March 2023 Gaming

March was definitely a great month of gaming. I managed to play 21 games (32 plays) in 31 days! And 15 days worth of gaming is always good. Fifteen out of thirty-one?


Many thanks to Boardgame Stats for the wonderful app that lets us keep track of our games.

It helps that there was a convention in there, but that only accounted for 10 plays out of 32.

Here’s the games played on a grid!

I’m not going to talk about the new to me games since that will happen in next week’s post, but let’s talk a little bit about the other games!

First, I have to mention Oh My Goods by Alexander Pfister and Lookout Spiele.

This is a great 45-60 minute filler card game (Edit: Not really a filler, but I’m not going to edit it. See the discussion in the comments), but it’s one that I’ve only played once in a blue moon (I’ve played it 5 times in 6 years) and I’ve never really understood how to play it well.

But we played it at Terminal City Tabletop Convention and somehow it clicked! And I won the game. Winning isn’t the most important thing, but doing well and feeling like you’re understanding the game is important.

And it finally did click.

I enjoy this game and will definitely be interested in playing it again.

Another fun one is a really fun 20-30 minute filler called Transamerica.

Until the convention, I hadn’t played this one since 2016.

It was quite the experience!

This game is a really great filler. It doesn’t seem like it will be a quick game when you see it, but it really is.

It was nice to play this one again.

The other noteworthy one was Jump Drive, a game which I’ve reviewed!

But this play was with the Terminal Velocity expansion, which adds starting worlds and goals and some new cards as well.

I’d need more plays (we only played the one time), but I like what the expansion adds to the game and I can’t wait to see more of it.

Since you go to 60 now, scores will probably be inflated, but that’s never a bad thing!

Finally, it was nice to play Trekking Through History again after SHUX last year.

A lot of times when I play a game for the first time at a convention, I never see it again.

But this month somebody brought it to Sunday Gameday and I got a chance to play it again!

It’s a really nice, quick game with lots of cool history on the cards and I really enjoy this one.

Overall, it was a great month.

April probably won’t be quite as good, between me being off of work for a week (so no lunchtime games that week) and no conventions in the month.

But I’m sure it will still be great.

Stay tuned next week for my new to me games post, as there were seven!

And some great ones as well (spoilers!).

What did you play in March? Anything good?

Let me know in the comments.

7 Comments on “March 2023 Gaming

  1. Lots of games!
    You referred to two games as “fillers”, one 45-60 minutes, one 20-30 minutes long. Which makes me think: What is the maximum length for filler game?
    My gut feeling would have been 30 minutes… but then I considered how the same game played with more people often takes longer and still feels the same (say, Isle of Skye). So maybe a floating scale of fillerness depending on player count is most appropriate? Or is game length ephemeral to a filler and something else (complexity or tone) is the decisive attribute? So many questions. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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    • I guess I was a bit imprecise there. A filler should probably be no more than 30 minutes. I’m not sure what you would call a nice 60-minute game to start it end with. A palate-cleanser? I love Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition as a way to end a game day. It takes about an hour and is a nice way to cool down after a long game. But it’s definitely not a filler!

      For me, a true filler shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes no matter the player count.

      Thanks for making me think, Clio! You always do 🙂

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      • Good question! Guess it also depends what you’ve been playing before or plan to play after – if that’s a 3+ hours epic game, a 60 min game can feel like a filler/palate cleanser/…
        As for making one think: Looking forward to your next Friday Night Shots!


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