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Episode 98: Roll and Write Games, and what is a “solo” game?

Anthony is taking the reins this week, at least when it comes to the games we’re reviewing this week. Anthony is a huge, huge fan of Roll and Write games, so he wanted to take some time and share about three different games. Welcome To… is all the hotness nowadays. He also tells us about Steamrollers and the (hopefully) soon to be available in the US, Ganz schon clever.

If you want to check out a whole Facebook group on Roll and Write games, check out the group made by Glenn Flaherty from the Board Games and Bourbon YouTube channel: https://www.facebook.com/groups/224908144790699/about/

We then answer a question from our Facebook group this week, from our friend Corey Mayo. We get into the distinction between “solo” and “solitaire”, as well as how we should regard a gamer who enjoys playing games multihanded. Should chess be considered a solo game if you play both sides? We tackle that question from all angles, hopefully shedding more light than heat.

  • Anthony

    Anthony lives and plays games in Pittsburgh, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.

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  • Corey

    I enjoyed your thoughtful discussion on the topic I suggested. I think you correctly distilled the topic down to the issue of inclusiveness. This spawned from a negative experience I had in a social media solo board gamer group. I clearly stated I was having fun soloing a game with no solo mode (Gaslands was the game), but my post was deleted for being against the rules. I argued that the group’s rules were NOT clear, and the admin agreed, but then told me, everyone knows that’s not “solo gaming.” I’m glad you seem to agree that it’s not as clearly defined as he seemed to think. Not because I thought I was right, but because, honestly, I didn’t like the feeling of being shut down for not fitting in. It opened my eyes to the bigger issue of inclusiveness in gaming…
    Thanks again.
    Corey

    • Jason Perez

      Thanks for asking the question. There are definitely (at least) two different ways in which people use the word “game”. At least in the realm of forum posting and discussion, I wholeheartedly agree that we should be as open as possible.

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