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The Abominable loneman

A few days ago, Plaid Hat Games offered a macabre consolation to quarantined gamers: the 2-4 player worker placement game, Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein, can now be played solo.

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Solo rules are not much different than multiplayer ones. You are a scientist who, along with helpers, goes around the map of 19th century Paris searching for body parts: the Creature is threatening to harm your loved ones unless you give him a companion. Your objective is to assemble a full human body and bring it to life before the Captain -a sworn enemy of the Creature- catches it and makes you lose your family for good.

On each turn, you will visit or send your assistants to the Morgue, the Hospital, and the Cemetery to collect bones, tissue, skin, organs and blood. If you're lucky, there may be a public execution taking place to provide you with fresh meat. Otherwise, you can always wander around the park and kill an innocent stroller. Body parts tend to decompose, so make sure you buy ice from the Market too. You will need to keep up appearances, of course: raise your expertise and reputation by giving lectures in the Academy, and, because all the hunting and chopping is turning you into a monster, you may pray for atonement in the Church.

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In the multiplayer game, you would have to compete with other players for the placement of workers. In the solo mode, spots are taken by investigators. Their movement from location to location is regulated by dice rolls. If an investigator catches you, you may try to evade, or bribe him, or kill him. If you do neither of these, the Captain advances on the story track. If he reaches the end of the track, you lose the game. If you succeed in your arts and crafts, you win.

You can download the solo rules from the Files section on the game's BGG page or from the Plaid Hat website.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Dec 12, 2020

I've played this game a few times with 1 other player and give it a Thumbs-Up. I just sent my friend (the owner of the game) the PDF file for the Solo Variant. Thanks, Athena!

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