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
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.
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.
Aftermath: An Adventure Book Game
New Release; Stock due 19/20 November; Aftermath is an Adventure Book Game in which players take on the role of small critters struggling to survive and thrive in a big, dangerous world.
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!
Anachrony features a unique two-tiered worker placement system. To travel to the Capital or venture out to the devastated areas for resources, players need not only various Specialists (Engineers, Scientists, Administrators, and Geniuses) but also Exosuits to protect and enhance them — and both are in short supply.
Anachrony: Exosuit Commander Pack Expansion
The Exosuit Commander Pack adds 30 super-sized (55 mm tall) Exosuit miniatures to the Anachrony base box, plus the Pioneers of New Earth expansion, and the Guardians of the Council module.
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.
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!
The Black Angel, the first intergalactic frigate in history, must transport the genetic heritage of humanity beyond known worlds, over a journey that is likely to last several thousand years. Her crew will be composed of only robots, co-managed by several AIs, and the utility of each decision will be evaluated in VP (Validation Process).
Blackout: Hong Kong
In Alexander Pfister's Blackout: Hong Kong, you have to manage ever-changing resources and a network of various specialists to keep Hong Kong from descending into chaos while also staying ahead of your rivals.
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".
Brass Empire is a steampunk-themed deck-building game where each player takes on the role of a different corporation to hire the best employees, construct buildings, and manufacture steam-powered machines.
Carcosa (Including Bling Pack)
In Carcosa, you summon forth the home of the Tattered King, one tile at a time, using your cultists to control leylines, conduct rituals, and influence the districts of Carcosa itself. Also includes the Carcosa Bling Pack.
Cartographer: A Roll Player Tale
In Cartographers, players compete to earn the most reputation stars by the time four seasons have passed. Each season, players draw on their map sheets and earn reputation by carrying out the queen's edicts before the season is over.
Castle Panic Big Box (Special Offer)
The Castle Panic Big Box, which will contain the original Castle Panic game as well as all three expansions; The Wizard’s Tower, The Dark Titan, and Engines of War.
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!
Ceres: Operation Stolen Base
Ceres: Operation Stolen Base is a solitaire game depicting the actions of an elite Rebel task force attempting to seize the largest source of water in the Solar System shortly after the outbreak of the Free Mars Revolution.
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
New Release; Stock due 19/20 November; Chocolate Factory is a euro game of literal factory building and moving (using a pushable conveyer belt component) chocolates. You must complete the most amount of chocolates required by retailers for the best value.
Chronicles of Crime: Noir
Noir is an expansion authored by Stephane Anquetil, a very talented writer with credentials including Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective scenarios as well as Escape Books and Box (404 éditions).