In recent weeks, I’ve noticed that more and more gamers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of Solo Board Gaming. When I first made Board Game Duel and joined the Twitter community, there was definitely a negative attitude toward solo gaming. However, a few gamers kept posting about their solo gaming experiences, and it inspired me to get my first solo game: Friday. Since then, I’ve played Friday dozens of times, reviewed it, and even wrote a blog on strategy tips.
Solo gaming for me, is no different than grabbing my 3DS and playing a one player video game. Sure, there’s more set up, but having that tactile feel of dice or cards is very satisfying. I think the biggest concern with solo gaming among the board gaming community is that it will replace playing with people. While this may be the case in a very select few, most people that solo game do have a game group or people they play with somewhat occasionally.
Being a stay at home mom, I am home with a two year old for 8 hours a day. I love being able to game during the day, and to wind down by playing Friday or Dungeon Roll. Once my son is older, he’ll become my main gaming partner, but at this point, he’s still learning not to rip the Spot It! cards. I’m fortunate enough to have a consistent gaming group and a spouse and parents that love gaming, so I’m often playing with people, more often than most people I would guess.
I’m still getting into solo gaming, but I hope to add more games to my collection as time goes on. My favorite games I play solo right now are Friday, Space Hulk: Death Angel, and Dungeon Roll. I need to try out Firefly, Lewis and Clark, and Gravwell’s solo variants. For the most part, I like to play solo games that have easy set up and relatively short playing time. I can’t typically keep my game up for hours at a time, but I hope to one day make my office into a solo gaming/LEGO building room. For now, I’ll play on my kitchen island, away from the 2 year old’s grasp.
I’m hoping that more gamers will get on board with solo gaming. It’s not as antisocial as one may think, especially when people are sharing their experiences on social media. Plus, not everyone has people to play with 100% of the time, and why should we not game simply because there’s no one around?
Need ideas for solo games?
Space Hulk: Death Angel
Lewis and Clark
Viva Java Dice Game
and many others! This is just the icing of the cake! Also, check out Jacob Coon’s posts on solo gaming on Indie Cardboard! And thanks to Willie Hung (Gameritisguy) for inspiring me to get Friday and Death Angel.