What's everyone's preferred game length?

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30-60 minutes(2 votes) 15%
60-90 minutes(6 votes) 46%
90-120 minutes(5 votes) 38%
120-150 minutes (or more)(0 votes) 0%

13 votes

typically, how long is your preferred game time? 

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12 months ago

I would rather play a couple less than hour-long games versus one longer gaming session

Supporter12 months ago

Totally makes sense. I had a game night recently where I had planned one longer game and we ended up playing a few shorter games. It was great!

12 months ago

I like variety!  I also prefer to play several different games and not the same game twice in a row.  Whereas I have some friends and family members who would rather play the same game multiple times.  So I have to compromise if I want to play.  :-)

Supporter12 months ago

I would prefer to play a board game. I don’t really mind the length. Just play one with me! I voted for 90-120 minutes because that typically means it’s a little bit deeper of a game, which I enjoy. 

Supporter12 months ago

Agreed on all fronts for me!

12 months ago

I said 30-60 minutes, but anything under 2 hours is good for me. Ideal is probably right around an hour. It's enough time to have a great, possibly deep experience, but not long enough to wear on anyone. It's also short enough to be able to get another round in, or possible a different game, if that's the plan for the evening.

Supporter12 months ago

Well thought out. I'm right there with you. All things considered, I like the 2 hour time but we just played Ethnos for the first time and that one was great and had some strategy to it even though it was a quick game. 

12 months ago

All oof the above! That said, I selected 90-120 minutes, although I will usually always opt for games even longer if time permits. Still, I love games of all time ranges. FUSE is a strict 10-minute game, and it's one of my favorites. B-17 Flying Fortress Leader can take 3+ hours, and it's one of my favorite solo games. The length, unfortunately, keeps me from playing it as often as I'd like.

Supporter12 months ago

90-120 is mine as well. Those real time games usually go 10 minutes and those are great fun!

Supporter12 months ago

The deeper a game is the more OK I am with it being long. I really don't like a light 2.5 hour game 

12 months ago

Nope nope nope. If the game is light and lengthy, then I'm straight out. I need to be able to use my thinker if it's going to take that long.

Supporter12 months ago

Ugh light and lengthy is an awful combination 

Supporter12 months ago

Definitely no to light and long. My days of monopoly and life are over lol. 

Supporter12 months ago

That is a complaint I hear leveled at tapestry. I haven't played it yet, but it has me slightly worried. 

12 months ago

I didn't think Tapestry was that light of a game. I've only played it once, but I felt it moved along at a good pace. 

Supporter12 months ago

I am happy to defer to you. I haven't played it. That is merely a complaint I have heard, especially at the higher player counts. 

12 months ago

We played with 4 or 5. My group didn't feel it dragged either. If they did, they would certainly have said something haha

Supporter12 months ago

Great, do you like the game? I think I would, but when I heard reports of it out staying its welcome, I got a little more hesitant. 

12 months ago

Yeah, I liked it a lot. Thought it played really well. I really didn't have any complaints, but of course, that was my learning game, so I was also focused on figuring out a strategy. That said, I can't see myself not liking it on subsequent plays, either.

Supporter12 months ago

Glad to get your take on Tapestry. I'm finding that it seems like expectations for some of these new games are just way too high and Stonemeier games and others seem to be victims of their own success. I think some people are unduly disappointing through no fault of the game and more from their own expectation. Tapestry seems to be this kind of game. 

12 months ago

I say 60-90. But that's only because I can fit more games in at that length. Meanwhile, I'll pick Great Western Trail, Food Chain Magnate, & Millennium Blades most game nights. And we only play that game. 


But the ideal time is 60-90 for most games. It has to be exceptional to make it worth a longer time investment.

Supporter12 months ago

This is for ideal game length so I can see the split opinion. I agree, its always tough deciding if its best to get more games in or one long game. I've found that sometimes a standard 60-90  minute games turns into almost a 2 hour game between extra rules explanation or talking around the game and then we never get to another game. Maybe I should just go with the longer game to begin with?

Supporter12 months ago

I'd never heard about Millennium Blades until interviewing Eric Yurko @ What's Eric Playing (board game reviewer), who seems to really love the game. I guess it's one of your top games as well? Sure looking interesting!

Supporter12 months ago

I remember hearing a lot about Millennium Blades when it came out but not much since at all.  

Supporter12 months ago

Food Chain and Great Western Trail on both on my list to acquire some time. Great examples. 

Supporter12 months ago

Generally I prefer 60-90. But I love many games that don't fit in that time limit. 

Supporter12 months ago

The problem for me is that there are a number I have that would. We just need to play them 3ish times to get the rules and flow down to be able to get it in that timeframe. With how often we play, as much as I want to get down a game better with the group, I also want to try something new!

Supporter12 months ago

It depends on the mood, but I'd say I'm generally up for something in the 90-120 min range. Just long enough for something strategic/challenging but short enough to lessen the pressure with time.

Supporter12 months ago

This is a good point. Longer than the 2 hours then it would seem that there's more pressure to win or perform well since you're investing that much more time. 

Supporter12 months ago

It also depends on whom I'm playing with. I have a friend that plays extremely methodically. He plays well, and generally wins. But I find I prefer to play shorter games with him just because watching him move soooo slooowly makes the game feel longer than it is. It isn't even that the game takes that much longer, though sometimes it can, it just feels longer.