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Whirlwind05 Jul 2024 12:55 p.m. PST

Please see link for a review of David Heading's new book on solo wargaming.

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rustymusket05 Jul 2024 2:55 p.m. PST

Funny you bring it up. I was just thinking of getting into solo gaming and found a book on Amazon "The Solo Wargaming Guide" by William Silvester. Have not purchased it yet so I will looking into this one. Thanks!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2024 3:20 p.m. PST

Thanks for the review.

RittervonBek05 Jul 2024 4:23 p.m. PST

Silvester's book is good. Just got my copy of Heading's. Thank you for the review.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2024 7:10 p.m. PST

I have always wondered how a solo activity can be a "game?" I have often learned rules or tried out new tactics alone, but I never thought of it as a game.

Whirlwind07 Jul 2024 1:16 a.m. PST

I have always wondered how a solo activity can be a "game?" I have often learned rules or tried out new tactics alone, but I never thought of it as a game.

I don't think it is in principle so different from a computer game.

Old Contemptible07 Jul 2024 3:05 a.m. PST

It takes a lot of discipline to play solo. You don't have another player to keep you on your toes. You can manipulate the rules however you want with no consequences.

Most solo games I have seen online have little aesthetics. Why would you need it? Why would you need to paint your figures and why should you make an effort with the terrain?

But I admire solo players who can follow the rules and have well-painted figures and well-done terrain. I have tried solo gaming several times and have failed miserably at it.

Blackhorse MP07 Jul 2024 1:51 p.m. PST

I also highly recommend Silvester's book.

Also I just checked out Heading's book on Pen and Sword's website and it's going for about $20 USD, which is doable, but the shipping to the US is about $25 USD, which is not(just as a matter of principal).

Does anyone know of a US source for this book?

Blackhorse MP07 Jul 2024 7:29 p.m. PST

Well, I just answered my own question…

I found it on Amazon. At $34.95 USD. Pass. I'll wait till the price(inevitably) comes down.

Ed the THW Guy12 Jul 2024 1:01 p.m. PST

Try a set of rules designed for solo play, not one that can be played solo. These are free ones. Chain Reaction. link

FYI It's based on the 2006 Origins Award Miniatures Game of the Year All Things Zombie, with updates to match how gamers have changed. Hope this helps.

Whirlwind17 Jul 2024 2:09 a.m. PST

The THW approach is really good – love Nuts! (and I mention it in the review)

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