One doesn't have to be the loneliest number! Many strategy games have optional rules or variants that allow for dealing the time away all by yourself.
Here are a few of our favourites for when solitaire's the only game in town.
Archipelago : Solo Expansion
Archipelago: Solo Expansion includes 27 scenarios with different conditions and objectives and with you, the solo player, taking the part of characters such as Christopher Columbus, Robinson Crusoe, and the pirate Bluebeard
The castle is under siege and you are one of the few heroes left that can defend it from this grave threat! Mount the city walls and prepare to face down hordes of monsters in Bastion, a new cooperative game of tower defense for one to four players.
One to four players start as organic compounds shortly after Earth's formation, represented by up to three Biont tokens: Amino Acids, pigments and nucleic acids. The goal is a double origin of life: first as Autocatalytic Life, and the second as Darwinian Life. Players can play cooperative, competitive, or solitaire. Second Edition.
Bottom of the 9th : Club House
The Bottom of the 9th: Clubhouse expansion builds on both the gameplay and theme of the original game by adding a ton of new players, extensive tournament rules, and additional managers and support staff, as well as introducing brand new equipment cards to the mix,
Bottom of the 9th : Hitter pack
The Hitters Pack is a small, booster pack expansion to our wildly popular game, Bottom of the 9th. In the Hitters Pack players get 12 new batter cards to pick from and add to their all-star line up.
Bottom of the 9th : Pitcher Pack
The Pitchers Pack is a small, booster pack expansion to our wildly popular game, Bottom of the 9th. In the Pitchers Pack players get 12 new pitcher cards to pick from and add to their all-star line up.
Bottom of the 9th : Sentinels of the Ninth
Sentinels of the Ninth is a full expansion for Bottom of the 9th. It includes 12 players, including Legacy, Tempest, Haka, Mr. Chomps, and Mr. Fixer, and 1 stick of "gum".
Caverna : Cave vs Cave
In the two-player game Caverna: Cave vs. Cave, each player starts the game with only two dwarves and a small excavation in the side of a mountain. Over the course of eight rounds, they'll double their workforce, open up new living space in the mountain, construct new buildings and rooms in which to live, and dig for precious metals.
Caverna : The Cave Farmers
Its Agricola on Steroids! Build your cave, cultivate your fields, breed your animals, including your dogs & donkeys, and don't forget to do some mining in any spare time you can find!
In Charterstone, a competitive legacy game, players construct buildings and inhabit a shared village. Building stickers are removed from cards and permanently added to your charter on the board, becoming action spaces for any player to use. Thus, a few available buildings soon grow into a bustling village with dozens of actions
For players who enjoy worker-placement games, Coldwater Crown will feel both fresh and familiar. The smooth process of placing and removing an Angler token every turn combined with the puzzle-like mechanic of setting and clearing bait from the right place at the right time is a fun and rewarding experience.
EXIT: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin
In EXIT: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin, players must use their team spirit, creativity, and powers of deduction to crack codes, solve puzzles, collect objects, and earn their freedom bit by bit.
EXIT: The Game – The Forbidden Castle
The castle is the highlight of the hike, but hardly have the hikers entered the old walls, when the squeaky doors close. Escape appears impossible — but strange hints may lead players in a new direction. Can they solve the riddles and find the way to freedom?
EXIT: The Game – The Forgotten Island
For those shipwrecked on the beach of this forgotten island, a chained boat is the only hope — but the mysterious owner has left puzzles over the whole island. Will the team solve them, free the boat, and escape?
EXIT: The Game – The Pharaoh’s Tomb
In EXIT: The Game – The Pharaoh's Tomb, players must use their team spirit, creativity, and powers of deduction to crack codes, solve puzzles, collect objects, and earn their freedom bit by bit.
EXIT: The Game – The Polar Station
An alarm sounded in the eternal ice, so the polar station has been evacuated and foreclosed, but a small group of researchers has remained behind by mistake — and they have only one hour to find the code that will crack the lock program.
EXIT: The Game – The Secret Lab
In EXIT: The Game – The Secret Lab, players must use their team spirit, creativity, and powers of deduction to crack codes, solve puzzles, collect objects, and earn their freedom bit by bit.
Wu-Feng, the Lord of the Nine Hells has found where the funeral urn containing his ashes is kept. His hordes are already marching upon the small village of the Middle Kingdom hiding them.
Burn forests to keep your fires burning, build bricks to build other buildings, blow glass, but unlike some of his previous games this Uwe Rosenberg has more chance involved with the specialists, knowing when to play them will be the key to winning.
In Hostage Negotiator, you play the part of a law enforcement agent responsible for negotiating the release of hostages taken by an unscrupulous figure hell-bent on having his or her demands met.
Hostage Negotiator : Abductor Pack 3
This time it's different. A member of your own police force has taken hostages. He claims he's being framed for the recent murder of the Chief and youre the only one who believes him. Some of the hostages are starting to sympathize with him, making your job more difficult. Everything is riding on your shoulders.
Imperial Settlers is a card game that lets players lead one of the four factions and build empires by placing buildings, then sending workers to those buildings to acquire new resources and abilities.
Imperial Settlers : Atlanteans
The powerful Atlanteans join the frey, but sadly their buildings will sink at the end of the game, so they must score points in other ways. Also now allows a fifth player to play
Legacy : Testament of Duke De Crecy
Can you build a powerful dynasty in 18th Century France, you must make allies, arrange good matches for your sons and daughters and nurture strong connections at court.
Legendary : Marvel Deck Building Game - Noir
Mystery, secrets, and betrayal. Legendary’s 12th expansion steps into a universe where superpowers are replaced by gritty stories. This 100 card small box expansion hosts Heroes, Schemes, and Villains in a way never before seen in the Legendary universe. This is Legendary: Noir.
Select your hero, add additional equipment if you wish, then head off into the mists to fight a manner of creatures before heading home with the gold and the glory, a fully co-operative game for up to 4 players.
Mighty heroes don’t just appear out of thin air -- you must create them! Race, class, alignment, skills, traits, and equipment are all elements of the perfect hero, who is ready to take on all opposition in the quest for glory and riches.
Roll Player : Monsters & Minions Expansion
A call to arms! An abomination of a beast is terrorizing villages throughout the kingdom, leaving behind a path of death and destruction. The lord has summoned all able-bodied adventurers to return to the capitol and organize a plan to rid the kingdom of this menace.
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective : The Thames Murders and Other Cases
Have you ever had the desire to walk the streets of Victorian London with Sherlock Holmes in search of Professor Moriarty? To search the docks for the giant rat of Sumatra? To walk up Baker Street as the fog is rolling in and hear Holmes cry out, "Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot!"? Now you can!
The Princess and the Goblin
In the tile-laying game The Princess and the Goblin, you explore the goblin's vast underground cave network in search of clues. When you think you've discovered enough clues to save the kingdom, flip all of the tiles of your escape path in the correct order to find your way home. You win if you can escape the mountain and find more clues than any of your opponents, but take care the goblins don't catch you!