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Fit To Print Solo Review


Playing Fit to Print solo is the epitome of cosy for anyone who likes a puzzle. Over three rounds, you arrange and design the front-page of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday news for the woodland town of Thistleville. It's easy to set up and (for me) best enjoyed with a podcast and a cup of tea.

Setting up for your day at work

Setup is quite easy but does take quite a bit of room on the table. The components in the image above from top left to bottom right are:

● News tiles placed face down

● Breaking news cards, one for each day (optional)

● Your desk

● Character card with a special perk

● The front-page of the newspaper (Friday and Saturday on the front, Sunday on the back)

● Centrepieces, one for each day

The news tiles are a mix of 5 shapes/sizes and feature articles, photos and ads and the aim is to fill your front-page with as many news tiles as possible to get the best score. You can't place articles of the same colour next to each other, or two photos or two ads. The photos allow for extra points if you place the required articles next to them. The articles also have a happy or sad face on them, and you have to make sure your front-page is balanced. Some of the articles have brilliant titles, for example "Local geese celebrate two decades of marriage". I wish them all the best.

The centrepiece and the breaking news cards (if used) give extra restrictions on tile placement adding an extra twists to the puzzle.

Time to get to work, if only real life work was this relaxing!

At the start of each round, it's time to grab your news! But what's going to make the cut? Each day has different size front-page to fill so when you first start playing be prepared to either grab too many or nowhere near enough!

When paying with others, you're up against them to get news tiles as quick as you can but in the solo you can take your time and consider what you've got. You place the news tiles face up on your little desk (a 3D cardboard one!), so you can see what articles and how many photos you've got - as well as how many smiles and sad faces. You don't have to add every tile onto your desk, if you don't want one, you pop it back face up. But if you pick up a face up tile and realise you don't want it, too late! You have to keep any face up tiles you pick up. Stack them up on your desk and then once you've decided that's all the tiles you need, you can pull them off your desk and start arranging!

I can spend ages on this part. There's no rush like when playing with others, so you can sit and arrange and rearrange to your heart's content. The centrepiece has to cover the star on the player board, so best to do that one first and then work round it.

My Friday:

I try and cram everything in, balancing mood and making sure that I break up any space I have between tiles as you do get penalised for them (my character card helps with white space too!). Also make sure to get those ads in! You need at least $12 at the end of the game.

I had quite a few leftovers on Friday, but you keep these on your desk and you can use them for the next day.

My Saturday:

My Sunday:

I rather enjoy using different player boards for each day as it also makes things harder as you go with less tiles but you can use the same one and refresh the tiles each turn. I also do this because I find the tallying the points takes rather long (especially when I was new to the game) so I prefer to leave it all to the end. It's just a fun little pu

And it doesn't stop there!

The rule book includes a "puzzle mode" that shows you exactly what tiles to use, and you can sit and spend as much time as you want figuring out the perfect layout. But, it's not that easy as there's not enough room for all the tiles! There's 12 of these outlined in the rule book as well as a few pages to track achievements.

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