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.
1066, Tears to Many Mothers
1066, Tears to Many Mothers is an asymmetric, competitive, tactical card game in the style of Magic the Gathering, but non-collectable. Each player, as either Normans or Saxons, musters troops and resources to overcome the various obstacles in their way before the two armies clash on the battlefield at Hastings.
51st State: Scavengers
The first expansion for the 51st State: Master Set, this set of fifty cards brings back fan-favorite cards from the original Ruins expansion while introducing new locations and a new mechanism to the game.
New Release; Stock due 19/20 November; In 6 Castles, 1 to 4 players are representatives of the king seeking to promote agriculture, free trade, religious faith and wealth for the nobles of the kingdom.
A Thief's Fortune (Special Offer)
A Thief's Fortune is a card game for 1-4 players in which each player represents a different possible future of the same character. By visiting different locations, interacting with local characters and making sure that certain events you have seen, actually happen, you try to find the path that will lead you as far away as possible from danger.
Adventure Games: Monochrome Inc.
Explore places, combine items, and experience stories in Adventure Games, a series of co-operative games in which players are presented with a mysterious story that they must unravel over the course of play. In Monochrome Inc., players have been instructed to break into the research building named in the game's title, and once they get inside this tower's mirrored windows, they are left on their own.
Adventure Games: The Dungeon
Explore places, combine items, and experience stories in Adventure Games, a series of co-operative games in which players are presented with a mysterious story that they must unravel over the course of play. In The Dungeon, the players awaken in a prison cell in the middle ages with no memory of how they got there.
Adventure Games: The Grand Hotel Abaddon
Stock due @ late September/early October; In Adventure Games: Grand Hotel Abaddon, you want to discover what strange events are happening in the old building, slipping into your role on the team to follow tracks and decide how the adventure game should proceed.
Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island
Explore places, combine items, and experience stories in Adventure Games, a series of co-operative games in which players are presented with a mysterious story that they must unravel over the course of play.
You are an air-shipwright, an inventor of flying machines used by dreams to traverse the skies of the Oniverse. You have been challenged to build a new fleet, the most beautiful ever seen. Now you must roll the dice to acquire the components you need to build airships.
In Agricola (Latin for 'farmer'), you're a farmer living in a wooden hut with your spouse and little else. You start with a lot of barren land, no building materials and limited time to build a farm for your family - who need feeding!
Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea
In A Nice Cup of Tea, players compete to cultivate and harvest their own Tea Estates and assist in the building of the Darjeeling and Himalayan Railway, from Siliguri Town to ‘the summit’ at Ghum.
Anachrony Essential Edition
Command mighty Exosuits, traverse Time Rifts and lead your Path through a cataclysmic future in this epic board game for 2-4 players. The Essential Edition of Anachrony includes only the base game and does not include any other modules, expansions or miniatures.
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea allows you to create or conquer the great civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean in a single night, alone or with up to five other players - and without having to roll a single die!
Architects of the West Kingdom
Architects of the West Kingdom is set at the end of the Carolingian Empire, circa 850 AD. As royal architects, players compete to impress their King and maintain their noble status by constructing various landmarks throughout his newly appointed domain. Players will need to collect raw materials, hire apprentices and keep a watchful eye on their workforce.
Archmage is a euro-thematic hybrid, where players take on the role of fledgling Mages, traveling the lands to recover ancient relics, gather followers, and train apprentices in six spheres of magic and beyond. As the power of their Order grows, they will pit apprentices against each other, and attain unheard of spells and magical powers, building their own Mage tower to watch over the lands and weave their magics.
Arkham Horror (Third Edition)
Arkham Horror (Third Edition) is a cooperative board game for one to six players who take on the roles of investigators trying to rid the world of eldritch beings known as Ancient Ones.
Arkham Horror (Third Edition): Dead of Night
In Dead of Night, investigators explore the facets of Arkham best left unseen in the light of day. Organised crime builds a strong foothold in the city, secret cults labour for a dark master, an alien moon hangs overhead, and unknowable horrors stalk the night.
Arkham Horror: Final Hour
Arkham Horror: Final Hour is a fully co-operative, fast-paced board game for one to four players. An endless tide of monsters sweeps across the Miskatonic University campus, and you must hold them back, all while searching desperately for the ritual components you need to put an end to this insanity.
Restock due @ 14th September; Atlantis Rising is a co-operative worker placement game in which you must work together with up to six other players to deploy citizens across your homeland, gathering resources in order to build a cosmic gate that can save your people.
Barrage is a resource management and strategic placement game in which players compete to build their majestic dams, raise them to increase their storing capacity of precious water, and deliver all the potential power through pressure tunnels connected to powerhouse energy turbines.
Bee Lives: We Will Only Know Summer
Bee Lives: We Will Only Know Summer is a resource management and worker placement game for 1 to 4 players where you try to survive for 1 year in nature as a hive of bees
Big Bang 13.7
In Big Bang 13.7, you become one of the universe's creators, playing with celestial bodies such as colored planets, stars, asteroids, comets, and astronomic phenomena such as supernovas, wormholes and superdestructive black holes.
Big Trouble In Little China
There is a secret world where ancient evil weaves a modern mystery - they call it Little China. It's where Big Trouble was waiting for Jack Burton and his friends as they uncover an ancient diabolical plot. The evil minions of the immortal ghost-sorcerer Lo Pan are waiting to chop down the players with axes and guns in dark alleys and all throughout the battle-torn streets of Chinatown.
Big Trouble In Little China: The Legacy of Lo Pan
Lo Pan’s plan was successful, he sacrificed Miao Yin and ascended to his trueform. But have no fear, Egg has a magical artifact called the Tardisian Hourglass that can transport you and your friends through time to stop him once and for all!
Bill & Ted's Riff in Time
Bill & Ted's Riff in Time combines a mix of awesomely detailed miniatures — from Socrates and Napoleon to former President of the United States of America Abraham Lincoln — with engaging and intuitive rules.