Finding that solo play isn’t all that I had hoped.
Shortly after entering the world of hobby board games, I quickly realized that my appetite for gaming was larger than my family’s (and especially that of my partner). Games that worked solo, or had single player variants seemed like a great idea – I could play these epic, amazing games on my own, whenever I wanted! So I looked to games that included solo rules, had solitaire variants available or co-ops that you can play multiple characters in – such as Eldritch Horror, Mage Knight, Merchants & Marauders – as well as lighter fare such as Viticulture, Village & Pandemic. This seemed to be the perfect answer for me….but I was mistaken.
The games I mention above are all great and I love them, but playing solo was missing something. Essentially, I was just sitting there shifting cards, cubes & pieces around the table on my own. It felt cold, it felt pointless and I came to realize that the thing I love most about board gaming is the interaction and quality time spent with my family. For me, gaming is absolutely at it’s best when you are interacting with people…this came as quite a surprise, as in general I am pretty introverted and happy with quiet, alone time.
Now, Solo gaming wasn’t a complete failure, I did actually enjoy the Mage Knight Board Game solo…but it was so big, and took so long to play that it was often hard to get out without it interfering with meal-times at the table – and it often left me with a stinking headache! 😉 I also recently acquired the Friday Card Game, and after a couple of plays, this one does seem like it might work well for me….it’s quick to setup, under an hour to play and I find it quite engaging. I think I need to check out the Onirim series (with Castellion and Sylvion) and games of that ilk.
Last week I sold Eldritch Horror, Merchants & Marauders and Mage Knight (with a limited budget I can’t justify these big, expensive games that rarely get played remaining in my collection)….with the money raised I managed to buy Above & Below, New York 1901, The Voyages of Marco Polo, Cash ‘n Guns, Colt Express, Port Royal and Friday. Many light to medium weight games much more suited to what my family enjoy and therefore, we can all enjoy together.
And surely that’s what gaming is all about? And the rest of the time when I want to game but the family don’t? Well, I read and watch lots of game reviews & news, edit our videos, work on our website and write for you good folks out there. 🙂
I’d love to hear your experiences of solo gaming and recommendations for solo games that I might enjoy, let me know in the comments below.