1 Player podcast

A show about solitaire boardgames with reviews and discussions.

1P 075 - Forbidden Island & Forbidden Desert (corrected)

Posted by fractaloon on March 2nd, 2015

This episode is just full of exciting stuff.  First off, we meet the new co-host, Julius.  Then, Julius does an interview with Matt Leacock.  Mr Leacock has published a number of co-op games that are very solo friendly and now has a kickstarter going on for Thunderbirds, a co-op game based on the classic animated show.  We cover two games this time, Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert!  That's something that has only happened once before in this podcast when I covered Lord of the Rings.  Finally, Julius introduces a new segment and I have a giveaway!

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1P 074 - The Hunters: German U-Boats at War

Posted by fractaloon on February 17th, 2015

This episode I look at the game The Hunters: German U-Boats at War 1939-1943, if you want the full title.  This game is a simulation of being in charge of a u-boat during world war two.  The game is similar to the classic B-17 Queen of the Skies in that though the game play is very light and random it is full of historical flavor.

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1P 073 - Tiny Epic Galaxies

Posted by fractaloon on January 30th, 2015

By request, this episode features Tiny Epic Galaxies as well as an interview with Michael Coe of Gamelyn Games and Scott Almes, Designer of the Tiny Epic Games (Tiny Epic Kingdoms, Tiny Epic Defenders, Tiny Epic Galaxies).  Tiny Epic Galaxies is currently on Kickstarter.  The campaign will end Saturday Feb. 7.

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1P 072 - Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm

Posted by fractaloon on January 18th, 2015

In this latest episode, I cover Race for the Galaxy and it's expansion The Gathering Storm which added solo play to the game via a robot.  I had the opportunity to play this thanks to a "Solitaire Games Around the World" event in which a copy of this game is being sent... around the world!  I also look back at my favorite games this year and then look forward to the upcoming year.

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1P 071 - Snowdonia

Posted by fractaloon on January 4th, 2015

This first episode of 2015 features an interview with Tony Boydell, designer of Snowdonia and a review of... Snowdonia!  This is a great worker-placement game with lots of hard choices to make and lots of variability in the play.  Games can feel very different, depending on weather, contract cards, train chosen, rubble distribution and scenario.

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1P 070 - Escape: The Curse of the Temple

Posted by fractaloon on December 27th, 2014

Happy Holidays to all!

Just barely making in at the end of the year.  This final episode for 2014 was recorded the Saturday before Christmas, but being so busy I didn't get to publish it until the Saturday after Christmas.  It's a small episode and I only really cover some very brief news and the game Escape: The Curse of the Temple published by Queen Games.

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1P 069 - Pandemic: The Cure

Posted by fractaloon on December 7th, 2014

This episode is mercifully short and on only two things... The 1 Player Guild's People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games!!! and Pandemic: The Cure.. the latest disease fighting co-op game by Matt Leacock.  First I go over the top 20 solo games as the people voted.  You can find the remaining 80 on the BGG geeklist.   Then, I look at Pandemic: The Cure.  This is a fun co-op game on fighting disease dice spreading throughout the world.  It's a fun dice game that plays quickly.

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1P 068 - Covetous Poet Adventure Creator and Solo GM Guidebook

Posted by fractaloon on November 19th, 2014

This episode has been loooong in the making.  Mainly this is because I recorded the interview at the end of September.  This show is on solitaire RPGs.  I interview Kenny the Cabbage.  He runs the solitaire RPG guild on BGG and hosts a blog on solo roleplaying (soloroleplayer.com/).

I also look at solo roleplaying using the Covetous Poet Adventure Creator and GM Guidebook.  This book is used to both create an adventure with a big adventure, to you would play over multiple game sessions, and help you play an RPG solo.  It is designed to be used along an RPG of your choice.  Even though the adventure is defined up-front, the details of each scene are completely unplanned until you are ready to play it.  The game turns out to be quite surprising.  I tried this out using the Fantasy Flight Edge of the Empire Beginner Game RPG and it worked really well.
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1P 067 - Sentinels of the Multiverse

Posted by fractaloon on November 2nd, 2014

This super episode is on a super game called Sentinels of the Multiverse.  This is a super-hero card game designed for 3-5 players that is very fun solo.  The expansions add an incredible amount of replayability to a game that brings a lot of replayability in the box.  Add to that the opportunity for monthly challenges at the 1 Player Guild and this game is virtually guaranteed fun!

I also look at thematic games and pick my "top 7" thematic games.
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1P 066 - Onirim (2nd edition)

Posted by fractaloon on October 12th, 2014

In this episode I revisit the now classic game Onirim.  I covered the game on my very first episode and look at it again now that a 2nd edition has been released.  The new edition, not only looks MUCH nicer, but includes an extra 4 expansions (plus an appendix). Not only that, but I talk with the designer, Shadi Torbey about this and the other Oniverse games.

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