This week's solo spotlight falls near our great American holiday, the 4th of July. There will be celebrations and libation aplenty. While the beverage of choice for many might be beer or liquor, others enjoy the spirit of the grape distilled into liquid form through the art of Viticulture. In Viticulture Essential Edition, you are whisked away to rustic, pre-modern Tuscany, where you’ve inherited a meager vineyard. You own a few plots of land, an old crush pad, a tiny cellar, 3 workers…and the dream of owning the best winery in Italy. Its a highly regarded game, in the Top 20 Strategy games out of thousands of rated games on Board Game Geek. Did you know it had a great solo mode too?

Well, there are the nuances. This game is quick to set up and tear down and finishing one game to reset to another is a five minute or less task. The Automa system, which is what you play against, requires very minimal effort for the player to use, but still shines. Unlike some games with a solo mode tacked on, playing this game solo doesn't feel significantly inferior to playing multiplayer. Then...the campaign system brings it all together into an exceptional gaming experience. This game comes highly recommended by everyone we've talked to about it, and if you haven't given it a shot... maybe it's time you have.

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