The first game I played lasted from 20u00 till 4u20 but some pieces were missing and we had to make up rules. But the second game I played lasted 5 hours. I hope the next game can be shorter so we can play twice.
My games are still averaging about 3.5 hours, including a 3 player game which took about 4.5. But that was the first multiplayer game we had tried, and for the Shadow players the mechanics took some getting use too.
I'm hoping we can learn to play faster soon, cause my time is limited and I would like to get more games in per session! ;D
On New Year's Eve, I played two games within a 4.5 hour period.
The first was a 3-player game where one of the Shadow opponents was new. It ended up with them bickering over whether to crush the last VP city or let me corrupt myself two steps into Mordor. Not pretty for the good guys.
The second game was a straight two-player contest (the new guy was very impressed with the game and wanted to play again). My FP won with a fairly quick ring-dunk. I guess it all evens out.
Anyway, I concur with the average being 2-2.5 hours.
the blitz can be more luck of the dice/hunt draw dependant. So if you are content to win/lose by the dice then blitz. If you want to have more control over the result so that some bad dice/hunt draws aren't your down fall, then a slower game is possible.
So far I've only played 5 times, but didn't get a chance to by the game till February '05 and our games are averaging just over 3 hours with setup. I found the 4 player game lasted about an hour longer.
Strange... I don't know how to speed up our gameplay. We met this weekend for a 3-player game marathon and played 5 games in a row (with some time for eating and sleeping ;D).
Our games took 5:45 h, 4:45 h, 6:40 h, 6:10 h and the longest game even 8:30. We even ran out of cards in one game. We were wondering how people could play this game in about 2 hours, but it seems that we have a quite different approach to this game then.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. — Napoleon Bonaparte
but it seems that we have a quite different approach to this game then.
I played with fast players: they lose quickly ;D
All the games I played lasted more than 2 hours, with ONE exception (1 hour). The most experienced player I met (winner of 6 wargames tournaments) played 2 times more slowly than me and the game lasted NINE hours.
My average 2-players game lasts 4 hours 1/2 now (more with 3 or 4 players). When I discovered the game, we played more than 5 hours every time.