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ackmondual
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For my more casual groups, they either don't get played (due to sheer time limit) or would work out much better if we post onto the site that's coordinating the event if available (e.g. Facebook, Meetup, an email chain, or list serve).

For more "average gaming groups" that go from 4 to 7 hours and we do a mix from filler, all the way to 4 hour games, with "epic", 5+ hour games (e.g. Adv. Civ, Titan) on rare occasions, the 2 to 4 hour games don't usually need advance planning. The epic 5+ hour ones... certainly do.

At conventions where 5+ hour games definitely get played, even if they're not in the majority, even less planning there, but I've seen sign up sheets and schedules to still facilitate that, and gauge interest.


Poll: How long does a game have to be before you need to plan ahead for playing?
Poll first appeared here....
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1620000/how-long-or-com...
--"Planning" means announcing ahead of time, before the game meet up, or at the start of a near all day con about the game, as opposed to deciding right then and there, on the spot to play the game.
--I don't have any quantifiable metrics for "complexity", so I'll just stick with game play length
--There are diversity of groups, so try to pick one that best suits your overall gaming environments. I'd rather not break things down that much.
See poll title
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1.5 hours
2 hours
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3 hours
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4 hours
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5 hours
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6 hours
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7 hours
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8 hours
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Poll created by ackmondual
 
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Jeff
Canada
Ontario
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Your question is so long and complex that I need time to take your poll.
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Garth Tams
Canada
Edmonton
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Friday Night game night goes from 6:30 til after midnight. So I went with 6.5+ hours or more to plan a game.
 
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Asher Kennedy
United States
Chattanooga
Tennessee
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Past 2 hours, I try to send tutorial links to players who I anticipate on being there who plan to play. For any game with ongoing consequences (campaigns), I try to make some plan for coordination and to gauge commitment before beginning.
 
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Daniel Blumentritt
United States
Austin
Texas
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It's not about game length, it's about set-up time, and about how familiar we are with the rules.
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Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
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If a game is 5 hours long or more, we need to plan ahead to find a time period long enough to play it.

On the other hand, a shorter game might need advance planning because people need to read the rules ahead of time.
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Trent Boardgamer
Australia
Perth
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Anything over two hours will generally need pre-agreement with my group. But given we usually plan to meet up for the games anyway, it's not much of an issue.

It's rare that anything over 2 house will be played spontaneously though.
 
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