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Empires in America Second Edition Review | COG Gaming

Empires in America box artYear Published: 2016
Designer: Joseph Miranda
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Players: 1
Playtime: 30-60 minutes

One Sentence Synopsis: Prepare for war, fight the good fight, and then discover how much of a powerful jerk Amherst is…

I’ve quickly amassed a decent shelf of solitaire games over the past couple of months, having been turned on to just how fun sitting down and quietly making your way through something actually designed for worthwhile solitaire play can be.  I’ve tried to spread the complexity and type around a bit, but have invariably ended up with more historically-oriented titles than anything else, and mostly ones that are easily played over roughly an hour;  larger time investments can definitely be fun, but I figure flexibility will ensure I get the games tabled even when I’ve got a regular, at-home partner to play with again.  As such, after my initial experience with the tense, thematic Zulus on the Ramparts! from Victory Point Games, which I reviewed, I decided to go back to their successful States of Siege(tm) series and see whether any of its other titles would strike my fancy. Continue reading

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Zulus on the Ramparts! Second Edition Review | COG Gaming

Box for Zulus on the RampartsYear Published: 2009
Designer: Joseph Miranda
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Players: 1
Playtime: 25 minutes

One Sentence Synopsis: “60! We dropped 60, wouldn’t you say!?” “That leaves only 3,940.”

I’ll admit I’ve never been much for solitaire board gaming.  I much prefer the social interaction afforded by having friends over or attending game days at my Friendly Local Game Store, and if I’m going to play something alone I usually boot up a PC game.  I’m normally lucky enough to have my wife around to play board games with me throughout the week in-between longer game days, but work has recently taken her away from home for a month at a time and effectively cut my gaming time in half.  I was alright with the reduced exposure for about a week, but then I started feeling the itch for board gaming so I sat down with some of the cooperative titles I’ve got on hand that are playable with one person, and actually found myself rather enjoying the experience; it’s contemplative, and I rather liked being able to have my inner-monologue out loud while I puzzled through games like Freedom: The Underground Railroad, Legendary Encounters: an Alien Deck Building Game, and Darkest Night. Continue reading


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Going at it Alone: Solo Variants and Their Place in Board Gaming

Solo Variants

 

Following on the heels of Shut Up and Sit Down’s heartfelt video, my article last week reflected on one of my favorite gaming moments and discussed the meaning of games and how they are enhanced by the community of friends, social interactions, and memories we form around them.  As I was writing, it dawned on me that the entire discussion really posed an interesting question: what role do solo variants have in the board gaming hobby? Continue reading