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Post-Essen Solo Mini Convention 10 November 2018

Still a bit weary after Essen, I spent a Saturday playing solo games. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

First came Realm of Sand, a puzzle game with strategy very similar to Splendor but an entirely new set of tactics. There's quite a bit to think about (not only which piece to spend but also what you'll get next). I came in at level 2 out of 5 on the solo scoring scale, but I had fun working out what was going on.

After an abortive try at Renegade (see later), I punched out V-Commandos to give that a whirl. I've tried this on-line and it's worked well; but it's much more satisfying on the actual pieces. Shame the circles, showing how many people can fit into a location, are a little hard to see.

I played all three training missions, though the first one is so minimal as hardly to count at all. The second one starts to have something like a game to it, and the third is quite tough… blow one stealth roll, and the whole thing falls apart, with the officer scurrying away as sole survivor.

(Note that this is a French game: there is a wine cellar tile, and on the first demonstration mission the French commando starts in it.)

Finally, Renegade. It turned out my copy of the card for the tutorial opposition was missing (a new one is on the way), but a friend on BGG helpfully let me have a copy of the text. This was mostly an exercise in getting the hang of the turn sequence, but it came out reasonably well, with two out of three objectives completed. Definitely one to play more; like V-Commandos it doesn't need any special rules for solo play.

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