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A podcast about one player board and card games, hosted by Michael Eckenfels and Martin Gonzalvez. Join us each episode as we discuss the latest solo games news and give an in-depth review of a new solo game or variant.

Solosaurus Michael Eckenfels & Martin Gonzalvez

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    • 4.7 • 113 Ratings

A podcast about one player board and card games, hosted by Michael Eckenfels and Martin Gonzalvez. Join us each episode as we discuss the latest solo games news and give an in-depth review of a new solo game or variant.

    Solosaurus #81 - Obsession

    Solosaurus #81 - Obsession

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and guest Jason Montgomery (from Meeple, Myself, and I) dive into Obsession and its expansions, published by Kayenta Games and designer Dan Halligan.
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) Obsession Review Intro (9:23) What Have You Been Playing? (12:52) Solo Gaming News (40:01) Review Begins (50:40) Components (56:05) Rules (1:03:48) Gameplay (1:10:47) Who Would Enjoy This Game? (1:23:56) The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1:26:16) Stomp Discussion (1:31:04) Outro and Ending (1:36:16) You can find great solo games (and a community to talk about them with like-minded folks) at the best online gaming store for solo gamers: Stone Valley Games (www.stonevalleygames.com). Check them out, and tell them we sent you!

     
    To see more from Solosaurus, like us on Facebook at (facebook.com/solosaurus), follow us on Instagram (@solosauruspodcast), or shoot as an email at solosauruspodcast@gmail.com. 
     
    To read more of our favorite solo news page, head over to www.tableforone.me, or visit them on BGG at https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/9292. 
     
    You can also find our work shared on the Armchair Dragoons website, where all kinds of games are discussed, even solo games!
     
    The games mentioned go well north of 20, so there's lots of discussion here!
    Check out Kayenta Games!

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Episode #80: Special Guests Ben Morayta Franklin and Dustin Culbertson

    Episode #80: Special Guests Ben Morayta Franklin and Dustin Culbertson

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael have a great discussion about solo games with game designer Ben Franklin and the CEO of Side Room Games, Dustin Culberson.
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) Interview Start (1:22) Wrap-Up (44:27) You can find great solo games (and a community to talk about them with like-minded folks) at the best online gaming store for solo gamers: Stone Valley Games (www.stonevalleygames.com). Check them out, and tell them we sent you!

     
    To see more from Solosaurus, like us on Facebook at (facebook.com/solosaurus), follow us on Instagram (@solosauruspodcast), or shoot as an email at solosauruspodcast@gmail.com. 
     
    To read more of our favorite solo news page, head over to www.tableforone.me, or visit them on BGG at https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/9292. 
     
    You can also find our work shared on the Armchair Dragoons website, where all kinds of games are discussed, even solo games!
     
    Games mentioned in the news portion of this episode:
    Mechanical Beast Spirit Island Black Sonata Under Falling Skies Blitzkrieg Orchard Grove (upcoming sequel to Orchard) Village Builder Anachrony Check out Side Room Games for more solo goodness!

    • 48 min
    Episode #79 - AuZtralia

    Episode #79 - AuZtralia

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael start buying into the Cthulu madness (well, more Michael than Martin as Martin's already on board) by taking a look at AuZtralia, by Martin Wallace!
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) What Have You Been Playing? (4:58) Solo Gaming News (15:21) Review Begins/Components (31:26) Rules (38:33) Gameplay (45:16) The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1:09:01) Stomp Discussion (1:15:33) Special Announcement (1:20:39) Outro (1:21:35) You can find great solo games (and a community to talk about them with like-minded folks) at the best online gaming store for solo gamers: Stone Valley Games (www.stonevalleygames.com). Check them out, and tell them we sent you!

     
    To see more from Solosaurus, like us on Facebook at (facebook.com/solosaurus), follow us on Instagram (@solosauruspodcast), or shoot as an email at solosauruspodcast@gmail.com. 
     
    To read more of our favorite solo news page, head over to www.tableforone.me, or visit them on BGG at https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/9292. 
     
    You can also find our work shared on the Armchair Dragoons website, where all kinds of games are discussed, even solo games!
     
    Games mentioned in the news portion of this episode:
    Transformers: The Deck-Building Game Agents of SMERSH Keyper at Sea Expansion Other games discussed/mentioned in passing (by Michael, all of which are silly wargames that nobody probably cares too much about but juuuuuust in case):
    The Game of France 1940: German Blitzkrieg in the West Mrs. Thatcher's War: The Falklands, 1982 The Lost Valley: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu Ostkrieg Hell's Highway: Operation Market-Garden 1759 Siege of Quebec Holdfast Pacific 1941-45

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode #78 - The Shores of Tripoli

    Episode #78 - The Shores of Tripoli

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael start saiiiiiiling...taking games awaaayyyyyyy to where they've alllll-ways heard it could beeee...oh wait, this isn't an 80s song by Christopher Cross, but a review of the board game Shores of Tripoli, from Fort Circle Games!
     
    Special Additions: A WHOLE NEW segment called 'What Have You Been Playing,' as well as our Viscounts of the West Kingdom winner, and even more stuff!
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) What Have You Been Playing? (6:05) Solo Gaming News (13:57) Review Begins/Components (29:39) Gameplay (34:43) Rules (44:30) The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (48:25) Stomp Discussion (1:07:24) Special Announcement (1:09:56) www.stonevalleygames.com/shores) Final Thoughts (1:12:38) You can find great solo games (and a community to talk about them with like-minded folks) at the best online gaming store for solo gamers: Stone Valley Games (www.stonevalleygames.com). Check them out, and tell them we sent you!

     
    To see more from Solosaurus, like us on Facebook at (facebook.com/solosaurus), follow us on Instagram (@solosauruspodcast), or shoot as an email at solosauruspodcast@gmail.com. 
     
    To read more of our favorite solo news page, head over to www.tableforone.me, or visit them on BGG at https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/9292. 
     
    You can also find our work shared on the Armchair Dragoons website, where all kinds of games are discussed, even solo games!
     
    Games mentioned in the news portion of this episode:
    Keystone: North America Marvel United: X-Men Stationfall (Free Playtest Files can be found here) Other games discussed/mentioned in passing:
    Paranoia RPG (this is a UK storefront we think, but it will still give you a good background; a Google search works too)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode #77 - Viscounts of the West Kingdom

    Episode #77 - Viscounts of the West Kingdom

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and special guest Michael Kelley (from One Stop Co-Op Shop) take a look at Architects of the West Kingdom, by publisher Garphill Games.
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) Solo Gaming News (10:29) Review Begins/Overview (26:00) Components (31:42) Rules (40:00) Gameplay (46:35) The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1:01:05) Stomp Discussion (1:10:40) Special Announcement (1:12:40 - www.stonevalleygames.com/viscounts) Final Thoughts (1:13:57) You can find great solo games (and a community to talk about them with like-minded folks) at the best online gaming store for solo gamers: Stone Valley Games (www.stonevalleygames.com). Check them out, and tell them we sent you!

     
    To see more from Solosaurus, like us on Facebook at (facebook.com/solosaurus), follow us on Instagram (@solosauruspodcast), or shoot as an email at solosauruspodcast@gmail.com. 
     
    To read more of our favorite solo news page, head over to www.tableforone.me, or visit them on BGG at https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/9292. 
     
    You can also find our work shared on the Armchair Dragoons website, where all kinds of games are discussed, even solo games!
     
    Games mentioned in the news portion of this episode:
    John Company (2nd Edition) Arkham Noir: Infinite Gulfs of Darkness Great Western Trail (2nd Edition) Other games discussed/mentioned in passing:
    Too Many Bones Spirit Island Clank! Clank! In! Space!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode #76 - Architects of the West Kingdom

    Episode #76 - Architects of the West Kingdom

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael take a look at Architects of the West Kingdom, by publisher Garphill Games.
     
    Intro and Exposition (0:00)
    Solo Gaming News (01:21)
    Review Begins/Overview (15:38)
    Components (21:18)
    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (44:54)
    Stomp Discussion (54:32)
    Final Thoughts (56:13)
     

    You can find great solo games (and a community to talk about them with like-minded folks) at the best online gaming store for solo gamers: Stone Valley Games (www.stonevalleygames.com). Check them out, and tell them we sent you!

     
    To see more from Solosaurus, like us on Facebook at (facebook.com/solosaurus), follow us on Instagram (@solosauruspodcast), or shoot as an email at solosauruspodcast@gmail.com. 
     
    To read more of our favorite solo news page, head over to www.tableforone.me, or visit them on BGG at https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/9292. 
     
    Games mentioned in the news portion of this episode:
    ALIEN: Fate of the Nostromo Aeon's End: Legacy of Gravehold Everdell: Mistwood Other games discussed/mentioned in passing:
    Marvel Champions 51st State Master Set Warfighter Stone Age Lords of Waterdeep

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
113 Ratings

113 Ratings

Zenthropologist ,

Appreciate what you have kept going

You know what. It takes a lot to take over a podcast and make it your own and I really like the stuff you guys still put out. Getting your groove takes time too schedule wise and I look forward to more stuff from these guys too. Avid solo player and these guys helped start up the hobby

Celibornsskkd ,

Great podcast

One of the best boardgame podcasts. Not just about solo despite its name. I especially like how they can be quite blunt about the bad aspects of a game so that when they praise a game you know they mean it. Their preferences on solo games also happen to match very well with mine.

Unicorns2.0 ,

Pains me to write this

As title states...I Gave them 6 months. Appropriate to leave review now as this show carries the Solosaurus brand. I understand the show was going to change with new hosts, but I dont feel like they’ve done a great job of helping the listeners transition into this new era. A few reasons below.

1). The show used to be 45 minutes (including news). It was entertaining, informative and structured. Now the shows have been like 50% longer at about 1hr 10min on average and I don’t feel like I’m getting any value for that extra 25 minutes. I feel it’s more because they don’t know how to transition or be more succinct in their points.

2) Show used to be biweekly and have a reliable release schedule. In 6 months we’ve gotten 8 episodes. Not all reviews either. 2 were interviews and 1 was the 2 hr introduction episode. So in 6 months we’ve gotten less than 1 game review a month which I believe is unacceptable for the purpose of this show.

3) This could be just a personal preference or we need more time for chemistry, but I just don’t feel the dynamic between the new hosts. But I understand something like that takes time so I won’t hold it against them too much. It’s just hard not to compare after such a long running show.

Overall I don’t feel like it’s a bad show, but because it’s under the Solosaurus brand I have to give it a lower score of 2/5. And I’m mostly leaving this review in hopes the creators take it as constructive criticism. Having a set schedule of releasing content is very important to a community, and making the content interesting, without dragging it on is important as well. I do like the developer interviews, but it can’t be like 1/3 of your releases of content since you took over when you really haven't given us a reason to keep listening to this podcast.

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