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Subject: How long does it take to finish the game with 3 players? rss

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Piotr Jekel
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Until now, I have only played the stand-alone computer version of Ra and the implementation on BrettspielWelt. The gameplay is swift and the end-turn scoring is immediate.

I would like to know how long it takes to play with 3 players in a face-to-face game.

Drop a line as I am curious whether it is still a fast-paced game f2f.
And what about 4-player and 5-player games? How much longer do they take?

 
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Dennis Ku
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If all three players know the rules and have played before, it's easy to finish in 30 minutes. It doesn't take much longer with more players, as the Ra track doesn't get much longer.
 
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Maarten D. de Jong
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My guess would be about 25 - 30 % longer in the f2f cases; slightly more with 4 and 5 player-games. Expect a drop in general satisfaction, too. This is because Ra is one of the few (simple) games which profit from the BSW-interface. Each player can quite accurately assess the value of a row of tiles on the Ra track given what each player already has; this is not so easy in the physical cardboard form. As a result, playing time and satisfaction suffer.
 
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30-60 minutes depending on how many players there are and how familiar people are with the game.
 
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We could regularly finish four and five player games in sixty minutes. Three would probably be thirty or a little more I think.
 
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goo Most of our games have been with three players, and we generally finish between 30-40 minutes. Sometimes a lot quicker if Ra is jumping out a lot. goo
 
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Three players is my primary target, so it is good to know that the game plays within 30-40 minute range. I have not thought earlier about the drop in player satisfaction due to the difficulties with assessing the current position, but now I have my doubts. While playing online, just one look at tile distribution is enough to make a decision. I guess that with tiles scattered around the board it really may be more difficult to evaluate mine or other player's position.

Is it really that bad?
Will the use of player mats solve the problem?
 
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I always play using the player mats and never have a problem telling what tiles are of value to what player, etc. While I have played Ra enough now that I probably *don't* need the player mats, I would still never play without them as they do help a lot. I think the game would be quite hard to learn without having the player mats as a guide and aid.
 
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Brad Keck
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We sometimes play "speed Ra" at work. 25-30 minutes.
 
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Piotr Jekel
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Thanks for your input. I like the game online, so I guess it will play at least as well face-to-face. I have come to the conclusion that more tedious scoring, more hussle and longer gameplay will be balanced by better player interaction and greater overall feel (tiles, a board, sun tokens, etc.) I will try to give feedback after a few weeks of f2f gaming.
 
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Piotr Jekel
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I received my box yesterday and we have already managed to play a few games, so I can comment on my own question. The good thing is that we have not noticed "any drop in general satisfaction", as noted above. It takes about 25-30 minutes to finish a session and it is as quick, tense and engaging as the online implementation (even more with more direct player interaction). We play with the tiles stacked beside the board as passing a bag around from player to player only creates chaos and unnecessarily prolongs the game. Moreover, organizing collected tiles in front of you does not take as long as I feared.

To sum up, it is a very good purchase and a great game. Highly recommended.

 
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