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Dave Kohr
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How long have you found that the 6-turn scenario of SoR runs, the first time you play it?

How about the 9-turn scenario?

I see from Chris Farrell's blog that it took him about 5 hours to get through 6 turns the first time he played (which was with 4 new players, it appears), and ultimately 7 hours to play the full 9.

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The first time we played (4 newbies), it was around 7 hours for the full game IIRC.
 
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My range for a four player game has been 6 to 9 hours for a six turn game with newbies. I think it depends on how much gaming experience your players have, especially with card driven games. If everyone has been through the rules at least once and has thier own copy that will cut at least an hour off the game time.

I played a three player game once which only took five hours. Theorectically you could get a four player game down to four hours but everyone would have to know the game really well (especailly the faction they are playing).

I recommend the effort, it's really worth the troble. It's a well balance four player game with a great historical feel. You don't even have to make six turns the first couple of times if it is too long. Every time I play it the game gets better and better. Sometimes a new player can throw the balance because they don't really know what they are doing. I didn't like the three player game as much but it did play faster.
 
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bluedionysius wrote:
My range for a four player game has been 6 to 9 hours for a six turn game with newbies. I think it depends on how much gaming experience your players have, especially with card driven games.


9 hours is really long! Of our 4 players, we will have 3 newbies to this game, but we've all played a fair number of CDGs, so I am hoping it won't go over 6 hours for the 6 turn scenario.

Thanks for the responses, guys.
 
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Wray Ferrell
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davekohr wrote:
9 hours is really long! Of our 4 players, we will have 3 newbies to this game, but we've all played a fair number of CDGs, so I am hoping it won't go over 6 hours for the 6 turn scenario.


I would budget an hour per turn for your first game. 4 players x 5 actions = 20 actions per turn with time needed for end of turn stuff. 2 1/2 mins per action is 50 mins leaving 10 mins for reinforcements, scoring, etc..

Also make sure you download the 1.3 version of the rules as it clarifies a number of things and also has a list of FAQ about the cards.
 
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Mark Christopher
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In my and 3 friends' first game (for everyone), I think it came down to about 45 minutes a turn.
 
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Wray wrote:
I would budget an hour per turn for your first game.

Also make sure you download the 1.3 version of the rules


Thanks Wray. We do have v. 1.3 of the rules.
 
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Shawn Low
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We played a 4player newbie game on Sat and it took about 5-6 hours.
 
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