Alone Time: Three Sieges

Pic courtesy of Todd Sanders himself. What a rad guy.

The ever-prolific Todd Sanders is something of a patron saint for us solo-flying boardgamers, which is why I’ve minted a series of collectible totems you can carry in your pocket. Just incant Todd’s name three times (in the dark, looking into a mirror, gnawing a sprig of Conium maculatum between your molars) (please don’t swallow) and rub the totem betwixt pinkie and the back of your thumb to have one of Todd’s solo games teleported directly to your location — okay, okay, I didn’t get around to finishing them. Turns out black magic is harder than the manuals made out.

Instead, I’ve previously covered a couple titles from his Shadows Upon Lassadar series here on Alone Time, and I recently finished playing the entire second Lassadar trilogy. So you’re in luck, because I’m ready to tell you about not one, not two, but three solo games (because trilogy apparently means three. Huh!).

Buckle up! On page two, we’re talking about the Siege At Dalnish.

Posted on September 13, 2013, in Board Game and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. i like the photo across the Dalnish tower. one of my favorite bits of that game i thought up is how you basically look out over 3 dimensional ramparts made out of the eurocubes. and how you really get a sense the tower is taking damage as they are removed

    • That’s exactly how I felt while defending the tower from the baddies. I really felt like I was defending an actual tower and needing to worry about my cannons, archers, and Elders staying healthy enough to keep on defending well. It was exciting and fun!

      • She even used those exact words: “Dan, this is exciting and fun!”

        Either that or she was muttering swears at the un-killable row of Arbalests that hounded her for a full 90% of that game.

  2. thank you for the review of al three games. you really made my day!

  3. Easily one of the best Alone Times yet. I’ve played some of Todd’s games before, mostly from Aether Captains and the first Lassadar series. Looks like there are a few more I have to try!

    • I haven’t tried any of the Aether Captains yet, though there are a couple I’ve had my eye on. I wanted to finish up the Lassadar stuff before making the jump to another of Todd’s universes.

  4. I’m determined to actually put some of these together. Or get someone else to. I don’t have any friends into board gaming, but my arty younger brother assembled the first Lassadar game for me, and it was awesome, even if it took me a while to figure it out… hey, as I said, I’ve never really played these kinds of things. Dalnish, Nem, and Kurth, here I come!

  5. the iOS version of the Siege at Dalnish is coming along rapidly.

  6. Printed out Dalnish and the original Risen game today. Can’t wait to try them out!
    Have you had a chance to try the solo pnp Delve the Dicegame? Sanders did his own version as well.

  7. It’s a few years old, but when it came out a lot of people were really excited. It’s a solo dungeon crawl dice game that came with originally 4 characters and 2 maps and has since been extended by both the original creator and Sanders to have like 10 maps and 12 characters. It looks fun, although I haven’t tried it yet.

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