Short and Heavy
Mark Casiglio
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No ... it's not a description for my profile, I'm talking about games! laugh

While I really love all kinds of games, I'm beginning to think my 'sweet-spot' is a moderately heavy game (game weight of 3.0 or more) that takes about 2 hours to play. But sometimes I don't have time to play some of my favorites. Fortunately, I also have few lighter games that I really enjoy that take up less time (say an hour or less).

But I began to wonder ... is game length directly proportional to weight? Can a game come in under an hour and still be considered heavy?

Here is a list of games, sorted by rank that score at least 3.0 on the Game Weight scale (as rated by members of The Geek), and have a listed playing time of 60 minutes or less. It's interesting to note that the list could have been a lot longer if I had widened the parameters just a little ... (say, 90 mins and 2.5 weight), so the list is a little exclusive.

I haven't played many of them so I'd love to hear some comments. I'd also like to hear if there are any games you feel belong on the list, even if they 'technically' don't qualify based on their Geek statistics.
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1. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:128]
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Listed Playing Time: 90 Minutes*
Average Game Weight: 4.22

*Brian Trotter makes the valid point that a 9x9 or even a 13x13 game can fit in under an hour. And I love that picture.
 
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2. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:151] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Listed Playing Time: 20 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.10

My perception is that MtG is a hobby unto itself and something that I've never been tempted to start. But on the other hand ... a friend of mine just gave me a bunch of her cards that she didn't want to take with her on a move (she has over 5000!!), so who knows ...
 
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3. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:395]
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Listed Playing Time: 30 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.64

Now that's what I'm talking about! Not that I'm going to be getting my hands on it any time soon ...
 
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4. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:415] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Listed Playing Time: 60 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.99

Okay ... I knew this would be on the list. Love that picture, btw. I once spent an autumn afternoon in Washington Park just watching the chess players. Absolutely fascinating.
 
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5. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:522]
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Listed Playing Time: 60 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.98

This was a huge surprise for me. I've never played Bridge but I never would have guessed that people considered it to be so weighty ...
 
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6. Board Game: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:610]
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Listed Playing Time: 45 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.00

I've never gotten into CCGs because of the investment and my perception that you always need to stay current to be competitive. This one does seem to have a very interesting theme, however.
 
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7. Board Game: Stephenson's Rocket [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1065]
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Listed Playing Time: 60 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.22

Who is this Knizia fellow? Might he have designed anything else I've heard of?

Seriously ... Tigris & Euphrates and Samurai are two of my favorites that don't quite qualify for this list (too long and too light, respectively), so seeing this here was enough incentive to add it to my wishlist.
 
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8. Board Game: Legend of the Five Rings [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1073] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Average Game Weight: 3.00

Another CCG ... I actually have a whole bunch of these cards that a friend gave me (see MtG, above)! Maybe it's worth checking them out.
 
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9. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1094]
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When I came up with the idea for this list I really thought it was going to be tailor made for abstract games. But as I work my way down the rankings this is the first one to make the cut. I'm not familiar with it, but it looks very interesting.
 
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10. Board Game: Warmachine [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1344]
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Listed Playing Time: 60 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.21

I don't have any experience with miniatures games. It always seemed like such an investment of (preparation) time and money ...
 
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11. Board Game: Skat [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1555]
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Another trick-taking card game. Actually, my grandmother used to always play a card game that she called Skat with me when I was little ... but it was not this game!
 
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12. Board Game: De Bellis Antiquitatis [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1910]
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Listed Playing Time: 30 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.33

Another miniatures game.
 
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13. Board Game: Federation Commander: Klingon Border [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:1932] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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Listed Playing Time: 45 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.21

Another one for the wishlist!!!
 
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14. Board Game: Navia Dratp [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2078]
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Game weight: 3.14
Playing time: none listed (30-60 minutes in my experience)

Navia Dratp goes along with its inspirations, Chess and Shogi. Technically collectible, but the sets are small (and you can get decent games out of the two starter sets to get a taste of the game). I prefer it for a couple of reasons: 1) it's very hard to get a draw, 2) no treatises on opening or strategy, thanks to varying Maseitai (non-pawns, basically) selection, and 3) it's very pretty

(Disclosure: I am a volunteer for the manufacturer, and have been running Navia Dratp tournaments for about 8 months now. Hopefully that just means you trust my time estimates more, but feel free to infer otherwise if you will...)
 
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15. Board Game: Magna Grecia [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2372]
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Listed Playing Time: 90 Minutes*
Average Game Weight: 3.32

*added for wtrollkin2000

Whether it qualifies for this list by playing in under an hour or not, looks like a great game for my tastes.
 
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16. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Forgotten Heroes – Vietnam [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2535] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Listed Playing Time: 60 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.10

I hadn't heard of this game before compiling this list, but it looks very interesting.
 
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17. Board Game: Lines of Action [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2614]
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Listed Playing Time: 20 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.50

There are only two people rating the weight of this one, so take that for what it's worth.
 
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18. Board Game: Hornet Leader [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:2923]
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Listed Playing Time: 30 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 3.33
 
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19. Board Game: Streets of Stalingrad (third edition) [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:4131]
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Listed Playing Time: 2 Minutes?!?
Average Game Weight: 4.0

Okay, that listed playing time has to be a typo ...
 
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20. Board Game: Cross of Iron [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Listed Playing Time: 60 Minutes
Average Game Weight: 4.41

The predecessor to Advanced Squad Leader and it plays at an hour or less? Very interesting ...
 
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Average Game Weight: 3.25

Only four ratings, here. I played a lot of baseball simulations in my day (APBA mostly) and I have a hard time picturing any of them being 'heavy' games.
 
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