Kevin Peters Unrau
How long does this game really take to play? I am thinking about getting it, but I need games that consistently play in 2 hours or less.
I have only had one game of Antike take more than two hours and it clocked in at 2:10. It also had four 11-year-old boys playing their first game. Every other game, including my first game where everyone at the table was new to the game, has taken less than 2 hours.
Where I can see the game bogging down is if people have trouble developing a strategy and carrying it out. Once I know that my next strategic goal is to build to 15 cities, every turn is just taking the next step toward that goal and the turns move quickly.
If people are playing so that they are making/re-making strategic and tactical decisions every single time and they are not thinking on other people's turns then I could see the game dragging.
That said, I've played this with very diverse groups of people and it has never been a problem. It's a great game and it has received lots of play. My recommendation: If this kind of game interests you, get it.
Edit: I have played with 3, 4, 5, and 6 players and it played well with each which makes it part of that nice pile of games that can handle six.