Donning the Purple is a 1 – 3 player print and play game about political intrigue in ancient Rome. I have the physical kickstarter game and enjoy it as a solo endeavor.
Tactical Game X is a modern take on the classic Panzer Leader / Panzer Blitz games, which now are pushing fifty years old. They’re still great, though, and if you love them, you might want to take a look at Tactical Game X.
Maeshowe is a solo print and play game about tomb robbers in AD1150. From the game’s description:
According to the Orkneyinga Saga, Earl Rognvald Kali Kolsson broke into the chambered tomb of Maeshowe, on Orkney, in AD1150. In AD1153, Earl Harald Maddadson and a group of his men sheltered there during a snowstom. The sagas tell us that Rognvald found treasure there and that two of Harald’s men went mad. When the Victorians opened the tomb in 1861, they found Runic graffiti demonstrating that both of these episodes were based on real tomb-breaks. This game combines the two events from the 1150’s and casts you as Harald and Rognvald.
Th game uses standard playing cards (or you can print specialized cards) a board and a few tokens.
Along with H.G. Wells’ Little Wars, Sham Battle stands as one of the earliest examples of published miniatures gaming rules. You can see a copy online here.
Lion’s Lair is a free print-and-play board game from Lou Coatney. He describes it as:
A fast-playing, point-to-point game of the British trying to battle their way through U-boats, Italian subs, Italian aircraft, German StuKas, Italian MAS motor torpedo boats, and the Italian fleet.