One of my first ever posts on here was about the benefits of having a solo variant for your board game. Solo gaming has taken a bigger place in my life since I’ve moved to Germany and I have gotten more invovled with the 1 Player group over on boardgamegeek. There they take the solo gaming experience and give it a social twist. There are montly contests for games and a monthly thread to post pictures and stories of whatever game you got on the table and as you might have guessed from the title, in October they are holding event dedicated to solo games called Solotober.
The goal of Solotober is to celebrate board games and solo gaming by getting a game on your table every day of the month. This will be my first time taking part having missed out on the inaugural one last year. I’ve decided to go all out and turn Solotober into an event for The Parsnip Post. After sorting through my collection of games and picking out which can support single player, I’ve divided the month up into ten different mini events.
To kick off Solotober, this weekend I will be running a 7 Stage Flamme Rouge grand tour. The tour will consist of 7 stages across Germany, starting in Berlin and moving south to Freiburg (where I spent the first few months here) and finishing at the Hambacher Schloss (the home of German democracy) in Neustadt an der Weinstraße (the home of Parsnip Post). I’ve designed all the stages using google maps, adding cobblestones when we go through a small historical town or steep climbs once the riders reach the Schwarzwald.
A Week of Voyages follows this, as I take to the seas for 5 days in search of gold and glory in this great print and play game which inspired last weeks post. The rest of the games I will keep a secret for now but there is a lot of exciting things to come, including a week where I focus on the beautiful art of boards games or a weekend full of fun activities without having to leave my house.
If you want to keep track of what I am doing each day I will be making posts over on my Instagram. I will also be writing a daily blog over on boardgamegeek. You can read my first post right now, where I look a little more in depth at each of the events that I’ve planned for the month. You can also come back here next week to get an update on how I have been getting on with the challenge. Is there any event from me that you are most looking forward to? For me I can’t wait to get started, so much so that I already have the first track of my flamme rouge tour built on my floor.
I would encourage anyone out there to play at least one game solo during this month if you have never played a game alone before. Leave a comment telling me what game you are going to try!