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  • Great video – the best tip here though is probably rolling dice into a round bowl like that haha

    Doug Hillman June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • For anyone interested in attempting to mount a solo GURPS adventure, this fine human being has developed a set of procedural tables for solo gaming using GURPS in a traditional D&D-style swords-and-sorcery/dungeon-crawl setting, and has kindly made the tables available for anyone to look at!


    They’re very adaptable! I have nothing to publish regarding my own clumsy improvisations, but I’ve morphed his tables into settings including a present-day Cthulhu-adjacent mystery-adventure, a near-future dystopian cyber-espionage political thriller with darkly comic elements, and a parallel universes/alternate histories scenario featuring a protagonist who is either delusional or else or a time-traveler with a telepathic cat, and all for my own amusement BEFORE the pandemic hit…

    Highly recommended, whether you’re temporarily shut in owing to COVID-19, an insomniac with hours to kill on many sleepless weeknights, or just curious about GURPS!!

    Ricky Tenderkiss June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • Strange question: Where can I buy the cup that you are using? ^^ or does someone know the brand or model name?

    Komplexitet June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • rolling dice in a bowl!!!! BLEW MY MIND! – not kidding, 40 years old, playing board games all my life! But rolling dice in a bowl!!! I feel stupid!

    Swimm4ster June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • The Hunted is not a terribly complex game FYI.

    ben lauson June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • Love the awkward fur rug on the carpet

    ben lauson June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • YESSSSSS, A Distant Plain RULES

    Skull Joker June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • For me, the reasons I sometimes want to play a board game instead of a video game are because manipulating and looking at the cards and pieces and such is satisfying, and there's a guaranteed mechanical transparency to the way the games work. It's like watching a rube goldberg machine, contrasted to how video game mechanics usually run in a black box, away from the players' sight and knowledge.

    EmperorZ19 June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • 15:34 – Is this how you feel, or is it the influence of the Devito on your shoulder?

    ksmontanaro June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • When the cover of A Distant Plain flashed I thought the subtitle was 'Insurance in Afghanistan'. I don't know which would be more of an evil game, an adventure searching for insurance as a soldier at war, or a blackhearted resource management fiasco wherein you play an insurance salesman trying to capitalize in a warzone.

    ksmontanaro June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • Give to someone this game for a review feels like high school hazing…

    ultralalaful June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • So which GMT/wargame for solo would you recommend then?

    KSweeney36 June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • Surprised there was no mention of the big one player guild list of the top 200 solo games on board game geek. Interestingly, Aerion was the only game in this video that made the cut.

    Pokebro921 June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • You guys should review The 7th Continent. Since the game is no longer Kickstarter exclusive, I think it would be right up your alley. A fantastic game to solo.

    Big Bryan June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • Glad you're warming up to solo games, to the point of recommending them!
    You've clearly grown/changed/evolved/photosynthesised from 2015 when you said, to our dearly beloved SU&SD (former?) co-host Paul:

    [All] Solo games are terrible […] [ever since] “Super” [was appended] to “Nintendo”. Removing the other players from a board game is tearing their heart out, bleaching their soul, removing their most fabulous and powerful component.
    Friday’s cool, but it gave me the exact same feeling I got from playing Mage Knight or Phantom Leader alone. A terrible loneliness, as if I wasn’t playing a game alone but with the spectre of death watching over my shoulder. It’s not just that these games are missing something. It’s that they’re missing everything.

    I used to absolutely share your view, but now I've developed a great appreciation for solo board games. Playing a solo board game is not the same (to me) as playing a (solo) videogame, the experience is different, the puzzles are generally different and the interaction, with both the game and myself, is also different. To me, one doesn't replace the other. Solo board gaming is kind of like playing a co-op game but with another you. That can also be cool 🙂
    I guess this pandemic is making us reconsider a good amount of things, many in a positive way!

    Thanks for the video!

    Maruel Zain June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • I have Onirim as an app on my phone. I find it really addictive and it is great as the phone does all the constant card shuffling…

    Simon L June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • Surprised about Tom's opinion about The Hunted, which I have not played to be frank. But on BGG it is rated complexity wise as 2.71, which is quite low for a GMT game, that is not Leaping Lemmings. Twilight Struggle is 3.58, and an easy approachable GMT title. And the game that is named after the dick, who let India starve, because Gandhi was still living is 3.24, slightly lower probably because more niche, but still quite easy to grock.

    Markus Schmidt June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • I like your little notebook for taking notes on the Sherlock Holmes cases

    Paige Herrmann June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • Have you try Gwent the card game? It's perfect for this crazy moments! You should talk about..

    Flavio Gola June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • "clay homunculi" — thanks for the literal lol.

    Nate Jones June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • onirim is my favorite of the ONI verse games very challenging and also has addons in the base game

    Vinyl Rabbit June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • Waiting for the Print and Play and solo RPGs video……waiting. …waiting….

    Haris Zark June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • Congratulations, you managed to pick the possibly worst reviewer for a Simulation game, well done.

    FEBAGames June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • If you enjoyed Aerion, you should try Nautilion next. It is excellent.

    Derek Davis June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • The reason I won't just play a video game is that video game designers seem to think everyone wants combat. Trying to find a detective game (aside from MCF) where you don't have a fist fight, a shootout or a car chase that makes you mash buttons is incredibly difficult. Even moving around the game can be annoying. I want to talk to suspects and solve a case, not figure out how to make my character climb a ladder by standing them at just the right spot.

    Gayleen Froese June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply
  • I like Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective but I am madly in love with Detective:: https://detectiveboardgame.com/

    Gayleen Froese June 13, 2020 1:18 pm Reply

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