Time/Player Efficient Games of 2007
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For a little more than a year I've been tracking the time spent on the games I've played. Besides the horror of discovering how much of my life is consumed by gaming, I've collected statistics on game length as well as number of players at the table. Divide the time by the number of players and it'll tell you the length of time taken per player involved. I've eliminated games I've only played once in the past year, since many of those were first time games and the time involved probably isn't as accurate. Also not included are games against family or non-gaming friends, so the times generated are mostly from experienced gamers.

Most of the list is made up of games that scale well, adding little or no time with more players. The exceptions are notable for their brevity with few players or ability to play quickly with experienced players.

Games with fewer players are usually going to lose out on this scale, although there are a few surprises in the list.
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1. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:771]
Mark Delano
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1.84 minutes per player

20 games, 115 players, 3.53 hours. Coming in first by a comfortable margin, aided by the fact that it takes the same amount of time no matter how many are playing.
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2. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:682]
Mark Delano
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Connecticut
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2.73 minutes per player

3 games, 11 players, 1/2 hour. This is tournament rules Loopin' Louie, so individual games would be much faster and take the crown.

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3. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:612]
 
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4 minutes per player

3 games, 21 players, 1.4 hours. Another game that adds a minimal amount of time with extra players.
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4. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:884]
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4.71 minutes per player

12 games, 84 players, 6.6 hours. About half of these games are with the expansion.
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5. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:562]
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5.06 minutes per player

11 games, 77 players, 6.5 hours. The first game that approaches a constant time per player rather than fixed time for the game.

On average I play this game with 7 players. This past year we played with any number from 6-9. We add extra sets of dice and cups for the players beyond 6.
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6. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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5.6 minutes per player

6 games, 30 players, 2.8 hours. This is based on a series of games until one player's total gets to 200+. Yes, we play very fast.
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7. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:919]
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5.94 minutes per player

21 games, 107 players, 10.6 hours. Our game group's closer, at least until Race for the Galaxy came along.
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8. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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6.95 minutes per player

4 games, 23 players, 2.67 hours. Older game that's had a more recent revival.
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9. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2063]
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7.5 minutes per player

2 games, 8 players, 1 hour.
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10. Board Game: Blokus Trigon [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:895]
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7.85 minutes per player

4 games, 13 players, 1.7 hours. I prefer this to regular Blokus now.
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11. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:745]
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8.37 minutes per player

5 games, 19 players, 2.65 hours. I thought I only played this with partners, I guess one time I didn't.
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12. Board Game: Owner's Choice [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3735]
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9.64 minutes per player

3 games, 14 players, 2.25 hours.
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13. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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9.78 minutes per player

132 games, 429 players, 69.91 hours. I have played a couple of other games since getting RftG.
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14. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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10.42 minutes per player

5 games, 19 players, 3.3 hours. Not quite fixed length, since the size of the board changes.
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15. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3149] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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10.71 minutes per player

2 games, 14 players, 2.5 hours. We usually play this until we decide to stop, so YMMV.
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16. Board Game: You Must Be an Idiot! [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:9446]
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10.91 minutes per player

2 games, 11 players, 2 hours.
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17. Board Game: To Court the King [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1401]
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12 minutes per player

5 games, 14 players, 2.8 hours. I prefer to play this with 3 or less because of the extra time added by more players.
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18. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1072]
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12 minutes per player

3 games, 16 players, 3.2 hours. A nice quick classic.
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19. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:570] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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12.5 minutes per player

2 games, 6 players, 1.25 hours. Only 2 three player games. If I had played more times with more players it would have improved considerably in the ranking.
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20. Board Game: Affentennis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:3598]
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13.13 minutes per player

2 games, 8 players, 1.75 hours. Played with partners, otherwise it wouldn't of made the top 50.
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21. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:26]
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The Bottom Ten

Game Name Players Time(H) Games Time/Player(M)
Through the Ages 81 91.6 27 67.85
Pax Romana 10 11 3 66 (one turn scenario only)
Combat Commander 20 21 10 63
Battlelore 4 4 2 60 (2 game matches)
Friedrich 28 24 8 51.43 (includes aborted training games)
American Megafauna 11 8 3 43.64
Agricola 11 7.25 4 39.55
Brass 7 4 2 34.29
Galaxy Trucker 6 3 2 30
Memoir 44 4 2 2 30 (2 game matches)
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