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Justin Nixon
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I keep seeing people talk about the game taking 3 - 4 hours, but I assume they are for larger player counts. I've only ever played the game as 2p with my wife, but we've never had a game last longer than an hour. Is this normal?
 
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Brad vanVugt
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an hour seems unusually quick unless you happen to both throw in a low reserve amount when the bank gets refunded. my wife and I usually skew towards the shorter end of play time whenever we play a game and it usually takes us around 90 mins when playing FCM
 
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Our 2 players games lasted about an hour. We usually did not play the 2 last turns because it was obvious one player is the winner (his revenu is higher or close to what is left into the bank).
 
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45 minutes per player is not an unreasonable estimate across all player counts.

An hour is quick, but not crazy, for two players.
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Jeff Genest
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Around 90 minutes for us.
 
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It depends: 90-120 minutes for us, but we are very slow.
 
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Idk, I played a teaching game of FCM is 2.5 hours a few weeks ago, including rules. The new guy really liked to take turns quick
 
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about 75 minutes but we're fast though. We've called games where one of us tried an experiment or something weird (good or bad) at like 40 minutes. One person runs the bank, the other handles token removal. Both do their own prices on a calculator (if necessary due to discounting or drinking).
 
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Bob Boberson
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I find Food Chain Magnate is a bit weird with 2 players. It seems really scripted to me. I remember the last time my friend and I played I was mapping out each move both players pretty much had to do, and this applied quite far into the game. My friend ended up agreeing with me that most of the moves in a 2 player game seemed kind of forced, otherwise one player would fall too far behind, and there are no catch up mechanisms.

We played a game that lasted literally 5 minutes or so one time. My opponent conceded, as we both knew what was going to happen because of him playing a sub par opening move. I think playing a 2 player game in under an hour is perfectly reasonable given that a lot of the time both players can tell very far in advance how the game's going to play out, and there doesn't seem to be any point in going through the motions.

I really only play board games with 2 as I dislike the extra chaos more players bring to the equation, and I haven't tried Food Chain Magnate at any other player count but my assumption is that this game would really shine with 3 or 4 players, and would take quite a long time to play.
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