91 episodes

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 • 120 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.

    Episode #87 - Special Guest David Turczi

    Episode #87 - Special Guest David Turczi

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael interview one of the most prolific and legendary solo mode game designers out there, David Turczi!
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) What Have You Played, Lately? (2:48) Interview Kinda Begins (27:13) Outro and Ending (1:08:24) 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!
    You can find a full list of David's work here!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode #86 - Days of Ire Budapest 1956

    Episode #86 - Days of Ire Budapest 1956

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael spend time plotting to overthrow the Communist leadership of Hungary, circa 1956, in the board game Days of Ire: Budapest 1956. 
     
    Michael also took a look at an expansion, Days & Nights: Red Army Pack.
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) Solo Gaming News (2:03) Purple Haze (on Gamefound as of this recording) Final Girl Season 2 (already funded on Kickstarter as of this recording) Solar 175 (launching on Kickstarter on March 1, 2022, as of this recording) What Have You Played, Lately? (19:01) Game Review: Overview (37:51) Components (41:33) Rules (49:07) Gameplay (53:49) The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1:003:14) Stomp Discussion (1:03:11) Outro and Ending (1:03:59) 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 (at least, all the ones Michael could catch!) are listed here:
     
    Martin's Play List:
    It's a Wonderful World Cascadia Rise to Nobility Michael's Play List:
    Coffee Roaster HeroQuest Mini Rogue Hunted: Mining Colony 415 Absolute War! The Russian Front, 1941-45 Other Games Mentioned:
    Operations Olympic & Coronet Gato Leader Nights of Fire

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode #85 - A Show About Nothing

    Episode #85 - A Show About Nothing

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael pine about games and fjords and such...no particular game is the focus here, but there's lots of discussion!
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) Nothing About Marvel Movies (00:35) Nothing About Show Outlines and Old PC Games (02:48) Nothing About Finally Starting This Episode (05:51) Nothing About How Michael Needs a Board Game Intervention (or, His First Purchases from Stone Valley Games) (08:47) Nothing About Martin Selling Games (21:10) Nothing About Solo Gaming News (24:14) Nothing About What Have We Been Playing Lately (37:46) Nothing About an Outro and Ending (1:17:54) 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 (at least, all the ones Michael could catch!) are listed here:
     
    PC Games (of the old kind)
    Sid Meier's Colonization Covert Action Pirates! Gold  Actual Board Games
    NATO: The Cold War Goes Hot (Designer's Signature Edition) NATO: The Next War in Europe Deep Space D-6 Armada Hunted: Mining Colony 415 Hadrian's Wall Merchant's Cove Rush M.D. Baseball Highlights 2045 Tapestry The Artemis Project Lost Ruins of Arnak Shadows of Brimstone (this is a link to a search result on BGG for "Shadows of Brimstone" to show you how deep the rabbit hole goes...) Wild Space Aliens RPG (not really a board game per se, but it's included here anyway) Furnace Little Town Plus many more Michael no doubt missed  

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode #84 - Donning the Purple

    Episode #84 - Donning the Purple

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael spend time discussing how not to get stabbed in the back like Caesar, and succeed just as well as he, in Donning the Purple, from Tompet Games!
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) Special Announcement (5:58) - go check out Stone Valley Games' front page for a new FREE GAME giveaway (actually, TWO games!), good through November 12th, 2021! What Have You Played, Lately? (7:09) Solo Gaming News (25:42) Review Begins; Initial Thoughts (35:38) Components (41:34) Rules (49:09) Gameplay (54:00) What Does This Do Differently/Who Is This For? (59:30) The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1:03:53) Stomp Discussion (1:08:52) Outro and Ending (1:11:47) 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 (at least, all the ones Michael could catch!) are listed here:
    Lost Ruins of Arnak Expansion Endless Winter Paeloamericans Baseball Highlights 2045 London's Burning Brass Age (PnP) Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr Street Masters Senjutsu: Battle for Japan Voidfall

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Solosaurus #83 - Special Guest Joe Slack / Relics of Rajavihara

    Solosaurus #83 - Special Guest Joe Slack / Relics of Rajavihara

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael have game designer Joe Slack on, of Relics of Rajavihara fame! We discuss his game as well as his upcoming expansion, Montalo's Revenge (which juuuuuust finished on Kickstarter, but you can still late pledge and support - just click that link!).
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) What Have You Played, Lately? (5:27) Solo Gaming News (16:08) Relics of Rajavihara Discussion (28:50) Joe Slack Q&A (42:30) Outro and Ending (1:10:22) 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! But that's every episode, pretty much.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode #82 - Alien: Fate of the Nostromo

    Episode #82 - Alien: Fate of the Nostromo

    Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael scream in space where nobody can hear them...except of course in this podcast, and about a game called Alien: Fate of the Nostromo! Plus a whole lot of other content as well, since it's been a while.
    Intro and Exposition (0:00) What Have You Played, Lately? (5:01) A Gaming Epiphany (18:23) Solo Gaming News (35:59) Review Begins (52:20) Components (1:04:44) Rules (1:09:23) Gameplay (1:13:53) Who Would Enjoy This Game? (1:21:17) The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1:26:25) Stomp Discussion (1:31:38) Outro and Ending (1:33:53) 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! But what else is new.

    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 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

thedaviestgravy ,

When a good thing goes sour

Solosaurus was easily one of my favorite podcasts but sadly it’s turned into a side project that lacks organic chemistry.

Dr.Curilla ,

Just What I Needed!

Super stoked to have found this podcast. I’ve been jumping around binge listening to a dozen other podcast trying to educate myself as much as possible, and while some are chalked full of useful info, others drag on rambling. Solosaurus is tight, informational and extremely useful. Better yet, I’ve witnessed the hosts (mostly Martin) numerous times now interacting on social media and they seem like genuinely nice people who care about the community and NOT just tricking us into downloading some book or buying a product. Much appreciated.

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