In case you haven't noticed, the 2018 9-Card Nanogame Print and Play Design Contest has entered the PLAY TEST stage. (Though for some strange reason, this means the games' rules and components will not change until voting is finished.)

The challenge is simple: print and play as many of the games entered in the Solitaire Games Category as you like and post your scores here. For games without a scoring system . . . um, I'm open to suggestions. :clueless:

GG will be awarded to those with the highest score in each individual game, and also to the top three who play the largest number of individual games.

The challenge will end on May 31, which is also the deadline for voting on these games in the contest.

The list of entries for the Best Solitaire Game Category can be found here.

. . . or individually (and shamelessly copy & pasted from the parent thread):

300 Spartans: The 9 Card Thermopylae Game by Chris Hansen
Carnival Games by Rachel Bruner
Count of Nine by Scott Allen
Danger Dungeon by Jason Carter
Doctor Smuglfreud's Marvelous Machine by Onthewayover Anonymous
Epidemic by Marek Kolcun
Escape the Alps! by Joseph Propati
Folly by Preston Meyer
Franky's 1st Christmas by Chris Hansen
Goblin Mountain by Roman Flückiger
Hyperdrive Odyssey by Alex Cannon
LAUNCH THE DRAGONSLAYER! by Onthewayover Anonymous
Micro SRPG by Stefano Molinari
Nuclear Solitaire by Iffix Y Santaph
Orchard by Mark Tuck
Race for the Solar System by Christopher Melenberg
Sunstarter by Caroline Berg
The Braves by Thor Jw
The Coin Tribes' Revolt: Boudica's Rebellion against Rome by Iyidin Kyeimo
Tricolor flags by Gregg Jewell
UP by Christopher Melenberg
Wokou by Joe Schmidt
Zombies all around us!! by Joseph Propati
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300 Spartans: The 9 Card Thermopylae Game by Chris Hansen
From gallery of chansen2794

300 Spartans: The 9 Card Thermopylae Game is a solitaire wargame. You will control the Persian army at the famous battle. At your disposal are regular infantry men, your elite infantry (the Immortals), and archers. The game uses a Command and Colors style mechanic to activate units and make your assault. Each turn you will have two cards and must decide which to use for activation and which to use for tactics. You have a limited amount of Tactics Points to use so you must carefully choose how to spend them. The Greeks will be controlled by special events - none of which are good for you. Will your troops survive against the vastly superior Spartans long enough for Ephialtes to betray the secret path that will allow you to outflank them? You win the game by meeting or exceeding the historic result.


Carnival Games by Rachel Bruner
 

You and your companion (child, grandchild, spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, younger sibling, significant other, etc) are going to the carnival and you have promised to win for them a JUMBO prize! To accomplish this lofty goal you will go on a few rides, eat yummy food, and play the carnival's 12 mini-games. Overall, have fun!


Count of Nine by Scott Allen
 

Count of Nine is a solo eurogame using only 9 cards. You are the Count(ess) of the small territory of Nine. With limited resources, you will need to make wise decisions on how to build your county and earn your reward.


Danger Dungeon by Jason Carter
From gallery of e6host

Danger Dungeon! is a 1-3 player infinite (or nearly anyway) dungeon crawler. It's meant to be reminiscent of the early grid-based PC games but with arena style PVP and a push your luck mechanic to make every card flip a challenge. Do you stay in the dungeon and hunt for more loot or make your escape to the pub? The choice is yours...


Doctor Smuglfreud's Marvelous Machine by Onthewayover Anonymous
From gallery of Onthewayover

In this set collection programming card game, you and up to one other player act as the former apprentices of Doctor Fritz Smuglfreud, attempting to run your mentor’s demo booth for a modular perpetual motion machine after his unexpected disappearance. To prove the validity of his invention (and show up your old rival while you're at it), create different arrangements of the machine’s parts that interact in as close to a perpetual cycle as you can manage. Wow the audience, earn Prestige, and discover the bizarre secrets of Doctor Smuglfreud's Marvelous Machine!


Epidemic by Marek Kolcun
From gallery of Mystael

A vicious disease started to spread across the world. For now, nobody knows its origin, not even if it's bacteria or virus. Nothing helps. Mortality is 100 %. That's why team of specialists - you - was formed. Your goal is to find the cure before it's too late and disease mutates to its final form. Save the humankind!


Escape the Alps! by Joseph Propati
From gallery of etacarinae1965

You are a WWII Airborne Ranger whose been captured by the German SS and held prisoner in a castle near the alps. You've escaped and your only shot at rescue is to climb up the mountain and head back over the front lines. If you can make it to the top of the mountain you are home free. The only problem is you don't have any equipment and you must free climb with out a rope but its certain death anyways in the hands of the Germans so its your only way home.


Folly by Preston Meyer
From gallery of PracticalSloth

Folly is a meeple-rolling game, whereby you accumulat "interest" points, and press your luck. Points are accumulated for rolling your jester-meeple, and appealing to the various members of the court; when the show is over, collect points from only one member of the court.

Franky's 1st Christmas by Chris Hansen
From gallery of chansen2794

In Franky's 1st Christmas, you will play the role of Victor Frankenstein. Your goal is to take Franky to the lairs of the six other monsters so they can each teach him their favorite thing about Christmas before fleeing Van Helsing. They are all eager to help, but when it comes time for their turn to meet with Franky, they will feel a bit nervous because Van Helsing will be hot on their trail. The other monsters will help you convince them to take the time with Franky (after all, it keeps the heat off of them for awhile) and you'll have family friend, Dr. Jekyll, with you to help convince everyone. However, be careful with him because if you use him to much, he'll transform into Mr. Hyde and draw Van Helsing to you. You must balance teaching Franky his Christmas lessons, leaving false clues to throw Van Helsing off the trail, and attacking the irritating humans who live in your city to ensure that this is the best Christmas ever! You will choose which action each monster performs before fleeing the city. You win the game by teaching Frankie all six lessons of Christmas and ensuring that each monster can evacuate safely.


Goblin Mountain by Roman Flückiger
From gallery of trulog

Goblin Mountain is a competitive dice-placement game, where 2 players take turns to move their adventurers (dice) through a linear, randomised dungeon to maximise their gold and fame and make it to the exit without getting caught by the goblins.


Hyperdrive Odyssey by Alex Cannon
From gallery of Frostfire_hellforger

You’re a freelancer in a wild quarter of the galaxy. There is a lot of opportunity out there for young pilots willing to haul freight or collect bounties in the far reaches of space. Fire up the Hyperdrive: adventure awaits!


LAUNCH THE DRAGONSLAYER! by Onthewayover Anonymous
From gallery of Onthewayover

Summary: A medium-weight dexterity RPG based on the mechanism of launching a paperclip from a stack of dice to hit one or more targets. It features rich character customization and growth, tactical resource management, a dynamic world with thematic challenges, the ability to save your progress between plays, and a number of variants to try. But in the end, your heroic success or tragic failure will depend on how well you can Launch the Dragonslayer!


Micro SRPG by Stefano Molinari
From gallery of DylanCane

You are an adventurer, a Hero, in the land of Mjhrghor wandering from the majestic Red Mountain toward the King`s castle . Scope of the game is to reach the Castle alive, bringing with yourself the highest amount of Victory Points (VPs). On the path you will explore caves, searching for Magic Items and VPs hopefully avoiding Orcs and Trolls which, if met, you will have to defeat in combat.


Nuclear Solitaire by Iffix Y Santaph
 

This game is called Nuclear Solitaire because I wanted to create my own fusion power plant. And since it's a tiny game, the whole objective is to light a lightbulb. (And if using a whole fusion power plant to light a single lightbulb sounds crazy to you, welcome to my world.)


Orchard by Mark Tuck
 

A quick solitaire tile laying game. Try to collect as much fruit as you can from the three types of tree in your growing orchard.


Race for the Solar System by Christopher Melenberg
From gallery of TopherMel

Race for the Solar System is inspired by a long time favorite of mine: Race for the Galaxy. My wife and I played hundreds of games, while dating and in the first year of our marriage. We still come back to it occasionally. This is quasi-express version (smaller, but not necessarily quicker). It is a no luck euro that encourages optimization of actions using a cube management system. Players are racing to colonize planets, develop them, and expand their resources and abilities. Whomever manages their actions and resources the best, while taking advantage of the actions their opponents take will claim victory by having the most points at the end of the game.


Sunstarter by Caroline Berg
From gallery of adularia25

You are a member of an eldritch race of starfarers whose task is to give proto-stars infusions of hydrogen to spark their internal fusion, turning them into stars. You have been given a section of the galaxy to tend with a selection of proto-stars to cultivate. Can you make it to all the proto-stars before your power runs out?


The Braves by Thor Jw
From gallery of kingthor

The appearance of a Giant Monster up north have made the usually peaceful smaller Monsters in the forest aggressive. Some of these Monsters have started appearing dangerously close to the small populated towns situated at the edge of the Monsteria Forest. The Braves are a group of adventurers tasked with defending these towns against this looming Monster threat. You and your teammates are part of that group. Work together to defend the towns and defeat the giant monster responsible for the aggressive behaviours of the smaller monsters.


The Coin Tribes' Revolt: Boudica's Rebellion against Rome by Iyidin Kyeimo
From gallery of Iyidin_Kyeimo

It is 60 AD. Romans have occupied the wild lands of Britannia, and exist in an uneasy peace with the tribes of the land… When the Iceni king dies, Roman greed triggers a rebellion led by the Iceni queen Boudica that tears across the south-west of Britain. With the Romans weakened due to being engaged elsewhere in Britain, the revolt could change the course of history.


Tricolor flags by Gregg Jewell
From gallery of JewellGames

Choose a tricolor flag on the map. Randomly flip and shuffle the 9 cards. Place the cards horizontally on the table in a 3x3 grid layout. On each turn, swap positions of any two cards and then flip them over. When the colors and positions of the cards match the tricolor flag you chose, you win the game!


UP by Christopher Melenberg
From gallery of TopherMel

“UP” is a puzzly solitaire card game that uses a simple action system that uses cubes to represent a climber's strength's and abilities to overcome aspects of the rock climb. The cubes are continually recycled, but slowly deplete making the choice of when to chalk-up or make a desperate move important if they are going to make it to the top! There are 2 main game modes right now: Multipitch and A Day At The Crag, both of which will challenge players to climb to the best of their ability.


Wokou by Joe Schmidt
 

Wokou is a Solitaire Game of Revenge. You must sneak into the Wokou camp, take back your Father's stolen sword, and avenge the deaths of your fellow soldiers. Variable setups and a tense sense of action management make for a fun, light take on the classic story of revenge.


Zombies all around us!! by Joseph Propati
 

Synopsis: You’ve found yourself and your partner stuck in the middle of the apocalypse and all hell has broken out around you. After getting stuck in a massive traffic jam trying to get out of town, you realize your car will become a death trap since off in the distance you can see the dead walking towards you. You decide to make a break for the closest house to find safety and shelter for the night. The first house you find looks as if the occupants left in a big hurry and didn’t clean the house out. Your goal is to secure all the entrances and survive the night.[/q]
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Scott Allen Czysz
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Nice idea. Thanks for doing this.

I'll start with a very low bar for others to surpass. I have a game in the contest. Including it, I have played / playtested the following games:

Carnival Games (best played - in my opinion - while listening to Emerson, Lake & Palmer's KarnEvil 9).

Count of Nine (my game)

Franky's First Christmas (a lot of game packed into 9 cards)

Hyperdrive Odyssy (cool space theme with multiple missions - although I playtested this early and just played the first mission)

Orchard (clever & elegant)

Sunstarter (another clever, somewhat Tsuro-ish design)

Up (fun rock climbing game, I playtested early, there have been some changes made since I played)

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, so 7 games played so far, not too bad, but I hope to play more.



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If given the option, I would prefer to play with the green pieces, please.
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I have two new 9 Card Games: 300 Spartans and Franky's 1st Christmas
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I love the idea of keeping track of the games I've played. My goal is to play every solo game in the contest before voting. I'll keep the list updated.

I have two games in the contest and I'll leave the comments on those to a minimum.

300 Spartans: The 9 Card Thermopylae Game
My game. [family=50]C&C[/family] style game. I'm very active on the thread to answer any questions.

[thread=1932029]Carnival Games

Played a few times and really enjoyed it. Lots of microgames that you have to win to win the overall game. Very clever. Reminds me of a simpler Reiner Knizia's Decathlon. Great thematic artwork and very kid friendly. There are solo rules and co-op rules to play with a child.

Count of Nine
Very clever Euro game where you're developing a city. You've got to manage resources and choose which ones you'd like to focus on to build the best buildings. The final artwork is fantastic.

Danger Dungeon
Not played yet.

Doctor Smuglfreud's Marvelous Machine
Not played yet.

Epidemic
Played an earlier version and honestly don't remember it well. I need to revisit.

Escape the Alps!
Not played yet.

Folly
Clever game in which you are physically rolling a meeple and trying to get it to land in certain positions. Different cards want to see different landing to get points. It's fun for a few plays.

Franky's 1st Christmas
My game. Very low ink components. Silly theme but I tried to pack in as much game as I could.

Goblin Mountain
Not played yet.

Hyperdrive Odyssey
Played a very early version but I think the newest version is very different from what I played. Need to revisit. Looks very creative and has lots of missions for replayability.

LAUNCH THE DRAGONSLAYER!
Not played yet.

Micro SRPG
Not played yet.

Nuclear Solitaire
I really enjoyed this one. Simple rules, fast playing, fun theme. Lots of crazy randomness that reminded me a bit of Robo Rally

Orchard
Elegant solo game. Very solid mechanics. Simple to learn and very fast playing. I've played several games and even managed to get the top score once. Highly recommended. This one is one of my favorites from the contest so far.

Race for the Solar System
Not played yet.

Sunstarter
Played several times. I think this one works beautifully too. I agree with Scott that there is some Tsuro feel but with several unique twists. This is perhaps the most brain burning game from the contest that I've played.

The Braves
Not played yet.

The Coin Tribes' Revolt: Boudica's Rebellion against Rome
Tried playing an earlier version but didn't understand the rules. A new version has been released and I'll be trying it ASAP.

Tricolor flags
Not played yet.

UP
Die rolling game in which you're trying to climb a cliff. Fun theme. Artwork by Mark Tuck is great.

Wokou
Not played yet.

Zombies all around us!!
Nice zombie game with a constant impending sense of tomb. It's difficult to survive to the end. Very thematic!
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So far I've played 6:
1Count of Nine - I like the fact this has no extra components and there's a lot to decide in those 9 cards.
2Doctor Smuglfreud's Marvelous Machine - the mechanics of this and the artwork are amazing, the machine seems to take on a life of its own. Needs very few extra components (3 D6). Scoring altered in the contest version and I have yet to try it, but it looks like a vast improvement on the last incarnation to me.
3Epidemic - set up takes a bit to get your head round, but the rest of the game flows. Not sure about replay value and lots of extra components used.
4Goblin Mountain - clever use of the reverse of the cards to implement the solo version, which plays quite differently from the 2 player game. Atmospheric artwork and I'm finding it hard to truly beat the Goblin King - keep going back for more though. Only downside is the length of the space needed to set it up!
5Orchard - probably my favourite so far; card design is very clear, as are the 1 page rules, needs little playing area and even the rest of the family wanted to have a go when they saw me playing (usually only have the 9 year old on my side). Had to buy new dice to try it though!
6The Braves - I'm not brave enough for this one so have only won playing cooperatively with a brave partner. Also starting to find the mechanics a little repetitive, but that may be as I keep losing in solo mode!

Still want to try Carnival Games, Franky's First Christmas and maybe UP and Tricolor Flags, but doubt I'll have time for any more.
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