Updated: Apr 7, 2020
Late March is typically the beginning of 花見 (Cherry Blossom viewing) here in Japan. However, with recent worldwide health concerns, some (including my wife and I) are missing out on one of the most beautiful Japanese traditions, and instead, actively practicing the government-recommended social distancing.
For me, this self-quarantining for COVID-19 has resulted in more gaming than usual (a silver-lining, I guess, if there is such a thing). In fact, I have played each of the last 3 weekends and you can read my thoughts and experience on each played game in my Best in Show episodes.
In this article, I will cover more general stats, rankings, and highlights from my March in gaming.
By The Numbers
March Game Stats
Total Plays: 18
Unique Games Played: 12
1st Time Plays: 6
Most Frequent Player Count: 4
Longest: Pax Pamir 2nd Edition (210 Minutes)
Shortest: Witness (10 Minutes)
* Highest Ranked: Pandemic Legacy Season 1 (2)
* Lowest Ranked: Philadelphia (Unranked)
* Most Complex: Pax Pamir 2nd Edition (3.7)
* Simplest: Drop It (1.14)
Average Player Count: 3.1
Average Length: 62.5 Minutes
* Average Complexity: 2.32
* Average Rating: 7.6
* Average Rank: 1697
My Average Rating: 7.3
* = Data obtained from Board Game Geek
Full List of Games Played (# of plays)
* Witness (3)
Drop It (2)
Space Alert (2)
* De Vulgari Eloquentia (1)
* Electropolis (1)
* Formosa Tea (1)
Geometric Art (1)
Love Letter (1)
* Philadelphia (1)
* Unlock! The Elite (1)
* = 1st time plays
My Top 5 Ranked Games for March, 2020:
I expected to like De Vulgari Eloquentia, but I did not expect it to be at the top of this list. I was definitely on board with the theme and the mechanics but really surprised me was just how smoothly it plays. That is how it earned my top rating for the month. Check out more details about what I loved here.
Similar to De Vulgari Eloquentia, my enjoyment of Electropolis is very much related to how smooth it plays. I love a game that offers a lot of meaty decisions without bogging you down with rules. Electropolis does just that. For more on this game, click here.
Pax Pamir 2nd Edition is a game that I've had extremely high expectations for and I have yet to have a really good experience with it. Perhaps it is that expectation that is causing it to repeatedly fall flat. I can sense that it is a great game and I haven't written it off quite yet despite my less than stellar experiences with it. In spite of this, it is probably the one I am most looking forward to trying again. Read a deeper analysis of this one here.
I hope to keep the game-playing trend up in April, but more than anything I hope that the worldwide struggles start to significantly improve.
Until next time,
Stay safe and healthy.