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Jennifer Schlickbernd
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The BGG entry says 180 minutes, but I'm seeing up to 4 hours in some folks comments. So what gives? I'll probably be playing it with 3 or 4 and would like to know how much time to set aside next weekend when we play. Thanks in advance!
 
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David Etherton
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FFG games are notorious for taking a really long time the first few times you play them, well above their rated time. I'm guessing you should set aside at *least* four hours if it's your first game.

-Dave

edit: To be fair, most games of any complexity take far longer the first few times you play them, and also it depends on how quickly your group picks up new games, and is prone to AP
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I find that it is about 40 minutes per person, +/- 10 minutes based on if they are a quick player or prone to AP. Add on 30 - 45 minutes for teaching the game and then an additional 15 - 30 minutes per new player.

What does this all mean? It's variable! I've played two player games in under an hour and had a five player game with all new players run over five hours.

I suggest putting aside a large chunk of time for your first play. If you then play future times with the same people you will notice a significant decrease in time required. Also suggest those that tend to be a little slower, or those that haven't played the computer game (to know the units), play the same faction the first few games.
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Jamie Adamson
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From our initial experiences, I'd say 4-5 hours the first few times through. Probably stabilize at 3.5/4.
 
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Shaun Choo
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Our first game with 3 people lasted about 2.5 hours approx. It gets a lot faster once you know the sequence of movements and the research available to your faction.

The only tip I can really give is to make sure your fellow players are planning their turn during their opponents turn. You can also really move the game along by letting the next player go if the previous players action was 'research'.

We've got a bigger game going this weekend with a full 6 people so I think we are in for about 4-5 hours.
 
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Anyone know what the play time is for the longer, elimination style variant where only one player remains? This seems like it would take a loooong time, b/c things could go back and forth. Anyone tried it yet?
 
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My advice is to not play games above 3 players unless all players have played before. It becomes an ugly jumbled mess if 4, 5, or god forbid 6 are trying to learn the game at once--and unlike some other deep games, Starcraft is still a lot of fun with 2 or 3.

Heck, if you have 4 players that're all new, why not play two 1v1 games concurrently(Split the event decks into halves--it'll work). It should take an hour-1.5, and by the end you'll all know if you want to play a real 4 player game, and as an added bonus, it'll take way less time.
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Michael Schwerdtfeger
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For a first play for four new players, from opening the box until conclusion (including set up and explanation), it took 4.5 hours. I suspect that if the four of us played again, it would come in at around 2.5 hours. (I think we had at least an hour of explanation/extra set up time plus an hour of first time slowness).
 
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Dave J McWeasely
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2'er, 100 minutes, no rules explanation needed.
 
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