It always seemed like the most expensive table top hobby one could ever take on.
I have been to a few shops and even sat in on a few games. The prices are outrageous.
does anyone know good purely solitaire games? preferably something specially designed for only one person like "ambush!" and not too complex
There are plenty of computer games to fit the bill, but as far a table top, none of the game systems are really ment to be played solo. It would be like trying to play most board games solo. Yeah you could do it, but the game isn't meant to be played that way, and it is a overall sad and futile experience.
I've played eu3, victoria 2, hoi4, ck2
Out of all of them I far prefer victoria 2, mostly because warfare isn't the aim of the game. It can be just as satisfying to develop the country through non-violent means like industry and sphering as through conquest and colonisation.
Stelllaris is amazing
Hearts of Iron with BlackICE mod is amazing.