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Adelė
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2 hours? 3? 4? 5?

It's written 120minutes, but is it true?


 
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Lukasz Biernat
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It depends on how you define 'play it'.
Single quest? 2 quests? Full campaign?

With 2 players, we manage to finish single quests (2 encounters) between 30-60 minutes.

In full campaign you can' save' the game between quests, so you have some control over a lenght of a single play session.
 
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Steve Zamborsky
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I played three five-player games with a group pretty unfamiliar with the Descent system in 2.5 hours. That time included setup in between for each encounter, but not rules explanation.
 
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Last night we played for 4 hours, including one dinner break. We finished "First Blood" and both parts of "Fat Goblin". 3 players, 4 heroes. All experienced gamers. One new to "Descent", either edition.
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My wife and I tend to play one encounter per evening. It takes about an hour given all the interruptions from kids trying to fall asleep. This works well for us. Then we take note of all relevant information (damage sustained, cards held, etc.) and finish off the second encounter the following evening.

So it all depends how you want to do it and what your situation is. If you do it the way you're "supposed" to do it, which is to play both encounters of a quest, you can easily finish within 2 hours.
 
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Well, some encounters are over in 3 turns, others can take up to maybe 8+ turns. I'd say 120 minutes is a good estimate to finish one of the long quests, including setup. The short ones take no more than an hour, even with some rules explanation, at least that's my experience.
 
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I've been averaging about an hour per encounter (2 hours per quest).
 
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We started a 5 player campaign on Saturday. We played 3 maps in 5 hours. This included rules explanation to 3 that had not played it.

We were taking our time and enjoying a leisurely game pace. So it was about 1.5 hours a map.
Lots of fun.
 
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Ethan Nicholas
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Biernath_John wrote:
With 2 players, we manage to finish single quests (2 encounters) between 30-60 minutes.


Wait, what? You manage to complete two encounters in thirty minutes? How is that even physically possible? Even if you're excluding the setup and teardown time (which isn't really fair), 15 minutes per encounter seems ridiculously fast. Unless these are quick turn 3 wins or something?

With my wife and I, games tend to be close (meaning no quick turn 3 wins), and it takes us about an hour per encounter including setup. It's certainly possible to play faster than that, but unless you're trying to set a speed record, or one side is much better than the other side and winning very quickly, I wouldn't expect it to go much faster than that.
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Me and my wife played a Quest in 60-80 minutes including setup. Newer players and more players takes it up to an average of 2 hours (60 minutes per encounter).
 
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Well, I've only played First Blood so far, it's the smallest one and it took about 30 minutes with 4 new players. Based on this quest and taking a look at the rest of the book I would estimate about 1-2 hours per quest.

So 120m is a good estimate, but I'm sure there are faster quests in there.
 
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Depends on the quest, and how the game is stored. I just have everything in the box, albeit each counter type bagged up separately. Setup is about 10 minutes, tear-down about 3. The quests vary, but for two players I've found the following. Including post-quest shopping/XP spending, I'd say 1-3 hours, depending on which quest it is, with the above setup/tear down times. So roughly halve that if you just play a single encounter (i.e. half a quest). The entire campaign is 9 quests, so you're looking at 20-30 hours to play the entire campaign through.
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