The CDG Solo System plays alongside your favorite CDG and is designed to enhance your solitaire experience by reintroducing many of the best parts of wargaming that fall apart in standard two-handed play, namely, as Stuka Joe mentioned above, the narrative flow and the fog of war.
The CDG Solo System includes two Card Displays that are used to manage each side’s hand of strategy cards. At the beginning of each Side's turn, you will roll a Fate Die to determine which of the cards in one or more of the slots are available for play. Typically 2 or 3 cards are available at a time, but the final decision is ultimately yours. After a card is played, the marker on the Cards Remaining track slides one spot to the left, and then it’s time to roll the die for the other side’s turn.
Because the turn to turn maintenance level is so low, the rhythm of play quickly becomes second nature and allows for the game to shine. The combination play between the roll of the Fate Die and the layout of the Card Displays provides many great benefits for Solitaire CDG players. First, the singular die roll provides a nearly instantaneous result that limits the player’s options so a decision can be made quickly for each side.
Second, because cards are only turned face-up when their lettered slot is rolled, the player doesn’t know all of the cards that will be available for each side. This combined with the Fate Die dictating which slots are available each turn effectively reinstates a reasonable degree of uncertainty and allows the player to focus on the options for the active side, instead of falling victim to the mental strain of trying to take every card into consideration while also pretending to not know what the other side is planning to do.
Finally, the system allows for an element of surprise. Every once in a while, the perfect strategy hangs in the balance of the die roll. Whether things look grim (until the die roll flips the perfect card) or everything feels like it's falling perfectly in line (until the card slot you need isn't rolled), the CDG Solo System reintroduces the fog of war to solitaire CDG wargaming. The moments that don't go as planned make for the best stories.
Pack 2 adds official Playsheet support for nine GMT games:
Playsheets are single sheets of rules, front and back, that contain all of the game-specific rules needed to use the system. These include a diagram of set-up, a listing of die result rulings, and modifications to the system that are necessary to meet the demands of unique game rules.
For those who are familiar with Stuka Joe’s original solo method, the Playsheets are based on the original “Tweak Sheets” and provide the same ease, simplicity, and clarity while aiding in the play experience. While the CDG Solo System is launching with support for the above-mentioned titles, the development team will continue to build more official Playsheets to support old and new CDGs in the GMT catalog.
Finally, we continue to recognize that the CDG Solo System was a community effort and want to give back to the community that developed this system. So, we've already made the rulebook, playsheets, and all needed files available as a free Print-and-Play linked above
Why Might I Want Another Set of Card Displays?
Aside from the simple convenience of being able to store a copy in the box of each of your most played CDGs, one of the key reasons you may want to consider a different colored set of Card Displays is for playing multi-player CDGs with up to four factions. We’ve already started exploring higher player-count GMT CDGs with the upcoming release of Clash of Sovereigns. Clash of Sovereigns features four factions and will ship with a CDG Solo Playsheet in the box. We’ve also got a couple of other higher player-count CDGs on the development docket, so having a couple of extra Card Displays will be a must!
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