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This geeklist is an adjunct to the 2014 Secret Soloist Exchange.

Use this space to post any information to augment your wishlist. Describe what you want the most, what type of games you don't enjoy, highlight specific games you'd like, highlight subject matter you're interested in, etc.

Use it as you see fit.

Each participant needs to have his or her wishlist updated with each game the participant would like to receive as a solitaire game. Since many of us like to play multiplayer games solitaire while others may only enjoy playing games designed for solitaire, it is important to note the comment field of such games with text that stands out like, Secret Soloist game or Solitaire gamer exchange.

But please use this space to offer extra information to your Secret Soloist. Especially if you want to keep your profile page "clean" from any communication between you and your Secret Soloist.
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Secret Soloist,

My wishlist is updated. Any game with the bold text 2014 Secret Soloist Game is something I'd be very happy to receive. I use the "must have", "love to have", "like to have", "thinking about it" rankings. But don't pay much attention to that. I have games marked with the bold text above at every level. I'd be happy to receive any of them.

Oh, and the following is all about what I like in my solitaire games. I try to keep some good comments in my wishlist so I don't want to be redundant. And check out my comments for games I've played. I try to be very thorough and thoughtful when I put them together. Some are almost mini-reviews. Should give you a good idea about what I like/don't like.

I started out as a very omnivorous gamer. Ameritrash style games used to be my big draw, along with a few Euro style games. The first game I played solitaire regularly was Arkham Horror. Soon after, that was followed by Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic and Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations. Though I kept playing games like Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game, Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game solitaire, I slowly moved into the realm of wargames. Now most of my solitaire gaming is spent on wargames and I find myself not too terribly interested in other genres.

There's something about the theme, history, narrative, and tension offered by many wargames that I just can't help but get sucked into. But my definition of war games is fairly wide, and I'll include great titles like Space Infantry, Voyage of the B.S.M. Pandora, Astra Titanus, Nuklear Winter '68, and All Things Zombie: The Boardgame in my definition of war games.

Recently I've really enjoyed Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?, Silent War, RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940, and D-Day at Omaha Beach. I have recently spent a lot of time with D-Day at Omaha Beach and regard it as one of the finest and best games I have ever played. I spent a lot of time writing about in in March's Solitaire Games on Your Table Geeklist.

Long term favorites that I haven't played in a while because I'm trying to get to new games are Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations, Thunderbolt Apache Leader, and B-17: Queen of the Skies.

While I love designed for solitaire games and co-op games, I've discovered that I also enjoy playing certain multiplayer games solo. I've recently acquired Commands & Colors: Ancients and think that a great game, even solo. I really enjoy Nuklear Winter '68 in this fashion as well. My name is even mentioned twice in the rulebook for the expansion Nuklear Winter '68: Heart Of Darkness if you get the chance to check it out. I'm proud of that; my only claim to fame on a published boardgame. So multiplayer games I've listed as 2014 Secret Soloist Game would be highly appreciated as well.

Okay, so I'm a big Tolkien nut. Maybe I should buy a microbadge? I have The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game with the first AP cycle. I've only played the first two scenarios. I want to play more + the Tolkien fan in me really wants to get further expansions. But at the rate I play I can't image I'll get very far anytime soon. I think LoTR: TCG and the Knizia game are both casualties of my recent war gamer shift.

I also have a bunch of Avalon Hill/Victory Games titles from the 80's and early 90's. There are some classic solitaire gems in there, a couple of which I've managed to play.

I'm a fan of old and new. A dusty old soloable game is just as good as a new game to me. I don't mind long rulebooks that aren't written well and I don't mind bad rulebooks (although there's no excuse for them) if the game is good. I love luck in my games. I love to manage my resources or troops. I love to sift through the odds without perfect knowledge of the future and make a decision. I don't need perfect knowledge and efficiency in my games. In fact, I kind of rebel against such elements in my games. Above all, I really, really, really hone in on and enjoy games that give me a gripping narrative and lots of tension to wade through.

Well, that's probably enough for right now. I'm sure I'll swing through here again and update and refine this. Thanks for taking the time to read.

Oh, and I'm also good with being surprised if you think you have just the title for me and it's not on my wishlist. New games are great, but used games are great, too, if they are in decent condition. Oh, and check my pre-order list. I have some titles on there that have been previously listed. So avoid those, I've already spent the money!
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I'll try to stick more in here later, but what I'm looking forward to in the exchange is the element of surprise. I have my wishlist updated for the most part (not sure I'm at the requested 20, but I'll keep looking around). That said, I might possibly be open to suggestion. I'm not sure how that works or if it's even a good idea to say that. Haven't done an exchange like this before.

If in doubt, I want a COIN game back in my collection. Had Andean Abyss, enjoyed it, but found the map a bit much to keep track of. I'm waffling between the other two, but I think I'm leaning Cuba Libre at this point.

I've also put a few things on the list that are OOP. No pressure on those obviously. I threw those in just in case whoever gets me happens to have one and wants to get rid of it.

I like most of what I play. I've traded off and sold a good number of things, but it's rarely been due to not liking it.
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3. Board Game: Deep, Dark, Random Forest [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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If you look at my owned list I have a pretty broad random group of games. I enjoy games of many different themes as well as different mechanisms. I did include all of my little kid games on the list too, but even without that it's pretty broad.
On my wishlist I grouped all the Secret Soloist eligible games into the "Must Have" category and then labelled them in bold. I'd really be happy with any of them I believe. I've played some and heard so much about others on SGOYT, and am still learning about all the different game mechanisms in general that I look forward to trying out some new ways of doing things and getting into more complex games, as many of my games are cool, but short and sometimes simplistic.
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4. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:24]
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Dear Secret Soloist - ehemm - how to begin. I mostly sit in my dark corner with no contact to the real world.... - Ah, no - just kidding.

My profile does give some background about my gaming past and experiences. I grew up gaming with my parents, my sister, grandparents and friends. My latest gaming virus started at around 1997 at university in Aachen, when I made contact with the local gaming club and the then caretakers of luding.org - Stefanie and Jörg. That was the first time I saw 500+ games on shelves in a livingroom. That was an eyopener, although I had attended the Spiel in Essen on and off in the years before.

Nowadays my collection is quite stable at around 350 games. My informal goal being one game for each day of a year at most. however, with the newly implemented gaming room in our house, this border has weakened a bit. whistle

I did start writing game reviews early this millenium - not such a high output as more prolific reviewers out there, but with a steady stream in the German print magazine FAIRPLAY for the past years after starting off in H@LL9000. As means of trying out games, getting to know them, I have been playing solitair for quite a time. However, real solitair games have not bben in my focus until recently. Solitair rules in Uwe Rosenberg's games AGRICOLA, LE HAVRE, LOYANG triggered my interest and I got completely hooked with MAGE KNIGHT: THE BOARDGAME. That made me look for original solitair games and let to my purchase of TAL - great game, too.

Themewhise I am very open and enjoy many different themes. In general I have a problem with war themes. Less for the war aspect as such but more as I am less interested in the strategical planning of moving troops here or there. I am more for tactics and enjoy me some luck in my games, logistics as also some ressource conversion. Fantasy backgrounds are more for me than space, but I find interesting games in all genres - just look at my collection.

I am in the exchange for two reasons:
1) I like these gift exchanges.
2) I would like to see if my secret soloist can surprise me.

My wishlist is carved out with games for this exchange and I would be really happy to get any of those games or just expansions. However, if my secret soloist finds an interesting solitair game, new or old, hey - I am up for it!

Edited for some iPad typos...
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5. Board Game: Solo Games [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Dear Secret Soloist,
I am open to most games. I am more likely to find time to enjoy smaller games, but do like big thinky games when I have time for them. I love games that are expandable. I love games that are scenario based and have many ways to play.

I don't care if I get something old or used. I have thrifted for some years now and enjoy finding an old gem. I've tried to update my wishlist but don't feel obliged to pick from it. Think of it as a guideline.

I have updated my wishlist comments to make it easy to tell which games play solo.
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My gaming history started out as all Euros then I dove into thematic games and then I think I kind of balanced out. I think it was my way of finding what I wanted out of the hobby and what kinds of games I liked. My discovery of solitaire games went pretty much the same way. I first tried out euros like Agricola then At the Gates of Loyang. Then I moved to thematic games like Escape: The Curse of the Temple. Now I feel like I am balancing out with a discovery of war games.

What I find I like most in solitaire games is story. The game doesn't have to be a "thematic game" to have a great story. I like the narrative that a game builds. The castaway trying to survive and find his way off the island in Castaways. The Kmdt taking his U-boat on patrol and trying to be successful while bringing his crew back safely in The Hunters. Heroes going on adventures in Pathfinder. Trying to escape the monsters in your dreams in Onirim. All of these are different kinds of games but they offer a very interesting narrative and story for the player: me.

I am finding that I am really intrigued by historical games. I find it very fascinating to discover history through board games. Currently, I am especially interested in World War II.

Things I don't love: I don't really love games where the goal is to get points and then try to get more points on a future game. Without a tangible goal I don't really find that I create a narrative as I play. I know that Snowdonia is on my wish list and I think it is that kind of game. Somehow, it seems a little different to me. Maybe I'm wrong. I also don't love Chthulu or the Warhammer 40k universe.

While I am on it, I think I have enough games about ships and airplanes. At least for the moment. laugh

Things I do love: games. I do love opening a game and punching out the pieces but I never need to have a new game. I am always fine with used games and if it saves my Secret Soloist some money, the better. I would ask that the used game be complete, but I don't need it to be in perfect condition. As long as it's playable and complete, I'm good.

I have a ton of games on my wish list. I made my wish list completely made of solitaire games. I think they all say 2014 Secret Soloist Game just to make sure. I have them ranked. Games that say "Must Have" are games I really, really want. "Love to Have" = really want. "Like to have" = games I want. "Thinking about it" = Games that are on my radar. But to be honest, games shift around every day. I keep changing the ranking system on my wish list. After March 31, I will leave it alone. What that means is this: Every game on there I would be happy with. Today, History Maker Baseball is at the top of my list. Yesterday it was D-Day at Omaha Beach and two days ago it was Galaxy Defenders. Tomorrow it will be something else. I think I feel Robinson Crusoe creeping up.

What makes me most excited about the Secret Soloist Exchange is being able to give a fellow soloist some great game(s). Although awesome, getting a game is less important. What I really want is for you to get me what you want. If you want to give me a game from my "Must Have" list, awesome. If you want to get me a game from my "Thinking About It" list, awesome. If you want to get me a game that I don't have listed, also awesome. I want you to get something you are happy to give, if that makes sense. This is about having fun and that's all I want.

One last thing. I realize there are a bunch of games on my list that are expensive. I just put them there because they on my wish list. No pressure at all.
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7. Board Game: Princess Wishes Card Game [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Well, my wishlist is ready. I gave the non-solo games a lower priority so they should be out of the way. I also marked the solo games with 2014 Secret Soloist Game.

Then again if My Secret Soloist would like to surprise me with something I might enjoy I would also be vey happy.

In general I prefer thematic games over those with euro-style mechanics.

I know shipping to Poland can be a killer, that's why I tried to post a link to Polish online stores next to each entry.

The Polish online stores I would recommend most are:
fortgier.pl
rebel.pl
planszomania.pl

They don't have English versions of their websites, but should have no problems answering English emails.

There is also a search site for boardgames which included other online stores:
i-szop.pl

Sometimes amazon.co.uk or bookdepository.com ship free to Poland, but with Amazon it is not always the case and the prices can be steep on bookdepository.
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8. Board Game: The Lone Ranger Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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My Wishlist is up to date. All games on there are solely for this wondrous event. And while they are "ranked," any game on the list will be a welcome addition to my collection.

I started out in the hobby with Eurogames and over the past two years have moved toward more Thematic games, but both are equally enjoyed. I like games with high scores; games with a win condition; multiplayer games needing a solitaire variant; pretty much anything suits my tastes. Sci fi is probably my go to, but fantasy works as well. Train games. Whatever. I'm fairly easy to please.

However, I have not really gone the way of the wargame as of yet. I do love me some Space Empires: 4X, though. And I do own Thunderbolt - Apache Leader. However, it hasn't clicked with me as of yet. I have high hopes for it, but time will tell. So, if you want to chance a wargame, that's your call, my Soloist.

My game life is in your hands. Happy Hunting!

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9. Board Game: Secret Mission [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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This will be my first secret exchange and I'm really looking forward to taking part.

My wishlist has been built purely for the my secret solo-ist so if you are looking for ideas any of the games there will be very much welcome. In fact even if you want to choose something not on my wishlist that would also be great- I love surprises!

As for my interests I love a game that tells as story and tend to look toward historical and wargames to get my fix. However games like Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island are just as entertaining. For me it's not the winning, it's the journey and story a game creates that is important to me.

I've included some games that are out of print in my wish list, 2nd hand copies are fine, but please, DON'T feel you have to spend a lot of money. I'd rather a different game than have my secret solo-ist bankrupt themselves.

I'm not the biggest fan of games that provide style over substance, so games that focus purely on mechanics rather than theme tend to leave me a little cold, however maybe you know the one that may change my mind!

In any case I'm just excited to take part and I'm sure I'll be delighted with whatever lands at my doorstep!
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10. Board Game Publisher: Victory Point Games
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Michael Gerstbrein
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I'm really looking forward to this exchange, but I swear time gets away. So at the last minute I'm posting here. First and foremost, I wish everyone has a wonderful time with this exchange and to have fun! Getting something new is always exciting, but getting a chance to surprise someone with something fun is exciting as well! Big thank you to everyone who has helped (Ryan and others who will be anonymous helpers).

As far as my wishlist... it is kinda big... Every game I hear, see, or read someone mention that peeks my interest I tag it. So there are over 300 games on there. I did go through and label the ones I put on there for their solitaire potential. I think I said "Interested for Solitaire Play" in the wishlist comment (for those that don't know, you can actually do a search by wishlist comment when looking at someone's wishlist in their collection). You'll also see a lot of games that same previously owned that are on my wishlist. I freely admit I have an issue with the auctions and math trades here. There was a thread recently on knowing one self, and I'm getting to a point where I need to really think about that. So basically I have a bad habit of buying games I cannot afford and selling them immediately without so much as opening them. So just because it says previously owned, doesn't mean I don't want it. modest

I really want to say though, that any cool solitaire game is fine with me. I learn of new games every week and there are still so many out there that I have yet heard of that I am sure I'll love. So if it helps, then I would say as far as solitaire fair goes, I enjoy games that have a strong narrative. To me that includes games like B-17, the Hunters, States of Siege games, Ambush, co-op games, and wargames (I have fun with the take each side kind, but I enjoy ones made for solitaire such as D-Day at Omaha Beach a bit more). I also like old gems, and I have quite a few on my wishlist. Right now I'm all about Victory Point Games and their selection of solitaire games. The ones I have a I enjoy and have almost all of them on my wishlist.

Lastly, and I don't know if I'm breaking the spirit of the exchange by saying this (if I am, let me know and I'll delete this), but I don't care about if a game is new or not. If a good copy of something you think I'd like is used, then that is fine by me. If you have older games you don't want anymore and think I'd like, that is fine by me. To me, it is the act of giving that is important, so I'm not concerned about the amount spent for a new game on me, but more about the enjoyment that getting me something fun will hopefully bring to my Secret Soloist.
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11. Board Game: Confusion Flats: an Exploration Game [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Confusion Flats: an Exploration Game
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What do I want? Not sure! I am a bit confounded at the moment.

Flabbergasted.

It's like those old Hair Club for Men commercials. It's not just my user name, I'm also a member.

I've actually tried to write this so many times now. Got a fair way in last night and accidentally swiped the touch-pad on my computer with my belly and it all disappeared. Could be time for some exercise!

Anyway. The wishlist. Updated-ish. Not a huge amount in there I know and am sorry. I've been trying to cut back on the buying and have! To do this though I cut back on the wanting and that's kinda left me with a smaller list. There's some stuff in there I've clued in to due to the SGoYT lists (Silverton), some lingering wants that I eventually gave up on finding a reasonable copy of out here (Mage Knight Board Game), some stuff I'm unsure if I'd like it or not (Thunderbolt Apache Leader) and some stuff that's not even out yet (Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set). I know, I super helpful right?

I've been doing some thinking:

Love theme. Love it. Being carried away into a game, especially solitaire, is like the greatest interactive book of all. If you looking for something for me and it oozes them then that is probably a good start.

Randomness. Hate it. Not all of it mind you, but certainly if there is no way to mitigate it. Dice most especially. Nothing worse than laying out a killer strategy and failing solely to some rubbish dice rolls (I'm looking at you Merchants & Marauders). I don't seem to be remotely bothered however by random card draws or chit pulls. Go figure. Or by games like Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island or Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set which have systems for mitigating the dice rolls by using some extra workers or burning some extra cards for a gaggle of dice to overcome poor rolls. In fact I LOVE both of those games.

War. What is it good for? Not sure. I have started down a path towards respecting a few war gaming games. Enjoy Cuba Libre and Navajo Wars though I don't/haven't found enough time for much of either.

That brings up the death of us all. Time. Short/short medium games get a lot of plays and therefore a lot of love. Is the hour mark king for me? Maybe. I certainly dig games in and around an hour. My wife is working on her Masters and has gone in for two subjects this term in addition to working full time. This leaves me some time however she has rightfully claimed most of our table space.

Space. The Final Frontier. Close compact little guys like Friday travel well and can get played near anywhere. That's good! Not really EPIC though. There's something certainly to be said about a game of scale.

Confused yet? I am.

Read what I write, check out my owned and wishlists and feel free to get anything that you think would fit if it's on the list or not. I'm in this exchange because I trust in my fellow SGoYTers. Tell me what I need! Maybe I've figured it all out, it's already in the wishlist and is exactly what I need and just don't know it. Or maybe I'm stumbling blindly and you ma'am/sir have the torch!

Watch out for my per-ordered list. Got all the things in there that I've bought but don't got. Bloody Kickstarters and long postage times.

I must say I am intimidated by choosing for you lot as well if that makes you feel any better.

Edit: As with many of the others here I am cool with anything gently used as well.
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12. Board Game: Baby Blues [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:16343]
Board Game: Baby Blues
Guy Gifford
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Dear Secret Soloist;

I am just a baby in solitaire games. I just joined the 1 player guild a couple of weeks ago.

The only games I have played solitaire is Pandemic, Dual in the Dark and Star Trek Expedition. But when I found this guild and starting reading some of the geek lists I knew I wanted more.laugh

So my wishlist I did rank them, but I have never played any of those games I just looked at people's list and selected games that sounded fun.

I am also a member of the Guild: Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters, what that means is 2 used games is always better than 1 new game.

So what I like in games, I was looking at The Hunters only because I saw some type of contest that I could compete in on this site on how many tonnage I have sunk which sounded fun. I also have Silent War high on my list because it sounded accurate in history of that portion of the war. So learning about the war more would be a plus in a game.

But in reality I would say I would like a War Game, with WWII games my genre of choice in that category followed by WW1 and Civil War. I really don't have a leaning on naval, air or land for a game, since I have never played any of them solitaire

I would be also happy with a multi player game that plays solitaire but would prefer a designed 1 player game since I do not have any of those in my collection.

I did put Smoke Jumper high on my list just because I fight wildfires and thought it would be nice to add to my collection, but I would put a good war game ahead of that one.

Feel free to send me something off of my wish list if you have had a good experience with the game.

I will not be disappointed with any game you send me because right now I have zero 1 player games and I want to play one. Even the games marked Don't Buy I would be happy with since they are games I want just did not know you could solo them.

My wife got me a game Evo, which was not on my list of wants for a game based on a recommendation by our local FLGS and it is a great game.

So I am jumping up with joy on anticipating my first one player game.




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13. Board Game: Solo Games [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Solo Games
Jacob Coon
Germany
Riedlingen
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To help my secret soloist out some, here is some requested and non-requested information.

I am open to any game if you think you can figure out my style.
Used games are fine as long as they are in decent condition.
I play solo (obviously) but prefer games that are good multi-player as well.
I like to play blue or green, but I let others choose first.
If a win requires me to roll dice consistently or well,I will probably lose.
I am starting to record videos of me playing through solo games so if there is a game you really want to see played, get it for me and I'll do it.
I prefer games that are under 1.5 hours, but if it's really good I'll get it to the table.
If the game doesn't have a specific solo option, but there is a good solo variant, then I'm all for that too.
I speak German some, but only play English or language independent games because most of my friends only speak English.

Hopefully that gives my soloist some help, but if not you know where to find me.

EDIT: please no Cthulu or war games, thanks!



I chose this game as the geek list item not because I want it, just for fun.
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14. Board Game: Phantom Leader Deluxe [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:2389]
Board Game: Phantom Leader Deluxe
Michael Knapp
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Fredericksburg
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Secret soloist my wish list is up to date. I have marked games within the list "secret soloist 2014" to indicate games that I would like to receive through the exchange.I tried to keep them within the 50 dollar price range but did add a few long shots. A used game which is complete and in good shape is just as good to me as a new one. As you can tell from my collection I have wide ranging tastes in games and will enjoy whatever you send.
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15. Board Game: Solo [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:18895]
Board Game: Solo
Greg Burbidge
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Secret Soloist,

Thanks for the message!

My wishlist is updated with a bunch of stuff marked solo.

I love nesting games, as I am trying not to take up much more space in the house with my infernal habit. I've been trying to play Lord of the Rings LCG a bunch more. I picked up a Broken Token insert to keep it all straight and tidy in a single box. Always happy to add more weight to that one.

I prefer solo games that take an hour or less. I've been really enjoying snowdonia the last couple weeks after snagging it in a trade. I've been playing a lot of D-Day Dice, but I think I have everything available for that.

I've been getting more interested in finding a solo war-game that I might like. I've collected everything I can from Memoir 44, but don't get it to the table nearly enough, and haven't found a good way to play that solo.

I trade like crazy, so a used game is just as good as a new game to me. And I am always good with surprises. My secret santa scored me Dwarf King and we have been playing that a bunch at board game night.

Sorry I do not contribute a lot of thumbs. I'm quite new on the solo forum, though not new to BGG. Enjoying following the conversations and I will get better at thumbing everything going forward!

Solo story from our game night:
Me - (waiting for a game to open up, playing d-day dice)
Waitress - are you playing a game by yourself?
Me - Yes. It's really fun.
Waitress - That's the saddest thing I've ever seen.

It didn't seem sad to me until she sounded so sad talking about it. And I lost.

Thanks Secret Soloist!
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16. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:24]
Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game
Brad Warren
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Austin
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Hello Secret Soloist,

Thank you for contacting me, you ask some good questions. Let me see if I can answer them (without rambling too terribly much)

I'll start with favorite solo game first which you might have guessed based on the game I picked for this entry. As it stands right now, Mage Knight has been my favorite game to play solo, although I'll admit I've only played it about 3 times now. I'm new to solo board gaming in general, having only just taken up this new hobby since about January this year. Mage Knight is, as i'm sure you know, quite a commitment to play so i'm definitely very excited to try some new solo games that I might like as much.

As for favorite game solo or not.. hmmm.. that's a tough one. I say that because I have been on a purchasing spree the last several months as I've developed this new obsession with board gaming (actually its not "new" as i loved games since I was a kid... but there was a stretch of many, many years where I didn't play much and i'm trying to catch up now). I've been playing so many new games its hard to pick a favorite. That said, I've been really enjoying Vlaada's games. After falling in love with Mage Knight I picked up Tash-Kalar and my wife has enjoyed playing that with me. So in the last couple of months I'd say my favorite non-solo has been Tash Kalar. Its a nice mix of theme and abstract for me. Oh, I might mention that before exploring all the wonderful modern thematic games that are coming out I was primarily a Chess and Go player for the last many years. So I guess if I were going to pick a lifetime favorite game I would say Go.

And for your other questions, I most often play green in board games. If a game has an orange color I'll usually choose it as that is my real favorite but many games don't have orange so I most often use green.

As for who I play with, my family is the top of that list. My wife and I often play games after the kids go to bed, but I also play many board games with my twin 7 year olds. We really enjoy playing cooperative games like Forbidden Desert, Mice and Mystics, and Castle Panic as a family.

I hope that helps! Oh, and although I do have many games marked on my wishlist I'm totally open for surprises if you think this gives you enough info to find something I may like that is not on my list.
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17. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:708]
Board Game: Dream Factory
Chad Mestdagh
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Edmonton
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Dear Secret soloist:

Well, it looks like I have no idea how to actually add something to my wish list. I thought I had tagged the games that I am looking forward to trying as a wishlist ... but I guess that didn't work.

So it looks like I will have to communicate to you what I would like to get.

Well, for starters, I really love Victory Point Games. So much so that I tend to buy a whole bunch in sets. So please don't get me any games that predate Gem Rush, because I have them already.

If I had to label myself, I would say that I am a hardcore eurogamer that usually has no qualms about pasted on themes. Give me cool mechanics and challenge. Theme be damned. On the opposite end, I am not a war gamer really. I would really like to try some of the Leader series such as Thunderbolt Appache Leader or the Field Commander series, but I have no desire whatsoever to try the Coin Series.

Games that are on the top of my list at the moment that I do not own:
1) Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
2) Galaxy Defenders
3) Cruel Necessity: The English Civil Wars 1640-1653
4) Navajo Wars
5) Myth
6) Bora Bora (yes there is a solitaire variant)
7) Terra Mystica (SoloPlay Strikes again)
8) The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
9) Global Mogul
10) Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy

If you want to go a little outside the box, I am very deficient on co-operative games. I only own Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set, The Lord of the Rings, Arkham Horror, and Darkest Night with its first expansion.

And about the whole 'I live in Canada' thing: The best place to buy games and ship in Canada is www.germangames.com. Alternatively, you could possibly purchase something at 'Mission Fun and Games' in St. Albert and I could pick it up (saving you shipping costs).

I am also not opposed to getting something used if you wanted to ship to me. Hope this is a bit more helpful.
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18. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance
Alexandra Logan
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I will finalise my solo Wishlist on the weekend and update here accordingly. Want to make sure I capture a wide range of options. I also need to ensure all my owned games are up to date.

A bit about me and board games.
- I like board games that are intuitive in that I can read the rules once and then make up or improvise anything that I don't remember while playing.
- I like simple games in terms of number of options. Sentinels, despite having a lot of bookkeeping is enjoyable because all you have to do on your turn is draw a card, play a card.
- I do not watch television or movies, but like to have the same story experience through playing board games. Eldritch Horror has been a big winner for this.
- I like a sense of impending doom, or a sense of all hope being lost, or games where things go from bad to worse. I enjoy losing more than I enjoy winning.
- I play a lot of my games on 'zen' mode. Basically shuffling pieces around but not following a strict rules set or victory condition.
- I prefer games that have a win or lose condition rather than a beat your previous high score. Although if you make a score tracker to include in the box that could motivate me!
- I love beautiful components. Some of my favourites are the engraved wood tokens of A Distant Plain, the brain and heart chits in Eldritch Horror, the artwork in Mice and Mystics.
- I'm trying to learn how to paint miniatures.
- My favourite themes are real world, sports, superheroes and space. I am not too keen on fantasy.
If all else fails, a bucket load of dice goes a long way to making me happy. Especially interesting, unusual or custom dice.
I'm happy to try out any game, and would enjoy a surprise not on my Wishlist.

If you've got any questions, let me know!

For ordering games in Australia, the online retailers I use most are Milsims, Advent Games, and Goodgames.

EDIT:
Hey SecSol!

I've updated my wishlist. Anything on it I will find a way to play solo!
Also, I'm also interested in war themed games. Just listened to the 1-Player Podcast episode on A Spoiled Victory: Dunkirk 1940 which sounded really fun.

Answers to your questions

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True solitair / multiplayer / Co-op?
- Love true solitaire or co-op. I play Sentinels of the Multiverse using a Single Hero variant so I can focus more on that one hero. I like the game working against me, or a simple AI, such as in Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm.
- Also enjoy solitaire variants if they are simple enough. And easy to learn without having played multiplayer.

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PnP / publisher game?
- Don't mind either, especially if the PnP is of high quality. Publisher games have the added advantage of giving me a punchboard to punch
- I also don't mind second hand games.

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Only English editions?
- English is the only language I can read or speak. But I'm happy to have an edition in another language as long as the rules are available in English and the components are fairly language independent.

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Least favorite sports theme / most favourite?
- Hmmmm. I wouldn't really have a least favourite, although I don't know much about Grid Iron or Baseball as they aren't popular in Australia. Wouldn't be opposed to learning more about them through a game. Favourite sports themes would be Olympics, Extreme Sports, Cricket, Tennis, Football/Soccer, Rugby, Canoeing/Kayaking, Sailing.
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