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Subject: Play duration rss

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Cason
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I am not sure if this was already in the forums or not....

I am looking to possibly get this game for wife and I, but most games we play are in the 60 min range.

I know the box says 115 min for playtime. I was wondering how long two player games typically take. Games over 90 minutes don't get taken out that often and with the high price point, I don't want to waste money and cabinet space.

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Lawrence
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Our first play was 60 minutes for a learning game. Successive plays after that float around 45 minutes. The overlapping turns are lightning quick at 2 player, unless you have AP issues.
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Jamey Stegmaier
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The average length of all 311 two-player playtests of Scythe was 97 minutes.

Having played Scythe as much as I have, that seems long to me (I've played 3-player games in 45 minutes), so I think it depends on the types of gamers you are.
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Pete Martyn
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My wife and I play frequently and have a tendency to take our time with it -- reading encounter cards, not doing the overlapping turns, etc. I'd be surprised if we ever took more than ninety minutes at this point and an hour is probably our average. I say go for it!
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My SO and I have been playing Scythe for a bit now (3 times) and we both enjoy it.
The first play through took us 2 evenings. But that's kind of expected with double checking rules every second turn (we are beginners when it comes to more complex games).

The other two plays took between 90 and 120 minutes. But both of us tend to consider our next move quite carefully.

Hope this helps
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Danwarr
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My two player games have gotten down to around 45 minutes to an hour including set-up after about 15+ plays. This is with narrating all of the actions and thinking things through on a few of the later turns.
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Fabrice Essner
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My last 3 players game was around 75 mn.
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Dave Moser
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I played my first 2-player game last weekend. Both of us had played 5-10 times previously at higher player counts so we were familiar with rules and the general course of play. We were neither rushing, nor obsessively AP'ing, just going at a comfortable pace. Not counting setup and cleanup, the game itself took 60 minutes.

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Trevor Schadt
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I would say budget 30-45 minutes for each player who has played fewer than 3 times, 20-30 minutes for a player that has played 3 or more times. An extra 10 minutes if there is at least one player who has never played before, for both the initial rules assessment and the inevitable pauses during the game for clarifications.

(Where each player falls within that band, of course, is a function of their tendency towards AP, how much of their downtime they spend figuring out their next move, how often they get up to go to the bathroom just before it's their turn, etc.)
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Super Turtle
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Our last 4 players games took 70 min and 90 min whistle
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Trevor Schadt
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S0laris wrote:
Our last 4 players games took 70 min and 90 min :whistle:
And budgets aren't always exact. Your point?
 
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Played with my husband a couple of weeks ago, took us just over an hour. It was my 2nd time playing, his first.
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Richard Dewsbery
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We played our first game on Weds. Four players, one notoriously AP-prone (the amusing thing is, he doesn't recognise it in himself, but whenever anyone else takes even a few seconds to take their move, he's pointing and shouting "aha! You're every bit as bad as you accuse me of being". We need chess clocks).

Our AP-prone friend saw the side of the box and scoffed at the time estimate. Especially for a first game. We went WAY over.

By a whole 7 minutes.
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Trevor S.
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The game just naturally flows with overlapping turns in our games, even with new players, they are on board and moving things along very quickly. We are sometimes surprised at how short our games are since the turns move so quickly you feel busy but not overwhelmed only to discover its been just a little more than an hour or so and the game is over.

*edited for grammar
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Lawrence Myers
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played 4 player game the other night, lasted 113 minutes. All four of us played before, one person was still not getting all the rules and had a bit of AP.
 
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Bart de Vos
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Played a 4-player game yesterday.
Only one player (me) had played before. We took it fairly easy (quite a few questions here and there) and still managed to take only about 120 minutes. Should easily be able to get down to 90 with more experience.
 
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Thaddeus MacTaggart
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Yesterday we played our first game (3 players), which took like 3 and a half hours. Excluding tutorial and game setup.
 
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Phillip Millman
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My wife and have played twice and both times it has taken us about 100 minutes not including a break because 60 minutes is her limit.

 
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Kara S
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I've been playing it weekly (and recently bi-weekly) with 5 players almost every time. Most games have included 1 or 2 newbies, whom I explain the rules to prior to game-time at 8pm sharp. The games with newbies tend to take 3 hours. The games with no newbies tend to take 2.5 hours, but we're always tired and brain-dead when we play (it's after work for everyone here at a remote wilderness lodge where we have little down time).

I think with no newbies, our well-rested crew could play it easily in 2 hours, especially if we focus on taking our turns while the previous player does their bottom-row action.
 
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Richard Dewsbery
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Four players, three with one or two games under their belts, ninety minutes.
 
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Kara S
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Howlsthunder wrote:
I've been playing it weekly (and recently bi-weekly) with 5 players almost every time. Most games have included 1 or 2 newbies, whom I explain the rules to prior to game-time at 8pm sharp. The games with newbies tend to take 3 hours. The games with no newbies tend to take 2.5 hours, but we're always tired and brain-dead when we play (it's after work for everyone here at a remote wilderness lodge where we have little down time).

I think with no newbies, our well-rested crew could play it easily in 2 hours, especially if we focus on taking our turns while the previous player does their bottom-row action.


Last night we played with a friend who is a long-time gamer from Germany (member of gaming clubs, plays weekly - including one NEW game every. single. week.) and she totally schooled us. Most of my modern gaming exposure has been from within my own group - little to no exposure from long time connoisseurs. It was eye-opening to see an expert play.

Long story short, I realized why our play times have been so long: it's because we are all hesitant to put out all our workers due to the cost associated with having them all out. I now clearly see the folly of this, since my friend ended up raking in the benefits immediately. The game was MUCH faster, too.

One of the many things I love about gaming - always something to learn.

(Edit for grammar)
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