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Mark Perry
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Is this game truly 3-hr game? Or are their different campaigns that are shorter?

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Stephen Rochelle
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There are small map configurations that are shorter. GMT's page lists a possible playtime as 1-4 hours, and the designer noted that he provided 3 hours to BGG as a "most scenarios can run this quickly" benchmark.
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For what is worth, I had a 5 hours Space Empires 4X game last saturday and (as usual) it was fantastic, you really don´t feel the length of the game, it is so involved...it was 4 players btw!
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Mark Perry
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For the time-strapped Dad, which I am, however, a three-hour, let alone five-hour, game is too long. Likely it won't be played, and that to me is not only a waste of money, it's a waste of cabinet space...

That's where I am coming from.
 
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MarkP1981 wrote:
For the time-strapped Dad, which I am, however, a three-hour, let alone five-hour, game is too long. Likely it won't be played, and that to me is not only a waste of money, it's a waste of cabinet space...

That's where I am coming from.
If you have a way to preserve the game state (second table, separate room, vassal) it has some natural break points after/before each econ phase. It is definitely possible to finish a two player scenario in an hour, but it requires people to realize that offence is the best defence and also willingness to concede when things are hopeless.
Especially the knife fight scenario from the Close Encounters scenario book will be of relevance, but forget about playing a scenario that takes 6 rows of deep space or even the whole map. Might not be a bad thing though, the different sized scenarios play quite differently and depending on your playstyle you may not enjoy the large scenarios anyways.
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How will you be playing the game? The solo doomsday scenario can be completed in about 1.5 hours (without rushing). Play time increases with each player added.
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Mark Perry
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I had intended to play the game solo.
 
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Solo and two player (or teams) are the quickest ways to play the game.
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Slowmow wrote:
How will you be playing the game? The solo doomsday scenario can be completed in about 1.5 hours (without rushing). Play time increases with each player added.


Yeah, and I'd say once you get comfortable with the system you can easily knock it down to 60 minutes.

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Slowmow wrote:
How will you be playing the game? The solo doomsday scenario can be completed in about 1.5 hours (without rushing). Play time increases with each player added.


I just played my first solo doomsday scenario and it took 2 1/2 hours. I took my time and wanted to make sure I crushed the doomsday machines. I did!(on easy mode anyway). I expect the solo game would normally take 1 1/2 hours for me.
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MarkP1981 wrote:
I had intended to play the game solo.
Yeah Mark, as a fellow dad with little'uns, this makes it on to the table only a handful of times a year with a particular friend. We've gotten our playtime waaay down from our initial attempt at the tiny 'knife fight' scenario (which took 5 hours, without finishing) to a completed (halelujah!) 2.5 hours "Normal" scenario.

So it hits the table rarely- but when it does!

Solo games for me run in about an hour and half, which I can do on dad time if I carve out time for it on an evening (very rare), or if I have a wife-less weekend/night. It gives a ton back as a solo game, far and away the go-to choice for me, when I do have time. I'm not a compulsive game collector, so this + Twilight Struggle are really my only non-family games that I am ok with just sitting there until the stars align and we can play.

If you've got a massive collection and don't want one more shelf-sitter, I could see avoiding this with little kiddos.
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I am also a time-strapped dad, but I have found the game so good that we made some room in our planning, by basically removing every other game from our rotation.
That and SE4X beats sleeping hands down (but my youngest is 3 year old, which gives some chance of not being woken up too early on the next morning).
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