The single biggest problem with boardgames is solo play. Most AI in computer games is good enough for a couple of passes.
I simply have no one to play with, and it's difficult to understand how you can play some games solo...no ambush for example? I mean, I've heard people talking about Memoir '44 being a good solo game...but there are cards that make it difficult to play solo. For example, the "Counter Attack" card. If I know "my opponent" (me) has the Counter Attack card...do I play my Armoured Assault card? And if I do, am I playing it in the interests of not being a "cheat" or am I playing it because I want to play that card at that time? How am I sure?
lol...I mean, the card/chit play goes a ways to make it solo play...but there simply are things you cannot do.
I think I read somewhere that someone doesn't "look" at all the cards issued in Memoir '44, but simply places them face down and draws a random one...ok, but it seems that that kind of takes the little tactical edge that you have away from you...then again, maybe it enhances it...I'll have to try it.
Here's what I do when playing Memoir 44 solo:
1) Deal out only two cards per side face down. Then for side A select the best card to play and discard the other one. Do the same for Side B.
2) Ambush card - either remove it from the deck OR use it as a "free" card, meaning the side that draws it may move one unit of his choice regardless of the "zone" it is in.
3) Counter-Attack cards - Because you're only drawing two cards for each side, you will never know which side has the counterattack card until you play the side that has it. A nice FoW.
4) My house rule for armour - All tanks can move two hexes and fire OR move three hexes and NOT fire. Medium tanks fire three hexes away (3,3,2). Elite tanks (Panthers, etc) also fire three hexes away (3,3,3). A subtle change, but I find it works nicely and alters one's strategy.
Good tips there, Warfare....I will give them a go this week...the trick is trying to get the game out without my daughter knowing so I can try it solo!