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A couple of weeks ago, I asked the designer of a wargame some questions, and it turned out he lives in the same town that I work in.
During the course of messages through BGG with this designer, the suggestion came up that at some point we could do a FtF game.
Two or three years ago (I have only gotten back into board wargaming in 2009 after a 25 year absence) I would have jumped at the offer. But not now. I declined his offer with a number of valid reasons, but it still left me with pondering if there was another reason to not want to play FtF. I mean, I play miniature wargames every week with a number of players, but why is it I prefer to play board wargames solo?
Tonight, after playing a few turns of a game I have on the table, it occurred to me what that reason was. I have listed below all the reasons why I prefer to play solo (which are the reasons I game to the designer) and the reason I discovered tonight.
1 - TIME. Playing a game. big or small, will take from 4 evenings upwards to play, depending on the size/type/complexity, and these evening are never set in stone, due to family life. I will pick up my game as and when the chance comes, with the hope of getting 2-3 hours playing time.
2. - PEACE AND QUIET. Very much in short supply in my house, courtesy of my wife and teenage daughter. Once the daughter has disappeared up into her bedroom, that is normally the green light for me to get my game out so I have the peace to concentrate on the battle ahead.
3. - TOPIC. This is great. I can choose the era that I want to play next without having to consider anyone else - TOTAL FREEDOM OF CHOICE!
4. - TO PONDER AND EXAMINE (the final reason). When I pick up a game that covers a specific battle, I like to read up about said battle, learn about the combatants, the leaders, the terrain and the tactics that the combatants used.
I also like to examine how the battle in my wargame is progressing, and work on this from all sides, looking at different options, and even comparing to the original events of the battle. This sort of stuff can eat away at time, but it allows me to employ a certain strategy using various tactics.
It is a study of the battle that happened many years ago, and a chance for me to study the battle in detail with a game, in my own time and my own space. I can examine all angles of the battle at leisure, and learning as I go along. This is something I could never do FtF, as my opponent would just get fed up with me for time wasting!
Does anyone else enjoy solo play over FtF? If so, are there other reasons why?