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David Schutt
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My gaming group is starting Seafall next week and I have heard the prologue is quite slow and boring. We have all preread the rules. How long did the prologue take you? Would it be feasible to combine with first game if we have 3-4 hours?

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David desJardins
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If you have read the rules, and you also understand that the prologue doesn't really matter, there's no reason for it to be slow. But it depends on the players.
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j n
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How many players do you have? A three-player game will go much faster than a 5.

Have they already read the backs of the player boards/decided which factions they prefer? If you can set up in advance, that will help.

If all your players are reasonably well-prepared and take their turns at a reasonable clip, then you should be okay (maybe tight/late if you're running 4/5 players). If you're going to need to add time for rules clarification, and analyzing the board state looking for the "perfect" move, you'll finish the prologue with time left, but probably not enough for a full game.
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Dustin Crenshaw
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It took us less than an hour to get through the prologue 4 players. We played it and the first 2 games in 5 hours. I did have everyone watch "Watch It Played" rules rundown first.
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Xenothon Stelnicki
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Just here to provide contrast. Played prologue with 5 players today and it took about three hours. Two advanced gamers, two medium, one Ticket-to-Rider. There was still a fair bit of confusion at the end.
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Our 5 man prologue game took 2 hours. We played our first game right afterward and that took 2.5 hours.

Bear in mind, I ended the first game early by claiming 2 milestones in 3 turns (we finished before the first winter). So, your game could easily take far longer.
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Eli Gingerich
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Wenadin01 wrote:
Our 5 man prologue game took 2 hours. We played our first game right afterward and that took 2.5 hours.

Bear in mind, I ended the first game early by claiming 2 milestones in 3 turns (we finished before the first winter). So, your game could easily take far longer.


This is almost the exactly the same experience that our game group had.
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David Schutt
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Thanks for the input guys! Sounds like it is pretty variable. We will be playing with 4 players, all pretty versed gamers who have read the rules on PDF but have not seen the components or the actual game. Based on the responses, we'll probably plan for 1-2 hours.

Thanks again!
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Jerry Alan Sayers
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Our group of 3 took about 2 hours, but that included a review of the rules (two of us had watched the how to play video, but the 3rd had only skimmed the main rules). We are also a bit inclined to slow play, I am afraid.
 
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TJ
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Took us about an hour to play a 4-player prologue in two and a half rounds.
 
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