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Andrew S. Fischer
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All three of my games have taken 2.5+ hours. They also feel draggy, with many turns where both players can do little but discard and hope they draw the right card combinations to do something useful. Anyone else experiencing this?
 
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Dave Heberer
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Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast.
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This is common in the first game, and a sure sign that you are expanding a lot without using the governor to remove cards from your deck.

Try getting the governor early, and aggressively remove cards that aren't on the advancing front towards the enemy. Next time you play try and keep your deck at around 15-20 cards.
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Yes, I have experienced this but only during the first play. We forgot for example that you can discard a card with a coin to get money Second and all next plays took a little bit more then an hour. I think we can go under an hour.
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Peter Stein
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Really? I don't mean to sound harsh, but I can't imagine a game going over 2 hours if both players know what they're doing.

Have you been using the Governor card to thin out the decks? Yes, sometimes you have turns where you're dumpin to recycle. And if you want to do something specific it may take time to get the right cards (but the reserve can help you there). the only time I've run into the "doing nothing turn after turn" problem is when I know I'm getting my butt kicked.
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asfhgwt wrote:
All three of my games have taken 2.5+ hours. They also feel draggy, with many turns where both players can do little but discard and hope they draw the right card combinations to do something useful. Anyone else experiencing this?
Yes, stop expanding and go balls-out military against your opponent. It will be quite easy to do so.
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Bordgamer wrote:
the only time I've run into the "doing nothing turn after turn" problem is when I know I'm getting my butt kicked.


Yep. If you find yourself discarding and doing nothing on anything but relatively rare actions, you are losing. Badly. Figure out why!
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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It's like playing Dominion and adding a lot of Copper and Estates to your deck. Once you learn to make your deck efficient, it will go a lot faster!
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Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him. 2 Sam 14:14
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Another thing: sieges help to keep military cards from clogging your deck. So, if you keep a siege going, you can get to your other cards more effectively. You can also use the reserve for that, but you'll need to protect them from ambushes.
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My last game ran about 45 minutes as my son rushed the Brits development and settling for the win. It can be much faster. Your play will speed up as you get better at the game. You will not be needing to ask yourself, "Can I settle Fort Frontenac with this hand?" to "No Quebec. Next idea"...
 
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I sympathize. Mine are going about an hour to ninety minutes. Well, closer to ninety. Down from three hours, anyway!

All the advice sounds good, above, but what I think I need to learn is more about deck management. My nephew is pretty good at that & so I hope to learn from from him as we play more. Do you own domininion? do you know anyone who can teach you that, a gaming group that has it? I'm content to poke along and learn as I go, I've been staying away from strategy threads, but if it's too frustrating for you, maybe look into deck management as a specific skill.

The thing I'm trying to teach myself is that it's a lot easier not to pick up a card than it is to get rid of it

 
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Just finished playing two games (My 4th and 5th plays). Got two games played in just under 3 hours.

The first time I played it seemed like agony...but now I have the rules and gameplay sorted, it goes real quick.
 
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My first games were 4 and 3 hours. But hopefully following some of this advice we can shorten it next time. I really want to like this game but unless I get it close to 90 minutes I know it won't get played.
 
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