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Our 1 Player Game Review Roundup

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55 Comments

  1. Glad you're warming up to solo games, to the point of recommending them!
    You've clearly grown/changed/evolved/photosynthesised from 2015 when you said, to our dearly beloved SU&SD (former?) co-host Paul:

    [All] Solo games are terrible […] [ever since] “Super” [was appended] to “Nintendo”. Removing the other players from a board game is tearing their heart out, bleaching their soul, removing their most fabulous and powerful component.
    Friday’s cool, but it gave me the exact same feeling I got from playing Mage Knight or Phantom Leader alone. A terrible loneliness, as if I wasn’t playing a game alone but with the spectre of death watching over my shoulder. It’s not just that these games are missing something. It’s that they’re missing everything.

    I used to absolutely share your view, but now I've developed a great appreciation for solo board games. Playing a solo board game is not the same (to me) as playing a (solo) videogame, the experience is different, the puzzles are generally different and the interaction, with both the game and myself, is also different. To me, one doesn't replace the other. Solo board gaming is kind of like playing a co-op game but with another you. That can also be cool 🙂
    I guess this pandemic is making us reconsider a good amount of things, many in a positive way!

    Thanks for the video!

  2. You guys should review The 7th Continent. Since the game is no longer Kickstarter exclusive, I think it would be right up your alley. A fantastic game to solo.

  3. Surprised there was no mention of the big one player guild list of the top 200 solo games on board game geek. Interestingly, Aerion was the only game in this video that made the cut.

  4. So which GMT/wargame for solo would you recommend then?

  5. Give to someone this game for a review feels like high school hazing…

  6. When the cover of A Distant Plain flashed I thought the subtitle was 'Insurance in Afghanistan'. I don't know which would be more of an evil game, an adventure searching for insurance as a soldier at war, or a blackhearted resource management fiasco wherein you play an insurance salesman trying to capitalize in a warzone.

  7. 15:34 – Is this how you feel, or is it the influence of the Devito on your shoulder?

  8. For me, the reasons I sometimes want to play a board game instead of a video game are because manipulating and looking at the cards and pieces and such is satisfying, and there's a guaranteed mechanical transparency to the way the games work. It's like watching a rube goldberg machine, contrasted to how video game mechanics usually run in a black box, away from the players' sight and knowledge.

  9. The Hunted is not a terribly complex game FYI.

  10. rolling dice in a bowl!!!! BLEW MY MIND! – not kidding, 40 years old, playing board games all my life! But rolling dice in a bowl!!! I feel stupid!

  11. Strange question: Where can I buy the cup that you are using? ^^ or does someone know the brand or model name?

  12. For anyone interested in attempting to mount a solo GURPS adventure, this fine human being has developed a set of procedural tables for solo gaming using GURPS in a traditional D&D-style swords-and-sorcery/dungeon-crawl setting, and has kindly made the tables available for anyone to look at!

    https://thecollaborativegamer.wordpress.com

    They’re very adaptable! I have nothing to publish regarding my own clumsy improvisations, but I’ve morphed his tables into settings including a present-day Cthulhu-adjacent mystery-adventure, a near-future dystopian cyber-espionage political thriller with darkly comic elements, and a parallel universes/alternate histories scenario featuring a protagonist who is either delusional or else or a time-traveler with a telepathic cat, and all for my own amusement BEFORE the pandemic hit…

    Highly recommended, whether you’re temporarily shut in owing to COVID-19, an insomniac with hours to kill on many sleepless weeknights, or just curious about GURPS!!

  13. Great video – the best tip here though is probably rolling dice into a round bowl like that haha

  14. If you were lucky enough to get hold of a copy of Nemesis, that is a brutal but fun game that can be played solo.

    That said, just about any game can be converted to solo play, especially if you are willing to play multiple characters.

  15. I`d rather play a board game app than any solo board game.

  16. As an INFJ, I really just want everyone to piss the hell off. These'll give me a few more good reasons to cull my already short annoying friend roster.

  17. This is fantastic! And as always, so entertaining. Thanks so much for putting this together. I need more solo games. Hey, is there a way to purchase games through your site to help you out, either monetarily or simply helping you gain victory points with the manufacturers? I'd like to do both if I can. 🙂

  18. I played one game of Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective with someone whom I gifted it to last year. We had a moment where we both "cracked" the mystery of the case at the same time, and were astonished by how cleverly the story fell into place. We didn't do it nearly as fast as Sherlock, but we still got it right. Anyone who doesn't mind free-form exploration and a bit of mystery should absolutely spend an afternoon at least playing a scenario with someone.

  19. A game like The Hunted is meant to teach the player about the historical events in question, in particular the strategic and tactical choices available and what might of happened if different choices were made. The Hunted is fun in the same way reading a history book about submarine warfare in the Atlantic is fun.

    The comment about learning a skill is apt. The Hunted does teach a skill, namely the players learns a method for analyzing World War 2 submarine warfare. True, such a skill is not widely useful in an economic sense, except perhaps for historians and military officers (who use similar military simulations as part of their training in so called map exercises).

    However there is a social purpose to the general public learning how to analyze military conflicts. In recent history, you might recall the Pentagon Papers, which revealed the U.S. military high command was well aware increasing military forces in Vietnam would not achieve a swift victory. Rather, they hoped to achieve victory through a long war of attrition. However, they also believed the public would not support a war of attrition if they knew the costs ahead of time. Therefor the Pentagon lied about the expected course of the war, in the expectation that once U.S. forces were committed the public would adopt a "sunk cost" mindset and accept the cost of the war rather than admit defeat.

    This led to the Pentagon continually claiming there was "light at the end of the tunnel" and recommending sending more forces to Vietnam in order to achieve a quick victory, even though they knew a quick victory would not be achieved. The public trusted the military and so there was a political consensus to escalate the war.

    When victory was not in fact achieved quickly, there was a political crisis in the United States, which ultimately concluded with defeat in Vietnam. A better informed public would have seen through the deception and avoided the disaster (I should say, the U.S. military never went rogue, they informed their civilians overseers of the actual state of affairs, but the civilians deferred to the judgement of the military. So the responsibility ultimately lay with elected officials and therefor with the voters).

    A similar though less conclusively disastrous course of events occurred in Iraq. A better informed U.S. public would have more quickly realized the allocated forces could not stop infiltration from Iran, so the attempt by the U.S. to achieve a military victory was futile and compromise with Islamic militants was needed.

  20. I really applaud that tongue in cheek poetic review at the end. Well done!

  21. I've played every Oniverse game besides Aerion. They are all at least good, and all have multiple expansions built into the box. Onirim is a stand out, and the one that works the best with 2 players. I've played it solo more than any other game (in part because it's been out the longest). Every other Oniverse game is kinda broken with 2 players. My second favourite is Nautilion, which has some nice dice assignment mechanics. Castellion and Urbion are puzzley tile and card games respectively. Sylvion is stranger. It starts with deckbuilding, followed by tower defence. It's the one I reach for the least often.

  22. Accepting that guys review of The Hunted is like accepting a guy who only plays Solitaire review Gloomhaven.

  23. Laughed out loud less than a minute into the video… thanks 🙂

  24. Play ONIRIM for FREE on the iPhone or some other smart device first.

  25. I am very happy you chose to showcase Aerion. I enjoy playing Aerion a lot more than Onirim. I’m not sure why, that’s just my experience. More videos on games with solo options please!

  26. Love everything SU&SD does. Where can I get a pear t-shirt? Also of the Oniverse games I personally(I have found from reading reviews that what people like and don’t like about each game is very personal) enjoy Nautillion, Sylvion, and Castellion the best. Onirim is the best reviewed, but I felt like it lacked strategy.

  27. Quinn needs to get over his thing against solo gaming. Many of the board games he recommends have well received solo variants and there are many dedicated solo games out there with great experiences to be had. Sad that such a great channel and great members of the board game community are so against a greatly growing portion of said community.

  28. This actually got me oddly excited about The Hunted.

  29. the hunters is super easy, but its a narrative game first and foremost

  30. Deadpan: "Unfortunately we'll be hearing more from Tom later on." Hilarious.

  31. The only way to play this game us that every person who wants to play purchase their own game, set it up on a table you will never use. setup your own conferencing online with zoot or something and commence to play only after youve setup your own Que cards on how to proceed on every situation that rises. Also Hunt fo the pizza pie that satisfy you…goodluck

  32. The Hunted sounds like it would make an awesome video game. If you could offload all the "remembering rules" and "juggling numbers" bits to a machine with near-perfect memory and math skills, you'd strip away so many of the problems Tom describes.

  33. Wow, a seventeen minute video of you playing with yourself! What stamina

  34. Quinns' many friends and the cameo from Bizarro Quinns is one of SU&SD's funniest bits

  35. You're hilarious! Thank you for putting this together!

  36. The only reason I don't play solo games is the fact that no one is there to stop me cheating

  37. Seemed like an awful lot of time to trash one game…The Hunted. I have read much mor about it…interesting. Otherwise good video.

  38. Oniverse is fantastic, my personal favorite is Nautillion. I love how the simple mechanics make for a lot of factors in your decision making, and how it adds depth to a roll and move game. You need to go fast but not TOO fast

  39. I think there is a reason why the board game subgenre of "war gaming" is frequently treated as its own standalone gaming genre.

    One reason might just be everything Tom disliked about The Hunted is sought out by the highly detail-oriented and eagle-eyed micromanaging war gamer demographic.

    Although BGG isn't grail, as a point of reference The Hunted is rated at a respectable 8.2, so there is a demographic that clearly adores it.

    I started my board gaming experience as a kid with war games, which largely were boxes of small square cardboard chits with even smaller numbers printed on them, as well as cryptic symbols, and while there was a sense of satisfaction in winning the shifting statistical battle, it felt like work, or perhaps like a mathematical beast that one was always in danger of losing control of.

    I believe that the average highly rated war game is far more micromanaging than the similarly rated average Euro game, and for good reasons. Most war games I have played are attempting to actually simulate real battles, with variably trained real land, air, and sea units, utilizing real weapons that had different rates of fire, range, armor penetration abilities, and so forth, while fighting on differing terrains, elevations, and weather conditions, which likely require cross-referencing specialized chart after specialized chart.

    I completely understand if someone doesn't enjoy the highly detailed planning required to build a incrementally more efficient tactical math engine utilizing synergizing combined arms tactics, because I also no longer want that level of mental/emotional responsibility in a game. After a week of work, I now value laughter and camaraderie fostered in a gaming experience, as opposed to the satisfaction of dominating my opponent, human or automa.

    So, without consulting BGG ratings, is The Hunted a better game than say, Modern Art?

    Maybe it depends upon whether one is more of a generalist board gamer or a specialist war gamer, and as a convert to the former from the latter, I also would probably say, yes, for my tastes probably so, while simultaneously appreciating that such an direct comparison may not have validity or utility.

  40. I have tried rolling dice in a bowl, Aerion's cute little teal dice to be exact, but it's loud AF and with the frequency of rolling I do I'm sure the sound is irritating my husband. I'm using a plastic ramen bowl. What material is Quinn's bowl made out of? It sounds much quieter so I gotta find one.

  41. I literally cry laughing watching this guys vids

  42. While I disagreed with Tom about The Hunted, I was really happy to see S&SD mention GMT Games, and absolutely love to see you guys give more attention to them.

  43. NGUYỄN HỒNG CƯƠNG - Product - Product Lead says:

    I just love his group of friends too much! I'm laughing to death right here hahahaha…. Nice one!

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