If you follow my YouTube channel,  you’ll know that I usually do not reveal too much about myself. The reason is that I want the focus on the games. That’s what my channel is about.  With this webpage, it’s a little different: I wanna share my daily gaming experience with you and in this way also a part of my private life. So I also want to let you know a little more about myself.


My name is Johannes and I was born on the 21st of December 1973 in Augsburg in the south of Germany.  At the age of twenty,  I moved to Berlin to study history of arts, philosophy and archeology. In this way I gained a lot of completely useless knowledge and ended up as a guard in the Jewish Museum Berlin.  The job is okay,  without too much responsibility and trouble, but the salary is low. That’s the reason why I share my apartment in Kreuzberg with two other flatmates.

I loved playing board games since I was a little child. Because I was the only child,  I played a lot solo. At that time, solitaire games were pretty rare, so I played different players all by myself.  Games like Monopoly, Risk, Scotland Yard. . I played them all solo. I even changed places, if it was the next player’s turn.

In the early eighties,  role playing games and adventure board games eventually entered the german market.  I discovered Talisman and Dungeonquest and was absolutely blown away.  I played these games for countless hours.

When I got older, board gaming wasn’t “cool” anymore. ..Some people did still role playing games,  but nobody of my friends was in board gaming, so that seemed like the end of the story.

The only game I kept playing all through the years was chess,  and I dare to say, I’m a pretty good player.

So the years passed by, and with a few exceptions of casual gaming (Settlers of Catan,  Carcassonne), I didn’t roll a die anymore.  But then, in my mid thirties,  my eyes where caught by three games. These games were the beginning of my second gaming career: Space Hulk, Zombies!!! and Arkham Horror. I immediately fell in love with the hobby again and realised that I rediscovered something that I was looking for many years without knowing how badly I was missing it.

My collection was growing rapidly as I discovered Boardgamegeek as an unbelievable valuable source for absolutely everything concerning boardgaming.

Inspired by calandales‘ fabulous playthrough videos, after a few years,  I decided to start my own YouTube channel,  focusing completely on solo gaming.

What I loved most about my YouTube experience was the feedback of all you people out there, and I realised what a great community there is.

As written above, this page was now created to share my everyday gaming experience with you and I hope that it will give us the opportunity to an even more regular contact.


If you wanna send me a private message,  you may contact me on BGG or YouTube.


  • Anonymous says:

    Will you consider to play the Conflict of Heroes AtB Eastern Front – Solo Expansion?

  • Gesine says:

    Schön, daß ich endlich mehr über meinen Youtube gamer-Landsmann erfahre.
    Viele Grüße aus Irland von Chits and Cats

  • Sterling says:

    Hello Johannes, Greetings from the U.S.A. I have been watching your videos on YouTube for a few years now, and just wanted to reach out and personally thank you for taking the time and effort to create them. They have helped me through difficult circumstances, and have often cheered me up while caring for my chronically ill spouse. You have introduced me to many wonderful games like AH, Runebound, Talisman and so many others. You have my gratitude and the best of wishes for all your future success! Your Friend, Sterling

    • A lonesome Gamer says:

      Thanks a lot my friend! This really means a lot to me. I also have a few channels that helped me in darker times, so it´s a wonderful feeling to know that my playthroughs mean something for others too. Take care!

  • Chris Zephro says:

    Love your play throughs. Other than the channel, do you play a lot of games solo or do you play with others?

    • A lonesome Gamer says:

      Both. A have a gaming goup and we meet every two weeks. I also meet with other people from time to time. But to be honest, I prefer playing alone…as well as I prefer being alone…

  • Steve Rossman says:

    Greetings from the US! I watched your video on the CDG solo method, and I think it’s a great system. I have a question and wonder if you have an opinion on this: In We the People, aka Washington’s War, let’s say I rolled doubles and I would flip the left most card, and it’s an event for the other side. Would the event be played, or could I use the card as a combat modifier and hold on to it for a later action? Thanks.

    • A lonesome Gamer says:

      Honestly, I haven´t played “we the people” yet. Actually I don´t have a ton of experience with CDG´s, just Sword of Rome, Successors, Hannibal, Twilight Struggle and Labyrinth. I would suggest that you play the card in a way that it is useful for you. But in Twilight Struggle or Labyrinth i.e., if it´s an event for the opponent, I would play the points and then trigger the event.
      I don´t know if that helps…

  • Ralf says:

    Hi Johannes.
    Ich bin 54 und spiele gerne Brettspiele wie
    Twilight Struggle, Deus oder, ganz neu, Fog of War ( hier habe ich auch ne Variante für WW2 Gegner gemacht). Problem sie bei vielen, ich wünschte mir mehr Solospieler. Mitspieler zu finden ist in meinem Bekanntenkreis fast unmöglich. Bin schon dankbar, das meine Freundin begeistert und rücksichtslos DEUS spielt. Mach weiter so, schöne Seite.

    • A lonesome Gamer says:

      Danke! Freut mich, daß Du meine Seite gefunden hast. Das Problem mit den Mitspielern hatte ich auch lange…inzwischen habe ich sogar mehrere nette Runden. Einfach immer Leute fragen, ob sie Lust haben…manchmal sagen sie ganz unerwartet ja 🙂
      Viele Grüße

  • Connor says:

    Hi Johannes, I got into board gaming after I stumbled upon your LNOE play through many years ago. I had never played a ‘real’ board game until then and now it’s my main hobby, even though I don’t have any friends that play. I just wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude for your channel and I hope to see you keep making videos way into the future. Thanks again, Connor 🙂

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