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On average, how long does it take you to play a 2000 point AoS game?

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I enjoy the game, but overall, in really any board game, war game, card game, etc., I start to lose interest after about 90 minutes.  I know in 40K, 2000 point games can take anywhere from 2 hours 30 minutes to up to 4 hours easily.  Is AoS similar?  Seems like it would take longer because of the way the AoS is played (it's not strictly "You go, I go").  If it does take a very long time to play, do you have any ideas on how to keep a game down to about 90 minutes?  Am I'm going to most likely going to need to stay at 1000 point mark or below?  Limit turns?

Thanks in advance!

SG

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If both players know what they're doing it could take about 90 minutes

If players are unfamiliar with the rules or taking their time to be careful (like in a tournament setting) then it takes around 2.5 hours

Game setup, deployment, and the first 2 rounds take up about 80% of the game time - once the posturing is finished and you start taking models off the table it starts to go really quick

If you want to keep game time under 90 minutes I suggest either reducing the game size to 1000 points or trying to get some of the game set finished before you begin. Know which battleplan you are going to play, set up the terrain beforehand, get any rules questions out of the way, etc.

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It takes us about 90 min to two hours to do a 2000 point game.  But our games we are both on point the whole time, there is little socialization with others outside of the table, no smoke breaks etc.

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1,5K is roughly 1,5 hours we find. 2K is 2 tot 2,5 hours. Never thought about it, but that's probably a big reason we mainly play 1,5K

 

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A lot of people can easily lose half an hour just meeting up at the club and socialising, esp if you've not arranged a game with anyone before hand and thus people might hang on to see who turns up that week. Waiting to see if you've an even number of gamers or an odd number that might mean someone paints or you do a co-op game or something funky etc.... Online message boards, facebook and prearranged games can really cut down on that time lost. 

Being prepared also helps a lot, having army lists written out (a couple at different point values) so that in a pick up game you can just grab a list and "go" rather than having to spend time putting together a list. 

 

All these little things might not take a long time, but add them up and you can fast lose more minutes than you reailse! 

 

 

How you play affects it in a massive way. Experienced players paying attention to the game will finish typically long before inexperienced people or those playing very "casually" with a lot of social chit chat and not really sticking to the game. Things like food breaks on long game nights can also interrupt the flow as well. 

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I mostly play against less experienced players and games take longer, like 3h (unless I'm using my FEC - never had a game with them last more than about an hour).

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27 minutes ago, amysrevenge said:

I mostly play against less experienced players and games take longer, like 3h (unless I'm using my FEC - never had a game with them last more than about an hour).

FEC?

SG

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12 minutes ago, ServiceGames said:

FEC?

SG

Broken/garbage/meta-chasing Flesh-eater Courts.

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1 minute ago, amysrevenge said:

Broken/garbage/meta-chasing Flesh-eater Courts.

Thank you.  It's actually kinda sad, but I don't know all of the AoS abbreviations.

SG

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Between picking armies and the scenario, setting up terrain, deploying, and playing, it usually takes me about 4 hours.

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I've had some games last 5hrs and not finish the 5 turns 😂

On average it's around 2-2.5hrs for 2k, but as others have mentioned it depends a lot on how well you know your particular list, as you may know the army but you are running a different list do it requires a different style of play. Your opponent maybe doing something similar. These are all things that can add on more time than normal to games. 

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15 hours ago, ServiceGames said:

Thank you.  It's actually kinda sad, but I don't know all of the AoS abbreviations.

SG

Haha don’t worry. It should be more common to just fully write it the first time and only abbreviate afterwards.

 

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18 hours ago, ServiceGames said:

Thank you.  It's actually kinda sad, but I don't know all of the AoS abbreviations.

SG

Aos?

 

Just kidding 😉 With my brother-in-law we do 2K in about 1 hour.  With my game group we usually play 3-4K and it takes one click over forever.  But there's beer...so that helps.

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Probably around 3 hours

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6 minutes ago, Vextol said:

Aos?

 

Just kidding 😉 With my brother-in-law we do 2K in about 1 hour.  With my game group we usually play 3-4K and it takes one click over forever.  But there's beer...so that helps.

Here's the thing, I see it possible to do 2K in an hour if you know your army well as knowing the scenario and placement well.  And, I don't have any problems with a full day of playing as long as there are breaks.  I don't currently have the option (no table, no specific area) to have friends over... nor do I know many people who play Warhammer that I would like to invite into my house.  Please don't get me wrong, I don't mind playing against them at my local GW or FLGS but not my house with my wife and stepson around. 

If I had a chance to break to get something to eat, something to snack on, bathroom breaks, just chill and clear my mind breaks every 60 to 90 minutes or so, I think I'd honestly enjoy a full day of gaming... even if it was just one game.  But, while my local GW doesn't mind food or drink in the store at all, it's not really easy to get to, the hobbyists get access to the chairs first (as they should), and there's really no easy way to take a break as either your opponent may not want to break the flow of the game or others may be waiting to use the table. 

SG

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Last saturday I participated in a local tournament and played 3 2000 point games in 40-60 minutes each!

Because I was almost tabled by the end of 2nd turn's hero phase of my opponent in the first game and conceded. Then next 2 games my opponents conceded to me after turn 1 for reasons unknown.

What a terrible experience it was.

 

But normaly, for me, a 2k points game takes around 2 hours, what you can do to reduce this time is: investing in movement trays, planing how you are going to approach the objective (so it's less thinking when the game is already going), playing elite/shooty/both army so there is less stuff to do.

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47 minutes ago, XReN said:

investing in movement trays

I've been considering this idea for a while.  Spire of Dawn (speaking of Skaven specifically) came with both Square and Round bases.  I'm not sure which ones to use.  If I want to play T9A, I have a feeling that Square is the only way to go.  But, on the plus side, with the new Armageddon coming out soon, GW is releasing brand new round movement trays for 25mm, 32mm, and 40mm bases. 

SG

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