Games unwilling to end
Karl Benisch
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Stockholm
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Have you ever played any of those boardgames where the players might die of starvation if the game doesn't end soon? You have? Good. Lets share your experience with the masses I'm looking for games that normally takes 12+ hours to play. Feel free to add any game that you think might last for ever and ever and ever...
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1. Board Game: The War to End All Wars: Box Set Edition [Average Rating:4.81 Unranked]
Karl Benisch
Sweden
Stockholm
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I actully like this game but since it last for 26 turns and the average turn takes 40 minutes to complete I don't think that I will ever finish it without a break
 
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2. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:500]
Karl Benisch
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Stockholm
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After 12 hours we try to decide if anyone could be considered the winner. If not, we continue.
 
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3. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:943] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Karl Benisch
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Stockholm
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Is it possible to play this game without at least two breaks? I think not.
 
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4. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1459]
Karl Benisch
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Cool game and the playing time on the box (7+ minutes) might fool some of you but the rest of us knows that it belongs on this list.
 
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5. Board Game: The Campaign for North Africa [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:13233]
Olav Müller
Germany
Düsseldorf
Deutschland
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Never played it though ... rumor has it, that a game in South Dakota ended last month, after several years.
 
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6. Board Game: Europe Engulfed [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:890]
Stuart Dawkins
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Bought this four weeks ago, decided to play the '39 scenario solitaire to learn the feel of it. Am playing one turn every other day or so, and am at end 1943. Yes, I haven't eaten during that time, yes EE is addictive and rewarding
 
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7. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14524]
Rutger Mooy
Netherlands
Utrecht
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Looking back, how I =hate= all the sessions of Risk that just didn't end. Well, they ended of course, but far after people were still enjoying themselves, and usually when someone had made a mistake, causing the balance to unbalance, resulting in a terrible win by someone else.
 
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8. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:225] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
Rutger Mooy
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Civilization is a great game, but it just takes too long. The first 7 turns or so pass relatively quicky, but then the turns start taking one hour or so each.

We used to start playing at noon, and finish at 3 o'clock during the night (or later...)
 
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9. Board Game: Blood Royale [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2875]
Martin Villemaire
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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This game can literally go on forever if the players so desire.
 
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10. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1018]
Valerie Putman
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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For me Bang has two flaws as a game. First, the game can literally go on FOREVER. Drink enough beer, pass around enough saloons. No end in sight. But what makes this game fatally flawed is that one player can be eliminated before he even gets a turn and must then twiddle his thumbs indefinitely while everyone else plays for hours and hours. Admitted, not all games of Bang play out like this and I understand some of the expansions have helped--but any game that can last for minutes for one player and endless hours for the guy sitting next to him is broken.
 
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11. Board Game: Bar-Lev: The Yom-Kippur War of 1973 [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:4866]
 
John Peterson
United States
Normal
Illinois
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My little brother and I used to play this game over a couple weeks, usually 1-2 hours a night playing a 1-3 "game days".
 
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12. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1755]
Scott Hagen
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Especially if you add an expansion or two to the mix.
 
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13. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1671]
Michael Roden
United States
Danube
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A campaign game for us has lasted 2 weekends. It was the only one we played since.
 
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14. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:337]
Steve McIlhatton
New Zealand
Palmerston North
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I really like this game but if you make the mistake of making the board too large then this one can really drag...
 
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15. Board Game: Freedom in the Galaxy [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2608]
Jay Richardson
United States
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The full game is rated for 20 hours playing time... if only it could really be played that fast!

And once you start playing it, you really don't want to stop, so that long playing time becomes a real problem. This is probably true of many other games on this list as well.

It's curious that often the longer the game (which makes it less likely to be played), the harder it is to stop playing it once you do start.
 
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16. Board Game: Supremacy [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:13131]
Keith Schramek
United States
Gridley
Illinois
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I am one of the few (or so it seems) that thinks that Supremacy is a great game. Sure it takes tweaking and house rules to overcome some of the more cumbersome issues, but anyway I digress. We set up a game of Supremacy in my basement and played one night and stopped at a pre-determined time and continued this way for 3 months. 3-4 hours a week(jobs, family and school getting in the way.). I think it was the only game that I won. I was the only one with the stamina to stick it out to the end...the bitter end...
 
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