It's been a while since I have done one of these, and at the moment, Kickstarter is jam packed with potentially interesting solo games to back. Let's have a look at some!
1. Yedo Deluxe Master Set
Yedo originally came out in 2012, but is now receiving the deluxe treatment with new art, updated rules, and fresh content to enjoy. It's a worker placement game set in 16th century Japan, and has several interesting elements. Each round, players will bid for various in-game benefits, then send their disciples into town while helping them to escape city watchmen. Different types of missions will push you to tweak your gameplay, and there are modules in the Deluxe Master Set to help you customize your games by adding in missions with particular goal types. The length of the game can also vary, and players are able to choose a fixed number of turns before the game begins. Overall, Yedo looks like a strategically interesting game to play. It's also going to be difficult to get ahold of outside of the Kickstarter campaign, so if it sounds like your sort of thing, take a look before September 20.
2. Squire for Hire
Squire for Hire is a microgame by independent designer Jon Merchant. In only 18 cards, it manages to be a tile laying game, but also a game about managing a knight's inventory. Your job is to get as much good loot into your bag as possible, while also sifting out as much junk as you can. The theme is quirky, the art is cute (you play as an adorable animal squire), and at $10 plus shipping, the price is right if you are interested in small, portable, soloable board games. You can also try out an earlier version of the game as a free PnP to see if it's for you. If you're interested, check out the campaign before it ends on September 30.
3. Aeon Trespass: Odyssey
Aeon Trespass is a self-described "epic" game that is fully cooperative and that combines several elements taken from different video and board games. The game offers a long campaign, fancy miniatures, and a written narrative to go along with gameplay. I'm definitely curious—I love story-driven campaigns—but the core pledge is $129, and while the game promises a lot of story, I'm not seeing any really good story teasers. That said, if you are just on the market for another campaign game with miniatures, then Aeon Trespass may be worth a look.