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Gary Barnett
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I will be picking up this game, as part of the AtS Kickstarter, to play as a family game. Theme wise it looks great. However, I'm a bit worried by some of the comments as to game length - well over 2 hours with more than 3 hours mentioned quite a few times! My family don't have such staying power!

I was just wondering if anyone had successfully tried shortening the game significantly in any way and if so how - or whether shortening the game simply destroys the balance of the game?

For example:
- provide more starting money (or a fixed amount at the start of each round) but then limit the number of turns/actions accordingly
- running the game over two seasons (rather than three)?
 
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Grant Holzhauer
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We've played it over two nights before (leaving it set out). That's about it.
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Mark O'Reilly
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As Grant says, leaving it set up overnight is a good option ( we have also done this) .
It's a brilliant game Gary , lots of fun
 
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Gary Barnett
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Thanks for the replies - theme-wise it looks great - however, I confess I'm having second thoughts the more I think about the length of the game.... but the Kickstarter seems such a good opportunity to pick it up... decisions, decisions....!!!
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Grant Holzhauer
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I paid out the nose for it (but have every promo, and the score trackers [which are super helpful]), so while the KS doesn't have everything, it's definitely a great deal for the add-on.

I will admit that the game can feel a tad tedious at times, but if you immerse yourself in the theme, we always have fun playing it.
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Aleksander K
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Big question is how much your family (players) are focused on winning
If much, then there is a lot of counting behind each possible move, which imo is making the game so long sometimes.

If you focus more on the fun and theme than I am sure you will make it shorter!

Have fun!
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Connor Cranston
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Well, the first 4-5 games might take a while, but after that, once you know the game, it plays much faster. We usually finish within 60-90 minutes.

It's an awesome game imo and one of my favorites.
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Gary Barnett
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Well, I left it in my Kickstarter pledge for Among the Stars so I will be getting it sometime later this year to give it a try.

Thanks for all the replies - even if everyone essentially confirmed it couldn't be shortened playwise!
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