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less than an hour
1 - 2 hours
2 - 3 hours
I can't really decide which is the best place for this poll. I figured since people are posting descriptions of battle here this would be the best place.
I'm trying to get an idea, how long it takes. As my friend and I seems to take forever to complete a full game. We push over 3 hours easily. I thought this was basically not knowing the rules well enough or something, but even after a year, the time hasn't come down much. Unless, we reduce the points.
So let me know, whats normal length of time? I'm counting Board setup, unloading armies, then Deployment ... etc.
I've heard its supposed to be 45 minutes, but I can't see how that's even possible.
No way to do a full 2,000 point game in 45 minutes unless it's just a complete massacre from the start. Most games I play at that point level take around 90 minutes or so. This includes setting up terrain, deployment, and so on. I do play pretty quick, though. Comes with having played a lot, you know what your army can and cannot do very well once you have experience with it.
That said, I still do have games that can take a very long time, around the 3 hour mark you mentioned. This can happen if we have a really tough/close game where we're both struggling to counteract each other's moves.. or if my opponent is just slow at the game :p Some people play slower, and this can be even worse if they're playing a horde army.
But as long as both players have fun, the amount of time it takes doesn't matter (outside of a timed tournament).
Also depends on you and your opponent's army compositions. For me, I regularly play mechanized. Thus my deployment and movement phases are pretty quick. However, if you're playing a horde army like nids, orks or infantry guard, it can take a while to go through movement and shooting.
Bottom line is it comes down to how many models you field. The more models you or your opponent have, the slower the game. Conversely, the less you have, the faster.
Also, as moob said, how well you know your army affects the speed of the game.
Familiarity with the rules also help speed up the game by not taking "time-outs" during the game to look up rules.
moob has already gone through the major factors in determining game length.
Experience is the biggest factor, not just in learning rules, but learning the capabilities of all of the units. The more experience you have with your army, the less time you spend mulling over decisions or figuring out what to do as you've already put together all of your moves for the next turn while waiting for your opponent to complete his. It also goes notably faster when both players aren't asking stats or abilities every time an assault or round of shooting happens.
I've played against some fairly large hordes and still came in at around 2 hrs, so I'm not entirely convinced that army size is the biggest factor unless both sides are packing the numbers on.
A good example of this is a game I had tonight against some ultramarines. We both knew all of each others abilities and stats, so every time we did anything it just got straight to dice without questions and the entire affair wrapped up in a little over an hour.
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Another thing to factor in nowadays is FRFSRF from big Infantry Squads. Rolling to hit, wound and save for 135 shots is a time consuming process no matter how experienced you are.
2-2.5 hrs avg
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1-2 hours, very very very rare it goes over that
We've got pretty quick with our games lately, 3k apocalpyse game played in less than 3 hours, 750 point match over in about 45 minutes... but then we all play with only one army, and know most of the rules by now.
just finished a tourney for 1850 points and except for the very small armies the rest of the players took close to or exceeded the 2.5 hour timelimit.
Some armies are more 'fiddly' either due to special rules or sheer numbers.
The quickest I finished with my Orks was 2:15, the longest around 2:45 - and my Ork army is a SMALL one of expensive units.
How is that possible? :/ Earlier today I played 2 games at 2,000 points each... First was Chaos Daemons (Tzeentch theme) against Chaos Daemons (Nurgle theme). The second was Chaos Space Marines against Chaos Daemons (Nurgle). We finished both games in literally 2 hours and 10 minutes total.