I really didn’t realize it had been so long since I posted. Besides work, driving Em to and from work and dealing with Mom, I’ve mostly been geeking out about board games to the exclusion of almost everything else. But there are so many nice ones out there!
Up until recently, my experience with board games has been the American standards: Clue, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, assorted war games, Battleship and assorted abstracts. I dabbled with Magic in the 90s but quickly decided that the only way to have a first class deck was to work at it non-stop and also throw tons of money at it. That, plus the necessity of having someone to play with rather curbed my enthusiam for a long time. (Bored me to tears, mostly)
Then my BFF brought Splendor with her when she came to visit… and I liked it so much that she left her copy with me. Because I wanted to play more often than I could get Emily to the table, I went on BGG and found a set of solo rules (that don’t require me to have a cell phone). I’d mostly been using it as a reference for 221B Baker Street and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective before that.
While I was looking for advent calendars on Ebay, I kept seeing this set of tiles pop up- an expansion to a board game called Rokoko… and BGG had a set of rules for solo play… so I eventually got it. Um, wow. I haven’t had this much fun with a game (except for Splendor) since I was a kid.
In quick sucession, I found a bunch of other games I wanted to try out!
- Vivajava because coffee! (I should have read more about it before I bought it- it needs three players at least and I can’t figure a way to make it a solo play game)
Fantastiqa which reminds me a LOT of the Neverending Story
Gloom which takes two and is a card game but one Emily is really excited about
Spirits of the Rice Paddy
Alice in Wonderland which also takes at least two but is really Emily’s game
There are a couple of others I would like to try if I can find solo options for them
- Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas: Malleus Maleficarum because Books!
Tokaido which Emily is very interested in
Arbouretum because beautiful trees
Discworld Ankh Morpork I want the deluxe edition if I can find it
Rabbit This one plays solo… the difficulty is in finding a copy!
I also will have to take up miniature painting again. I got us figures for Alice in Wonderland to replace the plastic chess pieces, The Witches has miniatures included as does Tokaido and the deluxe edition of Discworld Ankh Morpork. Tokaido has the miniatures already painted… but reports are coming in that the paint job is substandard and I won’t be happy with that if we get a poorly painted copy. I could get the deluxe edition of Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas: Malleus Maleficarum with the painted miniatures except that it’s very pricy and while it comes in a lovely leather book-box, the expansion (in the box with the regular game) is in a separate box. I can make a book-box… and leave off the metal corner pieces that look so good and rip anything they are next to… and paint the miniatures to my liking. I used to be good at it- hopefully I can be good again.