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« on: March 04, 2008, 07:30:19 AM »

Yes this is a sad pathetic topic.  Yes I am a sad, pathetic *wannabe* boardgamer.  It sucks to not have any boardgame friends!  Oh and no I have not actually ever played a boardgame by myself but it looks like I might have to as I've owned Battlelore for 8 months now and have yet to play it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008, 10:58:34 AM »

I can honestly say I haven't, but I understand your feelings.  I love board games, but there's a lack of people who have both the desire and the time to play around here.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2008, 11:01:15 AM »

Quote from: Canuck on March 04, 2008, 07:30:19 AM

Yes this is a sad pathetic topic.  Yes I am a sad, pathetic *wannabe* boardgamer.  It sucks to not have any boardgame friends!  Oh and no I have not actually ever played a boardgame by myself but it looks like I might have to as I've owned Battlelore for 8 months now and have yet to play it.

I just got Battlelore for my son for his birthday and we've really been enjoying it, so I can imagine the dissapointment of having it and not being able to play it. You can however play a 2D PC version of Battlelore via the Vassal game client as well as a ton of other games. Vassal is java based so I think you can even run it on Mac and Linux desktops if you have either of those OS's. I sometimes use Vassal to play star wars miniatures with my son when I'm away on business.

Another boardgame you might want to check out is Runebound. I looked into it and apparently you can play it solo and it's fun played in that mode. In fact it's often criticized for not having enough interactive gameplay between competing players. It's from Fantasy Flight Games so it's bound to be good and a number of reviews I read were very favorable. It also has a shitload of add-ons that you can later purchase to change / enhance it.

Feel free to PM me if you ever need an opponent for a Battlelore/Vassal game.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2008, 03:34:35 PM »

If you folks know the BoardGameGeek.com website, they do have tools for you to see which rgistered members are near you geographically.

Boargames Meetups, Spielerz.com,  and Nearby Gamers also serve similar functions, I just recommend the Geek for the size of the community and its additional vast offerings and game review database.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2008, 05:18:34 PM »

Yep, I sure have. I've played several boardgames and a couple miniatures type games (heroscape,etc) all by my lonesome. I tell myself I'm doing it to learn the rules so it goes smoother when my wife wants to play, but she never wants to play.  icon_cry

There is a local boardgame group on meetup.com, but I never seem to make it. I need teh boardgame hookup. Hell there are even a half-dozen GTers and OOers within spitting distance of my house... maybe one day. $200+ of highly rated boardgames in the closet gathering dust.

My son will be 2 in may... another 8-10 years and he'll be ready to play, but when I ask he'll say, "Dad, you're so old.  Nobody plays board games anymore, let's go to the holodeck"
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008, 06:13:57 PM »

Quote from: coopasonic on March 04, 2008, 05:18:34 PM

My son will be 2 in may... another 8-10 years and he'll be ready to play, but when I ask he'll say, "Dad, you're so old.  Nobody plays board games anymore, let's go to the holodeck"

Yup that's why you have kids; investment in your gaming future.  slywink
I wouldn't worry about boardgames being passe by the time your sons old enough to play. I swear a lot of the core gameplay in the latest and greatest boardgames doesn't seem much different than the Avalon Hill games I played in my childhood. In fact I just dragged the 1977 edition of Squad Leader out of storage and played a game with my son and he really enjoyed it.

BTW back in the day I played many solo sessions of boardgames to improve my skill / strategy. But I was always doing it knowing that I'd be playing with friends within a few days, so I guess that doesn't count.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008, 09:15:13 PM »

I've definitely played games on my own.  It's a really good way to learn the rules before teaching them.  There are also games that are intended to be played solitaire.  Arkham Horror is definitely playable solo.  There's a WWII Pacific subsim that's only playable solo called Silent War that's excellent.

Don't feel bad.  I've got tons of games that I hardly ever get to play.  I keep them in hopes that I'll get to play them all at some point.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2008, 01:04:21 AM »

I've soloed Runebound and Heroclix before.   It's not as good as playing vs a live opponent, but it works OK.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008, 05:32:05 PM »

I've played a few games on my own - and I'll echo the whole 'learning the rules before teaching them'.

I've also done it with Magic: The Gathering decks - tournament prep, to figure out the best plays in certain matchups and to see what happens, and to figure out which deck I'm going to play for a given tournament. There are programs that let you do this stuff online, but for the most part those programs are awkward to figure out how to use.
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008, 05:52:44 PM »

I hate landing on my property and not having enough for the hotel fees. I'm such an asshole when it comes to bill collection too (and I suspect I may be cheating... I just can't prove it).

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In all seriousness, no I have not.
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2008, 06:15:51 PM »

Arkham Horror can be played solo, and as complex as the rules are, it's a great way to get used to them.  Although, if you play it solo, I'd go ahead and run two characters.  1 person against a Great Old One (GOO) is tough.  Now I just need to get The King in Yellow, Dunwich Horror, and the Travelling Egyptian Exhibit expansions. smile
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2008, 06:17:02 PM »

Oh yeah, World of Warcraft: The Boardgame also plays solo, but it is hard.  The wife and I will sometimes sit down and instead of one of us playing Horde and the other playing Alliance (as the rules tell us to play), we just play alliance and not put any horde quests on the table.
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2008, 06:49:59 PM »

I once tried played poker by myself.

Worst poker game ever.
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2008, 07:59:54 PM »

Quote from: DragonFyre on March 05, 2008, 06:49:59 PM

I once tried played poker by myself.

Worst poker game ever.

Makes it kind of hard to bluff.
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2008, 09:04:47 PM »

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Quote from: DragonFyre on March 05, 2008, 06:49:59 PM

I once tried played poker by myself.

Worst poker game ever.

Makes it kind of hard to bluff.

Depends how good your memory is.
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« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2008, 03:21:08 AM »

I grew up playing board wargames on my own.

All my friends were doing drugs and throwing rocks at police cars. I felt like such a loser sitting at home by myself, but it was better than running for your life, stoned, after stoning police cars.

But since the advent of computer games, I really haven't gone back to the wargames. They still sit there, in boxes, waiting for my son to get a bit older. Or for me to get motivated to put them up on an EBay auction.
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« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2008, 08:22:56 PM »

I've played chess and blood bowl vs myself... and thought out countless turns of axis and allies.  But usually I just fire up an Ai player on something and whup it when bored.

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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2008, 11:14:15 PM »

Yes cause I have no friends smile I have a Indiana Jones board game thats like D&D and supports single player play. Very cool.
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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2008, 12:16:31 AM »

Quote from: Daehawk on March 06, 2008, 11:14:15 PM

Yes cause I have no friends smile I have a Indiana Jones board game thats like D&D and supports single player play. Very cool.

What's the name of this game?  Sounds kinda cool.
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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2008, 04:12:15 PM »

Is that the volcano island game with the blood red marble? I had that as a kid. It was cool!
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« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2008, 04:51:41 PM »

That would be Fireball Island.  I'd love to have a copy of that, but they're pretty pricey these days.
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« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2008, 09:39:02 PM »

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Arkham Horror can be played solo, and as complex as the rules are, it's a great way to get used to them.  Although, if you play it solo, I'd go ahead and run two characters.  1 person against a Great Old One (GOO) is tough.  Now I just need to get The King in Yellow, Dunwich Horror, and the Travelling Egyptian Exhibit expansions.

i love this game! ive also played it solo and damn i usually cant even get the goo with 4 let alone attempting 2!
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« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2008, 12:23:38 AM »

Well either my memory is totally shot or I have 2 Indiana Jones games. I could only find the one like this one..

http://cgi.ebay.com/1982-Indiana-Jones-RAIDERS-OF-THE-LOST-ARK-board-game_W0QQitemZ270213518131QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2008, 12:01:58 AM »

Well I meant to try a solo game this weekend but I never got around to it.  The girlfriend is going to be away next weekend so I'll give it a try then.  Fortunately I live by myself so I don't have to worry about my mother walking in and catching me-I can just picture it.  'Oh my GOD! What are you doing!!'  'Mom you have to knock!'
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« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2008, 01:01:17 AM »

When I was in high school I played wargame boardgames by myself all the time.  I had only one friend who was interested in them, so I had to practice somehow.  Once I crossed that line I would even occasionally play other, casual boardgames, once in a while by myself.

Once I got to college all that stopped.  Not so much because I found more wargaming friends but because computer game options were more available.

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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2008, 01:37:57 AM »

Well I've gotten half way through the manual for Battlelore and it seems like a fantastic game so I'm gonna give it a try tonight.
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« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2008, 02:00:33 AM »

Nuts! has a pretty good single-player component that utilizes a deck of cards to figure out enemy movement and response. A couple guys were having a good time with it at the hobby shop this afternoon.
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« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2008, 06:43:55 AM »

Slogging through my first game right now-just the basic scenario with no lore.  Quite a lot of fun so far although it would obviously be more fun (and less work) with a second player.  What I really want to do is paint up all those models!
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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2008, 02:02:26 PM »

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« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2008, 02:12:21 PM »

Well I got in a couple of good games today-kicked my ass both times! smile
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« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2008, 03:10:16 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on March 24, 2008, 02:12:21 PM

Well I got in a couple of good games today-kicked my ass both times! smile

Ah yes, but you still won both times too...
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« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2008, 04:15:45 PM »

You could go blind doing that.  saywhat
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« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2008, 09:19:48 PM »

This reminds me when I was visiting a former reporter friend (female) in Ohio. Her husband (whom I like) was out of town coincidentally. I had barely dropped my suitcase when she exclaimed, "There's something I've been dying to do, and now that you're here, I can do it!"  My mind reeled. And she proceeded to ... icon_eek

... break out her Scrabble board and exclaim, "I've been dying to play Scrabble with someone!" She wanted to play Scrabble with me because her husband the attorney never wanted to play.  disgust icon_lol So we spent a pleasant evening playing Scrabble and guzzling soda back in fall 1990.

There oughta be some easy way, like that Eye Toy type PS3 card game, where you could play board games via Internet. I mean, I know you can play PC versions of Scrabble, Monopoly etc. but even with headsets it doesn't quite capture the feel of physically handling cards and tokens and such, or interacting with folks around the table. I do get to play a bit of board games with my niece, nephew and my brother and sister-in-law when visiting them and I really enjoy it.  icon_smile
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« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2008, 11:34:24 PM »

I don't see why you couldn't do that with a web cam.  On the other hand, if the other person isn't going to be there then I think it would be just as good to play the Battlelore Vassal game on the PC that Kronovan suggested.
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« Reply #34 on: March 25, 2008, 05:07:49 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on March 24, 2008, 11:34:24 PM

I don't see why you couldn't do that with a web cam.  On the other hand, if the other person isn't going to be there then I think it would be just as good to play the Battlelore Vassal game on the PC that Kronovan suggested.

I played a few games on Vassal last week, despite getting my ass whooped due to my newbness it worked well and I enjoyed the experience.  For the last game I managed to convince the other player to use Xfire voicechat since it can be difficult for me to read small text on my entertainment PC.

BTW I don't know if you've checked the Days of Wonder - Battlelore website Canuck, but some forum member posted his concept for solo play rules. Also, something to look forward to; the game gets a helluva lot better once you add lore. I played my first games last weekend using all aspects of advanced lore and it was excellent. Unfortunately my brother in-law rolled extremely lucky and whooped my ass good in 1 game; 5 banners -to- 1!
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« Reply #35 on: April 16, 2008, 03:27:16 PM »

I've played several boardgames by myself mostly to familiarize myself with the rules - but that was when I was in high school and knew that I had available opponents to challenge.

Sadly, now I see all these interesting looking boardgames and realize that the people I know just aren't interested in that sort of thing. We'll play poker or basketball, shoot pool, etc. but Orcs? Knights? Vampires? You're joking right? And of course, I must be... It's no big deal, I suppose, but I do miss the combination of in-person gaming and socializing.

I'm not tempted to buy any boardgames anymore since it would be too sad to see them go unused...

On the plus side, my high school chums were kind of sore losers and would occasionally knock over a game after the final roll of the dice. I don't miss that.
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« Reply #36 on: April 16, 2008, 05:23:35 PM »

I have the same problem, but I can't restrain myself from buying a few of them every year.  I'm clinging to the idea that there're gateway games that'll subtly encourage greater boardgame adoption amongst my acquaintances.  I just picked up Ticket to Ride: Europe, and I suspect I'll be able to convince a few people to give it a try.  Perhaps the universal social lubricant, beer, would be good.  After all, I didn't think they'd play rock band...
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« Reply #37 on: April 16, 2008, 07:16:54 PM »

Even real-life face-to-face chess has disappeared for me. I used to play dozens of speed/blitz/action chess in San Francisco at the Mechanics Chess Club and even in Santa Fe, I'd play at the local coffeehouses.

I think the PC has made it too easy for me to satisfy my gaming habits without leaving home. Why travel to play a handful of games against relatively weak chessplayers, many of whom have what could best be describe as having "odd personality traits" when I can easily play dozens of games against stronger players online where their personalities can easily be ignored ("option: turn chat off")?

If you have a regular group of gaming friends who can get together for an evening, treasure them! Get as much gaming in before circumstances scatter you all. My high school gaming group was really a disagreeable assortment of snobs,geeks,anti-social elitists but damn it! Those bastards could game! And they'd buy them, so I didn't have to!
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« Reply #38 on: April 17, 2008, 01:10:30 PM »

I'm somewhat new here, so I don't know if this has been discussed, but there is http://www.gametableonline.com/ for some beer and pretzel fun online.  I'm a founder ( i.e. joined when the site was created ) and though some nights there aren't a lot of people on, you'll find that there are regulars, and also some scheduled games and events.
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« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2008, 06:36:22 AM »

I almost always play all of my games solo the first time where I control my opponent(s) just to get an idea of how the game works so I can try to teach others when I get some people gathered to play.

I've done the Arkham Horror and Runebound games by myself as well like other people have mentioned.  I've also played Pizza Box Football since it has a mechanic for playing 1 player but I'm not sure if it is in the game box or you download the instructions from their website, I'm waiting on them to come out with 1 player rules for their new Pizza Box Baseball game so I can try it out.  I've heard Dual in the Dark plays solo as well but I haven't opened my copy to see yet.  I had no idea the WoW boardgame could be played solo, I've never found anyone who wanted to attempt it yet and it has been on my shelf since December of '05 crying to be played.
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