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David
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I am on the hunt for a heavier or medium weighted game that plays 30 minutes, 45 minutes max. Basically a meaty game that can be played over lunch hour with me and a friend.
Mechanics are not really important.

I did a search and I came up pretty empty.

I would love to hear some recommendations.


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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
König von Siam / The King Is Dead

Each player makes only 8 [impossible] choices per game.

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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Greentown is another contender
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
NateStraight wrote:
König von Siam / The King Is Dead

Each player makes only 8 [impossible] choices per game.

You’re welcome

Interesting. Looks like it is itself [Impossible] to get.
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Nate Straight

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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Looks to be a $35 copy of King is Dead in the marketplace. That’s a fair and affordable price.

Edit: And one here ending the 14th with a current bid of $10: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/255981/item/6891996#item6...
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
3 games that have good weight/time ratios:

Race for the Galaxy
Nusfjord
Glass Road
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Is Mottainai heavy enough?
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
"Heavy" and 30 mins are sort of mutually exclusive..
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
The King Is Dead would be my first suggestion as well.

If you don't mind abstract games, Tao Long: The Way of the Dragon is another suggestion. Use a mancala mechanic to manoeuvre your dragons in a fight against each other.
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Mottainai and Race for the Galaxy were my first thoughts.
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Perhaps Hive Pocket or Battle Line?
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
+1 Battle Line
Hanabi

30 min + , but 45 min will do it.
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Came here to +1 King is Dead, too. It's not even a "complex" game, not by a long shot, it's actually quite simple and elegant. It's just the decision points are agonizing and the game can go in any number of directions at the drop of a hat. Great game.
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Using a 45 minutes max...


Android: Netrunner
Roll for the Galaxy
Magic: The Gathering
Neuroshima Hex! 3.0
Ginkgopolis (hard to find)
Space Alert
BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
Codex: Card-Time Strategy - Deluxe Set
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
pacman88k wrote:
Came here to +1 King is Dead, too. It's not even a "complex" game, not by a long shot, it's actually quite simple and elegant. It's just the decision points are agonizing and the game can go in any number of directions at the drop of a hat. Great game.
It is a little complex to hold in your head all the different tie breaker rules that you really need to if you are hoping to play this game effectively.
 
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Town Center (fourth edition)

You can't go wrong with this, quite the brain burning puzzle and quick to play.
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
I associate ‘heavy’ with long and complex games, so I’m not sure how you’re using the term yourself, but I’m assuming you mean ‘heavy’ in the sense of strategic and taxing on the brain?

Hive Pocket is a great one, as already recommended.
Hanamikoji is another. Easy to learn, but truly thinky.
Istanbul is another, but probably 45-60 at least.
Santorini is really good for strategic thinking.
And for more than 2, Cryptid, using the advance maps, should be complex enough for a lunchtime (it’s possibly my favourite game of last year).
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
As well as several others already mentioned, I would suggest
Arboretum. Incredibly mind bending/burning out of an extremely simple ruleset ((Draw two cards into a hand of seven cards. Play one, discard one)

Hanamikoji. A little lighter than Arboretum, but also very difficult choices. Only four per player each round.

Also +1 Hive, Glass Road
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
RottenJeeves wrote:
NateStraight wrote:
König von Siam / The King Is Dead

Each player makes only 8 [impossible] choices per game.

You’re welcome

Interesting. Looks like it is itself [Impossible] to get.

If you're patient enough:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2186158/second-edition-be-p...


+1 for Arboretum. Absolutely.
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Omen: A Reign of War is an excellent lunchtime game
2 de Mayo and The Battle for Hill 218 are good picks as well
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Windopaene wrote:
"Heavy" and 30 mins are sort of mutually exclusive..

The complexity scale here on BGG is flawed.
It conflates:
* Heavy wrt. rules complexity
* Heavy wrt. Strategic depth.
* Heavy wrt. time investment.

And people each use their own idea of what it actually mean and many people even don't have a real idea of where the ends of the scale is for any of the above. You can see that with Twilight Struggle which is a very lightweight game wrt. rules... yet, it's rated higher in complexity than some of the most complex wargames.

So ... Heavy means what ever you want it to mean, I guess.

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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Glass Road is surprisingly qucik for its weight, in my opinion.
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Another +1 for Arboretum, lots and lots to consider in there.
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
I would go with Race for the Galaxy.

You could also check:
Doomtown: Reloaded
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Re: Heavy games that are 30 minutes?
Granted, it will take you hours to get to this point: Once you internalize the rules of Pax Porfiriana and Pax Renaissance can get pretty close to that time in the lower player counts. Like I said, the caveat being the learning curve which is not trivial.
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