How it started
Until a year ago i refused to even consider the idea of playing solitaire board games. The beauty (and also the beast) of board games is other people. A board game is only as good as the people it play it with and why would i ever want to play board games solo anyway? Why not just play video games instead?
Well, my opinion started to shift last year. Every time a new game arrived, I’d set it up to play a few dummy turns in order to learn the rules. I enjoyed that quite a bit. The physicality of the board, cubes, cards and me sitting there going through the rulebook. A filled coffee mug or a wine glass always nearby. Although my time spent was basically an investment towards playing the game with others i also started enjoying the moment. The idea of sitting at a table playing a board game on my own suddenly did not appear so ridiculous, so i decided to test the waters and made my first purchase of a solitaire only board game, Zulus on the Ramparts.
Since then I’ve continued to play more and more games with other people but also added solitaire games to my play time. I will write about a few I’ve been playing and enjoying recently. Games like Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, currently my favourite game to play solo, but also others like Freedom: The Underground Railroad, The Sentinels of the Multiverse, Circus Train, K2 and Onirim.
Between the two ways of enjoying the hobby i still prefer playing with other people. However, both ways provide me with something that I’m really grateful for nowadays. I’m so involved in what I’m doing and because the game demands my concentration, I’m “forced” to immerse myself completely and forget about everything else that’s going on in my life. With other activities such as exercising, watching movies or reading books my mind can drift off sometimes. Board games on the other hand provide me with some peace. With solitaire games i can now have more of it.