn`t doing them any justice by leaving them on the shelves. Even finding Kickstarted, and this being one of the first I backed, I felt that I might be going towards the end of my life as a gamer.

Fat chance! I tried this out among other games in May, and it was one of the few solo games I tried out that month. But it made a small fire flare up inside of me. And it`s been burning ever since!!

Now over to the play:

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As usual, weird map, funny trails. Got out all my outposts, collected some livestock, looted some shipwrecks and sank some enemy ships. Great!

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I had to get out my Outposts, or collect sets of enemy ships, settlements and outposts to score my Captain. I scored 5 off Outposts. Nice! And I scored 96VP in total...well....better than last time, so I`ll take it.
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21. Board Game: Folklore: The Affliction [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:1136]
Board Game: Folklore: The Affliction
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This is probably the largest game I’ve set up since the stay-at-home order, and I’m looking forward to having it up to play for the next few days. I know folks have mixed feelings on Folklore, but I can assuredly say I’m in the ‘love it’ camp. It has a sprawling world, which I haven’t even seen a tenth of after a dozen plays. My biggest drawbacks would be the set up time and the d100 combat system, which can get fiddly sometimes (stay away if you don’t like rolling dice). Once you get used to the combat, it’s not nearly as bad as it seems.

I have to mention that the Rumors cards, introduced in the first big-box expansion, gave me what I’ve been looking for since entering this hobby: a timerless, open world sandbox. There’s a small rules card that mentions Free Roam play, which is essentially going from town to town and picking up rumors, which are a bunch of mini quests. It takes the pressure out of campaign play, or games with timers, like Runebound. Once I play through Story IV, I’m going to do some free roaming...

Highly recommend.


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22. Board Game: Sprawlopolis [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:493] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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No surprise at all that this is my first play of the month! I've fallen into the rhythm of a couple of quick after-lunch plays before getting back to work.

I've also started limiting myself to three wins per day. After that, I have to stop!

This was combo 4-5-13, which I won on the second play.

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23. Board Game: Coimbra [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:170]
Board Game: Coimbra
April makes me think of dogwoods blooming. And daffodils.

My re-birth story would be a post-cancer treatment one. Chemo causes hair loss but it grows back with the texture of baby hair. The experience made me feel new.

Game time - I opened the month with Coimbra as I live it’s look on the table. I said this all last month, so this time I’ll provide pictures and more game analysis, more like a session report.

Setting up ...haven’t determined player order yet. I’m yellow.
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Ventures: Macau, Ceuta, Maskat, Zanzibar, Cabo Verde, and Calicut.

Opponent was first, gaining the gray and orange card combo; I got 2 green cards for 3 influence bumps on that track. THIS was NOT a starting set I wanted. shake

Closer look at pilgrimage track:
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I started at the NW corner to go after the pilgrimage track bumps. Then circled clockwise on subsequent moves.

End of first round:
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Tracking Influence shifts at end of each round:

Guards. Coins. Pilgrimage. Academy.
1-0. 4-1. 4-4. 3-0.
7-0. 7-1. 5-4. 6-2.
8-0. 10-6. 10-4. 9-5.
On upcoming picture.

Funding ventures: Macau, round 1; Cabo Verde, round 2; Maskat, round 3; and Zanzibar, round 4.

Tried a different strategy of diversifying card drafts, but a key element was gaining both influence boosting cards in the first round. VERY HELPFUL! OR lucky.

Scoring started with 35 points from castle, pilgrimage, and card rewards. Ventures added 49, plus another 11 from pilgrimage end points. I was top of all the tracks and gained 40 points from bells. Certificates added 13. That was a total of 148. Plus another 20 from two end game reward cards. The diversity on cards was rewarded both from the pilgrimage track and a card so I’m happy with this approach. Typically, I’m short in some color of card..

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24. Board Game: Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:2898]
Board Game: Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden
Fine little filler game. The rules are light and it is easy to pick up and play several games. I tried trading for this one and finally gave up and just built my own. My scores have been a little inconsistent, but that is the fun of it.

Overall I highly recommend it, and it will for sure see the table regularly.

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25. Board Game: Robin Hood and the Merry Men [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1965]
Board Game: Robin Hood and the Merry Men
Ok, let me say that I am not sure why this got so mixed reviews. This one really connected with me. I felt the theme came through, I prefer it over Paladins and Architects and similar. I like the various solo challenges/variations to play. I felt the solo game was very tight and easy to setup and play.

Overall this will be a keeper for me as it resonated well. The board is a little busy, but never felt like it overwhelmed me. The various actions and characters are fun (I have the deluxe ed.) My first game I made it to the end and scored a 116, short of the 130 needed for a win. Good game with theme.... A for sure keeper for me.

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