Five summer pen and paper games

Summer is upon us. Once more we are faced with the eternal problem of how to spend the free time we have. Many opt for the beach and consequently suffer beachball rash, sand mites, burnt skin, and necrotic thongosis.

Instead, why don’t you stay indoors and play solitaire simulation games with dice? Having spent many lonely summers surfing the web, looking for a way to let those dread hours pass, I am ready to share my wisdom.

Below are links to five print and play games I have discovered during my long hours trawling boardgamegeek and related sites. Some of them are repetitive and will test your patience, but if you get even a moment of pleasure from the games below, send the designers money. Just click on the  pictures to get to the associated game website.



Banzuke Shoushin (Papercut games, 2011)

“Banzuke Shoushin is a sumo career simulation. That means that the game does not focus on single bouts, or even a single tournament, but on the whole of a rikishi’s career. That’s why it’s called ‘Banzuke Shoushin’ (番付昇進), which means ‘rise throught the ranks of sumo’.”

Playing time: 45 minutes to one hour.



Malta Convoy (Print and Play Productions, Warp Spawn  games, 2002)

“WWII simulation of the Allied relief convoy to the British Island Stronghold of Malta August 3rd 1942. Also known as Operation Pedestal.”

Playing time: 20 minutes.



Doctor Who Solitaire Story Game (web-published, 2009)

“Travel as The Doctor and take a journey through the realms of time and space in the TARDIS – a time machine which exists within seemingly impossble dimensions. But, on the outside, it looks just like a 1960s British Police Box!”

Playing time: 45 minutes



All-time Championship Soccer (web-published, 2010)

“All Time Championship Soccer lets you can relive the excitement, passion, glory and defeat of taking a national team through the World Cup. Choose from 64 national teams, representing that country’s best team ever to play in the World Cup. Each team is statistically generated to match its performance in the World Cup.”

Playing time: 15 minutes



Barbarian Prince (Dwarfstar Games, Heritage USA, 1981)

“Barbarian Prince is a solitaire game of heroic adventure in a forgotten age of barbarism and sorcery. No opponent is necessary, as the Event Booklet takes you through a pre-programmed sequence of encounters which is different each time you play the game. For each event, you, as the Barbarian Prince Cal Arath, must make the decisions which will make your quest successful – or may cost you your life.”

Playing time: 180 minutes


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