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  • #133696
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    With the UK now in lockdown, I have written a rough guide to solo wargaming on my blog. It doesn’t cover every aspect of solo gaming, but may give you some food for thought! Have a read here:

    https://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com/2020/03/the-rough-guide-to-solo-wargaming.html

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #133697
    ThuseldThuseld
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    Thanks for the tips.

    #133705
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    No problem, buddy, I hope they are helpful!

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #133711

    Thanks for posting your thoughts.  One of the things I’ve found for solo gaming is that since the player is doing all the lifting for both sides, it is better and more enjoyable to play rules on the simpler side.  Often skirmish games which require fewer figures seem to work better than large massive games which require more time to setup and much more time to play.

    Solo Campaign games tend to bog down when you have a lot of detail to wade through.  The first few turns fly by quickly because all sides are still ramping up so  there is not a lot to do.  But once the war gets into full swing, it is much tougher to play all sides.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    #133712
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Thanks, I am glad you liked it. Yes, I completely agree, the smaller the game, the easier it is to solo. Even just remembering what each unit can do is difficult when you reach a certain level. Skirmishes would work better with having hidden opponents as I mentioned in the post.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #133717
    Nathaniel Weber
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    Thanks for sharing your tips!

    I actually disagree on game size/complexity though. My first big solo activity during the outbreak was a playthrough of GMT’s Holland 44, a large hex and counter Market Garden game. Not a complicated game but a lot of units on the board. As a solo player, I can be as slow as I want with a large, more complex game, go back and check rules, house rule confusing things on the fly, or even put into effect solutions in case i have been doing a rule wrong.

    Also my gaming group tends to like small skirmishes, so I can do bigger, more complicated games solo.

    (Not that I don’t like smaller, simpler games though. I have a Neil Thomas’s 1 Hr Wargames in my gaming trailer and am gradually playing through the scenarios solo!)

    #133718
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
    Participant

    No problem, Nathaniel, I am glad you enjoyed the post.

    That’s fair enough, I was talking from a personal perspective really. I have terrible memory, so I forget things easily! That’s a good point about it going as slow as you want and being able to check rules without other players sat around waiting for you.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #133740
    Andrew BeasleyAndrew Beasley
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    …I have terrible memory, so I forget things easily!…

    Sounds familiar to me! I’ve been wondering about going away from miniatures back to older style board games (Ogre and G.E.V. in my case) where the card counters have all the data printed on them.

     

    #133742
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Andrew, then Fantasy Flight Games are your answer. The living card games that they produce (Arkham Horror and Lord of the Rings) basically play off the cards themselves. All the information is written on them and once you know the core rules, they flow very well. Have a look at my how to play video near the bottom of the post for an example of Arkham Horror.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #133745
    MikeMike
    Keymaster

    …I have terrible memory, so I forget things easily!…

    Sounds familiar to me! I’ve been wondering about going away from miniatures back to older style board games (Ogre and G.E.V. in my case) where the card counters have all the data printed on them.

     

    Cough cough Burning Sands cough

    #133768
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Sounds like you might need to get that checked out Mike…

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #133775
    deephorsedeephorse
    Participant

    Thanks for sharing your tips! I actually disagree on game size/complexity though. My first big solo activity during the outbreak was a playthrough of GMT’s Holland 44, a large hex and counter Market Garden game. Not a complicated game but a lot of units on the board. As a solo player, I can be as slow as I want with a large, more complex game, go back and check rules)

     

    I’m with Nathaniel on this.  When playing with ‘live’ opponents I find that simpler rules are better.  Not everyone can be bothered to read the rules fully, let alone grasp their meaning.  If playing solo then I can deal with the more complex stuff all by myself, in my own time, and I don’t have to keep explaining it to others.

    In my mid to late teens my wargaming was mostly SPI boardgames played solo.  No-one can ever accuse SPI of writing simple rules, apart from maybe ‘The Creature that Ate Sheboygan”.  During an enforced spell of unemployment after leaving university in the late 1970s I played “War in the East” solo, to a conclusion, taking six months.  For solo the more complex the better as far as I am concerned.

    "The closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people, probably ended the Second World War."

    "It's a tiny fraction of death, a tiny fraction and they get better quickly,"

    #133777
    MikeMike
    Keymaster

    Sounds like you might need to get that checked out Mike…

    dang it.

    #133783
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
    Participant

    TBH, I posted that without thinking about it and you’re right there is a lot to be said for more complexity in a solo game. As long as you are able to keep track of everything that is happening it can be rewarding.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #133786

    Complexity and size of game is really kind of a personal choice.  I like simple games in general because I prefer to worry about tactics more.  I don’t want to lose because I was not clever enough  to apply the game mechanics correctly.  Like others, I forget things easily and don’t track details like I used  to.  So if I am doing twice the work, you better believe I am going for simplicity! 😀

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    #133804
    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    Yeah, I tend to go a bit more complex when soloing. If playing a complex game with others, invariably I or someone else actually does all the hard work and the others just sort of roll dice when needed. Mostly if I’m soloing it’s because I want to learn the rules rather than play the game.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
    More verbosity: http://petiteguerre.blogspot.com/

    #133824
    Tony STony S
    Participant

    Apropos to this topic, did anyone see one of the current Bundle of Holding specials?

    https://bundleofholding.com/presents/SoloGames

    I was sorely tempted…except that I already have all the Nordic Weasel games that are in the bundle!  But if you don’t, what you get for the price is outstanding value!  And 10% goes to charity.

    And a bit more on this thread’s topic, I tend to lean towards the more complex when playing solo.  I find my opponent rarely complains at the amount of time I often spend flipping through the rules, to try and figure the correct way to do things.

     

     

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