Just looking forward to sitting down and playing each day did wonders for my mental health. What also helped quite a bit was finding a whole new community to interact with. BGG has hundreds of guilds (basically groups) for a variety of interests, both board game related and not. There is a 1 Player Guild that is dedicated to all things solitaire gaming. Their motto is "Together, We Game Alone", which is totally spot on to what
they we do. I began posting on the forums there and in the monthly Geeklist, which is a collection of games that people have played and written a little bit about. People there were/are so friendly and welcoming. I learned quite a bit about many games that I had never heard of and some that I own.
So is solo gaming for me? I definitely think it is. As I said, I would prefer a live opponent but solo gaming is a nice change of pace and almost meditative in a way. It leading me to find another part of the tabletop community that I can be a part of is more important than the gaming itself. I was really into the game design and thrifting groups years ago, but have been aimlessly hanging around BGG for the past few years. I'm excited to hang around in this new group and focus on playing solo fairly often.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to rank or review each game I played when I started, but how each game went and a general feeling of each came out organically in my Solitaire Games on Your Table September Geeklist posts. You can read about each one by clicking on the links in the list of everything I played below.
September 1 - Cascadia
September 2 - Calico
September 3 - The Game
September 4 - Three Sisters
September 5 - Orchard: A 9 card solitaire game
September 6 - Herbaceous
September 7 - Bukiet
September 8 - Nations: The Dice Game
September 9 - NMBR 9
September 10 - Flamecraft
September 11 - The Whatnot Cabinet
September 12 - Dimension
September 13 - Pandemic: The Cure
September 14 - It's a Wonderful World
September 15 - Welcome To...
September 16 - Forbidden Island
September 17 - Bananagrams
September 18 - TEN
September 19 - Circle The Wagons: Lone Cowboy
September 20 - Tumble Town
September 21 - Forbidden Desert
September 22 - Dollars to Donuts
September 23 - Arboretum
September 24 - Creature Comforts
September 25 - Carcassonne
September 26 - The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game
September 27 - Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
September 28 - Blokus
September 29 - Lightning & Bolt
September 30 - Solitaire
Little did I know that the 1 Player Guild hosts Solotober, which is basically the challenge I just completed. This is the second year and I've decided I will participate and keep thing daily gaming thing going. I won't be playing a different game each day, instead I will play a small few a bunch of times. There may or may not be a blog post about those results.
Thanks for reading!