Spoiler Alert: There aren't any Kickstarter campaigns that are really catching my eye this week—at least not any that I haven't already written about.
I do back a lot of Kickstarter projects, and I love getting a shiny new game in the mail. But this week, I want to take a moment to appreciate older games that are still wonderful for solo play. I love my game collection, and I'd love it even if I never got a new game in. (Although I hope that never happens.) Here are some games that continue to age gracefully:
1. Star Realms
Star Realms is one of my most played games. I love deck builders, and I love games that are small enough to slip into my bag. The original box isn't even around anymore because my boyfriend and I destroyed it by taking the game with us everywhere. I am excitedly waiting for the Frontiers expansion, which I did back on Kickstarter. But the solo scenarios from the Gambit expansion are still good, and I also love this game as an app and as something fun to play on a coffee date. I'm waiting to give it a full review until I see the new solo scenarios that come with the expansion, but the fact that few games in my collection see as much table time as Star Realms has over the years says a lot.
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
When I finally realized I'd never have enough money to keep up with Magic: The Gathering, living card games became an extremely appealing alternative. Sure, there would be a lot of cards to buy, but at least I'd know what was in each expansion pack before I bought it. The Lord of the Rings LCG allowed—and still allows—me to scratch my deck construction itch, while also getting to have marvelous adventures throughout Middle Earth. I don't have everything for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, but I have a lot, and this game alone could keep me entertained for years. And while Arkham Horror is the newer, sexier solo-friendly LCG from Fantasy Flight, I still find myself returning to Lord of the Rings. I love the theme, and the game is just really good.
3. Ghost Stories
I'm not entirely sure whether I love this game or whether it annoys the heck out of me. Check back after I write a review for it. But Ghost Stories is still one of the ultimate brutal co-op games, and I haven't yet stopped going back for more punishment. In it, you are Taoist monks seeking to protect a village from several ghosts, and especially from Wu Feng, the Lord of Hell. If you want to exorcise merciless ghosts, try to coordinate monks to deal with threats on multiple fronts, and potentially get smacked around no matter what you do, then Ghost Stories is a great choice for you. You will feel intense pride when you finally manage to confront Wu Feng, and even more intense pride when you FINALLY beat him.