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John Prewitt
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I was just kind of curious what people think of game length. I find most games to be too long and often will change end game conditions to shorten anything over about 90 minutes. This does NOT include set-up. The stuff in parenthesis are just my attempt at broadly categorizing genres with average game length.

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What is your preferred game length?
Under 20 minutes (quick fillers)
20-40 minutes (card games, lighter games)
40-75 minutes (many euros & strategy games)
75-120 minutes (most euros I've seen)
120+ minutes (epics, thematic games)
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Two hours is a filler, not an epic game.
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Carel Teijgeler
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What about:

Who cares about the time, as long I feel entertained by the game.
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The games I enjoy most to play range from 45 to 120 minutes. There are some shorter and some longer that I will play on occation.
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30-90 minutes is my sweet spot, and a game needs to really have less "downtime" for me to be okay with that upper bound.
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I prefer games that take 50+ hours to finish, large multi-session wargames, that sort of thing.
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Michael Debije
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Abiezer Coppe wrote:
Two hours is a filler, not an epic game.


Damn, beat me to it.
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1-1.5 hours is probably my favorite game length. I prefer several games in one night over 1 or 2 long games.
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It's not so much how long I want to play as what my window of time is in which I may play. Usually I don't have more than 60-90 minutes to play a game, especially with my wife. She seems to reach her limit for "not being productive" time at around the 90 minute mark, so it's hard to convince her to devote more than that at one time.
 
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Anything under 3 hours is short.
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Most of my game sessions have to fit between the time I put my daughter to bed and when I and/or my friends need to get to bed. That gives me about two hours of game time.
 
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Anywhere from under 15 minutes to under four hours, depending on the game. Four hours in one sitting is about my hard limit now, and if I can keep the heavier games to right around the two hour mark, even better.
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My sweet spot is 45-120 min but there are many, many exceptions - I'll happily play TI3 any weekend and I play games like Love Letter all the time and love it.
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2.5 - 3 hours is my perfect length.
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30 to 60 minutes is the best length. Anything over 2 hours will not get played more than twice a year, at most.
 
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Depends on several factors but to get a really satisfying game of strategy and thought development then it better be 2hrs+ at least. But there are lots of shorter games that I enjoy playing for what they are. I find the recent notion that people want games of high strategy that last only an hour to be oxymoronic.
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3-4 hours is a really good length I feel. Your poll is too biased to short games.
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I want the game to be as long as it ought to be. That could be 5 minutes or 12 hours; I don't really care.

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I prefer 2+ hour games. I'll play shorter ones but the memorable games are always the long ones. Thankfully there are people who like longer games in my game groups as well as my son.
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Anywhere from 90 minutes and upwards is perfect for me. I like the shorter games as well but I seem to get a lot more satisfaction out of the longer games.
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Abiezer Coppe wrote:
Two hours is a filler, not an epic game.


Technically it is over 2 hours. I would say 3-4 is a better spot for starting epic.
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I like the "stotybuilding" feel of a long game...watching it take shape, seeing my plans, at long last, come to fruition. That said, I have played 90-minute games that outlasted their appeal, and 30-minute games that I found very satisfying.

I think the biggest "plus" to me of a long game is that it becomes an Event in and if itself. "Getting together for a game of Ikusa is more a thing than "Getting together for an evening of 5-8 different games."
 
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The perfect game length is precisely as long as it remains interesting/entertaining. For most games that's 2 hours or less. For my favorites, they seem to be in the (2)3-5 hour range.


Edit: looking back at my ratings, there are quite a lot of brilliant games that play in less than 1 hr.
 
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67.8 minites
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ejtracer wrote:
67.8 minites


No more, no less.
 
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