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Johnny Ahlgren
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My local group are considering trying out the game for the first time tonight. We would be 5 players, but as it is a week day, we might be a bit limited on how long we can play. How long could we expect the game to last with 5 players?
 
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Ok, I read a few other posts, maybe I should have done that straight away :p

Seems it should take about 3 hours, for first play including rule explanation.
 
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unless the human do badly so the game ends early, with 5 first time players, it will go 2 to 3 hours.
 
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We typically do 3 hours as 6 players, but thats as an experianced group.

You may want to reserve 4 hours just in case.

There's a nice thread about explaining the game to new people, and even a couple of aids for that as well.
 
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3 hours should be enough if everyone is new to the game and aren't utterly confused by games beyond light card games and etc. A bit late on the post for your game, but hopefully others trying out for the first time will read this as well.

Things that speed up gameplay.....
--Have one person replenish the destiny deck when needed
--have skill cards prepared for when the next player will move. E.g. player 2 is moving cylons off the board after a crisis card got resovled, player 3 is about to go, so prepare 3 tactics and 2 leadership for his next turn
--Whoever's turn it isn't, have that person shuffle cards.
--lay the pilot characters flat on the board (no plastic stands for them), and when they switch out to pilot a viper, just move the square character chit onto the board.
--send links to the character cards here on BGG to have them read ahead of time. They may not make sense, but at least it gives everyone a taste of the cast.
--Have everyone read the rules ahead of time.
http://new.fantasyflightgames.com/ffg_content/Battlestar_Gal...


things that slow down gameplay
--putting EVERY decision to a commitee
--role playing your characters and parts from the show
--discussing parts of the show or relevance of crisis cards
 
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