Welcome to the first full report. To recapture: during Solotober 2021 my goals are:
Play a different solo game every day
Play at least 10 unplayed owned games ("the shelf of shame")
And: digital plays don't count
October 4: Space Empires 4X
It may not be from my Shelf of Shame, as I've played it once before, but it was my first solo session, which also felt as an accomplishment. Me against the Doomsday Machines. Unfortunately I made some rules mistakes. The first few rounds I gave myself too much income, which led to a rapid increase in technology. Then - to compensate? - I let the Doomsday Machines roll way too many dice. Something they absolutely don't need to annihilate you. Still, good fun.
October 5: Orchard
This is a nice relaxing puzzle game. I don't play it often, but I always enjoy it. I am not good at it, but I don't mind.
October 6: Shadowrun Crossfire
After 40 plays I had become a bit frustrated with this game. So many losses, and levelling up was so slow. Then somebody gave me some pro tips:
play four-handed (I had used two characters)
start with the scenario where you protect The Client, as you only have to stay alive
And yes, this got me going again. I started over with four characters, had them levelled up again in no time and was enjoying it immensely. Then I added in the expansion High Caliber Ops, that brought more variety to the black market and it has easily become one of my favourite games.
October 7: Doom Machine [SHELF OF SHAME]
I'm a sucker for tin games, but I'm afraid this one won't be a keeper. First impressions are that it's too random and too hard. I had a session in which I lost a few dice during the first three turns, making any progress impossible. I can see a strategy: many dice on defence and focus on one card at a time to take out. I just don't know how much fun I'll have doing it.
Anyway, I should play it more before making my judgement.
October 8: Terminator: Dark Fate [SHELF OF SHAME]