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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 May 2016 9:07 p.m. PST

What percentage of your tabletop miniature games are played solitaire?

Cyrus the Great07 May 2016 9:09 p.m. PST


Korvessa Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2016 9:14 p.m. PST

If y0u don't count my kids – $100 USD

raylev307 May 2016 9:23 p.m. PST

5 percent….generally to get familiar with a set of rules

Oberlindes Sol LIC07 May 2016 9:38 p.m. PST


Bashytubits07 May 2016 10:59 p.m. PST

Zero, but I keep contemplating doing it but so far too lazy to try.

RittervonBek08 May 2016 1:36 a.m. PST

Not rolled a d6 in anger for 8 years. I expect to be solo once I get going again.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 1:52 a.m. PST

Nearly 100%, if you count several players playing against a solo system run opponent!

Veteran Cosmic Rocker08 May 2016 2:12 a.m. PST


warwell08 May 2016 2:41 a.m. PST


Bob the Temple Builder08 May 2016 2:53 a.m. PST

The majority of mine are fought solo.

Temporary like Achilles08 May 2016 3:07 a.m. PST

Probably 80% or more.

Blount Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 3:40 a.m. PST


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 4:15 a.m. PST

Probably 90%. I like being able to setup a game and play a turn or two as I have some free time. It's a leisurely approach, I admit.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 4:17 a.m. PST

Like raylev3 5% mostly to learn a set of rules.

Shardik08 May 2016 4:44 a.m. PST


Mute Bystander08 May 2016 5:00 a.m. PST

Highly variable.

Diocletian28408 May 2016 5:17 a.m. PST

90% for me

Lego Warrior08 May 2016 5:27 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 May 2016 5:30 a.m. PST

I have what I consider two distinct modes of play:

Playing … roughly 3/10. We have one big game day a month with half a dozen to a dozen people playing, and SWMBO and I (and the kids, if they're home) will play about two games a week otherwise. Once or twice a month, those will be solo games instead.

When I write scenarios, I like to playtest parts of them, then give them a run through solo three or four times (with refocused part testing) before having people playtest them about a dozen times (which may lead to one or two more full, and a handful of partwise playtests solo).

These overlap a bit, as I will have SWMBO and I (+ optional kids) do a first playtest occasionally.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 5:49 a.m. PST


coopman08 May 2016 5:54 a.m. PST


Dicymick08 May 2016 7:15 a.m. PST


Lascaris08 May 2016 7:40 a.m. PST

Currently 50/50 bit will likely rise to 75%+ once my game room is done.

Great War Ace08 May 2016 8:09 a.m. PST

Currently, none.

In the past, 100%.

Before that, about a third.

steamingdave4708 May 2016 8:43 a.m. PST

@Great war ace- intriguing concept "In the past… Before that"!

William Warner08 May 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

Ever since I moved five years ago, 100%.

Weasel08 May 2016 10:35 a.m. PST

Fifty fifty.

Who asked this joker08 May 2016 10:58 a.m. PST


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 12:29 p.m. PST

90% las las

The $$/ plilosphocal question with solo games:
Do I always win or always lose?

hocklermp508 May 2016 12:44 p.m. PST

100% with huge interruption after divorce from First EX hocklermp5 after 24 years together. I literally left my life in Houston, after 3 years in the what the Official Texas "Guidebook" called "The 2nd worse climate in Texas". The number 1 "Worst climate in Texas" was Amarillo. I literally left my life down there only bringing my books and some figures and models North to JoCo Kansas which I call "Occupied Territory" flying a Missouri State out front every day to irritate "Redlegs", "Jayhawkers", and very nasty old ladies. I spent the first 18 years of my life 1 block East of the Kansas State Line in a neighborhood that was like a village with 3 generations of families in a time and place that is gone forever. When I refer to "Redlegs" and "Jayhawkers" above it is in reference to the Border War that began in 1855 and ended in 1865, not really ending until Jesse James and company were exterminated in Minnesota and the Bob Ford, "The dirty little coward who shot Mr. Howard and laid poor Jesse in his grave" in 1882.


Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 12:59 p.m. PST

75-85% are solo.

paul liddle08 May 2016 1:03 p.m. PST


Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 3:19 p.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 4:54 p.m. PST

Probably 50%, but it can vary wildly.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2016 6:11 p.m. PST

The $$/ plilosphocal question with solo games:
Do I always win or always lose?

For me the best games are usually those where I feel like an observer.

Henrix08 May 2016 11:36 p.m. PST

5-10% Mostly to learn rules.

A little more for board games, though. There are quite a few suitable for solo play.
(Tiny Epic Galaxies is excellent for that, for instance.)

Green Tiger09 May 2016 1:41 a.m. PST

probably 50%

Karellian Knight09 May 2016 4:52 a.m. PST


Only if trying out a new set of rules, to fix the mechanisms in my head.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2016 5:01 a.m. PST


HidaSeku09 May 2016 9:50 a.m. PST

50% overall, but 0% or 100% by game. If the guys I game with will play a game, I'll play it non-solo. If the guys will not play it, I will play it solo. This lets me play whatever game I want while still enjoying playing with my buddies from time to time.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2016 12:15 p.m. PST


Tacitus09 May 2016 2:15 p.m. PST

All, give or take a few…

Tekawiz09 May 2016 11:13 p.m. PST

100%, Thanks to Two Hour Wargames.

tkdguy09 May 2016 11:22 p.m. PST

Maybe 80%, although I haven't gamed in a long time. More if you count rpgs.

jambo111 May 2016 10:10 a.m. PST

100% due to geographical situation.

huron72504 Jun 2016 5:58 p.m. PST


Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2016 11:32 p.m. PST

None, 0%. If I had to play solitaire, I would find another hobby. I just don't see the point of going to all the trouble just for myself.

At the very least I would go to the local game store and set up a game if not to play, then as a static display. But that is a lot of trouble.

I am considering playing board games solitaire due to lack of local interest. Everyone just wants to play miniatures.

Whirlwind07 Jun 2016 9:37 p.m. PST


Ottoathome08 Jun 2016 4:13 a.m. PST

0% I have played so but I couldn't stand the rampant cheating, the constant arguments, the screaming and the shouting.

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