Warren Bruhn wrote:
First play with four players in my local group, including set up and explanation of the rules, took only 3 & 1/2 hours. Then after mostly putting the game away, three players set the game up again and played it to a conclusion in only 1 & 1/2 hours. This is a fast game already. But the easiest way to make it faster is to reduce the number of glory points needed to win. Instead of 10 with 5 that can be won by stashed gold, try playing to 7 or 8 with only 3 that can be won from stashed gold. But you'll be flying through this game by your 3rd play.
I completely agree. The first play or two might take close to 3 hours, but after that the flow of the game comes easy and you can play it in about an hour and a half even with 4 players.
But no matter what, every minute is worth it!